Vidalia Onions

It’s hard to believe May is here already,  but just like clockwork, the onions have arrived!  We have a new onion vendor this year, and they are very good.  Many of you already have picked up your onions, but those who haven’t, please stop by the Shrine Center and pick them up as soon as possible.  Remember that your Shrine Club and/or Unit will generate $2.00 for each and every bag sold.

They are going fast; there are only 1600 bags left.  They are stored in the building to ensure they stay fresh, so either come by during regular business hours, 9:00am to 5:00pm, or call to make other arrangements (419) 661-9200.  Thanks for your participation Nobles, and happy selling!

Potes Notes for June, July & August 2014 Illustrious Sir Keith Tuttle

What an exciting summer it has been for Zenobia!  Lady Kathy and I and your entire Divan, have been extremely busy representing the Nobility at a number of events including parades nearly every weekend.  It has been my personal pleasure to be riding one of The” Little Red Cars” for the Lancers this summer,  when time allows.  Like our other  parade units, there is tremendous pride and professionalism (and  some great  fun) , in everything The Lancers do.

In Mid – June we were visited by Imperial Sir Jim Cain and Illustrious Sir Steve Schenk  for two days, kicking off our Pace Membership Program.  I deeply appreciate the time put in by our Divan, our Past Potentates, Unit and Shrine Club Leaders and many others, all day Friday and Saturday the 12th. and 13th  of June.  With the guidance of our Membership Team lead by Troy Hawkins, The Pace Program will be vital in increasing our membership and retention.  You will see various aspects of the program being rolled out over the next couple of months.

My personal thanks and congratulations to Illustrious Sir Mike Schnapp and Mike Shobe, Valley Secretary,  for their hard work in hosting a Scottish Rite/Shrine Night with The Toledo Mud Hens on June 14th.  Well over 100 Scottish Rite Masons,  and Shriner Masons  had a great evening followed by fireworks .  On the same weekend was Plane Fun at Toledo Executive Airport which highlighted our Pilots Unit and many of our parade units on Saturday and Sunday.  This was just a typical fun pack weekend this summer with multiple events planned!

There were a number of Divan Members and others who attended the Imperial Session in Minneapolis, July 5th.,  through the 10th.  The days were spent in Business Meetings learning more about our great Hospital System and our incredible fraternity.  The  parade in Minneapolis featured hundreds of Marching Units from all over the world and lasted over three hours.  My thanks to those who took time from their busy schedule to go to the Imperial Session.

The Summer Picnic which was organized by our 1st. Ceremonial Master Tom Binder and his Lady Chris was a great success.  Coinciding with the Picnic,   our Motorcycle Escort Unit concluded their Fun Run at Zenobia on the same afternoon.  Our patients and their families were able to see the incredible array of beautiful motorcycles,  and in some cases even  sit on them.  Thanks for a great time, Escort Unit!

Over one hundred fifty people attended the Fremont Shrine Club Steak and Corn Roast on August the 6th.  Tremendous team work by Ty and Alisha Stout,  and their hard working group, who worked hard putting on a great event for everybody.  We were honored to be with so many of our best friends including so many Past Potentates.  Special guests included Karen Turner, Carolyn Young,  Jane Papenfuss,   and  long- time Shriners John Brenner and Bob Reitzel and their ladies.

As part of our Pace Membership Program The Zenobia Divan will do our first Meet and Greet Town Hall Meeting in Findlay on September 16th. at The Findlay Clown Building In Findlay.  The address is 1525 Payne Ave. in Findlay.  This is a great opportunity to meet your Divan, have a great dinner and enjoy a fun night of fellowship.  Please call Chuck Insley, Keith Tuttle or Dick Fries for details and reservations.

Mark Twain was quoted as saying “Necessity is the mother of taking chances”  Thanks to all of you for really going the extra mile and “Daring Greatly” to help our great Fraternity.


Fraternally Yours


Keith Tuttle


Potes Notes for June 2014 Illustrious Sir Keith Tuttle, Potentate

Lady Kathy and I have had a humbling last four weeks.  Our Shrine Parents, Jerry and Joyce Argabrite with the help of their committee and a host of others, did a magnificent job with our Potentate’s Ball.  From The A-Team,  led by Ty and Alisha Stout,  to the special appearance by Sonny and Cher, to the ladies choir, the entire evening was magnificent. The thank you list is so long that I am sure if I started to name everybody I would surely leave somebody out.  On a very personal note, my family being there to support me was deeply appreciated.  I know my Dad would have been there on the dance floor with my Mom if he was still with us to witness the big night.

I write about our Friendship Nights in almost every column and there is a good reason for this.  Quite a few of the prospective Nobles that are going through our Ceremonial at the end of May, were treated to a Friendship Night themselves.  If you have a prospective Mason or a Mason who wants more information about becoming a Shriner, please bring him  and his Lady to an upcoming Friendship Night.  The Findlay Clowns/Shrine Club will be hosting our next Friendship Night on May 16th. and The Northern Light Masonic Lodge will be hosting on June 14th.

It was great to see Illustrious Sir Bob Secoy,  and his Lady Sue at The Ohio Shrine Meetings in Dayton on May 2nd and May 3rd.  Even though Illustrious Sir Secoy is follicly challenged as I am right now, his sense of humor never left him.  We are so glad that our Past Potentate is on the mend!

Lady Kathy and I left Dayton early on May 3rd and traveled about six hours to The Mocha Potentate’s Ball in London, Ontario.  The Canadians really know how to put on a great party and we were honored to be able to attend the event with Illustrious Sir Mike Schnapp and his Lady Susan

Hopefully we will be completely done with another very successful onion sale by the time you are reading this.    I am so thankful for the many years of dedicated service by “Reverend Onion” Bob Papenfoos.  We miss you dearly Pappy and I know that you worked tirelessly for Zenobia for many years.  You were a good friend to all of us. 

While we all miss Pappy, the onions still need to be sold….I want to personally thank Past  Potentate Mike Schnapp for really stepping up and taking care of the Onion sale this year.  These are not easy shoes to fill and we are very thank full for your sacrifice Illustrious Sir. Thanks also to Pinky Traver for all of the help he provided in taking care of the onions.

I am pleased to announce that Dan Slavin has accepted the appointment as our Second Ceremonial Master.  Dan is a Twice Lodge Master and is deeply involved in Masonry in Northwest, Ohio.  Dan will make a great addition to The Zenobia Divan Line.

For those of you that read the Hadji but don’t attend our Stated Meeting , you probably don’t know our Treasurer,  Dave Coy.  Dave is a Full Time College Accounting Professor (Department Head) and still finds the time to meticulously keep the books for Zenobia Temple  Dave is also a proud Zenobia Highlander.  I am sure Noble Coy will be upset at me for mentioning his name here, as well as how fortunate we are to have him at Zenobia, but I don’t really care.  Thanks for your service Noble Coy.

 I will end this month’s column with a quote by Brother Henry Ford (a 33rd Degree Mason)   Enthusiasm is at the bottom of all progress.  With it there is accomplishment.  Without it there are only alibis.

See You at the Shrine Ceremonail on Saturday, May 31st!   Thank you for “Daring Greatly “ for Zenobia

Potes Notes for April 2014 Illustrious Sir Keith Tuttle

Spring Is Finally Springing!

Seems like we are finally going to be able to talk about wearing our short sleeve shirts again and start to plan parades at Zenobia, instead of worrying about how many miles in a level three snow emergency,  we had to travel to find rock salt and snow shovels!  I am going to have a real issue with the first guy who complains this summer how hot it is!

Thomas Edison once said “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are first, hard work, second stick-to-itiveness; and third, common sense. “   Nothing could exemplify this more than the effort put forth for our 2014 circus.   From the first Circus Meeting last April up through the Saegate Foodbank Event to the last performance on Sunday Match 23rd.,   dozens and dozens of Zenobia Nobles,  have shown tremendous stick-to-itiveness and brutal hard work in making this year’s circus very, very successful.  None of this would have been possible without the leadership of our Circus Chairman, Past Potentate Dennis Gable,  and his entire Circus Committee , who continue to amaze me with their dedication to our Fraternity.  In the next Hadji I will list the names of the top five ad sellers as well as some special awards going out to those who went “above and beyond” in 2014. Thank you, Thank You Thank You again for a great effort in 2014.  Thanks for making the circus so much fun for som many families.

Although Lady Kathy and I attended many events during March, a special shout out goes to The Hillbillies for a great Chili Cook Off on March 10th.  I know with the snowstorm the night before, some were worried that nobody would show up.  It was no surprise to Lady Kathy and I when we used every table and every chair at Zenobia and we still had people waiting on seats.  Special thanks to Mike Ray for taking care of plowing the snow at the last minute and of course to Jimmy and Jenny Snetz for a great time.  Look for pictures of the chili cook off winners in this Hadji, it was a hoot!

Our Friendship Nights have been a tremendous success introducing   good men to Masonry and Good Masons to The Shrine.  Many thanks to The Lancers, who cooked and served steaks on February 21st. and to the Motorcycle Escort Unit for hosting  on March 14th.  The people’s choice award so far goes to Steve Robison for his culinary skills.  Must have been something he picked up in Vietnam during his days off from helicopter pilot duty.  Looking forward to another Friendship Night on April 25th.that is going to be hosted by The Roadrunners.  Bring a candidate and or another couple and The Steak Dinner for you and your guest or guests is free of charge. 

April 5th. is our Masonic One Day Class in Northwest,  Ohio.  I am pleased to say that your Divan has been working very hard in preparing to present the Fellowcraft Degree to the new Masons. Come on out to witness The District 11 event at Toledo Masonic Complex all day on April 5th.

April 19th. The Zenobia Divan and The Dendarah Ladies are teaming up to do an Easter Egg Hunt at our Shrine Temple from one to three in the afternoon.   All Masons and Shriners, and of course their families are invited.  Tom Binder, Rich Schroeder and their Dendara Counterparts have put a lot of work into this event so come out and join in the fun. 

I am so humbled to be your Potentate for 2014 and Kathy and I look forward to serving you during this year.  Think about joing us on our trip to Nashville over Memorial Day Weekend or on our Fall trip to Chicago, we promise you will have a great time.


Keith Tuttle


Zenobia Shriners



Potes Notes December 2013 – Illustrious Sir Gable

Pote’s Notes – December

The Fall Ceremonial gets better each year!  Thanks to all who helped to welcome our newest members, including those from the past 3 years.  What a great job our Nobles do to provide everyone with a good time!  A special ‘Thanks’ goes out to our Dramatic Cast and the Director’s Staff for making the day memorable.  The First Section was marvelous presentation, and  everyone had an entertaining time in the Second Section.  Also, ‘thanks’ to all who attended.  All the units that participated in the tailgate and “showed their stuff” throughout the Ceremonial helped each of us to experience what satisfaction one can have by joining a club or unit.  The new Nobles expressed that it really was FUN!

Zenobia made the Toledo Holiday Parade spectacular by having so many units and clubs participate.  You are impressive.  Thanks to everyone who made the parade.

The Zenobia Kids Holiday Party will be here on Sunday, December 8.  Thank you to all who donated to the party.  If your club/unit has not done so, there is still time to help out.  Stop by and experience the smiling faces.  Thank you to Mike and Pam Ray for chairing this event.

Zenobia will again be hosting a new Worshipful Master’s Dinner, which will be attended by MWGM Mick.  Please contact your lodge and have the WM make reservations and attend with his lady.

This is a busy time of year with many holiday dinners and installations.  I want to extend to all the unit/club officers for 2014, best wishes for a successful year.  My Lady Joan and I have enjoyed attending these events and look forward to the several ahead.

Remember to purchase your tickets for the Zenobia New Year Party which will be held on January 4th (1/4/14!).  This is always a fun time and this year will be no exception.  The activities have changed, so come and enjoy some ‘new’ fun.  You will not be disappointed.

Lady Joan and I have thoroughly enjoyed traveling with nobles and their ladies to New England, Cincinnati Hospital Open House, and DC with the Legion of Honor.  We appreciate all the support from you that has made this year so enjoyable.  Thank you all for your “Prepared to Serve” participation in Zenobia.  There is more to happen, so get out and enjoy Shrinedom.

We also extend to each Noble, Mason and their ladies best wishes for the holiday season.  May your days be blessed and filled with satisfaction.  Happy Holidays to You and Yours, from Lady Joan and me.

Potes Notes November 2013 – Illustrious Sir Gable

It is a pleasure to announce two new members of the Divan, Tom Binder as 1st Ceremonial Master and Rich Schroeder as 2nd Ceremonial Master.  Following much investigation, it was evident that they are “prepared to serve” Zenobia Shrine.  Each of these Shriners is excited about the challenges which lie ahead and are anxious to begin serving Zenobia in their new role.  More detailed information about each can be found elsewhere in the Hadji.  Please welcome Tom and Rich as they begin their new positions with Zenobia.

Membership Day is every day, and today is no different.  We have our next ceremonial on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Zenobia.  This is in conjunction with the Toledo Holiday Parade.  See other articles for times and activities.  What is needed from you are candidates!  Get those petitions into the office for processing.  If you need some assistance in getting commitments, bring your candidate to the RUSH Night on November 8th at Zenobia.  This informative evening is good for the candidate, his spouse and can be helpful for you and your lady.  Doors open at 6 PM and the program begins at 6:30 PM.  Reservations are preferred, but not required, by contacting Teri at (419) 661-9200, ext. 120.  Let’s make that extra effort NOW and get these candidates involved in the greatest fraternity.

Thank you to everyone and anyone who helped in any way to the success of the Divan Ladies Style Show or the Entertainers Sportsman’s Event on October 5th.  Without your help neither would be possible.  The Ladies Style Show was a huge success!  Thanks for the great attendance, good food and drink, wonderful door prizes and auction items.  A special “Thank you” goes out to Jenny Snetz who provided the biggest draw, the beautiful quilt.  Well done, Lady Joan!

The Sportsman’s Event was a profitable activity for Zenobia.  This was a good beginning to what can be a great event.  Thank you to the Entertainers Group for selecting Zenobia as the recipient of the proceeds.

The Pote’s Fall Foliage trip has returned from New England.  It was a marvelous trip with beautiful scenic views throughout.  The visit to the Philadelphia Masonic Lodge was impressive.  The New England seafood was outstanding.  But the fellowship shared by all on the trip was the most memorable. Thank you to all who attended and made this a great memory.

Remember to do your part and be “prepared to serve” Zenobia.  Sign up some candidates for the Ceremonial, attend one Zenobia event you have not participated in previously, sell Shrinedom to people you know.

Potes Notes October 2013 – Illustrious Sir Gable

September was another great month to be a Shriner!  It was my pleasure to present to our members their 25, 50, and 60 year pins.  We had 24 recipients present for their 25-years pins and three for their 50th.  Congratulations to Barney Stickles who received his 60 year pin! What a great way to reopen the temple for our fall activities.

The summer parades have provided Zenobia with positive exposure in many communities.  This is a fantastic way to showcase the fun that Shriners have while also promoting our fraternity and philanthropy.  It is one of our best recruiting tools. So, a big ‘Thank You’ to those who parade for Zenobia!

Speaking of parades, what a super Zenobia turnout for the Clyde parade! There was a super Zenobia turn-out!  A good parade in the past became one of the best parades for Clyde. This was all because you were there for fun and to entertain.  Thank you for being “prepared to serve” and making a super showing!

As summer winds down, we are making plans for the winter.  The Gator Party in scheduled and ready for reservations.  I want to personally thank the Gator Party Committee chaired by Don and Shellie Falkenberg, with members Harold and Gloria Mucci, and Joe and Chris Vedra, all of whom have provided a terrific dinner and after-glo at Sahib Temple in Sarasota.  Because of their efforts, this party continues to grow in spirit and fellowship.  Thank you all! Make plans for the 2014 Gator Party on February 24th!

Check the calendar for the many events that will be happening.  Remember, on November 16th we will have our next “Old-Fashioned” Ceremonial.  Clubs and units should be getting plans together to have a ‘recruiting’ table, whether it is providing hand-outs, food or games to entice new members to join their group.  A meal will be served, time given for fellowship with new members and a unit parade will all occur besides the 1st and 2nd sections.  This will be the day of the Toledo Holiday Parade and each unit should plan on participating for the whole day.

Remember, a good way to recruit is to attend our RUSH events.  This year we have Rush Breakfast on October 12th and a Rush Night on November 8th (note date change).  These are great opportunities to bring Masons and non-Masons to hear about Blue Lodge, York and Scottish Rites, and the Shrine.  All non-Masons are free and ladies are welcome.  Make plans now to attend and bring prospective candidates.

Other events in October for ‘recruiting’ are Thirsty Thursday at Shell Shucker’s in Tiffin (Note location change).  Remember to have your lady attend the Ladies Style Show on Saturday, October 5th.  That evening is the Sportsmen’s Event sponsored by an outside group with proceeds to Zenobia. It is open to all men and women.  (See other Hadji articles for details.)  The regular Zenobia Family Breakfast is on Saturday, October 12th from 9-11 AM.  This will be the same date as the Rush Breakfast, whose program will be held in a separate room.  The Highlanders are holding their 50th year celebration the weekend of October 11-13th, at the Holiday Inn, Perrysburg.  The Pote’s Fall Foliage Trip departs on October 14th.  October 31st is the departure date for The Legion of Honor D.C. trip.

The Circus Committee is up and running.  Each club/unit needs to send a representative to the circus committee meetings on the third Wednesday of each month.  You can help best with the circus by knowing what is happening and is needed. A representative at each meeting will keep you informed and prepared to serve. Everyone contributes in a different way.  Be informed, be involved, be a part of the Zenobia Circus.

Potes Notes September 2013 – Illustrious Sir Gable

Wow!  Where did the summer of 2013 go!  It is hard to believe that September is here.   Now it is onto the fall!  But first, a brief recap of the many activities where members of Zenobia were involved since May.

During May, there was the GM One-Day Class, where Zenobia took in 40 new Nobles!  The month also included onions, the Pote’s Alaskan trip, and many Memorial Day parades.  June was full with Zenobia visibility at Plane Fun, Tabloids, golf outings and the start of parade season.   July and August continued with the Imperial at Indianapolis, unit/shrine club picnics, and a busy parade season.

Our many “Prepared to Serve” nobles have been out in the communities and demonstrating fun that can be enjoyed by our fraternity.   Many units and Shrine clubs hold events that bring the public to us.  Events such as golf outings, fish fries, fun runs or special event dinners are great ways to provide fun activities to prospective members.  Inviting people to these events has had positive results in recruiting.  It is also a super way to inform them about our great philanthropy.

Zenobia had a wonderful showing of units at Imperial.  Having so many units in the parade and the social gathering following the parade made this year’s Imperial Session fun and enjoyable.  Thank you to all the nobles who came to Indy and their ladies for supporting them.  As a member of Zenobia, you can be proud of the super showing at Imperial.

A thank you also goes out to the Fremont Shrine Club for hosting the after-glo following the Fremont parade.   Zenobia was well represented in the parade.  Plan on participating in the “Pote’s Parade” at 1 PM on Saturday, September 21 in Clyde, OH.  Lodges are also asked to parade contributing to a supportive statement for Masonry.  All are invited to the after-glo at the Clyde Eagles.

Remember, our Stated Meeting will be held the first Thursday, on September 5th.  Eligible members will be presented their 25, 50, and 60-year pins.  GLSA is the second weekend of September (9/12-14) in Mason, Ohio.  If you need to make reservations, contact our Recorder.  Also, consider treating your lady to a terrific Ladies Luncheon/Style Show on October 5th.  Even better, purchase a table and let her take family and friends to “Timeless Traditions”.  It is always an enjoyable day.

Our next Ceremonial is Saturday, November 16th.  Now is the time to get those Masons signed up to be Shriners, and/or recruit some new Masons.  Speak with your club or unit and get plans together to welcome new members.  An “old fashioned” ceremonial will again be held.  Be ready to participate in the “parade of units” prior to the second section.  Be “Prepared to Serve” and bring in new candidates.

Yours in the Faith,

Dennis Gable, Potentate

Potes Notes May 2013 – Illustrious Sir Gable

Wow! What a great time at a terrific Potentate’s Ball.  It was so enjoyable to spend an entertaining evening with Nobles, friends and family.  My Lady Joan and I give a BIG thank you to those who came to the Potentate’s Ball and made it such a great time.  Our sincerest appreciation goes out to Ill. Sir Carl Eakes and his Lady Clarice, along with their committee, for putting together a wonderful event.  Also, thanks to the Fremont Shrine Club for donations to the Ball and a generous donation to the Endowment Fund in my name.  What an outstanding gift!   Again, “Thank you” to all!

A successful circus is behind us and now the ONIONS are here.  Zenobia will be receiving more onions than in the past, so anyone can still sell and earn additional funds for your group. It has been impressive to know about units and clubs who are pushing themselves to sell more onions.  Your effort in supporting the sale of onions is really appreciated.  You are “Prepared to Serve”! Great job!

On May 11th, Zenobia has the opportunity to increase our membership.  The Grand Master’s One-Day Class will be held at the Stranahan, followed by the 4th Degree from Scottish Rite.  Our highlight of the day is the Zenobia Ceremonial where many new nobles will be joining our fraternity.  See other articles in this paper to learn about the schedule and unit/club displays at the One-Day Class.

What really is needed is YOU!  Your presence to support our brother Masons in their degree work is rewarding to you and each of them.  Feel the pride by being present for our Ceremonial.  New candidates want to see that the organization they just joined consists of members who participate and support each other.  Support the candidates and the Dramatic Cast.  Then, come to the June Stated Meeting, interact with the new members, and welcome them with a “second section”.  During the June meeting, Zenobia ladies are welcome to join the ladies of the new nobles at the French Quarter.  The ladies will dine, learn about Shrine, our philanthropy and ways to support and join in their new noble’s activities.

Remember, the easiest way to get a new member to a join your unit/club is to ASK THEM.  Join in Zenobia activities and be “Prepared to Serve” with the nobles of Zenobia for fun and fellowship.

Potes Notes April 2013 – Illustrious Sir Gable

It is so great to be a Shriner – helping kids in so many ways, and having lots of fun doing it!  Be proud and shine for all you do.

The circus was a hit!  The circus was fun and exciting, but the real thrill was watching the children laugh, smile and bounce in their seats.  This is the best family friendly event held in northwest Ohio.  Without the help of so many, this would not have been such a success. It is impossible to name all the nobles and their ladies who helped in so many ways to make this circus. So, THANK YOU TO ALL.

I do have to mention a few people who have spent a lot of time throughout the year promoting the circus.  Thanks to Bob Secoy, PP, who has been our Circus Director and keeps the day-to-day operations of the circus in check;  Fred Emmett for spending countless hours, not only promoting the circus, but selling tickets at Zenobia;  Keith Tuttle, CR, who was constantly working on ways to bring more people into the performances.  Also, for all the chairmen who handled the many ‘subcommittees’, the ad sellers, and to Teri for being the glue that held us all together, ‘thank you’.  To all the nobles of Zenobia I say “A job well done!”

Now our focus is on those ONIONS!  Give your support to Rev. Onion, turn in your orders, reserve your selling spot, and sell, Sell, SELL!

Nobles of units and shrine clubs, before you can parade in the name of Zenobia, be sure to get your list of parades into the temple for approval first.  Also, if your unit/shrine club is planning a meeting as a Divan visit, please inform the Potentate in writing.  This is needed at least two full months prior to the event in order to get it on the Divan schedule.  Please do not rely on “we always hold it then, so they know” since each year the Divan is under “new management” and some things are not retained.  The Divan would enjoy visiting your meeting/event, but need to know ahead.  It would be appreciated.

Last month it was announced that the Bobber Race was back on, and we were excited.  But now I must tell you that it is off.  This has happened because of a medical issue with the sponsor, but is still something they want to do for us.  Because of uncertainty, we will move this event to 2014, and add a new event in the Fall of 2013 as a Zenobia fundraiser.  Also, the Fire Fighters Recognition program in April, has been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the year.

Our first ceremonial of 2013 will be held following the Grand Master’s Class on May 11th.  The Dramatic Cast will be conducting the 1st Section and we, as Nobles, need to be in the audience to support them and our NEW NOBLES.  Then, at the June Stated Meeting, we will be holding the 2nd section.  Also, the new Shriner ladies will be invited that night to a dinner and program about what we do and how they can be involved with their new Shriner. Plan your calendar to be present for both. Bring those Masons to Shrine events and get them on petitions.  They will be glad you did.  Also, the new Shriners’ ladies will be invited.

Hope to see you all at the Potentate’s Ball on April 13 and/or the breakfast on the 14th.  It would be great to have you present at these fun events.

Thank you again for all you do in being Prepared to Serve.