Noble Carl E. Hall of Ainad Shriners in East St. Louis, Ill., has been named Shriner of the Month for August 2014. 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.
A “Rare Treasure” for our Hospitals
Noble Hall of O'Fallon, Ill., is known for his unparalleled work ethic, incredible generosity and devotion toward the fraternity and its philanthropy. Tammy Robbins, director of public and community relations at the St. Louis Shriners Hospital, describes him as “Shriner of the decade – Shriner of the century in my heart. It’s not just because Noble Hall is a nice guy, it is because he works tirelessly – every single day – on behalf of the hospital, fraternity and his blue lodge. He is a rare treasure.”
Noble Hall initiated, and still leads, the Ainad Shriners’ screening clinic program. “Noble Hall is responsible for writing the book for the St. Louis hospital’s screening clinics, and for creating the blue prints used for others,” said Noble Mark Maxwell, administrator at Ainad Shriners. Over the past 15 years, Noble Hall’s program has sent from 400 to 600 patient applicants to the St. Louis hospital annually, paving the way for thousands of children to receive the expert medical care provided by our health care system.
Although he is a volunteer, Noble Hall is recognized almost as an employee at the St. Louis Shriners Hospital, where he also serves as Ainad’s associate member of the hospital’s Board of Governors. He is the go-to person for hospital management and staff, volunteering in multiple departments throughout the hospital three to four days a week. After Noble Hall has finished volunteering at the hospital during the day, he spends his evenings traveling for many hours, visiting Shrine clubs throughout the area to deliver hospital reports. When he returns to the hospital, he relays vital fraternal information, including questions and concerns from various nobles. The two-way communication fosters excellent relationships between the temples of Southern Illinois and the St. Louis Shriners Hospital, which results in an influx of donations and patients. Noble Hall faithfully attends every hospital event, and never hesitates to buy a table if one’s needed. Realizing the importance of hospital staff members developing relationships with members of the temple, Noble Hall regularly purchases a table for the hospital at fraternal events, as well.
“If there is work to be done, Noble Hall’s in the middle of it. He’s a worker,” said Robbins. “He doesn’t just come to an event and expect people to fall all over him. In fact, that’s the last thing he wants. He wants to contribute, to be helpful and be useful.”
Noble Hall is also an incredibly special figure in the lives of many of the hospital’s patients. This past July, he traveled to Imperial Session in Minneapolis to see Katie Ladlie, a St. Louis hospital patient ambassador, named a national patient ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The Face of Ainad Shriners
Noble Hall is also very involved within his own temple, as well. Illustrious Sir Rick Sieben, Potentate of Ainad Shriners, said it gave him “great honor” to nominate Noble Hall for Shriner of the Month, as his accomplishments in the name of Shriners International are endless. He serves as chaplain for the Ainad Divan, and is active in at least 10 clubs and units. He is always out in the local community, either participating in parades or voluntarily setting up informational booths to educate the public about the fraternity and philanthropy. Noble Hall’s family is also consistently right by his side; he is almost always accompanied to events by his children and grandchildren, making his fraternal experience a true family affair.
Noble Hall, a retired US Air Force veteran who has traveled the world and stood at the South Pole, is well-known in the community as the hard-working, kind face of Ainad Shriners, and of Shriners International. “He is truly outstanding not just in his own temple – but really throughout the fraternity,” said Robbins. “He is a rare man.”
Congratulations to Noble Hall for his achievements and for being chosen Shriner of the Month.