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 club’s name was changed to the Northern Lights Shrine Club.

NLSC Officers 2019

President: Noble Brian Poltorak
Vice-Pres: Noble Sheldon Fuson
Treasurer: Noble Bill Lawton
Secretary: Noble Charlie Miner
Director: Noble Brad Becker
Director: Noble Garry Hedberg
Quartermaster: Noble Bob Barker

Contact Information

President: Noble Brian Poltorak
PO Box 5071 Edson, AB T7A 1T3
Phone: 780-723-8007

Secretary: Noble Charlie Miner
P.O. Box 5124
Drayton Valley, AB T7A 1R3
Phone: 780-542-4908


  • 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.
  • At the current time meetings are being held at the Edson or Drayton Valley Masonic Lodge Halls. 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.

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

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.

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.