First and foremost I would like to thank the Marzuq Nobles for electing me their Potentate for 2018. My lady Sharon and I are looking forward to an exciting and fun filled year. We know this is only possible with your support. With your involvement will we reach new heights and goals for our Marzuq Shrine Temple.
This year our Temple will be awarding two new awards; 1) The Top Line Signer Award and 2) The Traveling Parade Unit Award. The Top Line Signer Award will be given to the Noble who signs the most petitions for New Nobles. This Noble will receive a Shrine Watch at our annual Awards Night in November. The Traveling Parade Unit Award will be given to the parade unit that participates in the most parades through the month of October with at least two Nobles participating. This unit will receive a plaque at the Annual Award Night.
The current elected and appointed Marzuq Shrine Divan is very dedicated, hardworking and has a strong desire to move our Temple forward in a positive direction. Each of these Nobles values your opinion and suggestions and will readily listen to your positive solutions.
There will be several new events this year that you, the Nobles, have suggested. Also, the Marzuq Web page is updated and will be useful to list the upcoming events, parades, etc. as well as a calendar of events. The Marzuq Facebook Page will continue, so please post as appropriate. Of course you will continue to receive e-mails and texts. If you are not receiving e-mails and texts, please call the Recorder and let him know. The Divan and I know that well informed Nobles will lead to a better Shrine Temple.
This year you will notice several changes, again, a result of your suggestions. Probably, the most notable is each of our meetings will have our Ladies in attendance. On our Stated meetings, January, April, August (moved back a month due to Imperial Session) and October, the Nobles and Ladies will dine together and after the meal the Nobles will go next door for their meeting. My Lady Sharon will have a Ladies Program on these months.
The monthly Family Nights has been renamed to Family and Friends Nights to encourage the entire family as well as friends of the Nobles to attend. The Divan wants the family to feel a part of our Temple as well as for our friends too.
In 1872 the Shrine was started on the premises of having fun. I believe this is the very basics of the Shrine. Of course, as the Shrine grew the Shriners developed a purpose and that purpose was to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Thus, “Having Fun with a Purpose.”
It is my sincere hope that 2018 will be a fun and positive year for the Marzuq Shrine Temple. Should we all work in harmony and with brotherly love we can accomplish many things for our Shrine Temple. Marzuq Shrine belongs to you, the Nobles, and only you can make the year 2018 a great and successful year.
Now, let’s all go have fun with a purpose. Remember, It’s for the Kids.