2020 Potentate’s Messages

December 2020

Well, here we are at the end of November and entering December. Where has this year gone? We had a great time at the Halloween Party and ended up making $2800.  We had 27 members show up for our Stated Meeting, so for that reason, we are shutting down all activities for the Shrine. We will have our December Stated Meeting on December 8th, because of Elections. There will be no Units Council meeting in December.

We finished cooking all the turkeys and I hope we have all of them sold by our next meeting.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, even with this COVID.

We still do not know what next year will bring. The Divan Mid-Winter trip to EI Paso in February has been cancelled. Let’s hope that things start getting back to normal.

Until next time,


November 2020

Well boys here we are in November. Where has the year gone? We have been in a fog all year. I know everybody is still nervous about the virus because nobody showed up for Units Council and we just had 31 at the Stated Meeting. Nothing has been happening anyway.

The Golf Unit had their annual Christmas Party the 16th and 17th of October with 24 people playing golf. Everyone
had a great time as usual. Thanks again to Charles Dean for all his hard work.

The Halloween Party is happening on the 30th and we will report on that next month.

The Turkey Cook is scheduled for the 7th, 14th and 21st and we’ll keep everyone up to date on when we need your help.

We are planning on having Happy Hour in the Oasis on the third Thursday of November. Hope everyone will try to come.

The Units Council meeting will be on the 4th of November with Stated Meeting on the 10th.

Until next time,


October 2020

Hey Nobles!

Well we finally had a meeting and everything went well. We had a good representation of Nobles. Maybe our next meeting will be even better. As you know, we had to elect a new High Priest and Prophet and our of the blue, an old Noble from the past jumped in and said “put me in Coach” – he shouldn’t of said that because we voted him in. Our new HP&P is Mike Knox. We also had one new member join up with the short ceremony.

We have had 2 very prosperous events happen. First, our Garage Sale was a great success, we nearly sold out everything. A great big Thank You to Bob and Winnie Hamblin for taking charge and workin their ass off. Then Ed and Pam Hall and Bill Hammack worked all day Saturday. Thanks also to Edgar Shockley for helping between hospital visits. Then, we had the Steak Cookoff – what a turnout. Bill Hammack came in and took over what Greg Talley had started and what a success – 55 entries and we made $7,000.

Nobles, we have made a great showing this year for the hand we were dealt. To everyone that came out, we thank you tremendously.

On September 28th we leave on our Potentate’s Trip and will be back on October 2nd. I understand why a lot of people opted out of traveling. I think around 20 are going and we are going to do everything possible to be safe and have fun.

Our Units Council will meet on October 7th and Stated Meeting is on the 13th. Also, as of now, we’re still planning on having a Halloween costume party on October 30th. We will have a DJ and just a good old get-together. Best costume prize will be $200 and runner-up $100. I really don’t want to have a Gala with everything that’s been going on but if you could help with a few gifts to auction off, it would be appreciated.

Until next time,


September 2020

Hello Nobles!

What a year this has been, The whole world has been put in disarray. Everything has been turned upside down. Even Imperial has shut down. Imperial Sir James Smith has said everything has been cancelled until next year. Even our little Temple has been shut down. Even though Covid has not affected us, tragedy has hit us very hard. The Black Camel has been after us. We have lost several members lately and 2 Divan members. Not saying Divan members are more important than any Noble. I must say we had a man that has been a part of the Divan for nearly 30 years! There’s not one man in our Temple that hasn’t had some contact with this gentleman. This is a man that will be truly missed for a long time. He was an oar for our Temple just like the one that keeps a boat straight. That man was John Tunnell. I’m proud to say John was a good friend of mine and everybody at Maskat. Thank you for everything you did. Jennifer, we are always here for you.

Now we are going to try to get halfway back to normal. The Garage Sale is August 29th from 7am to 2pm. I’ll let you know how that comes out. Hopefully everybody brought something. We will have a Units Council meeting September 2nd, so everybody is welcome to come and state your business or concerns. Our Stated Meeting will be September 8th. No food will be served and masks will be required to enter. We have a few things to take care of. First off, we will vote on a High Priest and Prophet to take Greg Talley’s position. If anybody is interested, call one of the Divan members or call Cathy. Next I’m appointing Past Potentate Calvin Carlton to be the new Recorder until the next

Don’t feel obligated in any way to come to the Stated Meeting if you have any concerns. We have things coming up but we’ll play it by ear. Remember Steak Cook-Off the 5th and Potentate’s Trip the 28th.

Take care of yourself,


August 2020

Wildcat was not published because of COVID-19.


June 2020

Hello Everybody!!!

Seems like forever since we’ve all seen each other. First off, forget the rumors that this Divan will be held over to
another year, that won’t happen! We were very lucky to get the O.G. Trip, Dueling Pianos and Dinner Theater in.
We had a great year started, then poof!! Everything went to hell. Clown Mid-Winter canceled, Provost Guard Mid-
Winter canceled, Easter Egg Hunt canceled, Maskat Golf Tournament rescheduled, Midget Wrestling postponed,
Corn hole Tournament postponed, Potentate’s Trip postponed, April, May and June State Meetings canceled. A lot of gloom and doom. One major concern was the Oil Bowl, but with regret, we had to cancel the game. We owe Yoshi a lot of thanks for working so hard, but with the Wichita Falls schools closing everything, we had no choice. I almost forgot – TSA and Imperial canceled.

There is a couple of bright things. Gordy’s Golf Tournament was rescheduled and will play on June 19th. Hope everybody can join in. Also, we will have the Corn hole Tournament, which will be announced at a later date. We also have some entertainment coming in August, hopefully we will be able to have him. We all will come out of this and with everybody’s help, we will be back strong.

Even though we won’t have a meeting until September, we will keep everybody informed.

Until next time,


May 2020

Wildcat was not published because of COVID-19.


April 2020

Can you believe it, the first quarter of the year is gone!

First off, I have to say the O.G. Trip went very well. Our first time to stop at Top Golf. It was a blast. Over half the people that went played, so this might be a keeper on this trip. Then on Friday, 16 of us went to the hospital.
This hospital in Shreveport was our first and as of now, the busiest. While the rest of our hospitals are struggling,
Shreveport is “Katy bar the door” busy. Last year they had over 19,000 patients come through the door, 4,600
new patients and performed over 1,000 operations. At the present time, they are trying to put in another operating
room. If we only had a camera when a little girl around 4 ran up and jumped in Kenny’s arms. Try to keep a dry eye after seeing that. The weather was not good for playing golf, so some of us went bowling for 2 days. I hate to say it, but
we might have to find another sport. We had 3 go on injured reserve, but Charles wasn’t one. Oh by the way, Bill survived the trip and did a hell of a job.

Then on February 25th, we had IHOP Day. Charles did a great job on this and he had a lot of help. Thanks to everybody, but as of now, we don’t have a total.

Now for March, we had too much fun at Dueling Pianos. We had a good turnout and for anybody who missed it – wow!!  Everybody was saying this was the most fun we have had at Maskat in 20 years. Terry Martin said if you didn’t have fun tonight there is no hope for you to ever have fun! The next week, the Rider High School Theater performed
a very informative production of how hard it was for women to gain equal rights. Most of us have no idea of what women have overcome. After talking to Beverly Sloan, I had no idea that women couldn’t get an FHA loan for a house until 1970. Think about that!

Now one of our most important event happens on April17th – the Maskat Golf Tournament. Please come out and just enjoy and help or even play. It doesn’t matter whether you play (most of us can’t) or not, it’s just a fun time. Gordy and his bunch put on a hell of a party. Almost everybody that comes out wins something.

As of now, we are up in the air about minature wresting. We were going to have the event, but as of now we have decided to wait until later on in the year. A competing company is coming to town a few weeks before our event and they want to wait until later on in the year.

Well I think that is just about all for now. Just be safe and keep washing your hands.

Until next time,


March 2020

Here we go!  March is already here!  After a great January, February was even better!  First, we had a great Super Bowl Party to start the month out right.  There were plenty of prizes given away, boards and silent auctions.  There was a huge turn-out for the Cornhole Tournament, thanks to Illustrious Steve Harris.  And there was the first Pool Tournament, thanks to Illustrious Charles Dean.  I think this will grow into something big!  We had other events planned but ran out of time.

The Divan headed to Dallas on February 6th for Mid-Winter.  There was discussion on lots of topics.  We were updated on our hospitals.  As we all know, the Houston Hospital and the Galveston Hospital are being consolidated, along with many others.  One hospital is being down-sized from 9 floors to two.  There is planning under way to make our hospitals more efficient.  Also, for the first time, our membership is under 250,000.  Eye opener!

Stated meeting was on the 11th of February, followed by 3rd Thursday a week early because we were leaving on the 3rd Thursday for Shreveport.  Happy Hour had a big turn-out. We played pool and Steve put Cornhole into play.  This year there will be a Cornhole Tournament at the Imperial Session.  It would be nice to put a team together to compete.  I mean compete, not just show up!!!  If we keep having people show up to Happy Hour, this Temple will grow!  This was Calvin’s baby, let’s keep it going!

Now on to the OG Trip.  I cannot report what transpired yet; but you know something wild had to happen!   I hope that OG Bill Hammack survives!!  We are going to the Shreveport Hospital on Friday of the trip.  No matter how many times you go, its amazing what they can do for the patients.  After that, everyone scatters.  Some go to church, some golf and some go bowling.  I can’t wait to see what happens this time!

Back home, and IHOP day was on the 25th.  I hope everybody came to help out.  A big thanks to Charles and Greg for handling this.  Oh, by the way, just a quick reminder that on March 6 is the Dueling Pianos and March 13 is the Dinner Theater put on by Rider High School Drama Class. Everybody is welcome to these events!  Let’s all get together and participate in these events!

Clown Mid-Winter is March 19-21 in Wichita Falls.  Provost Guard goes to Abilene for their Mid-winter on March 27-28.

Until next time,

Bing Miller, Potentate
Maskat Shrine


February 2020

Wow!  I can’t believe it’s my year!  I take it back, it’s OUR year!  I know all of the Past Potentates have said the same thing; when I am Potentate, I’m going to do this and change that.  But honestly, you can only do so much.  I promise one thing; we will have fun!  The four Potentates before me have all been great and I have learned from all of them, so thank you for that.  I also want to thank my wife, Jody for all of the support and hard work she has given the last four years.  Pray for her, one more year!!

The Provost Guard also deserves a big thanks for taking over the maintenance of the building and lawn at Maskat.  A very special thanks goes out to Paul Foley for the road behind the Temple.  What a great friend we have in Paul.

Now onto upcoming events.  Installation was January 14 and we had good crowd and a lot of fun.  Steve Harris gave special recognition to several people that was well deserved.  We started Calvin’s main contribution of third Thursday on the 16th (Happy Hour).  After decorating on the 23rd of January, we had the Potentate’s Casino Ball on the 25th.  I hope everyone had a good time!  Now we are moving on to February.   One of the most fun events we have is the Super Bowl party on the February 2nd.  This year should be better than ever with more events during the game.  We plan on having a Pool Tournament (Charles Dean), Corn-Hole Tournament (Steve Harris) and all of the football boards (Bill Hammack).  Then on to serious business; the Divan will be heading to Dallas for our Mid-Winter on February 6th – 8th.  The O.G. Trip is February 20th – 23rd.  Gambling, golf, fellowship and ending with the 3rd Annual Charles Dean Bowling Tournament.  IHOP day is February 25th.  We are hoping for a big turnout from Nobles for this.  Wow, I am tired already!

Thanks everyone and as P.P. Steve Harris would say:  let’s get-er-done!!!

Yours in the faith,
Bing Miller, 2020 Maskat Potentate


January 2020

As I sit and think about the last five years, I remember something that a past potentate told me
on the night that I became Oriental Guide …. He said to not worry, the next five years will be past
you before you know it. At the time, looking forward, the next five years as a Divan member
seemed like an eternity. However, he was correct. …. 5 years have come and gone very quickly.
I can’t even begin to thank everyone individually, who have helped and supported our Divan
over the past 5 years. Maskat Temple is truly amazing. No matter the challenge, Maskat steps
up to the plate and makes it work. And, this has been most evident over this past year as I
proudly served as TSA President and Potentate for Maskat Temple.

My Potentate year has been incredible. Our members have supported Sheryl and I through
thick and thin. We started the year off with a very fun and successful Harris Hoe Down that
seemed to set the tone for the rest of the year. We ended the year with a successful steak
cookoff, circus, turkey cook, Harris Hoe Down Too, and a wonderful foster kids Christmas.

At our last Stated Meeting, a new Divan was elected and the officers will be installed in January.
Our future looks very bright as Bing steps into his Potentate year with a new Divan.

As we are in the middle of the Christmas and holiday season, it is time to ponder further the
blessings bestowed upon us. For us at Maskat Shrine, it has been an honor to serve our
members, watching so many active members and family produce those glowing smiles upon
wonderous youth as we do the things that we do in order to help the children in North Texas.
The social time that we spend with our brethren is very rewarding. It is crucial that we continue
to mingle amongst each other and the community, knowing that we are positively affecting so
many lives and providing our members with the personal tools we all need to continue to
succeed in every endeavor. For a life without service is not much of a life.

As Masons and Shriners, it is the least of our duties to relate to and encourage each other, as
well as showing the first time Shrine-Mason the ropes, as it enhances the experience and
makes us proud of the excellent work upon our trestle board, for strong lifelong social
friendships are the wages of a Shrine Mason.

Sheryl and I are humbled by those who have assisted us during this year. As the sun now sets
low upon the year’s horizon, Lady Sheryl, the kids, and this lonely sojourner would like to thank
all of you. This 2019, as your 99th Potentate of Maskat Temple and First Lady, has been an
inspiration, and when looking back to this time last year, it was indeed the most magnificent gift
of all. May this Christmas with the year forthcoming be memorable, and may the New Year
bring each of you long-lasting joy and health.

Yours in faith,
Steve C. Harris
2019 Potentate Maskat Shrine