Down the Back Straightaway!
Well.... Daytona Beach was HOT!!! The weather was great, the beach inviting,
and we had 60 Nobles and Ladies accompanying us. Our Cycle Unit competed and
brought back Award Certificates. The International Motor Corps Group decided to
give out certificates to the winners of various categories rather than trophies
and donate the savings to the Shrine Hospitals.
There were many social events including the Hall of Fame Luncheon, the Ladies
Luncheon, and an Aleppo Dinner Banquet. Camaraderie, fellowship and Brotherhood
were not absent. But, there were also many meetings and much serious work.
Imperial Chief Raban Gary Bergenske was elected to the position of Imperial
Potentate and from Bangor Maine; Anah Shriners’ very own Randy Rudge was elected
our new Imperial Recorder.
Imperial Sir Bergenske has an aggressive goal of creating 12,000 new Shriners
before the next Imperial Session and has introduced his new membership referral
program "I AM Committed Now RU." Nobles can now refer family members, friends
and acquaintances through a new web site, beashrinernow.com/referral. You'll be
hearing more on this program from our membership team. We need to be a part of
this success. The traditional Shrine Parade was nothing short of spectacular. It
was huge!! Due to the large number of Massachusetts’s retirees now living in
Florida, Aleppo received a warm welcome from the spectators.
For me, the highlight of the Session was the Wednesday afternoon Public
Relations program where this year’s National Patient Ambassadors, Isabella Rose
and Emily Mellish were announced. Their stories were emotional and moving and
reinforced why we do what we do. I'm sure you'll hear more about these wonderful
young ladies stories in upcoming editions of the Aleppo News.
It's hard to believe the summer is half over, so get out there and have some
fun. I'd like to thank everyone that helped make our Imperial Session Trip a
success. We can achieve much more when we're ALL rowing in the same direction.
And as Bill Belichick says, Do Your Job!
Es Selamu Aleikum
Illustrious Francis J. Mason
Potentate, Aleppo Temple – 2017