Potentate’s Notes September 2022

Greetings Nobles,

Time does fly when you are having fun! What a great summer with all the great events planned in and around Zenobia. The summer started with the annual Findlay Clowns golf outing, and I am happy to say my team won the outing! Now, before you accuse us of cheat­ing, the Clowns pulled the winner out of a hat. Either way, the event was a good one and enjoyed by all who participated. Thank you, Findlay Clown unit, and especially Noble Steve Horton for chairing the event.

Myself, with Lady Alisha and Chief Rabban Todd Miller and Lady Mellissa, travelled to Shriners Erie for their open house. We spent the day with Illustrious Sir Charlie Murphy and Nobles Mark Allred and Todd Williams celebrating Erie’s milestone birthday. Even a couple of Jeepsters made the trip to see all the wonderful pa­tients and staff at Shriners Erie.

This years Imperial Session was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and as you imagine, it was quite an adventure, and Zenobia was rep­resented well. Old friends and new friends had a great week of fun and fellowship, along with taking care of business for both our cor­porations.

Picnics, picnics, picnics! Instead of a potentate’s youth dance this year, we went out of the box and held a youth picnic. Representatives from both Rainbow Girls and DeMolay, along with their parents, friends and possible new members, enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon and some great food off the grill. The Zenobia Patrol had a great steak fry on “old timers’ night.” What a great night! Now the big one! Our 100th hospital picnic. Thank you to all who attended. Representatives from Erie, Chicago and Ohio Shriner’s Childrens put on excellent presentations, and most importantly, some of our Shriner kids were present. The event was a great way to celebrate 100 years with stories from the staff and our kids on how Shriners healthcare has changed their lives for the better. It was a great way for our membership to see where all their hard work and dedication to the world’s greatest philanthropy has helped all the children in our charge.

No summer is complete without Fremont Shrine Club hosting their annual divan night at Ole’ Zims. If you would have told me 30 years ago, when I first started attending the event with my parents and grandparents, that in 2022 I would have the honor of being po­tentate and speaking to all who attended the event, I would have said you’re crazy. Well crazy things happen and I could not have asked for a better evening. Although the event has changed over the years, the message stays the same. Fremont Shrine Club supports Zenobia and it’s Divan. Thank you for a wonderful evening and all your sup­port over the years, it has truly meant a lot to me in my journey be­coming potentate.

Finally, what is summer without baseball! Our annual Mudhens Night with our brothers from the Valley of Toledo was, as usual, nothing short of spectacular! Also, a big thank you to Robin Hoffman for making this year’s Hoffman Memorial a huge success! The course at Heather Downs Country Club was full and even if some of us did not golf our best that day, we knew what the day was actu­ally for, raising funds for the world’s greatest philanthropy.

Nobles, as you can see this summer was action packed. As fall approaches, Zenobia will be back at full speed. Please join us at our stated meeting on Thursday, September 8. Sell those Sportsmen’s raffle tickets and keep your ears open, as I hear there might be an­other meat raffle in the works for November.

Potentate’s Notes Summer 2022

Greetings Nobles,

I don’t think we could have asked for any better weather in May to sell those sweet Vidalia onions. Thank you to all who helped with the onion sales this year. Hopefully, the nice weather will hold out into June to make our tabloid sale a success.

In the breaks between the rain and wind, Lady Alisha and myself did make it out to do a little walleye fishing, and spruced up the ex­terior of our home, planting flowers and our small vegetable garden. One of my favorite things of late spring and early summer is rhubarb!

My two plants I put in the ground a few years back are really turn­ing into a nice patch at the homestead.

Our May ceremonial welcomed six new Nobles. Welcome No­bles! You are now a part of a fraternity that supports the world’s greatest philanthropy. Get out and get active. All of Zenobia’s clubs and units are eager to meet you, and with all we have to offer I’m sure you will find your place. Again, welcome and I look forward to spending time getting to know you.

As summer is here, Zenobia is not slowing down. Many great events will happen this summer. Take a look at your calendar books and you will see them all. Highlighted events will, of course, be our Mud Hens night on Friday, August 26, and our picnic celebrating 100 years of Shriners Healthcare for Children on Sunday, August 14, at Zenobia. The Potentate’s picnic for the Rainbow girls and De­Molay groups will be held on Saturday, July 23, at Zenobia. This event is open to the youth groups, and their families, to celebrate to­gether and bring some friends to share in the hospitality.

Get your registrations in for the Hoffman Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, August 6, at Heatherdowns Country Club. This annual event is a great one, and one not to be missed. Come on out and cel­ebrate our friend, Noble John Hoffman.

The final preparations are underway for the Pote’s trip in Septem­ber. Thank you all who will be traveling the waves with Lady Alisha and myself. We are counting down the days, and looking forward to the trip of a lifetime with all our friends.

Well my fellow Nobles, this summer is shaping up to be fun and productive. Get out and support your clubs and units. It is a great time to be a Zenobia Shriner.

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

Potentate’s Notes May 2022

Greetings Nobles,

As the April showers are wrapping up and the marathon of mow­ing grass begins, May is shaping up to be a busy month for us at home and at Zenobia. Parade requests are starting to come in, and with Memorial Day arriving in a few short weeks, summer will of­ficially begin. As a reminder, please send in your requests for pa­rades, so they can be approved to be covered by our insurance.

The Saturday, May 14, Ceremonial will be one to remember. First, we have moved the start time to late afternoon. We will serve dinner at 5 p.m., with ceremonial starting at 6 p.m. The time frame was moved later to accommodate our Dramatic Cast, as many of them will be attending another Masonic body initiation early that day. We will take petitions until the start of the ceremonial. If you have that Mason who just can’t make it for a morning ceremonial, this is their chance to join Zenobia and enjoy our great fellowship. Also, with a great meal being cooked up by the Pitmaster unit, it’s a win-win oc­casion. So make your plans to come to Zenobia and enjoy a great evening of fellowship and welcome our new Nobles. Simply call the office and RSVP, so we can have enough food for all.

A big thank you to all that attended the potentates party on April 23. The committee planned a great event. My friends from out of town were truly impressed by our Shriner hospitality, and they are already asking when the next event is taking place, to come back and join in on the fun. Lady Alisha and myself enjoyed spending time with all of you, and the relaxed setting was a nice change of pace for what is traditionally a formal affair.

Ohio Shrine was held at Aladdin Shrine, and your Divan repre­sented you well. Many topics were discussed, but the number one was membership. Creation is only one aspect of membership. Get­ting all of our Nobles to join a unit or club is essential for retention of our Nobility. If you see a new Noble, introduce yourself and get our new Nobles involved with Zenobia. You’ll find that they will join in the fun and love Zenobia as we all do.

Well Nobles, get out and sell those onions and get your tabloid spots picked out. Remember to have fun, after all you are a Zenobia Shriner!

Happy Mothers Day to all our moms, and remember all moms like flowers.

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