Attention: All Masons!
Al Kader Shriners wants you to join us in our fun with a purpose, and the world’s
greatest philanthropy: Shriners hospitals for children.
Please take a few minutes and view the following videos where you will here first hand
about being a Mason and Shriner.
Noble Carl Thompson
If you weren’t at the
last ceremonial you
missed one heck of
a good show. Fun
was had by all who
attended even the
Imagine that! We had
FUN. I had a number
of our newest Nobles
personally tell me what an
amazing experience the
whole thing was from the
tour at the hospital the night
before to the end. We had
Fun. If the work is going
to be done like that every
time there is no doubt Al
Kader has a bright future in
membership. Thank you to
everyone who took an active
part in making it a success.
I would like to talk about
visibility this month. Please,
please please wear your fez.
I have not been alive as long
as some of you have been
Shriners and I’m here to
tell you that to the younger
generation of men out there,
our fraternity is confusing at best. Recently Noble
Hodge and I were at a social event together with
our wives in Portland and we decided to wear our
fezzes with great pride. I had one young man ask
me where I bought my costume. One man asked
“do you guys really still exist!?” More than once
I was asked if my fez was real and what does it
mean. What does that mean for you and I?
To quote a Noble who has been beating our
Membership drum for years “The “Fez” is worn at
Shrine functions, meetings, parades and outings
as an effective way of gaining exposure for the
Fraternity. It’s not unlike wearing a baseball cap
to support your favorite team. Only, in this case,
the “Fez” draws attention to OUR FRATERNITY
helps recruit new members and spreads the
word about the Shriners’ philanthropy, the Shrine
Hospitals for our children. I sincerely believe
that when we leave our “Fez” at home because it
might be easier, that we don’t think what effect
that has on others who may be thinking the same
thing. The upcoming Shrine picnic might be an
example. Usually it is a bit warm, and sometimes
our “Fez” might be a little warm, so we think it
might be easier to “not worry” about it. However,
my brethren, think about all our friends and family
who are there, and for all those who are outside
the picnic area and see us. Do you think they may
notice us if we all were the “Fez?” Noble Dave
Be visible. When you’re out to dinner with other
nobles or going to a show put some petitions in
your pocket proudly put that Fez on your head
and be ready to answer questions because you
certainly will get them. Stop the
apathy. Wear your Fez. Let’s have
another positive year! It’s up to
each one of us and I thank you
in advance for making the Fall
Ceremonial one for the record
books. How many petitions are you
top line signer for? They don’t do
any good in your wallet or car!
Please contact me if I can be of any
Noble Carl Thompson
The search for
the Most Wanted
this month as we keep
With the exciting
Spring Ceremonial on
May 9th, the search for
As you go through
your daily lives, keep
an open eye to that neighbor, friend or co-worker
who you think would be a great candidate for
Masonry, and for the Shrine. All of us have these
gentlemen in our lives, and all it takes is an open
discussion about the Fraternity.
Why not take an opportunity to get these guys
and their families involved by inviting them to one
of the many events
that Al Kader,and
our Units and Clubs
have every month.
All of these events
are listed in our
as well as on our
website at www.
One only needs to
take a look. And as
the units and clubs
will be happy
to welcome you
and your guests at one of the many community
parades which they are performing at. What a
great way to show your potential candidates, and
their families about our organization, introduce
them to our brothers and their families, and strive
to keep your potential candidates involved.
It only takes a small desire to make a large
increase in our membership! Let’s keep living
membership after all today is MEMBERSHIP DAY!
Noble Carl Thompson
The story is told of a
folk history in Illinois
in the 1970’s.
Several people in the
countryside had told
him of a farm family
which possessed the
axe Abraham Lincoln
had used when
splitting logs for a living as a young man.
The historian finally found the farm, and found
the farmer in the yard splitting wood for the living
room fireplace. He asked him about the story.
“Yes,” said the farmer, “it’s true. Abe Lincoln lived
around here as a young man, and he worked for a
while splitting wood or my great-great-grandfather.
Happened he’d bought a new axe from a peddler
the day before Abe Lincoln came to work here,
and he gave it to Lincoln to use. We’ve kept it ever
“That’s a real historical treasure,” said the
historian. “It really ought to be in a museum.
Would you mind going into the house and
bringing it out so I could see it?”
“Oh we know it’s important,” said the farmer. “I
take it to the school from time to time and tell the
kids about it and Lincoln. Seems to sort of make
him real for them. But I don’t have to go into the
house, I’ve got it here.”
He handed the horrified historian the axe he had
been using. “You mean you’re still USING it?!”
“Sure thing. An axe is meant to be used.” The
historian looked it over carefully.
“I must say your family has certainly taken good care
of it.” “Sure, we know we’re protecting history. Why
we’ve replaced the handle twice and the head once.”
In a many ways Shrinedom is like Abe’s Axe. We
assume it has always been the way it has always
been and we become fiercely loyal to that way. The
Handle and the head of Shrindom has more than been
changed over the years and we must remember it is
ever evolving, to be sharpened and used. Shriners
should never rust away on a shelf. How are you
making shrinedom better? Don’t forget that
April is MEMBERSHIP MONTH! Get those Petitions
in for the spring ceremonial!
Noble Carl Thompson
The month of March
has been important
to so many things
in history. For us
Nobles of Al Kader it
is the most important
month of the year.
Men join our noble
ranks for several
reasons: they may
want to get involved just to meet people, make
new friends, explore fun new interests, explore old
interests, develop leadership skills or just to have
fun. Our clubs and units need new members if not
for just new ideas but to replace the ones we are
As a club or unit are you actively recruiting?
Do you have any membership goals?
What places will you fi
nd new members?
Do the nobles you’re looking for have a particular
skill you’re looking for?
What kind of publicity would attract their
Why did you join?
Why have you stayed involved?
What do you like about it?
Get everyone involved! At your next Club or Unit
meeting have your current members identify
people they know who may want to get involved
and personally invite them to attend a meeting or
event. Word-of-mouth is and always has been the
best and most cost effective type of publicity we
all can use. Talk openly about your Unit, Club, or
the shrine in general. What do you personally get
from it? Share your story.
Nobles, you are well aware of our patron saints.
Please take a moment and think about St John
the Evangelist. One might defi
ne an evangelist as
“someone who talks about something with great
enthusiasm.” How are you talking about the
Shrine? How are you talking about your club or
unit? Are you having fun? Then share your story.
Every problem or challenge we have as Shrine-
Masons can be solved with more members. Let’s
ll up the sands!
“Thinking is easy, acting is diffi
cult, and to put
one’s thoughts into action is the most diffi
thing in the world.” Brother Johann Goethe
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Noble Carl Thompson
The numbers are
in and Al Kader
Temple has made
the “Gold” status for
membership for 2014.
have achieved a net
gain in membership
of 2. Yes, that’s
two. Although that
doesn’t sound all that
impressive at all, it is
a very positive start to
changing things for the better. Your membership
team has set some lofty goals for 2015 we are
expecting 110 new nobles to walk the sands. We
cannot do it alone we need your help. I visited my
blue lodge last night and I am happy to say I have
new a petition filled out and ready for balloting.
Our potentate and Divan has given us some fun
and generous prizes to win. Just a few prizes to
mention are; Dues paid for the year, Socials paid
for you and your lady, an all-expense paid trip
to the East West Shrine game in sunny Florida.
So go for it! Let’s get some new membership
together! Let’s have some fun!
Membership retention has to be top of mind
awareness moving forward as well. The nobility
can clearly get new members but how do we keep
them. How can we get them involved and in turn
they will get more nobles? Having fun! That’s
how. With the entire nobility’s help, we have
furthered the success of existing programs and
have new exciting endeavors on the horizon. We
have fun active socials and we are going to be
having at least one a month all year. Don’t miss
out on these events. I have it on good authority
that things are going to be a bit “shaken” up this
The success of our temple depends on
participation from each of you. Please feel free to
contact me if you need help or resources for men
interested in joining our Noble ranks.
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Noble Carl Thompson
The very first thing I would like to do as your
Membership Chairman is to thank Noble John
Nerski for his hard work and dedication to our
Temple. He has truly set the pace and momentum
for continued success. His question of “What day is it?” it will be
asked over and over and over again in the coming year. EVERY
DAY IS MEMBERSHIP DAY!
There are a few things I’d like to convey at the start of 2015. Have
you ever heard the term “Parrot Mason?” Mackey’s Encyclopedia
of Freemasonry says a Parrot Mason is; “One who commits to
memory the questions and answers of catechetical lectures, and
the formulas of the ritual, but pays no attention to the history and
philosophy of the institution, is commonly called a Parrot Mason,
because he is supposed to repeat what he has learned without
any conception of its true meaning. In former times, such superficial
Freemasons were held by many in high repute, because of
the facility with which they passed through the ceremonies of a
reception, and they were generally designated as Bright Masons.
But the progress of Freemasonry as a science now requires
something more than a mere knowledge of the lectures to
constitute a Masonic scholar.” By Cantus Shutupicus
I am certainly not calling anyone out on this by name, and I think
we need to be aware that most all Masons are Masons because
they want to be better men. We all want to walk a better walk. We
all want to participate in a common good. That’s why we are
Masons. Nobles, this is where the rubber meets the road. Now is
the time to make our Temple grow, now is the time to go to blue
lodge. Now is the time to get involved. Ask a brother to come to a
function. In my short time being active with you, I have heard two
main “excuses” on why men aren’t yet Shriners. The first is “I
don’t have the money” well, that’s fine, let’s use some of your
time! Invite these men to parades, events and get them involved.
We could use hands and feet and minds of all Masons. Don’t let
that be an obstacle. The second excuse is and it’s my Favorite
one! It’s “I don’t have the time” Well than, give us some money!
Usually I have found this excuse being used my men who clearly
have the means to participate and support our temple but at this
point in their lives are dedicated elsewhere. If there are other
excuses I don’t buy them. Sometimes the answers are in the
questions we ask. Why wouldn’t you want to be a Shriner? Why
wouldn’t you want to have fun? Why wouldn’t you want to help
“Shrine Kids”? I certainly wouldn’t guilt a man to join our ranks but
I think it’s very important to call them out on the wonderful facts of
our philanthropy. We have a Temple to be proud of, a community
of good hard working Nobles and Ladies, and one of the Crown
Jewels of our fraternity in our backyard, the Hospital.
I look forward to getting to know you all better and helping make
our Temple even more successful. Stay tuned for some friendly
competitions and new ideas for getting and engaging our new
nobles. I will look to each one of you for support and words of
wisdom. I might not always do things the way they were done in
the past but hopefully the outcome will outweigh the discomfort of
a bit of change. If you have questions, concerns, advice or you
know how to overcome a challenge with a good idea please feel
free to contact me. Let’s have a Fun and fruitful 2015!
The Shriners Invite You to Join!
To qualify, you must be 18 years of age or older, a Master Mason in good standing and hold a current
blue lodge dues card.
It is no longer a requirement that you be a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite or York Rite Mason before becoming
a Shriner (however, we strongly encourage you to join one or both of the rites).
Directions for membership:
Print out the application form, fill it in, obtain the signatures of two Al Kader Shriners (if you do
not know a Shriner, we can provide nobles to sign your application). Include a copy of your
current blue lodge dues card and mail with your check to:
Al Kader Shriners Center
25100 SW Parkway Avenue
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-9600
You will then be notified of the next ceremonial*
However, we want you to participate now. Once we receive your application, we will be contacting
you to provide information on our many units and clubs. You and your lady will be invited to our
next social event.
* This is a one-day event, usually held at the Shriners center in Wilsonville. It does not require
any memory work on your part. The morning of the ceremonial, you (and your lady) will be given
a tour of the Portland Shriners hospital. In the afternoon, you (and your lady) will witness the
beautiful ritualistic section and arch ceremonies. You will then undergo a Fezzing Ceremony and
become a Noble of Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
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* No hazing is allowed in any of our ceremonies.