Martin "Marty" Yanofsky
Welcome to a new year at Sphinx Shrine. I hope you and your families have enjoyed the joyous holiday season. Once again, I must say that I am honored that the Nobility has put their trust in me to lead Sphinx Shrine in 2018. Thanks to my First Lady Audrey for being my biggest supporter. This year the focus will be fun and philanthropy. Sphinx will sponsor some events that are purely designed to have fun, and others that are put together to have fun and raise money for our kids being treated in the Shrine Hospital for Children. We are trying to do new things like the Adult Easter Egg Hunt on April 7th. This event is guaranteed to be fun. Imagine a large group of adults searching with flashlights in the dark to find Easter eggs. They will be rewarded with adult prizes donated by local area businesses. Why should the children have all of the fun? Right?
For couples we will have a great Valentine’s Day Dance on February 17th with Scottish Rite and other Masonic organizations. Guaranteed to be a great time with music provided by Sapphire.
We are also trying to have events that families can enjoy as well. On June 2nd there will be Shriner’s Day at the Hartford Yardgoats. This will give Sphinx as well as area Shrine centers to display their motorized vehicles at most likely a sold-out baseball game this summer in Downtown Hartford. It will give Sphinx a great promotional opportunity to make the public aware of what being a Shriner is all about as well as promote the good work performed at Shrine Hospitals for Children. It will be a fun Public Relations opportunity that also raises money for the Shrine’s Hospital in Springfield.
Membership will be an important part of our focus. One of the major components in attracting new members and the retention of the members we already have is to offer quality programing. You have only heard about some of the events we will be having. There will even more to come in the coming year. Remember you can invite your friends and business associates to our events. What better way to introduce them to our fine fraternity and our great philanthropy.
There will be Boosters. There will be flyers and Email blasts. But the best way to advertise our Shrine is word of mouth. Let everyone you know about our great times. Perhaps they may want to become a Shriner.
If you have the opportunity, pay a visit to your Masonic lodge. Re-acquaint yourself with the brothers in your lodge. Tell them about the good times to be had at Sphinx. I can tell you that in the coming year Sphinx will be visiting the local lodges. We need to let them know about the advantages of being a Shriner and about what Shriners International does for Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
In addition, there will be bus trips available so everyone can see the hospitals in Springfield and Boston. You need to see what we support. So, keep your eyes and ears open. You don’t want to miss anything Sphinx will be doing in 2018. Be a part of it. Its going to be a great year!