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Units & Clubs of Sphinx Temple No. 116

Ilderim's Harem Dance & Pagentry
( Director - PQ Debbie Clairmont )

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Ilderim’s Harem, named after Ilderim, the head Sheik in the ritual, and informally known as “the Harem” was formed in 1977 by Past Queen Freda Wirth and Past Supreme Queen Nancelyn Ross.

The Harem performs once or twice a year as well as at the Supreme Queen’s Official Visit. The Unit, which provides visual, rhythmic and artistic performances, has also performed at Installations, Supreme Sessions and other special events. The Harem usually has one fundraiser a year that provides funds for costumes, paraphernalia and music. Most recently, the Harem’s fundraisers have taken the form of a Quiz Night. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Supreme Temple Convalescent Endowment Fund at the Supreme Queen’s Official Visit. The Unit also participates in the annual general fundraiser, the Special Project, held by Sphinx Temple. The performances may be pageantries, which are interpretive movements, slow or fast dances and humorous routines such as: Sister Act, Spice Girls, Puttin’ on the Ritz, and Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces.

Practices are held the first and third Monday of each month at Kirkfield Park United Church, and on the occasional fourth Monday, if required.

Contact PQ Debbie Clairmont or Princess Jo-Anne Deley for more information.

“The Harem” is all about fun, fitness and friendship. Members dues are $20.00 which includes all costumes and accessories and Associate dues are $3.00.

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Sphinx Temple Patrol
( Director - PQ Lori Scott )

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Sphinx Temple Patrol was formed in 1960 and the first Unit to be formed in our Temple. The first Supreme performance and the first performance of a Unit from Sphinx Temple was in 1961 for Queen Freda Wirth in Denver. The Patrol’s duties include escorting the Officers into the Temple at the opening of the Temple and presenting the Flags of Canada and the United States. Each year the Unit has two fundraisers which include selling Grey Cup Lottery Tickets in the fall and a Bridge and Dessert Party in April. The Patrol performs several times at Session and during the Official Visit of the Supreme Queen. Practices are held the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Shamrock School in Southdale. Membership dues are $10.00 and Associate dues are $3.00.

If you are looking for good fellowship, laughter and fun, you are welcome to come out to visit their practice. They will greet you with open arms.

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Sphinx Temple Choir
( Director - Pr. Margaret Collins )

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The Sphinx Temple Choir was formed in 1981 with Past Queen Audrey Hill as the appointed Director. The Choir sings the Banner Song at the opening of each Session, the songs designated in the ritual to sing at Ceremonials and performs when requested by the Queen.   Each Christmas Season  we invite the Ladies of the Household to join us in carolling to our shut-ins and then join us for refreshments   Unit members when attending Supreme Session often  perform  with the Mass Choir . Our fundraisers vary from year to year with the profits assisting in purchasing outfits and donations to the Convalescent Relief Fund.   Our practices are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Road United Church, at the junction of St. Mary's Road and St. Anne's Road. Music selections are varied and include show tunes, folk melodies, popular songs, gospel and religious material.

Member’s dues are $5.00 and Associate dues are $3.00.

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Sphinx Temple Tambourines
( Director - Pr. Dorothy Doran )

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The Ladies who accompanied Queen Darlene Brooks to 1987 Supreme in Los Angeles were impressed by the various performances especially a Tambourine Unit. Upon their return the Tambourine Unit was formed, with their first performance at the 1987 Christmas session. The objective of the Unit is to aid the Queen as directed plus enjoy good fellowship and enjoyment. The first costumes were made by two of the eight charter members. The Tambourines first performance at Supreme was in Vancouver in 1990 for Queen Audrey Hill. The Unit performs at one or more Sessions during the year and have even enjoyed a guest performer in the person of the Potentate, of Khartum Temple ( ). The Tambourines fundraiser has traditionally been a Western BBQ which is held every other year in September. In recent years they have hosted a Night at The Races which has also proven very successful. The proceeds of this event assist with unit expenses, namely costumes and music, as well as enable the Unit to make an annual donation to the Convalescent Relief Fund.

Practices are held the first and third Monday of the month at Linwood School, Winchester Street, St. James.
Become a member to enjoy the practices, performances and fellowship. Membership dues are $5.00 and Associate dues are $3.00.

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Klassie Klowns
( Director - Pr. Shirley Gibson )

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This youngest Unit of Sphinx Temple was formed in February 2003.

The objective of the Unit is to provide smiles and fun while performing at the request of the Queen, and to promote goodwill on behalf of the Daughters of the Nile. The Unit performs a skit at one or more Sessions during the year. The Klowns also entertain other groups and at children’s events as requested with approval from the Temple. The Klowns have work parties to make pre-op dolls for the Shriners Hospital for Children® - Canada in Montreal ( Each year the Klassie Klowns hold a successful Spring Plant sale fundraiser. The Unit does balloon making, face-painting, and performs skits to entertain children of all ages.

To book the Klassie Klowns for an event, please contact us at .

Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m., the last Wednesday of the month from September to May, excluding December. Members' dues are $15.00, and Associate dues are $5.00.

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