A letter from our Potentate:
There were 25 Sons of the Desert that made the pilgrimage from Minneapolis to Marquette, Michigan, for the 2016 Midwest Winter Session the first weekend in February.Thanks to Pilgrimage Chair Verl Raap for planning and executing a great trip.Thanks to the 2016 Aides for managing the bus and hospitality room. Our boat racers were quite stylish in their MSA t-shirts and they are proud new owners of the coveted boat race cards.
The messages we came back with from our Imperial Officer’s Presentations were:
- Membership still needs to be a top priority.
- Focus on the Outreach Clinics for our hospitals.
So the message to you is this. Our membership program may seem like a beach full of starfish. But if we work on one starfish at a time, one candidate at a time or one noble at a time, we will Make a Difference in this membership program. Nobles, we need your help. As many nobles as we bring in we lose them if they do not get connected to our organization. So the membership team needs a current noble to mentor each and every noble we bring in this year. As of now that’s nine new nobles that the Membership team needs. It’s just one noble. So please contact Jon Pavola or Chaz Miller and let’s get these nobles connected.
Thank you all for such a great kick-off to the Coins for Camps and Dollars Too fund-raising program. Mary has launched her ladies pin, and sales have been fantastic.We have also received the new Men’s Bolo which is the same design as the 2016 Potentate’s Pin.They both will be on sale at all events.
So even though the Child Life Program is the focus for 2016, we also want to remind everyone the hospital needs children. So if you are close to where an Outreach Clinic is happening, support it with kids in your area. Do you know of a child we can help? You may want to get a Clinic in your area? The staff at Shriners Hospital for Children–Twin Cities would gladly add to their Outreach Program.
So what if you step up and Make a Difference? You can be recognized and nominated for the Make a Difference award. January’s winner was Kevin Harding for his efforts in the 2016 branding program. February’s winner was Wayne Swenson for all his efforts with the Ho Ho Shriners Club, the Funsters and Zuhrah Shriners.Will you be next? Go to the website and nominate a noble today.
In March, the Marshal, Ron Peterson, will be swearing in the 2016 Provost Marshals at the stated meeting,March 11.The Order of the Malt,a great night for brotherhood, a unique degree and fine spirits is scheduled for March 12.So check your calendars and plan to attend.
And always remember: We are Zuhrah – We Make A Difference
Your humble servant,
Adrian Skytland 2016 Potentate