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....
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...

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