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Coronavirus Response Update from Syria Shriners for May 17th

At Syria Shriners, we are doing our best to continue keeping you informed as circumstances quickly change and events are canceled or rescheduled, while our Grand Lodge and Shriners International reach decisions and issue statements that affect all of us. While it has never been our intention to flood your inbox with email, we feel an absolute responsibility to maintain the flow of information.

You can view our previous updates and news at these links below:

Watch for additional communication, check our website at syriashriners.org, and follow our Facebook page for ongoing information as developments unfold. We'll all get through this together, and if we take proper public health precautions, most of us will not become seriously ill.

Let's continue to pray for one another and support each other through safe social contact (i.e., phone, text, email, FaceTime, Skype, etc.), all the while practicing proper physical distancing to control the spread of the coronavirus. We must all do our part. Even if you think this situation is overblown, please exercise caution, as many of your friends and neighbors are counting on you not to increase their likelihood of exposure or illness.

We are repeating some information below, in the hope that more people will see it. More people are signing up for our emails, and our open rate is improving, but most who receive messages from us continue not to open them, so we apologize for the repetition, and hope you understand that redundancy is not a bad thing when the information is important. There's plenty of new content, though, so keep reading!

Meanwhile, stay well, and stay home. We look forward to being together again soon.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!!

Congratulations and Best Wishes to all of the graduating Seniors in our Syria Shriners family! We are so proud of all that you have accomplished in your academic careers. May you have much success in all of your future endeavors, whether they may be continuing in academic settings, entering the military, the work force, taking a gap year, or whatever else life may bring your way.. Just remember, we're counting on you to pay into the Social Security Trust Fund, so go out there and knock 'em dead!

Now We're All in the Yellow Phase . . Big Changes Coming Soon!

Last Friday, 13 Southwest Pennsylvania counties joined the 24 previously designated counties in the Northwest and North Central regions in transitioning to the Yellow Phase of the Commonwealth's COVID-19 reopening process. Beaver County will enter the Yellow Phase this Friday. Accordingly, all of the counties in the oasis of Syria Shriners will no longer be under stay-at-home orders.

Brother Thomas Gamon IV, R.W. Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania, is allowing limited Masonic activity in counties that have entered the Yellow Phase, two weeks after the transition. Accordingly, beginning Friday, May 29, for most of our oasis, and Friday, June 5 in Beaver County, Masonic activity may resume. Stated, Special and Extra Lodge Meetings, however, are still prohibited. Other Masonic activities can be allowed, provided they are in compliance with all federal, state and local guidelines.

Gatherings in Yellow Phase areas are limited to 25 people. Dine-in food and beverage service remains prohibited. Proper physical distancing remains required, and masks should continue to be worn when physical distancing may not be possible.

Click this link to details on state regulations in the various phases of reopening and recovery.

Visit this Grand Lodge to see the May 15 letter from the R.W. Grand Master, outlining guidelines for reopening, and the resumption of Masonic activity.

Second Quarterly Meeting Virtually ZOOMs to Monday, June 1

Shriners International Imperial Potentate Jeff. Sowder recently issued General Order No. 2, allowing for electronic meetings. The bylaws of Shriners International require all Temples to meet at least quarterly. The bylaws of Syria Shriners establish quarterly meetings on the first Monday of January, April, August and October.

The Quarterly Meeting of Syria Shriners, previously scheduled for Monday, April 6 had to be postponed, as electronic meetings were not yet possible, the Grand Master had suspended all Masonic activity in Pennsylvania, and Imperial Sir Jeff had directed Shrine Temples to take their lead from their respective Grand Masters. We have now scheduled a Quarterly Meeting using ZOOM, Monday, June 1 at 7:30pm. Watch your email for a link and directions to attend the meeting using your computer, smartphone, tablet, or landline. 

You will need to register in advance for the meeting, in order that we may keep it secure. Only those registered, and verified as members in good standing, will be admitted. 

We need to create a new and upgraded Zoom account for Syria Shriners to facilitate this meeting. After we've done that, details will be published in this space next Sunday, and again May 31.

You can download the ZOOM app for your tablet or smartphone from The App Store or Google Play. 

For your MAC or PC, go to zoom.us. It will also be possible to join the meeting for audio only from any telephone, without the need for a computer or mobile device, or downloading an app or software.

You will still need to register for the meeting.

​​In Case You Missed It

Grand Ole Opry Livestream -  With continuing support from Shriners Hospitals for Children®, last night, for the 4,924th consecutive Saturday night, the show went on at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, featuring Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, and Morgan Evans, keeping the music playing in Music City, once again without a live audience. Click the image to the left and enjoy the show.

SHC has kept the music playing the last 10 Saturdays. See all the shows here.

Pittsburgh Shrine Center Closure

The Pittsburgh Shrine Center remains closed until further notice. Please keep our office and facilities staff, and our entire Syria Shriners family in your prayers. We all need to remember each other during this trying period. Call your fellow Shriners, and look after their well-being. Run errands to the grocery or drug store if your situation allows, and theirs does not.

Rescheduled Events

Canceled & Postponed Events not yet rescheduled

The Walk for Love and Community Day at SHC-Erie, scheduled for Sunday, June 7, has been postponed.

The Butler Shrine Luncheon Club and Butler Caravan 14 picnic, scheduled for Wednesday, June 24, has been canceled.

The fall Night at the Races fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, September 19, has been canceled.

PARADES CANCELED

Memorial Weekend
Prospect - May 23
Carnegie - May 24
Coraopolis - May 25
Lawrenceville - May 25
Monroeville - May 25
Sewickley - May 25

Independence Day
Brentwood
Monroeville


Taking care of ourselves and each other

Let's make sure we look out for each other as we navigate our way through the "new normal." While we practice physical distancing, let's be sure no one goes without vital social contact. Reach out to your fellow Nobles, Lodge Brothers, friends, family and neighbors. If your situation allows, run an errand to the grocery store, pharmacy or other essential business for someone who can't, or really shouldn't, be leaving their home right now. And while you're at it, be sure to take proper precautions like those below.

​Stay Informed!

There is so much misinformation being shared on social media and by email. Do yourself, and all of us a favor, and go right to a trusted source for your information. Please don't pass along things your seen posted or things you've been sent unless they have come directly from a legitimate public health or government authority. Click on the image to the left to visit the federal government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FEMA and the White House at coronavirus.gov.

Syria Shriners Coronavirus Response Update for May 10th

At Syria Shriners, we are doing our best to continue keeping you informed as circumstances quickly change and events are canceled or rescheduled, while our Grand Lodge and Shriners International reach decisions and issue statements that affect all of us. While it has never been our intention to flood your inbox with email, we feel an absolute responsibility to maintain the flow of information.

You can view our previous updates and news at these links below:

Watch for additional communication, check our website at syriashriners.org, and follow our Facebook page for ongoing information as developments unfold. We'll all get through this together, and if we take proper public health precautions, most of us will not become seriously ill.

Let's continue to pray for one another and support each other through safe social contact (i.e., phone, text, email, FaceTime, Skype, etc.), all the while practicing proper physical distancing to control the spread of the coronavirus. We must all do our part. Even if you think this situation is overblown, please exercise caution, as many of your friends and neighbors are counting on you not to increase their likelihood of exposure or illness.

We are repeating some information below, in the hope that more people will see it. More people are signing up for our emails, and our open rate is improving, but most who receive messages from us continue not to open them, so we apologize for the repetition, and hope you understand that redundancy is not a bad thing when the information is important. There's plenty of new content, though, so keep reading!

Meanwhile, stay well, and stay home. We look forward to being together again soon.

Happy Mothers Day!

Today is the day we set aside each year to honor our mothers and other important women in our lives. If you're fortunate enough to still have your mother with you, and even though you may not be able to see her in person this year, please give her at least a virtual hug from all of us, and offer her the best wishes of all of us at Syria Shriners!

Most of Us Enter the Yellow Phase of Recovery Next Friday ... So Now What?

Governor Tom Wolf announced last Friday that 13 Southwest Pennsylvania counties, will join the 24 previously designated counties in the Northwest and North Central regions in transitioning to the Yellow Phase of the Commonwealth's COVID-19 reopening process. At this time, Beaver County remains in the Red Phase, subject to stay-at-home orders.

Gatherings of up to 25 people will now be permissible. That said, the Grand Master's order of May 1, extending the suspension of all Masonic activity in Pennsylvania until at least July 1, remains in effect. Shriners International has told Temples to take direction from their respective Grand Masters, so we still cannot hold meetings.

Click here for a link to details on state regulations in the various phases of reopening and recovery.

Second Quarterly Meeting Virtually ZOOMs to Monday, June 1

Shriners International Imperial Potentate Jeff. Sowder recently issued General Order No. 2, allowing for electronic meetings. The bylaws of Shriners International require all Temples to meet at least quarterly. The bylaws of Syria Shriners establish quarterly meetings on the first Monday of January, April, August and October.

The Quarterly Meeting of Syria Shriners, previously scheduled for Monday, April 6 had to be postponed, as electronic meetings were not yet possible, the Grand Master had suspended all Masonic activity in Pennsylvania, and Imperial Sir Jeff had directed Shrine Temples to take their lead from their respective Grand Masters. We have now scheduled a Quarterly Meeting using ZOOM, Monday, June 1 at 7:30pm. Watch your email for a link and directions to attend the meeting using your computer, smartphone, tablet, or landline. 

You will need to register in advance for the meeting, in order that we may keep it secure. Only those registered, and verified as members in good standing, will be admitted. 

Details will be published in this space next Sunday, and again May 24 and May 31.

You can download the ZOOM app for your tablet or smartphone from The App Store or Google Play. 

For your MAC or PC, go to zoom.us. It will also be possible to join the meeting for audio only from any telephone, without the need for a computer or mobile device, or downloading an app or software.

You will still need to register for the meeting.

​​In Case You Missed It

Grand Ole Opry Livestream - With support from Shriners Hospitals for Children®, last night, for the 4,923rd consecutive Saturday night, the show went on at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, featuring Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Dustin Lynch, keeping the music playing in Music City, once again without a live audience. Last night's preshow was from Sara Evans. Click the image to the left and enjoy the show.

SHC has kept the music playing the last nine Saturdays. See all the shows here.

Pittsburgh Shrine Center Closure

The Pittsburgh Shrine Center remains closed until further notice. Please keep our office and facilities staff, and our entire Syria Shriners family in your prayers. We all need to remember each other during this trying period. Call your fellow Shriners, and look after their well-being. Run errands to the grocery or drug store if your situation allows, and theirs does not.

Rescheduled Events

The Potentate's Stag Testimonial Dinner, originally scheduled for March 21, has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 21. Rocky Bleier will join us that day. Hospitality Suite reservations have been shifted to November, and all tickets issued will be honored in November.

The Potentate's Ball, originally scheduled for April 18, has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 24. The same menu, entertainment, and other festivities will be offered in the fall. All reservations have been shifted to the new date.

The North HIlls Home Brew Fest, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 9, has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 29. More information here.

The Swing Time dances, featuring the Syria Stage Band, scheduled for April 24, and May 15 have been canceled. The dances are scheduled to resume on the third Friday in June, and continue on the third Friday of every month through November.

The Sportsmen's Bash Early Bird Drawing has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 11. Get your ticket stubs in before that date for inclusion in the drawing. The bash has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 5. More information here.

The Legion of Honor meetings scheduled for Monday, May 4, have been rescheduled for Monday, June 8.

The Annual Syria Shrine Ladies Luncheon, honoring First Lady Eleanor Taylor, has been rescheduled from May 30 to Saturday, August 8. The event begins at noon, with luncheon served at 12:30pm, and entertainment following lunch. Ladies, mark your calendar now for the new date for this fun afternoon Girls' Day Out!

Canceled & Postponed Events not yet rescheduled

The Quarterly Meeting, and First Ceremonial, scheduled for April 6, has been postponed to a date to be determined. Shriners International bylaws require Temples to meet at least once a quarter, and we will reschedule when we can safely do so. We have a goal date in mind, but it would be premature to announce that at this time.

The First Choice Wine Festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 16, has been canceled for this year.

The fall Night at the Races fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, September 19, has been canceled by the organizing committee, in consultation with the Illustrious Potentate.

PARADES CANCELED

Memorial Weekend
Prospect - May 23
Carnegie - May 24
Coraopolis - May 25
Lawrenceville - May 25
Monroeville - May 25
Sewickley - May 25

Independence Day
Brentwood
Monroeville


At this time, we are scheduled to resume activities in June. We will keep you informed as developments unfold.

Taking care of ourselves and each other

Let's make sure we look out for each other as we navigate our way through the "new normal." While we practice physical distancing, let's be sure no one goes without vital social contact. Reach out to your fellow Nobles, Lodge Brothers, friends, family and neighbors. If your situation allows, run an errand to the grocery store, pharmacy or other essential business for someone who can't, or really shouldn't, be leaving their home right now. And while you're at it, be sure to take proper precautions like those below.

Stay Informed!

There is so much misinformation being shared on social media and by email. Do yourself, and all of us a favor, and go right to a trusted source for your information. Please don't pass along things your seen posted or things you've been sent unless they have come directly from a legitimate public health or government authority. Click on the image to the left to visit the federal government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FEMA and the White House at coronavirus.gov.

May 3rd COVID-19 Response Update – Syria Shriners to Remain Closed Through July 1

At Syria Shriners, we are doing our best to continue keeping you informed as circumstances quickly change and events are canceled or rescheduled, while our Grand Lodge and Shriners International reach decisions and issue statements that affect all of us. While it has never been our intention to flood your inbox with email, we feel an absolute responsibility to maintain the flow of information.

You can view our previous updates and news at these links below:

Watch for additional communication, check our website at syriashriners.org, and follow our Facebook page for ongoing information as developments unfold. We'll all get through this together, and if we take proper public health precautions, most of us will not become seriously ill.

Let's continue to pray for one another and support each other through safe social contact (i.e., phone, text, email, FaceTime, Skype, etc.), all the while practicing proper physical distancing to control the spread of the coronavirus. We must all do our part. Even if you think this situation is overblown, please exercise caution, as many of your friends and neighbors are counting on you not to increase their likelihood of exposure or illness.

We are repeating some information below, in the hope that more people will see it. More people are signing up for our emails, and our open rate is improving, but most who receive messages from us continue not to open them, so we apologize for the repetition, and hope you understand that redundancy is not a bad thing when the information is important. There's plenty of new content, though, so keep reading!

Meanwhile, stay well, and stay home. We look forward to being together again soon.

R.W. Grand Master Extends Suspension of All Masonic Activity Until at Least July 1

Brother Thomas A. Gamon IV, Right Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania, has extended his order suspending all Masonic activities in Pennsylvania until further notice, and at least until July 1. Shriners International has directed local Shrine Temples to follow their respective Grand Masters' leads in this regard.

Acccordingly, by order of the Illustrious Potentate, Donald J. Taylor, Sr., all Syria Shriners activities for May and June are hereby canceled, with the exception of pick-ups for the Onion Sale. As foodstuffs are life-sustaining, we will conduct the order fulfillment outdoors, and all proper public health protocols will be observed, our Onion Sale pick-ups are exempt from the Grand Master's order, and those of the Governor and the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health.

You may read the Grand Master's letter of May 1 below.

May 1, 2020

Dear Brethren:

Due to all of the uncertainties surrounding this health crisis, the Grand Lodge will be extending the suspension of all Masonic activities until July 1, 2020 at the very earliest. We will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation and make a determination around June 1st as to whether we will be able to safely resume some activity sometime mid-summer.

I understand that while our lodges are dark, many fellowship, fundraising and community events are often held during the summer months. Please realize that these decisions have not been easy to make, but our concern is first and foremost for you, our members of this great fraternity.

Please continue to reach out to your brethren and offer assistance and support. Reassure them that we are all in this together, that their health and welfare are paramount and that we will be back in lodge enjoying the fraternal bonds that we all so love real soon!

Please stay safe and stay well!

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Thomas Gamon, IV
R.W. Grand Master

Second Quarterly Meeting Virtually ZOOMs to Monday, June 1

Shriners International Imperial Potentate Jeff Sowder recently issued General Order No. 2, allowing for electronic meetings.

The bylaws of Shriners International require all Temples to meet at least quarterly. The bylaws of Syria Shriners establish quarterly meetings on the first Monday of January, April, August and October. The Quarterly Meeting of Syria Shriners, previously scheduled for Monday, April 6 had to be postponed, as electronic meetings were not yet possible, the Grand Master had suspended all Masonic activity in Pennsylvania, and Imperial Sir Jeff had directed Shrine Temples to take their lead from their respective Grand Masters.

We have now scheduled a Quarterly Meeting using ZOOM, Monday, June 1 at 7:30pm. Watch your email for a link and directions to attend the meeting using your computer, smartphone, tablet, or landline. Details will be forthcoming soon.

​​In Case You Missed It

Grand Ole Opry Livestream - With support from Shriners Hospitals for Children®, last night, for the 4,922nd consecutive Saturday night, the show went on at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, featuring Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, keeping the music playing in Music City, once again without a live audience. Click the image to the left and enjoy the show.

SHC has kept the music playing the last eight Saturdays. See all the shows here.

Pittsburgh Shrine Center Closure

The Pittsburgh Shrine Center remains closed until further notice. Please keep our office and facilities staff, and our entire Syria Shriners family in your prayers. We all need to remember each other during this trying period. Call your fellow Shriners, and look after their well-being. Run errands to the grocery or drug store if your situation allows, and theirs does not.

Forward this email to your friends who don't receive it directly, and encourage them to sign up for our email list.

Rescheduled Events

The Potentate's Stag Testimonial Dinner, originally scheduled for March 21, has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 21. Rocky Bleier will join us that day. Hospitality Suite reservations have been shifted to November, and all tickets issued will be honored in November.

The Potentate's Ball, originally scheduled for April 18, has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 24. The same menu, entertainment, and other festivities will be offered in the fall. All reservations have been shifted to the new date.

The North HIlls Home Brew Fest, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 9, has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 29. More information here.

*If you need a refund for either event, contact the Shrine Center office after we reopen.

The Swing Time dances, featuring the Syria Stage Band, scheduled for April 24, and May 15 have been canceled. The dances are scheduled to resume on the third Friday in June, and continue on the third Friday of every month through November.

The Sportsmen's Bash Early Bird Drawing has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 11. Get your ticket stubs in before that date for inclusion in the drawing. The bash has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 5. More information here.

The Legion of Honor meetings scheduled for Monday, May 4, have been rescheduled for Monday, June 8.

The Annual Syria Shrine Ladies Luncheon, honoring First Lady Eleanor Taylor, has been rescheduled from May 30 to Saturday, August 8. The event begins at noon, with luncheon served at 12:30pm, and entertainment following lunch. Ladies, mark your calendar now for the new date for this fun afternoon Girls' Day Out!

Canceled & Postponed Events not yet rescheduled

The Quarterly Meeting, and First Ceremonial, scheduled for April 6, has been postponed to a date to be determined. Shriners International bylaws require Temples to meet at least once a quarter, and we will reschedule when we can safely do so. We have a goal date in mind, but it would be premature to announce that at this time.

The Caravan 14 Seafood Stag, scheduled for April 17, has been canceled. We'll see you next year!

The Directors Staff Spaghetti Dinner, scheduled for April 26 has been canceled. The event will not be rescheduled this Spring, but the Fall dinner remains scheduled for Sunday, November 1.

The 55th Annual Syria Shriners Horse Patrol Open Horse Show, scheduled for Sunday, April 26, at South Park, has been canceled. Watch for other Horse Patrol events at other venues later this year.

The First Choice Wine Festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 16, has been canceled for this year.

The Prospect Borough Community Day Memorial Parade, scheduled for Saturday, May 23, has been canceled for this year.

The Carnegie Memorial Parade, scheduled for Sunday, May 24, has been canceled for this year.

Lawrenceville and Monroeville last week announced the cancellation of their Memorial Day parades this year.

Sewickley and Coraopolis have each announced they are canceling their Memorial Day parades this year. Several of our units have become accustomed to playing a doubleheader on both sides of the Ohio River in these neighboring towns, but this year, there will be no parade in either community.

Brentwood and Monroeville announced the cancellation of their Independence Day parades this year.

At this time, we are scheduled to resume activities in June. We will keep you informed as developments unfold.

Taking care of ourselves and each other

Let's make sure we look out for each other as we navigate our way through the "new normal." While we practice physical distancing, let's be sure no one goes without vital social contact. Reach out to your fellow Nobles, Lodge Brothers, friends, family and neighbors. If your situation allows, run an errand to the grocery store, pharmacy or other essential business for someone who can't, or really shouldn't, be leaving their home right now. And while you're at it, be sure to take proper precautions like those below.

Stay Informed!

There is so much misinformation being shared on social media and by email. Do yourself, and all of us a favor, and go right to a trusted source for your information. Please don't pass along things your seen posted or things you've been sent unless they have come directly from a legitimate public health or government authority. Click on the image to the left to visit the federal government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FEMA and the White House at coronavirus.gov.

Syria Shriners COVID-19 Response Update, April 26th

At Syria Shriners, we are doing our best to continue keeping you informed as circumstances quickly change and events are canceled or rescheduled, while our Grand Lodge and Shriners International reach decisions and issue statements that affect all of us. While it has never been our intention to flood your inbox with email, we feel an absolute responsibility to maintain the flow of information.

You can view our previous updates and news at these links below:

Watch for additional communication, check our website at syriashriners.org, and follow our Facebook page for ongoing information as developments unfold. We'll all get through this together, and if we take proper public health precautions, most of us will not become seriously ill.

Let's continue to pray for one another and support each other through safe social contact (i.e., phone, text, email, FaceTime, Skype, etc.), all the while practicing proper physical distancing to control the spread of the coronavirus. We must all do our part. Even if you think this situation is overblown, please exercise caution, as many of your friends and neighbors are counting on you not to increase their likelihood of exposure or illness.

We are repeating some information below, in the hope that more people will see it. More people are signing up for our emails, and our open rate is improving, but most who receive messages from us continue not to open them, so we apologize for the repetition, and hope you understand that redundancy is not a bad thing when the information is important. There's plenty of new content, though, so keep reading!

Meanwhile, stay well, and stay home. We look forward to being together again soon.

SHC - Erie Community Day and Walk for Love Postponed

The Annual Community Day, Driver Recognition, and Walk for LOVEᵀᴹ originally scheduled for Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Erie, on Sunday, June 7, has been postponed. SHC-Erie officials are evaluating alternative dates, and indicate they will do everything possible to reschedule the event later this year. click the logo at left to visit the Erie hospital's website.

Imperial Session Canceled

Shriners International Imperial Potentate Jeff. Sowder announced on Thursday that he has ordered the cancellation of the 146th Imperial Council Session and all of its related activities, originally scheduled for June 29 through July 9 in Kansas City, MO.

Click the image above to read the Imperial Sir's letter, and the press release concerning the cancellation of the 2020 Session.

In Case You Missed It

Grand Ole Opry Livestream - With support from Shriners Hospitals for Children®, last night, for the 4,921st consecutive Saturday night, the show went on at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, featuring Luke Combs and Craig Morgan, keeping the music playing in Music City, once again without a live audience. Click here and advance 30 minutes to check out the show.

SHC has kept the music playing the last five Saturdays. See all the shows here.

Pittsburgh Shrine Center Closure

The Pittsburgh Shrine Center remains closed until further notice. Please keep our office and facilities staff, and our entire Syria Shriners family in your prayers. We all need to remember each other during this trying period. Call your fellow Shriners, and look after their well-being. Run errands to the grocery or drug store if your situation allows, and theirs does not.

Forward this email to your friends who don't receive it directly, and encourage them to sign up for our email list.

Rescheduled Events

The Potentate's Stag Testimonial Dinner, originally scheduled for March 21, has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 21. Rocky Bleier will join us that day. Hospitality Suite reservations have been shifted to November, and all tickets issued will be honored in November.

The Potentate's Ball, originally scheduled for April 18, has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 24. The same menu, entertainment, and other festivities will be offered in the fall. All reservations have been shifted to the new date.

The North HIlls Home Brew Fest, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 9, has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 29. More information here.

*If you need a refund for either event, contact the Shrine Center office after we reopen.

The Swing Time dances, featuring the Syria Stage Band, scheduled for April 24, and May 15 have been canceled. The dances are scheduled to resume on the third Friday in June, and continue on the third Friday of every month through November.

The Sportsmen's Bash Early Bird Drawing has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 11. Get your ticket stubs in before that date for inclusion in the drawing. The bash has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 5. More information here.

The Legion of Honor meetings scheduled for Monday, May 4, have been rescheduled for Monday, June 8.

The Annual Syria Shrine Ladies Luncheon, honoring First Lady Eleanor Taylor, has been rescheduled from May 30 to Saturday, August 8. The event begins at noon, with luncheon served at 12:30pm, and entertainment following lunch. Ladies, mark your calendar now for the new date for this fun afternoon Girls' Day Out!

Canceled & Postponed Events not yet rescheduled

The Quarterly Meeting, and First Ceremonial, scheduled for April 6, has been postponed to a date to be determined. Shriners International bylaws require Temples to meet at least once a quarter, and we will reschedule when we can safely do so. We have a goal date in mind, but it would be premature to announce that at this time.

The Caravan 14 Seafood Stag, scheduled for April 17, has been canceled. We'll see you next year!

The Directors Staff Spaghetti Dinner, scheduled for April 26 has been canceled. The event will not be rescheduled this Spring, but the Fall dinner remains scheduled for Sunday, November 1.

The 55th Annual Syria Shriners Horse Patrol Open Horse Show, scheduled for Sunday, April 26, at South Park, has been canceled. Watch for other Horse Patrol events at other venues later this year.

The First Choice Wine Festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 16, has been canceled for this year.

The Prospect Borough Community Day Memorial Parade, scheduled for Saturday, May 23, has been canceled for this year.

The Carnegie Memorial Parade, scheduled for Sunday, May 24, has been canceled for this year.

Lawrenceville and Monroeville last week announced the cancellation of their Memorial Day parades this year.

Sewickley and Coraopolis have each announced they are canceling their Memorial Day parades this year. Several of our units have become accustomed to playing a doubleheader on both sides of the Ohio River in these neighboring towns, but this year, there will be no parade in either community.

Brentwood and Monroeville last week announced the cancellation of their Independence Day parades this year.

At this time, we are scheduled to resume activities in June. We will keep you informed as developments unfold.

Taking care of ourselves and each other

Let's make sure we look out for each other as we navigate our way through the "new normal." While we practice physical distancing, let's be sure no one goes without vital social contact. Reach out to your fellow Nobles, Lodge Brothers, friends, family and neighbors. If your situation allows, run an errand to the grocery store, pharmacy or other essential business for someone who can't, or really shouldn't, be leaving their home right now. And while you're at it, be sure to take proper precautions like those below.

Stay Informed!

There is so much misinformation being shared on social media and by email. Do yourself, and all of us a favor, and go right to a trusted source for your information. Please don't pass along things your seen posted or things you've been sent unless they have come directly from a legitimate public health or government authority. Click on the image to the left to visit the federal government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FEMA and the White House at coronavirus.gov.

April 19th Update on Syria Shriners COVID-19 Response

At Syria Shriners, we are doing our best to continue keeping you informed as circumstances quickly change and events are canceled or rescheduled, while our Grand Lodge and Shriners International reach decisions and issue statements that affect all of us. While it has never been our intention to flood your inbox with email, we feel an absolute responsibility to maintain the flow of information.

You can view our previous updates and news at these links below:

Watch for additional communication, check our website at syriashriners.org, and follow our Facebook page for ongoing information as developments unfold. We'll all get through this together, and if we take proper public health precautions, most of us will not become seriously ill.

Let's continue to pray for one another and support each other through safe social contact (i.e., phone, text, email, FaceTime, Skype, etc.), all the while practicing proper physical distancing to control the spread of the coronavirus. We must all do our part. Even if you think this situation is overblown, please exercise caution, as many of your friends and neighbors are counting on you not to increase their likelihood of exposure or illness.

We are repeating some information below, in the hope that more people will see it. More people are signing up for our emails, and our open rate is improving, but most who receive messages from us continue not to open them, so we apologize for the repetition, and hope you understand that redundancy is not a bad thing when the information is important. There's plenty of new content, though, so keep reading!

Meanwhile, stay well, and stay home. We look forward to being together again soon.

Orthodox Easter

Our Orthodox Christian Shrine families celebrate Easter today. With religious services moved from churches to online settings, and families separated by stay at home orders, this holiday season is drastically different than any we've experienced in our lifetimes. We wish you blessings at this most holy time. May our current difficulties not prohibit you celebrating the end of your Lenten fast.

Happy Easter!

Sportsmen's Bash Postponed

Due to the ongoing stay at home order for all Pennsylvanians, and our consequent inability to effectively sell tickets, the 18th Annual Sportsmen's Bash, scheduled for Saturday, June 20, has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 5. The Early Bird Drawing has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 11.

This event has become our largest annual fundraiser. Tickets are available online here.

In Case You Missed It

Grand Ole Opry Livestream
With support from Shriners Hospitals for Children®, last night, for the 4,919th consecutive Saturday night, the show went on at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, featuring Trace Adkins, Jason Crabb, and T. Graham Brown keeping the music playing in Music City, once again without a live audience. Click here and advance 30 minutes to check out the show.

SHC has kept the music playing the last four Saturdays. See all the shows here.


Bro. Washington Dons a Mask

All of our friends at the Masonic Village at Sewickley are doing their best to exercise proper public health precautions as they cope with the changes brought to their campus by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even the statuary in the  Veterans Memorial Garden is doing its part.

Here, Bro. George Washington, P.M., displays his beautiful blue Masonic mask, crafted by Lady Jan Maier Glass, wife of Noble Randy Glass. Thanks, Lady Jan!

Thanks, also to Illustrious Sir Bob Herbert, P.P. for sharing this whimsical photo, taken on a recent picturesque day under blue skies at the Village. Bob and Paige report that all is well in Sewickley, and send their best wishes to all of you.

george washington freemason statue dons virus mask

Pittsburgh Shrine Center Closure

The Pittsburgh Shrine Center remains closed until further notice. Please keep our office and facilities staff, and our entire Syria Shriners family in your prayers. We all need to remember each other during this trying period. Call your fellow Shriners, and look after their well-being. Run errands to the grocery or drug store if your situation allows, and theirs does not.

Rescheduled Events

The Potentate's Stag Testimonial Dinner, originally scheduled for March 21, has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 21. Rocky Bleier will join us that day. Hospitality Suite reservations have been shifted to November, and all tickets issued will be honored in November.

The Potentate's Ball, originally scheduled for April 18, has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 24. The same menu, entertainment, and other festivities will be offered in the fall. All reservations have been shifted to the new date.

If you need a refund for either event, contact the Shrine Center office after we reopen.

The Swing Time dances, featuring the Syria Stage Band, scheduled for April 24, and May 15 have been canceled. The dances are scheduled to resume on the third Friday in June, and continue on the third Friday of every month through November.

The Sportsmen's Bash Early Bird Drawing has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 11. Get your ticket stubs in before that date for inclusion in the drawing. The bash has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 5. More information here.

The Legion of Honor meetings scheduled for Monday, May 4, have been rescheduled for Monday, June 8.

The Annual Syria Shrine Ladies Luncheon, honoring First Lady Eleanor Taylor, has been rescheduled from May 30 to Saturday, August 8. The event begins at noon, with luncheon served at 12:30pm, and entertainment following lunch. Ladies, mark your calendar now for the new date for this fun afternoon Girls' Day Out!

Canceled & Postponed Events not yet rescheduled

The Quarterly Meeting, and First Ceremonial, scheduled for April 6, has been postponed to a date to be determined. Shriners International bylaws require Temples to meet at least once a quarter, and we will reschedule when we can safely do so. We have a goal date in mind, but it would be premature to announce that at this time.

The Caravan 14 Seafood Stag, scheduled for April 17, has been canceled. We'll see you next year!

The Directors Staff Spaghetti Dinner, scheduled for April 26 has been canceled. The event will not be rescheduled this Spring, but the Fall dinner remains scheduled for Sunday, November 1.

The 55th Annual Syria Shriners Horse Patrol Open Horse Show, scheduled for Sunday, April 26, at South Park, has been canceled. Watch for other Horse Patrol events at other venues later this year.

The Carnegie Memorial Parade, scheduled for Sunday, May 24, has been canceled for this year.

Sewickley and Coraopolis have each announced they are canceling their Memorial Day parades this year. Several of our units have become accustomed to playing a doubleheader on both sides of the Ohio River in these neighboring towns, but this year, there will be no parade in either community.

At this time, we are scheduled to resume activities in June. We will keep you informed as developments unfold.

Taking care of ourselves and each other

Let's make sure we look out for each other as we navigate our way through the "new normal." While we practice physical distancing, let's be sure no one goes without vital social contact. Reach out to your fellow Nobles, Lodge Brothers, friends, family and neighbors. If your situation allows, run an errand to the grocery store, pharmacy or other essential business for someone who can't, or really shouldn't, be leaving their home right now. And while you're at it, be sure to take proper precautions like those below.

Stay Home!

The absolute best thing you can to protect yourself from infection with the novel coronavirus is to stay home. Period. Stay home. You protect yourself -- and others if you happen to be an asymptomatic carrier -- by simply staying home. Take the other precautions below, both at home and when you must go out to acquire essentials. Click the image to the left to read the USA op-ed from a panel of 16 distinguished health care, epidemiology, medical ethics and public health policy experts

Wash Your Hands!

Dr. Sanjay Gupta demonstrates proper hand washing techniques to safeguard yourself and your loved ones against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Public health authorities continue to tell us that this is the most effective thing we can do to protect ourselves against the spread of infectious diseases of any variety.. Click the here to see how it's done!

Stay Informed!

There is so much misinformation being shared on social media and by email. Do yourself, and all of us a favor, and go right to a trusted source for your information. Please don't pass along things your seen posted or things you've been sent unless they have come directly from a legitimate public health or government authority. Click on the image to the left to visit the federal government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FEMA and the White House at coronavirus.gov.

Wear a Mask!

Last Friday, Governor Tom Wolf asked all Pennsylvanians to wear cloth masks when leaving home for essential trips to pick up food, medicine and essential supplies. The CDC has now also made a strong recommendation to all Americans to do the same. Since you can't buy a mask, you might Click on the video link to the right for instructions on how to make a mask at home. You can also download instructions here.

If sewing isn't your thing, or is beyond your skill set, you can make a face mask with a piece of cloth and a couple of rubber bands. Check out the video link here for a demonstration from U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams.