The Uniformed Units are the backbone of Shrinedom. It is through participation in a Unit that the Noble becomes active and involved in the workings of his Shrine. Irem Shrine is the host to thirteen such Units.
While each Unit pursues its individual goals and purposes, they are united in their support of Irem Shriners, the Shriners Philanthropy and Shrinedom as a whole. The Nobles of Irem Shriners are encouraged to become a part of the various Uniformed Units.
The Shrine Club of Greater Wilkes Barre has as its purpose to increase awareness and appreciation of the efforts of Irem Shrine with regard to physically handicapped children and the Shriners Hospital for Children. Shrine Club also counts among its purposes to encourage fellowship and understanding among all members who make up the Shrine Club. And lastly for members to provide their sincere effort and support in favor of the civil, ethical, and fraternal advancement of the work and principles of Irem Shrine.
Our year runs from January 1st to December 31st, and the annual dues are only $10. During December, the five officers, President, First Vice and Second Vice Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer as well as members of the Board of Governors are elected and installed. Our Chaplain is an annual appointment, usually the President's choice, and takes office here with the others.
The Board of Governors meets six times per year: January, March, May, July, September and November at the Irem Shrine. Planning and preparation for the upcoming six events are done and voted upon at these BOG meetings. The Shrine Club holds three Business Meetings per year; February, April and September. In addition, your club holds an Annual Ladies Night in June where we recognize and acknowledge our Ladies and thank them for their support of our efforts throughout the year. In August, your Shrine Club conducts a Cook Out at the Irem Gun Club. This is a real old fashioned men's type of outdoor get together with Clam Chowder, hot and mild sausage, corn on the cob, as well as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, all types of salads and a multitude of desserts. One might think all we did was eat, but we also have fun, several Turkey Shoots, Ask Alex, and a great auction. This is done within the backdrop of the beautiful mountains, the clean fresh air and the fun and fellowship of your Shrine Club members and male guests. And finally, in December, we elect and install the new club officers. We get an annual report of our year and always make a generous check presentation to the Potentate, who always comes, to be sent to the Shriners Children's Hospital.
In summation, we support Irem Shrine, donate to the Children's Hospital, support each other and have FUN. Why not come out and join us? There is a membership application on this website, so download it, fill it out and join today! We do have a good time; you will also.
William H. Hearst
First Vice President: James J. Berecin
Second Vice President: Noel B. Kline
Secretary: Walter M. Bechtold
Edward J. "Ned" Podehl
Chaplain: Rev. William D. Lewis
February 8, 2017: Mid Winter Meeting
April 5, 2017:
June 7, 2017:
Annual Ladies Night
August 19, 2017:
Annual Cookout and Outing
October 4, 2017:
December 6, 2017:
Pre-Holiday Dinner with Ladies, Election/Installation Officers
Irem Pistol & Rifle Club is now open for membership. We have a 100 yard range with 6 shooting benches and portable targets for the handgun shooters that wish to shoot shorter distances.
Memberships are $25 per year or $500 for lifetime. There is a one-time initiation fee of $25 (waived for lifetime memberships). You must be an Irem Shriner to join.
We do not have work days like many other clubs. We simply ask for help when we need it and always get many volunteers.
Members are allowed to bring a shooting guest. The guest does not have to be a Shriner but must fill out and sign the guest waiver in the shed prior to shooting.
We have a monthly meeting, the third (3rd) Wednesday of every month, rain or shine at 7pm in the Card Room of the main clubhouse.
Mark Mettler (pp)
A. Louis Sappe'
William D. Richards
If you are a member of Irem and wish to join, simply fill out the membership application completely and mail with appropriate payment to the address listed.
213 Old Lake Rd
Dallas, PA 18612
Three steps to membership in the Provost Unit:
There are over 190 Shrines in North America, one of which is called Irem Shrine located here in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Our shrine came into existence in 1895.
- First, become a Mason
- Second, join the Shrine
- Third, apply to the Unit
Over the history of Irem, many "Units" were formed to celebrate the Shrine and raise money to support our philanthropy, which today is the support of several hospitals specifically designed to care for children with orthopedic and burn issues, all at no cost to them or their family. One of the units formed was called The Provost Guard, made up initially of retired policemen, with the objective of maintaining law and order at the various functions and fundraising events attended by Shriners.
Today, our unit has about 50 members. We meet once a month to plan for upcoming functions where we mainly control and organize parking on the Irem campus for many events during the year, including weddings, reunions, etc. as well as fundraisers. After parking is complete, our presence at the site in our "police-style" uniform serves to eliminate any problems and ensure that our guests enjoy the event. Our unit is also very active at the annual circus run by Irem, which is our largest annual fundraiser, held off campus in neighboring Wilkes-Barre.
To thank our unit members, and in small gesture to repay them for their fundraising efforts during the year, we hold a few dinner functions throughout the year where members and their wives mingle freely to enjoy each other's company. Among these are the Anniversary Dinner each May, the Family Picnic during the summer, and the Christmas Party held in December.
Who provides the police-style uniforms for the Provost Guard?
Once a new member joins our unit and agrees to work once or twice each month, our unit provides a uniform for the new member at no cost.
What are the dues for the Provost Unit?
You must maintain your annual membership as a Mason and as a Shriner by paying those annual dues. As a member of the Provost, the annual dues are currently $10 per year. Additionally, as a Provost member, you must also purchase the book of circus tickets each year at the current cost of $40.
If you have additional questions, please contact the President of the Provost Guard, Walter Volinski, at 570-287-1847.