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Potentate Elect's Message

February 07, 2018

As I sit to write this message for the January FEZtivities I feel a little presumptuous as elections have not yet taken place. Also, there is a feeling of humility that I will be Potentate of an organization that was first introduced to me by my Grandpa Ole Nelson in the early 1950’s. Then, joining Sesostris Shrine in 1976, we discovered not only a group of people that believed in having fun, but also had a great philanthropy of helping kids.

Sesostris Shrine has proven to be filled with men and women devoted to the cause of helping children. While doing this, members have kept sight of the purpose of having fun that the original organizers of the Shrine envisioned. Little did the first Shriners know how many kids and families they were about to help. With that in mind, Lady Lynn and I propose to the nobility and ladies of Sesostris that we would spend 2018 working "Hand in Hand, Having Fun and Helping Families." The "Helping Families" comes from what we have observed in helping children really helps the quality of life for entire families.

We have seen the nobility of Sesostris continually step up to share their talents in support of the Shrine and our cause. Long-standing members have shared their knowledge of the traditions of the Shrine to keep alive what we stand for. Newer members have brought ideas for new events and new units to share with the temple to expand our ability for continued fun and support of our philanthropy.

For 2018, we will have a Divan that brings together long-standing members and newer Shriners to share combined ideas in the Sesostris boardroom. The elective Divan for this year will consist of Chief Rabban, Richard Eggerling; Assistant Rabban, Dan Johnson; High Priest & Prophet, Jerry Pigsley; Oriental Guide, Dale Brambila; Treasurer, Henry Schultz and Recorder, Bill Cummins. The appointive Divan will be First Ceremonial Master, Merv Moeller; Second Ceremonial Master, Bob Kruse; Marshal, Todd Tinnean; Director General, Mike Berger; Captain of the Guard, Don Schleining; Outer Guard, Pete Kruse and Chaplain, Ed Bennett. I believe that the diversity of this group and the Masonic values they possess make up an excellent board.

The office staff of Sesostris has been very supportive during my time on the Divan and needs to be commended for their work throughout 2017. Thanks goes out to Joan Sinkule who retired mid-year, Mary Ann Townsend and the newest member, Antonia Tang. Also, we would like to acknowledge that Bob Nootz has been invaluable with his management of all of the diverse ventures of the Shrine. We are looking forward to working "Hand in Hand, Having Fun Helping Families" with the staff, nobility, and ladies of Sesostris during 2018.

A Message FromYour 2018 Potentate-Elect

Ole Friesen

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