Nydia Temple No. 4 Queen's Message
Official Visits to the Clubs have begun and I am overwhelmed by the love and generosity of you Ladies. The Officers and I have been so warmly received everywhere we have travelled. We have collected everything from boxes of toys for the children to embroidered towels to be used as gifts. But, the generosity doesn't end there. I have been given wonderful checks for the Convalescent Endowment Fund and the Convalescent Relief Account, several Stepping Stones to Happiness for me, personally, and some donations to our Temple General Fund. I am extremely grateful for your outpouring of love and support.
This brings me to an extremely difficult subject to put before you all. Our Temple is heading for some financial issues, sooner rather than later. Recently, we were faced with drawing $5,000 from our savings account just to meet our immediate obligations. We no longer have the luxury of counting on our dues receipts to meet the expenses of our Temple. Your Ways and Means committee, which is comprised of the Line Officers, has been struggling to come up with fundraisers that can be supported by our members. We have struggled with ways to cut the Budget and other cost savings, but we have come about as far as we can without some drastic changes to our bylaws.
The Strategic Planning Committee has taken on the Financial status of our Temple as their next project. We have seen some fabulous results from their work on Membership, but we cannot let them do this by themselves. We need to work together to bring our Temple back to financial health.
Please think about supporting our joint fundraiser with the Shrine Police Club, The Copper Clappers Caper Murder Mystery Dinner, on November 4, 2017. It's being held at the Al Kader Shrine Center and is $35 per person for a delicious tri-tip dinner, an interactive mystery play and lots of other fun attractions. (You can even get your "mug shot" taken!)
In the next months, we will enjoy the Holidays and all that they embody. I encourage you to respond to the Holiday Giving letter you will receive in the mail very soon. PQ Laurie Winchester is heading up this project this year.
For a bit of fun and good food, join us at the "Reindeer Romp" Holiday Luncheon on December 2, 2017 at the Persimmon Country Club in Gresham. It's only $25 per person for a wonderful lunch and entertainment.
The Reindeer Romp
Ladies (and your guests!!), the fabulous "Reindeer Romp" Holiday Luncheon is almost here - Saturday, December 2nd. I have confirmed the menu with Persimmon Country Club, and we will be enjoying a delicious buffet of Beef Tenderloin, Chicken Picatta, grilled asparagus, roasted red potatoes, appetizers and dessert. Yummm! The cost is $25 per person, and spouses, friends and prospective members are all welcome. (Hint, we are having our own no-host bar for your enjoyment!) Call our Banquet Chairman, Princess Barbara Hammer (503-329-2832) to reserve your tickets now. Deadline is Wednesday, November 29th. Persimmon Country Club in Gresham is a beautiful location with fabulous views of Mt. Hood in a tranquil country setting. Don't miss this opportunity for some great food, fun and surprises.
On the road again --
On Wednesday, November 15th, I will be travelling to Bend for my official visit to that club. I am looking forward to holding an obligation only ceremony for at least one candidate, and perhaps a few more. Then on Monday, November 20th, I’ll be with Corvallis Nile Club for my official visit there. All members are welcome to join me for these club visits. Queen Jennifer.
DID YOU KNOW?
1. Did you know that for the first half of this year (April to October, 2017) Nydia Temple members have donated over $93 worth of Box Tops for Education to the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Portland, for the school room? This is amazing considering the box tops are usually about 4 to 10 cents apiece. That’s a lot of box tops. Thank you, ladies. As with all donations to the hospital from Nydia Temple, the total at the end of the year will be reported to Supreme Temple.
2. Did you know that our Chaplain, Princess Pat Stapleton, sends cards of condolences, get well, congratulations, and all other types of “thinking of you” cards to our members? Plus she makes phone calls and prepares a monthly Chaplain’s Report to keep our members informed. Because we all care deeply for our members, we need your help. If you know of someone who needs a card, or a call, please contact Princess Pat, along with letting your club members and Queen know.
3. Did you know the Portland Shriners Hospital holds a walk-in “fracture clinic” every weekday morning? Due to the amount of pediatric fractures that occur annually, the Portland Shriners Hospital began its daily walk-in fracture clinic two years ago. Drop in any time between 7:30 and 9:00 am and bring the x-ray taken at the emergency room or urgent care clinic. Be seen, treated, casted, and on your way home in about two hours. The Portland Shriners Hospital is the PNW’s largest pediatric orthopedic group, and are the experts for the best fracture and sports injury care.
Submitted by Princess Tirzah Kathy Walliker. Please share with members who may not have email.
Queen Jennifer's Official Visits
September 12th - Forest Hills Nile Club
September 18th – Beth Eden Nile Club
September 19th – Eastern Oregon Nile Club
September 20th – Pendleton Nile Club
September 26th – Coastal Nile Club
October 6th – Woodburn Nile Club
October 9th – North Clackamas Nile Club
October 10th – Tirzah Nile Club
October 25th – Three Sisters Nile Club
October 26th – Social Event with Beaverton/Newberg
November 6th – Salem Nile Club
November 15th – Bend Nile Club
November 20th – Corvallis Nile Club
December 4th – Zenobia Nile Club
December 19th – Eastmont Nile Club
December 21st – Dallas Nile Club
January 8th – Nite Lites Nile Club
January 16th – Vancouver Nile Club
2016 Statistics for Shriners Hospitals for Children - Portland
Shriners Hospital - Portland AWS
Below are the 2016 statistics for the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Portland:Portland Shriners Hospital announces a unique collaboration
5,990 Number of active patients
351 Inpatient surgeries
746 Outpatient surgeries
1,097 TOTAL number of surgeries
5.0 Average daily census
5.1 Average length of stay (days)
13,450 Outpatient Visits (includes outreach clinics)
13,777 Volunteers hours worked in the hospital
4,034 Physical therapy visits
1,701 Occupational therapy visits
1,040 Speech therapy visits
7,495 Total in-house radiology procedures
n/a EOS imaging exams
6,210 Patients seen in O&P
2,738 Specialized orthotics and prosthetics made
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.
3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239-3009.