Local Shriners make donation
Ada Shrine Club entertained Mike Weed, Potentate of India Shrine of Oklahoma, Lady Linda, his wife, and his divan and their ladies at a dinner Jan. 19 at the Aldridge Building.
This is an annual affair for the installation of offices and for the Ada Shriners to present a check to the potentate for the India Shrine Hospital transportation fund.
Although a serious event, Ada Shriners find out the interests, hobbies or former occupation of the presiding potentate and somehow incorporate those facts humorously into the presentation. This year was no exception as Weed, retired from Firestone, was presented a worn-out tire before a check for $5,000 was handed to him by newly elected club President Bill Hollwager. The Shriners had earned the money through their annual golf tournament and Vidalia onion sales.
For one month alone, January 2013, Oklahoma Shriners voluntarily drove the Shriners’ fleet of nine vans 15,405 miles, taking 31 young patients and their parents to Shreveport, St. Louis, Galveston and Houston Shrine Hospitals where transportation, lodging and treatment are all free. In addition, Shriners secure free tickets, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, that provide flights for patients who require them, while Shriners themselves also pay air fare for patients who qualify.
Although a $5,000 donation is commendable, Ada Shriners plan to supersede that next year by presenting a new van, as they have done in the past, in lieu of the monetary donation.
Ada Prime Timers met Feb. 19 at J.D.’s Cafeteria with Neal Beasley, president, presiding. Forty-one members and four guests attended.
January birthdays and anniversaries were acknowledged. Ruth Ann Taylor gave the treasurer’s report. Susanne Woolley gave a fiddle presentation which included a variety of musical styles, including Western swing, jazz, bluegrass and classical music.