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.

Potentate’s Notes January 2021

Greetings Nobles!

By the time you read this, installation of officers will have already happened, which means you have a new Potentate and 2020 is a thing of the past. Looking forward into 2021, the hope is to be able to have more social events and get back to the comradery that we all miss and love. We recently had an organizational meeting with the Divan and A-team for this coming year, and I am looking forward to all the exciting events Noble Demarest has planned.

Our #1 priority for this year was membership. Our Spring Ceremonial was a success, considering the HUGE modifications we had to work around with COVID-19. We were still able to bring in more than a half a dozen new Nobles with their ladies in attendance. One of the new ideas we had this year was to have the ladies join us for dinner on a stated meeting night and we had about 20 ladies here for our March meeting. The ladies made sand art candle holders and had a great time, while the Nobles conducted business. They were looking forward to the next ladies’ night, but COVID-19 had other ideas.

Our next big event should have been Ohio Shrine Association, but that got postponed until August and Imperial Session was modified to a virtual meeting, which the Divan met at Zenobia and attended via Zoom. When Ohio Shrine Association met, it was announced that Zenobia was a leading Shrine in Ohio for the activities we DID have and one of the leading Shrines in the nation. According to Imperial Sir Larry Lieb, who participated in the Findlay Clown golf outing, we were one of the first Shrines to hold an event after the COVID-19 shutdown.

The Sportsmen’s Extravaganza also was a HUGE success, considering we had to hold it virtually. My “fez” is off to the committee who had to deal with constant changes, as well as all the Nobles of Zenobia who stepped up and sold tickets right up to the time of the drawings. It was due to the hard work of you all that we were able to come out ahead.

Our #2 priority this year was to have fun while helping the kids. Zenobia’s annual golf outing was a HUGE success this year, under the leadership of Noble John Hoffman. He poured his heart and soul into it and because of his hard work, we had the most hole sponsors we have ever had at 40 and 70 golfers. John’s efforts made it possible for Zenobia to send sizeable donations to each of the three hospitals we support in our area.

The Divan ladies’ fundraiser this year was a Murder Mystery dinner theater. We were able to hold the event, while social distancing, and all who attended had an AMAZING time. We were able to reschedule a modified version of the Potentate’s party, which was held at Zenobia. The S.S. Zenobia cruised its way through COVID-19 and all who attended had a spectacular time.

The last event we had was the adult Halloween party. Those who attended had a great time. We would like to take this opportunity to let you all know that social distancing did take place during the party. The pictures in the December Hadji were of couples from the same household and they were not around anyone else at the time the picture was taken, and their masks were removed so they could be identified. Safety is, and always will be of the utmost concern at Zenobia.

In closing, I would like to say that it has been an incredible honor and privilege to have served as Potentate for Zenobia Shrine for 2020. I am extremely humbled by the opportunity and thank you for the overwhelming support and words of encouragement my lady and I have received. I look forward to seeing everybody at meetings and events in the upcoming year.