FIRST OF ALL, Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! Calvin and Judy Carlton are stepping aside to let Steve and Sheryl Harris take the reins for another great year at Maskat! Don’t forget, we host Texas Shrine Allstate in 2019. We got a lot to do! Steve Harris will be officially installed as Illustrious Potentate of Maskat Temple at our January Stated Meeting on January 8, 2019. That is as early as it is possible for us to have a second Tuesday Stated Meeting. The meeting time will be changed, we will have our regular tiled Stated Meeting at 6:30pm, then bring the Ladies in for the meal, followed by the Installation of Officers and a reception.
We had Officer Elections at Stated Meeting in December, and the slate looks a little different this year. Chief Rabban Steve Harris was elected to replace Illustrious Potentate Calvin Carlton, the outgoing Potentate. Bing Miller became Chief Rabban, Kenny Lemons moved up to Assistant Rabban, Dooby Fox was elected High Priest and Prophet, and Greg Talley [Scruffy] was elected Oriental Guide. P.P. Greg Stockton will become Treasurer after a two year hiatus, and P.P. John Tunnell will still be Recorder, by vote of the Nobility. P.P. Charles Oldham was reelected to another two year term on the Financial Advisory Board, as was Bob Hamblin. P.P. Mark Reed took Greg Stockton’s remaining year and Noble Bill Yates has one more year remaining on his term on the Financial Advisory Board.
On a really somber note, Past Potentate Jeff Gainer lost his wife Bree Saturday. December 8. Her services were held yesterday, December 17, at Owens & Brumley. Bree was the Potentate’s Lady in 2017, and was only 42 years old. It was a moving service for a beautiful lady, taken from us and her family entirely too young.
The Potentate’s Ball, Honoring Potentate Steve Harris and Lady Sheryl, is scheduled for Saturday January 26. Illustrious Sir Steve promises us a “Real Country no Tux Hoedown” for his Potentate’s Ball! Super Bowl, and you know Shriners, any excuse for a party, will be Sunday, February 3, 2019. If that’s not a good excuse for a Party, I don’t know what would qualify! This year, Divan Midwinter will be in Tyler February 7-9. Divan /Units Council will meet on Monday, February 11, and Stated Meeting is February 12th. Don’t forget to sign up for the O.G. Trip which begins Thursday February 28-March 3 in Shreveport, Louisiana. We will tour the Shriners Hospital there Friday, and O.G. Greg Talley will serve everyone on the bus libations and sandwiches all the way to Shreveport and back!
Jennifer and I attended the Christmas Tree Lighting at Shriners Hospital For Children in Houston on Friday, December 1, followed by full Board Meeting Saturday Morning and Christmas Party that night. In addition to our regular patients at the tree lighting ceremony, many former patients and their families were present. Also several Shrine Dignitaries were in attendance. Everyone enjoyed the celebration, especially the Kids when Santa and his elves showed up!
If you see Calvin or Judy Carlton, congratulate them on a great Shrine Year! His last official Party will be New Year’s Eve. We have a great band lined up [Hijackers Hollow Band] and black eye peas at midnight. His last official act is relinquishing the reins to Steve Harris at Stated Meeting on January 8, 2019!
Thanks for being Shriners, Gentlemen, and thank you Ladies for helping us be better men and Shriners!
For the Children
John Tunnell, P.P. Recorder