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Sudan Shrine Club installs new officers

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The Sudan Shrine Club recently installed new officers during its annual stated meeting in New Bern.

Carl Wayne Smith was appointed to the position of 1st Ceremonial Master for 2014 by the newly elected Sudan Potentate Ricky Jackson. Edwin “Teeny” Jones was elected as Oriental Guide.

The term “Ceremonial Master” is a ceremonial title given to one of the six appointed officers of Sudan Temple. Smith and his wife, Janet, live in Nashville and are the parents of one son and two daughters. Smith is a business partner in the family firm of Eastern Environmental Management, an environmental cleanup business.

The term “Oriental Guide” is a ceremonial term given to one of the seven elected officers of the Board of Directors of Sudan Shriners. Jones and his wife Rebecca live in Wilson and have two daughters and two grandchildren. He has worked for Eagle Transport Company in Rocky Mount for 29 years and is the vice president of Marketing and Sales.

Sudan is the fifth largest of the 195 Shrine Temples in Shriners International. Sudan Shriners are sponsoring 550 children in Eastern North Carolina. Most are treated for orthopedic issues in the Greenville South Carolina Shriners Hospital for Children.

Thirty-one patients are being treated for burns at the Cincinnati hospital, 20 for spinal cord injuries in Philadelphia, Pa., three for brittle bone disease in Montreal, Canada, and five in Chicago and one in Houston, Texas, for pectus excavation or caved in chest.

More than $145,000 has been spent by Sudan for the transportation of patients and families to the Shriners hospitals. The Sudan Roadrunners – Shriners who drive the vans to the hospitals – drove more than 160,000 miles and volunteered 1,500 hours.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a unique health care system consisting of 23 hospital and care facilities dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to the age of 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.