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Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie Receives Large Donation from Hypnotism Society

The Hypnotism Society of Pennsylvania was a non-profit organization. Like many organizations it lost membership and decided to shut its doors. They had funds left in their treasury and decided to donate it to the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Erie.

You would think that would be easy, but no, there are rules and procedures to shut down a non–profit organization and donate to another non-profit organization.

A couple of years ago the process started with Robert F. McCabe, Jr., ESQ starting to acquire the government forms needed to accomplish this task.

Just recently, Solicitor & Shrine Center Attorney Alexander H. Lindsay, ESQ had his group complete all the requirements to allow the Hypnotism Society to shut down and donate to Shriners Hospital.

Stan Malak spearheaded the closure of his Hypnotism organization and wanted all types of media attention to cover the check presentation. Trib Total Media was kind enough to share the news:

The Erie Hospital had another function that same day and was not able to attend, but two members from the Erie Hospital Board of Governors were present.

On December 11, 2019 the check was presented in the Syria Shrine Board room. Samuel Santini, Hypnotism Society President, presented a check to Dr. Barry Hootman, Md., Erie B.O.G. member. They were flanked by six smiling faces.

In the picture left to right are Terry Steinheiser, Syria Shrine High Priest & Profit, Alvin Douglas, Jr. B.O.G. Emeritus, Roadrunner Chairman, Samuel Santini Hypnosis President, Dr. Barry Hootman, Md., Erie B.O.G. member, Robert Addleman, Jr, .P.P., Recorder, and David Gardy, P.P. Treasurer.

Stan Malak, Hypnotism Society member, was behind the camera and camera shy.

On December 19, 2019 at the Erie B.O.G. board meeting Syria Shrine board members will present the check in the amount of $17,677.68.  A great donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Erie!

-Al Douglas

From the Recorder’s Desk: Back from Imperial Session with Full Sails

I always return from an Imperial Session inspired by the great things Shriners do, both in advancing our fraternity and our philanthropy, and the amazing things our patients are able to accomplish with our help.

This year, however, I am even more inspired after my return by a fellow Noble who always finds a way to fill my sails, even when his own might benefit from a breeze of fair winds.

Noble John Clark is exemplary of the indomitable spirit and strength of character we admire in all Freemasons and Shriners.

Noble John has been battling insidious cancers for the last five years. He has never complained, always persisted, and never asked, “Why me”? He simply continues to defy the odds day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year. 

Our Brother, you see, seems to have embraced what he sees as his latest mission from God: To serve as an example and inspiration to those of us who face our own obstacles in life.

Talking with John this past week has amplified the good vibrations I picked up in Music City. He has reminded me how wonderful life is, and how much better it is when you’re a Shriner! 

Thanks, John, my dear friend and Brother. You are truly an inspiration to all of us!

All the best, and yours in the faith,

Bob,
Recorder

Time to Shrine, Syria! Shriners Awareness Day is June 6

Grab your Fez, Nobles, because it is time to showcase that Shriner Pride on Thursday, June 6th, 2019!

A little background from Shriners International below and a list of 6 simple things that YOU can do to show how proud we are to be Syria Shriners on Shriners Awareness Day:

On June 6, 1876, Shriners International (formerly known as the Imperial Grand Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for the United States of America) was founded. While our Order has seen many changes throughout the years, the depth of our vision and the might of our mission have remained unchanged. Shriners International is more than a fraternity; it is a fraternal organization of men who are dedicated to brotherhood, compassion and service to others.

>>>  Check out the Shriner Primer! >>>

Thanks to our rich history and in celebration of the founding of our Imperial Council 143 years ago, June 6th of each year is forever known as “Shriners International Awareness Day” – a special day of recognition when you are encouraged to proclaim your pride in being a Shriner!

Please work with your temple leaders and your membership team in establishing a plan to share your pride and enthusiasm in being a part of our great fraternity!

  1. Post a photo of yourself on social media wearing your fez, utilizing the following hashtags: #proudshriners #shrinersawarenessday and #iamru
  2. Attend a special event or activity at your temple, club or unit
  3. Discuss the mission and vision of Shriners International & Shriners Hospitals for Children with your friends, family members and coworkers
  4. Proudly display your fez in a place of prominence at work or at home
  5. Wear a hat, shirt, pin or other item with the fraternal logo to help recognize fellow Shriners
  6. Refer a man of good character to our IAMRU new member referral program at beashrinernow.com/referral

This referral program goes hand-in-hand with our awareness campaign, as it is a unique opportunity to educate other men of character within our community of the values and mission supported by Shriners everywhere!

Make this your time to Shrine!

So, on Thursday June 6th it is our time to Shrine, Nobles!

2019 North Hills Home Brew Fest Winners!

From Master Brew Fest Organizer Bryan Llewellyn..

Thank you everyone that came out to the 2019 North Hills Home Brew Fest, it was a great time! Of course it could not happen without the Shriners, and the brewers, you guys really out did yourselves!

Events like this can't happen without lots of help and support so thank you to anyone that took time out of their busy lives to help put this together and volunteer at the event. Ed, Dennis, Dennis, Jason, James, Bob, Bill, and many more.

Also please don't forget to continue your support of the vendors and companies that donated prizes we had at the event.

Penn Brewery, First Sip Brew Box, Vape Galeria, Keggle Brewing, CNC Malting, Painting with a Twist, Vagabond Tacos, Oakmont BBQ, Hop Nation USA, Yetters Candy, Pink Zebra, Monte Cellos, At Home, Shubrew, Arsenal Cider, Giant Eagle, Caliante Pizza, Casey's Pizza, The Big Pour, Brewswag, and if I left anyone please excuse and let me know in a comment below.

Cheers! Stay tuned for details on next year's event in May of 2020!

A big thanks to Hop Nation USA for joining us at the 2019 North Hills Home Brew Fest. Give their Podcast a listen below, it was recorded LIVE at the 2019 NHHBF! Hear from Master Brew Fest organizers Bryan Llewellyn and Dennis Raible, and take in a little of Syria Shriners' history and beer knowledge from Past Potentate and Syria Shriners Recorder Bob Addleman!

North Hills Home Brew Fest 

2019 Winners

  • Grand Prize – Hounds Run Brewing – Bucco Blue
  • Blind Tasting Runner ups:
  • Steel Bridge Brewing Co. – Stout/Porter
  • Squid’ rew – Saison Beta
  • Hop Nation USA – Sippy Black Ice
  • Hilltop Hopery – Pseudo Zen
  • Bruxedo Brewing - This Ain't Your Nana's Peach Cobbler
  • Brewbeque - Gimmick
  • Burning Bridges Fermenteria – Alternate Ending
  • Glenshaw Brewing – Coffee Kolsch
  • Creekside Craft Beers - Volkbier


First Choice Wine Festival Set to Pop its Cork May 18th

Cheswick, PA – The Pittsburgh Shrine Center is excited to announce its third annual First Choice Wine Festival. Come and join us on Saturday May 18th, 2019 from 12:00pm–5:00pm in the spacious outdoor Pittsburgh Shrine Center Pavilion.

“The music, the delicious wines, the setting and the wonderful crowds make the atmosphere something you will definitely like,” says festival organizer and Pittsburgh Syria Shriner Jerry Sciullo.

Participating Wineries Include...

  • Kavic Winery
  • PK Winery​
  • La Vigneta Winery
  • Conny Creek Brewing Co.
  • Country Winery & Vineyard
  • Deer Creek Winery
  • Wapiti Ridge Wine Cellars
  • Woody Lodge Winery
  • Bushy Run Winery​
  • August Falls Winery
  • Hog Dog Winery
  • Greenhouse Winery
  • Arsenal Cider House

A Pittsburgh Wine Festival unlike any other

Delicious wine, tasty food, soft music and relaxation are on tap again for this wildly successful event. Open to the public, the Pittsburgh Shrine Center Pavilion is the perfect covered setting to enjoy an afternoon of indulgent sampling. The $20.00 entry price gets each attendee a festival-branded glass, all the wine you can taste and an experience unlike any other.

The First Choice Wine Festival branded attendee glass

The First Choice Wine Festival gives attendees an opportunity to meet with some of our regions finest wineries. They’re prepared to both serve and sell their delicious wines. Thirsty crowds are treated to a variety of varietals. Stay tuned as we announce even more vintner and brewer vendors!

Bring your appetite

Specialty cheeses, sweet treats and decadent confections will complement the wine tasting. A variety of food vendors will serve and sell barbecued cuisine and other delicious fare for festival attendees. 

Entertainment

The taste buds isn’t the only sense tantalized during The First Choice Wine Festival. Local acoustic soloist musicians are scheduled to entertain the crowds. 

Additionally, the festival offers unique vendors showcasing their exquisite wares for perusal and purchase. 

Get your tickets now!

First Choice Wine Festival tickets and reservations are $20.00 each. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite by clicking here.

For Vendor inquiries or more information about the event please contact: Jerry Sciullo, 412-849-3431 / dotsrme2(at)yahoo.com

wine festival winery

This event does not benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. The event is for the benefit of Pittsburgh Syria Shriners and is not tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

About The Pittsburgh Shrine Center
 
For nearly 25 years, The Pittsburgh Shrine Center has served the Pittsburgh region's desire for a flexible, multi-use special event facility. The Pittsburgh Shrine Center has hosted over 500 weddings and an equal amount of corporate, social and civic events. Beyond its role as a hub of activities for Pittsburgh's Syria Shriners, the Pittsburgh Shrine Center welcomes the public year-round as a venue for banquets, weddings, wedding and bridal showers, concerts, pageants, stage shows, trade shows, dinner theater, civic meetings and other business and social affairs. The Pittsburgh Shrine center also hosts its own seasonal events open to the public.

For more information on how you can schedule your next special event at The Pittsburgh Shrine Center, please contact Paulette Zanotti at pzanotti@syriashriners.org or at 724-274-7000.