Martin "Marty" Yanofsky
Fall - 2018
Illustrious Sirs, Fellow Nobles and Ladies,
Welcome back to the second half of the 2018 year at Sphinx Shrine. I hope you and your families have enjoyed the summer season. I am extremely proud and humbled to have served you as your Potentate this year. It is not over yet. My first order of business is to thank my Lady, your First Lady Audrey, for all of the hard work that she has done to date. Without her assistance getting things done would have been impossible. Also, I want to thank our Divan for their support thus far especially, Illustrious Rick White, PP current Recorder and his Lady Joy, Walter Sherman and Bruce Fairclough.
This year we had several very successful fun events which include the Installation of Officers, Back to the Beach Party and a Valentines Day Dance. Each were well attended and a great time was had by everyone who attended. In addition we had the traditional Easter Egg Hunt for the kids as well as a night time Easter Egg Hunt For Adults. These events were well done. The Adult event featured refreshments and Adult during at the Shrine Center that went on past 11:00 pm with attendees claim their prizes and enjoying refreshments and camaraderie with other guests.
The Potentate’s Reception Weekend was a wonderful time. I want to thank the Sphinx Shrine Band, the Legion of Honor as well as the Director’s Staff headed by Bill Orkney for doing a wonderful job. My Lady Audrey did a fabulous job with the table decorations and Joy White, Donna Hammond, Laurie and Terry Worster did a great set up job. Ed Sauer took great pictures to remember the fine event. Those that attended from far distances and close by, I thank you so much for attending. It was a wonderful weekend that Audrey an I will never forget.
It has been a very active parade season. I want to thank all of the clubs and units that participated in our Temple Parades. Everyone did a great job and they are to be commended. All of those that appear in parades to raise funds for our hospitals and funds to keep their unit’s equipment in shape, I salute you for a fine parade season.
The Shrine Imperial Session in Daytona Beach, FL was very productive this year. We confronted many issues about Shrine Hospital For Children and hope to have resolutions that will make them stronger.
If you attended this Maple Sugar Bowl weekend in Vermont I am sure you enjoyed spending the weekend with other shrine centers in New England. The Northeast Shrine Association will be meeting soon in Vermont. If you have never attended events such as this you are missing out on a lot.
On September 26, 2018 we will have our first monthly meeting of the Fall. It will feature a complimentary dinner. This occasion’s purpose will be to thank the Nobility for all that you do during the year as Sphinx Shriners.
We still have a Membership problem. The problem is we need new members. Hopefully member that will be engaged in the great work we do. I challenge everyone to bring in ONE Member, One. If you bring one in now and before our ceremonial, November 3rd. your dues for 2019 will be paid. In the coming months I hope to make membership recruitment visitations to all lodges in the 5th Masonic District. I am doing my part. How about you? I cannot do it alone.
I am trying to do some small things to keep up our building and make a difference. They may be small but they are important. All outside lighting around the building are now LED light which are efficient and bright. I want to thank Ed Schilke for installing them. There is a light switch now in the closet where we store our tables and chairs. The front handicapped entrance lights are now LED to minimize the electricity usage. The lighting in the Men’s bathroom has been fixed. Also, for the first time since 2014, our flags are lighted after sunset.
I am trying to bring us to the 21st century. You will soon have the chance to pay your dues on our web site. At present you can purchase tickets to events such as the Beatles Forever Hospital Fund raiser on line. You can still do it the old fashion way by mail or calling the office or email. But for those willing and able to use the internet this will save you time and stamps.
I urge you to attend the Shrine events coming up that I and your Divan will be putting on. Beatles Tribute Fundraiser, Awards Night, Ceremonial, Chief Rabban’s Night as well as the adult and kid’s Christmas Holiday parties.
There is also a very important event that I would really like to see a packed house for. That is Remembrance Sunday, Sunday November 3rd at
2:30 pm. We need to honor and memorialize the Nobles we have lost in the past year. I promise that it will be a Non- Denominational Service done with extreme respect to the Nobles we have lost and their families. I respectfully request your attendance.
I am Looking forward to serving the balance of my term as your Potentate. I hope to see you at Sphinx.