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 Hospitals for Children 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.
Dale Newman | Potentate 2022
I am writing my final article for the Smile with Nile newsletter, what a bittersweet time.
We are currently in the middle of October and the Nile Nightmares Haunted House is in full swing. I want to let all of you know, we have an incredible crew of volunteers that shows up and put on this event. The cast and crew show up at 4:30 pm and start getting ready for make-up and costumes. They are here until close to midnight most nights. We also have a group of Nobles and families that show up early and leave late every day. Some of them work parking cars, security, tickets, medical and command. They are remarkable people who give there all, and I greatly appreciate each and every one of them. Our Oriental Guide Darrick Hayman is overseeing the “Meal Train” this year with different clubs, units and even some individual families donating hot meals to the volunteers. This has been greatly appreciated. It is nice to have a warm meal in your stomach before spending hours in the cold scaring people. I believe because of all of these people, we will have a very successful Haunt Season this year.
I would like to take some time to thank those who have shown me so much support and friendship over the last five years. THANK YOU! If I tried to name each of you individually, I would run out of room in this article but, because of you, I believe we continue to improve every day.
We have done a lot of repairs and upgrades to the main building, such as redoing the Gold Room and deck, starting the replacement of windows on the South end of the building, WiFi to the picnic grounds, unit meeting rooms and even out to the Grounds Crew. The electrical system in the picnic grounds has been improved with new 50 amp plugs that allow the Haunted House to use Spider Box’s to power more effects a little easier. It has also allowed us to have more vendors available to our visitors at the event.
The question was asked of me, “What do I plan to do after my time as Potentate?” Well, that is a tough question. I plan on taking my wife on a few impromptu trips either in the RV or just jumping on a plane and taking off lands unknown. I will also plan to rededicate myself to my Blue Lodge and supporting it. I still plan on being here when possible and helping where and how I can.
With this year coming to an end and my time on the Divan almost over, I want to thank each of you for allowing me to serve in this role. It has truly been an honor to be here, and I hope I left the Nile in a better place than it was yesterday. We will continue to move forward and improve a little at a time, allowing us to reach our goals.
Yours in the faith,
Nile Potentate 2022
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