Potenate’s Notes Summer 2021

As we start the summer month of June, we are coming off an ex­citing May. We started the month with a community outreach to our first responders providing fire, police and EMS services. I was for­tunate enough to sit with the fire chief from Waterville and his wife. It was a wonderful evening, organized by Noble Ty Stout and fed by our very own Pit Masters. Several first responder couples were in at­tendance that night and it was a great family outreach to our com­munity.

The unit focus for the month of May was the Roadrunners, our premier unit for Shriners Children Service. These Nobles give of their time to transport our patients and their families to various Shriner Children Hospitals within our area. If you have interest or might know someone who does, in donating your time and talents, please contact this unit. Potential Roadrunners do not have to be Shriners (though we always feel they will be), so if there is a Mason in your life that might be a great fit, please let us know.
The unit we are focusing on this month is our very own Clowns, who meet on the third Wednesday (June 16) at their Findlay building. If you have a chance to enjoy the Clowns hospitality, I encourage you to attend their meeting. They also are sponsoring their golf out­ing on Saturday, June 19, at Hillcrest Golf Course, for an affordable $50 per golfer. Please contact them with your chosen four-some for a great time. Participating in our various units is a great way for everyone to enjoy fellowship, so please reach out to some of our newest Nobles with an invite.

Speaking of new Nobles, on May 15 we hosted our Spring Cere­monial with some changes from the past. The time of the event was at 2 p.m., to accommodate a one-day class going on that morning. The one-day class was a huge success with lodges welcoming nine new Masons that morning. Many aspects of the degrees were put on by our very own Past Master Unit members, including the Fellow­craft and Master Mason lectures, as well as master, senior warden, junior warden and deacon parts. The impact that our Past Masters Unit made was so impressive that a few members of the class and lodge officers petitioned our Shrine and joined that day. We were able to welcome 20 new Nobles to our Shrine with an amazing cer­emonial. The Dramatic Cast showed they were all-stars with out­standing ritual, that left members and candidates impressed alike. Noble Steve Hessler followed up that performance with his very own “Bourbon Trail” theme of Nobles getting their passports signed by various units and clubs inspiring the new Nobles to get to know each other and their fellow members through the process. Finally, Illus­trious Binder and Slavin put on second section of fun and revelry that left new Nobles hoping that they might be the victim of the an­tics in the future. If you missed this opportunity to see what kind of fun your Shrine can put on, please make sure you are around for our Fall Ceremonial in November.

I regret to tell you we had to reschedule the joint Mud Hens day with the Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo until June 26, however that means that you still have time to reserve your spot. Please contact the office to pay for your ticket and come to enjoy the fun. This month we also have our tabloid sales, so please reach out to Noble Doug McGee for some papers or plaques to raise funds for our beloved transportation fund and hospitals.

Finally, a big thank you to Noble Kevin Ridgeway, Dave Black, Ty Stout and everyone else who helped with the onion sales. We missed this important fund-raiser last year, but the presales our No­bles put in have made this a success. Without their efforts we would be challenged in continuing the outreach and community funding of our onion sales.

While some of you might be thinking that this summer will be the same boring time off you experience every year, we have some news for you. In July we have a drive-in movie night at the Shrine on Saturday, July 17. On Saturday, August 7, we have the John Hoff­man Memorial Golf Outing and Friday and Saturday, August 13 to 14, we have the National Tractor Pull Sportsmen’s raffle table and golf cart taxi event. We hope some of these pique your interest and we look forward to seeing you there.

Potentate’s Notes May 2021

We enjoyed the hospitality of both the 5th and 11th District re­ceptions last month, and one of the highest compliments for our Shrine came during a conversation with the Ohio Grand Lodge offi­cers. We spoke about the personality of each Masonic District and when we discussed northwest Ohio they mentioned that Zenobia per­meated the personality of this area. The Grand Lodge loved the way we are integrated into the blue lodges and how our members are so active in all the various Masonic bodies and activities. I wanted to thank all of our members for supporting their lodges, their districts and all the other appendant bodies we are a part of. Without your presence we wouldn’t be the Shrine we are today. One Grand Lodge officer even spoke about becoming an endowed member of our Shrine because he loves our members and activities. What high praise from these hard working Masons who see our fraternity in all fashions from Ohio and around the nation and world.

I want to thank Noble John Fulton, Noble Dick Fries and all the Nobles and brothers who attended our Friendship Night. Your atten­dance is an amazing testament to how we all serve as ambassadors to the fraternity, and we are all responsible for membership. Speak­ing of membership, we are having our ceremonial in just a few days. It is not too late for a Mason to turn in their petition to become a member for our ceremonial on the 15th at 2:00 p.m. Our Member­ship Director, Noble Steve Hessler, the Dramatic Cast and Director’s Staff have a wonderful program planned. It is exciting to see the an­tics coming back to our ceremonial, and I know that several of our new members are excited for it.

Please don’t forget to pick up your onions and provide them to the community for one of our biggest fundraisers. A big thank you to Noble Dave Black and Noble Kevin Ridgeway for being our point people on this endeavor. Please thank Illustrious Tuttle, when you see him as well, for all he provided to the onions for years.

June is a big month for our Shrine as well, with the potentate’s party on Saturday, June 5; tabloid sales; the Clown golf outing Sat­urday, June 19, and the Strawberry Festival parade in Holland. The potentate’s party committee has put together an appropriate theme this year with a Rat Pack vibe, live music and great drinks. I am sure there are some tables left, so if you want to participate in the revelry, please contact the office or Noble Harder, Weiker or Illustrious Mur­phy for a reservation.

Our clubs and units have been very active lately and we are high­lighting the Roadrunners this month and the Clowns in June. A big thank you to the Wise Guys, Pitmasters and Tiffin Hornets for out­standing representation this year. Please support these units by at­tending a meeting and checking them out. We are so lucky to have such active and innovative units, so please support them.

If you have not purchased your piggy bank for the pig roast here at the Shrine on Saturday, September 11, please contact one of the Divan or the Divan ladies. We would be happy to get you a piggy bank, which is your ticket for the event.

We have a lot going on still this year and those who have been to an event are so excited. If you have not had the opportunity to par­ticipate yet, please consider doing so. We are creating so many new stories and memories and we would love for you to be a part of them.

Potentate’s Notes April 2021

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.