Dear Nobles All:
Boy, has this summer been a hot one. We’ve been very busy with all kinds of activities and parades and I want to thank everyone for their participation and representing Elf Khurafeh Temple proudly. I would like to send a shout out to Oriental Guide John Arnould for chairing a great Spring Ceremonial in Midland where we raised 18 new nobles. Also thanks to Asst. Rabban John Berry for putting together the Loon’s Baseball game and those involved in the golf outing and Curry GC for hosting us. Lady Janice extends her gratitude and appreciation to Connie Arnould and the ladies helping and attending the Ladies Luncheon where wine was served and the artistry & imagination began as the women painted wine glasses. I must say we have some pretty crafty and artistic ladies representing our nobility.
Your Voting delegates and ladies had a warm but pleasant time attending the 142nd Imperial Session in Tampa, Florida. Our new Imperial Potentate serving 2016 - 2017 is Ill. Sir Chris Smith and his Lady Ethel who will work with us to continue to strengthen both Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Illustrious Richard Burke was elected to the Imperial Captain of the Guard, and Illustrious Kevin Costello was elected to the Imperial Outer Guard. Past Illustrious Imperial Potentate Jerry Gantt was elected as our Imperial Chairman for the Board of Trustees. The Imperial Session was very well attended and had a pretty nice Shrine Parade in Ybor City. The Divan attended a Membership Honors Luncheon where Elf Khurafeh received a Bronze Award for growth in membership in 2015. We want to thank Illustrious Chuck Frisby for a successful year and hopefully we can get another award for this year. The message drummed out by Ill. Sir High Priest &Prophet Jeffrey Sowder “Time Keeper” is the need for new membership as the whole organization is losing membership across the board so we need to be diligent and reach out to our Blue Lodges, Friends & Families if we expect to survive as a Fraternity.
In closing we want to thank our families, friends, fellow Shriners and Ladies for their consistent support and consideration thru the year. We hope you know how much we appreciate all that you have done for us, and on our behalf. Prayers to our sick and shut-ins, may you have a swift and speedy recovery. God Bless our Children and Shriners.
David Karcher, Potentate
Elf Khurafeh Shrine