Oasis News

August 2017

Hope everyone is having a great summer. Your Divan has been very busy attending Unit and Club picnics, parades and we just returned from the Shriners Inter- national Convention held this year in sunny, humid Dayton Beach, Florida.

Tickets are still available for the 2017 Sportsman’s Spectacular and the 2017 Jeep Give-a-Way. Tickets are available through the Shrine office. Stop in or call Sarah and she will make sure you get them. These two raffles are the biggest fundraisers for the Shrine. The Sportsman’s Raf e tickets are $20.00 each. We have been running this event since the mid 1990’s. The Jeep Give-a-Way tickets are $10.00 each or three for $20.00.

Just a reminder, several Units and Clubs have old bylaws or none at all. Old bylaws need to be updated to coincide with Zem Zem Bylaws and Shriners International bylaws. Please review your bylaws and
if they are older than 3 years, they need updated.
Do your revisions and get them into my office for review prior to being signed by the Potentate for final approval.

Are you getting emails from Zem Zem? If not, it means that we do not have your current email ad- dress. A lot of information is sent out from the Shrine office and we would like to keep the membership up to date with what is going on around the Jurisdiction.

If you are attending MASA in Virginia Beach next month and your Lady wants to attend the Ladies Luncheon on Friday, I need a check for $40.00, payable to Zem Zem, no later than August 11th to make your reservation.

We still have Nobles that have not paid their 2017 membership dues. Please check your card and if it does not show a 2017 date, then you still owe dues.

A list of Nobles still owing dues is available through my office. We thank those members that have already paid their dues. Zem Zem members support Shriners Hospitals for Children, especially the Erie Unit. We are very fortunate to have one of 22 Shrine Hospitals in our jurisdiction.

Questions regarding bylaws, protocol or Shrinedom in general, give me a call. I’m here to help.

Until next time.....

Jeffrey B. Stephenson, PP


July 2017

Jewelry sales have been quite brisk for the first six months of the year. I was unable to attend the Summer Ceremonial. But there were some fine brothers from the Mercer County Shrine Club that handled the event. I would like to Thank Brother Bob Perrine (OrientalGuide) and Brother Kurt for handling this event. These brothers did a fine job promoting sales for the Jewelry Corner. A TIP OF THE FEZ.

Sales will be a little slow this time of the year, but will pick up as the ZZ Sportsman Spectacular draws near. There will be a space for the Jewelry Corner at this event. I will be looking forward to seeing you all at this event.

John Seastead


July 2017

Hello Nobles,

Well, it’s July already. First, I would like to congratulate all the new Nobles that participated in the Summer Ceremonial. Saturday’s parade was wonderful and the party on Saturday night was a great success. Membership would like to thank all who participated and the Committees did a wonderful job bringing everything together. We need to continue in all areas of the jurisdiction in bringing Nobles/Ladies and their families together to succeed in having fun and fellowship.

Clubs and Units, when you are planning an event, forward the info to the Temple. It’s free advertising and it could boost attendance at your event. Sarah is able to shoot an email out to everyone. Now when you are having an event, if you would like a list of the new Nobles/Ladies to invite personally, contact the Temple or I, we can get that info very quickly to you.

Update on promotions: New Noble Packets. If you plan on having a cold sands at any of your meetings, notify the Temple. If one of the Divan are coming to your event they could bring the packet with them to personally hand it to a new Noble, same goes for the name tags if you notify me by email or phone I can get them delivered to you. The more we work together on these issues the better the programs will follow through.

If you are interested, the Ladies name tags we have been having made are 1-1/2”x3” gold in color, the cost is $11.00 with a magnetic attachment. If your lady would like one, please notify me and I will get one made and get it out to you. The Ladies that have received them so far are very pleased with them. We’re all one Family in Shrine. Let’s make everyone feel that way.

In closing, if you have any ideas for membership, please feel free to contact any Divan member or myself. LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Fraternally Yours,

Steve Hale, Membership Chairman




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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