Pote's Notes - October/November 2017

Dear Nobles and Ladies:

This shall be my fifth message bringing you up-to-date on the activities and happenings at your Nile Shrine Center.

The summer has come and gone and the Units and Clubs are now back to labor with their various activities and events.

As I mentioned in our last Smile with Nile, P.N.S.A. was a huge success, thanks to Noble Scott Wells, his Lady Ann; Ill. Sir Don Lane, his Lady Denise and the multitude of volunteers who made everything happen and come off like clock-work. A tip of the Fez to all for an impressive event!

The week after P.N.S.A., we walked in the Lake City Parade on the 5th of August, and on the 6th, we joined the Ladies Oriental Shrine (L.O.S.) at the Nile for their Salmon B-B-Q Picnic fundraiser and a great time.

On the 19th of August, around thirty Nobles, Ladies and guests attended the AquaSox game for some food, fun, fellowship and a baseball game. Though they didn’t win, it was still a good game with great fireworks afterwards. I must admit, it did cool down as the evening progressed and folks were putting on their coats, gloves and hats and crawling under blankets to keep warm. Lady Annie Bronner promised that next year, the game will be in the afternoon!

At the end of the month on the 27th, Lady Jane and I attended the Daughters of the Nile’s (D.O.N.) Supreme Queen’s Visit to witness the Daughter’s Ceremonial where they initiated four new members. During the luncheon, I brought greetings on behalf of the Nobles of the Nile Temple and had a nice chat with the Supreme Queen, Karen L. Keuther. I even showed her the Potentate’s “small” office.

Two days later, on the 29th, I attended the Grand High Priestess, Lady Janet Larson’s Official Visit to Ahmes Court No. 41 of the Ladies Oriental Shrine (L.O.S.) at the Seattle Scottish Rite. The Ladies Clown Unit was present, and the Ladies Oriental Dancers and Ladies Oriental Band performed during dinner and later the Ladies Patrol Unit impressed everyone with their marching drill skills.

The end of the month found the Shurtah and Oriental Band raising funds for their Units and the Nile at their beef and corn booths at the Monroe Fair. Thank you to all of the volunteers who put in many hours to operate the two successful booths.

On September 13th, we had a busy Stated Meeting with much business to catch up on since our last Stated, and from the 14th thru the 23rd, a group of us went on the “Potentate and First Lady’s Cruise” around the Hawaiian Islands. Everyone who went had a great time. A couple of the highlights were visiting and having a tour of the Shriners Hospital in Honolulu and going to the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Coming up in October, we will participate in our last parade of the year in Granite Falls on Saturday, October 7th. That evening, the Greeters will be having their 35th Annual Crab Feed. Please come out and support them.

Our Open Meeting on Wednesday, October 11th, will be the Official Visit of the Grand Master, MWBro. Warren R. Schoeben. This meeting will be open to all Nobles, Ladies and guests. The Jobies, Rainbow and DeMolay will be presenting one of their ceremonies, and the Golf Club has graciously agreed to be the Honor Guard for the evening. A flyer will have come out by the time you read this paragraph.

Our fifth Blue Lodge visit will be to St. John’s Lodge No. 9 on Wednesday, October 18th. And our sixth and final Blue Lodge visit, for the year, will be to Damascus Lodge No. 199 on Tuesday, November 14th. Communications will be sent out with more information in the near future.

Our Seventh Annual Haunted House will be running for twelve (12) nights during the month of October, under the capable leadership of our Director of Haunted House, Noble Peter Pawlicki. Volunteers are always needed. Please see Peter and High Priest & Prophet Michael Riley to sign up for a shift. Also, be a Haunted House Daddy and consider donating to the Nile’s largest fundraiser for the year.

As we will not be having a Kash for Kids Night, on Friday, November 10th, because of raffle requirements, the Arlington High School Jazz Band will be performing, instead. This is an Open Meeting and all Nobles, Ladies and guests are invited.

On the 18th of November, the Nile will be having its Ceremonial under the direction of Illustrious Sir Richard Kovak. He will be making contact with the Nobles for their support and participation. I would like to see all of the Units and Clubs present to explain to the candidates what they do and invite them to join. We should be having twenty-two (22) Nobles who have gone thru the Cold Sands but not had the opportunity to witness the Ceremonial in full form. More information will be coming out.

Kudos go out to Noble Norm Wold for receiving an Imperial Aide appointment from Imperial Sir. Gary J. Bergenske for the Imperial year 2017-2018.

We have recently purchased signs for the Nile’s Golf Course and grounds and had a little fun in the process. We had two (2) signs made that say “Sasquatch Xing”. See if you can find them on the Golf Course!

Lastly, we celebrated Noble Virgil Mudd’s 100th Birthday (August 31st) at our Stated Meeting in September. He was presented a plaque to commemorate the event, a chocolate cake with one sparkler and sung “Happy Birthday”. He was also accorded the Public Grand Honors of Masonry and wished many, many more birthdays!

In closing, I leave you with these words of wisdom… “The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the most of everything they have.”