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A letter from our Potentate:

Nobles, Ladies and Friends of Zuhrah,

2015 was a year of transitions for Zuhrah.Zuhrah bought a new building in Minnetonka,and we went through a significant interior remodel to better suit the needs of our Nobility.We successfully moved out of the Fridley location to Minnetonka and once again, right-sized the amount of items to be kept in storage (we tossed some junk, lots of it).We were honored to have MWB John Gann and his leadership perform a meaningful “Cornerstone Dedication” for our new Zuhrah Shrine Center in July at the Ice Cream Social. Zuhrah has many members in various trade professions and we were able to call on their experience and expertise for planning, advice, vendor associations and the hundreds of labor hours volunteered by our members to complete the renovations. Thank YOU, each one of you.

Zuhrah also pulled off a miracle in the Shrine Circus held at the Target Center over Thanksgiving weekend given that our original performance contract was cancelled less than 27 days before Show Time.The volunteers (Nobles,their Ladies and family as well as our appendant bodies from Lodge, Jobies, DeMolay and Fezzan brothers) really stepped up to sell novelties,popcorn, cotton candy, candy, and animal rides.The weather was very nice that weekend and I appreciate each of you who committed to working at the Circus instead of other hustle-bustle activities of a holiday weekend.The end result was a tremendous success, our attendance was over 26,000 guests and the Circus generated over $95,000 net proceeds to Zuhrah. I can’t thank the volunteers enough for their commitment to Zuhrah;it shows we have great members that really care about our fraternity.

I also had the pleasure to present one more Potentate’s Medal—this time to Shane Wendt. Shane has not only been an active participate in the Shrine, he has also involved his wife Audra and daughters Sophia and Sydney, our 2015 Youth Ambassadors, helping Deb and me with various events throughout the year.

I have truly enjoyed serving as your Potentate during 2015. It was exciting, fun and even challenging, at times. Deb and I will always have great memories of all the activities and events that took place throughout the year. I would like to think that the message this year of “Leave Your Mark, Lend a Hand” resonated through the events and activities during 2015.

I wish nothing but success to Zuhrah’s 2016 Potentate, Divan and Leadership teams. Continue to keep the children in our hospital in your prayers.You have left your mark on us this year, Deb and I look forward to the next phase with Zuhrah’s Nobility and Ladies.

Yours in Faith, Ross and Deb Hjermstad 2015 Potentate and First Lady

News & Updates

December 28, 2015


Shriners International:


Shriners Hospitals:

“You can’t put a price on what we do, so we do it for free”


Shriners are known for their colorful parades, circuses, and clowns. But there is also a serious side to this international fraternity of approximately 262,000 men, belonging to 191 Shrine Temples or chapters throughout North America and the world of whom of which are all Freemasons.

For a little over 85 years, the Shrine has operated a world-class network of specialized hospitals that treat children with orthopedic conditions, burns of all degrees, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate, up to their 18th birthday, free of charge.

In 2015 Shriners own and operate 22 hospitals in North America and the world.

No Way! Free of Charge! But Why?

Shriner’s mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay. Shriners pledged to be the best at transforming children’s lives by providing exceptional healthcare through innovative research, in patient and family centered environment.
Shriners have to maintain a $5 Billion net worth operation;
Yes, I said $5 Billion – All Shriners at some point in their lives will put in a tremendous amount of charity work, all of course free of charge.

All Shriners have one thing in common; Priority to ensure that less fortunate children receive the treatment they need to live a normal life like everyone else in this world – As one esteemed brother put it; “you can’t put a price on what we do, so we do it for free”.

So why do we do what we do for Kids?

How do you become a Shriner?

by Zuhrah Shriners
Email to: zuhrahstrong@zuhrah.org

How can I help Shriners Hospitals?

There are many ways to directly help Shriners Hospitals:

  1. Donate money. Select your gift amount and choose to donate money directly to the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Twin Cities. Pay online with a credit card or Paypal, or send a check in the mail. Donations are tax deductible.
  2. Donate goods to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Womens General Auxiliary. Check this list for needed items. Donations are tax deductible.
  3. Order merchandise and products from the Womens General Auxiliary. Choose from a variety of items
  4. Save your pop tabs! The Womens General Auxiliary collects pop tabs. The tabs are recycled and the money from the recycling goes into our Wheelchair Fund.
  5. Donate time. The SHFC-TC is in need of trained volunteers to conduct tours and certain activities at the SHFC-TC. The Volunteer program is managed by the SHFC-TC, not through the Womens Auxiliary. Contact the SHFCTC to obtain a Volunteer Application form, please email mjohnston@shrinenet.org or call 612-596-6100.

Drop off donations and pop tabs:

Womens General Auxiliary
Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Twin Cities
2025 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55414