Taking the Extra Step…August 2020

Taking the Extra Step…August 2020

June and July are gone…how can that happen??? We were hunkered down hiding from Covid-19 and just like magic…August appeared. The month of June was pretty much that…hunkered down and very little Shrine activity to be seen.  On June 23, Oriental Guide...
Above & Beyond: John Archer

Above & Beyond: John Archer

Nobles and Ladies, this month we want to shine the spot light on a man who has mastered the art of maximizing the time given to him every day. Don’t confuse this last statement with being on time…I’m just saying he gets more done in a day for more people than I think...
Big Week for Deserving Brother

Big Week for Deserving Brother

Imagine with me traveling back to June 29, 1950 and attend Lodge at Sheridan Lodge #0008 of Sheridan, WY. You would have been a witness to the raising as a Master Mason of Lloyd Kenneth Salisbury. We affectionately know him as Ken these days and we were able to give...
All 2020 Circuses Cancelled

All 2020 Circuses Cancelled

by Aaron Neiman, 2019-20 Circus Chairman Nobles of El Riad, I have the unfortunate duty as Circus Chairman to inform you that due to COVID-19 all circuses for El Riad have been canceled for 2020.  We had been working diligently with the Arena staff and were beginning...
Taking the Extra Step…June/July 2020

Taking the Extra Step…June/July 2020

In the May Cactus the highlights definitely were the Unit and Club articles. A BIG THANK YOU to all UNITS and CLUBS who took the time to write an article and let our Shrine know what you’re doing. Please keep the articles coming and continue to BRAG about what you’re...
Above & Beyond: Roger Risty

Above & Beyond: Roger Risty

Roger became a Mason in the spring of 1978 being raised in Mt. Rushmore lodge 220. He then joined Naja Shrine in the summer of 1978. Roger then moved to Sioux Falls in the Spring of 1986 and joined Unity Lodge Sioux Falls and El Riad Shrine. As a member of the El Riad...
Meet Your New Outer Guard

Meet Your New Outer Guard

Bill Thompson is the new Outer Guard of the Divan. If you don’t know him, get to know him. He is a great guy. Bill was born in Grinnell, Iowa and has lived in Nebraska and now South Dakota. Right after high school, Bill went into the Marine Corps. After the military,...
Taking the Extra Step…May 2020

Taking the Extra Step…May 2020

When I was a young Shriner I found the Shrine was not user friendly. The units I had interest in prohibited me from joining due to strict bylaws. The bylaws said you had to attend a certain number of parades to maintain membership with that unit. My job was six days a...
Taking the Extra Step…April 2020

Taking the Extra Step…April 2020

“Due to the uncertainty of future cancellations we have omitted the calendar of events and upcoming events in this issue of the Cactus. When we are certain that an event will take place, we will send an eblast to inform everyone.” Illustrious Sir, Al Zahn El...
Taking the Extra Step…March 2020

Taking the Extra Step…March 2020

First, thank you to all Nobles for our successful Cash Calendar fundraising event. Past Potentate Rick Daniels presented this fundraising idea in 2003 when he was Potentate. For 17 years it continues to raise money for our operating costs. This doesn’t happen by...

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