News and Events
Sudan Shriners celebrated their Spring Ceremonial in New Bern, May 3-4, with the Friday afternoon festivities held on the waterfront of the Neuse River just across the street from the Sudan temple offices.
With many clubs and units preparing local foods, Shriners and ladies were treated to cuisine that ranged from steamed clams to pulled pork with all of the trimmings.
A change in wind direction caused a bit of a scramble for some, including the Potentate, to move RV's parked on the riverfront which were surrounded by water as the day and wind progressed. No harm done but a bit of fun for some watching the coach owners wading through mid-calf deep water.
Saturday's parade saw a lot of participation from locals and visitors along New Bern's parade route. A cool spring day with plenty of sunshine made for an enjoyable morning. An addition to the parade this year was the inclusion of New Bern munincipal fire and police department units.
Saturday evening's events included the 'Fez and Rose Presentation' for new Nobles and Ladies, check presentations and the donation of a newly aquired transportation van for the Roadrunners, the transportation unit for Sudan patients. From reports by a Roadrunner member, the van went into service on Sunday morning with a patient transport scheduled.
Shriners and Ladies were surprised by special guest Imperial Potentate Alan W. Madsen who shared an insightful presentation on Shriners International and the on-going challenges and projects for the coming year(s). It was a enlightening presentation and a glimpse of the breadth of the duties and responsibilities of the Imperial Potentate and the Imperial Divan.
Dance music was provided by The Pizazz Band for the Potentate's Ball with, as usual, the crowd fully engaged. H'orderves were provided by hosting clubs in the lower mezzanine throughout the evening and a grand time was had by all..
Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas From: http://shrine-bowl.com/
The "Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas", set for December 21, 2013, was first played on
December 4, 1937 in Charlotte, N.C., making it the oldest high school football all-star game in the nation. The annual game featuring many of the top high school players from North and South Carolina is played to benefit the Greenville (South Carolina) Unit Shriners Hospital for Children © and the 21 other Shriners Hospitals for Children © across the nation.
Having always been played on the third weekend in December, the game culminates the year’s fund-raising efforts of the five shrine temples involved in operating the game.
The Shrine Bowl began in 1937 based on the model of the East-West Shrine Game that was played in San Francisco, but the game took on a new slant in the Carolinas. Instead of being a college all-star game, it would become the nation’s first high school football all-star game.
The inaugural game in 1937, under the leadership of former Charlotte Fire Chief Hendrix Palmer attracted 5,500 spectators , many of whom paid one dollar to attend and raised $2,500 for the hospital. Since 2013, game receipts and temple contributions have raised over 1.7 million dollars.
Since the first game, over $75 million dollars have been raised for Shriners Hospitals.
The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the five sponsoring Shrine Centers have always led the Shriners International in contributions to the Shriners Hospitals for Children ©, and the game has been replicated or adapted by every Shrine Center in the country that promotes an athletic event.
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• New Years Day • Good Friday• Independence Day • Memorial Day
• Labor Day • Thanksgiving and Friday after• Christmas and one other day
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