Nydia Temple No. 4 Queen's Message
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
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.
December Stated Session - Silent Auction and Christmas Shopping
Hi ladies. With Thanksgiving over and Christmas approaching, I always look forward to Nydia Temple’s December stated session. Please join me on Wednesday, December 7th, starting with a $7 lunch at 11:15 am prepared and served by the Chorus and the session following at 12:30 pm. I look forward to presenting each princess with a pin-on, and wearing the apron displaying all the pin-ons of years past. It is very festive indeed.
But before session, visit the wonderful wreath and bountiful basket silent auction tables, and make your selection from the many, many to choose from. Also, back by popular demand, the Patrol’s cookie and candy sale (will there be Bailey’s fudge?) and other shopping opportunities.
Tickets for the Queen’s luncheon, “Christmas in the City” on Saturday, December 10th will be available at session. Tickets are $21. Or, if you need a ticket(s), please call or email me for a reservation, or call Recorder PQ Paulette Schlee to use a credit card.
It is my sincerest wish that all Ladies of the Household, and their families, have a blessed Christmas. Queen Sharon.
Holiday Giving - A Long Standing Tradition
Nydia Temple has a long standing tradition of holiday giving. As Daughters of the Nile, we are so privileged to support the children at the Shriners Hospitals; it is our prayer the children might have a happier and more fulfilling life.
Ladies, because of your outstanding support, the 2015 Holiday Sharing was a huge success. With the 2016 Holiday season upon us, it is me again asking for your support by donating to the “Holiday Sharing” Daughters of the Nile CRA (Conversant Relief Account). Let’s make Walt Disney’s famous quote, “If you can dream it, you can do it,” our slogan for this year. Our dream will be to exceed last year’s contribution, and I believe that by working together we can accomplish the goal.
Please make your check payable to Nydia Temple No. 4 - Deadline … December 1, 2016.
Send to: Paulette Schlee PQ, Pr. Recorder. Thank you.
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
February 16 – Dallas NC
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.