Well, here we go and I hope it’s a grand year for Maskat. I want everyone to know that I am grateful and honored to be your Potentate for 2023. Rickie and I are looking forward to making this coming year a great one and hope that we all have fun in the process.
I would like to thank Past Potentate Dooby Fox and Lady JoAnn for doing such a great job guiding us in 2022. I want to thank everyone that came to the Installation of Officers in January at Stated Meeting. Dooby and JoAnn made a mean cake!
By the time you read this, we willhave had the Potentates Ball. I know everyone will enjoy the casino night, food and dancing. We wantedto kick off the year with a great party.
We have two upcoming events in February. First off, the Super Bowl Party is February 12. Please come out and bring a snack to share and canned food for the drive. There will be betting boards, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. On February 23, we will leave for the OG trip to Shreveport. This tradition is long standing at Maskat and I hope that you can attend. Call Maskat Office to make your reservation for the OG trip by February 9th. We will be leaving on the bus at 4:00 pm on Thursday and return on Sunday, hopefully with some money left in our pockets.
I hope to see you all at Stated Meeting on February 14.
Your Potentate of 2023
I’ll have to first say it’s been an eventful experience serving on the Maskat Divan. From the very first day being elected as OG to being your outgoing Potentate.
I will never forget the first year, especially: Going to my first Divan Mid-Winter where I got introduced to the Judge; Going on the OG trip to Shreveport, visiting the hospital and playing hide and seek and keep away with an apron; Going to the OG school in Orlando and being the first couple ever to get married at OG school. JoAnn was given away by the Imperial Potentate. Who could ever forget a year like that?
That’s notto say the rest of the time hasn’t been memorable. Because it has. The rest of the time up util now has been one of the greatest times Jo and I have had. We’ve gone places that we probably would have never gone. We’ve met a lot of people and made friends, and I believe we have made some life long friends here at Maskat Shriners.
As this year comes to a close and I get ready to hand over the gavel, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank eacy and everyone of you for allowing me to serve as your Potentate. It ahs been a pleasure and an honor.