Al Kader Oasis Newsletter May 2017
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Al Kader Oasis Newsletter May 2017
May 2017
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Our Potentate

IS Ron Gamble Al Kader Potentate 2017

I.S. Ron Gamble, Potentate 2017

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I.S. Ron Gamble
May 2017

It is with such excitement that I report on a wonderful Potentates Ball on April 1. The combined Ball with Al Kader and Hillah was a great event. Hillah Shriners had 50 Nobles and Ladies on the bus trip up and they toured the Hospital on Sunday.

I cannot begin to thank the wonderful Committee that made the Potentates Ball such a wonderful event. Thanks to leadership of Doris Johnson, Debbie Ego and Ralph Jubb. They were assisted by Ladies Janis Ferlisi, Sydney Bush, Mary Ann Garbarino, Nora Timn. To Frank and Phillis Bresington and all the Aide Staff that did such a wonderful job.

We had a wonderful journey to Clatsop County Shrine Club for their player’s dinner. They had 7 players with parents present. They had over 50 in attendance. I was joined by Divan Members Chief Rabban Art and Lady Lynne, Marshall Mel DeHut and Lady Velna, as we joined Outer Guard Carey Huchaba. A big salute to all the officers and members of the Clatsop County Shrine Club for this great event.

Then we were off to a great night with the Desert Shrine Club in Hermanson and joined by Pendleton and Milton Freewater Shrine Clubs; joining me on that trip was Chief Rabban Art Hermanson, Marshall Mel DeHut and Lady Velna, Chaplain Kenton Wolfe and Captain of the Guard Fred Hardin.

Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt was such a great success and thanks to the wonderful leadership of Oriental Guide Jeremy Ward and his very hard working Lady Jessica. It is estimated that we had around 700 people join us in this community event. Kids had such a great time with hunting for eggs in the Shrine Center, Jeff Crowder was making balloon animals for the children and of course the continued presence of the Easter Bunny himself. I truly want to thank Al Zahrah Court #58, Ladies Oriental Shrine under the leadership of High Priestess Norma Jean Siverson. These Ladies provided and served all the cookies and punch for this event.

By the time this Oasis goes to print we will have completed The Dalles Parade and our first for the year. We have so many Clubs and Units planning on attending in this Parade. On April 24th, another wonderful trip is planned to join with Snake River Shrine Club in Ontario for their player’s dinner and again several Divan members are planning to attend this event. On April 30, we will be attending the Santiam Shrine Club player’s dinner and this is always a great event.

Now off to May and we first travel to Newport for the very popular Loyalty Days Parade on Saturday May 6, 2017. Again, we have a record number of Clubs and Units that are planning to be at this Parade.

Don’t forget to attend the Stated Meeting on Monday May 8 and we are planning on two speakers to bring us some great information as well as voting on more candidates for the upcoming Ceremonial.

On May 19-20 will be our Spring Ceremonial and we will be Honoring Noble Art Thompson. Noble Art has been our Temple Photographer for many years, as well as having had a very dedicated Masonic and Military career. Please plan on joining this celebration as well as greeting our new Nobles. We will have an all you can eat taco feast following the Ceremonial with live mariachi music, great refreshments and a time we can show our new Nobles how much fun we have.

Al Kader has the special honor to sponsor the Lunch at the DeMolay Annual Conclave on Saturday May 27, 2017. The event will take place at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and we plan to join these young men for lunch. Our Vans will be providing transportation to the Lunch and return to the Shrine Center later in the afternoon. Please contact me if you would like to join this event. We will be waring our Fez’s and letting the DeMolay’s that we are in support of them. A big thank you to the Desert Patrol and the Oriental Band for financial support for this event.


Lady Doris M. Johnson
April 2017

Lady Gail Gamble

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
April 2017

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 Children.

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
April 2017

Lady Gail Gamble

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
March 2017

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
March 2017

Lady Gail Gamble

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
February 2017

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
February 2017

Lady Gail Gamble

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
January 2017

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.

Ron Gamble

I.S. Ron Gamble, Potentate 2017

Ron was born in Alhambra California in 1945. He graduated from Mark Keppel High School in 1962 and after one year of College he joined the US Army. He completed College with a Bachelor Degree in Business Management and a Masters Degree in Organizational Management.

Ron married his wife Gail in 1966 and they have two sons Robert and Rick both members of Al Kader Shriners. Ron met Gail in 1961 when he was a DeMolay and she was a Jobs Daughter. They lived in Southern California until then moving to Grants Pass Oregon in 1977 and then to Canby Oregon in 1987.

Ron has a background in construction and real estate for the past forty years. In 1987 he joined the financial industry as a Project Manager and after joining Bank of America was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Real Estate. He managed bank owned and leased facilities as well as construction management. He was transferred to Las Vegas to oversee projects throughout the Southwest. He later was made Western Regional Project Director of Bank owned properties. His responsibilities included personnel, construction, real estate development and budget management.

Ron became a member of DeMolay in 1959 and is a Past Master Councilor, a Chevalier and Legion of Honor. While in the US Army stationed in Germany Ron became the first Jurisdictional Master Councilor of Germany in 1965.

Ron was raised a Master Mason in Arcadia Lodge in California in 1967 and served as Master in 1977. Holding duel membership with Chamopeg Lodge in Canby Oregon and served as Master in 1990 and serving the Grand Lodge as District Deputy. Ron is a York Rite Mason and Scottish Rite Mason and joined Hilliah Shriners in 1980 and transferred to Al Kader Shriners in 1993 Ron served on the Al Kader finance committee in 1994 and appointed to the Divan in 1996 and back on the Divan in 2012. He was a member of the Drum Corp and now a member of the Oriental Band, a member of the Legion of Honor, and a charter member of the “Q”. Ron is also a volunteer tour guide at the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children.

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Events
05/26   Fez Lunch
05/27   DeMolay Conclave
06/01   Grand Lodge
06/10   Saddle Up
07/09   Imperial Session
07/22   Portland Pickles
07/28   Summer PNSA
08/12   Run For Child
08/17   Annual Golf

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