Superheroes of Summer Safety

Safe Summer

Summer is a time of playground fun, swimming, boating, biking, camping and other outdoor activities. Unfortunately, these activities can lead to a higher risk of injuries.

Shriners Hospitals for Children wants to reduce the risk of childhood injuries by asking everyone to become Superheroes of Summer Safety.

Learn more about Superheroes of Summer Safety on Shriners Hospitals’ website.

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May News

The May 2016 Arabian is now available!

A message from our Potentate:

To quote the late, great Herb Brooks: “Great Moments … are born from Great Opportunity” Those of us remember the 1980 Olympic games and the “Miracle on Ice” or have seen the movie “Miracle” where the USA hockey team made history by taking an opportunity and creating a great moment by winning the Gold Medal.

Zuhrah Nobles and Ladies, we are fortunate to have opportunities that with our determination and action can realize great moments in Zuhrah’s history.

First opportunity is the Ma’Ceo Equestrian show. John Andersen, PP and Tim Davison brought the fund raising idea. Olissio Zoppe, Ma’Ceo creator, came to us rather than stay with the Minnesota Horse Expo.Then we found that Canterbury Park has always wanted to help the Shriners. They were also looking for another event to have during opening day of racing at the park. Thousands attend the racing event every year. Zuhrah Shriners have a new opportunity as an additional major fundraiser.

Second opportunity is participating with our philanthropy, Shriners Hospital for Children – Twin Cities. The Coins for Camps program and the Hospital Shoot on the 30th are raising funds for the kids’ camps. The Inaugural Hospital Gala on the 20th of May to raise money for a new “state of the art” scanning machine. Hospital day on the 21st of May lets everyone enjoy our Hospital Campus and see how we help kids. These are great opportunities for our philanthropy.

Lastly we purchased 6120 Blue Circle Drive. We now have a home and a new opportunity.We have had many great moments and will have many more with socializing and celebrating Zuhrah’s 130-year history. We are going to be open the 3rd Thursday for dinner and fun. Then celebrate our 130 years as Zuhrah Shriners on June 12th.

But what do we need? YOU! We need you; we need your club and unit. There are opportunities to attend or work at the Ma’Ceo show. Attend Hospital Day and the Gala. Raise money for the hospital. Decide what events happen at our NEW FACILITY.

This is a call to action nobles and ladies. We need you to attend and socialize. Bring your friends and family. We also need to move forward with our facility and we need your ideas. What events interest you? What do you want to see and do?

Isn’t every moment great because of Shriners?

We are Zuhrah – We Make A Difference

Your humble servant,
Adrian Skytland 2016 Potentate
potentate@zuhrah.org
612-770-5343

April News

The April Arabian is available to view online.

A letter from our Potentate:

The year was 1886. Grover Cleveland was the President of the United States. Pharmacist Dr. John Pemberton invented the first carbonated beverage that would be named Coca-Cola. Apache leader Geronimo surrendered with the last band of warriors to General Nelson Miles at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona. And on June 14,1886,Zuhrah Shriners became the 23rd Shrine Temple in the North America. This stone paver shown in the photograph marks that event along with the dates of all of the chartered organizations of our beloved fraternity at our headquarters in Tampa, Florida.

What this means is that on June 14, 2016, Zuhrah Shriners will be in existence 130 years. What a great milestone that we need to celebrate.So on Sunday,June 12,2016,we will be having a birthday party for Zuhrah Shriners at our building at 6120 Blue Circle Drive. We will also be having a Parade of Units to allow all nobles, ladies and families to see and hear all of our performing and parade units up close and personal. So mark that date on your calendar today. More details to come. It will be a great family fun event. All parade and performing units,get ready to show off your best performance.

Membership! Membership! Membership! On May 7, 2016, will be the Spring Ceremonial. You can find more information below.The nobles and ladies from the Bloomington Area Shrine Club, the Ceremonial Unit and the Membership Committee have been hard at work to plan a great event for the new nobles and ladies, as well as all of the mobles and ladies of Zuhrah Shriners.The event will be held at the Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington and will include tours of the Masonic Home and the Run for the Roses Party.So make sure and get your candidates ready to join.

The Membership Team, along with the Divan, will be having a joint membership meeting with the Osman Shriners on March 21, 2016.They are meeting to discuss how they can work together on increasing membership in both organizations. Osman and Zuhrah will be sponsoring a hospitality room at Grand Lodge,April 7-9, 2016, at the DoubleTree, and the “BIG TENT” event November 12, 2016.

So have you been at 6120 Blue Circle Drive lately? Thank you to a lot of very dedicated and experienced nobles who have been hard at work getting the sound system and the televisions in the Oasis.All of the shadow boxes are up.If your club or unit wants to display information in one of the shadow boxes, contact Jim Burlingame Jr as soon as possible. For $50 you can get choice of location.We are also putting the plans to get the patio started, so if you still want a patio brick,the time is now.The Housing Committee could also use funds and assistance to complete some major and minor projects on their wish list. So please,Make a Difference!

Oh, and you can tell it’s spring.The wild turkeys are back! You have to come down and see!

We are Zuhrah – We Make A Difference

Your humble servant,
Adrian Skytland 2016 Potentate
potentate@zuhrah. org
612-770-5343

March News

The March Arabian is available to view online.

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
potentate@zuhrah.org
-770-5343