Shriners inducted, raise for hospitals

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

February 10, 2014

JONESVILLE — The Elkin Jonesville Shrine Club held its installation of officers on Saturday, Jan. 25, at its club house located at 5003 Swaim St.

The installation was performed by Oasis Chief Rabban Noble Todd Ham.

Ham installed the following officers: President David Johnson, first vice president Myron Holbrook, second vice president Kevin Carter, treasurer John Foster, and secretary Doug Norris.

Other elected board of directors are Nobles Mike Deason, Raymond “Scooter” Parker, and Leon Reece.

The club was also presented a plaque for raising $128,386.26 for local hospitals.

“This was a great achievement through the efforts of nobles from our club. Working hard to support our 22 hospitals is what Elkin Jonesville Shrine Club is all about,” said David Johnson, president of Elkin Jonesville Shrine Club. “So when you see the Red Fez (our hat) out in public, nine out of ten times we are working to raise money to support our hospitals. So give from the heart, knowing you are changing a child’s life through the work we do.”

According to Johnson to become a Shriner a person must first be a Mason. “With more members, we will be able to work harder and raise more money to support our 22 hospitals,” he said. “Since the hospitals’ budget is more than $2 million a day, we need to do all we can to support the children we help.”

Johnson indicated the clubhouse is available to rent out by the general public for birthdays, weddings, and other special occasions. The facility seats up to 60 guests and has a full commercial grade kitchen. The donation for the rental helps offset general costs associated with the building.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care innovative research, and teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of patients’ ability to pay.

Anyone interested in becoming a part of Elkin Jonesville Shrine Club, or renting their club house, contact David Johnson for more information 336-957-4985.

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