It is with sadness that we have to say goodbye to a great man and a generous supporter of Maskat Shrine. Harry Patterson went to be with the Lord on March 26. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. He will be dearly missed by all that new him and those who were lucky enough to cross his path. R.I.P. Mr. P.
Well, we are “Rocking and Rolling.” A lot of good things have been happening. The O.G. Trip was a heck of a lot of fun. A small crowd had a very large time. We returned and hosted the Provost Mid-Winter. The guys with the Provost Guard did a great job, and I heard nothing but compliments from all the temples that attended. The Cooking Unit, along with Terry Martin and Mark Patterson, prepared a meal that was fantastic. My hat’s off to all.
Our traditional Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success, thanks to some funny dressed clowns and some hard-working Shriners. Thanks Joey Viavattene, Mike Knox, Greg Stockton, Will Bogart, and Calvin Carlton for cooking some great burgers and dogs, and to the ladies, for making sure the kiddos did not go hungry. lol
The “workday” program was well attended and accomplished a great deal of much needed chores around the Temple. We had a great breakfast and good fellowship. Hope to see more people the second Saturday every month.
The Shrine Golf Tournament is coming up May 07, at 1 PM at River Creek. E-mail your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or get with Cathy or Gordy. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
I hope all are doing well and are ready to get back to what we used to call NORMAL. I first want to start off on a personal note. On behalf of myself and my wife Tami, we would like to thank Past Potentate Bing Miller and his Lady Jody. These two wonderful people have been our dearest friends and have not
only supported us for these last four years on our journey through the Divan but continue their support to this day. Bing and Jody rise to every occasion and are willing to help at a “Drop of a Hat”. If anyone has noticed the old shop-equipment room has been renamed, Jody’s Room. That is because she has spent countless days inside that room, organizing and cleaning it, and
I hope that it stays that way. Thank you guys, we love you both.
I would also like to thank Harry Patterson and Brad Rodgers for the kind donation of $4520. This was a wonderful gesture and could not have come at a more needed time, and certainly not without the hard work on Brad’s part to make it possible. Thank you very much.
The Stated Meeting was well attended, considering our current situation. Beginning in April the stated meeting and the Units Council meeting will go back to “The Way It Was”. Unit heads are asked to attend, and meals will be provided at both. During the last stated meeting I asked, and it was well received, that each unit head appoint a calling committee to call each member of their unit on the phone prior to each stated meeting and encourage them to attend. I hope this will help with attendance.
We recently had the Clown Midwinter here at Maskat, and if you weren’t there, you missed it. Wow, those people know how to have fun. Clint Lee and Ryan Christensen sure made Maskat look good. Everyone I spoke to stated that the facility was great but the food was excellent. That was due to the cooking unit and all the great help. Greg Stockton, Don Pepper, Dooby Fox, Will Bogart, Calvin Carlton, Mike Knox, Bill Hammack. Special thanks to Terry Martin and Mark Patterson for cooking some wonderful steaks. Oh, I almost forgot to mention Jim Griffin; for giving all of us his much-needed advice all along the way. I was not much help, due to the lack of the required issued equipment. (HA, HA)
As you are reading this message, the O.G Trip would have been completed. I am sorry that we had to alter the way it had to be done, but we were forced to cancel the bus. I’m sure that all of you know that we would have stood to lose a considerable amount of money and that would not have been acceptable. I am sure that we all had a great time, and next year we can get back to “The Way We Always Have Done It .”
One last thing. We have begun a new program, and it is called “workday”. The second Saturday, every Month, we will meet at the Temple at 7am for breakfast and begin at 8am on a list of chores that need to be done at the Temple. This program is designed to lower the cost of maintenance on our building and property. We can no longer hire out maintenance issues that we
can do cheaper. This program can save us thousands of dollars. I am asking anyone that can help, please come and help us keep our Temple up. Until next time.
As you are reading this message, I am certain that you survived the 2021 Blizzard. As many of our nobles and their families have suffered greatly with the loss of power and water, we have held firm. Shriners are the most resilient group of people on the planet. I want to thank each and everyone that have checked on not only my family, but the families of others. We are certainly
embarking on some rough times ahead, but one thing remains true, we WILL come out of this on top. We have a couple of fundraisers and excursions coming up, and my sincere desire is to pack the house. The O.G. Trip (March 18-21), and the Dueling Pianos are coming up in August. Not much else, except the Potentate’s Ball. I am holding off on setting the date for this event, in the hopes of our counterparts availability and the possibility that we can all safely attend, so stay in touch and we will announce the date A.S.A.P. Until Next Time . . . . . . . .
This will be my first Potentate Message, and I want to convey my sincere appreciation to everyone that has supported me these last four years. PP Bing Miller has done a fantastic job leading our philanthropy through this
devasting crisis (COVID-19). Thank you for your friendship and leadership.
We are embarking on some troubling times, but with support from each of you, we will make it through. Lots of events are listed on the calendar, but keep in mind they all are subject to change. I will do my best, as the entire Divan will, to make this year as good as possible. Note: there are a lot of members that we don’t see very often but continue to support Maskat Shrine and have stood behind our great philanthropy for all these years. I ask each of you to stay in touch with those members and re-assure them we care about them and would love to see them get more involved. Until next time we meet, stay safe and ……….
Hello Nobles, well this will be the last time you’ll read what old Bingo has to say. It’s been a wild 5 year run, but we’ve enjoyed it and glad we did it, even though the first time I backed out. Jody admitted she had a lot of fun. I hope next year will be better for Kenny and the gang. This last year brought a lot of sorrow to Maskat. We lost our stabilizing force behind our Temple, John Tunnell, a man that is hard to replace. Plus Greg Talley, our High
Priest and Prophet. As far as I know, we’ve never lost two valuable members to our Temple’s Divan in one year.
Guys, I just wanted to thank everybody for all the help Jody and I received this past year, especially Ed & Pam, Bob & Winnie, Gordy & Gloria and of course, the Divan who has to show up all the time. A special, special thanks to Cathy Stockton who make things happen. And to Jerry Sloan for taking over the Temple and making things work.
Now to get back to our December meeting, we had 27 members show up and we elected our new O.G. Will Bogart. Greg stayed on as Treasurer and Calvin stayed as Recorder. Congrats to Will! Next meeting is January 12th.
Thanks to everyone,
Bingo & Jody