Shriner’s International Awareness Day

Masonic Bio

June 6, 1876 was the day the Imperial Grand Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for the United State of America was created.  Wisely, they went with Shriners.  Thanks to our rich history and in celebration of the founding of our Imperial Council 140 years ago, June 6th of each year is forever known as “Shriners International Awareness Day!” It was a very busy month in the history of our nation.  Click here to see other great events.

I became a Shriner on the 20th day of June 1998. Nearly 18 years ago.  Seems like a few weeks ago.

The Shrine is a great organization.  Originally founded as the activity and public awareness entity for Masonry, it later became one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world.  Today, the Shrine completely funds the operation of 22 hospital that provide orthopedic and burn treatment for children. This is provided for FREE regardless of the families ability to pay.  Ten of thousands of people that are well known today and some not so well known have benefited from the Shrine.

Shriners International is more than a fraternity; it is a fraternal organization of men who are dedicated to brotherhood, compassion and service to others. [Read more…]

Memorial Day 2016

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Memorial Day 2016

Everyday, someone dies in defense of my (our) freedom.  Having traveled the world; I know first hand that America is the greatest country.  There are some other countries that I love visiting, too many in fact.  The real question is:  Would you want to live anyplace but America.  My answer is a resounding NO.

As an American Vet I think about the men and women who serve all the time.  Recently, I’ve expanded my thinking to include law enforcement and security agencies.

When we go to work for someone; no where in the employment agreement does it say, “you’ll die for this company.”  When men and women sign up for the military and our law enforcement agencies, it’s implied that they’re willing to die for us.  You and me.

Just knowing that there are people out there that protect us and our way of life is not only comforting, it also hurts.  This Memorial Day I’m going to especially remember these brave men and women.

What do you think?

This picture was taken at the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetary in Boulder, NV.  The “image” was created by a friend of mine.  It’s always inspired me.  I hope that it will inspire you as well.

Cadillacs – Past and Present

 

 

Cadillac:   Past meets Present

A 5 min view of all the shots (including the not so good ones) that were taken today.  There are 70 slides and it’s about 5 min. long.  I hope you enjoy the show.

It’s here.  The new 2017 XT5 (dark grey) arrived at our local dealer and club sponsor, Findlay Cadillac.  A member of our Las Vegas Cadillac & LaSalle Club, was kind enough to let us take some pictures.  He owns:

1903 Cadillac – Red and Black

1917 Cadillac – Gray and Black

1927 Cadillac – Red and Black

and 3 others

Today, I also had the good fortune to take pictures of the new 2016 Cadillac CT6 (white), the newest sedan.  I love this car.  I have the XTS from 2014 and the backseat is awesome.  Previously, I had owned a 2006 Cadillac STS.  It was beautiful, double black and wicked fast.  In fact, scary fast.  But, I digress. The CT6 is so roomy and beautiful inside and out.  You’ll notice that the rear passenger door is large to easily allow passenger to get in or out.  Comfort (off the scale)!

My wife has a 2015 Escalade that is also double black with 22″ wheels.  So, when the XT5 came out, wow.  It’s a lot like my XTS (extra trunk space, lol) but with the soul of a crossover.  Lots of room for passengers (5) or whatever you want to haul.

So, what do you think?

Don’t you Dare . . .

The following is also an ad for the new Cadillac CT6.  It is one of the most engaging Cadillacs ever. But, it is the message that I want to share.  Don’t you dare.  Did you hear that as a child?  I did.  I dared.  One more thing, I am a Cadillac owner and a member of the National Cadillac & Lasalle Club and the Las Vegas Chapter.  Now . . .

It absolutely begs the question:  What do you dare to do?

One of our newest citizens – Matthew Shiel

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Matthew Shiel

American Citizen on 2-12-16

It’s my pleasure and my honor to introduce Matthew Shiel, who’s just received his citizenship today!  On behalf of all my family and friends, WELCOME!

I’ve only recently come to know him.  Frankly, I wish we could get more new citizens like Matt.

Let me tell you what I know so far:

Matt was born in England where he went to private school.  His Father is ex-military.  He came to America via Canada where he stopped to get his college education.  He then came to America seeking the “American dream”.

It’s always been fascinating to me that when people come to America, they see opportunity everywhere.  Matt is not an exception.  He arrived with very little.  He’s since owned or partnered in a few successful businesses and employed lots of people.  He is by definition, an entrepreneurs, ENTREPRENEUR.

He’s married to his wife Carla and has had three children. Today, they have two handsome boys. Here’s the story about how they lost their precious daughter, Zora. Life helps to define who we are and allows us to develop our character.  How do parents ever come back from the loss of a child.  We all lose our parents at some point in our life.  We lose friends and even distant relatives.  But children . . . [Read more…]