Potentate’s Notes October 2021

It was great seeing everyone at our stated meeting in Sep­tember. We enjoyed the food the A-team prepared and dis­cussed a lot of great opportunities our Shrine has available in the coming months, including partnering with the Grand Lodge of Ohio for some updated membership sharing. We also had a great report by Robin Hoffman and the family of John Hoffman, our first chairman of the now named John Hoffman Memorial Golf Outing. We raised a lot of money for our char­ities and connected with the community in a meaningful way. Everyone who attended had Fun. The Family of John Hoffman and Tim Martin (our other outing chair) helped organize and make it successful, and our Fraternity benefited with the Fel­lowship we enjoyed. This has become a great tradition for our Shrine.

Sooey! Sooey! Sooey! Well, we didn’t actually hear that during the Divan Ladies pig roast, but the call was heard and attendance was great. Families had fun, the pig races were a hit, and the funds raised for the Shriners Children’s Wish List exceeded all expectations. The event was open to the public and we will likely be seeing two new Masons and Shriners soon, due to the fun and family involved.

Our Sportsmen’s Extravaganza is proceeding wonderfully, thanks to all of your support and the leadership of Ben Cro­ley, our chairman of the event. By the time you read this, our volunteers will be taking a deserved nap and Ben will be fi­nalizing this year’s results. Ben will be retiring from leading the gun raffle after this year, so please thank him for the five years of success our Shrine has enjoyed. If you are interested in taking a bigger part in leading our Sportsmen’s Extrava­ganza, please talk with the Divan who will be happy to assist you.

We will be promoting our Friendship Night at the Sports­men’s Extravaganza. We moved the Friendship Night up to Fri­day, October 8, from October 15. Please bring your friends and family to our Friendship Night to meet with our Masonic and Shrine potential candidates. The event is open to both candi­dates and their partners (wives, girlfriends, friends, partners, etc.) so please reserve your seats with the office. A month later on Saturday, November 13, we will be having our Ceremonial. The degree will start at 3 p.m., with a lunch ahead of time. Please get your petitions in ahead of time, so we can plan our activities accordingly. We apologize for the date changes, how­ever changes were necessitated, so please note Friday, October 8, is the Friendship Night and Saturday, November 13, is the Ceremonial.

A big thank you to those that volunteered to sell CDs at the Breaking Benjamin concert at the last moment. Your efforts raised $6,840 for the Shriners Children, with the sale of 342 CDs. While it was short notice, you all came through. Later this month we will be having our Children’s Halloween Trunk or Treat, so please bring out your table, costumes and candy for a great time and a way to get our community involved.

Our biggest community involvement is November 18 to 21, for the Zenobia Circus at Seagate. As soon as the Sportsmen’s Extravaganza is over, please sign up for volunteering for the circus. We need your help to sell tickets, so please get the word out that the circus is on and there will be great acts including TIGERS!!! Thank you all for being the ambassadors we need for the world’s greatest philanthropy (Shriners) and fraternity (Masonry).

Potentate’s Notes September 2021

Welcome back from summer break. It’s been a busy summer for many of us, but I am looking forward to seeing all of you soon.

This summer your Divan and several Past Potentates represented Zenobia at the Imperial Session for voting on various legislation brought forward this year. I am proud to say that your representatives voted and acted with unity and our brotherhood as the focus.

For the families of our members and community we held a drive-in movie at the Shrine that went very well. A big thank you to Jacob Squire and John Grafing for set up and the technology to make this possible. We enjoyed watching some family friendly movies and I am happy to say the Millers and Fries finally saw “A Princess Bride.”

The Marksmen also held a “Big Game Hunt” where attendees had the opportunity to use air guns to hit animal crackers. Several fami­lies attended and the Pitmasters barbecued some excellent burgers for everyone to enjoy. It was a creative event that was loved by all, and we hope you will have the chance to attend next year.

As we come back from summer, the Divan ladies are putting on a pig roast to be enjoyed by family and friends alike. We hope you buy one of the supporting piggy banks and come out to the event.

Your Divan also attended the Ohio Shrine meeting in July, and we are so proud of our own Illustrious Boyd Durain, representing Zenobia for the state of Ohio. Also in attendance was the Deputy Grand Master of the Ohio Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Ma­sons, Tim Wheeland. He rolled out an excellent program that the Divan thinks you will be excited about and we will present on it at the September meeting.

If you had the opportunity to attend the John Hoffman Memorial Golf Outing, I hope you had as much fun as I did. Our turnout was great with 30 teams coming out and more sponsors than I can count. Our hearts go out to Robin Hoffman and the Hoffman family, as well as the family of Tim Martin, the two chairmen of our event who we have lost this last year. In loving memory of John and Tim, their fam­ilies put together teams and Robin chaired the event. We have John and Tim to thank for the great weather we enjoyed and Tim Martin’s son-in-law and daughter won the event this year. Thank you to Heatherdowns Country Club, the Divan ladies and all the other vol­unteers who came out to help, the Hoffman and Martin families, Dan from the Shriners Chicago Childrens Hospital, everyone that came out to golf or help, and anyone I might have missed.

We hope you enjoyed the fellowship we shared in helping out the National Tractor Pull this year. A big thank you to both the drivers and people who manned the Sportsmen’s Raffle booth at the tractor pull, as well as those who provided all the fantastic food you enjoyed during breaks. Without your help we wouldn’t be able to sell the tickets we need to make the Sportsmen’s Raffle successful each year. Please continue getting the Sportsmen’s Raffle tickets out this year to the community.

Come on out to the stated meeting in September. We will have a casual meeting with burgers and hot dogs before the meeting. Thank you all for what you have done to make this year great so far, and we look forward to many more months and years of Family, Fun, and Fellowship.

Potentate’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.