Pote's Notes - June-July 2018

Greetings to Nobles, Ladies & Friends of the Nile Shrine:

The First Lady’s Luncheon, held on May 2nd, was very good and well attended. We had over 80 ladies there and our caterer provided a great lunch. The entertainment was put on by the First Lady from Gizeh Shrine, and she did a wonderful job. My hands are a bit tired from tying so many monkey-fist knots which were added to the gift bags for each lady. The members of the Divan dressed up and served dessert to the ladies. Thank you to all that attended and many thanks to Darla Sluder and all of her helpers to make it a success.

Moving on, we had a great time in Sequim for the Irrigation Days Festival, May 11th and 12th. I would like to thank the Olympic Peninsula Shrine Club for putting together these events, which included the Potentate’s Dinner, the hospitality suite and the lunch after the parade. This was a very nice series of events.

For the Potentate’s Dinner, we were served prime rib, and everyone got a nice cut, cooked to their liking. The entertainment was Amanda Bacon who sang Patsy Cline songs. She did an outstanding job. Coincidentally, the last song was the same song used at the Installation in January by Carol Zahler. Carol had tried to embarrass me by singing that I had given her money and trinkets for her affection, but in the end, Annie got me and not her.

Later that evening, we dressed down and got together at the hospitality suite. You might recall when we had the hospitality suite after the Potentate’s Ball, our High Priest and Prophet, Larry Gillespie tagged my wallet for $146 because I had failed to wear my “Larry 1” t-shirt. Well this time, the joke was on him because I was prepared and wore my shirt. Ha!

Just as a side note, Lady Annie and I will be shipping out for our Potentate’s Cruise to Western Alaska soon. We will be away from June 4th to 18th. The cruise will take us to places such as Anchorage, Kodiak and Sitka, ten days before the summer Solstice and will involve some very long days indeed. Should be a fantastic trip.

After the cruise, we will go to the Imperial Session in Daytona Beach, July 15th to 19th, followed by PNSA in Casper, Wyoming, August 13th to 19th. I’m going to Casper with a few people who have the courage to travel the distance.

Now on to some business. Some of you may remember fifteen years or so ago, we had ten thousand members and a lot of money in the bank. Those were the good old days when we had prime rib dinners, cooked to order at our meetings. During those times, we didn’t need to get a headcount for our meetings – money was plentiful and waste wasn’t as much of a concern.

Now fast forward to today, our financial position has improved over the past few years, but it is no way near where we were back then. Our membership is hovering around 1,000. That is a fraction of the numbers we have had in the past. With that, we are getting by without many problems, but we would like to get back to a vibrant organization. Unfortunately, nearly all of the money that the Shrine gives to the Shriners Hospitals for Children comes from the Per Capita Tax included in the Temple Membership dues. Other than that, not much more makes it there other than the individual donations made by our members and friends. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get us back in a position where our shrine is a strong contributing organization for our hospitals?

Recently, we thought maybe we could start down the path to bring back the prime rib dinner at the Stated Meetings. The agreement with the caterer was to charge $20 per person and those that RSVP’d would get a $5 break. By getting a headcount ahead, it would help the caterers with meal planning, food quality and, hopefully, reduce the amount of leftovers. I do want to thank all of you that did RSVP with the Nile Office. But, it appears that I have received push back from some nobles. Now, I am putting it out to you for workable solutions as to how to get an accurate headcount and how we can donate more to the hospitals. If you would like to talk to me about your ideas, please give me a call at 425-774-9611 ext. 211. If no answer, leave your name and number and I will get back to you. Or send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Yours in the faith, 

Larry A. Bronner 
Potentate 2018