Oasis News

July 2018

We are half-way through 2018 and we have several parades, picnics and meetings on the Temple calendar. Things are busy.

In July we have the Imperial Session taking place in Daytona Beach, Fl. Your Officers will be attending to hear what is going on in Shriners International. I understand that there may be up to 45 items on the call (agenda) to review and vote on. Your Elected Representatives will be very busy trying to get through all of the items. A complete report will be given at the 2 nd Quarterly meeting to be held on July 25 th . Be sure to plan on attending this meeting to find out what changes were made at the Shriners International Session.

Dues are still due from several members. Those still due have been notified three time so far this year. For those of you that still owe, please renew you membership to support not only Zem Zem Shriners but to also show your support to Shriners Hospitals for Children, especially the Shrine Hospital located in Erie and our jurisdiction.

Speaking of dues, at the 1st Zem Zem Quarterly meeting a motion was made to not increase the dues structure for 2019. Your dues will remain the same as 2018. The action removed the automatic dues increase that was approved at a prior Quarterly meeting.

Also, Shriners International will be sending out 2019 dues notices the first of August, so look for that information in either your email or mailbox.

Two important events are scheduled for August. The first one is Erie Gives Day scheduled for August 14th . This is an event run by the Erie Community Foundation to raise funds for several community organizations including Shriners Hospitals for Children-Erie. The Foundation adds a percentage of money to funds raised. The more money raised the more of a percentage received. Your Zem Zem Divan encourages Units, Clubs and Nobles to send in your donation to the Recorder so one large donation can be made from Zem Zem.

Secondly, the Zem Zem Summer Ceremonial will be held the weekend of August 17th -18th . Nobles, we need new members. This is the perfect time to ask that Masonic friend to consider joining Zem Zem. Get those petitions filled out and into the Recorder’s office A.S.A.P.

Hope everyone’s enjoying the warm weather. It’s a welcome change from last winter.

Questions on Shrine protocol, bylaws or Shrinedom in general, give me a call.

Thank you for allowing me to serve another year as your Recorder.

Until next time.....

Jeffrey B. Stephenson, PP


July 2018

For those of you who didn’t attend the Hospital Day back in June, you missed a lot. The new EOS x-ray unit was ready for its first viewing to the public. This will help children and doctors make life easier for both. Shriners Hospital Erie is a great gem to have here. Over 13,000 children enter our doors yearly.

The jewelry committee would like to thank those that attend and made a purchase which will help support our donation to the First Lady’s Fund at her event in Oct. Her project this year is the wheelchair program at Shriners Erie.

For the month of July the jewelry gang will be taking it easy, but coming in August we will be attending the Summer Ceremonial in Clarion. Yes, I will have all of items that Shriners and Ladies like. The camel has been a big success. See you at the next event.

Until next time, remember the kids.


Committed to Shriners Hospital - “Where Miracle’s Happen!”


It’s that time of year to start thinking about year end gifts from the clubs and units. The Divan is requesting that gifts be given to the Building Fund and Nobles In Need Fund.

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