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About Cowichan Valley Shrine Club #27

In 2013 The Cowichan Valley Shrine Club won the honour of being the top Shrine Club in B.C. and the Yukon for the second time. President Brian Nicol, Assistant Rabban Dan Mellor, Noble Rick Mellson, and Noble Monte Engelson

The Cowichan Valley Shrine Club received it's Charter from Gizeh Shriners BC and Yukon in Duncan on November 28, 1964.


The first president was Noble Elvin Waldie (1964), who remained active in the club until his death in 1997. He was well known as our Greeter for many years, and was affectionately known as the "Vancouver Island Potentate".


Duncan is also home to a number of Clowns in the Club. 


Our club has been led by many excellent presidents over the years, each one, in his own way, contributing a great deal to our philanthropy. Learn about our past presidents here.


Much work has been done to raise funds for the Shrine charities through BC Gaming, Christmas Cake sales, Variety Show, Cook Wagon cookouts, Cash Calendar Sales and many other activities. But it is not all work; we have a lot of fun at our meetings, family barbeques, tubing parties, parades and other events. In fact, the CVSC has become well known for hosting some of the more memorable Vancouver Island Shrine Days celebrations.


The Club has always been, and remains, well represented on the Gizeh Divan. In fact, five of our members rose to the top: Past Potentates are Derek Whiles 1986, David Trace 1992, Ross Scott 1995, Danny Dyke 2005 and Harold Wallace in 2018. 


The Cowichan Valley Shrine Club is alive and well, and is looking forward to continued work for our philanthropy well into the 21st century with the same energy and dedication that has always been the hallmark of our club.


Originally written by Noble Jack S. Gibson Historian

This picture was taken approximately in 1969 and was of the Officers of the Club.

From top left, Don Hammond, Norm Copley, Elvin Waldie, Dick Steves and Bill Ogg

Middle row is James Lequesne and (unknown)

Bottom row is Les Coburn and Ross Scott

Quick Links

Our Meetings:

The second Thursday of each month (except July and August) at the HWWallace Cremation and Burial Centre, 2853 Roberts Rd., Duncan at  7pm

2024 Officers 



Mark Androski 




Larry Sigmundson



Terry Landry 

119-1751 Northgate Rd Cobble Hill,  V8H 0A5

Phone (Cell): 250-744-8794




Ken Swain



Rick Mellson 

Gary Phillips



Gary Phillips


Brian Nicol



Bulletin Editor

Terry Landry

Sick & Visiting

Terry Landry / Tom Earl


Rick Mellson


CVSC Clowns

Charlie Gonzalez

Web Manager

Terry Landry



Christmas Party

Badoura Ladies

Storage Shed

Glenn Harvey / Mike Pauls

Cook Wagon

Rick Mellson

Xmas Cake

Ken Swain / Terry Landry


Glenn Harvey / Rick Mellson

Mark Androski

Club Regalia

Rick Mellson 

This picture was taken in the early 1990's with two of our founding members Noble Don Hammond on the left and Noble Bill Ogg, our longest serving Treasurer. Then Noble Stan Harnan, our Secretary, Noble Danny Dyke who became Potentate in 2005 and Noble Al Hudson who joined the Shrine in 1991. The two Shrine Clowns in the front are Nobles Bud Ridley and John Cinkant. 

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