Kirby Norman honored during Shriners Spring CeremonialPublished 11:06am Wednesday, May 15, 2013
When Kirby Norman walked into the Shriners Hospital April 4, 1979, with his two-year-old son in his arms and his wife by his side, he never imagined the difference it would make in his family’s life.
Norman, 59, of rural Erhard, joined the Birak Shrine Club in the spring of 1986, about eight years after his son, Kyle, was born with spina bifida, and six years after his family walked into the Shriners Hospital for Children in Minneapolis.
Kyle underwent about 15 surgeries at the Shrine Hospital and Norman wanted to return the favors.
“We wanted to give back a little bit of what (Shrine Hospital and staff) have done for us. We have made so many friends, and received a lot of support,” from the Shriners, Norman said. “It is the world’s greatest hospital to help kids. I’ve done what I could to help other children.”
What he has done is help take away some of the unknown for families making their first trip to the Shriners Hospital.
“I drive (families) to the hospital the first time” he said. “I help them find the hospital and show them around to take away some of the jitters.”
Norman will be honored for his service and dedication to the club for the past 27 years during the Zurhah Shrine Center’s Spring Ceremonial, being hosted by the Birak Shrine Club in Fergus Falls this weekend.
“It’s very humbling and going to make for a very fun weekend,” he said.
Events planned Friday include a rib dinner at the American Legion, which is open to the public, and from 8 p.m. to midnight, musical entertainment will include the Zuhrah Pipes and drum, and the Zuhrah Drum Corp., playing at various locations in Fergus Falls.
Saturday’s events will open at 9 a.m. with the Spring Ceremonial at the Bigwood Event Center. Parade lineup begins at 1 p.m., followed by the parade at 2 p.m. which will run from the Community Arena to VFW Post 612 on Washington Avenue. The post parade picnic begins at 3 p.m. All events are open to the public.
“Kirby has dedicated so much to our Shrine Club in so many ways,” Past President Allen Haiby said. “He has given a lot of time over the past 20 years, to the children’s hospital, in parades and to the circus.”