Potentate’s Notes April 2024

Greetings Nobles,

It is hard to believe we are already four months into my second year. It seems to be going faster even than last year. I want to apologize to the Nobles who had birth­days the last couple of months, as we had to turn off the “Happy Birthday” call due to is­sues that had to be repaired. We are working with WebFez to correct the issue. If you have any questions, please call me.

We have a Ceremonial scheduled for May 11, that will be moved to Saturday, July 27, to have a joint Ceremonial with the Valley of Firelands in Findlay. This should be a larger ceremonial and is ex­pected to bring in many members.

On Sunday, April 14, we are having a clean-up day at the Shrine to mulch, trim, pull weeds and beautify Zenobia for the Ohio Shrine Association meeting that will be here. We will be starting at 10 a.m. Please feel free to come out and help; the more the mer­rier.
Nobles, your recorder and business manager, John Mann, is re­tiring due to health reasons. If you know of anyone or would like to apply for the position, please get a copy of your resume to the temple – Attn: to Potentate. I am looking to replace him in the next couple of months, as he is retiring in September. I also am working with the Divan to replace the treasurer, David Coy. We are cur­rently working on a few leads at this time.

I would like to thank everyone that advertises in the Masonic Bulletin for being patient. We are close to ensuring that all is brought up to current trends. At this time, I would like to welcome Kailee Weiker, as the treasurer, for the Masonic Bulletin, who will ensure timely management of accounts.

If you would like to order onions to sell/buy, there is a yellow form that needs to be filled out and turned into the office and/or to Kevin Ridgeway. The nobility voted to continue to buy 10 pound bags at the February stated meeting.

In the next few months, please focus on selling your plaques for the tabloid fund, as we are not printing a new tabloid this year. We still have MANY left over from last year and it is not required from Imperial to do this project.

The Children’s Easter Egg Hunt was a great success, as always. Thank you to Scott and Tiffany Harder for organizing this event. A great time was had by all. Thank you to Illustrious Sir Boyd Du­rain for his first year as circus chairman. Another thank you to all the Nobles, wives, family and friends who helped volunteer at the circus this year.

Please do NOT forget to be at our April stated meeting, as we will vote on Zenobia’s portion of annual dues to be raised another $20. The total annual renewal will then become $165 ($110 to Ze­nobia, $50 to Imperial and $5 to the hospitals). If you have any questions, please reach out to myself or Dave Coy.

Potentate’s Notes March 2024

Greetings Nobles,

I would like to start off by saying thank you to Alan Newman for getting a Walleye jer­sey signed by the players to raffle off at the hockey game. We look forward to seeing everyone who was at the Walleye game to also join us for the Mud Hens game on Friday, July 26. Save the date, details will be coming in the next few months.

Again Nobles, I am working hard in trying to arrange a dual cer­emonial with the Valley of the Firelands, and am looking to build membership. If anyone is looking at learning more about Shrines and Freemasonry, please contact myself or Steve Hessler and we can organize a Friendship Night at a place to be determined. We are cur­rently at 922 members and have had one additional member join. I would love to see our membership grow to 950 or more this year. The more you put into our organization the more you get out of it.

All need to get the word out about our upcoming Circus, March 14 to 17. Ticket sales are low and we need to sell them to make this a profitable event. We also need volunteers to help with the event to make it successful. You do not have to commit to a specific show, but if you get some free time, please come down and we will give you something to do. As a reminder, there are multiple events going at the same time as the Circus, so please take advantage of our free parking at the old temple with free shuttle service.

Also, do not forget to bring your kids, grandkids, neighbors and friends to our Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 24 (see flyer for info). This is always a great event for the children.

It was good to see all the ladies attend the stated meeting night for cookie decorating. They were still decorating at the end of our meeting and all had a great time!!

Again, your Divan is traveling to all Grand Master’s Receptions. We are here working for you as the Grand Line thinks it is great that we support all the local districts within our footprint. This was all started by Most Worshipful Charles R. Murphy.

Please come and support Zenobia for the Ohio Shrine Association on Saturday, April 27. Unfortunately, I will not be able to be there due to a previous engagement. Doors open at 8:30 for coffee and do­nuts, as well as lunch will be served. Registration is required to plan for food. Please support your Ohio Shrine President, Illustrious Sir Body Durain.

I also would aso like to thank the Patrol Unit for starting the Eu­chre Party Nights. They are a good time and great for social gath­ering. Feel free to come out and check it out if you have not already.

On Saturday, April 13, we are having our annual Meat Feztival. This is always a high energy event that is over in approximately two hours. This is a great way to help fill your freezer of meat at a rea­sonable price. Bring you coolers to store your winnings that day and be ready to have a blast with your running shoes on. We may also plan on having a bonfire after this event, if the weather permits.

Last, but not least, tickets are on sale for the Sportsmen’s Extrav­aganza and after the Circus we will start selling tables for the side raffles.

Potentate’s Notes February 2024

Greetings Nobles,

It is my pleasure to serve you for another year. A great time was had by all at the Walleye game, and we missed those of you that did not make it.

If there is any Blue Lodge that would like to do a Friendship Night or a Ceremonial, we would love to bring Zenobia to your lodge. Please reach out to myself or Steve Hessler to help organize this. Membership is key to our success and we are looking for ways to make it more convenient to allow growth in membership.

Come one, come all to the Zenobia Circus, March 14-17. It is still our number one fund-raiser, and we need seats filled as well as many volunteers to make this event successful. Sunday, March 24, is the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt; please bring your children/grandchildren out to this event as it is always a great time for them.

The Sportsmen’s Extravaganza tickets are on sale now and it will be located at the Glass City Center this year. We are geared up to have another successful event with this. After the circus, clubs/units will then be able to purchase a table for side raffles.

I am looking for feedback to see if anyone has interest in taking a bus trip to the 911 Memorial in Pennsylvania, later this year. I have no details at this time, but am looking for interest to start plan­ning the trip. Please let me know ASAP.

Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions you may have to build membership this year.