A Message from the Potentate

Francis J. Mason
Illustrious Potentate


2017 Potentate's Message

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

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