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,
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.
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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!
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!
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com or at 724-274-7000.
Our area’s best home brewers return to compete at the 2019 North Hills Home Brew Fest on May 11th, 2019. Our new venue is the Pittsburgh Shrine Center in Cheswick, PA. The North Hills Home Brew Fest is an evening of home brewed beers, tasty food trucks, prize raffles and fun activities. Attendees will sample and vote on dozens of brews. The Brew Fest begins at 5:00 pm with a VIP Private Tasting and Judging. The winning recipe will be brewed at Penn Brewery! General Admission opens at 6:00pm. VIP tickets are limited to 35 attendee judges.
"We always look forward to the North Hills Home Brew Fest. It's very well attended by patrons and brewers. The event is very organized, and always fun. We attended 10 to 14 Brew Fest a year and this one is always at the top for us." -Nacho Average Brewing.
"The North Hills Brew Fest is a fun night for home-brewers and craft beer drinkers to get together and enjoy delicious and creative beers for a noteworthy cause. Each year this event seems to get bigger and better but is always awesome!" - Jolly Goodfellow Brewing
“This is my 3rd year Participating in the North Hills Brew Fest. I love being able to discuss and share my beer with people, as well as try the other awesome beer from the other home brewers. I am amazed by the brewers takes on traditional and modern styles creating beers you can’t get anywhere else. The excitement and energy in the building is exhilarating.” – Bopp Brewing
If you like beer, and if you like helping children, then we have the event for you! This year the 2019 North Hills Home Brew Fest is going to be the biggest one yet. We have partnered with many of the same brewers and have added new brewers looking to show off their talents. We'll have a wide variety of prizes to win and incredible food trucks (Vagabond Taco Truck & Oakmont Barbecue Company). First Sip Brew Box and Yinz Brewing will host a live podcast at the event. For designated drivers and non-drinking guests, "Painting with a Twist" will offer a 2-hour painting class. The cost is $30 for this and starts at 6:30.
The North Hills Home Brew Fest is raising money for Pittsburgh’s Syria Shriners, who provide many services for youth within our communities. We are excited that their amazing events facility will serve as a platform for amateur home brewers to show off for the thirsty crowds!
**Home brewers interested in participating should download, complete and submit this form found here.
3rd Annual North Hills Home Brew Fest
May 11th, 2019 6:00-9:00pm (VIP Tasting begins @5pm)
Pittsburgh Shrine Center Pavilion
1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick, PA 15024
$35 VIP early admission includes food truck voucher, blind taste test
$25 General Admission
$30 Painting with a Twist
$5 Designated driver
About the North Hills Home Brew Fest
The North Hills Home Brew Fest is produced by not-for-profit group that raises money and awareness for local charities. This year our focus is on the Shriners who do amazing work with children. For more information please visit www.syriashriners.org/2019-north-hills-home-brew-fest/
About Pittsburgh’s Syria Shriners
The goal of the Shriners is to be the premiere fraternal organization for men of good character. The Shriners are committed to providing attractive, quality programs and services for its members, their families and friends in a spirit of fun, fellowship and philanthropy. Shriners foster self-improvement through leadership, education, the perpetuation of moral values and community involvement. Shriners serve mankind through the resources of its great philanthropy, the Shriners Hospitals for Children. For more information please visit www.syriashriners.org
For more information on how you can schedule your next special event at The Pittsburgh Shrine Center, you can reach Paulette at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 724-274-7000.
**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.