Northern Lights


The Northern Lights Shrine Club was initially formed in Edson, Alberta, in the year 1992, as the Edson Shrine Club. In 2009 the Al Shamal Divan forced a name change to the Northern Lights Shrine Club.

NLSC Officers 2017

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

Contact Information

President: Noble Brian Poltorak
PO Box 5071 Edson, AB T7A 1T3
E-mail: b_e_polt@telus.net
Phone: 780-723-8007


Secretary: Noble Brad Becker
513 66th Street Edson, AB T7E 1M3
E-mail: bradb@bbdsedson.com
Phone: 780-712-3285

Meetings

  • 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 at the Edson Golf Club and the Drayton Valley meeting at Mitch’s Restaurant. Nominations are in September, Elections in October, and Installations are in November

Special Events:

  1. Toll Gate: The Toll Gate event is held on or about the 3rd Saturday of June each year along the highway in Edson. This is the clubs main fund raising event and has occurred every year since 1995.
  2. Soap Box Car Parade Performances: The club’s crack team of precession drivers perform meticulous and miraculous feats of driving excellence in their 7 little yellow Go-Cart like vehicles in several parades throughout the summer months. The July 1, Drayton Valley Parade is never missed.
  3. Outdoor Furniture Construction: A group of extremely skilled NLSC craftsmen construct a variety of outdoor furniture including Picnic Tables, Wishing Wells, and Planters. These are sold or raffled off as fundraisers for the club.

Important Historical Facts

Charter Members

President: Peter Cherman
1st Vice President: Jerry Pasychny
2nd Vice President: Rene Lucas

Frank Cox
Mel Lazarenko
James Johnson
Darcy Robinson
Wayne Larson
Biff Donhou
Calvin Nelson
Emmanoul Kazoleas
Larry Davis
Francis Leach
Alvin Johnson
Fred Shaw
Ron Tilby
Ralph Wadey

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.

SPRING CEREMONIAL
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.