Potentate’s Notes April 2021

Spring has sprung and I think I still have the meat sweats! For those of you that had a chance to attend the inaugural Zenobia Meat Raffle, I am sure you had a great time. Everybody commented at how fast paced and exciting the event was. I know my Fit Bit recorded 37 minutes of exercise that Saturday, and I wasn’t the only one sweating from running up and down the aisles. If you are able and interested, I hope you have the opportunity to come out to one of the events that your Nobility is planning. A huge thanks to the Pit­masters and the meat raffle committee, the work you did was out­standing and we were able to fill a little of our fundraising void this year. For those of you keeping tally, we are chalking up this event to fun, because everyone who attended had fun. A special thanks to Wyatt Miller, our Meat Man, and Rylee Weiker, our Miss Meat, for your help and support in running this event smoothly. I appreciate the time you both donated to us in supporting this fraternity.

Speaking of children and families, we held our Easter Egg Hunt on March 28, for the families and children of our community. An­other big thank you to the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt committee and the work and effort you guys put in. It is great how we are show­ing the community the family orientation we are able to have here at the Shrine, and I am thrilled at how all of you are fostering that feeling.
The beginning of this year has been a whirlwind for me and many of our Divan and Nobility. Together they have accomplished a unique ceremonial, a New Year’s party, a Valentine’s dance, a meat raffle and a Children’s Easter Egg Hunt. If any of you would be interested in helping and planning the upcoming events for the rest of this year, please let me or a Divan member know. We can use your help, your input and ideas, and your support. One way you can provide some support is to gain a circus ad for this upcoming year, though it needs to be turned in soon.

Because of the activities we have already done, we have generated interest in men becoming Masons, Masons becoming Shriners and Shriners joining units. On Friday, April 16, at the Shrine, we will be having a Friendship Night available to anyone interested in becom­ing a Mason or Shriner. There will be a social hour at 6 p.m., pre­ceding a dinner and presentation by Noble Steve Hessler. The event is free to prospective Masons and Shriners, as well as their partners or spouses and, of course, the Masons or Nobles that bring them. Noble John Fulton, the first honorary Pitmaster, will be organizing the dinner and those that are familiar with his cooking will be look­ing to bring anyone and everyone to this event.

We are holding a Ceremonial Saturday, May 15, here at the Shrine, in the afternoon, following a one day class being organized by some lodges in the 11th District, and a lunch and Fourth Degree presentation by the Valley of Toledo Scottish Rite. If you have po­tential Masons or Shriners, please contact the office for a petition or bring them to the friendship night this month. I can think of no better way we can show our fellowship.

A big thank you to all of you who are coming to our stated meet­ings, unit meetings and activities, and Shrine events. It is exciting to start seeing all of you again and I hope you are enjoying the fellow­ship this offers. I know I am.

Potentate’s Notes March 2021

Welcome to the 13 new Nobles of Zenobia Shrine we initiated on January 14 and 23, courtesy of our Dramatic Cast, Divan and all of you who recommended these fine new Nobles. Thank you to all of you who came out to support these new Nobles and your Dramatic Cast. Because of your support and the Divan ladies, these new Nobles expressed interest in several units and clubs already. Thanks to some great organization and innovation we have a very effective and efficient way to initiate new Nobles. Please take a petition or two and talk about our Shrine activities at your home lodge. We will be having a Friendship Night Friday, April 16, but if there are enough new candidates we can hold another ceremonial soon.

If you have a chance, check out the Shrine calendar and the unit and club write ups within. This will give you a basic idea of what each of our different organizations can offer potential Shriners, neighbors and family. In January we focused on the Wise Guys and had a very enjoyable event with several new Nobles becoming Wise Guys. In February we focused on the Pilots and in March we are going to be focusing on the Pit Masters. We hope you have a chance to come out to their meeting or the meat raffle on Saturday, March 13, at 4 p.m.

Speaking of activities, we had an amazing time at the Valentine’s dance that Noble Harder and the committee organized. We hope you can come out to any of our other activities later this year. Coming up next is the inaugural meat raffle event. Tickets to get in are $10 and each raffle ticket is $1 for the prizes. You can buy as many tickets for each raffle as you would like. Please bring a cooler for all of your winnings and any adult beverages above the beer and soda present.

Focusing on our family activities this month, we will be having the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 28, at 1 p.m. Please bring your family and friends to this activity and enjoy the festivities. The children always love coming to this and we organize the event by age ranges, so everyone has fun. All are welcome, so please tell your friends and family to come on out.

Nobles, our fundraising was severely curtailed last year and we really need to have success in this year’s events. Please send any remaining Circus ads into the office and Terry as soon as possible. We will be having a Circus this year and need our 2021 Circus book to be a success. We also are doing the early bird drawings for the Sportsmen’s Extravaganza, and have drawn January’s and February’s winners already. Please grab a few books of tickets and sell them to those you know. We are looking forward to a stellar eventthis year and look forward to the units and clubs getting to be active in the event this year.

We hope we see you at our stated meetings this year. We intend to focus on the fun aspect of our get-togethers. Come have fun and bring a Noble you might know who could use a reason to smile and enjoy our company.

Potentate’s Notes February 2021

Welcome to 2021, a new year for Zenobia. A big thank you to everyone for all the support and work they have already done this year. I know it is early, but as you read this we have already had our installation of officers, the New Year party, January’s stated meeting, our first Ceremonial of 2021, and the Wise Guy’s feature event. We have a lot of events planned for the upcoming year, but please continue to practice safety in wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. The Divan would love to have your attendance at your Shrine events, but please do so understanding we are keeping your safety in mind and will continue with the CDC protocols.

Our theme for the year is Family, Fun and Fellowship, and our activities, events and goals center around that focus. For years your Divan has met and conducted strategy meetings on the vision we have for the Shrine. We have discussed our commitment to our stakeholders, including our Membership, Masonry and the Shriners Hospitals for Children. As we come into this year, we look forward to centering our activities around these groups and the values of Family, Fun and Fellowship.
In regards to Family, in February we have the Valentines Dance Saturday, February 13, open to everyone. The cost is $20 per person and Noble Harder and the Valentines Committee are happy to answer your questions and provide you tickets. We also will be sponsoring the Potentate’s Youth Dance, if everything allows. For Fellowship we will be attending the Grand Master receptions for the 10th and 4th Districts, to show our support to our fellow Masons. Without supporting our Blue Lodges, we cannot be successful in our endeavors to grow our Shrine, so please provide our calendar of events to your Blue Lodges, letting them know we are here to provide great events they can be proud to show their brothers and candidates.

A huge thanks to everyone who has stepped up to help with this upcoming year. First and foremost my wife, Heather, who without her support and team work I couldn’t do this. Also to my extended family, the Shrine Divan, whose leadership, teamwork and dedication make all of this possible. I am so lucky to have worked with our Shrine leadership and learned so much from them. Thank you to the A-team this year for volunteering and supporting our Shrine. I never realized how fortunate we are to have such strong leaders who work behind the scenes to make our Shrine a success. When you see one of our A-team members, please thank them for what they do. They are the glue that holds us together and the engine that keeps us moving.

Please support our fundraising events with your help and contacts. We have our Circus upcoming and there is still time to get some ads in for the 2021 Circus book. We need your help in building this year’s book, so please consider finding a sponsor or two, if you are new to the Circus book, and maybe putting in your own family, unit or club ad. Sportsmen’s Raffle tickets are available and our early bird drawings started in January, so please pick up some books at the office and let folks know they are available. We had a successful event last year, thanks to the committee, Chairman Ben Croley and all of you. For us to repeat that we need your support early.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our stated meetings and having you join us as our Family, Fun and Fellowship go forward.