The Northern Lights Shrine Club was initially formed in Edson, Alberta, in the year 1992, as the Edson Shrine Club. In 2009 the club’s name was changed to the Northern Lights Shrine Club.
NLSC Officers 2018
President: Noble Brian Poltorak
Vice-Pres: Noble Vern Banfield
Treasurer: Noble Larry James
Secretary: Noble Brad Becker
Director: Noble Bill Lawton
Director: Noble Garry Hedberg
Quartermaster: Noble Bob Barker
- Our Club meets on the Second Tuesday of each month, at about 6:00 PM, from March to November, alternating between Edson and Drayton Valley.
- No meetings are held in December, January, or February.
- The Edson meeting is normally held at the Edson Legion and the Drayton Valley meeting at the Lakeview Inn Oakroom. Nominations are in September, Elections in October, and Installations are in November
Important Historical Facts
EDSON SHRINE CLUB
The formation of the Edson Shrine Club started in late 1991 with the help of Al Shamal’s Assistant Rabban Ill. Sir Biff Donhou and Recorder Noble Mort Morter under the direction of Potentate Ill. Sir Stan Roszell, and became a reality on March 25th, 1992. Nobles Jerry Pasychny and Rene Lucas organized the first Ceremony of Installation, and Ill. Sir Bernie Hiron installed the first officers. The Club so appreciated the assistance of Ill. Sir Biff that they made him an Honorary President.
One of their proudest moments was when Ill. Sir Mel Lazarenko; former resident of Edson, a founding member and past President of the Edson Shrine Club; was installed as Potentate of the Al Shamal Shriners in Edmonton on January 6, 2001. During that year, the Edson Shrine Club was pleased to host Al Shamal’s most important event of the year, the Spring Ceremonial. It was a memorable affair that the twenty new Shriners who joined our great organization that weekend and the over 100 Shriners and their Ladies who attended the event will long remember.
NOBEL FRED SHAW AND THE TOLL GATE
The annual Toll Gate event was managed by Noble Fred Shaw from its inception in 1995 until his passing in 2015. Each year Fred arranged all the permissions needed, coordinated setup and tear down of tents, signs, and other needed supplies, setup the counting room, took care of the bank deposits, and generally made sure that all involved were fed and happy. The club will be eternally grateful for Noble Fred Shaw’s dedication to the NLSC and Shriners in general.