EDITORIAL/Thank you, Shriners!


For Grover Vining, the past president of the Neshoba County Shrine Club and secretary of the Board of Governors at Shreveport Shriners Hospital for Children, the  annual barbecue chicken plate sale on Saturday was a great success, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Although all of the 1,700 chicken halves were not sold, the sale was very good considering the time of year and the other activities along with the resurgence of COVID in the area,” Vining said. 

And our community needed a little normalcy and good cheer after a highly unusual several months. 

The barbecue has been a part of our community for decades and is normally held in the Spring but was moved to last. weekend because of the pandemic. 

“On site sales were brisk for the first couple of hours and a large number of ticket holders eventually came out and picked up plates,” Vining said.

Once preparation was complete, the chicken was given a good brushing with sauce and put on to cook on the massive grils at the Shriner’s hut south of town on Mississippi 15.  At about 10 a.m., things moved to town and the plates were served.

Just over 200 plates were prepared and delivered to local businesses and at a little before 11 a.m., customers started picking up plates.

The sale was closed at 1 p.m. and the Shriners went back to the Shrine Club to unload and clean up.

Vining said he appreciated the help from their Shrine Membership, Shriner ladies and family members.

Once again this year a number of members from the Red Hill’s Rainbow Girls Assembly came and helped with plate preparations. 

The leftovers were shared with the Neshoba County Sherriff’s Department and several other groups identified through some local churches. 

Vining said that on behalf of the officers and members of the Neshoba County Shrine Club, he wanted to say thank you to all of the wonderful patrons who always come out and support the club.

The community owes the Shiners and big thank you for carrying on this tradition and especially helping sick children.

Appropriately, one of the first contacts with the Shriners many Neshoba Countians remember is the funny cars at the Christmas parade and their tall hats. 

The Shriners sought to thank the community this week.

“Thank you also to our friends and family members who come out and assist us,” Vining said. 

“Because of all of you, we can continue to perform our important mission of making sure our patients (children) get to their appointments without financial impacts on the family.” 

Thank you, Shriners!

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