The 2014 Summer Convention
for the Pacific Northwest Shrine Association was hosted by El Korah Shriners
this year in Boise Idaho. Many of the El
Korah Divan and Units were in attendance at the East/West Shrine All Star Game
in Baker City and attended the Parade in downtown Baker City the previous
Since the start of the PNSA
event was only a few days after the Baker City Game a number of the Divan spent
a few days visiting friends and family that were in the area or sight-seeing in
the Northeastern part of Oregon.
Noble High Priest and Prophet
Don Wetzel and I visited the little town of Joseph Oregon and saw some of the
many bronze statues that line the streets of that small community. Joseph is the home of a large Bronze factory
where those statues are made. Joseph is
a very picturesque town with an old historical heritage.
Arriving in Boise a couple of
days early, Noble Don and I visited the Mountain Home Air Force Base (Noble Don
is a retired Air Force Major) and spent some time at the base BX. A number of 15 fighter aircraft were doing
touch-n-goes at the base so we got our fill of the jet fumes and adrenaline
rush of hearing those jets do their fly-bys.
We also attended the Birds of
Prey Museum where a number of birds of prey are housed, treated and if possible
released back into the wild. This
facility was and is the premier facility for the re-population of the
endangered California Condors. At one
time there were only 22 California Condors due to lead poisoning caused by the
lead bullets used by hunters. The
re-population is very successful and many of these beautiful birds are once
again flying free in the wild. Their
wingspan can reach 9 ½ feet across and they can soar in the thermal for hours
without flapping their wings.
A number of other tours were
offered by El Korah Shriners during the days of the PNSA event. Another very interesting tour on Thursday was
the Warhawk Museum which had WWI & WWII fighter aircraft and paraphernalia
of these World Wars on display. A number
of the Nobles can relate to these fighter planes as they were veterans of WWII
and served in many of the flight crews of these fighter and bomber units during
For those not interested in
the aircraft there was a wine tour offered by El Korah showcasing some fine
wines of the Snake River Valley area.
Wednesday night El Korah Temple hosted a beer and wine tasting at
their Temple for those who missed the previous wine tour. I think we had a number of “double dippers”
who attended both wine tastings.
Thursday was the beginning of
the Units competition and first up was the Clown competition. I have to admire the Nobles who take the time
to dress in grease paint, put on the floppy shoes and silly clothes in an attempt
to bring a smile to a little child. They
are truly loving and caring Nobles who’s only purpose is to bring happiness to
the children who need a smile or two. I
tip my big floppy hat to you Nobles!
Thursday night was our PNSA
Counterparts Dinners at various locations.
The 2014 Potentates Class held our final Dinner at a local Country Club.
Imperial Potentate Imperial
Sir Dale Stauss has been our counterpart during our Divan years and we toasted
him and Lady Cheryl for his Term as Imperial Potentate for 2014-2015. The 2014 Class of Potentates donated $500.00
to Lady Cheryl’s Project.
Friday morning the unit
competitions started again with motorized units and the Oriental Bands. Hillah didn’t have any Units in these
competitions but we got to watch and rout for our favorites during the competition.
The Nobles Lunch was held on
the lawn at the Riverside Hotel courtyard.
A no-host Dinner was held at
El Korahs Temple followed by an Aloha Beach party.
Saturday was parade day in
downtown Boise and a large number of units from the PNSA Temples of Alaska,
British Columbia, Canada, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana files down the
streets of downtown Boise. Imperial
Potentate Dale Stauss and the PNSA Potentates walked the parade route as we did
in Baker City the week before. Walking
makes interaction with the crowd much easier and many times we could shake
hands and talk to the children on a more personal level than riding in a
Hillah Shriners was honorable
represented by Illustrious Sir Bob Mallory and his fully motorized Beverage
Cooler! I am amazed by the “mileage” IS
Bob gets out of that contraption. It
seems like it will run forever!
After the Parade we were
transported to the park for a BBQ Lunch and some additional socializing with
the Nobles and Ladies of PNSA.
The finishing events Saturday
night was the Presidents Awards Luau Dinner.
The Officers of the PNSA were
elected for the ensuing year and we were treated with some traditional Hawaiian
Dancers and an explanation of the story in those dances.
El Korah Shriners were excellent Hosts of this PNSA
Event and provided interesting and fun activities as well as a great host hotel
venue. Thanks to all the Divan Nobles
and Ladies who attended and IS Bob Mallory and Lady Elaine who joined in the