Volume XX, Issue 6Oﬃcial Publication of El Korah ShrinersJune 20201118 W Idaho StBoise, ID 83702Upcoming Events that are CancelledEL KORAHSHRINE CIRCUSJune 15 - 21, 2020East/West High SchoolAll Star Football GameAugust 5, 2020 Baker City, ORJoin the June Stated/Social MeetingWednesday, June 10th at 7:30 pm via ZoomNOT Held at El KorahContact Chief Rabban Will Votaw for Connection Assistance(208) 859-4407
Page 2DESERT DUST2020 DivanElected OﬃcersPotentate . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rick HollowayChief Rabban . . . . . . . . . . . . . Will VotawAssistant Rabban . . . . . . . . . Dale RutterHigh Priest & Prophet . . . . . . Ray SchildOriental Guide . . . . . . . . . David BennettTreasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . Larry RidenourRecorder . . . . . . Ray Westmoreland, PPEditor’s NoticeTo thatundiscovered countryThe Desert Dust is publishedmonthly except July and August byEl Korah Shriners at 1118 W IdahoSt, Boise, ID 83702.Jim Schmer. . . . . . . . . . . 5/20/2020All articles, events, activities,announcements and pictures mustbe in the hands of the Editor by the20th of the month preceding thepublication to get in the Dust.Ed Wimmer . . . . . . . . . . . 5/22/2020Appointed OﬃcersDirector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jimmy HansenAssistant Director . . . . . . Justin PetersenParade Director. . . . . . . . . . . Jack MooreChaplain . . . . . . . . . . . Santa Bob Albert1st Ceremonial Master . Shawn McWilliams2nd Ceremonial Master . . . . Mark IssermanMarshal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wayne FosterCaptain of the Guard . . . . David BrannanOuter Guards . . . . . . . . . . . David TriplettRon BishopDoug BlandfordPotentate’s AidesChief Aide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dick SwiftAides . . . . . . . . . Bill Curtis, Bob CarletonBrandon Martwick, Bruce DrewesGary Betts, Jack GardnerRay Breshears, Rodney HornDesert DustEditor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gary ertise in theDesert Dust!Reach out to the Nobility, Ladies andfriends in the online and printedversions of the Desert Dust.Ad SizePrice per Month002" x 3" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20002" x 5-1/2" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30003-3/4" x 3-3/4" (1/4 page) . . . . . 40007" x 4-3/4" (1/2 page) . . . . . . . . 607" x 9" (full page) . . . . . . . . . . . 8000Note. Ad dimensions may need to beadjusted to ﬁt in available space, butwill retain the square inch size.Phone NumbersEmail submissions [email protected], they can also be droppedin the Desert Dust mailbox at ElKorah, if necessary.Be sure to double check yoursubmissions for grammar andspelling. Each picture should includea caption, as appropriate.2020 Shrine Dues were dueby 12/31/19. If you do not have a currentdues card, you are delinquent. Avoid thedreaded NPD list and contact theRecorder’s Oﬃce today (343-0571).Did you know that El Korah’s budgetrelies on its members keeping theirmembership current. Paying your dueson time helps pay the bills and keep ourdoors open.CommonCentsRecorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . (208) 343-0571Oasis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (208) 343-1341Oﬃce fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . (208) 336-1527Events: Circus/Football . . (208) 333-8350Visit one of the Common Cents stores soon!6 in Pocatello, 3 in Idaho Falls,Others in Logan and Brigham City, Utah.Hospital Board MembersSalt Lake City . . . . . . Ray WestmorelandPortland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave TriplettPortland. . . . . Rick Holloway - Vice ChairPortland. . . . . . . . . . . . Mike MastropaoloJune 2020Common Cents is a Signiﬁcant ContributorTo the El Korah Patient Travel Fundwww.commoncentsstores.comJune Stated/Social MeetingWed June 10th, 7:30 pm via Zoom
Page 3DESERT DUSTPotentate MessageJune 2020by Ill. Sir Rick HollowayWe are still proactively working toprevent the spread of COVID-19 bysocial distancing, staying out oflarge groups, washing our handsregularly, wearing facemasks whenin public, and otherwise followingthe Governor's Rebound Idahoplans. His planned reopening ofIdaho businesses will continue assuming we do not have aresurgence of positive COVID-19 cases. We continue to abideby the edict of the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons inIdaho Steve Hall to suspend all Masonic meetings or gatheringsto minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus until furthernotice.El Korah ﬁled for andreceived funds from thePayroll ProtectionProgram which pays staﬀsalaries and beneﬁts, plusour utility bills, throughJune. We continue toclosely monitor ourexpenses to do what wecan to stay proﬁtable thisyear. We are hopeful thatour activities this fall willallow us to come close tocovering our expenses.Until the edict is lifted, there can be no meetings of clubs,units, or any other gathering in El Korah or any Masonic Lodgein Idaho. While we are normally dark in June, we are workingto put together a Zoom meeting for the Nobility on June 10.Please watch your emails for more information on this.I hope everyone will stayhealthy, protect yourself and your family when going out inpublic, and stay home if you are not feeling well. From thebottom of my heart, thank you again for your support of ElKorah through this diﬃcult time.As reported last month, Imperial Session 2020 in Kansas Cityhas been cancelled. Additionally, the Baker football game isalso cancelled, as was our 2020 Circus. Treefort is still on thebooks for September, but we simply don't know where we willbe in reopening group activities at this point.Membership Committeeby Ron Bishop, ChairmanCommercial and Residential Cleaning ServicesCommercial and Residential Carpet CleaningOwner: Glen and Darla Butz208-724-7619BOISE’S BEST PRIME RIB!BREAKFAST·LUNCH·DINNERMon-Fri: 7:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.Sat: 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.Sun: Closed208-344-WINE (9463)110 S. 5th St., Boise, ID 83702Greetings Nobles and Ladies, from your friends on themembership committee. We miss you and all of our funevents. The Covid-19 Virus has really changed everythingduring the last few weeks. The virus has caused socialdistancing and resulted in the loss of revenue for El Korahand all of the Shrines across the country. As our cities andstates begin to reopen, everyone is more than ready to get outof the house, to go shopping, to movies, to restaurants,ﬁshing, camping , etc. Let’s be careful as we get active againand prevent an uptick in the virus. Way too many peoplehave died or been sick with the virus.Please think about how you can help El Korah. Are yourdues current? If not, send a check today! Do you need a taxwrite oﬀ? If so, donate today. Let’s get El Korah back ontrack in 2020? You could join a club or committee. Perhapscall a friend or a relative and talk to them about El Korah andsee if they want to join. Call me, let’s discuss how we cansave El Korah and make up for lost time helping the kidsStay well and stay safe!
Page 4DESERT DUSTJune 2020Portland Shrine Hospital ReportSalt Lake Shrine Hospital Reportby Ill. Sir Rick Holloway, Board of Governorsby Ill. Sir Ray Westmoreland, P.P.The Portland Shrine Hospitalleadership team continues towork with state health careleaders in reopening thehospital to elective surgerieswith COVID-19 precautionsstill in place. The safety ofour patients, families, andstaﬀ is of the utmostimportance. The May Board of Governors meeting was heldvia Skype with good information sharing between hospital staﬀand Board members. We aren't sure whether the June meetingwill be in person or via Skype again.We are still looking at outreach sites across the PaciﬁcNorthwest to expand our ability to treat more kids in moreplaces. Many of these eﬀorts continued even though much ofthe health care system was disrupted during the currentoutbreak.Several applications for Board membership were received andthe interview process will commence within the next twomonths. Thank you to all who considered serving in thisimportant role. There are few opportunities to directly servethe kids which are as fulﬁlling and worthwhile as serving onthe Board of Governors of a Shrine Hospital. On behalf ofDave Triplett, Mike Mastropaolo, and Ray Westmoreland (SaltLake City) and myself, thank you for the opportunity to be anintegral part of this mission!Here are some of thehighlights of yesterday’sTeleconference meeting.We are resuming somesurgeries that weredelayed. We willcontinue to taketemperatures, require masks, and ask screening questionsbefore letting anyone in the Hospital for possibly up to a year.Due to lack of surgerie4s performed, we are 664212 underbudget and project that we will be 250000 under at end ofyear. Imperial has given back 8000 hours for Personal Time Oﬀ(PTO) to our employees Our Imperial representative, MarkHartz expressed that our employees are our greatest assets. Thisgives them ﬂexibility without loss of wages. 1500appointments have been cancelled or postponed. Imperial istaking over our marketing. We get to keep Dawn Wright, butshe will report to diﬀerent people. Mike Babcock is still ourregional Marketing manager. From nursing, therapy is down50%. We have had 3 patients test positive but were screenedout before coming in the Hospital. Dr Santora has come out ofretirement to help with surgeries as we gear back up. Gifts inkind are allowed again, so I will be loading the Cameleer trailerfor a trip on June 22 for our ﬁrst live meeting since theshutdown. Stuﬀed animals are not allowed at this time.Packaged toys and masks will be accepted.Real Estate &Property ManagementRON BISHOPAssociate Broker(208) 870-6075ADAMSGARDENSShriners Receive An Extra10% Discount4500 E Greenhurst RdNampa, Idaho 83686(208) 461-6101Fax 461-9738REALTORRKeller Williams Realty BoiseEQUAL HOUSINGOPPORTUNITY
Page 5DESERT DUSTProvost Guardby John Kinney, SecretaryThe Provost Guard was saddened by the loss of CharlotteCarleton. Charlotte and Bob have been members of theGuard for as long as I can remember!The Guard has been socially distancing since March. Ourmembers have been doing some interesting things sincebeing home bound! Some of us have been working fromhome, and may continue to do so for who knows how long.Others have been painting (both household and landscapes).A few have been recovering form health issues, or enjoyingfamily visitors (grandson from Puerto Rico). Others havebeen doing various projects. We have been doing yardwork, checking out water pressure on sprinkler systems,sewing, and outdoor barbecuing! Remember to keepwashing your hands and staying healthyThe Provost Guard is looking forward to the remainder ofthis year and moving forward to a new normal! The Guardis looking forward to socializing with our Shrine Brothers,family and friends. Hopefully we can hold our wine tastingevent on October 10th and getting back to our other Shrineactivities. We wish all of our brother's good health and safejourneys for the remainder of the year. If the Provost Guardcan be of any assistance please let any of our oﬃcers know.June 2020Iras Temple No 40Daughters of the Nileby Debbi deBoer, Princess BadouraAs the new Princess Badoura, I bring you greetings from IrasTemple.The members of Iras Temple are looking forward to beingtogether again this fall. We are keeping in touch with eachother but we miss being together. Our Supreme Session waspostponed until September and we hold on to hope that we areall able to come together in Minnesota with our SupremeQueen and all of our members.We have several fun events and fund raisers scheduled thisfall and hope you are able to join us for a lot of fun, andfellowship while we raise money for the Children.Iras Temple 6th Annual Golf Tournament - September28thSip and Shop - October 2nd & 3rdIras Temple Fall Fashion Show "Roses Pearls and Hats" October 24thIras Temple Costume Fun Run and Walk - October 31stLet us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is2M J PaintingRebecca Wood421 N Archer St, Boise 83706DESERT DUSTBrother Brown’s UndergroundRestaurant and Catering at El Korah Shrine(208) [email protected] on Friday, May 29thHours: Tues – Sat 11 am to 8 pmWe’re Back in Business, Nobles!!Come on In!“It’s All in the Sauce”
PagePage76DESERT DUSTSummary (to date)of the Director'sDaily Discoveriesby Jimmy Hansen, DirectorAs I hope that most of you areaware, I have been trying to keepthe members, friends, and Families of El Korah entertainedwhile we have had our Statewide Stay at Home Order andthe Reopening Phases with the Director's Daily Discoveries(D:.D:.D:.). And to make sure that no one gets left out, hereis a list of what I have discovered over the past weeks.If you are interested in any of them and didn't get it in aConstant Contact, email me at [email protected] I’ll make sure to get it to you!IssueDescription1) El Korah’s Ballroom before wood paneling and muralsand Ill. Sir J. Harry Hopﬀgarten.2) Roy Rogers.3) The First publication of the Desert Dust.4) Ill. Sir Donald S. Whitehead and his connection toFlying Saucers.5) 1921 Ill. Sir Hopﬀgarten’s year.6) Desert Dust Poems (1920s – 1930s).7) Tallest and Shortest Masons/Shriners.Players Playbill by Wayne White, PresidentAll’s quiet on the Players front - noactivities for now and nothing newto report. Kind of like a reprieve,but with a wary eye towards theinevitable catch-up work whenthings get back to 21)22)23)24)25)26)27)28)June 2020Pres. Harding and Shriners in Washington, DC.Words from Past Imperial Potentate (1916–17).Recorder’s Desert Dust notes.Noble John Philip Sousa (XII)The Bubble Speech! (XIII)El Korah’s 1st Building (XV)Whitehead Family (XVII)Ill. Sir Rick Holloway and the VA (XIX).El Korah sign ﬁxed (XX).Toronto, Canada Peace Monument 1930 (XXII).Boise’s Masonic Cemetery (XXVI).Notes to the Novices (XXIX).Ill. Sir James Pinney (XXXIII).The Spanish Flu in Idaho (XXXV).Imperial Session 1987 (XXXVII).El Korah Shrine’s Temple (XL).Ladies’ Oriental Shrine of N. America (XLIII).Poems from the Desert Dust (XLVII).Cowans and eavesdroppers (LI).Noble Edgar Guest (Poet) (LIV).Ill. Sir Clyde E. Summers (LVIII).If you or anyone you know has history connected to theShrine or Freemasonry in Idaho and would like to share it,please let me know!Raymond Schild, Esq.Managing PartnerThe Boise Law Firm, PLLCPlayersKeep staying safe everyone!!Aggressive Representation in Criminal DefenseDivorce, Custody, Real Estate, Trusts, Wills & EstatesContracts and General Civil Litigation“Every Life Leaves a Legacy!”SUMMERSFuneral Homeswww.summersfuneral.comBoise Chapel1205 W. Bannock St.Boise, ID 83702(208) 343-6493ExcellenceIntegrityCompassionUstick Chapel3629 E. Ustick Rd.Meridian, ID 83642(208) 898-0642(208) 891-0202www.boiseattorney.com
Page 7DESERT DUSTThe History of the American FlagPart 2 by David Bennett, Oriental GuideJune 2020left-hand corner). Another early ﬂag had a rattlesnake andthe motto "Don't Tread on Me".An anonymous letter, written January 2, 1776, says: "Thegrand union ﬂag of thirteen stripes was raised on a heightnear Boston. The regulars did not understand it; and as theking's speech had just been read, as they supposed, theythought the new ﬂag was a token of submission."The ﬁrst unoﬃcial national ﬂag, called the Grand UnionFlag or the Continental Colours, was raised at the behest ofGeneral Washington near his headquarters outside Boston,Massachusetts, on January 1, 1776 over the Cambridgecamp when the Continental Army was reorganized inaccordance with a Congressional resolution, which placedAmerican forces under George Washington's control.On that New Year's Day, the Continental Army was layingsiege to Boston which had been taken over by the BritishArmy. Washington ordered the Grand Union ﬂag hoistedabove his base at Prospect Hill. The ﬂag had 13 alternatingred and white horizontal stripes and the British Union Flag(a predecessor of the Union Jack) in the canton (the upperDuners Doingsby Santa Bob Albert, PresidentGeneral Washington, writing to Joseph Reed on January 4thsays: "We are at length favored with the sight of hisMajesty's most gracious speech, breathing sentiments oftenderness and compassion for his deluded Americansubjects; the speech I send you [a volume of them was sentout by the Boston gentry] and, farcical enough, we havegreat joy to them without knowing or intending it, for onthat day [the 2nd] which gave being to our new army, butbefore the proclamation came to hand, we hoisted the unionﬂag in compliment to the United Colonies. But behold! Itwas received at Boston as a token of the deep impressionthe speech had made upon us, and as a signal ofsubmission. By this time I presume they begin to think itstrange that we have not made a formal surrender of ourlines."The ﬁrst oﬃcial national ﬂag, also known as the Stars andStripes, was approved by the Continental Congress on June14, 1777. The blue canton contained 13 stars, representingthe original 13 colonies, but the layout varied. Althoughnobody knows exactly who designed the ﬂag, it most likelywas Continental Congress member Francis Hopkinson.(See Francis Hopkinson & the Design of the American Flagin "American Flag Stories" at the end of this article.)Twin Falls Shrine Clubby Bob CannonJune 2020:Well, the Duners are still stuck in the garage like everyoneelse, so far the 1st part of our Parade Season has beencanceled (Emmett, Meridian and Baker City). We so lookforward to seeing everyone on the sidelines when we comeback. Hopefully we will be able to get our Blue Buggieson the streets soon.6/8 Monday 6:00 pm - Twin Falls Shrine Club MeetingWe will have a Zoom Meeting again, Look for aninvitation from Senate Eskridge.Stay safe, wash your hands and call your friends and lovedones.6/20 Saturday: Filer Fund Days Parade ON HOLDwe’ll let you know of any changes6/13 Saturday: Richﬁeld Parade CANCELLED6/17 Saturday: El Korah Shrine Circus CANCELLED6/20 Saturday: Mackay Rodeo Parade CANCELLED
Page 8DESERT DUSTJune Meeting by Zoomby Will Votaw, Chief RabbanNobles, El Korah is usually dark in June. We are in theprocess of looking in to getting Dispensation fromImperial to have an Electronic/Digital Stated Meeting inJune. Imperial has recently relaxed its requirement forelectronic and digital meetings. We would have tocompile a list of Nobles who will be attending, verifythey are current on their dues and be able to verify theNobles attending. It would be completely done over theinternet. Nobles would have to be in a secure location.Groups, unless living in the same household, would notbe allowed. As seen in our current meetings, NoblesJesse Laduke and Walt Hamby log in from their houses.The Most Worshipful Grand Master of Idaho's currentEdict does not allow in person group meetings asMasons. We are trying to keep to our MasonicObligations, by following the MWGM's Edicts, whilecommunicating as Nobles. If we are unable to do astated meeting, we will still at least have a socialmeeting.In keeping with our usual meeting day/time, this is beingEl Korah ShrineBoise, IdahoJune 2020thscheduled for Wednesday, June 10 at 7:30 PM. This isthe second Wednesday of the month, the same as ournormal Stated Meetings.Please let this serve as a notice of the meeting. An emailwill be sent to Nobles with the Zoom information andmeeting password in the next week. Zoom is easydownload on a phone, tablet or computer. There will be alink on the email to download Zoom or just join themeeting. Please don't wait until the last minute to set-upyour devices. You can contact Will Votaw at(208) 859-4407. I will be more than happy to assist, tothe best of my abilities.We, as a Board, understand not all Nobles have access toa device to join the meeting or a high level of technicalknowledge. We are trying to make this as easy aspossible and reach as many Nobles as possible. Ourapologies in advance if someone is unable to attend/jointhe meeting. It is not our intent to exclude anyone, butthe current state of things dictates what can and can notbe done.Hope to see you all in person soon and as many aspossible on June 10th.
Page 9June 2020Chaplain’s CornerFrom the Recorder’s Desckby Santa Bob Albert, Chaplainby Ill. Sir Ray Westmoreland, P.P.Hello Nobles and Lady's of El Korah Shrine. Another monthhas passed in this time of Virus lockdown and sadly the BlackCamel Caravan has stopped at our Oasis and pick up twotravelers :Clancy Stouﬀer: June 14, 1926 - February 22, 2020Survived by his wife Mary (married 72 years), sister DonnaSalisbury of Boise, granddaughter Ellen Stouﬀer of Oregon,and several nieces and nephewsJim Schmer: October 31, 1944 - May 15, 2020Survived by his daughter Angela CummingsEd Wimmer: July 1, 1936 - May 22, 2020Survived by his wife NancyWe are all going thru strange times, reach out to other Noblesand see how they are doing.If you know of someone who is ill please let me know.Remember to Love your loved ones and stay safe.Here’s a note sent in from Noble Bob Minnis:Recorder, you asked “How are we doing?”Well, I have to say that the ﬁrst two weeks of the mandatedshutdown was OK. But being quarantined in our ownhome, or under house arrest to more accurately describe it,is a bit intimidating. Then we learned that we did not haveto stay six feet apart at all times and that it was OK for usto be in the same room at the same time. So we took oﬀthe masks and life became beautiful. We really like stayingat home. We enjoy each other’s company. We have givenourselves a refresher course on preparing our own food.(Still got a ways to go though). We still go out, mind you,but our choices of locale are somewhat limited. We eat out(are you ready?) on the South Patio, on the North Patio, oreven on the East Portico. We also talk about what onemight say if we ever found it necessary to visit a marriagecounselor. After great study, my only complaint in ourentire marriage is that one time Ardie did not put enoughjelly on my peanut butter sanwich. In a nutshell, we knowthat the quarantine must end so that the economy canrecover, so reluctantly, we are looking forward to that.JuneSUNDAYMONDAY1TUESDAY2RED AREASDirectors 98Divan MeetingAll Masonic-relatedEventsPostponed or Cancelled15CircusIdaho Falls16CircusPocatelloTHURSDAYFRIDAY4 First Thursday 53714WEDNESDAYSATURDAY6RED AREASGrand1213ChapterOESAll Masonic-relatedEventsin BoisePostponed or Cancelled10 Stated/Social 11Meetingvia Zoom7:30 LLED20Grand Chapter OES in Boise2128CircusBoiseCANCELLED22232429303127
Page 10DESERT DUSTJune DAYSATURDAY12 First Thursday 34891011CANCELLEDAfricanSummerNightsImperial Session in Kansas SUNDAY30MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYFirst Thursday31SATURDAYBaker E/WAll Star EDSummer PNSA in Kansas City1617181920212223242526272829
Events: Circus/Football.(208) 333-8350 Hospital Board Members Salt Lake City.Ray Westmoreland Portland.Dave Triplett Portland.Rick Holloway - Vice Chair Portland.Mike Mastropaolo 2020 Shrine Dues were due by 12/31/19. If you do not have a current dues card, you are delinquent. Avoid the dreaded NPD list and contact the