What a great summer it has been to be a Zenobia Shriner. We have paraded, visited hospitals, had picnics, visited with local patients, raised funds for our fraternity, transported kids for treatments, we raced Bobbers down a river, raised funds for Shiners Hospitals for Children, went fishing, had a corn roast, went flying, and ate several steak dinners and a plate full of deep fried smelt… WOW if you are like me you have enjoyed it all and it went by way too fast.
Special thanks to all of you who came out for the Bobber Race and helped out our just came for the fun. We had a wonderful day and raised some money for Zenobia.
On June 15th Monticello Lodge served 59 RUSH Night dinners to everyone who attended. It was a wonderful night and many learned for the first time what Freemasonry and being a Shriner is all about. Several Blue Lodge petitions were started that night and we are excited that on October 19th we will have our next Blue Lodge RUSH Night. Come out and bring your lady and someone you know who you would like to introduce to Freemasonry. Great Food, Great Fellowship and Exceptional programs will be waiting for you so come on out. See our website for full details at http://www.zenobiashriners.com
This year I have been focused on the BIG 6 Strategies and Shriners Journey to the future. The Six Strategies are Membership, Communication, Leadership, Temple Management, Temple Activities and Philanthropy.
Big 6 – Strategy 5 is the topic I wanted to write about this month. Zenobia is blessed to have such a strong history of very successful Temple Activities to draw from each year. We know that being a Shriner is all about networking with other Freemasons who are Shriners, getting involved with Units and Clubs of your interest or in your area and attending events. When you get involved with a Unit or Club you are going to make close personal relationships that can and do last a life time. Our events are multi-faceted as some are just for fun like motorcycle riding or skeet shooting maybe horse riding etc… Other events are to benefit the Temple and many of our events are to promote our philanthropy Shriners Hospitals for Children. Events are the life blood of our fraternity as they allow us to come together and to work together as Freemasons to do our work as Shriners. Working together in harmony to support our children’s hospitals attracts many men to our fraternity and it allows all of us to use the teachings of Freemasonry to help those less fortunate then ourselves. Nobles come out to one of our next events and enjoy some fun and fellowship with your fellow Nobles. We need your participation to meet or goals and with you attending all of our events will be just a bit more special because you came.
A new event that the Divan Ladies ran this year was Twilight Thursday at the Pinnacle in Maumee on July 19th. This event was a fund raiser for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Thanks to all of you who came out and helped raise some funds it was a successful night and a good time was had by all.
Nobles we have many great events in the near future. Take a look at the calendar in this Hadji and join us you will be glad you did.
Finally Nobles, Remember it is time to get back to Blue Lodge and enjoy the benefits of your Lodge and our fraternity.
Our Attitude for Altitude campaign is well underway and I have a FIRST CLASS ticket for you. I promise it will be a great ride so please get on board, sit down, buckle up and hang on.
Flight Crew – PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF…
Jeffery W. Hamons, Illustrious Potentate, Zenobia Shriners