Fifty years ago this June, photographer Randy Dieter snapped the image of Shriner Al Hortman carrying young Shriners Hospitals' patient Bobbi Jo Wright, which went on to become our iconic Editorial Without Words. It inspired our Shriners Hospitals for Children logo, and statues based on the image (sometimes referred to as the Silent Messenger) stand outside temples and Shriners Hospitals for Children locations.
A Special Invitation for You
A special celebration of this anniversary is planned for the 2020 Imperial Session in Kansas City, Missouri. Be a part of it by sending in your pictures of the statue and/or your thoughts about what the Editorial Without Words means to you.
What to Send
Photographs should be high-resolution whenever possible. Please send photos as attachments, rather than copying and pasting into the email or onto a document.
Please include the names of everyone in your photo. Names won’t be published but are necessary for internal use only.*
Who Should Participate?
Everyone! If you have a connection to the fraternity or the health care system, you are encouraged to participate!
Where Should I Send My Photo Submission?
Please email your contribution to email@example.com by May 1, 2020.
William Allen Smith was installed at Potentate of Tangier Shrine on Jan. 3 before dozens of nobles, their ladies, friends and family members.
By his side was Lady Vicki. Other members of the 2020 Tangier Divan are: Chief Rabban Steve Elliott and Lady Cheryl; Assistant Rabban William German and Lady Colleen; High Priest and Prophet Paul Gonzales & Lady Dawn; Oriental Guide Bryan Deming and Lady Erin; Treasurer Ralph Joos Jr., P.P.; and Recorder Robert Schapp Jr.
Longtime support Scheels recently donated $3,500 to the Tangier Shriners. Seen here is High Priest and Prophet Bill German accepting the donation from Kathy Johnson. Thank you or your support!
Read the touching story about Olivia Rubio's care at Shriners Hospitals.
The 91st annual Tangier Shrine Circus is back by popular demand! Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 6 to the annual event, being held at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs for the fifth year. The circus offers six family-friendly performances from Friday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23. General admission tickets are $18. Reserved seats are $25-$35, depending on location.
Friday night’s performance is a “A Salute to America’s Heroes,” honoring first responders, military, veterans, and police and fire personnel. Admission is half price for all reserved tickets for active duty, veterans, reserve members, and first responders and their families. Eligible individuals can show their ID at the Mid-America Center box office to receive the discount, either on the date of the performance or to purchase tickets in advance.
The Tangier Shrine Circus promises thrills, chills, laughter, and plenty of amazing moments in a three-ring show. The always-popular Keystone Kops and hilarious Tangier Shrine Clowns are back to share plenty of hijinks. Animal lovers will enjoy extraordinary animal performances, including the magnificent Shrine Circus elephants.
A special “Circus Fun Fair” offers a chance for fans of all ages to meet some of the stars of the circus and even ride a few of the animals. The popular petting zoo returns as well! Face painting and bounce houses will be available. The Fun Fair begins two hours prior to each performance and immediately follows each show.
Circus show times are:
– Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
– Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m.
– Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased without fees at the Mid-America Center box office (1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa). In addition, general admission tickets are available for purchase without fees online at TangierShrineCircus.com, at the Tangier Shrine Center (2823 S. 84 Street), and at all Omaha/Council Bluffs-area Hy-Vee locations. Groups interested in purchasing tickets can contact the Tangier Shrine Office at 402-392-0404.
The Tangier Shrine Circus is produced by the James Cristy Cole Circus. Circus proceeds are for the benefit of the Tangier Shrine in Omaha, Nebraska. Payments are not deductible as charitable contributions.
May 16, 2019
Nobles and Friends,
We officially have a new home! After a great deal of planning and searching, we will be moving to a new building in the City Place Development in Woodbury, Minnesota, an eastern suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, by the summer of 2020. This move is a step in our transition to an outpatient clinic model. Construction of our new site will begin later this summer and continue into the middle of next year. The current site will be sold as the transition to the new site is completed.
Ease of highway access, proximity to other local area amenities, first floor access and the opportunity to design and build out space incorporating the knowledge gained from 96 years of service, were all elements that influenced the selection of the site and the timing of this transition. Developing a new site is a special opportunity to create a patient-centered environment for the modern era. The new site will continue to serve children from a seven-state service area.
Shriners Healthcare for Children’s new facility will provide a wide range of services for children with orthopaedic conditions including:
Clinic Services: providing a family-centered, team approach to care. Patients will see specialty physicians, nurses, therapists and other pediatric-trained specialists in an environment designed for children.
Child Life: providing families with support during appointments through play and anxiety coping activities. The Child Life program also offers over twenty (20) camps and programs to meet the physical and emotional needs of children with orthopaedic conditions.
Radiology: providing standard x-ray service as well as EOS, which provides 3-D, full-body imaging with up to 85 percent lower radiation.
Rehabilitation: providing physical and occupational therapy to help children build skills, strength and mobility needed for everyday activities.
Scoliosis Specific Exercise – a specialized physical therapy program that uses exercises, stretching and breathing to improve a patient’s scoliotic posture.
Orthotics and Prosthetics: offering orthotic and prosthetic services specifically for children, including upper and lower extremity prosthetic care, scoliosis bracing and a broad spectrum of pediatric orthotic services.
Telehealth: including telehealth capabilities that enable video connection to other remote sites across the region, creating more opportunities for access to children in need of pediatric orthopaedic services. This capability enhances Shriners Hospitals for Children’s reputation as the largest network of specialized pediatric orthopaedic and burn telehealth sites in the world.
Surgery Services: All surgeries will be performed by Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities physicians at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota, or other pediatric hospitals.
Concurrently, we continue our planning efforts to expand our presence throughout our service area. This expansion will take on a variety of forms that could include new affiliations with other healthcare organizations and individual providers, expanding the use of our telehealth technologies and establishing physical clinics, just as a few examples. We see this as an exciting opportunity that supports the Shriners Hospitals for Children’s system initiative of “Reaching More Kids in More Places.”
We ask for your continued help and support as these changes unfold. We commit to communicating information to all of the Temples supporting Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities. On behalf of the Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities Board of Governors, we thank you and your nobility for your support!
Please do not hesitate to contact me, or your local board members, with any questions or concerns.
P.P. Roger J Robinson
Chairman, Board of Governors
Shriners Healthcare for Children — Twin Cities
Nebraska has experienced historic flooding in the eastern part of the state, and devastating blizzards in central and western Nebraska, with major loss of homes, farm, and ranching assets and income. Many of our Nebraska Masonic family members (and fellow Shriners too) have been affected by these catastrophic events and will need assistance to get back on their feet. Here’s how you can help.
The Nebraska Masonic Relief Fund is collecting monetary donations that will be dispersed to Masonic family members affected by the floods and storms through an application process. If the donations exceed the needs of our Masonic family, the funds will be donated to other flood and storm relief efforts. Those interested in making a financial donation to support relief efforts can do so by clicking the DONATE button below.
Donations can also be mailed to:
Grand Lodge of Nebraska
301 N. Cotner Boulevard
Lincoln, NE 68505
Checks should be made payable to Grand Lodge Relief Fund, with flood/storm relief in the memo field.
Thank you so much for your support of this relief effort.
The Tangier Shrine received the following thank you letters from schoolchildren after the 2019 Tangier Shrine Circus last month. These children received free admission to the “Salute to Tomorrow’s Leaders” performance on Thursday, Feb. 21.
This is just a small sampling of the many letters we received.
Circus Chairman Jim Turpen (as Ankor the Clown) and Tangier Circus Marketing Specialist Bridget Brooks appear on “Moms Everyday” with Gina Melton to talk about the 90th Annual Tangier Shrine Circus.
Watch the video:
The Tangier Shrine Hospital Office received this note from a patient's Dad who wanted to express their thanks:
On behalf of myself, my wife, and our entire family, I want to thank you and all of the Shriners for all of your assistance this year. You guys take what is a tough situation for us and make it easier! On top of that, the care we get at the Shriner's Hospital in Philly is great!
Attached are a series of x-rays taken over the past 6 months that I want to share with you. They show a continuous improvement in the spine. You can see that we started at a 36% curvature of the spine in late July and we're now at a 20% curve. The ultimate goal is to get below 10%, at which point we move to a hard plastic cast (and fewer visits to Philly).
We hope that you have a Happy New Year!
Tangier Shrine • 2823 S. 84 Street • Omaha, NE 68124402-392-0404 • Fax: 402-392-2208