Ill. Sir Bruce Fairclough
Illustrious Sirs, Fellow Nobles, Ladies and Friends:
It has been a fun-filled year with many great events. Along the way, we have faced some challenges, too. We have approached all these things with the spirit of cooperation and the determination to keep our Shrine moving forward.
In March, we had a very successful fundraising dance featuring the band, Crossroads. The First Ladies fund netted about $1000 for the evening.
April continues to see one of the most successful events at Sphinx, the kids Easter breakfast. The Bunny was there for the kids, and even though it rained, the Easter Egg hunt was held inside, to the delight of all the kids. A record number of baskets were auctioned off. (Thanks to all who contributed a basket!)
May found us at the Red Lion Hotel in Cromwell for the Potentate’s reception. Counterparts from all over the Northeast US and Canada, as well as our own members, were here to enjoy our Sphinx Hospitality,
June brought us Grand Masters Day in Wallingford and later, the Sphinx Family Picnic. We had over 70 people there under the big tent to enjoy TJ’s Restaurant Catering, who put on an awesome picnic spread for us.
Also in June the CT Street Rod Association put on a Truck show in Wallingford where the proceeds went to benefit the Boston Shrine Hospital. Along with your Potentate, the Motor Patrol went along to entertain the attendees and give the Shrine some visibility. Special thanks goes out to the Motor Patrol for their efforts.
In July, a contingent from Sphinx went to Nashville for the Imperial Session. While we had a few minor inconveniences with our hotel, everyone who went had a great time. One night, we all went as a group to the Grand Ole’ Opry and saw Kellie Pickler and Lee Greenwood.. The following night, there was a special show featuring Diamond Rio that was put on at the Music City Center for all the Shriners.
Thanks goes out to Bob & Sue Everest for taking charge of our Hospitality Rooms at the Pote’s Reception and down in Nashville.
In August, is the Maple Sugar Bowl weekend in Rutland, VT for the East/West Shrine game between the VT and NH all stars. This year we had a great turnout by our units for the parade. Special appreciation goes out to the Motor Patrol, the Cycle Unit and the Mounted Sheiks for traveling to VT to participate. Eric and Nancy Pogg put on a great spread in the hospitality room - much appreciation goes to them for making it a successful and fun weekend!
Again, we NEED YOU to be part of our fun events! We can’t be Shriners without all of you with us!
Please note that we will be having some important discussions about the future of our Shrine at the upcoming meetings in the Fall. I would encourage all of you to attend so you can be informed and make informed decisions about Sphinx Shrine.
P.S. Your Potentate and First Lady made it “official,” tying the knot on August 31st at the Shrine. I suspect that this was the first time a sitting Potentate from Sphinx got married while in office! Thanks to all who made it such a special day for us!
Illustrious Sirs, Fellow Nobles, Ladies and Friends:
I want to begin by thanking the Nobility for placing your confidence in me as your Potentate for 2019 as we begin a new year at Sphinx Shrine. My theme for 2019 will be, “Remembering our roots as we prepare for the future.”
I would like us all to recall the oath we took as Masons: “Who can best work and best agree...” We will need that spirit of cooperation as we work together to face the challenges ahead. Let’s not be critical if things don’t go as we feel they should. Offer positive, constructive suggestions. Let’s remember our lessons as Masons that teach us the way to treat another Brother.
We need to remember that Shriners come together to have fun and operate in the spirit of camaraderie and good times. At the same time, we should keep in mind that the thing that pulls us together is our passion for supporting the children in our Shrine Hospitals.
In 2019, we have tried to come up with some events that are new and different. We are trying a new caterer. The reports so far, from Installation, were excellent! Also, we have a very special Imperial Session in Nashville coming up in July. It promises to be one of the truly great Imperial Sessions, with LOTS of fun things to do! (Who could ever be bored in Nashville???) Don’t delay in reserving your place with us on the trip! Be sure to visit our website to see the special page we have dedicated to the Nashville trip.
Please remember - we can’t be a fellow Noble with you if you aren’t at our events. Please check out what we have planned and make every attempt to have some fun with us. Check out many of the event flyers in the Booster to find out more about what’s coming up.
Also, please keep in mind that I will be helping our First Lady, Vikki, promote her Fund-raiser throughout the year! It is fueled by the love and concern we have for my youngest granddaughter, Carli, who is an outpatient at the Springfield Hospital. (You can read more about her under the First Lady’s project page…)
We have some challenges as our Shrine undergoes some significant changes. It may not seem exactly like the Shrine we might remember from just a few short years ago. Changes often happen whether we may want them or not. As we face some of these challenges, please try to keep an open heart, an open mind, and a willingness to go the extra mile to help keep our Shrine strong and active. We have 4 new Divan members to add new ideas and new energy to our Shrine Many hands make light the work!
Finally, let me say Lady Vikki and I are looking forward to sharing a great year with all of you and to go on this special “Shrine Journey” together as a team… yes, as a Shrine Family!
We both wish you peace, health, prosperity, and Fraternal friendship in the coming year!