Shriners thank Yukon for hosting parades

Present posters to city leaders at council meeting

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City of Yukon officials accept Shrine posters from members of the India Shrine Center: From left, Yukon Police Chief John Corn, Illustrious Potentate Mike Currie, Linda and Ben Steen, Mayor Shelli Selby, and City Manager Tammy Kretchmar. The presentation was made at the Sept. 21st city council meeting inside the Centennial Building, 12 S 5th. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

India Shriners thanked Yukon city leaders this week for hosting Shrine parades on Main Street.

Mike Currie, the Illustrious Potentate for 2021 of India Shrine Center Oklahoma City, and fellow Shriners presented Shrine posters to City of Yukon officials at the Sept. 21st Yukon City Council meeting.

Curry attended the meeting with poster artist Linda Steen and poster writer Ben Steen.

“We as Shriners wanted to show our gratitude for the wonderful hospitality Yukon has always shown,” Ben Steen said. “We are presenting many of the same posters to the mayor, chamber of commerce, police department, fire department, and citizens of every city or town we have had a Shrine parade at any time in the past.”

Yukon’s Main Street was the site of the Aug. 21st Central States Shrine Association (CSSA) parade featuring about 500 entries.

“The parade in Yukon this year was very special because it was for our Central States Shrine Convention, which consisted of seven states and 23 Shrine centers,” Steen explained.

Next year’s CSSA convention will be in Wichita, Kan.

India Shriners will return to Yukon on Saturday, Oct. 2 for the 55th Annual Oklahoma Czech Festival parade along Route 66.

Shrine parades are always a festival highlight, featuring everything from dune buggies and scooters to motorcycles and mini-Indy cars.

Mayor Shelli Selby thanked the India Shriners for their poster presentation.

“That is beautiful,” she said. “I will share this with all of you to see. This is amazing.”

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QUICK MEETING

With no regular business items on the agenda, Tuesday night’s Yukon City Council meeting was one of the quickest in recent history – just 12 minutes.

The only action item at the council’s Sept. 21st meeting was a consent docket, including extending a lease agreement by the Yukon Christian Athletic Association (YCAA) to use the Hillcrest Park softball field.

But 12 minutes isn’t a record for the shortest regular Yukon City Council meeting.

Larry Taylor recalls presiding as mayor at an eight-minute city council meeting in December more than 20 years ago. There was one business item on that meeting agenda.

Taylor served as Yukon’s mayor from 1995-2000 during a 7-1/2-year stint on the city council, then 14 years as Ward 2 representative on the planning commission.