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Potentate’s Messages

January 2019

I’ll start this last message as I started the first one:

Well here we go – my last Potentate’s Message.  It’s hard to believe that 5 years have gone by so quickly.  Seems like yesterday that I was Oriental Guide and was absolutely lost in what I was to do.  Time went by and I kept learning; and, as it usually does, it just came together, with a lot of help.

There are lots of people that I need to thank.  First, I want to thank everyone that served in front of me.  I can say each brought something different to the table.  If you keep an open mind something can be learned from each that will help you grow.

Next, my current Divan.  What can I say – when I had my health issues, they all stepped up and this Temple ran seamlessly.  The best thing I did was get out of the way, they had this!  Thanks guys, more importantly, thanks ladies.

Next a big thanks to my aids and their ladies:  Ed and Pam Hall; Gordy and Gloria Antill; and Bob and Winnie Hamblin.  You guys were always one phone call away.  God bless you all!  My major event chairmen – IHOP Pancake Day: Charles Dean and Shawn Blacklock; Maskat Golf Tournament: Gordy Antill;  Oil Bowl:  Yoshi Fukasawa  and the return of the Oil Bowl Basketball Game, wow-what a success!  Sporting Clay Shoot:  Bruce Urban.  We tried the fall one–just couldn’t get past the weather.  Dead Cow Cookioff:  Speaking of weather — thanks to Scott McNeely who plowed through all the issues (including weather) to pull this event off.  Turkey Cook:  Thanks to Kenny Lemons for the leadership on our Turkey Cook.  This just keeps growing.  All of these events required additional manpower, so thanks to all the Nobility for pulling these events together and supporting them financially as well.

Thanks to Greg Stockton and the cast of the cooking unit for the Stated Meeting meals and for cooking at our special events.  We couldn’t have had better meals anywhere.  Hats off to a great job!

One more big thank you goes out to all of the Ladies of the Divan and Nobility. Judy and I could not have even come close without the help of you girls.  Thanks very much and God Bless each of you.

Now, some things I am proud of and some shortfalls.  I am happy about our Maskat Happy Hour.  Sometimes the crowd was small but other times it was very good.  None the less, it is something to build on in the next few years.

Our special events were very well organized.  Some were not as well attended as I expected–fighting weather, scheduling and other special events–but the people attending always had a great time.  I didn’t get the community out here as I had hoped I would. Again, something we all have spoken of and will continue this as a focus next year.

Our advertising committee was a large disappointment to me.  We had success with the people we were able to speak with but were well short of the budget for the year.  We were able to pick up several big rentals that will help.

All in all, I think we did the best we could with the cards dealt to us this year.  Membership was also disappointing, but I think Joey Viavattene has a good plan for 2019.

I want to thank the Nobility for the opportunity to sit as the leader of our most excellent fraternity.  This has been one of the brightest spots in my life, and I have made some lifelong friends.  I will pledge to continue working my best to support our mission of helping the Shriners Hospitals  offer world-class treatment to the children while keeping Maskat Temple solvent and stable.

Thanks, again for the support this year!

I love you all!

Calvin Carlton
2018 Potentate
Maskat Shrine Temple