Noble Steve Haase was nominated by the Bridges to the Futures Committee and appointed by Potentate John Whitelock to serve as the Outer Guard on the El Riad Shrine Divan. Steve is a devoted Shriner and active in many facets of the Shrine, as you will read below.
Steve was born in Brookings, SD and raised on a farm in the White, SD area. He graduated from Deubrook High School, and later attended Lake Area Vocational Technical Institute where he received a degree in electronics. For the past 18 years, Steve has worked for video lottery service company Logic, Inc. where he serves as their shop manager.
Steve is married to Sandra, and they have daughter Lexy. Their hobbies are animals (two dogs, three cats and a fish), antiquing in their spare time, and listening to Lexy play guitar and sing. Steve hunts, fishes, plays cards and cooks on the smoker. He also has an amateur radio license, call sign N0YRU.
Steve’s journey into the fraternal life was prompted by Terry Hanten, who convinced Steve to enter the Masonic Craft. In 2010, Steve joined Trinity Lodge and soon after El Riad Shriners. He quickly joined the Motor Corps, and has risen to his current position of Vice Commander of the unit. He serves on the parade and competition team, and is webmaster for Motor Corps fundraisers. Steve serves as a member of the Building and Entertainment Committee, where he lends us his expertise with audio, visual and lighting technology.
Steve is a member of the Ritualistic Unit, where he operates the audiovisual components of the first and third ceremonial sections. He is also a member of the Back 40 Boys Band, where he runs the sound for the band. Steve is a member of the Sportsman’s Classic team, where he serves as webmaster and operates the audiovisual effects for that event. Steve and Sandra are also members of the Shutterbugs and Pixels photography unit.
Steve served as a Pote’s Aide in 2013 for Ill. Sir Rich Burns, in 2017 for Ill. Sir Jim Burma, and in 2018 as Chief Pote’s Aide for Ill. Sir Maury Richard. Steve and Sandra have also served on the Pote’s Party Committee. Steve has been chairman of the Patient Christmas Party for the past two years. And, in 2017, Steve was named the In-Town Shriner of the Year.
When asked the question “but for the Shrine,” Steve said that was easy. “I was able to give back by donating a little time and energy to help so many patients. From raising money to throwing them a party, to see their faces light up and to hear their stories, I was hooked. How can you not be a Shriner?”
Welcome, Steve. Your years of service display your commitment to the fraternity and charity. We know that you will do well as a leader of El Riad Shriners in the years ahead.