Potes Notes – November 2012 – Illustrious Sir Hamons

Dear Nobles,

What a great month we are having at Zenobia.  We started the month off with Thirsty Thursday at the Ottawa Tavern on October 4th with a real nice turnout of Nobles and Ladies and a good time was had by all.

Noble Caid McKinley has been busy with his new duties as 2nd Ceremonial Master.  He brought in Bubba’s BBQ Ribs from Avon Lake and served the divan and excellent pre-divan meeting dinner on October 3rd.  He later received some special recognition from the Grand Master for his work in Masonry.  See this story elsewhere in this edition of the Hadji.  We are all very proud of him.  Nice Job Caid!

The Zenobia Arab Patrol invited me to attend their Old Timers and Widows night at the Temple on Friday, October 5th.  They are known for their steak dinners and WOW did they have a great one.  Thanks for all you guys do.

The Zenobia Divan Ladies hosted a Ladies Style show on October 6th at the Pinnacle.  Lady Susan Schnapp led an awesome event this year and from what I could see all the ladies that came had a wonderful time.  The Styles from Chico’s were very nice.  Thanks Susan and all the Divan Ladies for running such a wonderful event.  Special Thanks to all the ladies who worked as models.

Next I was off to Tampa, Florida on Tuesday October 9th through the 14th to attend the 26th Annual Shriners International Membership Conference.  The conference was well attended by 122 Temples and over 220 Nobles from all over the world.   Noble Bob Secoy Past Potentate and Noble Joe Rezbanyay attended the seminar with me from Zenobia.  Noble Bob Secoy has been appointed by the Imperial Potentate for the last two years to serve as a Membership Development Specialist.  Bob is overseeing the 6 Shrine Temples in Ohio.  Noble Joe attended on behalf of the Zenobia Membership Committee of which I have recently asked him to serve on.  All three of us have come home with many good ideas we hope to help implement over time to continue to improve membership at Zenobia.

The overarching emphasis at this year’s membership conference was on creating a sense of urgency within our Temple to get all hands on deck as it pertains to Membership.  This year at Zenobia we have worked hard to continue to develop our Membership Strategy and we are seeing our efforts pay off.  Thirsty Thursdays and RUSH Nights have worked well at getting our Membership involved in the Membership process.  We need your help to reach out to your friends who are already members and invite them to attend a Zenobia event with you as retaining the members we have now and getting them active and involved is very important.   Reach out to someone you know who used to be a member and invite them back we would love to help you restore some old friends.  Our next Ceremonial is on Saturday November 17th and we have a fun day planned for everyone who comes out.  We will be making some new Shriners that day and attending the Toledo Holiday Parade plus tailgate parties at the Temple and some great times are in store.  See full advertisement elsewhere in this Hadji.  Please join us on this day as this will be a most important day at Zenobia and who do you know that would make a great member.  Remember that Membership is on sale for $100.00 the rest of this year.  Our beashrinernow.com member marketing campaign continues to attract men to our fraternity.  The number one comment we get is that I want to be like my Grandfather.  The most common age of a prospect is 32 years of age.

Remember: Shriners Village Nobles as it is your home for finding all the information available to you as a Shriner.  Http://www.shrinersvillage.com.  Click Register and set up your own personal account.

This year we 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.  Your Divan is committed to these six strategies and will be working at a Divan Strategic Planning Session on October 20th and 21st to develop six move toward goals within each of the Big 6 Strategic Planning areas.   We believe that our best days are still ahead and we will continue to modernize our Temple and it’s offering to make sure it is attractive and of interest to the next generations of men who we need to join us and help us with our mission. http://big6.shrinersvillage.com Click on the RED Dots and listen to the BIG 6 and Shriners Journey to the Future.

MISSION OF SHRINERS INTERNATIONAL

Be the premier fraternal organization for men of good character.

Provide attractive, quality programs and services for its members, their families and their friends in a spirit of fun, fellowship and social camaraderie.

Foster self-improvement through leadership, education, the perpetuation of moral values and community involvement.

Serve mankind through the resources of its philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Nobles the next Thirsty Thursday is November 4th at Dales Bar in Maumee.  Please come out and enjoy some fellowship.  Ladies and non-masonic friends are all invited.  No Speeches, No Programs, No Agendas, No Bosses,  No Bad Jokes and No Cost except for your own food and drinks.  This was one of our most popular stops last year with over 40 in attendance so come on out and let’s pack the place with our Brothers from Northern Light Lodge in Maumee.

Who do you know that would make a Great Freemason or a Shriner?  Invite them to one of our upcoming events.

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…

Fraternally Yours,

Jeffery W. Hamons, Illustrious Potentate, Zenobia Shriners

Potes Notes – October 2012 – Illustrious Sir Hamons

Dear Nobles,

What a great time we recently had when several Divan members and I visited the Firelands Steak Dinner at Herm McCreary’s house.  They had a great turnout and we had fun telling a few jokes and eating some great steaks.  We all shared thoughts on what we could do to improve Membership within the Shrine and a good time was had by all.  I want to say a special Thanks to Herm McCreary for his contributions to Zenobia Shriners.  He has been very active and helpful to all.  Thank You Hermie we appreciate all you have done and I personally appreciate all your support over the years.

The Blue Lodge Perch Fishing trip was cancelled at the last minute because of Gail force winds on Lake Erie but we all decided to go in force to Diane’s Deli in Port Clinton for a wonderful breakfast.  Assistant Rabban Tuttle ordered the Hummel Cakes and was in Hummel Heaven.  I didn’t even know they served such a thing but he sure did.  Several of us then went back to my Dad’s house on Catawba Island for a nice walk in Gail Force Winds along the lake and sometime standing in Dads boat talking about all the fish we would have caught.

Next many of us were off to the Great Lakes Shrine Association meeting in Mason, OH at the Great Wolf Lodge at Kings Island.  Zenobia had a nice turnout of Divan members and Nobles.  We are all proud of our own Noble Ike Issacson who is in the Great Lakes Line and will be President in two years.  Noble  CJ Apel of the Zenobia Motorcycle Escorts was there to run the timing for the Great Lakes Motor Corp Competitions and he paraded with us on Saturday.  He is a real asset to the GLMAC organization and will be very helpful as Zenobia will be hosting the GLSA meeting in Perrysburg in 2015 under the leadership of Noble Ike Issacson.

Norm Kurtz our new Pilgrimage Chairman this year did an outstanding job with coordinating our lodging and hospitality and a wonderful time was had by all.  I owe a special thanks to the devilish crew who decided to decorate my room and trick it out just right for me as a poor un-suspecting Potentate.  The 57 Blow UP Airplanes in my room sure made it cozy on Friday night when I returned.   I am not sure who came up with the idea to put Saran wrap over my toilet but that was very clever and quite effective… wet feet YIKES!  I also enjoyed the special wall paper job that was very nice…  The Divan Ladies are a resourceful bunch of Ladies.

Special Thanks to the Zenobia Arab Patrol for attending GLSA and for marching in the Competition.  You guys looked great and always perform well.  You make Zenobia proud of all you do.  Good Work Guys!

The Dendarah Ladies are hosting the Great Lakes Unit Meet GLUM in Perrysburg later this month.  They are sure a hard working bunch of Lady Shriners.  We appreciate all the support they give to Zenobia and especially to Shriners Hospitals for Children.  Several of us from the Divan will be attending their GLUM Banquet at the end of September.

Nobles we have the next Thirsty Thursday coming up on October 4th at the Ottawa Tavern.  Please come out and enjoy some fellowship.  Ladies and non-masonic friends are all invited.  No cost except for your own food or drinks.

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 6 is Philanthropy and is the topic I wanted to write about this month.  Zenobia is very active at raising money for the World’s Greatest Philanthropy Shriners Hospitals for Children.  This Strategy is perhaps the most loved of all the 6 we are focused on and is singularly responsible for attracting many men to become Shriners.    Our involvement at Zenobia is broad and let’s list a few ways that we get involved to help kids get care at our hospitals.  First we hold Hospital Mini-Clinics each year and these clinics seek to find kids from all over Northwest Ohio who could use help at one of our Hospitals.  Zenobia supports 4 hospitals including Erie, Chicago, Cincinnati and Lexington.  Our Zenobia Road Runners provide free transportation for kids and their families back and forth to our hospitals as often as needed.  Zenobia Shriners volunteer to be appointed Hospital Board Members and drive themselves to and from many meetings at each of the respective hospitals giving time, talent and means to run our hospitals as representative of Zenobia.  Many of our Clubs and Units hold fund raisers every year that benefit our hospitals.  We all help support our Tabloid Sale and many of you are now supporting our Hospital Plaque Sales to raise funds annually for our hospitals.  One of the most rewarding experiences for any Shriners is meeting a Shriners Patient who was cared for and helped by our Great Fraternity…  Shriners run Shriners Hospitals for Children and because of each of you we have the greatest Philanthropy in the World – Shriners Hospitals for Children.  Thanks for all you do Shriners because when we are united by a common cause we can accomplish great things.

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…

Fraternally Yours,

Jeffery W. Hamons, Illustrious Potentate, Zenobia Shriners