2019–2020 Imperial Potentate Jeffrey L. Sowder and First Lady Cheryl Sowder
When Madelyn, 19, was born, doctors told her family she was beautiful, healthy, tiny — and born without her left arm. Her journey with Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis began when she was just 3 months old. During her childhood, she used prosthetics, mainly for balance, and occupational therapy at the hospital helped her to function and interact in the world.
Cristian, 18, was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. For several years, his parents had difficulty finding doctors who understood how best to help him. That changed in 2012, when a Shriner referred him to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Cristian was 13 when he had the surgery that he says changed his life and gave him hope, at Shriners for Children Medical Center.
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Recent Blog Articles
The seasons must be changing now that our summer Midwest Shrine Association session has come and gone. El Riad had a strong turnout of nobles and ladies attend the events in Aberdeen in early August, and we had the highest number of participants as is typical for our...read more
Enjoy many photos below from parades our Shrine units participated in and thank you to all the Shutterbugs & Pixels for taking the photos!Photos by Jane Anderson and Shelby DeVriesread more
The sun shines bright in the summer as does the El Riad Shrine. It’s parade season, and time for our many units and clubs to show off and do what they do best – proudly represent our temple to the many communities both inside and outside of our realm. What a great way...read more
For the past several months of writing this column, it has been my goal to highlight the people that make El Riad great, because people are the lifeblood of the Shrine. A few weeks ago in April, a whole bunch of people came together once again from near and far to...read more
Our Spring Ceremonial took place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and was dedicated to Noble Marv Lovro. Photos by Shutterbugs, Darrell Griggs and Jeff Smithread more
Since I started writing this column for the Cactus, I have been highlighting individuals and groups that make a difference at El Riad. That trend continues this month because people are our most valued asset. Likely the most visible groups of volunteers in...read more
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