Tebala 5th Annual Sportsman’s Raffle


2020 Tebala Calendar Book

WELCOME! More Than Just Parades and “Funny” Hats!


April 25, 2020


The safety and well-being of all Nobles, Ladies, family, friends and our community is a top priority for Tebala Shriners.

As additional information has come in this week from the State of Illinois, Shriners International and Winnebago County Health Department, I feel that it is necessary for us, as a strong community partner, to update our plan at this time.   We (the officers of Tebala) will continue to monitor and update this plan on an as needed basis.

Therefore, Tebala Shriners have made the necessary decision to extend the closure of the Tebala Event Center and cancellation of ALL Shrine events, including Shrine Clubs and Units meetings and events.  We have extended this closure and cancellation until May 30, 2020.

Additionally, Tebala has made the difficult decision to cancel our Vidalia Onion fundraiser.  The restrictions that would be required for us to do curbside pickup and the reduction of traffic at our sales points have made this too much of a financial and logistical risk.  Refunds will be issued during the week of April 27, 2020 to those that have already purchased online during pre-sales event.

Administrative adjustments have been made and your Divan is in regular communication with each other to navigate these unprecedented times. Please be assured that the Shrine will provide the latest information and updates to our members as these decisions are made. To ensure you are receiving accurate, confirmed information on COVID-19, you can visit the CDC COVID-19 webpage that is updated daily.

We value your ongoing support and understanding and will continue to provide updates and information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, let’s keep connected and healthy.

External Resources

The more awareness we have, the more resilient we are. Check out the resource list below:

  • Recommendations by the CDC, here
  • Winnebago Co Health Dept Information, here


Illustrious Sir Matthew Thomann

Potentate – 2020

Tebala Shriners

Rockford, IL

Tebala Shrine, which is one of the 195 affiliate member Shrine centers of the International Shrine Fraternity, has been in the greater Rockford area since 1894. While Shriners are generally recognized for their colorful Parade units and red Fezzes, there is a much less known but far more important side to this fraternity. Shriners are a brotherhood of men committed to family, engaged in ongoing personal growth, and dedicated to providing care for children and families in need. Their backgrounds are diverse, but they are bound together by shared values and a desire to have fun, do good and build relationships that last a lifetime. Membership in the Shrine now extends to seven countries in North America, Germany and the Philippines. When having fun in their respective communities Shriners always keep in mind their goal of providing care for Children.

Shriners Hospitals for Children were founded in 1922 with the goal of providing expert medical care for children with no financial burden to the patients or their families. Today that philanthropic effort supports 22 hospitals across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, treating children up to 18 years of age who have orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Their advanced care is provided in a family-centered environment that is focused on maximizing a child’s quality of life, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. As part of its mission, Tebala Shrine Center provides financial underwriting and other support to children from the community who qualify for treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Tebala Shrine holds several fund raising activities each year to continue to support the local Shrine Center. Some of the best known are its Vidalia onion sales in April and a Sportsmans Raffle in November. They also hold many other events and dinners throughout the year and most are open to the public.

Shrine Units and Clubs can be seen throughout the area participating in local parades in their signature red Fez and colorful costumes riding and marching for the enjoyment of all. Much of the funds generated from these activities are used to support the Hospital.

Tebala Shrine Center has become one of the premier conference and reception facilities in the Rockford area. Its modern design, flexible layout, and updated technology lends well to a great number of organizations and individuals looking for that “special place” to rent for an event.

For more information concerning Tebala Shrine and Tebala Shrine Center contact them at 7910 Newburg Road, Rockford, IL 61108; at tebala.com or by calling 815-332-2010.

Contact us to learn more!