ILLUSTRIOUS SIR, JOSEPH J. McALEESE, JR.
I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day and an enjoyable February with the mild temperatures reminiscent of Spring. We held our first Oasis night which had huge attendance. Thank you to all who attended and made this night very enjoyable. These gatherings are held quarterly, our next upcoming Oasis Night’s is Friday, May 25 th at 5:30, we look forward to seeing everyone there.
We are in full swing with fundraising with several events being held in March. We will hold our very first cash Bingo on March 4, followed up by a second Bingo date of Friday March 16. On St. Patrick’s Day night Rickie Valli Tribute band by the Light’s Out Vocals will be performing. Tickets are moving fast so please continue the efforts and I am looking forward to everyone’s attendance. We are continuing to sell Lottery Tickets and several of our Nobles, including myself, have won. I would like to give hats off to the combined efforts of our co-chairmen Dave Hutchins and Drew Gregg for a very successful Sportsman’s Show held in February. This is their 3rd year of chairing this event and without their efforts it would have not been a success.
Our Membership committee chaired by our very own Chief Rabban Ricky Swalm has put together a wonderful presentation for the Blue Lodges promoting Shriner’s and especially Nur Temple. He and his team will be out and about throughout the state, so please keep and eye out for your Trestle board on dates and times at your Blue Lodge. Again, you can also make a difference by taking the time to help promote the Shrine in your Blue Lodge and other events too. This is a great organization to be involved in and the best Masonic philanthropy, Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
Lastly, Noble Dave Wheeler is finalizing his plans to hike the entire Appalachian Trail to raise money and awareness of the Shriner’s hospital. He will be live streaming his progress on a website specific for this event. We need all our Nobles to support and promote this event not only in our Lodges but throughout our community and other states. Noble Dave ventures out on March 5 in Springhill GA. He needs all our support.
Because of all your efforts, we are on track to a very successful year. Let’s keep up the great work to make Nur Shrine the place every Mason would like to join!
Yours in the faith,
Joe McAleese, Potentate 2018