We enjoyed the hospitality of both the 5th and 11th District receptions last month, and one of the highest compliments for our Shrine came during a conversation with the Ohio Grand Lodge officers. We spoke about the personality of each Masonic District and when we discussed northwest Ohio they mentioned that Zenobia permeated the personality of this area. The Grand Lodge loved the way we are integrated into the blue lodges and how our members are so active in all the various Masonic bodies and activities. I wanted to thank all of our members for supporting their lodges, their districts and all the other appendant bodies we are a part of. Without your presence we wouldn’t be the Shrine we are today. One Grand Lodge officer even spoke about becoming an endowed member of our Shrine because he loves our members and activities. What high praise from these hard working Masons who see our fraternity in all fashions from Ohio and around the nation and world.
I want to thank Noble John Fulton, Noble Dick Fries and all the Nobles and brothers who attended our Friendship Night. Your attendance is an amazing testament to how we all serve as ambassadors to the fraternity, and we are all responsible for membership. Speaking of membership, we are having our ceremonial in just a few days. It is not too late for a Mason to turn in their petition to become a member for our ceremonial on the 15th at 2:00 p.m. Our Membership Director, Noble Steve Hessler, the Dramatic Cast and Director’s Staff have a wonderful program planned. It is exciting to see the antics coming back to our ceremonial, and I know that several of our new members are excited for it.
Please don’t forget to pick up your onions and provide them to the community for one of our biggest fundraisers. A big thank you to Noble Dave Black and Noble Kevin Ridgeway for being our point people on this endeavor. Please thank Illustrious Tuttle, when you see him as well, for all he provided to the onions for years.
June is a big month for our Shrine as well, with the potentate’s party on Saturday, June 5; tabloid sales; the Clown golf outing Saturday, June 19, and the Strawberry Festival parade in Holland. The potentate’s party committee has put together an appropriate theme this year with a Rat Pack vibe, live music and great drinks. I am sure there are some tables left, so if you want to participate in the revelry, please contact the office or Noble Harder, Weiker or Illustrious Murphy for a reservation.
Our clubs and units have been very active lately and we are highlighting the Roadrunners this month and the Clowns in June. A big thank you to the Wise Guys, Pitmasters and Tiffin Hornets for outstanding representation this year. Please support these units by attending a meeting and checking them out. We are so lucky to have such active and innovative units, so please support them.
If you have not purchased your piggy bank for the pig roast here at the Shrine on Saturday, September 11, please contact one of the Divan or the Divan ladies. We would be happy to get you a piggy bank, which is your ticket for the event.
We have a lot going on still this year and those who have been to an event are so excited. If you have not had the opportunity to participate yet, please consider doing so. We are creating so many new stories and memories and we would love for you to be a part of them.