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Potentate's January/February Message

Boy has the time gone by in a hurry! Thanksgiving dinners have gone to our waistlines. Christmas presents have been unwrapped and exchanged for the correct size/color or you already had one just like it still in the package from last year. However, you probably ate the box of candy when your spouse wasn’t looking.

Your Potentate and his lady have had the most wonderful time at the numerous club and unit parties. We thank you all for your hospitality and warm welcomes at every event.

Janice and I have enjoyed this year so much that it will be hard to leave the position of Potentate. It has been a good year filled with fun and rewarding events with our fellow Shriners and Shrine ladies. Yes, I say Shrine ladies because you have been active and supportive all year long. Without you we would not have the success we enjoy.

A special thanks to all who helped in our inaugural FezWalk and those who participated. This was a new event for Sesostris with net funds going to Camp Achieve in Minnesota. Camp Achieve is a special summer camp for Shrine patients with limb deficiencies. It is my hope that this event that will continue for many years and will grow even larger!

Not all duties of the Potentate are enjoyable. Sadly this year, I have watched over two dozen nobles called by the black camel. In addition, I was forced to suspend 46 nobles from our membership rolls because of non-payment of dues. This was not an easy decision, but what choice do we have when notices are sent out numerous times and no response is received?

On the positive side, we have initiated 24 new nobles in 2017. When you see these nobles and their ladies, make them feel welcome. Please invite them to come to your club or unit meeting. Get to know them and introduce them to others in your group.

Again, it is difficult to say goodbye to the position of Potentate, but we will be around working with our fellow Shriners and ladies to keep Sesostris successful in the future. My hope is that everyone will support Ole and Lynn the way you have supported Janice and me. May God bless each and every one of you as we go down the road helping our Shrine Kids. Keep rolling into the future!

Es Saleem Aleikum

(Peace be with you)

Keith & Janice Will

Potentate 2017




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