Pote's Notes - Jul/Aug 2015

Dave Brady Sr., Potentate

Wow, here we are half way through the year! Time flies when you are having fun. Nile still is busy in July and August. There are many activities to participate in. Your imperial representatives will be in Houston for Imperial session from July 5th though the 9th voting on By-laws and new Imperial officers for 2016. During the time they are in Houston, a 4th of July parade will be happening in Sedro Woolley. We have been attending this parade for many years and it is a good one. We hope many of the units will attend and show your pride of being a Shriner.

The Nile Family Picnic is on Sunday July 19th, starting at 11:00 a.m. in our picnic grounds, featuring bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting, balloons, games, and for the “big kids” a car show.

Another potentate’s call parade is on Friday July 24th, which is the “Tour de Terrace“ parade in Mountlake Terrace. This is a rock’s throw away from Nile and we should all attend. Next on the docket is the Nile Golf Ball Drop and it will be held on Sunday July 26th at 2:00 PM at Nile for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children and the tickets are only $5.00 per ticket and they are tax deductible. Balls will be dropped by a helicopter and there will be great prizes for the winners. We still need volunteers to sell these tickets, it’s for the kids.

And rounding out the fun on Thursday July 30th is Navy Days Golf, hosting the Navy ships in port for Sea Fair all arranged annually, by Noble Jerry Biddle, and he invites you to play, be a caddy or volunteer to help. Nobles this event needs your support, show our service personnel we care. Even if you don’t play golf, we would still like you to be there wearing your fez to show them how proud we are of being a Shriner and to thank them for all they do for our country.

August slows down just a little bit with a potentate’s call parade in Lake City on Saturday August 8th. This is a 7:00 PM start time for this parade, it is local and not far from Nile.

We hope many of you attend Summer PNSA in Butte, Montana August 13th through 16th. Unfortunately the “Paper Shredder” day planned for Aug. 23rd fell through and we will not be doing this event. August 27th through Sept. 7th the Monroe fair will be going strong and our Oriental band will be running the corn booth and Shurtah will be operating the BBQ Beef booth. These are fundraisers for both of these units. Come out and see the fair and support these two booths.

The last event for August is the Nile car club having their annual “Car Show” in the picnic area on Sunday Aug. 30th. It starts around 10:00 am. Come out and see these great looking vehicles. There will be food available down below during the show.

After Nile being dark for the summer, we start up with our stated meetings. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGE: We have a big outside event happening in our ball room on our normal stated meeting night, so we received permission from Imperial (one time only) to move our stated meeting from September 9th to September 16th. This stated meeting is for Nobles only.

The ceremonial on our calendar for September 19th has been changed to Sunday November 8th at 11:00 AM, so please take note of that also.

We are in the planning stage of having a Nile fundraiser on Sunday Sept. 20th, a “Clam & Salmon Dinner”. More details on this event to follow.

On Sunday September 27th at 1:00 PM we have a luncheon and a special program scheduled for everyone. Michael Regan, who is a local artist who does black and white pictures of fallen solders for free, and gives them to their loved ones, he calls it the “Fallen Heroes Project”. We hope you spread the word to everyone to attend this event. We especially would like the word out to the public, it is really a great thing he does and he is a very interesting speaker. Remember support your local Shrine Club, that’s where “It is happening” lively meetings, active times and a chance to become involved in a positive way. This is YOUR Nile, be a part of the fun with the World’s greatest Philanthropy Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Yours in the Faith,

Illustrious Sir David M. Brady, Sr.