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Potentate's July/August Message

The 2018 year is halfway behind us and we have another six months of fun to look forward to. So far, I believe the year has gone pretty well. Our new office staff is working well and becoming the solid group of workers for Sesostris that we were expecting. Business Manager, Illustrious Sir Keith Plummer is picking up the business of the Shrine very well and has added substantially to the use of our computer systems. Office Assistant Antoinia Tang has taken on a full time role in the office and is improving a lot of the processes for keeping track of the activities of our center. Then we have the newest member, Kellie Antione, who is the Sesostris hospital coordinator. Kellie has picked up on the scheduling for patient hospital visits and is working with the parents, the hospital staff, motels and our Roadrunners to provide the best possible options for our kids. All in all, we should be very pleased with the way they are all coming together in a very short time. There are many challenges ahead but I think they are up to the task.
Since the last writing, we have had a lot of successful activities. The circus numbers are in and even though we greeted about the same number of guests into the arena, the circus netted nearly $12,000 more than the last year. Again, many thanks to the Nobility, their ladies and the other helpers we had for our success. Chief Rabban Richard Eggerling is already working on contracts and improvements for the 2019 circus. That will include appointing a new Circus Director, as Noble Doug Dessel has announced his retirement from that post. Many thanks go to Doug for his years of service in this capacity. If there is any Noble interested in the Circus Director position contact Richard.
Other activities we worked on included the 60th Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl in Kearney, the Soccer Classic in Omaha and a very good Spring Ceremonial. The Sesostris Nobility stepped up very well for the Shrine Bowl. Their presence was noticed and appreciated. Sounds like the game had an extremely successful year financially. Huge thanks need to go out to Ronell Nemecek, the Shrine Bowl Committee and especially, to our own Shrine Bowl Club for all of their outstanding work.
For the membership side of our Temple, we had a great Spring Ceremonial with 11 new Nobles being initiated into our ranks. It was a fun day and one of our larger spring classes in the last several years. Novices were brought in by several of our current Nobility from around the state. Having these Nobles recommend and then bring in the new members is what will help keep Sesostris on solid ground. Thank you for your recruiting work. Besides the Ceremonial, the Membership Committee, led by Nobles Steve Bussboom and Jeff Eggerling, have been working hard on the retention of our current membership. They have had success in contacting Nobles to keep the membership active. On top of those activities, the Novice Corp has spent much time keeping contact with the new Nobles to keep them informed about the Shrine and Sesostris activities. If you feel like you would like to be involved with these groups, please contact them. New help is always welcome.
I could go on and on about all the good things happening but will finish with telling you about how wonderful this year’s ball was for Lady Lynn and myself. There were over 180 guests in the ball room with many more of the Nobility in the hospitality room. We appreciate all of the work of the Ball and Decorating Committee along with all of the units that provided food and beverages for all of our guests. It was a phenomenal success. I even appreciated the Clowns. Clowns will be clowns.
Many more things have been happening. Read about them in the Feztivities articles. Now we move on to Parades and C.S.S.A. in Branson. Remember to have Fun while we help our patient’s families.

 

Ole

  Potentate 2018

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