Kismet Past Events - See What We've Done

Masonic School Supply Drive

Help send our children back to school with all of the supplies they need
Click on the image to download a PDF

Kismet's next Stated Meeting - July 6th via Zoom

Please join Kismet at our next virtual stated meeting this Monday the 6th of July.
Note that this is a TILED meeting, open to Kismet Nobles in good standing only.
Please contact one of the Divan if you do not have connection details for this meeting
and SUBSCRIBE TO OUR EMAIL LIST so you don't miss invites like these

Kismet's Superbowl Sunday Party

Join us up in Kismet's Clulb Room for our annual Superbowl Party on Feb 2nd 2020
The drawing for the Signed Peter Frampton Guitar will be held during the event

Signed Guitar Raffle - Peter Frampton

Kismet Shriners is raffling a guitar signed by Peter Frampton during his farewell tour
with all proceeds going to Shriners Hospitals for Children (Boston & Philadelphia)
Contact Greg Feldman our Treasurer or any Noble of Kismet Shrine for details and to purchase raffle tickets
Drawing will be held during Kismet's Superbowl party on Feb 2nd 2020
You do not need to be present to win - but you must purchase one or more tickets to take part

Kismet Installation of Officers

To All Kismet Nobles,

As the potentate elect it is my pleasure to invite you for dinner and my public installation that will be held at
Kismet Shrine, 18 W. Nicholi St., Hicksville, NY on January 6th, 2020. Dinner will be at 6:45, our meeting will open at
7:30 with Nobles, and at 8:00 PM for all guests. Please RSVP to the Chief Rabban elect, Glenn Opperman at
516-640-0617 if you and your guest will be joining us.
Also meet the Divan and see how they will improve on past successes.
You may also get more details and email addresses at KISMETSHRINERS.ORG

Sincerely and fraternally,

Mike Brzoza
Potentate Elect

Kismet Elections were held on December 2nd, 2019

On Monday, December 2nd Kismet Shrine elected your new Divan (officers).

Potentate Elect: Mike Brzoza
Chief Rabban Elect: Glenn Opperman
Asst Rabban Elect: Leo Johnson
High Priest and Prophet Elect: Dr. Mitch Goodkin
Oriental Guide Elect: Joe Konklewsky
Treasurer Elect: Ill Sir Greg Feldman, PP
Recorder Elect: Ill Sir Russell L. Magidson, PP

Join Kismet's Cigar Club

Friday November 22nd, 2019 - 7pm to whenever!.

Let's celebrate the coming of the cold weather with some warm company

Order of Eastern Star holds homecoming and reception

Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong.

A homecoming and reception was held Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at the Kismet Shrine Center on W Nicholai Street in Hicksville. Members and friends gathered.
The homecoming portion for the 2019 Grand Officers of the Nassau-Queens-Brooklyn District R.W Nathalie Smith, Grand Chaplin was honored along with R.W Pam Melchert, Associate Grand Marshal, R.W Carolyn Vermile, District Deputy Grand Matron and R.W Richard Engert, District Deputy Grand Lecturer

It was followed by the reception of the 2019 Grand Officers of Order of Eastern Star State of New York, Nassau-Queens-Brooklyn District presented by the matrons of all the Grand Officers Chapters Mineloa # 716, Floral Park # 726 and Queens # 211.
In attendance Order of Eastern Star State of New York, Past Grand Matron 1995 and Grand Secretary Emeritus MW Lois Carlsen and MW Marion G. Kopko, Past Grand Matron - 1976
The Grand Conductress of the State of New York, R.W. Jane Stuart of Brooklyn Chapter # 2 were presented and accorded Grand Honors along with various other present and past grand officers in attendance from the district.
Present: Grand Historian, R.W Carol Ann Mountfort and Grand Representative to Arkansas., R.W Kathy Vermile.
Visiting from the Suffolk District Order of the Eastern Star, R.W Renay Fetscher, Grand Adah
Visiting from the Manhattan District Order of the Eastern Star, R.W. Ayleen Roberson, Associate Grand Warder and R.W. Henry Roberson District Deputy Grand Lecturer.
Also in attendance were other past and present Matrons and Patrons from the other chapters across the district that included Cassiopeia Chapter #453, Nassau Chapter #718, Emera Chapter #661, Floral Park #726, Queens Chapter #211, Mineola Chapter #716 and Brooklyn # 2 alone with many of their membership.
A beautiful buffet was served following the program provided by the district.
The Order of The Eastern Star is the largest Fraternal Organization in the world to which both women and men can belong. Its objectives and purpose are the cultivation of charitable and fraternal practices and to maintain an institution for its worthy members. The fundamental principle of membership is an obligation to aid and assist fellow members in time of need. Like other Masonic related organizations, the Order of the Eastern Star uses emblems and symbolism to teach moral lessons we use as a guide to make our lives more useful, both to ourselves and to others.
The Order of Eastern Star is a social order comprised of persons with spiritual values, but it is not a religion. Its appeal rests in the true beauty of the character-building lessons that are so sincerely portrayed in its ritualistic work. A deep fraternal bond exists between its members.
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Signed Guitar - Foreigner

Kismet Shriners is raffling a guitar signed by the members of Foreigner with all proceeds going to Shriners Hospitals for Children (Boston & Philadelphia)
Contact Greg Feldman our Treasurer or any Noble of Kismet Shrine for details and to purchase raffle tickets
Drawing will be held on August 25th during Kismet's Summer BBQ on Amityville Beach
You do not need to be present to win - but you must purchase one or more tickets to take part

The Spring 2019 issue of The Fez is now online

Click the image to download the full issue

Kismet Clown Club - Presents Clowing 101

Click the image to download the full flyer

Foreigner's Classic Rock Song Donated to Shriners Hospitals

Foreigner is donating 100% of the proceeds of these music downloads to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Through the generosity of donors and supporters like you, more than 1.3 million children with disabilities receive advanced treatment, reach their potential and live more fulfilling lives, regardless of their families' ability to pay.

Signed poster - Roger Daltrey of The Who

Kismet Shriners is raffling a signed print with all proceeds going to Shriners Hospitals for Children
Contact any Noble of Kismet Shrine for details and to purchase raffle tickets
Drawing will be held on Jan 7, 2019 at our Stated Meeting in Hicksville

The Kismet Potentates Ball Was A Tremendous Success!

Congratulations to Ill. Sir William Bontemps and Lady Andrea On An Incredible Year!

Live Music, An Amazing Turnout, And Good Times Were Had By All.

Our Potentate Really Went Out Of His Way To Ensure That No Detail Was Missed For This Party. A Very Special Way To Wrap Up A Very Successful Term As Leader Of Our Beloved Kismet Shrine. Thank You For All You Have Done And Continue To Do.

Congratulations Richard "Jellybean" Schulz

Kismet Officers and Nobles are proud to announce that our own Noble RW Richard "Jellybean" Schulz has been elected as the new Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Masons of the State of New York.
Noble Schulz has been an active Kismet Noble and Clown for many years and will make a great Grand Lodge Officer.

Please join Kismet at our upcoming Potentate's Ball

And consider taking out a Journal Ad

Kismet Installation of Officers 2018
Kismet Installation of Officers 2018

Southwest Airlines 32nd Annual LUV Classic Golf Tournament Gives Back To Local Communities In Three Impactful Ways

DALLAS, Dec. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced its 32nd Annual LUV Classic Golf Tournament donated more than $500,000 to deserving charities around the country. This event invites golfers to participate in a unique tournament and tee up to support great causes. With more than 1,200 people attending this year's event, the LUV Classic helped give back to communities across the nation in three important ways.

Supporting Children's Charities

Part of the money raised at the LUV Classic will be donated to four charities that focus on improving the well-being of children across the country. Shriners Hospital for Children, MD Anderson Children's Cancer Center, Folds of Honor, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities are all charities that work hard to positively impact children. Read the full story here

Kismet Shriners and Farmingdale FD host holiday party for SHC patients

Read the article on 1st Responder News

Kismet and Farmingdale FD

NFL Partnership Extended for East-West Shrine Game

The NFL is partnering for a second year with the East-West Shrine Game to increase development opportunities for coaches and draft-eligible players.

The NFL will supply the coaching staffs for the two teams from among current league assistant coaches whose teams do not advance to the playoffs. The NFL will also provide the game officials for the contest, which features some of college football���s best prospects.

The 93rd annual East-West Shrine Game will kick off at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 20, from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and be televised live on NFL Network.

At the conclusion of the NFL regular season, teams will nominate deserving assistant coaches who will be reviewed by a panel that includes NFL Football Operations staff, East-West Shrine Game leadership and two members of the NFL���s General Managers Advisory Committee. Once the head coaches are selected, each head coach will then fill his 12-person staff from among other NFL assistant coaches nominated by the clubs, a key job requirement for head coaches at every level of the sport.

Coaches nominated by NFL clubs must be active assistant coaches who display extraordinary teaching and communications skills, and are recognized for their integrity and commitment to excellence in the coaching profession. The coaches must be accomplished at developing and preparing players to compete in the NFL.

���It is an honor for the East-West Shrine Game to partner with the NFL to promote opportunities for professional growth and development not only for our outstanding players, but also for the potential future generation of head coaches in the league,��� said HAROLD RICHARDSON, executive director of the East-West Shrine Game.

For more than 90 years, some of football���s greatest players and coaches have contributed to the tradition of the East-West Shrine Game, the nation���s first college all-star football game. Created by the Shriners in 1925, the game is driven by the desire to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. Participating players make an annual visit to the local Shriners Hospital, visiting children and staff in an experience that they will truly never forget.

For full event and team details, visit

Shriners Hospitals for Children Photographs Selected for National Children���s Hospitals Exhibit

Two photographs taken at two different Shriners Hospitals for Children were selected for inclusion in the 2017 Children���s Hospitals Photo Exhibit, a national competition presented by HUGGIES® and administered by the Children���s Hospital Association (CHA). The judges selected ���A typical day in the clinic��� taken by John Sugden at the Shriners Hospital in Boston and ���Catalina undergoing testing in the motion analysis laboratory��� taken by Julia Serat at the Northern California Shriners Hospital. The CHA exhibit communicates the hope, compassion and resilience shared by the children and families served by children���s hospitals and the expert health care providers who deliver that specialized care. From healthy kids to children with rare and complex medical conditions, the exhibit celebrates children���s hospitals��� commitment to the health of all children. The two Shriners Hospitals for Children photographs were chosen from more than 180 photographs submitted by 40 children���s hospitals across the country by a distinguished panel of judges representing Parents magazine, The Exposure Group, National Geographic Kids, Positive Exposure, and the Children���s Hospitals Today editorial advisory group. Photographs were selected based on excellent composition and ability to depict what really makes children���s hospitals unique. The Children���s Hospitals Photo Exhibit will be on display to the general public the week of July 10, 2017 in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Building and in the foyer of the Rayburn House Building in Washington, D.C. July 17 and 18, 2017. In addition the exhibit will travel around the country for two years displaying at children���s hospitals and partnering organizations in support of a wide variety of outreach efforts and events. Visit the Children���s Hospital Association website to view the 2017 exhibit. Below is John Sugden���s photo: A typical day in the clinic A typical day in the clinic

Spirit of Halloween Stores' Spirit of Children

Making Hospitals Less Scary
Spirit of Children is a program that brings fun and funding to hospitals at Halloween and all year long through support of Child Life at hospitals in local communities. Our mission is to make hospital stays less scary for kids and their families. The program started in 2006 with eleven hospitals in our own backyard with the belief that a great holiday should do great good. And it worked! Since that first Halloween party in 2006, we have raised more than $29 million in cash and merchandise donations and have partnered with over 130 children���s hospitals across the United States and Canada. Every dollar collected goes directly to the hospitals and local donations stay local.

Shriners Hospitals for Children���Philadelphia along with 12 other Shriners Hospitals benefits from this amazing program. Keep Spirit Halloween in mind during your Halloween shopping season. Below is a coupon for 10% off - in addition, 10% will be donated to the Hospitals!

Spirit of Halloween Coupon

Spirit of Halloween Previous Donation

Masonic Blood Drive

Love to The Rescue - Children's Book

A couple of years ago Boston Hospital was approached by a young Mason and Noble, Michael P.H. Stanley who was studying at Harvard University and interested in writing a children���s book about the Shriners Hospitals for Children along with his classmate Samantha Silva. The children���s book ���Love to the Rescue��� is a gift From Michael and Samantha. It is a wonderful story that promotes Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Shriners. Today Michael is at Tufts Medical School and is a member of Kora Temple and an active member of Springvale Lodge #190 in Maine.

The Fez First Page

President Jimmy Carter speaks for Shriners Hospitals for Children

Holiday Season (and any time) Burn Awareness - from Shriners Hospitals for Children

It's time for Fall MASA at Virginia Beach

Every year, the Mid-Atlantic Shrine Association meets in September at Virginia Beach for its annual session. There's more fun than business at this event - including a parade up Atlantic Avenue and so many Hospitality Suites from Shrine Centers all over.
If you've never come to Fall MASA before, give it a try. This is a family-friendly vacation with something for everyone.
Click on the image to download a PDF flyer - fill it out and return it to Kismet by August 1st.
For more information, contact Kismet's Recorder or Potentate.
Fall MASA 2016

Passing of Imperial Sir Wayne Lachut

It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Imperial Sir Wayne Lachut. Memorials should be directed to Shriners Hospitals for Children in his memory. Please keep the Lachut family in your thoughts and prayers.

Imperial Sir Wayne Lachut

Kismet Steak Night - Oct 2nd, 2015

Open to Shriners, Masons, Friends and Families! Only $10/per person! Children free

RSVP is required - No one will be admitted without an advance ticket

Kismet Steak Night - Oct 2, 2015

Fall NYOSA is here!

Click the letter to download the application form (PDF)
Fall NYOSA 2015

Kismet Family Day at Adventureland

Adventureland Day of Fun
May 30, 2015 - 11am to 7pm
$30 bracelet gets Food and All Rides for the kids
Food-only package $10

Kismet Adventureland

Once again, it's time for Kismet Family Day
with the New York Islanders

Contact David for tickets - See the flyer below for details

Kismet Shrine Day with the New York Long Islanders

Imperial Session 2014 of Shriners International at Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 6 - 10, 2014


Click here for the hotel registration form for the 2014 Imperial Session.
I hope many of you are planning to attend.
Noble Raaj Panday is the housing chairman for Kismet in 2014.
Remember that Monday to Thursday is business sessions for our Fraternity and Philanthropy.
Those not wishing to sit through all the reports and debates I will provide a calendar for the week showing local activities.
I am planning our family Dinner for Monday night. The restaurant still needs to be determined.
Kismet will also be marching in the Imperial Parade on Tuesday evening. Some will ride and most will walk but all are expected to come out for Kismet.
Please speak to Raaj Panday, 516-851-4474, about the hotels or any other questions.
I am requesting that registration forms be returned to Kismet Shrine on March 3rd. Please fill out the form completely and include your payment information.
The hotels fill up quickly. If in doubt turn in a form and cancel. Do not wait.

Yours in Faith
Greg Feldman

Click here to download Imperial Session PDF with event schedule.

MASA 2013 in Virginia Beach


Kismet Shriners in the News Shriners Hold Fundraiser in Glendale - September 21, 2013


BBQ / Chili Cook Off - August 18, 2013

Ducks Game August 03, 2013

Hicksville Chamber of Commerce Event

Illustrious Sir Mike Iannone's Potentate's Ball

Potentate's Ball 2013
Shriners Hospital Night at Citi Field
NY Islanders

Superbowl Sunday 2013

Superbowl Sunday 2013

Kismet's Fall Ceremonial and OktoberFezt - October 6 2012

Welcome to all of our new Nobles - you've joined the Shrine that has the most fun!
We are pleased to have you as part of our Nobility and know that you all will enjoy and make the most of your membership.
Photos of the OktoberFezt are here
and photos of the Ceremonial (including the Ladies' event) are here.
New Kismet Nobles

Fall MASA at Virginia Beach - Sept 5 to 9 2012

Once again Shriners gathered at the beautiful Virginia Beach for our annual Fall MASA. Kismet's own Ill Sir Lou Barazotti was sent packing (so to speak) after a year of wonderful service as MASA President. We all thank him for his hard work and welcome Ill Sir Arnie Brown to the big seat at the table.
Kismet Shriners we out in force, marching and spreading the work of Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Next year will be here before you know it so plan on attending. The galary of pictures is here as well as Kismet's Facebook page.
Imperial Sir Al Madsen

Kismet Shriners at the Hicksville Memorial Day Parade

More than a dozen Kismet Nobles and friends came out to march once again in the
Hicksville Memorial Day Parade, along with hundreds of Scouts, Firemen, students and more.
Check out all of the photos taken - Next year I hope that you'll be there too!
Kismet Shriners Marching

Cinco de Mayo Party

Our second annual Cinco de Mayo party was held up in Club Kismet
Decorations, food and music were arranged by our own George and Nancy with the help of the other Kismet Ladies.
Thanks to you all for making a wonderful event!
Click on the photo to open up the full gallery in a new browser window.
Enjoying the Mexican Food

Kismet Shriners Photo Essay in Long Island Newsday

Kismet Shrine and other Fraternal Organizations were highlighted in the March 25, 2012 issue of Newsday's LILife.
CNN Photographer Nancy Borowick stopped by and snapped a number of terrific photos of our Kismet Family.
Click on the photo to open up the full gallery in a new browser window.
Kismet Divan Posing

Kismet's Potentate's Ball on April 21st

Kismet Potentate's Ball
Download the form here

2012 Potentate's Bow Tie

This is the Potentate's Tie for 2012
If you'd like to purchase one, please see the Potentate (with $40)
Shirts are also available, see the Pote for details
Pote's Bow Tie

How to Tie a Bow Tie

This is the clearest explaination I've found thus far.

Congratulations to the new Potentate, Ill. Sir Russell L. Magidson

Ill Sir Russell L. Magidson, Potentate 2012

January 9th for the Installation of Officers of Kismet Shrine

Please note that this is the second Monday of the month, giving everyone a chance to recover from their New Years' Feztivities!
Officers - Black Tie
Guests - Business Attire
Ladies - Your Sunday finest!
Happy hour fromm 6pm, Dinner served at 7, Installation begins at 8.

Please RSVP to the newly elected Chief Rabban Greg Feldman so we have a chance to put more water into the soup!

December 5th - Kismet Shrine Children's Holiday Party

Our annual Holiday Party for the children of some area schools was well attended and enjoyed by all.
Over 100 children and their parents (sorry, kids, you have to bring them along) showed up
to enjoy an afternoon of crafts, food, fun, Kismet Clowns and - of course - Santa!
See the rest of the pictures at xyz

2011 Kismet Holiday Party

December - Our clowns were entertaining kids at the annual AHRC Babylon Masons Holiday Party

Kismet Clowns have been sharing their love with the children of this Babylon school for over ten years,
According to Magee the Clown, "It really is rewarding to see the pleasure in their eyes when they see a clown.
Even though they can't express their happiness. You just have too look into their eyes and see how they are
glowing with happiness. That is when we enjoy being a clown."

Clowning around at AHRC Clowning around at AHRC

Kismet Shrine Scoliosis Screening Clinic at El Puente, Brooklyln NY

On November 19, 2011, a health screening clinic was held in the Williamsburg community of Brooklyn, NY. Shriners teamed up with a local community group, El Puente, who sponsored the well-attended event.

Kismet Shriners planned to hold a clinic this fall .We were asked by Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia to consider holding a Scoliosis Screening Clinic for inner city children. Because a clinic in this inner city area had not been held for many years we researched many venues and options. It was felt that because Mecca Shriners is a neighboring Shrine that is part of New York City, it would benefit the target audience to ask Mecca to join us. After going to the local politicians looking for a location we were told about a local organization that helps the local community with health issues, El Puente. We had numerous meetings to plan setup this clinic. We now have a working relationship with this large Spanish community and are now looked at as a resource in the area to help children. The Shriners booklets in English and Spanish are now part of there

Read the Final Report of the Event
See all of the photos from the Screening Clinic

Kismet Cigar Club's next meeting is Friday January 27th

Gurkha Cigar Night

We will be enjoying a selection of Gurkha cigars and the drink of your choice upastairs in Club Kismet.
We will also be serving home made pizza and snacks.
Join us from 7pm until whenever...
Remember: $20 gets you two cigars and your first drink!
Cigar Night happens every 4th Friday


Screening Clinic

November 28th - Motor Corp Meeting

We will meet at 7:30 (after dinner up in Club Kismet) to elect
officers for the upcoming year.
Join us for dinner and the meeting - stay for the Fellowship (ok, and the drinks!)

Oct 22nd - Fall Ceremonial and OctoberFezt

The ceremonial begins at 4pm downstairs, while ladies are invited to learn more about the Shrine upstairs in Club Kismet. OctoberFezt will start downstairs about 6:30pm with live music, dancing and dinner.

October's Cigar Night is coming soon - Oct 28th

Cigar Night is coming soon... Friday October 28th at 7pm up in Club Kismet. Open to all Nobles and Brother Masons, please rsvp. We will have a cigar roller coming and he'll roll whatever size and shape you like. Your $20 entrance will get you two hand-rolled cigars and I'll buy you your first drink. Other cigars will be available for purchase and snacks will be served. Please join us for what's become a popular and fun event. November and December Cigar Nights will move to the 3rd Friday to not conflict with the holidays.

September's Cigar Night - a SMOKIN' Success!

Well, our Cigar Night couldn't have been better. OK, perhaps if the weather was a bit cooler... but otherwise it was perfect.
Some thirty Nobles, Brothers and Friends gathered to enjoy our Makers Mark Night which paired up Makers Mark cigars along with the Bourbon of the same name. There was no doubt that everyone enjoyed the pairing given that we ran out of the cigars and came away with precious little of the drink at the end of the evening.

Next up - "Nub Night" where we will be enjoying Oliva Nub 460s in Connecticut and Maduro. RSVP to the Chief Rabban and join in the fez-tivities!

Makers Mark Cigar Night Group Photo

By the way, did you notice how our overzealous photographer re-branded the bottle? I think Kismet has a new mascot!
Makers Mark Shrine Juice

Welcome to our new Nobles!

We are proud of our most recently made Nobles, the Class of 2011 Thirty-three Brother Masons who were desirous of supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children walked through the hot sands to take salt with us. Surf on over to the Ceremonial Photo Page for more!
Spring 2011 Ceremonial Class