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Nydian Newsletter cover September 2016
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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

We've had a busy summer, great fun at the East-West Shrine game, and club visits have begun--six done so far (remember to contact Princess Ruth Hughes or the Queen if you are interested in joining us). Fall has started with a rush; I'm not sure where the time has gone. We have Supreme Queen Cathy Carol due in on Nov. 5 for a Ceremonial and banquet, 2PM and 5pmish respectively. And the big doings at the hospital on Nov. 7th for the presentation by the Daughters of the Nile Foundation of the 3rd Million Dollar plaque.

If you have made a proposal in the recent past please follow up to see if your proposed would like to join us on Nov. 5th.

And looking past Thanksgiving, remember the ABATE toy run at the Hospital on Dec. 3, AND then our Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 10th.

I continue to enjoy the best year ever, please come to Session or our socials and enjoy with me.

Nile Love to All
Queen Sharon

Temple News

Read all about it - the cost of the banquet has been lowered

Extra, extra, read all about it.  The price of the Supreme Queen’s banquet on November 5th has been lowered.  It is now $20 rather than $27.  A change of menu and a change of caterer is the reason for this good news. If you have not purchased a ticket yet, contact Queen Sharon Kelley, or Princess Ruth Hughes, or call Princess Recorder Paulette Schlee with your credit card number (additional $1 fee will be added to credit card transactions).

If you already have a $27 ticket, there are two options:  1) a cash refund will be given at door of the banquet by simply showing your $27 ticket(s).  Refunds will only be given at that time.  Or, if you wish to donate that $7, you may, and those funds will help Nydia Temple’s general fund.

The Supreme Queen’s Official Visit ceremonial will begin at 2 pm on Saturday, November 5th, at the Al Kader Shrine Center.  Please come a little early and meet the candidates.  Remember, per Supreme Bylaws, dresses are required to be worn at all ceremonials (no slacks).  And don’t forget the Daughters of the Nile plaque presentation at the Portland Shriners Hospital on the following Monday, at 10 am.

For any further information, please contact Queen Sharon Kelley, Princess Recorder PQ Paulette Schlee, or any line officer of Nydia Temple.

Invitation - Gold Plaque Presentation

At Shriners Hospitals for Children – Portland
3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland
(free parking in garage – then take elevator to first floor – car pools are encouraged as the parking is limited)
Monday, November 7, 2016
Schedule of Events:
10:00 AM – Gold Plaque Presentation (meet in lobby first floor right off elevator)
11:00 AM – Hospital Tour
12:15 PM – Luncheon  (YOU MUST HAVE RESERVATIONS!)   Please thank the Portland Shriners Hospital for hosting this luncheon for us. 
Lunch reservation deadline is Tuesday, November 1, 2016.
Contact PQ Judy C. Smith for reservations.  Please let us know if you are bringing a guest that is not a member of Nydia Temple.

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
December 13 – Forest Hills NC
December 20 – Eastmont NC
January 9 – Nite Lites (dinner) NC
February 16 – Dallas NC

Nydia Temple Facebook Group

With many of our members being Facebook users, and since we’re always looking for ways to keep in contact, I am pleased to announce the creation of the Nydia Temple Facebook group.  The name of the group is “Nydia Temple DON Members”.  It is a closed group; access for only current members of Nydia Temple.   Ladies are encouraged to share pictures, ideas, announcements of club happenings, etc., of interest to other Nydia Temple members.

A little more information about the gold plaques

Hello ladies.  Because there have been several questions about what the gold plaques represent, I wanted to share a little more information with everyone. 

Each gold plaque represents a million donation to the hospital from the Daughters of the Nile Foundation, so this third plaque means $3 million dollars.  Because the Portland Hospital is one of frontrunners in donations from Daughters of the Nile, it is truly exciting to our members.   There is a huge donors wall in the lobby of the hospital and this is where our newest plaque will be placed.  It’s right next to the memorabilia room, which has on display some of our items.

The Daughters of the Nile, since the beginning of our organization, has contributed over $56 million dollars to the entire hospital system.  That’s just money, does not include all the items made or given, like school room supplies, sewing, etc., or the time spent, like putting on birthday parties, clerical support, driving, etc.  The Daughters of the Nile are the number one contributors to the hospitals, after the Shriners themselves – an accomplishment of which we are very proud.

Again, I hope many of you can join me for this celebration on November 7th. 

SAVE THE DATE -- Presentation of Third Gold Plaque

Save the date -- I am so excited to announce that the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Portland will be receiving a third gold plaque from the Daughters of the Nile Foundation later this year!  The presentation will be made on Monday, November 7, 2016.  This date was chosen because it follows the official visit of the Supreme Queen to Nydia Temple, which will be on Saturday, November 5, 2016.  This is a very special occasion with many details in the works, but I wanted to share the information now so we could get the date in our calendars.  Stay tuned for more information to be announced.

Hospital News

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 September 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