What we are about
Shriners International is a Fraternity which teaches ethics and morality. We welcome men of every color, creed, religion, sect, and opinion, but each candidate for Shriners International must be willing to profess his belief in a Supreme Being. No atheist can become a Shriner. The essential purpose of Shriners International is the further development of the individual Shriner as an honest, ethical, moral, sincere, caring, and charitable man, learning more about his own potential as a human being and developing his intellectual and spiritual character.
I would like to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR. I hope that everybody had a Merry Christmas and enjoyed the time together with family and friends. I sure did and got a little heavier while doing it. We also had a New Year’s Eve Party at the Crowne Plaza and had a Blast ringing in 2020.
I want to thank everybody for supporting and electing me Potentate. Lady Debra and I consider it an honor to serve as your Potentate and 1st Lady for 2020. At the time that you’re receiving this addition of the Blade we are getting ready for Installation. You’re invited to attend on Saturday January 4, 2020 at Scimitar Shrine Center at 2 p.m.
Our Goals this year are: (1) Increase the Membership and work to improve the relationship between the Grand Lodge and Shriners. (2) Increase the fund raising for the Transportation Fund and (3) Start the Mini Clinic’s back up.
Illustrious Sir Tom Brown, I would like to Thank You for a Great Year and your leadership thru the process of restoring our relationship with the Grand Lodge of Arkansas. It has been a fun year even through the stressful times. You said we would be doing it the right way in working through the process and follow the “Do Right Law” and we will continue to do it.
It’s starting out to be a busy year with Installation and Divan Training on the first weekend. Then Debra, I, Ill. Sir Joe Diederich PP and Jan will be at the East–West Shrine Bowl on January 18th representing Scimitar. So, keep a look out for us while watching the game and supporting Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
On January 25th we will have the Oaklawn Big Buck Chili Cookoff Competition at the Arkansas State Fair Grounds. We raised just shy of $6700.00 for 2019. I would like to see us hit a goal of $7500.00 for 2020. So, if you haven’t got your team together get one and get your friends to get involved. The Entry Fee is $25.00 for a team of 2. The proceeds go to Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
On February 1st we will have a Valentine’s Dance. This is a Fund Raiser to help with the cost of Imperial Session. On February 28 – March 1st we will be going to Houston to cheer on the Razorbacks at the Shriner’s College Baseball Classic.
In early Spring the Potentate’s Ball will be held Crowne Plaza Hotel in conjunction with the Golf @ the Rock Tournament at the Country Club of Arkansas in Maumelle on May 2, 2020. More information will be forth coming, so mark your calendars.
In Closing my slogan for the year is “ BLAZIN A TRAIL TO HELPING CHILDREN AND HAVING FUN”. So, lets Blaze the Trail and have fun while doing it.
Yours in Faith