Aleppo Welcomes the Howards
Illustrious Potentate Jeffrey Arnold and I first saw the
Howards’ success story at the 134th Imperial Session in St. Louis,
Missouri, and there was not a dry eye in the auditorium when they
were done. Illustrious Jeff decided he would like to bring the
Howard family to you at the January 23 Ceremonial, with the same
results. My job was to coordinate bringing them to Boston and making
sure they had a great time while they were here, and we certainly
did have a great time.
Friday we went to the Grand Lodge Building on Tremont St. in
Boston, where Noble Carlton Hill, the Grand Lodge Supply Officer,
gave us a great tour of that historic building and all of the lodge
rooms as well as many “extra stories” about all sorts of things.
Then we went to the North End and had a great lunch.
Throughout the planning of this weekend Brian said he wanted
seafood, so Friday night we went to Gloucester and he had his first
Lobster! I would like to thank Ted Critch for being such a great
help in carting us around!
Saturday’s Ceremonial was a great time, with Fez Head Fred
escorting the Howards to the newly installed Potentate. It was great
watching Brian, Shana, Pam and Ralph with their story and how
Shriner philanthropy helped them after such a tragedy. It is also a
strong reminder to us that this is why we do what we do! I would
like to thank Illustrious Jeff for allowing me to be part of the
Howards’ trip to Boston.
Aleppo Shriners News, VOLUME LXVII Number
He Could Have Drummed All Night
Aleppo’s special guest at the January 2009 Ceremonial
was Noble Dan Caro from Jerusalem Shrine in New Orleans. A native of
Metairie, Louisiana, Dan was a patient at the Shriners Hospital for
Children–Boston after being burned in a gas explosion at the age of two.
Although he lost the fingers on both hands and was burnt over 70% of his
body, the treatment he received at the hospital allowed him to recover
and pursue his dream of becoming a professional jazz drummer.
He received a full
scholarship to Louisiana State University, where he studied New Orleans
jazz. He has since performed with such jazz luminaries as Ashish Khan,
Michael Ray, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Karl Denson, Marshall Allen
and the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey.
On Friday, January 23, Dan
visited the Shriners Hospital for Children–Boston with Illustrious
Potentate Robert F. Smith, his Lady Helen, Aleppo Public Relations
Chairman Douglas Dodge, and Ted Critch. At the hospital, he performed
for the patients, their families, and the hospital staff. He also spoke
about his experiences at the hospital and with the Shriners, especially
all the good that comes out of what the Shriners and the hospitals do.
Dan endured countless operations, and the research that went into his
surgeries has been applied to improve the quality of care for patients
who came after him.
On Saturday, a biographical
film about Dan was shown at the Ceremonial. He then played with the
Aleppo Brass Band, and delivered a speech to the Nobility, Ladies and
guests in attendance. Dan then engaged in an encore performance with the
Dan’s story is a tribute to
the skill of the doctors at Shriners Hospitals for Children. It is also
a tribute to the indomitability of the human spirit; Dan chose to follow
his dreams in spite of the obstacles in his path, and we can all take a
lesson from his example. If we ever needed a concrete example of what
the hospitals do for the lives of individuals, Noble Dan Caro is it.
Aleppo Shriners News, VOLUME LXVI Number
Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund Needs You!
can I help?
We are entering into another year
where the Aleppo Shrine Hospital Children’s Transportation Fund is
expected to raise and expend an excess of $300,000.00 dollars. These funds
are mostly voluntary donations and are the result of your hard work.
Though they are Shrine Hospital Funds and fully deductible, they are
distributed locally to aid and transport children in our two
The cost to
for one acute care flight to our
is now approaching $50,000.00 per flight. Our largest fundraiser is the
annual North-South Football Game and nets the Transportation Fund about
$70,000.00. As you can see, this amount barely covers one flight. The
remainder of this money is raised from the contributions of our Shrine
Clubs, Units, paper Crusades and Can Tabs.
If you are a new Noble or an
existing one willing to help, there are many avenues you may and get
involved. We always need help manning our Paper Drivers and collecting
Can Tabs. The time requirements can be as little or as much as you have
to offer. If you need more information or assistance with any of the
above, send me a note to; Aleppo Shriners, Attn: Peter K. Stone,
99 Fordham Road
. Or call 978-657-4202. I will answer any questions you may
have and try to guide you to the choice that is right for you.
To our Shrine Clubs and Units, we
thank you for all that you do. While costs are constantly on the
increase, please consider a new fundraiser or an additional day for an
existing one. Our
and children have come to rely on our support and it is our hope to meet
any request sent from them without delay.
Remember, our aim is not just to
raise money but to educate everyone we can of the wonderful things our
Hospitals do for the children and to find new children in need of our
services. The rewards far outweigh the time spent helping those who so
urgently need our support.
We thank you for your efforts in
the past. We expect great things from you in the future and we know your
hears will swell with the
knowledge that you have promoted your Shrine Hospitals and helped the
children so desperately in need of our services.
Peter K. Stone and the Committee
Aleppo Shriners News,
VOLUME LXV Number 2, March/April
Board of Trustees
the recent Board of trustees meeting, David S. McKechnie was
appointed to serve as Vice Chairman of our Board of Governors in 2007.