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Ainad Shriners Celebrate 100 Years in 2012

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Invite you to attend 100th Anniversary Hospital Celebration

Ainad Shriners Band waiting to board train EStL Relay.

Ainad Shriners are celebrating their 100th anniversary throughout Southern Illinois during 2012. The anniversary year is full of events in which the public is encouraged to participate.  We will be starting our celebration with a parade in Effingham and membership drive.  On June 1st, we will be hosting our 100th Anniversary parade in Belleville, Illinois.  This “kicks off” our circuses over nine days and six cities throughout Southern Illinois.  We will be in Belleville, Waterloo, Jerseyville, Olney, Salem and DuQuoin.  Then, throughout the summer come see us at your local festival or homecoming.  Listen to our drum corps, hum a tune to our band, watch our motor cycle units, laugh at a clown and take a picture with a furry animal.

Ainad Drum Bugle Corps on Firetruck Cairo Parade.

Ainad Shriners was created with 105 members beginning on May 8, 1912.  However, an initial committee of 35 businessmen discussed the possibility of joining a new organization within the Masonic Fraternity in order to promote fun and fellowship.  This meeting was held on Friday evening, Apr. 19, 1912. Through affiliations from surrounding Shrine Temples in Illinois and Missouri and with applications by new individuals, an additional 154 members were admitted into the new fraternal organization.  By December 1913, membership had increased to 259 and was granted a charter into Shriners International on May 13, 1913. Ainad Shriners became temple number 130 throughout the United States and the fourth of five temples in the State of Illinois.

The new fraternal organization was named “Ainad,” after the Arabic word for “obstinacy.”  The name was given to the organization by the Imperial organization during the national convention in Los Angeles on May 7, 1912.

Thomas L. Fekete was the first Ainad potentate (leader), serving as the temporary leader until the charter was issued on May 13, 1913. Mr. Fekete then served as the Illustrious Potentate for the charter year of 1913.

The Shriners met regularly at the Scottish Rite Temple at 14th & College in East St. Louis, IL.  Occasionally the group met at the Missouri Athletic Association (Club) in St. Louis as well as offices of members who had businesses in East St. Louis from 1912 until 1923. The existing temple, or Shrine Center, started construction in June 1922 and ended by September 1923 and still stands at 609 St. Louis Ave. in East St. Louis, Ill. The building was dedicated on November 24, 1922 and remains the largest auditorium in the city.

Ainad temple under construction in 1922.

Designed in the Moorish style of architecture, the building was erected in response to a growing need for a public venue for conventions, sporting and social gatherings in the community. Notable St. Louis Architects William B. Ittner and A. B. Frankel with Associated Architects designed the building.  Jesse I. Gedney owner of Gedney Contracting was selected at the construction superintendent.  On a side note, A.B. Frankel and Jesse I. Gedney were intimately familiar with the organization as they were Shriners.  Throughout the building’s 90-year history, the Ainad Shriners’ organization sponsored or contracted with groups such as the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Illinois State Federation of Labor and numerous others to hold boxing matches, circuses, dances and proms for the East St. Louis High School, pageants, ice cream socials, Shrine band and drum corps concerts, wrestling matches, public forums for politicians, mayoral balls, country western concerts for Lee Greenwood and Mel Tillis, and trade show exhibitions.

The first non-Masonic function held at the new building was a dinner and dance sponsored by the members from 124th Field Artillery Post American Legion, November 10,1923 in the newly erected building. The first sporting event was a basketball game between East St. Louis and Greenville High Schools on January 23,1924.  During the month of December, the Elks club held their annual fashion and bazaar from the 10th through the15th.

The Shriners had numerous committees to provide additional support for the activities of the growing membership.  These were by-laws, charitable, entertainment, hotel, membership, transportation and special functions of the membership.  Any individual from the floor could present an idea and then according to Roberts Rule of Order follow through.  The Potentate appointed any special committees to investigate an idea or solution to an issue regarding the membership.  Having a committee was the preferred method of handling an issue, which still exists today.


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Public entertainment was no stranger to the new fraternal organization.  In 1916, the organization opened to the public for the purpose of hosting minstrels as a fundraiser.  These were often popular for an evening out for membership and those who wanted to be entertained.  Ainad Shriners’ first circus (a tradition that continues today in several Southern Illinois communities) started on January 21, 1922.  The John W. Moore Co. from Chicago provided the circus entertainment.  The Union Trust Building in East St. Louis was the site for the circus.  It ran for seven nights in the auditorium.

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Ainad Band Drum Bugle in the Imperial New Orleans King & Queen Neptune Parade.

Traveling to events for the shrine was not a small undertaking.  Railroads were the means and mode for transporting individuals as well as large groups.  Throughout the history of Ainad Shriners there was a committee who handled the travel arrangements for the temple.  Each year the incoming potentate would appoint a new committee chairman for the purpose of handling the annual pilgrimage (national convention).  The chairman would work with the Illinois Central, Chicago & Alton, Michigan Central, St. Louis, Cleveland, Cincinnati & Chicago Railroad companies as well as countless others.  The membership would travel in class by riding in Pullman cars.  Members who lived in East St. Louis would take the train from the East St. Louis Relay Depot while others would travel from their communities to East St. Louis.  Travel on trains was more economical and by the 1960s air transportation as well as the new interstate highway system was changing the way individuals and groups traveled.

On March 18, 1924, Major Frank L. Reardon addressed Ainad Shriners on behalf of the War Department requesting the permission to use Ainad Temple as a mobilization point in case of war, for infantry and artillery regiments. During World War II the building was used as a mustering, or gathering of units, prior to departure for the European or Asian theaters for battle. Units would drill in the auditorium as well as the basement. Additionally, the U.S. Army had a communications unit there during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The building was also the regional headquarters for Civil Defense, used until the mid-1970’s.

Ainad Shriners supported local charities from 1912 to 1922 throughout Southern Illinois. Often the Shriners provided support to local and national organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Elks, Knights of Columbus, St. Clair County Humane Society, St. Clair County Tuberculosis Society, United Jewish Relief Fund and countless others.  Whenever there was a natural disaster in the area the call for action was placed to the members.  Those who did not ask were approached and monetary or living expenses were provided. Then, beginning in 1923, the fraternal organization supported the newly created Shriners Hospital in Shreveport, La., which was created in response to the rapid spread of polio and other pediatric and orthopedic medical issues.  The first Shriners hospital was established by September 16, 1922. However, this charitable giving has not stopped but continues today.

On June 1, 1924, the Ainad Shriners band, drum corps and patrol units participated in a parade for sole purpose of dedicating the opening of Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, formerly located off of Kingshighway in St. Louis. The units provided entertainment following the dedication ceremonies.  Today, 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children are located throughout North America.  The hospital system has evolved over 90 years to provide medical care for burn victims, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and pallet in addition to pediatric and orthopedic medical issues.

1952 Shriners with gifts.

Today, Ainad Shriners is the ninth largest temple of 195 Shrine centers throughout the world. With a membership of approximately 4,600, Ainad is the largest of the five Shrine centers in Illinois.  During the late 1970’s, its membership grew too as many as 10,000 throughout Southern Illinois.

Over the past 100 years, Shriners have been active throughout Southern Illinois in parades, festivals, paper crusades and membership ceremonials. Ainad Shriners are all Free Masons who reside in virtually every community of Southern Illinois.  Many of these men were founding fathers of numerous municipalities leaving their legacy and passing from one generation to the next.  These men exemplified the application of Masonic teachings of truth, brotherly love, helping others and affirming that all mankind is created equal.  Shriners are generally active in most every type of business, profession, and field of endeavor. Shriners are often leaders in their respective fields and in the various churches, civic organizations, and service clubs of their community.   If you would like to know more information regarding membership in Shriners, go to our website beashrinernow.com.

 

 

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Progressive Club to celebrate 90th anniversary

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The Wilsonville Progressive Club will celebrate and host a 90 year Anniversary Party on Saturday, May 11. The party will include a catered dinner, a live band, and fireworks.

Doors will open at 2 pm with a catered dinner being served at 4 pm.  The Shane Kessinger Experience (live band) will play at 5 pm, and a grand fireworks display will be held at dusk.

The Progressive Club was originally established in 1934 by the Progressive Miners and was located on the northwest side of Wilsonville’s main street. The Club moved to their new building in January of 1949 and today this is still the current location at 212 Wilson Street in Wilsonville.

Wilsonville was founded in 1917 when Superior Coal Co. Mine No. 4 was sunk and this was the most modern mine in the Superior field. At that time, the little settlement which grew up around the mine was called Wilson. One day a worker paused and asked, “What are we going to name this town?” President Wilson was in office, thus the town was then and there named Wilson until 1919 when it was incorporated and the name expanded to Wilsonville.

The Wilsonville Progressive Club is operated and maintained by an elected panel of trustees and loyal members.  The Club is open to the public and membership is always welcome.  The large outdoor covered pavilion and manicured grassy side lot offer an attractive and convenient venue for any event along with inside facilities. 

If you are interested in renting for any kind of event, call 217-835-3122 during open hours which are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 4 pm to close, and Sunday doors open at 2 pm.  Every Sunday afternoon at 4 pm is the Queen of Hearts drawing and the Club is on Facebook as well.

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Gillespie Police Report: April 14-20, 2024

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Oak Street in reference to a dog bite.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street to pick up a found item.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Chestnut Street in reference to a burglary.

An officer was out in the 200 block of North Macoupin Street in reference to a motorist assist.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Schmidt Street in reference to a 911 call.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South 1st Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

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An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a medical call.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of South Illinois Street in Benld in reference to illegal burning.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to an animal complaint.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Horizon Street in reference to a 911 call.

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2024

An officer was dispatched to Gillespie Police Department to speak with a male in reference to a theft in the 100 block of South Main Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Osie Street in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

Nicholas O. Landolt, 36, of Gillespie was arrested on multiple warrants including one out of St. Clair County for possession for methamphetamine, a second one out of Montgomery County for failure to appear for driving while license was revoked, and a third out of Macoupin County for failure to appear for methamphetamine.

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An officer was dispatched to East Walnut Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Broadway Street in reference to a medical alarm.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a theft in the 200 block of West Oak Street.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to criminal damage to her property.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to identity theft.

An officer spoke with a female in the 100 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to a neighbor dispute.

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a violation of an order of protection.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Southern Street in reference to a suspicious person.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to criminal damage to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 900 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespass to property. Melissa J. Hughes, 49, of Benld was arrested on a Montgomery County warrant for theft/larceny.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Francis Street in reference to a traffic crash.

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An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil issue in the 700 block of Rose Street in Benld.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of South 5th Street in Benld in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Pine Street to assist the Department of Children and Family Services.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Broadway Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Central Avenue in Benld in reference to a 911 call.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2024

An officer spoke with a female at Gillespie Police Department in reference to fraud in the 200 block of South Macoupin.

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 500 block of East Elm Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

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An officer was dispatched to Route 4 and Staunton Road in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of Gillespie Street in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer was dispatched to High Street and Gillespie Street in reference to a suspicious noise.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of High Street in reference to unwanted solicitors.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was flagged down at Elm Street and Clinton Street and spoke with an individual in reference to a civil issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Mt. Olive Road in Eagarville in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to a suspicious circumstance.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2024

An officer was dispatched to a business in the 400 block of South Macoupin Street in reference to a panic alarm sounding.

An officer was dispatched to the 1300 block of South Second Street in reference to a civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Osie Street in reference to a dog bite.  Heather L. Kimberlin, 47, of Gillespie was issued a citation for dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was out with a suspicious vehicle in the alley in the 500 block of Park Avenue.

An officer was dispatched to East Walnut and South Main Street in Benld in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the Veterans Memorial Park in Benld in reference to a suspicious vehicle that had been parked there for a couple of days.

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Gillespie Police Department was requested for traffic control by the Gillespie Fire Department for a fire on Eagarville Road.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Walnut Street in reference to a traffic crash.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of South Street in Gillespie in reference to a juvenile issue.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Litchfield Road in East Gillespie in reference to a suspicious person at the storage units. Kathy J. Henderson, 49, of Sawyerville was arrested on a Macoupin County warrant for failure to appear for bad checks

An officer initiated a traffic stop at Maple Street and Macoupin Street. Kenny L. Fults, 18, of Belleville was issued a citation for possession of cannabis.

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Mt. Olive Road in Eagarville in reference to civil standby.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of West Burton Street in reference to an animal complaint.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2024

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of Abba Street in reference to a domestic dispute.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of North 7th Street in Benld in reference to criminal trespassing. Timothy J. Dalpozzo, 57, of Benld was arrested for criminal trespassing to residence and a Macoupin County warrant for criminal trespassing to a residence.

An officer initiated a traffic stop at South Street and Chestnut Street and charges are pending crime lab results.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of East Maple Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to Macoupin Street and Elm Street in reference to reckless driving.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Osie Street in reference to a dog at large.

An officer was dispatched to the 600 block of North 8th Street in Benld in reference to medical assist.

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An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of West Spruce Street in reference to a suspicious person.

An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of West Baker Street in reference to criminal trespass to property.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Park Street in Benld in reference to a medical call.

An officer spoke with a male at Gillespie Police Department in reference to an ordinance issue.

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HSHS St. Francis Hospital offers volunteer opportunities for feens

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LITCHFIELD, Ill. — HSHS St. Francis Hospital is offering service opportunities to area teens this summer through the 2024 Junior Volunteer Program. Applications are being accepted now through May 1.

Applicants must be high school students maintaining at least a “C” average, be a minimum of 14 years of age by June 1 and be willing to volunteer at least two hours per week during the summer program. Junior volunteers will perform a variety of duties in various hospital departments. 

Registration materials are available on the hospital’s website volunteer page at https://www.hshs.org/st-francis/community/volunteer.

All participants in the program will be required to present proof of immunizations for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and Varicella (chicken pox). An additional requirement includes attendance at a hospital orientation.

A limited number of positions will be available. For more information, contact HSHS St. Francis Hospital at 217-324-8200.

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