Potentate’s Notes December 2020

Greetings Nobles,

I am completely astounded by the fact that I am already writing the December Pote’s notes. Once again, I was looking forward to putting out a fun-filled letter talking about all of the fun we had over the last month, with the events we had planned and the Ceremonial bringing in new Nobles. Once again, I am writing a letter of things that did not happen.

This year has been extremely trying, both on your Divan members, clubs and units, and Nobles all for the fact of the continuing cancellations of fun and exciting events. If you want to look at the year in review of events, the list of ones that we had is extremely short and the list of cancelled events, activities and trips is overwhelmingly long.

My hat’s off to everyone for being understanding, remaining flexible with their schedules and tolerant of last-minute decisions. This whole year has been a balancing act of trying to remain active, fun and social, all while trying to be safe.

It was with a heavy heart that we had to cancel the Badge Appreciation Night, so if you know of someone who is an essential worker, especially the front line workers who are family or friends of Nobles, please give them a Shriners thank you.

Looking forward to the month of December, we will not be having the Children’s Christmas Party over concerns of keeping social distancing and safety of participants with the drastic rise of cases recently. Our next stated meeting will be the election of officers, so be prepared to show your dues cards with current year’s stickers.

As a point of personal privilege, I would like to thank those who took time out of their lives this year to give me phone calls, letters or cards just saying “hi” and well wishes through a trying year. I, along with everybody else, am anxiously looking forward to next year’s events and activities and putting 2020, the year of COVID-19 behind us.

Potentate’s Notes November 2020

Greetings Nobles!

Time is sure flying by faster than ever. By the time you get this, Thanksgiving will be right around the corner. We have had some fun events over the last 30 days.

First off, I would like to personally thank Ben Crowley, Teri, our Noble Recorder Dick Fries, Eric Anderson and the rest of the Sportsmen’s Extravaganza committee for the fantastic job they did on the Extravaganza this year with all of the COVID-19 restrictions they had to work around, including having the drawing on a YouTube live stream instead of in-person. It was a huge success with hundreds of viewers watching the event as it happened. Tickets for 2021 went on sale the Monday after this year’s drawing, and starting in January, there will be early bird drawings every month for $25 and $50 prizes.

Exciting news! The Circus HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED for March 18-21, 2021. Circus ads are being sold as usual, so please contact the office to get your ad packets. The Circus Director, Denny Gable, is excited to get back into the Circus swing and we are all looking forward to him giving us updates at the stated meetings.

The inaugural adult Halloween party is fast approaching, and we are looking forward to having some fun and seeing how creative people can be with their costumes. The Friendship Night is still being scheduled for Friday, October 30, if we have some interest and the meal will be prepared by Zenobia’s newest unit, the Pit Masters. The Fall Ceremonial is still being planned for Saturday November 14. There is still time to get your reservation in to the office, and ladies are encouraged to attend.

It is hard to believe that it almost the end of the year already. We were not able to do a lot of the things that were planned for this year, but I am sure that next year’s Potentate will have a fun-filled and exciting year for Zenobia.

Finally, we have lost quite a few Nobles to the Black Camel this year, so if you know someone who would be a good Shriner, please speak to them, always have petitions ready for handing out, and bring them to an event at Zenobia.

Potentate’s Notes October 2020

Greetings Nobles!

It does not seem possible, but another month has come and gone. This COVID “thing” has definitely made for some “creative thinking” for us and everyone else in this great fraternity.

Zenobia has been fortunate in the fact that we have been able to have some events where other Shrines have not been that lucky. That being said, in the last month we have been able to have the Divan Ladies Murder/Mystery dinner theater, which everyone who was able to attend had a great time at, and the Potentate’s Party, where we had a great turn out including Divan representation from Tebala Shrine. (Thank you, Matt and Stephanie, for attending!) There are pictures in this edition of both events. If you missed them, you missed a wonderful time but do not worry, there are still a few events left for the year and hopefully you can attend one of those. We would just like to say thank you to an anonymous Noble who comes in and completely sanitizes the entire building before our events and all meetings.

The Sportsmen’s Extravaganza is coming up on Saturday, October 3, and will still go on, just in a modified version. ALL prizes will be drawn as usual, it will just be done virtually from Zenobia with the Sportsmen’s committee and Divan being present to witness the drawings. The exact broadcast format is still being worked out, so stay tuned to the Zenobia Facebook page, shrinesportsmen.com and Zenboiashriners.com for more information. The Safe Halloween for kids has been cancelled, due to the COVID restrictions, but the adult costume party is still taking place on Saturday, October 24, and you can contact Noble Scott Harder (419-344-0348) for tickets and info.

We are still planning on doing a full Fall Ceremonial (pending COVID restrictions) on Saturday, November 14. Lodges are getting back to regular meetings after the summer break, so talk to your brothers about how much fun being a Shriner is. Let the guys that just came through the One Day class know about Shriners and what we do for the kids.

Lastly, please make sure you have paid your dues. I have reviewed the list and am sure that with all the chaos that is COVID, it has been an oversight for a few of you. If you are having financial hardship right now, please contact the office so we can work something out.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Potentate’s Notes September 2020

It seems like it has been forever and at the same time it seems like yesterday that we were having fun and getting the year started off on the right foot.

The summer has not been without events, just not all the events we had planned. We started off with a “Spring” Ceremonial with a carry-in picnic that followed. We welcomed nine new Nobles and their families. With Imperial Session getting cancelled, and the Divan already having the weekend available in their calendar, the Ridgeway’s decided to have an impromptu picnic at their house in Dunkirk on July 4. We had our first meeting back since the COVID-19 shutdown on July 16, for the purpose of discussing new petitions, where we had about 30 Nobles in attendance and were able to do so following the social distancing guidelines. It was nice getting a chance to enjoy the fellowship of our Shrine family again.

August 1 was Zenobia’s third annual golf outing to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Special thanks to John and Robin Hoffman for chairing the event again this year, as well as those on their committee. We had a GREAT turnout the day of the event with 17 (and a half) teams, as well as 40 hole sponsors. Special thank you to Eric Erikson for the donation of MANY door prizes, as well as those received from local businesses.

Fremont Shrine Club had their annual Divan visitation at Ole Zims on August 5 and the Patrol had their annual steak fry on August 8.

GLSA has been cancelled as well for this year, but we look forward to a bigger and better session next year. The Potentate’s party has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 19, at Zenobia. Please see the Ridgeways or Harders for your tickets (you can call the Shrine office as well).

The Sportsmen’s Extravaganza is still going to take place; however, it will not be taking place at the SeaGate Center. We will be drawing for all the same prizes as if we were at SeaGate, but we will be doing it virtually. The Divan and a small committee will be here that day to make sure the drawings happen and get recorded. Details are being worked on, as we speak, for a live broadcast through Facebook or You Tube. We will keep you posted. We need to keep selling tickets for this event as we still need to cover the cost for the raffles that we are giving away.

Nobles, please keep up on looking for good men to become Shriners. Without the ability to have membership drives and friendship nights, we need to keep our membership growing. The plan is to still have a “Fall” Ceremonial in November. Let us have a BIG class of new Nobles.

I am looking forward to seeing you all again, very soon!

Potentate’s Notes June 2020

Greetings Dearest Nobles!

Here we are again, same old place, same old situation. It seems like the world is standing still even though the wheels are still turning. The only thing that is moving, is the grass is growing.

Your Divan is actively trying to schedule, reschedule and schedule again, events that have been cancelled/postponed. With the restrictions from the governor and the Grand Master of Ohio, we are not sure when things will be a go, but we are trying to be creative in the ways to have some type of function and still practice “safe social distancing”. As of May 20, we are still planning on having some type of regularly stated meeting on Thursday, June 11, and I am currently working with the membership chairman on how and if we can manage a Friendship Night on Friday, June 19. We still have numerous approved petitioners awaiting a ceremonial so they can become active Nobles.

No one ever anticipated having a year like this. Zenobia started out the year on such a high note and with a lot of enthusiasm. We are working diligently to try to figure out how to “kick start” things again. I have spoken with several of my counterparts from other Shrines, and we are all in the same boat, trying to figure out how to salvage something out of the first half of this year for our Nobility. The nice thing is, hopefully, the absolute worst part is behind us and what we must do now is figure out what the new normal is going to be.

As I am writing this Pote’s Notes for May, I am reminded that Memorial Day is but a few days away and want to remind you all to remember the men and women who have and will serve our country and would like you to especially remember those that gave the greatest sacrifice of all.

In closing, let me remind you that just because we are “social distancing” does not mean we have to be socially isolated. Please call your fellow Nobles, have SMALL get-togethers and follow the safety precautions. There are two great opportunities coming up to do just that: the Findlay Clowns are having their annual golf outing at Hillcrest Golf Course on Saturday, June 20 (8 a.m. registration with 9 a.m. shot gun start) and the third annual Zenobia Shrine golf outing at Heatherdowns Country Club on Saturday, August 1 (8 a.m. registration with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start). Contact Steve Horton or Ty Stout for the Clown outing and John Hoffman for the Zenobia outing.

Things are changing, it seems like daily, so please watch the Zenobia Facebook page, E-Hadji, or call the office for any updates or changes to the calendar. Thank you for your support, kind words and understanding during this trying time. We hope to see EVERYONE SOON!!!

Potentate’s Notes April 2020

Greetings Nobles,

It’s hard to believe that I am having to write this article. Things have changed drastically in the world and in our Temple in the last two weeks (since I submitted my original article).

My original article talked about the exciting events we had coming up: the Circus, Friendship Night, Ceremonial, Onion sales, Potentate’s Party. We are living in historic times and something none of us could have ever imagined or prepared for, but it’s times like these that our great fraternity comes into play. It’s time to call each other and make sure we all have everything we need, and we are doing okay.

As everyone should be aware, the Grand Master has issued an edict, with the backing of the Imperial Potentate, that no Masonic meetings, events or appendant bodies can meet until at least May 10.

Our Circus Director has been working diligently since the day of the edict to try to get a date set for later in the year to reschedule the Circus. We will be looking for a date to reschedule Ceremonial and a Friendship Night prior to that. As of March 18, 2020, Ill. Sir Tuttle and myself are in close contact with the possibility of Onion sales still happening and we will notify you as soon as we know what is going on.

As of right now, the Pote’s party will not be on May 2 or at the Park Inn. We are looking to reschedule to a later date and will let you know as soon as we have a date and venue. On a brighter note, the Pote’s trip is still on as planned for June 5-7, 2020. We will be going to Erie, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Erie Hospital open house. (Details on the flier in this issue)

If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact the office (419-661-9200) or myself (419-957- 8404). Please take care of yourselves and each other, and we hope to see you soon.

Potentate’s Note March 2020

Greetings Nobles,

It’s that time again for another addition of the Pote’s Notes. We have had an action-packed start to the year, and it seems like there is something constantly going on and always something to do.

Since our last addition, we have had several successful events, starting with Dendarah’s Ceremonial. Zenobia was well represented with seven Divan members, several past Potentates, as well as a few Nobles to support their lady. Second, was the Valentine’s Dance with a nice turn out of around 60 people, which had a lot of laughs and good humor with the traditional “Not so New, Newly Wed” game. The very next weekend was the annual Shrine Walleye game, where one of our patients from Cincinnati got to drop the puck. (Ironically, the Walleye played against Cincinnati that night. Fish win in a shootout!) Finally, the weekend of Valentine’s Day, myself and my Lady, Ty Stout, and Scott and Tiffany Harder attended the youth dance at Zenobia Shrine. It was a nice night with around 25 Rainbow Girls and 10 DeMolay Boys from around northwest Ohio, as well as several adult chaperones. They had food, dancing and elected a new King (Samuel Fabre) and Queen (Mackenzie Parasiliti).

By the time you get this addition, ALL Nobles in Zenobia’s roster should have (hopefully) received in person or in the mail, a calendar book and pin for the year. If you did not get one, please call the office at 419-661-9200, so we can be sure to get one to you. I would like to thank Noble Chris Malhoit for taking a whole day with me at the post office to get the mailing out. Please be aware, this calendar book is to let you know what events are planned for the year and not a membership book. The only names listed at the back of the book are those of the officers of the clubs or units.

Looking ahead, we have one of our biggest events of the year coming up, the CIRCUS. The dates are March 19-22. We are still looking for Circus Daddy’s (Nobles to sponsor kids or families to attend a show), ushers, tickets sellers, cotton candy makers, snow cone makers, greeters, etc. If you have some time to give, we will find a place for you to help and as always, encourage everyone you know to buy tickets. This is a great way to introduce people to the Shrine.

Important dates coming up in the next few months include: Friendship night, Friday, April 3, at Zenobia. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner starting at 7 p.m. Dinner is $10/person, but if you bring a non-Mason/Shriner, you and your guest will be OUR guest for the evening. Spring Ceremonial is Saturday, April 18, at Zenobia. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., with Ceremonial starting promptly at 10:30 a.m. There will be a program for the ladies. Please call Lady Georgia Durain (419-957-1232) to let her know if you will be attending. All ladies are welcome, just please RSVP. Pote’s Party will be Saturday, May 2, at Park Inn in Toledo. The theme for the night is Caribbean Cruise, so come dressed in your favorite Caribbean attire. The cost is $60/person with a cash bar, plated meal, and DANCING! We are still negotiating room rates to stay at the hotel and will get the rate to you as soon as possible. Pote’s trip is to Erie, Pennsylvania, on June 5-7. We will be taking a long weekend to explore Erie, as well as attend the hospital open house. There are several activities that are available while we are there. More information will come in the next issue about cost and times. This is a great opportunity to tour one of our hospitals and see firsthand ‘Why We Do What We Do!’

As you can see, there are many things for you to get involved in and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Potentate’s Note February 2020

Nobles, Ladies and Friends, It is an incredible honor and privilege to have been elected to serve as Potentate for Zenobia Shrine for 2020. I am extremely humbled by the opportunity and thank you for your trust and confidence. We are all volunteers and we are here to have fun and do good work for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. My Lady and I strongly believe that if you and your family get involved this year you will have fun and create a lot of great memories.

Our motto this year is “Lighting the Way…” As you can see, the motto is kind of “open ended.” This was done on purpose, as Masons and Shriners light the way in a lot of different ways. Zenobia is a place for Masons to have fun with their families while helping the kids. The logo is the lighthouse (with Masonic emblem on the side) shining the light on the scimitar. Dedication to both the craft of Freemasonry and to Zenobia Shrine is a shining example of what can be done to make this world a better place, and to “make good men better.”

Our #1 priority this year is membership. We are losing far too many Nobles to the black camel than we are replacing. I am asking every one of us to commit to bringing in one new Noble this year to the Shrine. Go to your stated meetings at your lodge. Invite them to some of our social events. We have three more friendship nights scheduled throughout the year. Our first friendship night went well with around 50 people in attendance, and of those 50 people, there were 11 non-Mason/Shriners and most left with a petition to a lodge or Zenobia Shrine. Our membership chairman and his committee did a wonderful job and the members who brought prospects are to be commended. Keep up the good work!

Our #2 priority this year is having fun while helping kids. This year, my Lady and I are going to “dial it back” a bit and not focus so much on pomp and circumstance and focus on fellowship and great times with even better friends. My Lady grew up in a Masonic/Shrine home, so doing “all things Shrine” is kind of a way of life for her, so she is planning to have the ladies join the men for dinner on stated meeting night in March, June and September, with entertainment, while the men have their meeting. The Circus is coming up March 19-22, and there are several places for people to volunteer their time. This is still our biggest fund-raiser of the year, so please encourage people to come and buy tickets.

By the time you read this, we are hoping to have given you a calendar and pin or placed them in the mail to you. This year, EVERY Noble of Zenobia will receive a calendar book and pin. Please look through the calendar and “Save the Date” for the events that sound interesting to you. We have noticed some errors in the book, but will be putting out a list of corrections soon. Some of OUR important dates for the year are: Spring Ceremonial, April 18, at Zenobia; May 2, Potentate’s Party at Park Inn, Toledo; June 5-7, Potentate’s trip to Erie for the Hospital open house, and Fall Ceremonial, November 14.

Potentate’s Note January 2020

Greetings Nobles,
As the old crooner once sang, “And now the time has come for me
to face the final curtain.” As 2019 draws to a close, I want to express
to all of you my deepest appreciation for your support and my earnest
commendation for a job well done. It has been an honor and a privilege
to serve as your Potentate. The success we enjoy is a direct reflection
of your efforts. All of us pulling together has allowed us to
celebrate our success and friendships.
Lady Cindy and I want you to know how it has filled our hearts
with love and joy to serve you this past year. We have formed friendships
throughout Zenobia and the world that will last us a lifetime.
It is an experience that only one person per year can enjoy.
Lady Cindy and I will be forever grateful to Illustrious Sir Keith
Tuttle and Lady Kathy for their vote of confidence for this opportunity
to lead this great fraternity in 2019. To the membership thank
you for carrying us on your shoulders these past six years as a member
of the Divan and as your Potentate. We will remember you all in
love and friendship for the remainder of our lives. We have had the
greatest support from members of the Divan and their ladies throughout
the year and will deeply miss our time together. Zenobia is blessed
to have a Divan that works together in all that we do. It is because of
Shriners Hospitals that we continue to succeed. Zenobia members
and their families are truly dedicated to our cause: “The Children.”
I would personally like to thank Lady Cindy for her love and support
during these past six years as we made this journey together.
This journey truly could not have not been possible without your
support. Thank you!
Thanks to all the Shrine units and clubs for their support and courtesies
that were extended to us throughout this year. Special recognition
goes out to those individuals and groups who agreed to serve
in 2019 in these important positions: Chief Aide John Hoffman, Lady
Robin and the A-Team, Chief Ambassador Chuck Insley and Ambassadors,
Director of Units Ken Janicki, unit and club presidents,
Circus Director Dennis Gable, and chairmen and vice chairmen of
various committees. I truly appreciate all your hard work and dedication
that made this year a success.
Memberships is the life blood of any temple and I am truly proud
to announce that we finished 2019 with 30 new Shriners in our fraternity.
I would like to thank Noble Troy Hawkins, Noble Steve
Hessler and you the members of Zenobia for your continuous efforts
to seek out good men that make this fraternity great and will take us
well into the future.
Finally Nobles, I have one last request—please support our Potentate-
Elect Noble Boyd Durain and Lady Georgia, as they embark
on a new journey to improve our temple, support our members and
improve the lives of the children we serve at our Shrine Hospitals.
Remember, “in unity there is strength – Together We Can.”