Welcome back from summer break. It’s been a busy summer for many of us, but I am looking forward to seeing all of you soon.
This summer your Divan and several Past Potentates represented Zenobia at the Imperial Session for voting on various legislation brought forward this year. I am proud to say that your representatives voted and acted with unity and our brotherhood as the focus.
For the families of our members and community we held a drive-in movie at the Shrine that went very well. A big thank you to Jacob Squire and John Grafing for set up and the technology to make this possible. We enjoyed watching some family friendly movies and I am happy to say the Millers and Fries finally saw “A Princess Bride.”
The Marksmen also held a “Big Game Hunt” where attendees had the opportunity to use air guns to hit animal crackers. Several families attended and the Pitmasters barbecued some excellent burgers for everyone to enjoy. It was a creative event that was loved by all, and we hope you will have the chance to attend next year.
As we come back from summer, the Divan ladies are putting on a pig roast to be enjoyed by family and friends alike. We hope you buy one of the supporting piggy banks and come out to the event.
Your Divan also attended the Ohio Shrine meeting in July, and we are so proud of our own Illustrious Boyd Durain, representing Zenobia for the state of Ohio. Also in attendance was the Deputy Grand Master of the Ohio Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, Tim Wheeland. He rolled out an excellent program that the Divan thinks you will be excited about and we will present on it at the September meeting.
If you had the opportunity to attend the John Hoffman Memorial Golf Outing, I hope you had as much fun as I did. Our turnout was great with 30 teams coming out and more sponsors than I can count. Our hearts go out to Robin Hoffman and the Hoffman family, as well as the family of Tim Martin, the two chairmen of our event who we have lost this last year. In loving memory of John and Tim, their families put together teams and Robin chaired the event. We have John and Tim to thank for the great weather we enjoyed and Tim Martin’s son-in-law and daughter won the event this year. Thank you to Heatherdowns Country Club, the Divan ladies and all the other volunteers who came out to help, the Hoffman and Martin families, Dan from the Shriners Chicago Childrens Hospital, everyone that came out to golf or help, and anyone I might have missed.
We hope you enjoyed the fellowship we shared in helping out the National Tractor Pull this year. A big thank you to both the drivers and people who manned the Sportsmen’s Raffle booth at the tractor pull, as well as those who provided all the fantastic food you enjoyed during breaks. Without your help we wouldn’t be able to sell the tickets we need to make the Sportsmen’s Raffle successful each year. Please continue getting the Sportsmen’s Raffle tickets out this year to the community.
Come on out to the stated meeting in September. We will have a casual meeting with burgers and hot dogs before the meeting. Thank you all for what you have done to make this year great so far, and we look forward to many more months and years of Family, Fun, and Fellowship.