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Potentate's May/June Message

Time is really moving along. It is already the end of March and the 2018 Sesostris Circus is behind us. We do not yet have a final tally of the funds raised, but all indications are that we had a successful event. The total number of guests through the door was very close to last year. Because of revised pricing and some major cost savings we are hopeful that the dollars earned will follow. The best part was the compliments we received as our guests exited the arena. We also owe a great deal of thanks to the nobility and their ladies for the way they handled the adjustments we made at the Event Center. Many thanks go out to all of you for making the 73rd Annual Sesostris Shrine Circus a success.

In January, Sesostris was notified that our food service permits were not up to current standards dictated by the Health Department. This came as quite a shock to most of us and we felt that we were faced with a very difficult uphill battle to be able to continue our serving operations. However, in true noble fashion our membership stepped up and spent their time to obtain certificates to allow them to continue to support Sesostris in the kitchen, food service lines and the bar. A great deal of gratitude is extended to everyone who obtained their permits and all who are still working on theirs.

There have been some other very good things happening for Sesostris. The Abate Bike Show was held in February with many of our members participating with their motorcycles. The Iron Nobles again had a very successful display and the full dress white Harleys looked awesome. These are just a couple of the displays; because, there were many Sesostris Bikers represented. They all obviously worked hard and showed very well. At the end of the show, the Sesostris Transportation Fund was again blessed with a great donation from the local Tribesmen Motorcycle Club. In round numbers, they gave an impressive $23,000. Their hard work for our philanthropy continues to show the spirit of giving in the motorcycle community and their ongoing support is very much appreciated.

In March, the Sesostris Transportation Fund was blessed again. The fund received a gift from the estate of a Hadar, Nebraska man through the Northeast Shrine Club. The estate of Ferrell Heckman, a lover of children and animals, presented $250,000 for the Transportation Fund. More information and pictures should be in this issue of the FEZtivities.

At the printing of this issue, we will have had the opportunity for several fun and satisfying events. We will have had another Hospital Outreach Clinic, seeing approximately sixty-two patients. The Daughters of the Nile will have installed a new Queen and we will have sponsored this year’s “Celebrating the Grand Lodge of Nebraska” with local Masonic lodges. We also will have completed the 2018 Spring Ceremonial and enjoyed what looks to be a great Potentate’s Ball.

Coming fun events include the Nebraska Shrine Bowl. This year will be the 60th anniversary of the game and it will be Sesostris Shrine’s turn to be the host temple. Mark your calendars for the parade and game on June 2. Then, the CSSA annual conference is scheduled for August in Branson, Missouri. A great hotel has been reserved at a pretty good price so get your room reservations in as soon as possible. We hope to see a lot of the Sesostris nobility there.

Thank you all again for everything that you do for Sesostris Shrine. As always, remember Leonard Nimoy’s quote, “the Miracle is this, the more you share the more you have.” This is something that I feel Shriners fully understand and live by.

 

Ole

  Potentate 2018

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