Potentate’s Notes February 2023

Greetings Nobles,

I can’t believe it has been six years Lady Melissa and I have been in the Divan line, and am now serving as Zenobia’s 2023 Potentate. It truly is an honor to serve Zenobia and help with our children’s needs.

We had a great New Year party; thank you to Nathan and Kailee Weiker for a great new event. Many of us learned how to play Roulette, Black Jack and Craps, without spending any addi­tional money of our own. It was a fun experience, without blow­ing it at the casino. There were many new faces at this event and we hope to continue to see them at the many other upcoming events.

Lady Melissa and I would like to thank our Chief Aide, Barry and Hallie VanHoozen, and all A-team members for ensuring that those who attended installation were well taken care of by tending bar, serving food, disbursing calendars/pins and helping with setup and tear down. THANK YOU again, it was a wonderful event!!

As we move into 2023, do not forget to buy your Walleye tick­ets and make this another great event. We will be honoring one of our own Nobles as the Hometown Hero, participate in the puck drop and some will get to enjoy a ride on the Fanboni. If you have not been to this event before, you must check it out as it is AL­WAYS a great time!

We will be hosting a luncheon on Wednesday, February 15, at the Shrine, with start time at noon. A light lunch will be provided and Mark Harris will be the guest speaker. This event is open to any Masonic brother. We hope many of you can make it for this gathering of fellowship, and hoping to do this monthly, depending on attendance.

If you know anyone who has interest in cleaning and setting up the temple for events or who may be interested in secretarial/bookkeeping tasks, please reach out to the office for further information. We also will be looking for a new treasurer, as Dave Coy intends to retire from this position in July. Lots of changes coming to Zenobia and we would like to make a smooth transition with all, if able.

Potentate’s Notes January 2023

Greetings Nobles,

My time serving as Potentate of Zenobia has come to a close. It was truly an honor to serve our nobility and represent you at the imperial sessions and throughout Shrinedom. The ride from being appointed Second Ceremonial Master by Illustrious Sir Charles Murphy, to being elected to serve as your Potentate for 2022, has been a memorable seven years. Lady Alisha and my­self have made life-long friends that we love like family.

We truly hope that you enjoyed the events and activities that were planned throughout the calendar year of 2022. With our fraternity ever changing, family and fellowship were our goals for the year. With your support we nailed it!

As we look to the future, Zenobia is in good hands. Your Po­tentate Elect Todd Miller and his Lady Melissa have a wonderful year planned with many family friendly events. Please get out and support these events.

Well Nobles, as this is my final Pote’s Notes I would like to personally thank a few individuals for their hard work for the year 2022. Firstly, thank you Dave and Susan Black for serving as chief aides for lady Alisha and myself. Your continued hard work for Zenobia is greatly appreciated. Next, Nobles Steve Horton and Dave Hefflinger. You two were always there in the thick of the fight and saved a few events with your culinary skills. Noble Horton also served as my personal aide and was always helping in any way he could, going above and beyond what the position entailed. Next, Noble Greg Bowlus. As an “unofficial” member of the A-Team, your hard work and devo­tion for our fraternity is inspiring. Your work at events for both Zenobia and the Pitmaster unit is truly appreciated. Finally, I would like to thank all of Zenobia’s members for their kind words, thoughts and prayers after the death of my father, Noble Ron Stout, shortly after my installation as Potentate in January. Without his words of wisdom and getting me involved in the Fremont Shrine Club I would not be where I am today. Thanks, Dad!

Nobles, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your poten­tate. Let’s support your newly elected divan and all our club and unit officers for 2023.

Until next time, keep a warm heart and a big smile!

Potentate’s Notes December 2022

Greetings Nobles,

Hard to believe the 12 months of 2022 are coming to an end. This milestone year, where we celebrated 150 years of our fraternity and 100 years of our healthcare system, has been truly remarkable. All of the events throughout the year have been inspiring, to say the least. It has been so wonderful listening to all the great stories our nobility has from our history at Zenobia. I am so thankful our new and not so new Nobles have had some great opportunities to listen and swap tales from the past.

Our fall ceremonial was a great day. A few of our units went downtown and spread some holiday cheer on the streets of Toledo. Afterwards, they headed back to Zenobia and were treated to a won­derful lunch and greeted our new Nobles. Speaking of new Nobles! Sixteen Master Masons were made Nobles of Zenobia Shrine. Our ceremonial masters and membership chairman did an exceptional job organizing the ceremonial. As always, our Dramatic Cast was top notch. The day was one our new Nobles and their ladies will not forget anytime soon. Last, but not least, thank you to the Pitmaster unit for preparing and serving lunch. Your culinary skills are next to perfect.
November was a busy month. The fall meat raffle was another sellout and, as always, a rootin’ tootin’ good time. A few changes were made and the event was better than ever. Thank you to all who attended, and keep your ears and eyes open as the meat raffle com­mittee is already working on the spring event.

Awards night at the November stated meeting was greeted by a full house of nobility, either receiving a service award or supporting those who did. Congratulations to all who received awards for your years of service to the world’s greatest philanthropy.

Well Nobles, as December is here and Christmas is a short few weeks away, remember to come to the stated meeting on December 8, for the annual election of officers. Your prospective officers for 2023 need your support, and what better way to show it than to con­gratulate them in person and wishing them well in the year to come.

Twelve months seems like a long time, in the grand scheme of things it is not. I truly hope you enjoyed the calendar year and all it had to offer. Whether it was made special by a fraternal milestone or a significant personal accomplishment, it was one great year.

Merry Christmas to you and your families and Happy New Year!
Until next time, keep a warm heart and a big smile.