Albert Lea Shrine Club installs 2017 officers

Published 9:09 am Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Albert Lea Shrine Club had its Christmas party with the installation of 2017 officers at its last meeting in December. The Christmas party featured a mix chorus of students from Northwood-Kensett Schools singing Christmas carols. Potentate Noble Bruce Thomas and several Divan members from St. Paul installed the newly elected officers: Noble Jerald “Jake” Loper, president; Noble Lynn Davis, vice president; Noble Greg Morfitt, secretary/treasurer, Noble Bob Dammen, director; and Noble Lars Anderson, director.

The Albert Lea Shrine Club’s original goal of “Shriners having fun helping kids,” remains the same today.

In 2016, the club raised over $5,000 for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in St. Paul through generous donations from its members and revenue from 16 parades that its signature little red cars participate in throughout southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.

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According to a press release, there are hundreds of thousands of Shriners belonging to 191 temples in the United States, Canada and Mexico supporting 22 hospitals for children.

For information about patient referrals for children under 18 or on how to become a Shriner, contact one of the group’s officers or write The Albert Lea Shrine Club, P.O. Box 26, Albert Lea, MN  56007.