Getting to the Point: Heather Nagel

Getting to the Point: Heather Nagel

The Cactus Interview Heather Nagel El Riad Shrine Venue Coordinator Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD What keeps you in Sioux Falls? My love for this city, and the kind people in it, as well as all it offers to those of us who live here. The entertainment, restaurants, parks,...
Have Fun In ’21! April 2021

Have Fun In ’21! April 2021

In addition to our Dance Club on Friday night, the El Riad Shrine also had a successful event on March 13, at the Shrine. Hats off to the Fife & Drum unit for hosting their St Patty’s Day Beer Pong Tournament. All 64 teams participated and several non-playing...
Have Fun In ’21! March 2021

Have Fun In ’21! March 2021

With the vaccines now reaching more and more of our fellow Nobles, our calendars are starting to fill up, and events are taking shape. We sincerely hope vaccine and immunity means that the second half of our Shrine year will be back to “normal”. While it is not yet...
Pandemic Potentate

Pandemic Potentate

by Bill Schepeler Dear Illustrious Sir Al Zahn, As your year in the leadership role of El Riad Shrine draws to a close, I can only imagine the thoughts that swirl through your head. You invested over a decade of your life serving, learning, traveling and attending...
Have Fun In ’21!

Have Fun In ’21!

The new Shrine year is here! The question on every Nobles mind is, what’s this new year going to bring? Are there going to be enough vaccines for everyone? Are the vaccines going to be delivered in a fast and efficient manner? How long before events and parades are...
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....

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