2019–2020 Imperial Potentate Jeffrey L. Sowder and First Lady Cheryl Sowder
When Madelyn, 19, was born, doctors told her family she was beautiful, healthy, tiny — and born without her left arm. Her journey with Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis began when she was just 3 months old. During her childhood, she used prosthetics, mainly for balance, and occupational therapy at the hospital helped her to function and interact in the world.
Cristian, 18, was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. For several years, his parents had difficulty finding doctors who understood how best to help him. That changed in 2012, when a Shriner referred him to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Cristian was 13 when he had the surgery that he says changed his life and gave him hope, at Shriners for Children Medical Center.
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Recent Blog Articles
One of my goals for 2019 was to create an avenue for all El Riad promotions to come under one roof and be coordinated by one group. This would allow for future El Riad promotions to have a similar branding, similar goals, a structured and cohesive...read more
El Riad Shrine has a lot of moving parts in its machinery that must stay well-aligned and well-maintained to keep the whole operation running smoothly. There are many contributors to that process that typically stand out and are easily recognized, such as...read more
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...read more
Let me begin by saying that I am very humbled and honored to serve as your Potentate for 2019. I vow to do my best and to try to live up to the expectations of the nobility as we continue the good works of our Shrine fraternity and philanthropy. Lady...read more
Our 2019 annual meeting and installation took place on Saturday, January 12. Our many elected officers were sworn in and our Divan, lead by Illustrious Sir John Whitelock and his Lady Ralynn, were installed as our new Temple Board of Directors. Many thanks...read more
This is the December/January Cactus issue, and there are not only a few things to cover, but also some things to finalize. Last month, I talked about the Fall Ceremonial in general terms. I would like to be a little more specific now and announce that it was a...read more
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