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Here it is nearly the first of February already; time is really flying by!  These first few months of the year are great times to meet the Nobles and Ladies at the Hillah social events of the various Shrine Clubs and make plans for the upcoming calendar of events.  The Units are preparing for their scheduled parade events and are ready for the parade season just around the corner. 

Even in the darkest days of winter, these are busy times for the Nobles and Ladies of Hillah.

The February social dinner has been moved to the Scottish Rite Center in Klamath Falls to support the Klamath Falls Shrine Clubs Crab Feed club fundraiser.  For those many seafood lovers, this is a real deal!  Hillah is making an extra effort this year to support the fundraisers of our great Shrine Clubs and Units as well as initiate new Hillah fundraising events to support the operations of our Temple.  The first Hillah fundraiser is coming up very soon; the Hillah Shriners Donkey Basketball Game to be held at the Medford Armory on Valentines’ day Feb 14.  See the flyer and write up in our Newsletter for particulars.  Last years’ event was a great success and we are working on making this year even better with more concessions, promotions and publicity.  Please support these Hillah fundraisers by not only your attendance but also getting the word out to increase public awareness of these fundraisers to garner their valuable financial support.

I will be making my visitations to the Shrine Clubs and Units in the next few months to meet all of the Nobles and Ladies of these great Hillah clubs and discuss our plans for the 2014 year.  

Lady Laura is initiating her First Ladies Project for the benefit of the Northern California Shriners Hospital for Children.  See the details in this Newsletter.  Please provide your valuable support to this great cause to show our support of this great Shriners Hospital.  Hillah has a member on the Board of Governors there; Illustrious Sir Jack Adams as well as an Alternate Board Member Noble Bob Mick.  The Northern California Shrine Hospital is one of the premier Burn Centers in the Shrine Hospital system. 

Many new surgical procedures are also being researched and developed at this Hospital as well as partnering with UC Davis and Bay area centers for General Pediatric care.   Your support of Lady Laura’s First Ladies Project for this great institution will be greatly appreciated!  

As always; Es selamu aleikum.


Bruce A. Kundert

Potentate, 2014 – Hillah Shriners

Hillah Donkey Basketball Game - Medford Armory

posted Jan 30, 2014, 9:16 AM by Bruce Kundert   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 2:50 PM ]

Tickets to Donkey Basketball are just $6.00 each and are available at the door. So please plan on attending and cheering for your favorite team. You will only be sorry if you miss this great even. Come out and support your Shrine.

The Donkey Basketball Games are getting closer. Scheduled for February 14, 2014 at the Medford Armory. The participating teams are Wolf Performance, White City, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Medford Police Department, and FM 105.1 Radio, (The Wolf). Winners of the first round will play a final game to determine the overall championship for 2014, and take home the trophy.

We are privileged to have Byron Millard, of Millard Auction Company as our announcer and a co-organizer of this exciting event. Look for surprising activities throughout the evening.

Look for information on Millard Auction’s Face Book Page. F M 105.1 Radio (The Wolf) is also assisting with advertising. Stay tuned to this station for exciting opportunities in January and

February. I think you will be pleasant surprised. Refreshments are being provided in part by "JUS’ DAWGS", Proprietor is Rebecca Graham.

There will also be Soda, Water, Candy Bars and Popcorn for sale. Others supporting Medford Shriners are the Phoenix High School and Bear Creek Livestock 4H Group. Trophy is provided by Superior Stamp and Sign, Linda Duprey, Medford. They also created the two banners on display during the games. The Gate is being handles by Hillah Shriners Legion of Honor, Commander Robert Irwin.

For more information contact Noble Don Wetzel, Shrine Donkey Basketball Coordinator at (541) 840-5777 – cell.

Noble Don Wetzel, High Priest & Prophet


Farewell Message from 2013 Potentate

posted Jan 3, 2014, 8:29 AM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 2:50 PM by Bruce Kundert ]

Thank you Nobles of Hillah Shriners for allowing me the honor to serve as your Potentate for 2013. I hope I was instrumental in leaving Hillah at least a little better than I found it. To serve has truly been an honor and something Lady Elaine and I will long cherish and remember. You are the ones, your friendship, your words of encouragement and the fun that made the journey what it was and that was nothing short of wonderful.


To Noble Bruce Kundert and the 2014 elected Divan, congratulations. I'm sure I speak for the entire Nobility of Hillah Shrine when I say we are looking forward to another fun filled year in which we continue to make great strides forward. New and renewed leadership, new and improved ideas, onward and upward. Together we have and will continue to make a difference in our fraternity and philanthropy.


Lady Elaine and I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting and the installation and Inaugural Ball Banquet and Dinner Show on January 10 and 11.


May peace and harmony prevail. Until we meet again

Es Selaum Aleikum

10 Million Charity Miles

posted Dec 17, 2013, 8:21 AM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 2:50 PM by Bruce Kundert ]

Once again United Airways is giving away 10 million miles to nonprofit partners. Shriners Hospitals for Children was the winner last year and Hillah benefited from this when we sent a patient to the Chicago hospital.  
Log on to and cast your vote for Shriners Hospitals for Children.  You may vote every day through Dec 31.  Help spread the word, ask your friends and family members to support this project.

Yours in the Faith

Bob Mallory
Hillah Shriners

Hillah Installation 2014

posted Dec 17, 2013, 8:18 AM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 2:50 PM by Bruce Kundert ]

See the attached flyer for details about the upcoming Hillah Shrine Installation.

Thanksgiving Message from Hillah Shrine's Potentate, Bob Mallory

posted Nov 25, 2013, 2:33 PM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 2:50 PM by Bruce Kundert ]

Bob Mallory 

Lady Elaine and I would like to wish you and your family a 

Happy Thanksgiving.


It's time for turkey and pumpkin pie this much is true

It's also time to say how much we appreciate you!

May the season bring you joy and all the best.

This Thanksgiving may your blessing be many

and your worries be few.

May you find reasons to give thanks

when each day is anew.

Roseburg Veteran's Day Parade 2013

posted Nov 13, 2013, 4:54 PM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 2:50 PM by Bruce Kundert ]

 Thanks you Hillah Shriners.  Without your involvement this could not
have happened.  What a great group of Nobles and Ladies. Entries
included the Fire Brigade, Motor Patrol, Oriental Band, Toys on
Wheels, Douglas County Shrine Club (four rigs) and Ladies Oriental
Shrine.  Thank you one and all, you make Hillah Shriners look good.

Bob Mallory, Potentate

Chief Rabban's Night 2013

posted Oct 14, 2013, 1:26 PM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 2:50 PM by Bruce Kundert ]



Chief Rabban's Night


November 1, 2013

Where: Grants Pass Masonic Lodge

320 NW E. Street

Grants Pass, Oregon


5PM - Social Hour

6PM - Dinner

7PM - (After Dinner) A Look Ahead to 2014

Fun Activities



Dinner by Ladies of the Oriental Shrine - Bahari Court (And those Great Pies by HP Diana Orler!)



Pot Roast with all the fixings,

Salad, Veggies,

Coffee and Dessert

$12.00 per plate


Please RSVP by October 28, 2013*

Call 1-(541)-956-9276

*To insure an accurate headcount

for the dinners

Hillah Halloween 2013

posted Oct 7, 2013, 8:37 AM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 2:50 PM by Bruce Kundert ]

Pote’s Halloween Party

Costumes Suggested, Games, Prizes

October 25, 2013 – Grants Pass Masonic Lodge

5:30 Ghoul’s Social – 6:30 Devilish Dinner

Suggested Donation $12

Call for reservations by October 20th – 541-862-2565

Monster Menu

Frightening Flatiron Steak with Wild Mushroom Sauce

Ghostly Green Salad

Grisly Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Beastly Bread

Phantom Pies

Membership in the Fast Lane

posted Oct 3, 2013, 12:35 PM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 2:50 PM by Bruce Kundert ]

This is a reprint from Shriners International September 2013 “The Public Relations Voice”. So you know, Hillah is “onboard” with the PACE program. Your involvement and support is encouraged and expected for the good of the fraternity. Look for more information in future issues of Hillah Shriners, at and through personal communications. 

 “Imperial Potentate John Cinott’s Pace Program: Setting the Pace for a Strong Future was designed to assist in increasing temple membership. The program is available to any temple whose leadership has a strong commitment to our goal of strengthening membership and raising awareness of Shriners International. Over the course of two 
years, this pilot program will focus on providing customized temple membership strategies for specific groups within participating temples. 

The program will begin with an Imperial Officer and a representative from the Imperial Membership Committee conducting an extensive meeting/brainstorming session at the temple. The visiting team, together with temple leadership, will develop membership strategies using input from the temple Divan, Past Potentates, membership/public relations teams, unit/club officers, new members and ladies. During the meeting, information on some of the best practices being used successfully at temples that have had continuous success will be shared and discussed. “

Hillah Shrine Fall 2013 Ceremonial

posted Jul 29, 2013, 9:21 AM by Robert Bigelow   [ updated Jan 30, 2014, 2:50 PM by Bruce Kundert ]

Hillah Fall Ceremonial
September 20-22, 2013
Roseburg OR

Friday, September 20, 2013
3:00 – 6:00 PM Registration at Motel
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner and Social at Motel
Casual dress for the dinner and social
7:00 PM Necrology
Following Necrology New Candidate’s Orientation
8:30 PM Social

Saturday, September 21, 2013
8:00 – 9:00 AM  Parade
9:45 AM  Ladies meet in Lobby for Safari Trip
 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Nobles and Candidates at Patterson
Masonic Park, 1st section; lunch; 2nd section
3:15 – 5:00 PM  Hospitality at the EconoLodge Conference Room
6:00 – 9:30 PM 
Dinner and Fezzing at the Roseburg
Multiple Listing Service Event Center
3510 NE Edenbower, Roseburg, OR 9747
Business casual dress for the banquet

Registration deadline is August 30, please use the attached registration form.

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