2017 Potentate Mark A. Simard
Dear Nobles, Ladies, And Friends,
I hope everyone had a wonderful July! What a way to cap off the month with a great Picnic hosted by H.P. & P. Brent Norris and Lady Tracey. Brent & Tracey put in a tremendous amount of hard work and effort to make this a successful event, from acquiring a sponsor for the event to putting together the menu and helping to set up the facility. The turnout for the event was awesome! For those of you who were not able to attend. KC’s Rib Shack of Manchester provided a meal of spare ribs, dry rubbed spare ribs, pulled pork, chicken breast, smoked sausage, coleslaw, baked beans, and corn bread, if anyone went away hungry it was not due to the lack of menu options or food. Lady Linda and I appreciate your hard work, effort, and time. KC’s Rib Shack is located at 836 Second St Manchester. They are open yearround for your barbeque fix.
Myself, Lloyd Doughty, Bushie Hill and our Ladies Linda, Donna, & Judy attended the 143rd Imperial Session of Shriners International. For those of you who are not familiar with the Imperial Session, it is basically a huge business meeting where Shriners from around the globe come together in one location every July and vote on legislation that effects both the Fraternity and the Hospitals. There were over 50 items to be voted on this year dealing with by-laws changes, some of which were passed, some failed, and other were withdrawn. Also at the Session the Imperial Officers are elected and installed in their respective positions. Our New Imperial Potentate is Gary J. Bergenske from Orlando, FL. And the newest members of the Imperial Divan are Randy Rudge as Imperial Recorder. Many of you may know Randy as head of Membership. He is also a member of Anah Shriners of Bangor Maine, and Larry Leib of Detroit as Imperial Outer Guard. I wish these gentlemen the best of luck in their new positions.
Our new Imperial Potentate Gary J. Bergenske has instituted a new referral program. You can refer a family member, friend or co-worker you feel would be a good candidate to become a Shriner. They will be sent information on becoming a Shriner with your name as the referring person. Imperial Sir Bergenske has set a goal of 12 thousand new Shriners by the 2018 Imperial session. I’m sure we all know at least one person who would make a good Shriner.
August is upon us and we have a couple of fun events this month. Beginning with the Poker Run on the 12th. Sign in starts at 10:00 am, with the 1st bikes leaving at 11:00 am. To pre-register please contact George St. Laurent at 603-865- 5359. Please see the ad in this issue of the Bektash News for complete details.
Aug. 15th, We are looking for volunteers (20-40) to sell music CD’s at the Styx & REO Speed Wagon concert at Meadow Brook in Gilford. We will meet at the venue at 4:30 for a tailgate party. When the gates open we will be inside selling CD’s for 2 hours before the concert starts. After we are finished selling we are welcome to stay and enjoy the concert. The last time we did this we raised over 3 thousand dollars for the Springfield Hospital in 2 hours!!! And had a blast doing it! Please call Dixie before Aug. 14th to have your name added to the list of volunteers. If your name doesn’t make the list they won’t let you into the venue.
Aug. 17th-20th is the North-East Shrine Association Field Days in Ottawa, Canada. We have approximately 90 people attending this year’s event. The Host for this event are Bushie and Judy Hill. It is Canada’s 150th anniversary. Our Hotel is 2 blocks from the Parliament where they will be having a Laser Light Show every night on the Parliament building. They will be doing a changing of the Guard at the Parliament Building before the parade There will also be plenty of events during the weekend to keep you entertained. Be sure to take in the parade and support our Drum Corps. I look forward to seeing everyone there.
Also on Aug. 20th Winnipesaukee Lodge #75 is hosting their Monthly Breakfast from 7:30-11:00am
In closing I would like to THANK the volunteers who helped to change out the lighting in the Hall. All the lighting has now been converted to LED. This should help to control our cost and give our facility a bright new look.
Mark A. Simard
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