Greetings Nobles and Ladies:
Thanks to all the nobles for supporting me in the recent election. I am ready for this challenge and am looking forward to the work ahead of us.
Thank you all so much for your attendance and support for our recent installation and Potentate's Ball. All who attended seemed to really enjoy themselves and I really enjoyed being with all of you. It was a little different from previous Balls but I believe it set the exact tone we needed for the new year. Remember, we love what we do as Shriners but also love to have fun. And fun we had.
I have distributed pins for both the Nobles and Ladies through the elected officers. They are in turn distributing them to the appointed officers and to the Nobles and ladies directly. There are plenty to go around and I want to be assured that all get their pins. Advise if you don't get yours.
We have two pilgrimages coming up quickly. One will be around the end of February or early March to the new Noah's Ark in Kentucky. Stay tuned for details as we will bus down and back and celebrate all the way. This is a hot new tourist attraction with an Ark built to the exact size as the one mentioned in the Bible. All who have attended, rave about the experience.
Next, we will have our annual Snowbirds visit in Florida later in March. Check your calendars. This will be several days of fun with a golf tournament, lots of food and fellowship and anything else we can come up with. Fun for the whole family. And we have just begun.
Hang on and enjoy the ride.
Robert L. Swartwood