Noble Walter M. Kasabian of Tehran Shriners in Fresno, Calif., has been named Shriner of the Month for March 2015. The award program was developed by the leadership of Shriners International to honor outstanding nobles who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to both the fraternity and its philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty on Behalf of Shriners Hospitals
In the fall of 1976, Noble Kasabian was initiated into Shriners International. He was appointed clinic chairman for Tehran Shriners in 1987, during which time he organized annual screening clinics in Fresno. After being asked to establish clinics in other cities surrounding the temple, he set up several in California – creating one in Visalia in 1988, Merced in 1991, Madera in 1997, Porterville in 1998 and Corcoran in 2001. He was named the temple’s clinic coordinator in 2001, in response to his incredible efforts on behalf of Shriners Hospitals for Children. In all, Noble Kasabian served for 22 years as clinic chairman and clinic coordinator, demonstrating his steadfast commitment to the philanthropy.
In 2008, Noble Kasabian turned the position of clinic coordinator over to a fellow noble. To assist him, Noble Kasabian composed a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) manual for each clinic. After holding four clinics, the new clinic coordinator realized he needed Noble Kasabian’s help to make the clinics successful. Noble Kasabian responded by making trips to local schools to introduce the school nurses to Shriners Hospitals for Children. He also contacted the local hospitals, requesting the use of their facilities for the clinics’ examination of patients. Noble Kasabian, along with the clinic chairman, worked tirelessly to recruit local doctors who could perform the screening evaluations on a volunteer basis.
In response to his accomplishments on behalf of the philanthropy, Noble Kasabian received a personal letter from then-Imperial Potentate, Imperial Sir Edward G. McMullan, in recognition of going “above and beyond the call of duty.” In the letter, Imperial Sir McMullan wrote, “I have a feeling that what the Shrine could use is a lot more Walter Kasabians.”
Both Noble Kasabian and his wife, Madeline, have been wholly dedicated to improving the lives of children for many years. Madeline received training from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California on how to accurately complete and submit patient applications for care. For the next 22 years, Madeline assisted the Shriner wives who volunteered to fill out applications at the temple’s screening clinics. She also helped facilitate the referral process by helping to explain the travel expenses that the Tehran Transportation Fund would provide for patients and families. During this time, the doctors saw a total of 2,180 children from 88 cities and towns in the San Joaquin Valley, and 807 of them were referred to Shriners Hospitals.
In addition to his work with the clinics, Noble Kasabian, a registered representative with Capital Financial Services, Inc., also helped arrange a $500,000 donation to the Northern California Shriners Hospital in 2014. Of the donation, $300,000 would be used for new equipment, and up to 200,000 would be used to improve the school room facilities, play room and recreation area.
An Active Member of Many Facets of the Fraternity
Noble Kasabian is a devoted and active member of Tehran Shriners. He became a member of the Directors Staff in 1980, and served as president multiple times. He has also served as a mentor for many new nobles, encouraging them to become more involved by joining a club or unit. He has also been a member of the Fresno Shrine Club since 1992, serving as their president three times, and as secretary for the past nine years. He is an honorary member of Fresno Clowns, where he serves as secretary to the sunshine chairman, sending out “get well” and sympathy cards to the clowns and their families. Since 2003, he has been an active member of the Fresno Hillbillies, and served as rabban of the clan in 2004.
Noble Kasabian’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. Illustrious Sir Charles E. Stirling, P.P., said, “I believe Noble Kasabian is most qualified for the Shriner of the Month Award.”
Congratulations to Noble Kasabian for his achievements and for being chosen as Shriner of the Month.