Taking the Extra Step…December 2020/January 2021

Taking the Extra Step…December 2020/January 2021

As I started to write this article I looked at some past Cactus issues…and I said no…This is about the El Riad moving forward not looking back. Don’t get me wrong, we had a lot of outstanding events happen this year. We were blessed to have our Grand Master visit our...
El Riad Warm Sands Ceremony

El Riad Warm Sands Ceremony

Since Saturday, November 7, was the day for our cancelled Fall Ceremonial the shrine was available all day. Potentate Al Zahn decided to offer a Warm Sands Ceremony in the morning from 8:30 – Noon. This ceremony was a truncated version of our typical ceremonial....
Taking the Extra Step…November 2020

Taking the Extra Step…November 2020

More than once I’ve heard a Past Potentate say how hard it was to write the Cactus Article. Back then I thought to myself…why? How can that be? Especially when you’re writing about something you love…our Shrine. You have resources readily available from our past...
Above & Beyond: James Hoy

Above & Beyond: James Hoy

The Fall Ceremonial was to be dedicated to Noble James “Jim” Hoy.  Jim will be recognized and receive his plaque at the November Stated Meeting.    Jim was created May 20, 1995 in Minnehaha Masonic Lodge #5.  He has served 2 terms as Master of Minnehaha Lodge.  Jim...
Sportsmans Classic Banquet

Sportsmans Classic Banquet

The El Riad Sportsman Classic happened on Tuesday, October 6, with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. We necessarily took everyone’s temperature before entering the shrine because of COVID-19. As always, we look forward to a very fun night at the 17th Annual El Riad Sportsman...
Imperial Captain of the Guard Visit

Imperial Captain of the Guard Visit

We were honored to host Imperial Captain of the Guard Matt Sturlaugson and his wife Mandii Sturlaugson at El Riad Shrine. Having their point of view as new members of the Imperial Line was great and they offered words of wisdom from Shriners Imperial Potentate James...
2020 Pote’s Parade

2020 Pote’s Parade

The 2020 Pote’s Parade took place at the Denny Sanford Premier Center parking lot to give all of our units and clubs the opportunity to present themselves to the public while we also had an oasis afterward.   Photos by Pixel Shelby...
Taking the Extra Step…October 2020

Taking the Extra Step…October 2020

What’s your “why”? A question John (Hank) Schuety asked the Clowns when he was Big Clown. Why are you a Shriner? Why did you join the Clown Unit or any Unit? Why do you go to the Unit meetings? Why do you work at Shrine events? Why do you go to the Stated Meetings? A...

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