Hello Masonic Family!!
Time has flown since Spring, and Summer is here! Khartum Ladies Auxiliary held our last meeting at Shrine House May 1, 2023 and have now officially moved to MMC with the Khartum Shriners. May and June seemed to fly by in a blur of social functions and Installations. Children’s Rehab Foundation held their “ Cruisin’ to Change Lives” (previously known as Cruising Down the Crescent) fundraiser on June 11 at Canadian Mennonite University for the first time since Covid. It is set to resume as an annual event. KLA stepped up to volunteer at the event and manned the ice cream cart, handing out ice cream treats donated by Sargent Sundae to participants. We have already signed up to do it again next year.
We should now have a brief respite before we plunge back into regular meetings and planning fall activities. We are looking forward to Fall and before we know it we will be staring down Christmas and all of the associated festivities- for us organizing our pre-Christmas fundraiser of Morden’s Chocolates (stay tuned for details) and thinking Christmas Luncheon. But before I get too far ahead of myself….our first meeting of the fall session will be Monday Sept. 11 at 1:30 pm at MMC in the Boardroom. Now that we have moved, we are looking to move KLA forward.
One last piece of news ( OK, I saved the best for last). Like most of Winnipeg, we are under construction. Over the summer our website is being refreshed and updated. www.khartumladiesauxiliary.com
Check us out!!
In the meantime, enjoy our short but great summer!
Hello From KLA
As I write this in mid April, Spring has sprung (sort of). Snow is melting (slowly), patches of green are appearing , and puddles and potholes are flourishing.
While much of our time and energy has been devoted to where our meeting place will be after May 2023, we continue our important work of supporting the children through the Shrine Patient Transportation Fund and through the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation for equipment and devices.
Since February, 4 tote bags were provided for children leaving Winnipeg for the first time for appointments/treatment in a Shriner’s Hospital. In addition, a special tote bag was made for Past Potentate Don Thomson, Khartum Shrine Hospital Chair, after his knee surgery and we wish him well in his recovery. Funds were recently allocated to the Children’s Rehab Foundation (CRF) -to assist them in meeting requests for specialized bikes and I-Pads for various children, which will assist greatly in improving the quality of their lives. KLA will be volunteering to assist CRF with their “ Cruisin’ to Change Lives” on Sunday, June 11th
After our March regular meeting, we were treated to a lovely Divan Tea Reception served to us by five handsome men in suits led by the Potentate, Illustrious Sir Klaus Knorz- what could be better than that! Also in March, members of KLA enjoyed themselves at the Float the Float fundraising dinner. We contributed a gift basket to the Silent Auction which appeared to be well received.
We are currently wrapping up a Bothwell Cheese Fundraiser which was our spring fundraiser. We had considered a Morden's Chocolate fundraiser (think chocolates and toasted marshmallows) but decided to defer it to pre Christmas which we have usually done.
We will hold our 98th Annual Dinner (luncheon this year) at Shrine House April 27- presenting 3 members with pins recognizing 25 years of service to the organization.
May 1st will be our final meeting at Shrine House and a vote on a new location. We will be leaving Shrine House with many memories and looking forward to making many new memories.
Wishing everyone a wonderful summer (It’s Coming!)
See You in September !!
Hello ladies & Welcome to 2023!
When I accepted VP the position, I said I hoped to contribute to continuing the work of the organization & to continue the feeling of community & connectedness that I see in the group – especially in these times that have turned our world upside down. As president, I commit to furthering those goals.
It is shaping up to be another challenging year. In addition to pursuing fund-raising activities and maintaining our all-important social network with gradually decreasing membership, we must for sure find a new “home” as Shrine House has been sold and must be vacated the end of May.
Membership, fund raising & location are intertwined. We lost quite a few members in 2022 – and did not gain new members. We are a small group and none of us are getting any younger. There are a few things we can do. We can look within our immediate families and connections to find / identify potential new members and talk with them about KLA and our role in fundraising for the children. Invite them to come out to a meeting to see firsthand what we do. We will be making a concerted effort to raise our profile with posting information to the website. We regrettably missed the Jan. 14 installation of 2023 Khartum Potentate Illustrious Sir Klaus Knorz, but he has forwarded his contact information to me and telephoned me to introduce himself and express appreciation and support for KLA. He spoke of his intent to foster connection between all groups in the Masonic Family and the need to support each other. To that end, I will endeavor to attend Masonic Family events and raise awareness of KLA, starting with IOJD Bethel 9 installation of officers on Jan.26.I will make effort to attend Masonic Family meetings so KLA is represented, and we can promote our activities along with other organizations.
Ill Sir Klaus also spoke of our relationship with Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation and stressed that he considers it part of his mandate to foster such relationships that work to benefit the children. He has committed to meeting with me at some point when he is in Winnipeg- he will be here in February for a Nile event. I will follow up with him to arrange to meet.
Membership is linked to fundraising. We no longer have the major fundraising raffle due to the pandemic and it simply became impractical for our small group to carry out successfully. We had great success last year with sales fundraisers like Bothwell Cheese and Morden’s Chocolates and will likely look at doing them again. We have become very proficient at order forms and processing orders. These fundraisers can be run by a small group of ladies. We had a VERY successful card party last fall, albeit a huge amount of work related to food. We are contemplating pivoting to a Dessert Card party as opposed to a Luncheon Card party, but we have hit a snag…….
Which brings us to location. Shrine House has been sold with possession date end of May. We are secure for meeting dates thru May but April and May for sure will be in smaller room – either 123 or the lounge. The activity room is unavailable as it is being used as the collection center for furniture and other items for sale by Khartum. The significant impact for us is that we do not have use of Shrine House for Annual Dinner or Dessert Card Party. We will be discussing /deciding at February meeting what to do. The Annual Dinner can be at a hotel / alternate venue, but cost will likely increase. The Dessert Party likewise will require consideration of costs – it is counter productive to hold a fundraiser if profits are eaten up by costs.
2023 marks our 98th year. We have a long history of service to the Shrine and are poised to continue to survive and thrive going forward. Stay Tuned!!
PRESIDENT KLA 2023
As we enter the year 2022, we are also celebrating the 97th year of the Khartum Ladies Auxiliary. This is also the second year of dealing with the COVID 19 Pandemic. The world has certainly changed in the 97 years since the KLA was established and the last two years have really challenged the purpose and mandate of KLA. However, the Ladies of the KLA have stepped up to the plate and while some of our traditional fundraising activities have been modified or cancelled, we are still making generous donations to the organizations that we support. We are still sending gifts with the children who are attending their first Shriners Hospital for Children appointment. We are still having fun, although we have been restricted in face to face meetings and events. This is because of you, the Ladies of the KLA.
I am humbled and honoured to be your new President this year.
While we do not know what lies ahead of us for this year, I am hopeful that we can resume some of our traditional events this year. Foremost, however, is the safety and health of our Ladies. We will continue to have ZOOM meetings when it is not safe to meet face to face. When it is safe to meet face to face, we will use the larger Activity Room so that all the Ladies can safely distance themselves from each other.
We will try to bring in guest speakers at meetings to educate and entertain you. Our fundraisers last year were highly successful and so we are planning to continue to have a New Bothwell Cheese Fundraiser in the spring and a Morden’s Chocolate Fundraiser in the fall. If conditions permit, we may go ahead with the Card Party in the spring. This has always been a popular event and has been missed due to cancellations. We will hold the Annual dinner and the Christmas luncheon if conditions permit. Bowling has always been an important event for some ladies and the Bowling Committee is still in place to organize this activity when permitted.
I look forward to working with each of you this year and making 2022 another successful year for KLA. Please call me with questions, concerns or ideas. I would love to hear from you!
JOB'S DAUGHTERS INSTALLATION
CHARITY DONATIONS 4/4/2022
Another year is just about past
Or is it another year gone, at last
We’ve seen the sorrow and we’ve seen the pain
We’ve seen the drought, then finally rain.
We’ve lost many dear ones
Through these hard days
Sometimes it was just like
Walking in a haze.
But then hip, hip, horray bowling started again
It’s time to see my old bowling friends
That first week I laughed so much I was sore
And boy oh boy I just wanted more.
I’ve had great fun these last few months
Playing with my buddy bunch
But really, lets be honest I do have a hunch
It’s always been about the lunch
So now Christmas season is almost here
A time for laughter, for fun and for cheer
Enjoy the times this festive season brings
Along with hugs and other things
For in my mind I have no doubt
That 2022 will be better through out
And with this same hunch
I know it won’t be long
I’ll be back to playing
With my great bowling bunch
- Jane Roth
On Monday, October 4, 2021, President Susan Woodward had the pleasure to present a $500.00 cheque to Potentate Denis Lorteau for the Khartum Patient Transportation fund. This fund helps patients of Shrine Hospitals and their families to travel for the treatments.
On October 4, 2021 President Susan Woodward had the pleasure of presenting to Georgette Holberg, her 25 year service pin and certificate. Congratulations Georgette and thank you for you continued service.
On October 4, 2021, President Susan Woodward had the pleasure of presenting Myra Logan with her 25 year pin and certificate. Congratulations and we look forward to your continued service.