Nobles and Ladies,
Thank you for electing me to serve as Potentate for 2022. I can't say enough how honored I am to serve you. Your 2022 Divan and I are looking forward to doing all we can to grow Elf Khurafeh Shrine, increase membership, and have fun!
Those of you that attended installation heard me speak about Risk and Trust. For those of you that could not make it, let me explain. I was listening to a speech by Bob Conley, Past Grand Master of Masons in Michigan. I had been thinking of ways to change some of what we do, but I know it's human nature to resist change. Rather than ask you to change, I want to ask you to trust me. When a leader achieves trust from those he leads, he is able to take some risks with the intent of making things better.
In 2022, we are taking a few risks that need your trust. We have doubled the number of fundraisers we normally do. In addition to our Circus, Sportsman's Raffle, and 5K Race, we have added a "Feztival of Trees" event, an obstacle course mud race, and a $100 raffle. Details will be coming soon on those new things.
We are also going to change up how our ceremonial is done. We plan to combine our ceremonial with a Noble's Ball. We have also added a few new activities aimed at getting the public involved. We need to let them know that the Shrine is alive and well!
We are also going to open up three of our business meetings to visitors. These meetings will be abbreviated versions of our regular meeting, just touching on a few pieces of business, then we will have a guest speaker to inform our visitors about what we do. If you have a neighbor that is interested in learning about the Shrine, or a brother Mason in your lodge that isn't sure about joining, these meetings are for them. You may also bring your wife (or girlfriend) so they can hear all about the Shrine. We will have open meetings in March, June, and October. Make sure you attend our standard business meetings to hear more about this.
We are taking risks this year, and hope you will trust us. You can show us your trust by coming out to business meetings, helping out at our fundraisers, getting petitions for new nobles, and being an advocate for the greatest fraternity, and greatest philanthropy in the world.
I hope to see you at a business meeting soon!
Potentate - Elf Khurafeh Shrine
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