So Much Going On, So Much To Be Thankful For!
It is truly an honor and privilege for Kathy and I to lead Zenobia Shriners as your Potentate and First Lady in 2014. I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our Shrine Parents, Jerry and Joyce Argabrite for having the confidence six years ago to appoint me to The Zenobia Divan Line and to help us both on our journey up to this point. Kathy and I also want to thank Junior Past Potentate Dennis Gable and his lady Joan, for their leadership and devotion to Zenobia in 2013 as well as their guidance and their close friendship this past year. You have both been great mentors for Kathy and I.
January has been a whirlwind of activities and February and March are packed with more activities, so make sure you stay up to date. Read your Hadji and please make sure you are opening the e-mails from me with future events listed.
Charlie and Zoellen Murphy hosted a wonderful time for about a hundred Shriners on January 4th. with a Hawaiian New Year Party. A great time was had by all with even some “coconut bowling” worked into the evening. The Stated Meeting on the 9th. with the installation of our new Divan was awesome and I very much appreciated our Town Crier Mike Lieber making the event even more special. Thanks to all of our Units and Clubs as well as our hard working Divan who participated in our Orientation Meeting on Saturday the 11th. I am giving most of the credit for a very successful meeting to our Past Pote Dennis Gable, who did the prep work for the successful meeting.
The Potentate’s Reception held at Camp Perry was humbling to say the least for Kathy and I. Jerry and Joyce Argabrite, The Ottawa County Shrine Club, Jerry Bryant, and many others were responsible for a great event that Kathy and I will remember for a lifetime. I am thankful that my family was able to attend this event and that I am sure my Dad was there in spirit.
Your Membership Committee, led by Troy Hawkins, is very busy. Our first Friendship Night at Zenobia on January 17th. was a great success and we are looking forward to the next Friendship Night on February 21st.
My thanks to The A-Team for hosting the event on the 17th. and we look forward to the Lancers hosting in February. If you know of a Mason or someone who should be a Mason and then a Shriner, please bring them to one of our Friendship Nights. We put on a great feed for you, your guest and their wife and if you bring a prospect, there is no charge for a great Steak Dinner!
The Shrine Hospital event at Findlay College on January 30th. was a great success and Jerry Crouch deserves a lot of credit for putting all of these pieces together. The Game Dinner was an amazing time and a great fund raiser for our membership activities in 2014. Thanks to Gary Brown, Doug Morrow and Dave Black for a job well done!
Thanks in advance for the support you are going to give Kathy and I as well as YOUR Divan in 2014. We are “Daring Greatly” and moving this Fraternity forward with your help.