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Nile Events & COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

March 24, 2020

Dear Nobles, Ladies, and Friends,
The latest directive from Governor Inslee in effect closes the Nile. His order to stay at home and stay safe and for non-essential businesses to close down causes this action. In our hearts we want the COVID-19/ Coronavirus to be over, as I’m sure all of you do too. However, to reduce and eliminate the risk of infection, we know it will take time. Social distancing, washing our hands, sanitizing surfaces, wearing gloves, etc. We have to keep doing these in our battle to stay safe from the virus.

Nile operations are minimal. Our office is closed and our workers are home and working from there if they have the ability. We will be checking emails and telephone messages and responding as appropriate. The gates will be closed the entire time during this stay home period. The golf course is closed to the public and we will be putting that information out on our website and also the reader board sign by our entrance with the closed announcement. The Treasurer, Noble Arne Ringstad and Recorder, Noble Ken Osborne qualify as essential personnel and will be on-site periodically throughout this time period.

So far, we have had no confirmed cases of Nobles being infected by the virus and hope that trend continues. Please be safe and be prudent with practicing the steps to stay healthy.

We will be keeping you up to date with any developments with the Nile and the operations and if you have any news to share, please contact us.

Yours in the faith,

Michael J. Riley
Potentate

March 17, 2020

Nobles,
Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the recommendations set forth by the CDC and Washington State’s Governor Jay Inslee, the Nile is making changes to upcoming events:

  • March 28th - Potentate’s Roaring 20’s Ball (postponed until September 11th)
  • April 11th - Nile Easter Egg Hunt (canceled)
  • April 8th – Open Stated Meeting (canceled)
  • April 11th – Tulip Festival Parade in La Conner (not a Pote’s Call) (canceled)
  • April 17th – Past Potentate’s Dinner (postponed, date to be set later)
  • May 1st – Mariners Game (canceled)
  • May 2nd – 1st Lady’s Luncheon (postponed until November 7th)
  • May 30th – Bellingham Parade (canceled)
  • All Unit & Club meetings are suspended until further notice

We are still monitoring the situation which may affect the following additional events:

  • May 8th – Potentate’s Dinner at Sequim
  • May 9th – Irrigation Festival Parade at Sequim (Pote’s Call)
  • May 13th – Closed Stated Meeting

The Golf Course is still open and operating on regular hours. The #19 Bar & Grill is closed until further notice.

These can be trying times, but together we will do what it takes to get through it. Keep safe and remain flexible. If you would like to read more regarding Governor Jay Inslee’s decisions, go to https://www.governor.wa.gov/. You can also find more information on the CDC website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

If you have questions, please call the office at 425-774-9611 ext. 201 or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yours in the faith,
Michael J. Riley 2020 Nile Potentate

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Nile Potentate's Message


Michael J. Riley
Potentate 2020

Nobles,
My first month has been exciting. The installation of officers held in January was the best attended in years, and the energy is high. I have been in the office on average five days a week, including weekends. I have been out visiting the Units & Clubs as much as possible and reaching out to our community.

My focus this year is three-fold. First that we document and archive as many of the processes as possible, so all future Nile leaders will have a reference to follow. It is not fair to expect each new divan member to recreate the wheel from scratch based on their recollection alone. It is counterproductive, wastes time and results in either failures or non-reproducible success.

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Second, we address the elephant in the room, membership. We can be a footnote in some history books about the group that helped initially found and support the World’s Greatest Philanthropy, back in the 1920s. Or a group that owned a Golf Course on Lake Ballenger. Or we can find new members to allow us to be around in another hundred years.

I am proud of my red fez and what it stands for and I am not ashamed to ask my friends to join, even if they are not currently Masons. That’s right; I can’t ask someone to be a Mason, but I can ask them to be a Shriner. Several lodges in the area are willing to partner with us. We are working to reduce the barriers, but we need every Shriner to solicit prospective members. As an incentive for referring new members, the top line signer will receive a $25 discount off of their next year's dues for each new candidate who joins (up to the amount due). June 18th is also a membership event where you can bring prospects to learn more.

Third, we need to grow our value streams. We need to build our revenues and continue to add value to the Building, Grounds, Golf Course, Catering, Restaurant and Haunted House businesses. Some big projects on the horizon include remodeling the picnic ground restrooms, upgrading the elevator, inspecting & replacing the sprinkler system.

If we accomplish these three items this year, the Nile will be in a much better position going forward. I have worked hard for the past five years, not for my year, but so the Nile will be stronger for my contribution.

I am very pleased to be the 2020 Potentate of the Nile Shriners. I hope that you can attend our upcoming fun events, including the Roaring 20’s Costume Ball on March 28th, the Mariners’ Game on May 1st and the Kentucky Derby Themed 1st Lady’s Luncheon on May 2nd. Thank you for your support and I look forward to another year of Having Fun Helping Kids.


Become a Freemason

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


Upcoming Nile Events

Potentate's Roaring 20's Ball

This Event has been postponed until September 11th.

When: 5:00 Zem Zem | 6:00 Dinner | 7:00-10:00 Dance
Where: Nile Ballroom
Cost: $50 includes dinner and one drink ticket--IF purchased no later than September 3rd.
$60 for September 4th or later (no tickets at the door).
Dress Code: 1920's attire - we will award the best costume
Music: Benjamin Reinhardt & The Heebie Jeebie Hot Club playing music from the '20s and Jazz

RSVP: Purchase tickets through the Nile Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 425-774-9611 x201

Details:
Cocktails, Dinner, Costume Contest & Music

Reserve your room at the Embassy Suites:
425-775-2500
use Potentates Ball 2020 Block
Make reservations by August 21st. After this date the block will be released and they will not guarantee availability or provide the discounted rate.

Or make reservations by clicking Here

Rate of $133 King Suite includes:

  • Daily hot buffet breakfast that includes a chef made to order omelet station
  • Nightly two hour reception with complimentary beer, wine, cocktails, sodas, and appetizers
  • Newly renovated large two room suite
  • On site restaurant & bar serving lunch, dinner, and room service
  • Indoor pool and whirlpool
  • Precor fitness facility
  • Complimentary scheduled shuttle service within 5 mile radius
  • Free car & bus parking

Open Stated Meeting

This Event has been canceled

April 8th

When: 5:00 Zem Zem | 6:00 Dinner | 7:00-9:00 Program
Where:
Nile Ballroom
Cost: $15 if you RSVP prior to April 7th
$20 at the door

RSVP: Purchase tickets through the Nile Office
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Nile Easter Egg Hunt

This Event has been canceled due to Coronavirus
 
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Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

425-774-9611

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