Potentate’s Messages

September 2023

The summer flew by even with the Temple being dark.  By the time you read this we will have had the Summer Celebration Shrimp Boil, SCA Steak Cook-Off and the Circus.  The Shrimp Boil was an event I wanted to do in lieu of a Potentate Trip.  I hope that everyone had fun.  Thanks to Bill Hammack and all of the volunteers that worked on the SCA Steak Cook-Off.  Also, thank you to the volunteers that helped sell coloring books at the Circus.

We will begin having Units Council and Stated Meetings again in September.  I hope that everyone is ready to get back in the swing of things and comes out to the meetings.  We will also have Happy Hour on the third Thursdays of each month.  The Provost Guard will be competing at Fall Invitational in San Antonio on the 22nd through the 24th.  Good luck to all of our shooters!

All of our new Nobles need to start planning on coming to Ceremonial on October 14.  We also have a Rib Cook coming up on October 28th.  There will be more information on these events in the next Wildcat.

Thanks for being a Shriner!

Mike Knox


August 2023

Well, it is time for me to report to all of you on the summer happenings.  Even though the Temple is dark in the summer there are a lot of Shrine activities.

Our main focus in June was the Oil Bowl.  Yoshi Fukasawa did a great job again this year organizing all of the events leading up to and including the basketball, volleyball and football games.  The football game was interrupted several times due to lightning and rain but was completed and the entire week-long event was a huge success.  Thank you to Yoshi and all of the volunteers that work each year to make the Oil Bowl happen.

TSA was in Fort Worth this year and hosted by Moslah Shrine.  The Divan, Provost Guard, Golf Team and Clown Unit were all represented.  The meetings and trade show were at Will Rogers Coliseum and most of the evening events were at the Stockyards.  A good time was had by all.

The Imperial Session was in Charlotte, North Carolina in July.  Maskat Shrine was represented by Chief Rabban Bill Hammack.  The session is several days long with a lot of meetings and activities, so Bill and Kathy were really busy.  Bill, Jerry Sloan and Tim Bradberry also competed in the Provost Guard Shoot the day before the meetings began.  Thank you to Bill for representing Maskat at this important convention.

If you have not been by the Temple lately you need to come check out the expansion of the Oasis.  The room was enlarged to accommodate more activities and more people.  New carpet was installed and it looks like a completely different area.

Jerry and Beverly Sloan and Joe Kirk had a 238th birthday party at the Hatton Road land that the entire Temple was invited to.  If you missed it, you missed a great time!

In lieu of a Potentate trip this year Rickie and I are hosting a Summer Celebration Shrimp Boil at the Temple on August 19 at 2:00.  It is open to all Nobles and their ladies.  Please call the office and make reservations by August 10. The flyer has been in your email.

Events coming up are the SCA Steak Cookoff on Saturday, September 2nd at the Hatton Road land and the Maskat Circus on Monday, September 4th at the Wichita County Mounted Patrol Arena. You will be receiving your Circus letter in a few days.  Please purchase your Noble tickets as this is a major fund raiser for the Temple. Hope to see you at all of the upcoming events.

Mike Knox


June 2023

Hello Nobles,

I want to thank all of the Maskat Nobles for your support.  We have had a lot of participation for all of the events this year and I hope this continues.  This is a busy time of the year and we need help from all that are able.

The Golf Tournament was a great success.  We had 22 teams this year and all had a really good time.  Thanks to Ed Hall and Gordy Antill and all of the other Nobles responsible for making this one of our best fund raisers each year.  Also, a big thank you to Noble Scott Anderson at River Creek Golf Course for putting the tournament together.

We have TSA in June from the 7th through the 10th, hosted by Moslah Shrine in Fort Worth. The Provost Guard and Golf Units will be competing and the Smoking Gun will be in the parade.  Of course, the Divan will attend the business meetings.

The week following TSA is the Oil Bowl week.  The football players arrive on Wednesday to start practices.  The Basketball Game will be at Rider High School on Friday, June 16 beginning at 6:30 for the girls’ game and 7:30 for the boys’ game.   The Volleyball Games will be Saturday, June 17 at 4:00 at Rider also.  The Oil Bowl Football Game will be at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, June 17.  Kickoff will be at 7:30. The Oil Bowl is a big event for us and a lot of help is needed to put it on.  If you are able to volunteer, please do!

We have had some interest in the purchase of Maskat’s land south of the building.  We are hopeful that this works out for us and for the prospective buyers.

Hope to see all of you at the upcoming events and meetings.

Mike Knox, Potentate
Maskat Shrine


May 2023

Hello Nobles,

I want to thank all the Nobles that were at the Stated Meeting in April.  We had more attendance and we gained a new Noble, Paul Arbogast.  Also, I would like to thank all of the Nobles and Ladies who helped with the Easter Egg Hunt this year.  The weather was perfect and the kids had a blast. The hot dogs and hamburgers were good too!

The Tex-Mex dinner benefitting the Hatton Road Land was a big success.  Keno and Eva Lopez donated the food and it was delicious.  Thank you to them and their family for a great event.  The Provost Guard had a Fun Shoot on April 22 at the land. We will report on that next time along with the High Tea that Jerry and Beverly Sloan sponsored to benefit the Hatton Road land on April 29.

The calendar is pretty full for May and June. The Maskat Golf Tournament is May 5 at River Creek Golf Course.  Grab your clubs and be a part of it! On May 20 the Cooking Unit is having a Crawfish Boil.  Get your tickets at the Temple.

June is always a busy month for Maskat.  TSA is in Fort Worth followed by the Oil Bowl the next week.  I hope that everyone will come out and take advantage of all of the events coming up.

We have been doing some improvements and renovations to the Oasis.  It has been enlarged and the new carpet will be in soon.  Go by the Temple and take a look.

Mike Knox, Potentate


April 2023

Hello Nobles,

Well, another month has come and gone.  Everyone that attended the OG trip had a great time and having the bus again only added to the fun. I want to thank the Cooking Unit for providing a great meal at the Stated Meeting in March. We had better attendance at the meeting which was good to see.

There are several things coming up in April along with Unit Council and Stated Meeting. The Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 8 at noon.  There will be hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone so bring all of your friends and their kids.  Check the Wildcat Calendar for other events in April – Happy Hour, Tex-Mex Dinner at the Hatton Road land, Fun Shoot at the land and the High Tea at the Temple.  Call the Temple office for the details.

The Provost Guard mid-winter is at the end of March and we should have the results next month.

The Golf Unit will have their mid-winter competition in Fredricksburg in April. Go out and make us proud golfers.

Have a great month!

Mike Knox


March 2023

Hello Nobles

January and February went by so quickly, probably because we had so much going on! Everyone seemed to have a great time at the Potentate's Ball in January .. I want to thank all of the volunteers that decorated, worked at the
Casino Tables and helped clean up.  It takes many volunteers to have a big party and a lot of people stepped up.

Your Divan members and their Ladies attended Divan Mid-Winter in Granbury in February. It was a great event hosted by Moslah. It is always beneficial to meet with your counterparts to get new ideas for the Temple and discuss policies that affect all of us. It is also important for the new Divan members to attend and get acclimated to the procedures that occur each year. Our new Oriental Guide, Brian Gaylor, and his Lady Manya did a great job hosting Maskat's hospitality room. We had lots of visitors there every day.

The Super Bowl Party was a lot of fun! We had tons of food that everyone enjoyed. We had some lucky winners on the boards, 50/50, and door prizes. Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped with the food, working the boards and selling tickets. Once again, Dee Ann Reed organized the canned food drive and helped with the organization of the betting boards. A big thank you goes out to her.

The OG Trip to Shreveport is February 23rd through 26th. The Nobles will tour the Shreveport Hospital on Friday. Some will play golf, and there is also bowling along with gambling, eating, and so on. This is always a fun trip. I will report back about the OG Trip in the next Wildcat.

The attendance at the Stated Meeting in February was low.  We need to work on getting back in the habit of coming to the meetings.  Not only is it a social meeting, but also, all of the decisions that are made regarding our Temple are discussed each month.  Come be a part of the success of Maskat, visit with your friends, and have a good meal.  I hope to see you all!!

Until next month,

Your Potentate
Mike Knox


February 2023

Hello Nobles,

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 will have had the Potentates Ball.  I know everyone will enjoy the casino night, food and dancing.  We wanted to 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
Mike Knox


January 2023

Greetings Nobles,

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.

Fraternally Yours,
Dooby Fox
Potentate 2022

December 2022

Greetings Fellow Nobles,

I hope you have had a great November and fulfilling Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends.

I'll go ahead and say it again, this year is going by fast. By the time you read this, we will have already cooked the turkeys at the TEmple and decorated for Christmas.

We will be having the Foster Kids Christmas Party December 5th, Units Council the 7th, Stated Meeting and elections the 13th, and Happy Hour the 15th.  That's along with everything else we can squeeze in December is going to be busy!

JoAnn and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Have safe travels,
Yours in Faith
Dooby Fox, Potentate 2022


November 2022

Greetings Nobles,

Man, this year is moving on fast! I hope everyone is doing well.

The Golf Unit traveled to Granbury for their annual Christmas party last weekend, October 14-16.  We had a great time, and I sure am sore from all that golf.

By the time you read this, we will have already had the rib cook. I'm sure they're going to be delicious.  I hope you all had a chance to order some.

We will need help November 11-12 to pick up the turkeys and put in the cooler at the Temple.  We will cook turkeys November 19-20, so we will need volunteers on those dates as well.  Come and join the fun.

Today is Happy Hour! You kow the third Thursday of the month? If you haven't had a chance to make one, you should.  It's a great time.

I know my articles are brief, but what do you expect from a man of mystery?  LOL

Everyone be safe!

Your Potentate 2022
Dooby Fox


October 2022

Greetings Fellow Nobles,

Another month has gone by fast.  And I want to tell you, those ofus who went on the Potentate's Trip had a blast!  We sure missed you.

There are a few things coming up that I will briefly touch on:

  • The rib cook is Saturday, Oct. 22nd.  We will be selling 125 slabs at $25 each.  Call the Temple and place your order. These are all to be pre-paid.
  • The turkey cook is coming up in November.  We have a flyer out and I will touch more on that next month.
  • Now back to the Potentate's trip.  We went to Cabo San Lucas and stayed at the RIU resort.  There was so much to do, and fun was had by all.  And I don't know about the rest of the gang, but my tires were handing out when I got back home.

I hope to see everyone in October, and I'm looking forward to it.

Your Potentate 2022
Dooby Fox


September 2022

Greetings Fellow Nobles,

Well summer is almost gone.  I hope everyone has faired well and endured the heat.  These recent rains sure were nice.  I only have a few things to touch on before we start the rest of the year.

  • The Steak Cook-Off will be September 3rd.  The last time we had it on Labor Day weekend we did rather well.  It's a really cool deal.  You should come on out to the land on Hatton Road and check it out.
  • The Circus is on the 5th and 6th.  We always need help0 with that. Hope to see you there.
  • The Potentate's Trip to Cabo is September 14th through whenever you decided to come back.  I'm sorry if you didn't get signed up to go.  I'll tell you all about it when we get back.
  • I want to give a heads up about another little fundraiser.  We are going to have a Rib Cook on October 22nd.  There will be more information coming from the office soon.

I hope to see everyone at the Stated Meeting September 13th.  Everyone keep safe and see you soon.

Your Potentate 2022
Dooby Fox


August 2022

Greetings Fellow Nobles

It's been a while and there has been a lot of things going on.  I hope everyone's having a spectacular summer.  It sure is HOT where I'm at!

  • We had a successful TSA. I think everyone had a great time.  Except for Calvin.  He had a job. LOL. Big thanks to Bruce and the whole team.  Great job.
  • The ladies from Nile attended Nile Supreme and made everyone proud.
  • The Oil Bowl was a success as well.  Big thanks to Yoshi and everyone who volunteered.  Great job as well.
  • We attended the Imperial Session in Minneapolis.  Me and Lady Jo Ann, Mike Knox, Bill Hammack and Lady Kathy, Jerry Sloan and Lady Beverly, and Tim Bradberry made the trip.  The Provost Guard did very well.
  • I'll have to tell you all about Minneapolis at Happy Hour.  The third Thursday of the month. Everyone stay safe and cool and hydrated.  Hope to see everyone soon.

Your Potentate 2022
Dooby Fox


June 2022

Greetings fellow Nobles.

Well, another month is in the books. Man, time is flying. We have a very busy June ahead of us.

  • TSA is upon us. We've got a great group of volunteers and things are progressing. There are always a few bumps in the road like hotel availability, etc. But we are doing the best with the hand we are dealt.
  • If you haven't registered, please do. I'd hate to have all this fun without you.
  • Oil Bowl is next. Did I tell you we were getting busy?
  • I'd like to thank Jerry Sloan and crew for all of the work they have done. The Temple is looking great!
  • The new ovens are in place in the kitchen. You need to come and check them out.
  • The awning in back is finished except for the guttering. It looks great!
  • We also had a new member join our ranks this month. Join me in welcoming Noble Earl Bainbridge to the fraternity.
  • I'd like to take a moment and thank everyone for the words and condolences on the passing of our dad. It really meant a lot.
  • Also, if anyone gave to the relief from the tornado in Jacksboro, let me personally offer thanks from the teachers, first responders, and citizens of Jacksboro. .
  • I hope to see all of you in June.

Glen 'Dooby' Fox
Your Potentate 2022


May 2022

Hello Fellow Nobles

I hope all is well with each and everyone and that you had a wonderful Easter Holiday.

  • The Easter Egg Hunt went well out at the land.  It was well attended despite the weather.
  • Our clowns did an awesome job as usual.
  • Big thanks to the cooks and volunteers as well.
  • The Stated Meeting was well attended again.  Let's keep it up.
  • The Golf Unit is headed to Fredricksburg for Mid-Winter.  Good luck to you guys.
  • Happy hour is this Thursday, April 21; hope to see everyone there.
  • TSA and Oil Bowl are right around the corner.  This year is speeding up.

Until next month, everyone stay safe.  See you soon!

Dooby Fox
Potentate 2022


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