Potentate’s Notes December 2023

Nobles, Ladies and Families,

I would like to wish each and everyone of you Happy Holidays and may they be Merry and Bright. I hope to see a record turn out at our December stated meeting for election of officers. At this time, I would like to take the opportunity and thank each and every one of you for your support this year, as it has been truly humbling. I do not plan to go anywhere after my term is finished. I plan to ensure the Masonic Bulletin con­tinues to run and try to help the current Divan with any questions they may have for the betterment of Zenobia.

Please continue to give the office patience as we are still trying to bring items into the 21st Century and be more efficient. As many as you know, we are going to be looking for a treasurer within the next six months. Dave Coy plans to retire in this time frame. It would be great if a Noble or a family member that has any accounting knowledge could step into this position. If we are unable to find someone to take this position, we will need to hire an outside firm, which will cost Zenobia more money.

Every year we are starting to lose more members. If there is some­thing we can do to help you or assist with financial hardship, please reach out to the Divan to see what we can do We are currently in the process of collecting dues for 2024. If you would like to make pay­ments to spread out the yearly fee, please reach out to myself or John Mann, and we can set this up.

The kid’s Christmas party was a great event, as it was filled to capacity. A big thank you to John and Cheryl Fulton for chairing the event this year. It was a job well done and all the kids had a wonder­ful time.

On Saturday, December 16, the Dramatic Cast and Tiffin Shrine Club will be hosting Christmas parties. Please reach out to either one and make your reservation. Friday, January 5, is installation of of­ficers at 7 p.m., followed by Zenobia’s New Year Party the following evening on January 6. Stated meeting will follow on Thursday, Janu­ary 11.

I would like to congratulate the Divan ladies and thank my wife, Melissa, for filling the building with a new event they tried this year doing a Purse Bingo. I have never seen this building so full before, it was great to see! I also would like to thank my Chief Aide and his wife (Barry and Hallie VanHoozen) for their assistance in helping to plan Zenobia events this year. This would not have been com­pleted without the assistance of the other A-team members. Thank you to all!!

It was my privilege to serve you this past year and thank you for your support. Please give next year’s Potentate the same support you gave me.