Nydia Temple No. 4 Queen's Message
I'm having a wonderful time being Queen this year and am so proud of all that we have done so far this
year. Eleven of us attended Supreme Session in Indianapolis, but we did miss three of our delegation who
could not join us due to illness. Nydia Temple received many awards and honors (see article below). I will
have the trophies and awards at the September Session. The Chorus beautifully performed "Stars and Stripes
Forever" which included Supreme Queen-elect Cathy Carol Rose in the flag waving-good thing my dress had a
zipper instead of buttons-we'd still be searching for them.
I look forward to soon visiting our clubs - if you are interested in attending any visit, please coordinate
with Princess Ruth Hughes for carpooling.
A big event coming up is our Supreme OV and first ceremonial on November 5th, with the hospital visit on
Monday the 7th. All are invited to the hospital when a third plaque, acknowledging the donation of another
million dollars, will be presented (see article below). A banquet is being planned and tickets will be on
sale later this summer. Coming in December will be our holiday luncheon: Christmas in the City-more details later.
It is truly an honor to be Queen of Nydia Temple No. 4. The recognitions which come to us are a result of
every princess doing all she can to help with our philanthropy and keep our temple healthy. I hope every
one of you will do your best to keep those honors coming so that Princess Jennifer will be able to bring
home many honors next year.
Have a wonderful rest of your summer, and we will meet again in September.
All my Nile love to all of you.
Sharon L. Kelley, Queen
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.
Headline News From Supreme Session
Excitement at Supreme Session for Nydia Temple started on Wednesday when the Daughters of the Nile Foundation announced the formation of the “Foundation Club” with Nydia as one of its charter members! We also received our “usual” kudos, the most notable being: The number of initiates last year (thanks PQ Laurie), first place for temples over 300 members for our newsletter (great job Pr. Pam), and the highest number of volunteer hours of all temples (thank you, all Ladies of the Household).
We ended the week with the announcement of four Supreme Appointments for Nydia Temple: PQ Joan Blizzard as a member of the Publications Committee, PQ Ann Myers as a Goodwill Ambassador, PQ Judy Smith as an escort to the Canadian Flag, and PQ Karri Frahler as an escort to the American Flag. (I will let Supreme Queen Cathy know of PQ Karri’s passing.)
As I visit all the clubs this year, I will have a complete report from Supreme Session including all awards given, legislation voting results, and a few fun facts from Pr. Royal Jennifer. I look forward to seeing everyone soon - Queen Sharon.
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.
April, 2016, Nydian and Portland Hospital Stats Available on the Website
Shriners Hospital - Portland
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:Have you seen our Shriners Hospitals for Children ads on TV lately?
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)
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? 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. email@example.com
Bob Walliker, PP
Board of Governors,
Portland Shriners Hospital for Children
3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239-3009.