Ill. Sir Bruce Fairclough
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!