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.