Pote's Notes - April/May 2017

Dear Nobles and Ladies:

By the time you receive this communique in the mail, March will have come and gone. Let me give you a little recap of the happenings around your Nile Shrine Center. In the first weekend of February, the Oriental Band successfully put on an outstanding Crab Feed to a “sold-out” venue with everyone having delicious crab and great fellowship with music performed by the Arlington High School Jazz Band. 

The following Saturday evening, we had the Potentate and First Lady’s Valentine’s Ball with appetizers furnished by the ladies, a fabulous dinner of steak and lobster, which was over the top, thanks to Executive Chef Daniel Green, wine on the table and music to dance and listen to by Mark Stern. Everyone in attendance had an enjoyable time with nothing but positive comments to share.  If you weren’t there, you missed a special evening. 

During the month we also visited another Blue Lodge to show our support to the Lodge and attended as Shrine-Masons clothed in our aprons. Please remember, it is not about “them” or “us”, but about “we”. Our membership comes from our Blue Lodges. We are one family among whom no contention should ever exist by that noble contention, or rather emulation, of who best can work and best agree.  We meet upon the level. 

In the middle of the month, your Divan attended the Winter Pacific Northwest Shrine Association (P.N.S.A.) in Wilsonville, Oregon.  The Winter P.N.S.A. is always a “working” event when the eighteen Temples come together to discuss best practices, membership opportunities, meet the candidates running for Imperial Outer Guard, have break-out sessions with their counterparts and engage in good fraternal fellowship along with voting on where the up-coming Winter and Summer P.N.S.A.s will be held and when. 

The last Saturday of the month is traditionally our Unit and Club Seminar each year with the Chief Rabban being responsible for putting on the program, where the Unit and Club leaders attend to learn about changes at the Nile and to acquire new tools for their toolbox. Chief Rabban, Noble Larry Bronner, did a great job of facilitating the seminar. Thank you, Larry.  Job well done!

In March, a group of us went to the hockey game between cross-town rivals the Everett Silvertips and the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Silvertips won that night, by a score of 4 to 2, and I was ribbed a lot because I am a Thunderbird’s fan. At any rate, they are both in the up-coming playoffs. Go “T-Birds”.

On the 12th, I represented the Nile and brought remarks at the 69th Annual Installation of Ahmes Court No. 41 of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America (L.O.S.), where Lady Dani Haslan was installed as High Priestess for the ensuing year.  Their Oriental Band was fun to listen to and their Patrol performed many great maneuvers, while their Oriental Dancers danced with flair.

For our Open Meeting in March, the Nile hosted the Knights of Columbus, Seattle Council No. 676, on the occasion of our 45th Annual Visitation with each other. This tradition dates back in 1973 when Ill. Sir Maury Sughroue invited the Grand Knight and his Council to lunch and we have been meeting ever since. This year’s Sir Grand Knight is Joseph C. Kessler, who is a Captain in the Seattle Police Department. A big thank you to our Shurtah Unit for being the Honor Guard for the evening. Our Piper, Noble Dan Boren, piped us in and played a couple of Irish tunes on the Scottish bagpipes. We listened to Irish music by the Emerald Bards and enjoyed the dancing of the Tara Academy. All had a great time. Thank you to Noble Bob O’Brian for being the Chairman of the event.

On Sunday, April 2nd, we will attend the Daughters of the Nile’s (D.O.N.) Installation at the Nile. We will begin the Parade Season

with our first parade in La Conner on April 8th. Come join us. We will have a Closed Meeting on the 12th and on Saturday, the 15th will be our Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at 11:00 a.m. It is amazing how those little ones “swoop” down on the eggs and before you can blink your eyes, the eggs have all been collected. The kids really enjoy this event and we enjoy watching them have fun. On the 20th, we will visit another Blue Lodge. Information will come out as we get closer to the date.

In May, we will visit another Blue Lodge and participate in the Sequim and Bellingham parades. We will also have an Open Meeting on May 10th, for everyone to attend. The entertainment for that evening will, once again, be the Arlington High School Jazz Band. They are just phenomenal! These young men and women are really talented. Let’s support them with our attendance.

Besides all of the above events, don’t forget that our Units and Clubs are also meeting every month. See the calendar in this issue with the dates and times of their meetings. Get involved and join a Unit or Club and be an integral part of the Nile Shriners.

Thank you.