News & Events
Units and Clubs
Become a Part of Uniformed Units of Irem Shrine
CLOWNS - Sean Gresh, Boss Clown (570-709-8283) - "Bring on the Clown" to add color to Irem and lend an air of joviality, mirth, and merriment to Irem in general. The Clowns are the Shrine's most visible Unit. They perform at parades, ceremonials, and appear at various hospitals and community functions. The Unit meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday.
MOTOR CORPS - Sherman Mead, President (570-332-3848) - "Gentlemen start your engines!" This is a motorized unit with four divisions within its ranks - The Harley Motorcycles, the Dune Cats, Antique & Classic Cars and the Fire Truck. The Unit practices specialized routines and participates in parades and ceremonials. The group meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday.
ORIENTAL BAND - Jack Powell, President (570-963-0121) - This Unit is a flute and drum corps specializing in Mid-Eastern entertainment. Its flowing and colorful Arabic garb provides for a festive air when the Unit participates in various parades, ceremonials, and concerts. The group meets bimonthly on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays.
PROVOST GUARD – Ronald Rogers, President (570-855-2573) – Irem’s Police - the guardian of the secrets of Shrinedom. The Provost Guard cuts an imposing figure in their uniforms, which are similar to those worn by today’s law enforcement officers. The Unit, in addition to providing security for Irem’s ceremonials, also participates in parades and other Temple activities. The Unit meets on the 4th Friday of the month.
STAGECRAFTERS – Jeff Derocco, President (570-417-1091) - This Unit is charged with the responsibility of props and audio effects used in the ceremonial’s first section. It is also responsible for the audio on the Pavilion for the Potentate’s Ball. The Stagecrafters participate in Shrine parades and other functions called by the Potentate.
Irem Golf Association
The Irem Golf Association is a club of golfers for our 18 hole PGA certified golf course. You can find out more about the club and the golf course by clicking on the following link!
Shrine Club of Greater Wilkes Barre
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 8, March 4, May 6, July 1, September 2 and November 4 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 October. 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.
President: James Gallagher
First Vice President: Jeffrey Borosky
Second Vice President: Walter B. Volinski
Secretary: Walter M. Bechtold
Treasurer: Edward J. "Ned" Podehl
Chaplain: Rev. William D. Lewis
Irem Pistol & Rifle Club
Irem Provost Guard
- First, become a Mason
- Second, join the Shrine
- Third, apply to the Unit
Hillbilly Reunion & Wayne Pike Shrine Club Clambake
The Camel Puffers Cigar Club
The Camel Puffers are a Cigar Appreciation club. Nobles who are interested in joining, please contact Rich Polish at (570) 267- 5355.
Irem Membership News
The Irem Membership committee is proud to announce that Irem Shrine will be implementing the Imperial Shrine Legacy Program. This program is designed to recognize Irem Shriners and their male legacy relatives. To register for this program, request a Legacy Form from the IREM Shrine Legacy Coordinator.
Noble Robert Steininger
1266 San Souci Parkway
Wilkes - Barre, PA 18706
570-829-3057 or 570-239-1074
Irem Shrine Divan