Over 1,000 delegates visiting Cornwall for major Shriners Convention

September 10, 2013

Shriners Convention

Over 1,000 delegates from across eastern Canada and the northeastern United States are visiting Cornwall for the 2013 Northeast Shrine Association Fall Field Days.

The four-day convention, which wraps up on Sunday, September 22nd, features a multitude of events, including a parade on Saturday, dinners, a golf tournament, a large banquet and several different competitions such as clown, band and Motor Corps competitions.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to host the Shrine convention here in Cornwall,” said Mayor Bob Kilger.  “The Karnak Shriners have been a part of our community for many years, participating in parades and other events.  It will be our pleasure to welcome them as they gather to conduct their business, and celebrate their organization.  Bienvenue à tous et bon congrès.”

A number of events will be taking place in the community, and residents are welcome to come out and watch. On Saturday, there will be a Motor Corps competition in the Cornwall Civic Complex parking lot from 7 am to 12 pm. That will be followed by a parade along Montreal Road, from St. Lawrence College to the Civic Complex. The parade gets underway at 12:30 pm and will feature floats, bands, tiny cars, clowns and more.

Road Closure
To ensure a safe parade, the Cornwall Community Police Service is advising motorists that the section of Montreal Road from Danis Street to the intersection of Pitt and Water Streets will be closed to traffic on Saturday from 12:30 pm to 4 pm. In the event a motorist would need to cross the parade path, they are encouraged to attend Marlborough Street at Water Street where a police officer will be on hand to assure a safe crossing.

The Karnak Shriners have twice held Spring Ceremonials here, in 1987 and 1995.  This is the first time that a Shrine Convention of this magnitude has been held in Cornwall.

Stephen Roberts, the Director General for NSA 2013 explained that the choosing of a location for the NSA field days is decided by the host Temple; in this case it is Karnak. The 15 Temples in the Northeast Shrine Association each have their turn to host these field days.

“The S.D. & G. Cornwall Shrine Club is one of the largest Shrine Clubs in Karnak’s territory. They have donated more money than any other Shrine Club to our Shriners Hospital. Shriners from this Club have been very active members on the Shrine Hospital Board,” said Mr. Roberts. “As a city, Cornwall has all the facilities to host such a large convention. The City, the Tourism office and the Shriners are all working together so that NSA 2013 will be a memorable event for all.”

The Shrine is a great Fraternal Order, with an even greater charitable program which has earned the title of "The World's Greatest Philanthropy.”  The Shrine organization started as a fun order in 1872 and found its soul in 1921, on its way to bigger and better things. The organization has proven that it has the power to survive and the spirit to flourish and grow.  

Shiners Hospitals are well known in North America for the phenomenal work they do. There are currently 22 Shrine Hospitals throughout North America, specializing in orthopedic and burn treatment.  The Canadian Hospital is located in Montreal. There is also one in Mexico and 20 throughout the USA.

 

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