- Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 January 2019 22:56
- Published: Tuesday, 29 January 2019 10:09
First, a big thank you for the trust placed in me as your new Potentate. I am humbled by the confidence you have shown me by electing me to this position. Rest assured that as in my oath I, will to the best of my ability, lead the Nile Shrine forward.
When I was first elected Oriental Guide and had been in that position for just a few months we were in dire financial straits. Bankruptcy was an option that was becoming very real. Since that time, through the hard work of the elected Divan and dedicated nobles, we have been able to turn that around to the point that last year we were able to start working on many of the deferred maintenance projects at the Nile. Many things remain to be done just to catch up to where we should be. Also, as we go along, you will see improvements designed to make our temple more relevant to 2019 and beyond. New paint in the halls, the looping TV in the entry to better promote our facility, new doors and a new key system and philanthropy. We have cleaned up many of the storage areas and are working to consolidate items. The list goes on, and it will only be accomplished with the help of our many nobles as we show pride in our temple and shrine center.
Winter PNSA is coming up and your Divan will be attending this winter meeting in Wilsonville, OR. While it is a time for the divan to meet and exchange ideas with our counterparts, it is also a time when we get to hear about practices that are working at other Shrine Centers. We get to hear about Imperial programs that are working around Shrinedom. In my next message, I will share what we learned so that we can continue to work to make our fraternity the best in the world.
It isn’t all work and no play, however. Be sure and mark your calendars and plan on attending the February 16th Potentates Ball. Tickets are available through the Nile Shrine for this fun-filled evening. Music is going to be provided by Stillpointe. You can check them out at stillpointeband.com.
We are working on a special treat this summer that will highlight our Shrine Hospitals. Stay tuned to learn more about this special opportunity as details become final.
I want to close my article with these few thoughts. The reason the Shrine was first organized was to have fun. As time went on, having fun wasn’t enough, we needed a purpose and our hospital system was started. Let’s all never forget the reason we joined the Nile, and let’s continue to work together to have fun this year and to work to support what I believe is the greatest philanthropy in the world our Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Yours in the faith,
Steven L. Dazey