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.

Potentate’s Notes April 2022

Greetings Nobles.

The 70th Zenobia Shrine Circus was a hit! It was great seeing all the families and smiling faces enjoying the great acts. A big thank you to all the Nobles and ladies who volunteered over the four-day event. Without your dedication, our circus would not be possible. THANK YOU!

Spring has sprung and with the warmer weather that can only mean one thing … PARADES! After the long winter, those pa­rade vehicles will need to be tuned up and the shine applied. With the warm sun, I’m sure our parade units won’t mind spending some time outside in the beautiful spring weather. As I am speak­ing of parades, I would like for you to put Monday, September 5, in your calendar, as this will be the date for the potentate’s parade. This will be the Fremont Labor Day parade and will be in down­town Fremont. Come on down to Fremont and show our San­dusky County neighbors how Shriners travel to spread the word of what we are all about, the kids.

As we pass through the first quarter of the year, we can set our sights on ONIONS. Please get out and sell the onions you or your club and unit ordered. I am sure our loyal customers can’t wait to sink their teeth in to those sweet little bulbs of goodness.

Also, get out and sell those Sportsmen’s Extravaganza tickets and make plans to help out the day of the event. We are still look­ing for a few Nobles to be a part of the committee. If you are in­terested, please reach out to myself or any divan member and we can get you on board the team.

Nobles, enjoy the warmer weather and all that spring has to offer. I personally am looking forward to walleye fishing and, hopefully, a little baseball. No matter what the spring has to offer to you, your clubs and units would still love to see your smiling face at a meeting.

Until we meet again, keep a warm heart and a big smile.

Potentate’s Notes March 2022

Greetings Nobles.

First, I hope you all survived the “Snowmageddon” of early Feb­ruary. I know I was busy “clearing the way” for a few days. I am thankful the weather cleared and we were able to celebrate our Shrineaversary Gala. What a great event! So many great memories shared, and it is amazing how a few old pictures can spark a memory of times gone by. A big thank you to the committee for planning an outstanding event.

Secondly, please welcome Brage E. Elliot as the new Hadji editor. Please submit all material to ([email protected]) by the 10th of the month before publication. Welcome aboard Noble Brage.

It is hard to believe March is here, and we all know what that means … CIRCUS TIME! March 17 to 20 at SeaGate Center. Talk to our circus director or marshal, and they can find a job for you. All kinds of help is needed, from selling novelties, ride tickets and cour­tesy shuttle drivers. Please come to SeaGate and help out.

As you may already know, the divan has begun the process of hir­ing a new business manager. Noble Richard Fries is retiring after 10 years of service to Zenobia. I am positive a replacement will be hired soon and trained by our great recorder.

Preparations are still underway for the Potentate’s trip this fall, on a Carnival cruise up the east coast. The February information ses­sion was well attended and a few more people booked a room for the trip. Time for deposits is now and if you are still on the fence about going, contact Sara at Sara’s Travels and she can email you information on the adventure we’ll be taking. If more people show interest, another info session can be booked, so you too can ride the waves.

On Friday, March 11, your membership chairman Steve Hessler and Zenobia are taking friendship night on the road. We will be trav­eling to Monticello Lodge, in Clyde, to share insight on Masonry and Shrine. If you live in Sandusky County and have a prospective member, please make plans to attend.

Sweet Vidalia onions will be arriving in May and we are taking orders now. Please order your onions through the office. Get your order in by April 1. No extra onions will be ordered. If you want onions to sell, get them ordered.

On a special note, thank you all for the calls, texts and cards shar­ing condolences for the passing of my Father, Noble Ron Stout. It truly means a lot to belong to a brotherhood that truly believes in brotherly love. All your compassion meant a lot to the entire Stout family. I am so happy that he had the opportunity to see me installed as the Potentate of Zenobia. Although he will be missed, his memory will live on with your kind words and generous donations to Zenobia for future members to enjoy. Thank you!

Until we meet again, keep a warm heart and a big smile.