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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Lindsay Deringer will be the new Queen of the Nile

  • It’s the usual thing for royal crowns  to be passed from parent to child, but it’s not that common in the Daughters of the Nile.

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  • It’s the usual thing for royal crowns  to be passed from parent to child, but it’s not that common in the Daughters of the Nile.
    “I’m the  only one I know of that’s had a daughter follow her as queen,” said Diana Mason, Frontenac, soon to be junior past queen of Azrim Temple No. 81, Daughters of the Nile.
    Her daughter, Lindsay Deringer, Frontenac, will be installed as Azrim’s 67th queen in public ceremonies at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mirza Shrine Center, 110 W. Fifth.
    Celebrating its centennial this year, Daughters of the Nile is a benevolent international fraternal organization for women who are related by birth or marriage to a Shriner, Master Mason or Daughter of the Nile, or who is a majority member in good standing of a Masonic-related organization for girls.
    Mason said she was urged to join Azrim Temple by a friend, Sheri Smith.
    “I had been a Rainbow Girl, starting in Pittsburg and finishing up in Iola after we moved there,” she said. “I became a worthy advisor, and I really enjoyed it. I told my daughter  I was going to join Daughters of the Nile, but I thought she might laugh at me.”
    Mason was very pleasantly surprised.
    “I told her that I wanted to join, too,” Deringer said. “I was in FCCLA, Key Club and National Honor Society in high school, and started volunteering as a Pink Lady in 2006 or 2007, but I missed all the volunteer work I’d been doing. That was the pull for me.”
    Daughters of the Nile assists Shriners in their work with the Shriners’ orthopedic and burn centers. Nile members furnish funds to help purchase artificial limbs, braces, prosthetics and  other needs of children who are patients in Shriner’s Hospitals.
    Through the Daughters of the Nile Foundation and Canadian Trust, the organization contributes more than $1.5 mill each year to the Shriners Hospitals for children, to be used for the medical care and rehabilitation of children.
    “We have monthly sewing days and we make quilts and bags for the children at the hospitals,” Deringer said. “When children leave the hospital, they get to take their quilts and their bags with them and keep them forever.”
    Daughters of the Nile also provide toys, books, games and other educational and recreational items for the hospitalized youngsters.
    “We also do fundraisers,” Deringer said. “We had a garage sale last year, and we took part in the Shrine’s Combine Derby at the Humboldt Speedway. It’s like a demolition derby, but with real farm combines instead of cars. The next one will be Sept. 21, and we might do that again.”
    Originally from Pittsburg, Deringer attended school in Pittsburg and graduated from  Pittsburg State University with a bachelor of science in biology. She is employed by AFIX Technologies, Inc., Pittsburg, and is a member of LifeTrack Christian Church, Frontenac.
    Page 2 of 3 - She and her husband, Jeremy Deringer, have two children, Mason and Rilynn.
    “After I joined Daughters of the Nile in January of 2008, my husband joined the Shrine in May of 2010,” Deringer said.
    She added that, with two small children, she and her husband appreciate that the Shrine  and  Daughters of the Nile have a lot of family-related activities as well.
    Her sister, Amy Mason of Overland Park, is also a Nile member and will play a  piano prelude at the beginning of the installation ceremony.
    “I only know one other person who has both her daughters with her in Daughters of the Nile,” Mason said.
    Sound of the gong will be given by Lois Robinson, Altamont. Introductions will be given  by Mason, junior past queen, Frontenac.
    Other officers to be installed are: Danika Hagerty, Frontenac, princess royal; Beth Hamman, Toronto, Princess Tirzah; Sherri Orender, Webb City, Mo., Princess  Badoura; Charlotte Eichorn, past queen, Altamont, princess recorder; Bonnie McAdams, past queen,  Moran, princess banker; Terri Blessant, Pittsburg, princess marshal; Mary  Lou Williams, past queen, Pittsburg, princess chaplain; Janet Carter, Parsons, lady of the  keys; Emma Louise  Ales,  Arma, lady of the  gates; Debbie Jahay, Arcadia, Princess Nydia; Debra Cummings, Arma, Princess Zulieka; Imogene  Brooks, Chanute, Princess Zenobia; Heather Duke, Oswego, Princess Zora; Betty Moss, Galena, Princess Zuliema; Joyce Gobl, Fort Scott, princess musician; Sally Cook,  Riverton, and Amanda Mitchell, Parsons, attendants.
    Installing officers will be Sheri Smith, past queen, Pittsburg, installing queen; Dee Zortz, past queen, Frontenac, installing marshal; Mary Lou Williams, installing chaplain; Amy Mason, installing musician; Saragene Rhuems, past queen, Frontenac, and G.G. Oshel, past queen, Mapleton, installing attendants.
    Auxiliary appointments are as follows: Jackie Warren, Fort Scott, American flag; Delphine Parks, Fort Scott, Canadian flag; Pam Lyons, Fort Scott, temple banner bearer; Dee Zortz, reader; Mary Lou Williams, reader, historian and publicity; Sheri Smith, publicity; Patty LeFever, past queen, Pittsburg, class hostess.
    Pageantry appointments will be Amanda Morrison, Pittsburg, Pat Cummings, Frontenac, and Yolonda Hermsen.
    Others serving in the installation will be Lennet Thomas, Garnett, Bible bearer; Desiree Kepley, Chanute, crown bearer; Noble Larry Lindberg, Savonburg, Mirza chaplain; Noble Larry Nelson, Chanute, Mirza Hospital representative; and Illustrious Potentate Jim Kepley, Chanute.  Ushers will be Mirza Divan members. Presiding at the guest book table will be past queens. Photographer will be Jamie Arthur, Raymore.
    Hostesses for the reception following the ceremony will be Patty LeFever and the CC Nile Club. There will be a “no-host” dinner at Chicken Annie’s after the reception.
    A crown sometimes weighs  heavily on the person wearing it, but Deringer is looking forward to a good year.
    “I know that what I’m doing is for the good,” she said. “With  such a group of amazing ladies standing behind me as past queens, there’s no way you can fail at this.”
    Page 3 of 3 - Her mother is sure that they will remain active in Azrim Temple after Deringer passes on her crown.
    “We both really enjoy being in Daughters of the Nile,” Mason said. “It’s a really good cause and a bunch of great ladies. Why would you not want to be friends with these ladies? There’s no down side to it, really.”

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