Again the Aleppo Shrine Family is very busy. Seems the summer time is travel time.
We started with a cruise to Bermuda. We got back in time for the Comedy Night at Aleppo, the Roller Derby and few more Boston Bruins’ games.
On May 25th, Aleppo Shriners and Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston staff gathered along Blossom Street to welcome a very special guest, Noble Eric Morabito, from the Cyprus Shrine Center in New York who walked over 240 miles from Glens Falls, NY to Boston, MA. Noble Morabito used his walk as a fundraiser to support our Hospital mission. May 27th, the Un-Official start of Summer, we participated in the Memorial Day parade in Wilmington; thanks for such a great turnout. Awesome to see so many family members supporting the parading Nobles. We even had a few grandchildren and children in the back seats. I know they had a great time, seeing big smiles and enthusiastic waves. Just let us know if you want to bring your grandchildren; they are part
of the Shrine family, too.
We started June with the Annual Shriner Awareness Day on June 6th. Happy Birthday to Shriners. Lots of postings of members wearing their Fezes or favorite Shrine shirt to work that day. June 7th celebrated a major Donor Appreciation Luncheon at the SHC Boston with a panel of four former patients. I think this will be the first of many reunions of Boston patients. The panel included our 2019 National Ambassador Riley Desin. Such a proud and emotional opportunity to hear them tell their stories and their reflections of the impact you have made on their lives. These “children,”now adults, shared a new perspective on the work you do. You helped to save their lives, give them back a childhood, but it did not end after the operations. They have grown up, have productive lives creating another generation of Shrine supporters. Your work continues to impact the world in a very positive manner. Shriners really do make the world a better place. We ended that day at Fenway Park hosting three of the panel speakers; Jimmy, Evan, and Riley. Since Riley was a patient at SHC–Tampa Bay the Boston Red Sox let the Tampa Bay Rays win.
We initiated about two dozen Nobles the next day on June 8th. Again, we opened our Ceremonial, steak lunch and strawberry festival to friends and Ladies. Riley, with his mom and dad, Noble Richard “Rick” Desin, viewed the Ceremonial. Riley offered great heartfelt words to reflect upon. He shared ONE word – challenged us to get ONE new member. I overheard the plan from Rick Desin, he has his ONE. Rick has sponsored Riley into Freemasonry with the plan to be a Shriner by next summer. Have you replaced yourself? Yet? Again? Find your ONE.
Continuing the business of “Family Fun,” the June 21st Football Game – started with a tailgate dinner. Thank you Noble Bill Linskey, your team and the Aides Association…GREAT FOOD and a great game….and we got to share the sausages, cheesburgers and (yes) hot dogs with our Ladies, coaches, officials and cheerleaders. Thank you to the Ladies – HONS – stepping with a GRAND idea…the raffle added almost a $1000.00 towards the team goal. My sincerest appreciation to Illustrious Noble Peter Simmons!! The Aleppo Football Classic ranks # 4 as a sports fundraising event in all of Shriners International, that’s 4th best in the world for fundraising. Way to go Peter, and congratulations to the Aleppo Shriners Family. A very exciting night.
On Sunday, June 23, we remembered our departed family members and Nobles by honoring our widows. The Remembrance Luncheon organized by Chief Rabban Gary Bartlett and his team of helpers. A lovely social period of sharing stories and reconnecting was followed by a delicious meal and star-stunning entertainment from SGT. Daniel Clark, the “Singing Trooper.” Thank you to all the Ladies; looking forwarding to seeing you next year…or sooner at any event… you are Family!
OMY, it is the end of June – time to start packing for Nashville, TN – Shriners International Imperial Session – unit competitions, individual competitions, parade, sightseeing and all the country music you can imagine.
See ya’ll soon.