Woods leads Erie Zem Zem Shrine

The newly elected officers for the Zem Zem Shrine in Erie for 2019 are (front row from left): Randall G. Ferguson - chief rabban (vice-president); Illustrious Leroy Woods potentate (president); and Robert Perrine - assistant rabban (second vice-president). (Back row from left) Richard Crabb treasurer; Robert D. Hukill high priest and prophet (third vice-president); Steven J. Hale oriental guide (fourth vice-president); Illustrious Sir Timothy Hofius past potentate recorder (secretary).

Woods leads Erie Zem Zem Shrine

ERIE The Zem Zem Shrine of Erie had a full day of activities Jan. 30, including the election of officers for 2019 and the Illustrious Leroy Woods was elected to lead the divan.

At this meeting, the 2018 officers wrapped up the past year and thanked everyone for their help and support.

The new officers for 2019 were then elected. They presented their schedule and budget for 2019.

They then accepted donations from the Zem Zem Clubs and parade units for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Erie and the Shrine.

The Zem Zem Shrine covers the following counties: Clarion, Erie, Crawford, Warren, Mercer, Venango, Forest, Elk, and McKean counties and is part of Shriners International, now covering more than 200 Temples (chapters) across North America, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

The organization is best known for theShriners Hospitals for Children it administers, and the redfezzes members wear.

Headquartered in Tampa Fla.,Shriners International describes itself as afraternitybased on fun, fellowship, philanthropy and the masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth.

Shriners Hospitals for Childrenis a network of 22 medical facilities across North America, one of which is located in Erie.

Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the family's ability to pay.

Patients must be under the age of 18 and are not required to have any familial affiliation with the Shriners or with freemasonry.

If you would like more information about becoming a Shriner or, making a donation to our hospital system please call the Zem Zem Shrine at (814) 833-3391.

If you know a child who could use their help, please contact the Erie Shriners Hospital at (814) 875-8700.