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    Potentate's November/December Message

        So far, the 2018 year has gone pretty well, with many very fun events. One of the highlights was the annual Central States Shrine Association convention held in Branson, Missouri. The event was attended by about 100 Sesostris Nobles, their ladies and guests. Competition among the various temples was fun and Sesostris units showed very well, bringing home several trophies and many memories. The big winner was the Harley Unit with three first place finishes. Other units involved and winning trophies were: BV Tri-Scats, Cruis’n Classics, Corvettes and Keystone Kops. Accolades go out to the Director General and all of the assistants for a great hospitality room. Several other temples commented on the warm hospitality provided by Sesostris.
        The Sportsman’s Giveaway is complete. It was an enjoyable and profitable event. The final numbers are not yet in but the indication is that this year’s income will be very close to last year’s record setting amount. The day turned into a raffle and football watch party. Members and guests were kept on the edge of their seats until the very end. Unfortunately, the football did not end as well as the raffle drawings. I would like to thank all of the Nobles and their ladies for the phenomenal support given to Project Leader Randy Rutt and his committee. Also, thanks to all of the members who made quick work of the cleanup and dismantling of the facility. Many hands made short work of a pretty big project. Again, our thanks go out to all members who worked the event, sold tickets and sponsorships and cooked the great barbeque lunch serving about 855 meals.
        There are a few big events coming up to end 2018. November 3 will be our Fall Ceremonial which was postponed because of the scheduling of an extra home football game on the original date. So much for planning something on a bye week. After that, we will have our annual Recognition Night on November 14. The Gourmet Club is planning a good meal for us and we will be recognizing several people including some 50 and 60 year members. After that, it looks like parties for the rest of the year. Most clubs and units will be celebrating with special events and year-end meetings. To end the year we will have a New Year’s Eve Party with the return of Joseph Hall “Elvis” to the Shrine Center. Don’t miss this! There will be music with a midnight toast and breakfast to hail in the New Year.
        If you have not seen or heard of maintenance projects around the Shrine Center it is important to note that we have had to make many repairs to the facility. Some of the things we have completed are three new air conditioning and heating units, a new heating unit for the garage, repairs to the walk-in freezer and coolers, maintenance on one of the bar beer coolers, repairs to the ice machine, new closures for the north double doors and sealing of the asphalt portions of our parking lot with repainting of the parking lot lines. There were a lot of maintenance and repairs made without drawing from our reserve savings and that will hopefully, last into the future.
        This year has been a fantastic year for Lady Lynn and myself. We appreciate all of the hard work you all have done to make this a fun and satisfying time for us and the Shrine.


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