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Nydia Temple No. 4
515 NE 135th Street
Vancouver, WA 98685-2813
Phone: 360-607-7801

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Nydia Temple No. 4 Queen's Message

Queen Sharon Kelley

Ladies, I've just got to say how proud I am (please help me find my buttons; they popped off) of my/our officers for the work they did during the Supreme Queen's visit on Sat. Nov. 5: AWESOME just about describes it! Everyone did an excellent job-as I knew they would. I am especially proud of Lady of the Keys and Lady of the Gates pro-tems - Alyce learned her part and Shirley rapped on the door like a pro. They both volunteered on Wednesday at the session and slid right into their positions to help us out. We initiated nine new Princesses for Nydia and one courtesy Princess for Zuliema-a very nice sized class. My thanks to all. And also to the wonderful volunteers who helped with table decoration placements-we had Cleocatras, and camels at an oasis and ankhs as table favors. Many thanks also go to Pr. Carol Pratt for catering the banquet. Thanks to JPQ Laurie for arranging an event on Sunday for the visiting dignitaries. And especially my thanks to PQ Judy Smith for working with the hospital to coordinate guests, oh and being a fantastic Mistress of Ceremonies at the banquet. Supreme Queen Cathy Carol Rose was very complimentary to me after the ceremony about the good work we all did. She has examined our books and is also pleased-we are good for another year.

Monday was the presentation of the 3rd Million Dollar Plaque from the Daughters of the Nile Foundation (DON) at the Portland Hospital. We had approximately 85 people present-dignitaries galore-for the ceremony followed by tours of the facility, followed by lunch. One of the former patients-and daughter and granddaughter of Nydia members-was the speaker: Rebecca Mobley, who talked about her treatment and how she is doing now. What a phenomenal young lady.

We have had two wonderful meal events this year, and one more coming: December 10th will be Christmas in the City, our winter luncheon. Lunch will be served at Colwood Golf Center on Columbia Boulevard. There is a choice of entre and a yummy dessert. Cost is $21.00/person, and tickets will be available at the December Session or by email to me. I would really like to see you all there.

Nile Love to All
Queen Sharon

Temple News

White Rose Ceremony for Pr. Phyllis Miller

We have received a White Rose Ceremony request for Princess Phyllis Miller.  Her services will be January 28th, at 11 AM, at Macy and Sons Funeral Home.  The address is 135 NE Evans (the corner of Evans and 2nd) in McMinville.  All members are invited to join in the ceremony.  Please confirm attendance with Princess Teri Rollman, so that I may let them know our space requirements.

Please share this information with members who may not have access to e-mail.

Whoops, forgot to include the date

Whoops, forgot to include the date of Zenobia Club’s Queen’s visit.  It is Monday, February 6th, rescheduled from its original date of December 5th.  Thank you to all who noticed the omission.  Nile Love, Queen Sharon.


Hope all are staying warm; two upcoming Queen's club visits

Hello ladies.  I hope all are staying warm and safe; if anyone needs some help during these inclement weather times, please reach out to me, our Chaplain, or any member.  There are two Queen’s club visits coming soon.  On Thursday, January 19th, I will be travelling to Dallas Nile Club and on Monday, traveling to Zenobia Nile Club.  All are welcome to join us; let me know if your need directions or any other information.  Love, Queen Sharon.

The Nydian Newsletter - it's in the mail

Ladies, did you receive a copy of the Nydian newsletter in your mailbox today, and you asked why?  Good question, and the answer is that your line officers have decided to start again mailing the newsletter to each member. 
A couple of years ago, in order for our members to be better informed in a more timely fashion, the Nydian mailing was increased to five times a year, rather than three.  But then, at the same time, to save costs, those with email addresses were instructed to read it on the website, rather than receive it thru the U.S. Mail.  Since then, we heard a lot of complaints about the numerous problems of receiving the newsletter by email and/or posted on the website to read.  In addition, there were a lot of ladies who never received it, and did not realize it, so didn't know to say anything.  There just have been too many to ignore.
So, we made the decision to return to mailing the Nydian to all members.  We feel it is worth the little extra cost to keep ALL of our members informed.
There has not been any changes to the email list, and the Nydian is still being posted on the website, where you can find the current and past editions.  We definitely want to keep all our ladies informed, and continue to make improvements in this area.  Good communication is always a challenge, and the more ways we keep our members informed, the better.

Queen Sharon's Official Visits

Ladies, my next official visit will be with Woodburn Nile Club on Friday, September 9th.  Due to the Labor Day Holiday, their meeting (normally would held on September 2nd) has been changed to one week later on the 9th.  All ladies of the household are invited to travel and attend with me; please contact Princess Ruth Hughes for details.
Queen Sharon’s official visits to Nydia Nile Clubs this year:
July 26 – Coastal NC
August 26 – Columbia County NC (dinner)
September 9 – Woodburn NC
September 19 – Beth Eden NC
September 20 – Union County and Baker County NC (dinner)
September 21 – Pendleton NC
October 3 – Salem NC
October 11 – Tirzah NC
October 12 – Three Sisters NC
October 17 – Corvallis NC
October 18 – Eugene NC
November 9 -  Bend NC
November 10 – Beaver NC
November 14 – North Clackamas NC
November 15 – Vancouver NC
December 5 – Zenobia NC (rescheduled to February 6th)
December 13 – Forest Hills NC
December 20 – Eastmont NC
January 9 – Nite Lites (dinner) NC
January 19 – Dallas NC (previously scheduled for February 16th)

February 6 - Zenobia NC

Hospital News

Portland Shriners Hospital announces a unique collaboration

News from Davene Dietzler-Marihart, Director of Business Development, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Portland
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Portland, the region’s largest pediatric orthopedic group, and Providence Children’s Health, a leader in caring for children in Oregon, announce a unique collaboration that expanded pediatric orthopedic services starting last October.
Pediatric orthopedic surgeons from the Portland Shriners Hospital are also now embedded in Providence Pediatric Orthopedics located at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. These teams care for muscle, bone, and joint concerns in newborns, children and teens. This includes care in the Children’s Emergency Department, surgery, hospital and outpatient clinic.  “Children aren’t just small adults; caring for their growing bones requires a specialized approach,” said Resa Bradeen, M.D., senior medical director, Providence Children’s Health. “This collaboration brings experts together to offer the best care for children and their families.”
The Portland Shriners Hospital is recognized internationally for their expertise in pediatric orthopedics. Partnering with caregivers on the Providence St. Vincent campus further expands seamless care for the tens of thousands of children Providence serves each year. It also supports and strengthens the organizations’ mutual commitment to provide compassionate care through service to others.
“Shriners Hospital is honored to work with Providence Children’s Health and views this collaboration as a great benefit to our patients. Building on each organization’s unique strengths, the ultimate winners are the children who receive top quality care in an environment that is most appropriate to their medical need,” said J. Craig Patchin, Administrator, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Portland.  The Shriners Hospital doctor assigned to the Providence Hospital is Dr. Heather Kong.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, research and outstanding medical education. The Portland Shriners Hospital focuses on a wide range of pediatric orthopedic conditions, from fractures to rare diseases and syndromes. All services are provided in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families' ability to pay
Providence Children’s Health is a leader in caring for children – especially those with special health care needs. Tens of thousands of children in Oregon and Southwest Washington are served each year through Providence’s clinics, hospitals and health plans. One in five children begins their life in a Providence facility, more than any other health system in Oregon. Two neonatal intensive care units and a pediatric intensive care unit serve the region’s most fragile newborns, children and teens. Providence is the largest provider of emergency care for kids in Oregon and also offers immediate care and virtual visits. A full range of pediatric specialty and subspecialty providers are available around the clock. Education and family support helps every child reach their full potential.

April, 2016, Nydian and Portland Hospital Stats Available on the Website

The Portland Shriners Hospital just wrapped up “Divan Days”, which is two days of sharing information and hospital updates with the officers of the Shrine Centers that support the Portland Hospital.  Shared there were the 2015 statistics for the Portland Hospital, as listed below:
            6,401   Number of active patients
               348   Inpatient surgeries
               772   Outpatient surgeries
            1,120   TOTAL number of surgeries
               5.8    Average daily census
               6.5    Average length of stay (days)
            11,653 Outpatient Visits (includes Outreach)
              299   Employees
              157   Volunteers
            13,751 Volunteers hours worked in the hospital
            5,239   Physical therapy visits
            1,831   Occupational therapy visits
            1,125   Speech therapy visits
               657   Recreational therapy visits
            7,160   Total in-house radiology procedures
            2,654   EOS imaging exams
            2,697   Orthotics delivered – Portland Hospital
            1,783   Orthotics delivered – Spokane and St. Louis Hospitals
               218   Prosthetics delivered – Portland Hospital
               242   Prosthetics delivered – Spokane and St. Louis Hospitals

Have you seen our Shriners Hospitals for Children ads on TV lately?

Have you seen our Shriners Hospitals for Children ads on TV lately?  Some of your members have concerns, so please let us take this opportunity to clarify the purpose behind the ads.

The annual budget to operate our 22 hospitals is about $750 million. In 2008-10 a severe downturn in the stock market was devastating to our charitable endowment fund.  Because of this, Shriners began a process to close 4 or 5 hospitals and to reduce corresponding medical and support staff.

During the next two annual Imperial sessions, our delegates debated this for many long sessions.  Finally, Shriners worldwide took a bold stand and voted to keep all hospitals open.  For 80 years we had relayed upon our endowment fund to support our hospitals. We decided to work harder and smarter- creating other sources of income, improving our investment strategy, followed by a decision to bill insurance companies, which had never been done.

In only one year’s time the impossible was accomplished. A system was developed to accept third party payments – which includes insurance. However, this has not bridged the gap.  Insurance companies and Medicare reimburse only about a quarter of all our patient’s medical expenses. So, we have looked at other children’s charitable organizations for solutions and copied their successful efforts, which include use of television advertising.

Following the crisis, a comprehensive PR program began, intended to educate the public who Shriners are, how we help children and to seek out different and new donor sources. You recognize the program entitled “Love to the Rescue”.  TV ads first concentrated on our mission, telling stories of our tremendous medical efforts to help children lead better lives, regardless of their parent’s ability to pay. This progressed into today’s campaign, asking the public to support our mission through their generous donations.

This program is part of doing business, as other non-profits have done.  If we continued business as usual, our endowment fund would be in jeopardy again. Fortunately, the ads are well received.  Shriners Hospitals for Children are no longer a well kept secret.  Our “silent messenger” is no longer silent and the public’s response continues to be very positive and fortunately cost effective.

Daughters of the Nile, thank you for your continued understanding and support.  We certainly appreciate what you all do to embrace our mission, helping us in many, many ways to provide special children with quality medical services.
Shriners are very proud of your organization.   The Daughters are the second largest source of our charitable funding, next to Shriners themselves and without your ongoing support, our mission to help children cannot continue.

PS: If you have further concerns about the ad campaign, Kay Weber, Portland Hospital Community Relations Department welcomes your questions.

Bob Walliker, PP
Board of Governors,
Portland Shriners Hospital for Children

Shriners Hospital - Portland

3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239-3009.
Phone: 503-241-5090.

Nydian Newsletter cover December 2016
Nydian Newsletter

Nydia Temple No. 4
515 NE 135th Street
Vancouver, WA 98685-2813
Phone: 360-607-7801
Contact Us
Proposal for Membership
Temple Directions