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January 2018

Be sure to make plans on attending the Zem Zem Shriners Annual Meeting to be held on Saturday January 20th, 2018. This is the meeting for all members and the meeting where we elect Nobles who will lead the Shrine in 2018 and beyond. Elections will be held for Divan Officers, Imperial Representatives and Trustees. Nobles who joined Zem Zem in 1967 will also be recognized for being a 50 year member of Shriners International.

You will need your 2018 dues card for admittance.

Also at the meeting the Nobility will vote on the use of earnings from the Life Membership Fund.

A reminder to all Units and Clubs. The year-end financial reports will arrive soon and must be completed in a timely manner and returned to the Recorder’s office. If you receive the reports and you are not currently serving as your Unit or Club Treasurer, please forward the report to the new Treasurer.

2018 looks like it will be an exciting year. Randy Burr, Chief Rabban has put together a calendar of events and parades that will offer several activities for the membership. Now, you the members, need to get involved and support these activities.

Congratulations to Ill Sir Tim Ho us and his Lady Ann for a great 2017. We had a lot of social activities celebrating 125 years.

Thank you to the Nobles that have paid their membership dues for 2018. The dues, per the Shriners International bylaws are actually due 12-31-2017, so if you still owe dues for 2018 the Divan would appreciate getting them paid. Dues can be paid by cash, check or credit card. The 2018 Shrine budget is based on dues income.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to serve you as your Recorder since 2004 and I look forward to serving you in the future.

Until next time.....

Jeffrey B. Stephenson, PP


January 2018

Well, another year has come and gone. The Jewelry Committee had a “VERY” successful year. Our donations were to First Ladies Fund, Hospital Transportation Fund (HTF) and Shriners Hospital Erie Unit. The gang attended the 2017 Annual Meeting, 90th Anniversary of Shriners Hospital Erie, Summer Ceremonial (Hermitage), The Sportsman’s Spectacular and the sales from the case at the Club. I would like to thank everyone for their purchases in 2017.

We will be out and about in 2018 starting at the Annual Meeting. I have a couple of additions. This one should be a big seller. Differ- ent Shrine characters. These will all be available that day. I will also have some items at the closeout corner so stop by and check out the selection.

Over the last 8 years I have tried to help make children’s lives better. I would like to and will continue these goals. Shriners Hospital Erie sees over 12,000 children per year and Shriners Hospital of North American has helped 1.5 million children to have a better life.

In closing I would just like to say “THANKS”

John Seastead

Join Us for the Official Visit to the Shriners Hospital for Children
Cincinnati Burn Unit

I am pleased to announce that Zem Zem will be making an official visit to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Cincinnati Burn Unit, on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Nobles, their Ladies, prospective members, etc., are welcome to join us.

As of this moment, the plan is to meet on April 21, 2018 at the Hospital at Noon. The Hospital auditorium has been reserved for our visit, as an assembly and presentation area. We will have lunch at the Hospital cafeteria, then begin our tour. As of this moment, transportation is on your own, as is the cost of lunch. Notwithstanding, I need to know the exact names and number of everybody attending so that we can secure an appropriate number of tour guides, and be sure that the cafeteria is prepared for us. We may also be able to arrange carpooling.
I must have this information no later than March 16, 2018. THIS IS A FIRM DATE.

Please email me with your reservations.

Yours in the Faith,

James H. Richardson, Jr.

(814) 456-400 x 322



Chief Rabban Randy Burr and Lady Agnes invite Zem Zem Members, friends, and relatives to join them June 10th thru the 16th of 2018 on a trip to Branson, MO. We will be traveling by Deluxe Anderson Coach. The package includes the following:

6 Night’s Accommodations, All State & Local Guest Room Taxes, Round Trip Baggage Service, 6 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners, including a cruise on the Branson Bell with a Show & Dinner. Bus Hospitality and MUCH-MUCH MORE! For more information, including a copy of the day-to-day itinerary, please call Carl and Janice Holmes at
(814) 838-9568


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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