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2014 Potetate’s Messages

December 2014

Nobles, Ladies, and Friends of Maskat Shriners,

Merry Christmas! Yes, we still wish everyone Merry Christmas here at Maskat because we know that Christmas is the time of the year that we celebrate the birth of Christ. Although the exact date of the year that Jesus was born is not known, December 25th is the day that we observe as the birth date of Christ. Happy birthday Jesus!

Since my last article it has been pretty quiet. We did have the Fall Ceremonial on November 1. I would like to thank the Ceremonial Divan and everyone that had a part in making the ceremonial special for the new Nobles. I especially thank Past Potentate Charles Reeves for filling in as Master of Ceremonies. Kirby Pacheco was unable to serve as MC and Charles stepped up to the plate when I asked him. Thanks Charles.

The Divan attended the Daisy Assembly Thanksgiving Dinner on November 18th. I want to thank them for the invitation. The food was great. Thank you for the award that was presented to me.

The Temple Christmas Party will be on Thursday, December 11, at 6:30 P.M. Past Potentate Poney Thompson has made arrangements for the Rider Orchestra to perform as they have done in the past. This is a special event. If you have not been to a Temple Christmas Party, I urge you to attend.

We are having a New Year’s Eve party this year. Richard Beverage and the Tin Rivers Band will be our band for the night. This is the band that plays at the Nocona party that the Montague guys have each year. Put that on your calendar and tell all your friends.   You will be receiving more detailed information shortly.

That is about all I have this month. We are getting into the holiday party season, so be careful out there. Debbie and I look forward to attending unit functions coming up in December. We will see you somewhere down the road.

Dru Landrum,
PotentateMaskat Shriners

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November 2014

Nobles, Ladies, and Friends of Maskat Shriners,

I can’t believe that I am already writing the November article for the Wildcat. This year has flown by.

Since the last Wildcat, we have had the Maskat Shrine Circus which was a big success. Thanks to  everyone that helped out, but I especially want to thank Mike Knox for bringing his cookers to the coliseum and cooking for the performers, Shriners, Ladies, and guests. Also thank you to the guys that helped Mike prepare the food and the ladies that brought desserts and side dishes. I know that the Circus performers are fed better here than any of the other places they perform. Also, thank you Dee Ann Reed for handling the coloring books again this year. I know I am probably overlooking someone I should single out, but again thank you to everyone.

Congratulations to the Golf Unit on their Christmas Party in October. They had a great turnout and a fun time was had by all. Also, congratulations to the Provost Guard on their Fall Invitational in Dallas.

We had the P2 Chili Cook Off on October 18, and I think I cooked some of the worst chili I have ever tasted. We had a tremendous turnout. If I recall correctly we had 38 cooks that competed. Thank you to Chuck Hawthorne for handling the nuts and bolts of the competition. I even have to thank our Oriental Guide, Calvin Carlton, for his efforts. For the WOGE he did a pretty good job. If you want to know what WOGE stands for ask Jeff Gainer or Bruce Urban. I also need to thank Roma Martin for helping gather up things for the silent auction. Also thank you Keith and Steve for letting us use P2 for this event. It just gets bigger every year.

The Fall Ceremonial will be this Saturday, November 1 at 4:00 P.M. Of course that will already have passed by the time you read this. We have created 11 new Nobles so far this year. In no particular order they are Matthew Michael, Melvin K. Horany, K. Gerald Johnston, M. Trey Mathis, Derrell C. Robertson, Clinton M. Lee, Herb Mikeworth, Sam Wolf, Josh Williams, and James Fancher. Congratulations new Nobles. See you at the Ceremonial.

Dru Landrum, Potentate

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October 2014

Eleven hearty souls left the USA on September 23rd for Cancun, Mexico, for this year’s Potentate Trip. We stayed at Secrets Silversands resort which is located about halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. What a great place to spend a week. It was an all inclusive resort. Our rooms were top notch suites with our own pool. Twenty-four-hour room service, a fully stocked refrigerator in your room, 8 restaurants plus seaside grills, and I don’t know how many bars made it pretty easy to get spoiled. The food was great, the service was great, and I found it impossible to drink them out of Grey Goose. Just ask Senor Sangria aka Senor Denny Hunt. They even had Bud Light in addition to all the Mexican beers. I can’t say enough about this place. I would definitely recommend it.

I did perform a wedding ceremony on our last night there using all the authority invested in me as Potentate of Maskat Shrine. I will let you figure out the bride and groom. Charles Oldham said he didn’t think I was legally binding, but it couldn’t hurt.

Our Maskat Shrine Sporting Clays event was held on September 13th at the Northwest Texas Field & Stream Association. I don’t have the final numbers, but I think it was a huge success. The last number of shooters I heard was 70. Thank you Bob Dean for your organization and production of this event.

The Maskat Shrine Circus is coming up the 23rd and 24th of September. I am actually writing this the day before the first performance. I will report on the Circus next month.

The Golf Unit is having their Christmas in September Party the 26th and 27th in Glen Rose and Granbury. Although this is a Golf Unit event they do open it up to family and friends who would like to attend.

The Provost Guard is having their Fall Invitational in Dallas on the 27th.

I am enjoying this cooler weather. Fall is my favorite time of the year. The holidays will be on us before you know it. It just seems like we got through the holidays. This year has flown, and they keep getting faster every year.

See you at the Circus,

Dru Landrum
Potentate, Maskat Shriners

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September 2014

Nobles, Ladies and Friends of Maskat Shriners,

Unlike my last article, not a lot has happened since my last report. That being said this article is going to be pretty short.

As I am writing this we are getting ready to leave tomorrow morning on the Potentate Trip. We will be traveling to Playa del Carmen which is located about 15 miles south of Cancun staying at the Secrets Silversands resort. We will be gone from August 23 through the 30th. I will give you an update on that trip in the next Wildcat article.

Our next Maskat event will be the Sporting Clays that will be held on September 13. That will be followed by the Circus on September 23 and 24.

The Dead Cow that was scheduled for October 10 and 11 has been cancelled. We were unable to obtain the services of a sanctioned judge for the cook. Without that we would not have drawn the BBQ cooks from around the country, and it would have been a local cook. We decided to not invest money in the Dead Cow knowing that we would go in the hole financially.

We decided to concentrate our efforts on the P2 Chili Cook-off which is scheduled for October 18. You will be hearing more about that shortly. We need a good turnout from Shriners and non-Shriners for this event. If you need any information on this event contact Calvin Carlton who is the Divan representative in charge of the cook.

That is about all I have for this edition of the Wildcat. It seems like forever since our last stated meeting. Remember that the next Divan and Units Council Meeting will be on September 3 followed by the stated meeting on September 9. I look forward to seeing you there.

Dru Landrum, Potentate
Maskat Shriners

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August 2014

Nobles, Ladies, and Friends of Maskat Shriners,

A lot has happened since the last Wildcat publication. The following is a brief rundown of the activities in June and July.

The TSA session was held in Mesquite and hosted by Hella Shriners June 4th through June 7th. We had a good turnout from Maskat. We were well represented by the Clowns, ConVee, Directors Staff, Golf Unit, Provost Guard, Shotgun and Wild Fez Units. Congratulations to all who competed and helped out during TSA. I especially want to thank my aides, Scott McNeely and Ed Hall, for setting up and coordinating the bar at our hospitality room. I know I didn’t realize how much planning and work it takes to set up a hospitality room at a TSA. Sometimes I think we take the hospitality room for granted, but a great deal of preparation and work are required.

A special “Thank You” also goes out to Janie Huff and Marquetta Dudley. Thank you Janie and Marquetta for all the great food we had at our TSA Hospitality Room. Again a great deal of preparation and work that we sometimes take for granted. Also thanks to the Wild Fez Unit and other individuals that pitched in to make the hospitality room a success.

One more special “Thank You” to the ConVee.   The Cadillacs led off the TSA Parade Saturday morning. They transported the Imperial and TSA Officers to their reviewing stand then came back to pick up Maskat’s Divan for our ride through the parade. I also received a hand written note from Don Young, the TSA President, thanking the ConVee for their participation. He said, and I agree, that it is not a proper TSA Parade without Maskat’s ConVee.

The following week was Oil Bowl Week, so there was little time to recuperate from TSA. There are so many people to thank that it would take up the entire article. I do have to recognize the Oil Bowl Chairman, Gary Hill. There is no telling the man hours Gary devotes to the Oil Bowl. All the work he does is immeasurable. I also want to recognize Sherry Blevins for her work in supporting the Oil Bowl. All of the meals for the players and coaches were donated by local restaurants and individuals thanks to Sherry.   She also picked up meals, helped serve meals, coordinated events, etc. Thank you again Sherry and all of the individuals who helped with all of the Oil Bowl activities. Also thank you Chase Fenoglio and your crew for the meal at the Coaches Party. Everyone enjoyed the meal you prepared.

We traveled to Minneapolis in July to attend the Imperial Session. Maskat was represented by Terry and Janie Huff, John and Jennifer Tunnell, Jeff and Bree Gainer, Bruce and Jana Urban, Charles and Deanna Dean as well as Debbie and yours truly. We had a great time and I will be reporting on the business session and decisions that were made at Imperial at our next stated meeting.

Here is just a word about upcoming events. The Sporting Clays event has been scheduled for September 13. The P2 Chili Cook Off had been scheduled for September 13, but we have rescheduled that event to October 18. Hopefully cooler weather will help with the turnout. The Wild Fez is in charge of the Dead Cow Cook Off on October 10 & 11. The Fall Ceremonial will be on November 1.

Dru Landrum, Potentate
Maskat Shriners

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JUNE 2014

Since last month’s article we have had the Third-Ever Annual Wild Fez Scavenger Hunt on the Red River at the Waurika Bridge. I don’t have numbers, but I know there were a lot of people there. Scott McNeely seemed to be pleased with the turnout so we can chalk that up as a successful event for the Wild Fez Unit.

The next thing coming up is TSA in Mesquite June 5-7. Some of us will be going down on Wednesday the 4th, but all of the competition begins on the 5th. If you need TSA information you can link to it from the Maskat website at www.maskatshrine.com   The schedule of events are posted there so take a look if you have any questions. I am sure you are all aware we are staying at the Best Western Plus in Rockwall. If you don’t have a room contact the Maskat office for additional information. Good luck to all of the Units that are competing. I am sure it will be a good time for everyone.

Once we get home from TSA don’t get too comfortable because the next week is Oil Bowl Week. The Banquet will be Friday, June 13 at 7:00 P.M. Tickets are $15 if you plan to attend. The game will be Saturday night at 7:30. Let’s have a big turnout for the game. Remember to wear your fez.

Because of TSA the Units Council and Divan meeting has been changed to Monday, June 9. Same time at 6:00 P.M.

The Potentate’s trip has been set for August 23 through the 30th. We will be traveling to Secrets Silversands Resort which is located about 15 miles south of Cancun. If interested contact the Maskat office or me directly.

We have a lot to do over the next couple of weeks, so get rested up and help out where you can with the Oil Bowl. I am sure I will have a lot to report in the next edition of the Wildcat.

Fraternally yours,

Dru Landrum
Potentate, Maskat Shrine

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MAY 2014

Nobles and Ladies,

Has it been a month since I wrote the last Wildcat article?  It sure doesn’t seem like it.  This year is already flying by.

Since my last article the Provost Guard hosted their Mid-Winter; we had the Hospital Golf Tournament; changed the Maskat Headquarters Hotel for TSA; and had the Easter Egg Hunt.  As you can see we have been pretty busy.

The Provost Guard did an excellent job hosting their Mid-Winter.  I heard nothing but good things from the visiting units.  Terry and Greg cooked steaks for the banquet and they were outstanding.  The Provost Guard donated over $2,000 to our Transportation Fund for items that were auctioned at the banquet.  Thank you Provost Guard.

Our Hospital Golf Tournament was held at Weeks Park on April 11.  We really lucked out with the weather.  Thank you to Bob Dean for heading up the tournament this year.  Also thank you to Bob Blackmore and Don Wright for taking charge of the hole sponsorships and all the work you put into the tournament.  Also a special thank you to Colleen James for coordinating the volunteers.  I swear I think Colleen could herd cats.  Thanks to Mike Knox for cooking and thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make the tournament a success.  I don’t have a final number yet on how much money was raised, but I will have that shortly and report in the next Wildcat.

We held the Easter Egg Hunt at the Maskat Pavilion on April 19.  Having it at the Land really worked out well.  Terry and Greg cooked hamburgers and hotdogs on our relatively new propane grill.  At 11:45 there was hardly anyone there and I thought we weren’t going to have anyone show up.  By 12:15 they started pouring in and then I thought they weren’t going to stop coming.  The food was really good, the kids were happy, and the parents seemed to appreciate our efforts.  All in all it was a really good Easter Egg Hunt.

I am sure you have heard we have changed our headquarters hotel for TSA from the Days Inn to the Best Western Plus Rockwall Inn & Suites.  If not you can see the information on the Maskat web site at www.maskatshrine.com .  It is a little further away from the Mesquite Convention Center, but the facilities are much better.

Mark your calendar for the Maskat Wild Fez Scavenger Hunt for Saturday, May 17th.  It will be discussed at the May Stated Meeting.  More information will be forthcoming from the Wild Fez via the constant contact email system.  If you are not receiving constant contact emails that have the maroon border and start Dear (then your first name) please let the office know and we can get you added to the list.

The Potentate’s Trip is set.  We are going to Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun Resort.  The dates will be August 23rd through the 30th.  A constant contact email has been sent out with the preliminary information.  You can also view the information on the Maskat web site.  I think it is going to be a blast.  An information/sign-up party will be held at the Temple on May 8th at 6:30.  Even if you are not sure you are going come on out and get the information you will need to make a decision.  You do not have to sign up that night if you are not sure.

Dru Landrum
Potentate

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APRIL 2014

Nobles and Ladies

Well we are getting into the busy season.  Several of the Units have had their Mid-Winter Meetings, and the remainder are coming up shortly.  The Clown Unit will have their Mid-Winter March 20-22 in Fort Worth.  The Provost Guard is hosting their Mid-Winter here in Wichita Falls on March 28th & 29th.  I look forward to that one.  The Golf Unit will attend their Mid-Winter April 24th & 25th in Waco.  Debbie and I want to congratulate all those who have attended and/or competed in their respective Mid-Winters and good luck to those whose meetings and competitions are coming up.

The Oriental Guide Trip was February 20-23 in Shreveport.  Friday morning we toured the Shreveport Shriners Hospital, which was the first Shriners Hospital opened in 1922.  Although I have been through that hospital many times it always makes me proud to be a Shriner.  The remainder of our time was taken up with humanitarian efforts in trying to improve the economic condition of the Shreveport/Bosier City area. Some made more of a contribution than others, but we all had a good time.

The Divan and ladies attended the India Temple Potentate’s Ball at India Temple in Oklahoma City on March 1.  We had a great time with our counterparts.  As you recall that was the weekend that we had ice, snow, sleet, hail, frozen rain and thunderstorms.  In spite of that we all made it home okay that Sunday.  My only comment is that nobody throws a party like Maskat, which reminds me to thank all of you again that helped make our Ball spectacular.

The IHOP Pancake day was held on March 4.  The two IHOPs here helped raise $6,432 for Shriners Hospitals for Children.  Thank you to the IHOP personnel and thanks to those of you who turned out to help meet and greet customers. The next time you are in one of our IHOPs let them know we appreciate what they do for the children.

The Hospital Golf Tournament will be held on April 11 at Weeks Park.  This tournament is a Hospital fundraiser. Bob Dean is heading up the golf tournament this year, so contact him or me if you want to help out or enter a team.  All help is welcomed.

The Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 19, at the Maskat Pavilion on Hatton Road. This is a change from years past.  We will serve hamburgers and hot dogs at noon, and the hunt will start at 1:00. Another change–we will stuff Easter Eggs on Thursday, April 17, at 6:30 in the Oasis. Come out and help stuff eggs and have a good time.

TSA will be on us before you know it.  It will be hosted by Hella Temple in Mesquite, Texas,  on June 5-7.  If you plan to attend you need to fill out a registration sheet that you will find in the Wildcat.  Turn that registration in to Donna Hyde at the Maskat office.  We have blocked rooms at the Days Inn Mesquite.  Call 972-285-1500 for reservations and reference the group name, Maskat Shriners.

Dru Landrum, Potentate

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MARCH 2014

Nobles and Ladies

By the time you get this issue of The Wildcat, several events will have already happened.

We did end up having the Super Bowl party on February 2nd despite the snow.  We probably had about 80-90 people show up throughout the day.  We drew for three of the four 60” TV’s that day.  The winners were Roy Cheney, John Presson and Jay Awtry.  We drew for the last 60” TV at the Stated Meeting and Charles Dean was the winner.  The 24” TV’s were won by Vicki McCarty, Dr. Ted Alexander and of course Terry Huff.  Just kidding Terry.  Congratulations to all the winners.  We do have one 24” TV left to draw.  We have 9 of 15 tickets left to sell for that final TV.  Hopefully we will sell those before the next Stated Meeting and draw at that time.  The tickets are $20 each so let me or the office know and we will get you fixed up with one or more tickets.

Divan Mid-Winter was held in Tyler by Sharon Temple on February 6-8.   Several Imperial Officers were in attendance including Imperial Potentate John Cinotto; Deputy Imperial Potentate Dale Stauss as well as Imperial Chief Rabban Jerry Gantt from Houston.   Texas own Jim Smith, Imperial Marshall, was not there as he was home on doctors and Imperial Potentate’s orders getting some rest.  He is having trouble with his feet and the doctor ordered bed rest with his feet elevated for 10-12 weeks.  Imperial Potentate John Cinotto said that Imperial Sir Jim was beside himself for not being able to attend TSA Mid-Winter.  Hopefully we will see him in June at TSA.  Keep Imperial Sir Jim in your thoughts and prayers.

I am writing this on Wednesday, February 19.  We will be leaving tomorrow afternoon for our annual Oriental Guide Trip to Shreveport.  As you know, what happens in Shreveport stays in Shreveport unless it is funny then everyone knows about it.  I am sure we will have a great time and OG Calvin Carlton is looking forward to attending to our every want and need on the trip.  I will report more on the trip next month.

The IHOP National Pancake Day will be March 4th.  I certainly hope that will be well attended and lots of money raised for the Shrine Hospitals.  This was headed up by Shawn Blacklock and Gary Hill.  Thank you for all the work you do to make this a success.

There will be several unit Mid-Winters during the month of March:  Foot Patrol, Shotgun and Clown Mid-Winter along with the Provost Guard Mid-Winter which is hosted by Maskat Provost Guard.  It will be held March 28 and 29.  Debbie and I look forward to attending that event and will try to make as many of the other Mid-Winters as we can.

The Divan will be attending India Temple’s Potentate Ball in Oklahoma City on March 1.  We appreciated them coming to our Potentate Ball and look forward to attending theirs.  I will let you know how that turned out next month.

Dru Landrum, Potentate
Maskat Shriners

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February 2014

Nobles and Ladies,

First, Thank You for the opportunity to serve Maskat as 2014 Potentate.  I know the same goes for the elected Divan: Chief Rabban, Charles Dean; Assistant Rabban, Bruce Urban; High Priest & Prophet, Jeff Gainer; Oriental Guide, Calvin Carlton; Treasurer, Greg Stockton; and Recorder, John Tunnell.  We look forward to a successful and fun year at Maskat.

It is going to be a good year if the Potentate Ball is any indication of things to come!  “Thank You” to all who attended the Ball.  If you missed the Ball, you missed out on a few surprises even to me.  The Dictations (Bobby Ferguson, Billy Bumgarner, Roy Cheney, Mark Baker and Kevin Bumgarner) came out of retirement and put on a performance for us.  Then the Blues Brothers made an appearance.  Their sister act, The Titillations (Jana Urban, Roma Martin, Marquetta Dudley, Bree Gainer, and Debbie Landrum) made their debut and opened for The Dictations and Blues Brothers.  Words cannot describe it.  You just had to be there.

Thanks to Stephanie Teakell, whose husband is Noble Ronnie Teakell, for the dance floor decorations along with her assistants Mary Lee and Toni.

Thanks to Jackie Dixon who was in charge of the flowers and the cigar boxes along with her daughter, Kathy Dixon, Frances Estrada, and Dee Ann Reed.  “Thank You” Noble Ken Simpson for saving all those cigar boxes for us.

“Thank You” to Terry Huff, Past Potentate, for your car that you got into the foyer.  That was certainly a very unique touch!

A BIG “Thank You” to Marquetta Dudley for coming up with the invitations and decorations.  Thank you to all the ladies who helped her put this all together.

Our annual Superbowl Party is coming up on February 2nd.  Please bring an appetizer, covered dish, or dessert or whatever you want to bring and come out and have a good time at Maskat.  The doors open at 2:00 PM and the game starts at 5:30. Bring three canned good items to be donated to the Food Bank and you will receive a free drink ticket.

Your Divan will be going to Divan Mid-Winter in Tyler, Texas, February 6-8.  Any Past Potentates that would like to attend please contact me ASAP.

Make plans to attend the Oriental Guide trip to Shreveport, Louisiana, on February 20-23.  Calvin Carlton will be serving all the Nobles refreshments all the way to Louisiana and back.  Calvin, make sure there are plenty of Coors products on board!

Last but not least, I would like to thank Illustrious Sir Mark Reed, Past Potentate, and his lady, Dee Ann, for all the work they did in 2013.  It was a very successful year!  We are continuing programs that Mark instituted such as the change bottles, All Star Program, and the Fall Gala.

Dru Landrum, Potentate
Maskat Shriners

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January 2014

Nobles and Ladies,

Another year has gone and I am all but through as your Potentate for 2013.  I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to serve you this past year.  I also want to thank all those that came before me these past 5 years for your guidance and those currently on the Divan for all your support and fellowship. I would be remiss if I did not thank the Maskat Staff:  Conner, Donna, Larry, Daryl, and Chip and also the Nile Ladies for all your support this year.  I truly enjoyed every minute of the year; it was a fantastic experience that I’m proud to pass on to Dru and a great divan line that’s taking over for 2014.

I’d like to give special thanks to my wife Dee Ann who, from an atmosphere standpoint, did more this year for Maskat than I did.  She worked tirelessly all year long; I could never have made the journey without her.  A big thank you goes out to both our daughters, Afton and Callie, and the special men in their lives who were always there to support me and Maskat for the last several years.  Your mother and I are very proud of you all.

Well I probably left out someone important.  I am not one for keeping a journal, and that’s about the only way I think you could go through a Potentate’s year and not forget all the different Nobles and their Ladies that helped at some point in the year.

It’s tough not to be melancholy when anything that means a great deal to you comes to an end; but I don’t want to sound depressed.  One venture comes to an end and another journey begins.  I think we accomplished a great deal this year at Maskat, but there is so much potential for growth and improvement ahead I’m excited to see what the future brings.  I know the upcoming leadership will aggressively move forward.  I, like other “has beens,” will be there to support any way I can.

Back to business at hand, we have a lot of activities coming up between now and the next Wildcat.  The Installation of Officers takes place on January 14th–all Ladies, friends and family are invited.  Dinner starts at 6:30 and the meeting at 7:30.  2014 Potentate Dru Landrum’s Ball is scheduled for January 18th, the Nocona Shrine Club party is the 25th, the Super Bowl party is February 2nd, and lastly your 2014 Divan will be attending Divan Mid-Winter February 6-8 in Tyler, Texas.

This should get everyone up to speed until the next Wildcat.  Dee Ann and I want to give one last Thank You to everyone for the great opportunity to serve; it has been one of our greatest pleasures.

Thanks to all,
Mark Reed, Potentate 2013