Shriners come from all walks of life. We are members of the community who are working or retired, members of the trades, business professionals, business leaders and men who want to just have fun. We are fathers, uncles and sons. We are also brothers. When you become a Shriner, you become part of a brotherhood of men committed to family, engaged in ongoing personal growth, and dedicated to providing care of children and families in need through Shriners Childrens® regardless of their ability to pay.
While our backgrounds and interests may be diverse, what binds us together are shared values and a desire to have fun, do good and build relationships that can last a life time. Is it time for you to learn more about Shriners International? Visit www.beashrinernow.com and find out. You can also go to our Join Nile page for what it will take to join.
Brent F. Arnold | Potentate 2024
What an Amazing Start.
Wow, we’ve hit the ground running! Over the past couple months, we’ve made huge progress on membership programs, temple maintenance and upgrades, regional leadership initiatives, grounds maintenance and member entertainment and fun.
Great progress has been made toward this year’s goal of giving back to the members. We’ve seen new and returning faces at events like our movie nights, poker tournaments and Mardi Gras Party & Concert.
There’s even more to come. We’re adding security features to the grounds and building, while making access for our members easier. Plans are in the works for increased control on access points, credentialling and security screening. It isn’t all just access control to our facilities though. Our Recorder and the Chief of Staff have been hard at work on the member lounge, and we hope to have it ready to show off at our March meeting. It’s coming together great!
Speaking of, we have some important programs upcoming. I’ll be hosting a lunchtime meeting once a quarter for those interested to go over happenings and introduce a topic that will serve our members. The upcoming topic will be tax law updates, for a quick Q&A session with a local CPA. Due to short notice and projects, we’ll be shifting the date of the first meeting to Saturday, March 16th.
The First Lady’s Luncheon is taking place on April 20th, please reward your ladies by encouraging their attendance. Should you know one of our Shrine Ladies who’s husband has passed, we especially want to support and let them know they’re still close to our hearts and a member of the family. I hope to see many there, and we’ll do everything possible to encourage their presence.
Our next big event will be the Nobility Ball on Saturday, May 4th. Look for it to be a glitzy evening where our members are the stars walking the red carpet! Tickets will be available through the office, and RSVP’s will be required to maximize the experience and value. More live entertainment will be the highlight!
These things, and more are coming just for you- our members. Thank you for all you do!
As always, I look forward to seeing you in person, working together and helping with perspective for those who come next.
Yours in the faith,
Brent F. Arnold
At the recent Conference of Grand Masters in Louisville, Kentucky, Imperial Potentate Jeff Sowder, along with Scottish Rite Sovereign Grand Commanders David A. Glattly, 33° (Northern Masonic Jurisdiction), and James D. Cole, 33° (Southern Jurisdiction), announced a formal partnership on the Path Forward for Freemasonry.
As part of that initiative, the three leaders announced BeaFreemason.org, which features a wealth of information including an explanation of Masonic terms, lodge life, symbolism, degrees and family organizations. Launched in mid-February, this first-of-its-kind site introduces Freemasonry to men who are looking to "become the best version" of themselves. The site has a "Get in Touch" button, so prospects (in North America) can fill out a short form that will put them in touch with a Masonic leader in their local area. We hope you share this helpful site with men that you know who are committed to lives of honor, integrity and character.
For more information, go to: beafreemason.org