Nobles and Ladies, fall has arrived and Texas and Florida are recovering from two bad hurricanes, both storms have affected many of our Brother Masons and Shriners. Shrine headquarters in Tampa was closed for several days and the Tampa Shrine Hospital was also closed for some time. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to all the victims, families and first responders involved in these disasters.
Nobles your 2018 dues notices have been mailed from Tampa and you should have received them. Many Nobles have already paid and we appreciate that very much. If you find your 2018 dues notice to be in error please contact the Recorder at 810-686-2641 ext 4 and we can review it. With the dues mailing we have many Nobles that moved and did not notify Elf Khurafeh with your change of address and this costs your Shrine several hundred dollars in postal fees annually.
ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! We need Hospital Drivers to transport our patients to Chicago Shrine Hospital. We need drivers in all zones of our area. Please contact Clarence at 810-686-2641 ext4, if you can find time to help with our Driver Transportation Unit. Most trips involve a one night stay in Chicago.
Food, gas and Hotel is paid for by the Hospital Transportation Fund, drivers are required to attend one Driver’s Safety Seminar yearly with the next seminar being held October 28 at 9:00AM at Circus Park. Come out and see what it’s all about and then help transport our kids.
Nobles, your officers are trying to save the Temple money just about every way we can and two ways have come to our attention; 1. Mail the Arabian Knights to only those members who don’t have email. (Arabian Knights is available now on our web site.) . If we cut our mailing to only those without email Elf Khurafeh could save about half our costs of the Arabian Knights (about $8,500.00). 2. Ask Life Members to pay the $30.00 Per Capita yearly. This charge is now paid for by Elf Khurafeh Shrine and has always been as a courtesy to our Life Members. If Life Members paid their Per Capita Tax; Elf Khurafeh could save $10,400.00. Before Implementing either or both of these measures your officers would ask for a vote of the members with ample notice. Brothers, Nobles, your temple is having a financial crisis and we need your help for Elf Khurafeh to survive. (We experienced a very low profit from circuses this year.) Please support the sticker fund drive that was mailed recently by whatever means you see appropriate. Thank you for your understanding.
Clarence W. Meyer, Jr., P.P., Recorder