Potes Notes February 2013 – Illustrious Sir Gable


I am honored to serve as your Potentate for 2013.  The great attendance at installation was an indication of your support for the year, and is greatly appreciated.  We have many activities and functions at Zenobia which will continue to make us a strong temple.  Thank you for all you do for our great fraternity.

The theme this year is “Prepared to Serve”.  There are innumerable ways in which one can serve.  Service provides an individual with great satisfaction and a positive reflection on who we are as Shriners.   As each of us considers methods of service, remember to promote Masonry and Shrinedom, build growth in our membership, recruit patients and support our hospitals, increase our visibility, and most importantly provide service to your God, family and community.  Each one of us should serve by doing our part in helping Zenobia grow.  Growth means increasing and retaining our membership, and several activities will assist in getting this done. It also encourages each of us to learn more about the Shrine through participation, and then involving others in our fun adventures. 

Your participation at the Orientation and Pote’s Reception reflect the beginning of a terrific year for Zenobia. Thank you to the A-Team and Fremont Shrine Club for a wonderful party.  It was an exemplary service to Zenobia.  The wonderful fellowship and support that was demonstrated will hopefully encourage you to be an active Shriner. Throughout the year there will be many more events for nobles and their ladies to enjoy.  Please participate in at least one more event than you did last year, and bring someone with you.  If you were helpful in bringing in a new noble in the past five years, is he attending any of our events?  If not, contact him and bring him and his lady to an event, get them to help at a fundraiser, or visit a unit/shrine club.  Often, it only takes an invitation to get someone involved, so ask.

The year is certainly off and rolling.  Besides the strong showing at the installation, orientation and reception, we had a truly wonderful night at the Wild Game Feed.  Gary Brown and his helpers provided an outstanding evening of great food, fun, action and an opportunity to return home with some wonderful ‘prizes’.  Thank you, Gary. This was a super event! 

More activities lie ahead.  The Super Bowl is more enjoyable to watch with friends. So, bring your friends to Millbury and watch the game with the Directors Staff on February 3rd (Tickets at the door).  Our next Rush Night is Friday, February 8th.  These events have been quite successful for recruiting.  If you have not been there, plan on attending one, and bring a potential candidate.  All non-Masons are free and nobles enjoy a great steak dinner for only $10!  Zenobia Breakfast will be on Saturday, February 9th.  See Norm Burrow for advance purchase of tickets for $5 or $6 at the door.  Bring the family, friends or neighbors for a good meal and fellowship.  The February Stated Meeting is on Valentine’s Day.  ALL Zenobia LADIES are invited to attend dinner together at the Maumee Elks. Then join the Nobles for dessert at 9 PM at Zenobia.  This is a chance for the ladies to socialize while the men have their meeting. Ladies, call Teri at Zenobia by February 7th to reserve a place.

‘Thank You’ goes out to anyone who has already helped Zenobia get off to such a great start this year.  Your service will make this year the best. 

Prepared to Serve,

Dennis Gable, Potentate

Zenobia Shriners


What better way to help Zenobia than to sell circus tickets at Zenobia Circus Office?  Nobles and ladies are encouraged to volunteer.  Training is provided.  Call to set up a time. The days you work will be on YOUR schedule.  From now until the circus, we need volunteers for any day of the week. One evening and Saturday will also be open. There are many opportunities which will fit into your schedule.

Potes Notes 2012 (End of Year) – Illustrious Sir Hamons

Dear Nobles,

This is my last Hadji article/BLOG Post as Potentate and as they say the year sure went fast.

I wanted to start by thanking each of you the Nobles of Zenobia Shriners who do what you can when you can to support and enjoy your fraternity.  The events you make and the time you give is what makes this fraternity work.  Our fraternity is here for each of us and when we come together for some fun and fellowship it is such a wonderful place to be surrounded by your Masonic Brothers in harmony and joined as Shriners supporting our causes and our philanthropy.

We have accomplished a lot this past year and I am fortunate to have been involved as this fraternity has introduced me personally to some really great men who are great givers, great leaders, great workers, great motivators, great thinkers, great fund raisers, great philanthropists and most of all great friends.

At our entrance into this order we are told to live our life in ways that are good examples to others.  We are taught that if we adhere to our Masonic teachings, principals and morals that it is impossible to error or to fail as a just and upright man amongst others.

I must say that I have personally witnessed the best possible behavior and I have witnessed the greatest examples of men who take Freemasonry and the Shriners Creed to heart and live it and demonstrate it every day.  I believe it is this standardized belief system that gives us our strength both individually and most certainly when we form our many groups and do things together in our fraternity united as like-minded men.

It is a new day in our Lodges and our Shrine and never before has our work as Masons and Shriners been more needed.  We must lead so others will follow, we must serve so others will want to help, we must set examples so others know how to act, we must provide for others as many are in need, and most of all when we do these things we build upon each of ourselves individually making us better men.  I believe this is the ultimate attraction for why others will want to join in our fraternal efforts it is in seeing what we do, how we do it, the men we have that are willing do it and the grace we give to others because of our work.

Let us all be reminded of our Shriners Creed:

Shriners believe in God and that He created man to serve His purposes, among which is service to others in His name.

We believe that care for the less fortunate, especially children who suffer from burns and crippling diseases, is our institutional calling.

We are patriots, each willing to serve his country with fidelity and courage. We cherish independence under law and freedom with responsibility.

We honor family. We respect our parents, wives and children. We should instill in our children the tenets of this creed, and the heritage from which it emanates.

As individuals we pledge ourselves to integrity, virtue and nobility of character. Our intentions will be honorable, our relations will be trustworthy and our spirits forgiving of each other.

As brothers we offer each other fraternal affection and respect. Together we will support each other in adherence to this creed, so that we and our communities will be the better because of our fraternity and its principles.

As Shriners we look beyond ourselves to serve the needs of others, especially children who cannot help themselves. We believe Shriners Hospitals to be the world’s greatest philanthropy, and we covenant with each other to support its “temples of mercy” with spirit, time, talent and means.

As we conclude our year in Masonry and in our Shrine we must not end without giving thanks go all those that help us and support us as well as our members who go above and beyond the call always ready to help and to serve.  A special thanks to our Brothers, Nobles and all the wives, families and friends who help and support us in our efforts.

Finally Nobles, Remember there is work upon the trestle board and let us not be idle.  Let us be involved in our Blue Lodges, Clubs and Units and to enjoy the benefits of your Lodge and all our fraternity has to offer.

Our Attitude for Altitude campaign is coming to a close and we are about to land for this year has been a wonderful Journey and just one more year of Shriners Journey into the Future.  I think we all have a lot to be Thankful for.


Fraternally Yours,

Jeffery W. Hamons, Illustrious Potentate, Zenobia Shriners