El Korah joins Eastern Oregon Food Caravan 201321 Oct 13
On a bright, beautiful fall day, 9 of us (5 Shriners representing El Korah and 4 ladies) joined the Eastern Oregon Food Caravan on Saturday, October 19, in its 59th year and only one of its kind, picking up new members all along the way to Wilsonville, Oregon. We called it the convoy…(we were in fact joined by a big rig from Sam Club)… The Wagonmaster was none other than Jay Garrett, also an El Korah Shriner, who has been at this job for many years and puts in a yeoman’s effort. We stopped in Hermiston for a lovely lunch prepared for especially for us by the local Elks Club. A few hours later, another stop at The Dalles amidst colorful fall leaves, we ate apples and drank coffee and received the traditional jar of cherries. Later, as we approached Portland, we were met by Portland Motorcycle Police and escorted 20+ miles. Giving us much fanfare, they held up freeway onramp traffic for our passage, all the way to Al Kader Shrine Temple. That night, we were honored at the banquet and awed with the reports given by the local clubs and units, presenting their respective amounts raised, setting a new record of $151,000 raised for the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children Patient Travel Fund. Pretty amazing! Sunday morning, the Idaho group was given a tour of the hospital by a very dedicated and knowledgeable tour guide, Susan Keller, who volunteers at the hospital. She shared interesting statistics with us. Here are some: the original building opened in 1924, the 3rd Shrine Hospital in the nation. There are 300 employees and 100 volunteers; 7 orthopedic surgeons on staff, who also collaborate with OHSU, involving another 60 doctors! They see 10,000 outpatient visits per year; 6 avg. inpatients/day and an avg. of 4 days/patient. It’s a 29 bed facility. In 2012, they operated with an annual budget of $30 million, and performed over 1400 surgeries and have over 6,000 active patients. Highlights were seeing the EOS facility—very few in the world and all within the Shrine Hospital system (see picture below). They have one of 3, I believe, motion-detection laboratories, state of the art technology. They are a teaching hospital as well as doing significant research. Shrine Hospitals are leading edge in many areas. Anyone within reach of this hospital, in your travels, is encouraged to contact them for a tour. You won’t be sorry.
El Korah Shriners’ picnic gives members and former patients opportunity to reunite15 Aug 13
The El Korah Shriners held a potluck-style picnic and Shriner Kid Reunion Saturday, Aug. 10 at Julia Davis Park in Boise to give the organizations members the opportunity to reunite with former patients they’ve sent to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Among the dozen or so former Shriner kids that attended this year was Kristin Muchow from Boise. Muchow’s family discovered a congenital hip dysplasia when she was only one year old that needed to be addressed in order for her to walk. After consulting multiple local doctors, the family was referred to the Shriners for assistance because they didn’t have any insurance and the Shriners Hospitals for Children are world-renowned for their orthopedic care for children.
At the age of one-and-a-half, Muchow began treatments that included traction, splints and casts. When she was three years old, she underwent surgery at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City, UT to create a new hip. The surgery pioneered by Dr. Sherman Coleman, was observed by thirteen doctors from hospitals around the world.
“I was in a body cast from the waist down for a long time but all of my memories from the time I spent in the hospital are great,” Muchow recalls. “The Shriners Hospitals for Children are tailored for children and they made my experience fun with clowns and everything.”
Muchow was able to perform ballet and participate in sports as a child and now thirty years later, Muchow is a competitive bicyclist, avid skier, and competes in triathlon and aquabike events throughout the region and hopes to compete in nationals this year. Muchow participated in the aquabike portion of Emmett’s Most Excellent Triathlon on Aug. 10 before attending the picnic.
“None of this would have been possible without the Shriners,” Says Muchow. “Their generosity and care changed the course of my life allowing me to have a wonderfully-happy and active life.”
El Korah’s Facelift20 Jul 13
High Desert Sands Golf Scramble09 Jun 13
Nomads gathered along the Snake…08 May 13
Twenty-three rigs and a few day-trippers congregated at Snake River RV Resort in Homedale May 3-5. The RV park is grassed and goes right down to the river’s edge. Beautiful. The weather was outstanding. For three days, a very convivial group of approximately 50 Shriners and their ladies enjoyed happy hour and appetizers, shared meals, golfed, played dominoes, threw horse shoes & even watched the Kentucky Derby! Twas a wonderful time. Thanks in abundance for this trip’s hosts who made it all happen so seamlessly: Kathleen and Gary Portello, Sandy and Warren Hill and Barbara and Jim Stokes. Hats off, also, to the Trail boss, Clyde Schrader and his lady, Dana.
Spring Ceremonial 201317 Apr 13
Saturday, April 13, eleven new Shriner candidates were initiated into El Korah Shrine, Boise, Idaho.
It was a day filled with activity and fun, concluding in a joyful fezzing of the 11 new shriners, fabulous formal banquet prepared and served by the elite El Korah chef and serving staff, with dancing rounding out the day. Congratulations all!
Weds., April 10 Special El Korah Shrine Stated Meeting – Open01 Apr 13
April Stated Meeting will serve up a special event — ladies, family members and friends included.
A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 and breakout sessions follow at 7 pm.
Guest speakers will offer the benefit of their expertise in two areas:
* Elder Care, by Donna Schuyler
* Today’s Social Media – Facebook in particular, by Rhea Allen
Melodrama at El Korah Shrine ends this weekend…tickets available tonight–saturday sold out!15 Mar 13
March El Korah Shrine Stated Meeting went on the road…15 Mar 13
Stated Meeting in Idaho Falls March 13th was very well attended. 31 Nobles and Ladies from Boise enjoyed the camaraderie and fellowship of well over 30 Nobles and Ladies from Upper Snake River Shrine Club and several Nobles from Pocatello’s Southeast Shrine Club.
The evening also brought two New Nobles to Shriners International: welcome Marc Hallacker and Albert Brett.
Pictures of the evening to follow.
New El Korah Facebook Page03 Feb 13
Hi Friends of El Korah. We’re starting to migrate all our friends over to our Organization page rather than the personal profile. If you haven’t already liked our page, please do so at the link below. To become a Friend of the New El Korah Facebook page, click LIKE. Thank you!