I.S. Ron Gamble, Potentate 2017
I.S. Ron Gamble
March has been a fun and productive
month. With the March 4th Flamingle
Party all who attend enjoyed the great
time, fun music, wonderful food and
incredible social time with friends. We
had more visits to Clubs and Units and
what special times to meet and visit with
Nobles and Ladies at their meetings.
We had a very enjoyable time with the
session of the Grand Court of Amaranth
on March 9th and 11th. The Amaranth
does so much good work and support to
fight diabetes. On Sunday March 12 was
a wonderful Installation of Nydia Temple
#4 Daughters of the Nile. Jennifer Moyer
was installed Queen, and so many of our
Nobles Ladies were taking part in the Installation. We are so appreciative
of what Daughters of the Nile do in support of Shriners Hospital for
Of course, sadness hit our wonderful organization with the passing I.S.
Rennie Johnson. He was truly a legend. All who came in contact with him
have wonderful memories and a positive impact on each of our lives. I.S.
Rennie was such a great mentor in my Shrine journeys over the many
years. Our thoughts and prayers to Lady Doris and all the Family. On a
personal note, I am very appreciated of Lady Doris and her continued
leadership and devotion to the Hummingbird Angles.
April brings us a wonderful month starting with the Hillah and Al Kader
Potentate Ball and will be the Gala event of the year. We will spend time
with our Children on April 9th for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the
Shrine Center. We also will start our fabulous parade session on April 22
with The Dallas Cherry Blossom parade. I am looking forward to visiting
with all the Nobles and Ladies that can attend this exciting parade.
On a more serious topic, we have a higher number of Nobles who have
not paid their 2017 dues. Additionally, still have many Nobles that have not
paid their 2015 and 2016 dues. We are concerned that we may not have all
the correct mailing address. The notices are now being sent by Shriners
International. The second notices have just been sent out. If you have not
received your notices please call our Shrine office and help us get the
records updated. We also have many payment plans available to assist our
Nobles. You can send a check, pay by credit card on our website, call the
office and set up auto pay or a payment plan.
Lady Doris M. Johnson
Humming Bird Hums in honor of First Lady Gail Gamble
Did you know that the hummingbird is the only bird who can fly for ward,
backward, sideways, up, down, hover and stop on a dime while traveling at full
speed. With its wings flapping a number 8 pattern -- the symbol for infinity – it’s
presence delivers a message of strength and determination.
We at Al Kader have been on that course as we prepare to honor our Illustrious Sir
Ron at his Potentates Ball on April 1st at 5:30 p.m.. Like the hummingbird you must
stop and get your reser vations in soon as you will not want to miss the biggest event
of the year.
I.S. Rennie Johnson had been chairman many times for The Al Kader Potentates
Ball and considered them one of the most joyous times for the Nobility. This event
not only honors the Potentate but the Nobility and Rennie had planned to attend this year but God had other
plans for him and called him home on March 13th. Let us all honor this tradition and attend and be blessed
by two angels, Gail and Rennie. Gail had done all of the planning for the ball so don’t miss it.
I.S. Ron Gamble
It has been an amazing month and now we are looking to the spring time of the year. Visiting Clubs and Units has been very exciting and
the Divan is looking forward to more visitations.
A visit to the Central Oregon Shrine Club in Madras, Oregon with Chief Rabban Art and Lady Lynne was an exciting time. The Club honored
the wonderful farmers that contribute so much food to the Shriners Hospital for Children Portland. Certificates were presented to the
farmers on behalf of the Portland Hospital and Al Kader. A salute to club President Dick Hancock for organizing such a special meeting.
I also met an amazing couple, Noble Larry and Lady Marie Easter who have been active for so many years and raised a lot of funds for the club.
A visit to Eugene/Springfield Shrine Club was also a great evening. Joining me was Mel and Velna DeHut, Fred and Reba Hardin and Larry
and Silvia Evey. Great attendance from the Club and we had a very enjoyable meeting.
March is going to be very exciting with the March 4th “Flamingle” party. Please make your reservation for this very fun evening. On
March 12, 2017 Lady Jennifer Moyer will be installed Queen of Nydia Temple of the Daughters of the Nile. Please tr y to attend to
support Jennifer and the other officers as they have been so supportive of Al Kader activities. March 13 is a Stated Meeting and I
encourage the Nobles and Ladies to attend and support the business of Al Kader and the Ladies’ special program.
The Potentates Ball is coming soon and I know everyone has their calendar marked for April 1, so call now to make your reservation.
No tickets will be sold at the door and reservations are limited to the first 250 guests. Last day for reservations will be Wednesday
March 29, 2017. Hilliah Shriners have a bus coming from Southern Oregon and it will be the gala event of the year. Don’t be left out
because you did not make a reservation.
A reminder that we need the applications for membership for the May 20th Ceremonial, so get them turned into the office so we can get
them processed. We do not want to leave qualified Masons out of all the fun and good work Shriners do.
Lady Doris M. Johnson
Taken from Lady Gail’s notes:
When you catch a glimpse of a hummingbird, doesn’t it make your heart sing? There’s something magical about witnessing this diminutive
bird as it flies in and out in the blink of an eye. The hummingbird symbolizes joy. When one appears, it is meant to bring you a valuable message.
Not only that joy and happiness are coming your way, but that you need to seize the lightness of being and bring more playfulness into your life.
Come and join us at the “Flammingle “on March 4th and don’t forget the Potentates Ball on April 1st as we welcome Shriners and their
ladies of the Hillah Temple.
To the Ladies of our Nobility, please join us for the meeting which is simultaneous with the stated meeting and held in the conference
room. Special programs are planned each time and the next time we will gather is March 13th.
Until next time please remember that perhaps the most inspiring spiritual message of all is the hummingbird’s capacity for spreading
enthusiasm. As it pollinates each plant and flower, it delivers a positive future not just for the flora, but for the fauna of all life
on this planet. What a superb message of positivity!
We give thanks for the leadership of our inspiring Illustrious Sir Ron who is filled with enthusiasm and positivity for Al Kader
Shrine. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of a great year.
I.S. Ron Gamble
We have had some winter to remember. So many of us have had many issues surviving record weather events. Getting the weather behind us we are off to continue our many activates at Al Kader.
We are very excited to host our annual “Big Game Party” on Sunday February 5, 2017. Doors will open at 12:30 with several activities while we enjoy the game on our big screen and new projection equipment in Harrington Hall. Please plan to bring your favorite Chili, Hors D’oeuvers or Desert. These will be judged and prizes will be awarded. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and popcorn will be provided. There is no charge for this event and I encourage you to bring your family and friends to have some fun on a Sunday afternoon. The Bar will be open as well.
Our next big fun event is March 4, 2017 and it is going to be a “Flamingle Party.” Now you are wondering what a Flamingle is, when you have a party with Flamingos + Mingle = “Flamingle!” We are setting the mood for our Imperial Session in July 2017 in Daytona Beach. Dress will be beach, luau or resortwear. Dinner will be a tropical buffet with meats, salads, fruit and desert. Fun music by the group called “Not Bob.” Call now and make your reservation for this fun evening and all for $20.00 per person? Bar will be serving some specialty drinks as well.
It is not to late to start planning on attending the Potentates Ball on April 1, 2017. We are having a joint Potentates Ball with Hillah Shriners in Harrington Hall. Hillah Nobles and Ladies are traveling by bus for a great weekend celebrating together. This will be a wonderful gala event with an elegant meal, wonderful music and memorable entertainment. Get your formalwear prepared and let’s do this in fine style.
If you have not signed up for the exciting Potentates Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in September 2017 please do so now. We have a very large group that has already signed up. Let’s all join together to have a wonderful and fun time together. Please see flyer in this Oasis with contact information.
We always have so many outstanding Nobles doing wonderful things for Al Kader and our Hospital, I want to acknowledge Noble Rod Hevland and the article that appeared in the December issue of Shriner Magazine. Rod gives so much as a volunteer at our Portland Hospital and President of the very successful Hospital Support Club. Always by his side and working very hard is his lovely Lady Sherry.
In closing I would like to keep our focus on May 20, 2017, for our Spring Ceremonial. That means we need to get our petitions submitted for new candidates to join Al Kader Shriners. It would be great if we could meet our goal of 50 new Nobles at this event. That means we need to get busy now. For every new petition submitted before our March 4 Party, we will invite them and their Lady to join us. What better way for them to see how much fun the are joining.
Lady Doris M. Johnson
Humming Bird Hums in honor of First Lady Gail Gamble
Welcome to a new addition to the Oasis honoring our First Lady Gail. I want to thank all who could gather at the Shrine Center through snow and ice to honor our new Illustrious Sir Ron Gamble, along with a new Divan of dedicated Shriners and ladies. We are sorry if you missed this fun occasion and thank Lady Debbie Ego for setting the tone of the celebration with beautiful decorations of Angels and Humming Birds. Lady Gail had been planning this event for two years but God called her home ahead of the celebration. Her spirit was ever present throughout the evening.
I.S. Ron shared with me some of Lady Gail’s notes, in them was this poem: “A hummingbird Angel; is to spot a flash of iridescent color fly by is much too rare. For you seldom see beauty and grace, such as this. And this “Thoughtful” little angel has a secret to share. Each time you see a hummingbird, you will feel the magic of an angel’s kiss.” (Author unknown).
Her notes further stated: “The hummingbird symbolizes joy. When one appears, it is meant to bring you a valuable message. Not only that joy and happiness are coming your way, but that you need to seize the lightness of being and bring more playfulness into your life.”
Don’t be deceived by the hummingbird’s size. This little bird is small but mighty. This can travel long distances and can swiftly change course when necessary. She goes onto say, “Let the hummingbird’s natural traits serve as a metaphor for you when facing life’s challenges. This animal’s wisdom calls you to exercise your power and respond to the changes with flexibility and grace. Even if the road seems long and difficult, the hummingbird symbolizes hope. Look for it deep within yourself. You too can accomplish great feats!”
Why did she chose Angels and Humming birds as her theme, we do not know for sure. My belief is that she witnessed the work of the Shrine Masons and their ladies. They can be compared to humming birds moving swiftly from task to task and angels as they continue with the work of the Shrine for the Children of the Shrine Hospital.
As we all know Lady Gail battled with MS for many years without complaint and taught us all how to persevere under difficult circumstances. We will never forget her constant smiles and words of encouragement to each of us.
The hummingbird symbolized joy. When one appears, it is meant to bring you a valuable message. Throughout the year, I will build on this message and share more of her notes. We look forward to a great year with I.S. Ron and welcome you’re joining us at all of the special planned events.
I.S. Ron Gamble
I am honored and humbled to serve as Al Kader’s Potentate in 2017. It is with sincere thanks to the Nobles for your confidence
in me and with the outstanding members that are serving as Divan members we are going to have an exciting 2017.
It is with a heavy heart that Lady Gail will not be part of this wonderful experience, but we know she is watching over. She so
loved our Shrine family. We will honor her with her pin and project of continuing the iPads to the Children at our Portland
Hospital. She wanted to dedicate to all the Ladies by being “Hummingbird Angels.” She always said that the Ladies were as busy
as hummingbirds, and all were angels.
A special thank you to the Installing Team, IS Dan Moyer, IS Bud James and Ron Eggers. The event planning and hard work from
Executive Aide Ralph and Janelle Jubb, Debbie Ego, and Chief Aide Frank and Phillis Brewington, with all the 2017 Aide Staff. Of
course a very special thank you to Lady Doris Johnson for being the voice for all the Ladies. It is with great honor to be Fezed by
Lady Connie Doherty and to wear IS Bill Doherty’s Potentates Fez.
Al Kader has the honor to host Winter PNSA in February. This is a business meeting with all the elected officers of the 17 Shrine
Centers in the Pacific Northwest. To host Winter PNSA is a big task and we will need many of our Nobles and Ladies to help with
this event. We will have some Imperial Officers attending Winter PNSA and we have a great opportunity to make a fun and lasting
impression of Al Kader to all the delegates.
The turnout for the Chief Rabban Night was just amazing and everyone had such a great time. We are looking forward to these type
of fun events and mark your calendar for March 4, 2017 for a fun packed party.
In a closing note, I would like to express how important our Clubs and Units are to the success of Al Kader Shrine. This is the
backbone of what we do and why we do it. I am committed along with the Divan members to provide our support to Al Kader Clubs and Units.