Potes Notes – May 2012 – Illustrious Sir Hamons

Dear Nobles,

The most recent weeks have been packed with activities.  We often describe the Shrine as the private fraternity for Master Masons.  We can easily see how this describes us well.  Let’s look at what we have been doing.  First we learn from our Masonic teachings that we need to be solid upright and just men.  This means as we are taught to look for ways to help others especially those less fortunate then ourselves.  This work was recently brought to light by our successful Hospital Mini-Clinic.  The Nobles who led the Mini Clinic were Noble Dr. Espinoza, Noble Dr. Gable and Noble Assistant Rabban Keith Tuttle.  They were assisted by their ladies and scores of other Nobles and Ladies who all played a part in running a very successful event where six new kids will now have an opportunity to be helped by our philanthropy Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The Thirsty Thursday event for April found us gathered at S.W.I.G. in Perrysburg.  Over 30 Masons and Shriners and their ladies and some potential candidates joined for a great event.  One of our Divan members Chief Rabban Dennis Gable had so much fun he attended twice.

The Circus was again a wonderful show this year.  Thanks to Bob Secoy P.P., Ike Isaccson P.P., Teri Fowler and Dick Fries and Fred Emmett for primary management of it this year.  We had great participation from Shriners and their Lady’s and from lodge brothers who helped out and especially from the DeMolay and Rainbow.  I want to say thank you to all who gave of their time to help our great cause as Shriners.  We run the Circus not only as a fund raiser but also as a way to help get special kids to our Circus and to offer a great family friendly venue for all to enjoy.  Seeing all of us come together to work on one major cause is an awesome site and the Positive Attitudes at the Circus about who we are and what we do were surely going to bring us Altitude in the coming years.  We are still working on the books and we are sure to have broken even this year.  I know with all the ideas flowing to create now programs at the Circus like Lunch with the Clowns and having already started on next year’s Circus we will continue our goal of filling the seats.  Filling the seats will assure us a solid fund raiser that will allow us as Shriners to do even more for our members and most especially for the kids we seek to serve.

Noble Jerry Argabrite P.P. and his team of Nobles ran another great Firemen’s Appreciation Night.  We witnessed firsthand the stories of heroism and service before self.  Shriners and Firemen are a very compatible group of people and we especially take pride in giving those hard working men and ladies the recognition they deserve.  THANKS to all of YOU and also special recognition to our own Noble Jack Green who received a 45 year service award from Rising Sun Fire Department for his service.  Congratulations Jack.  As Potentate I gave out two special Potentates awards this year for members who have served on the Firemen’s appreciation committee for 10 years.  Past member Paul Fournier recently passed and Bob Papenfuss.  Paul and Pappy have worked tirelessly to assure the success of this program.  Thank You Pappy and Paul we miss you brother.

Big 6 – Strategy 3 is our topic this month and that is Leadership.  As Masonic organizations we do a lot to assure the future success of our members as Leaders.  We begin this journey of learning at our first entrance into a Masonic Lodge as there we begin learning about great lessons in life and that once one begins to work on themselves this work will most certainly assure the development of a man to become more confident, more educated, a better communicator and a stronger man both mentally and spiritually.  The leadership lessons in our Blue Lodges are founded in valuable life lessons and gleamed from the greatest minds of all times.  Joining lodge and then joining other Masonic bodies and the Shrine assures continued growth and development of the individual.  Taking on responsibility the help our organizations by running events, fund raisers, or entering a leadership line are all examples of a person working to help themselves by learning to help and to lead others.  Perhaps the greatest example of Leadership is when a man feels that he has grown as a man by being a member of Masonry and he then seeks to help other men see the light by helping them enter their journey into Freemasonry.  This is sign of a truly developed leader one who is willing to step and help out and to say I can share this story and I want to help other good men I know become even greater men.  Thanks to all of you who work to recruit new men.

This story came to me at the recent Ladies Oriental Shrine officer installation as I watch dozens of ladies all stepping up and taking parts in the leadership and operations of their Temple for this next year. I watched all of them pay such great respect to Lady Kuhn as she took the ultimate leadership position as their new High Priestess.  I felt honored to stand and feel the love and admiration that emanated from all of these ladies as they supported each other and especially their support for their new leader.  I am thankful to have been there to witness this.  Masonry is truly a leadership development organization.  Who do you know that can use our help and who in turn will then be better enabled to help us help others?

Nobles the Onions are coming soon and we need to get them all sold and delivered in record time.  The Tackle Box 2 is again hosting a fund raiser for Zenobia and it’s the 2nd annual Bobber Race and they are now selling tickets for this event.   Stay tuned for more information.

See you in Tiffin at TJ Willies for Thirsty Thursday on May 3rd.  Ohio Shine is May 4th and 5th with our Spring Ceremonial on May 5th at 3 p.m. at Put-In-Bay.  Who can you invite?

Nobles get your boats and fishing pals entered into the Blue Lodge Walleye Fishing Tournament on May 19th.  Event details are in this Hadji and all proceeds will support RUSH Nights to GROW Masonry in NW Ohio.

Special Thanks to John Mershon for all his help at putting this publication together.  He does a wonderful job.

Nobles at the last Stated meeting we witnessed Noble John Sponsler deliver a wonderful speech wasn’t he great?

Finally Nobles, Please join with me by visiting your Blue Lodge often this year.  I know we will be glad we did.

Our Attitude for Altitude campaign is well underway and I have a FIRST CLASS ticket for you.  I promise it will be a great ride so please get on board, sit down, buckle up and hang on.

Flight Crew – PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF…

Fraternally Yours,

Jeffery W. Hamons, Illustrious Potentate, Zenobia Shriners

 

Potes Notes – April 2012 – Illustrious Sir Hamons

The First Quarter of the year is now over and we have had a great start. When we started the year we knew we had to find a way to attract new men to become Freemasons and help us support our Masonic and Shrine causes. This task is no one that is mandated by some head of something who says we must do this or else. This task must come from you our fellow Brothers and Nobles. If you believe in our causes as I know you do then I know you can see the problem and that is we need younger men now to join us so our older more experienced Brothers and Nobles can mentor them. The good news is this. When we stated the beashrinernow.com program 3 years ago we knew we had to find a way to attract younger men to join us. We knew they are out there but what we didn’t know then and we do know now is this. They want to join because of their Grand Fathers, Fathers, Brothers, Uncles and friends they know who have left an impression on them of Good Men doing Great Things… This is the impression they have of you. I say to you “Ask them to join you at our next Rush Night or Temple Function. Invite them to go fishing with you at our upcoming fishing tournament. They will be glad you did and they will make you very proud of your fraternity.

I recently had the opportunity to review over 3000 beashrinernow.com comments lefts by men who visited our beashrinersnow.com website and read our information and then filled in a profile about themselves. Over 800 said they want to follow in your footsteps. Many said they are very interested in helping the kids and others said they wanted to grow their circle of friends in their communities. All good reasons and all of them just need you to be alert and ready when you see an opportunity to invite a man and his lady to one of our functions.

The Divan and I excited are very about the future of Zenobia and all the great things we see happening because of hard working men and ladies who care about our fraternity and do the things necessary to assure its continued success. I know by the time you read this the Circus for 2012 will have opened presented 8 shows and closed. Our goal for the Circus this year was more attendance and we hope the increase in our marketing activity will have helped us attain that goal. Come on out to the April Stated meeting and let’s all see how we did.

The Divan at our last meeting entered into a web marketing agreement with the Toledo Blade. We are paying to market the beashrinernow.com web banner ads on the Toledo Blade web assets for the next three months. If you are a registered Virtual Mentor you will be hearing from me in the next week or so to invite you to a special training class for mentors. If you want to become a mentor please sign up at http://www.shrinersvillage.com Membership, Virtual Mentor Program. If you are not signed up and want to be email and I will personally help you. The beshrinernow.com banner ads will appear in the Hadji issue so you know what they look like. Take a look Nobles we are systematically going to grow our fraternity. Mouth to Ear one man to another and we need you to lend an attentive ear.

Big 6 – Strategy 2 is our topic this month and that is Communications. As part of our Communications plan this year I desperately need Nobles who will apply to be Blue Lodge Emissaries. We are launching a new program where each Blue Lodge in Zenobia jurisdiction – 55 of them will each have a representative of the Potentate attend their Lodge meetings and give brief reports on what we are doing to Grow Freemasonry in Northwest Ohio. We need all our Lodges to partner with us in this effort and support our Blue Lodge Rush Nights, Thirsty Thursdays, Fishing Tournaments and our Golf Outing this summer. Please contact me Nobles if you can volunteer to represent Zenobia and Freemasonry at your Lodge meetings.

Thanks for all who attended the Ididtarod Party we learned a lot about Alaska, Dogs and Cold Deep SNOW! Special thanks to Teri Fowler, Dick Reder, Troy Hawkins, Tim Nackowicz and Joe Bublick.

Nobles the Onions are coming soon and we need to get them all sold and delivered in record time to make way for the 2nd annual Bobber Race which is coming soon on June 9th. Stay tuned for more information soon.

Thanks to all of you who have attended Thirsty Thursdays, Rush Nights and our other functions. Having you at our events is what makes the Fellowship of being a Shriner such a special thing. We need you Nobles please come on out and enjoy the benefits of your membership. If you need assistance in any way please let us know by calling the Temple.

Finally Nobles, Please join with me by visiting your Blue Lodge often this year. I know we will be glad we did.

Our Attitude for Altitude campaign is well underway and I have a FIRST CLASS ticket for you. I promise it will be a great ride so please get on board, sit down, buckle up and hang on.

Flight Crew – PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF…

Fraternally Yours,

Jeffery W. Hamons, Illustrious Potentate, Zenobia Shriners

Potes Notes – March 2012 – Illustrious Sir Hamons

Dear Nobles,

The New Year has brought Zenobia new and exciting activities!  The Wild Game Dinner was wildly successful with over 150 joining us for great food and camaraderie.  Thank you to Gary Brown and all his helpers who with his leadership championed this new concept.

The Divan and I attended the Scots Wha Hae at the eloquent Toledo Yacht Club in early February where we saw firsthand the great work of the Zenobia Highlanders.  They are well organized, well ran and do an excellent job at getting there members involved.  Congratulations to their members who received special awards that night.

As we look forward, the Iditarod Party will be March 10th at the Temple.  Bring your snowshoes and winter hats and join us for The Last Great Race… the Iditarod 2012.  We will watch video footage from the race as brave men and women endure the trials and tribulations of the 1000 mile race from Anchorage to Nome Alaska.  This will be a fun social event so bring your family and friends and enjoy good food, good drinks and good fellowship while comfortably watching a great race.

The Big Six strategy is the road map for the future of the fraternity and Zenobia. Each month I will focus on one of the six strategies in my article.  I will begin with Membership. It is said that membership in any organization is considered the foundation and it must be strong to assure survival.  Events such as the Wild Game dinner and Rush Nights are opportunities to invite men unfamiliar with Zenobia to learn about our Shriners.  As we were all taught as children, you must leave the place you have better than you found it and you must replace yourself as you leave.  It is each of our responsibility to invite at least one new member to join Zenobia. I am very proud of our Shriners and would like to find other men as fine to join us in our efforts to do good work for children and have fun together as Freemasons and Shriners.

The second Masonic/Shrine RUSH Night will be at Zenobia on Friday March 16th.  More information is presented in this newspaper but I am simply asking you to support this night with your attendance and by bringing a non-mason or non-shriner mason with you.  This event is for and in cooperation with all the lodges in northwest Ohio to present programs to men interested in becoming a Freemason or a Shriner in a high impact high energy environment.

If you are in Florida please come to the GATOR PARTY on March 5th in Sarasota.  It is a great time and you will see many of your friends at this event.  I will see you there.

Thanks to all of you who helped with and attended the first Rush Night and the Club and Unit Officers Installation.  I would also like to thank the Dendarah Ladies for a wonderful evening at their ceremonial dinner.

Finally Nobles, Please join me by visiting your Blue Lodge this year you will be glad you did.

Our Attitude for Altitude campaign is well underway and I have a FIRST CLASS ticket for you.  I promise it will be a great ride so please get on board, sit down, buckle up and hang on.

Flight Crew – PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF…

Fraternally Yours,

Jeffery W. Hamons, Illustrious Potentate, Zenobia Shriners

Potes Notes – February 2012 – Illustrious Sir Hamons

Dear Nobles,

Thank You for installing me as your Potentate for 2012.   I am honored to serve as the Potentate of Zenobia Shriners and to lead our Nobles and their Ladies into the future. The year 2012 will focus on the Big 6 strategies: Membership, Communication, Leadership, Temple Management, Temple activity and Philanthropy.

My vision for this year is “Attitude for Altitude”.  Attitude is forward thinking and optimistic engagement of members unified in common goals.  Altitude is the result of successfully implementing the Big 6 Strategy and demonstrating improvement within each strategy area.

This will only be achieved if each member will commit to make Zenobia Shriners stronger and better with each passing year. I am committed to you as your leader to do my best to lead with a strong Attitude, committing to each and every Shriner; and to soar to the highest Altitude always pushing the boundaries of our success.

We will continue to promote the world’s greatest fraternity to men interested in finding their inner strength, and we will secure the success of the world’s greatest philanthropy – Shriners Hospital for Children through our commitment to children in need .

Thanks to the many Nobles and Shriners who bought tables provided gift baskets and auction items for the Wild Game Dinner.   Also thanks to all those who brought non-mason or non-shriner friends with them.  Remember all monies made at this event will sponsor membership programs for 2012 to help grow our lodges and shrine membership.

Don’t watch the Super Bowl along but do come out for the Super Bowl Party on February 5th.  Tickets are available from any Directors Staff member or call the Temple for help in getting your tickets.  Together we will make this party as fun as the game itself we just need you and your friends for this to happen.

The first Masonic/Shrine RUSH Night will be at Zenobia on Friday February 17th.  More information is presented in this newspaper but I am simply asking you to support this night with your attendance and by bringing a non-mason or non-shriner mason with you.  This event is for and in cooperation with all the lodges in northwest Ohio to present programs to men interested in becoming a freemason or a Shriner in a high impact high energy environment.

If you are in Florida please come to the GATOR PARTY on March 5th in Sarasota.  It is a great time and you will see many of your friends at this event.  I will see you there.

Thanks to all of you who helped with and attended my Potes Reception it was a wonderful time.  Special Thanks to the Divan Ladies, Teri Fowler and Dick Fries for all your hard work at food and decorations.

Finally Nobles, Please join me in celebrating the greatest year of Zenobia Shrine as we embark on our Attitude for Altitude campaign as I have a FIRST CLASS ticket for you.  I promise it will be a great ride!

Flight Crew – PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF…

Fraternally Yours,

Jeffery W. Hamons, Illustrious Potentate, Zenobia Shriners

Potes Notes – January 2012 – Illustriuos Sir Hamons

I am celebrating my tenth year as a member of the most prestigious fraternity in the world. At this time, I am honored to serve as the Potentate of Zenobia Shriners and to lead our Nobles and their Ladies into the future. 2012 will focus on the Big 6 strategies: Membership, Communication, Leadership, Temple Management, Temple Activity and Philanthropy.

My vision for this year is “Attitude for Altitude”. Attitude is forward think-ing and optimistic engagement of members unified in common goals. Altitude is the result of successfully implementing the Big 6 Strategy and demonstrating improvement within each strategy.

This will only be achieved if each member will commit to make Zenobia Shriners stronger and better with each passing year. I am committed to you as your leader to do my best to lead with a strong Attitude, committing to each and every Shriner; and to soar to the highest Altitude always pushing the boundaries of success.

We will continue to promote the world’s greatest fraternity to men interested in finding their inner strength, and we will secure the success of the world’s greatest philanthropy Shriners Hospitals for Children through our commitment to children in need.

Join me in celebrating the greatest year of Zenobia Shrine as we em-bark on our Attitude for Altitude campaign. It will be a great ride!

Flight Crew – PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF

Fraternally Yours,
Jeffery W. Hamons
Illustrious Potentate