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.”