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  Illustrious Sir Richard H. Smith

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 Helping Children Live Their Dreams

Ill. Sir Richard H.Smith and Lady Diane

Illustrious Sir Richard H Smith - 2018 Potentate of Zembo Shrine and his Lady Diane

Message From the 2018 Potentate . . .

Happy New Year from the 2018 Zembo Shrine Divan and their ladies! We hope your Holidays were a joyous time and that each of you are now feeling refreshed as we start a new year. It is with a deep sense of both pride and humility that I accept the office of Potentate for 2018. I would like to sincerely thank the Nobles for electing me to this position, for it is an honor and a privilege to serve as the leader of this fine Shrine Temple. Each day, I will do my very best to strengthen and enhance Zembo Shrine. I would like to thank Illustrious Sir Robert D. Cook and Lady Rickie for the outstanding leadership they provided in Charting A New Course for Zembo in 2017. As the Captain of our ship in 2017 we enjoyed our time being on board with you. The
Ill. Sir, being a Navy veteran, will understand when we say, “Bravo Zulu”, which is a Navy term for a job “Well Done”. May you have fair winds and following seas.
The Divan is looking forward to 2018. We invite everyone to attend the Family Worship & Public Installation on January 7, 2018 at 2 PM in the Zembo Shrine auditorium. The Chaplain Corps have planned an outstanding service pertaining to this year’s motto, “Helping Children Live Their Dreams”. Please plan to attend, you will meet the Divan and their ladies, the Aides to the Potentate, Colonel and Lt. Colonel of the Units and the Past Potentates. A light lunch will be provided. Please call the office if you will be attending.
This year’s motto is “Helping Children Live Their Dreams”. Just as each of us have hopes and dreams for our children we must never forget the real reason of our philanthropy, helping and healing children at our 22 Shriner Hospitals. Please remember that in everything we do, as Shriners, our goal is to maintain our hospitals so we can serve every child in helping them achieve their dreams. Let us never forget that.
The Potentate’s America’s Music Cities trip is scheduled for October 7th to the 14th, 2018. We will be traveling to New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville. In New Orleans we will visit the French Quarter where we will see the majestic St. Louis Cathedral, Pirates Alley, the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba. We’ll also indulge ourselves in Louisiana cuisine during a unique cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. In Memphis, we’ll enjoy delectable Southern Cuisine along with some of the best live music in town. We’ll be able to visit Graceland as well as exploring Beale Street’s musical clubs. In Nashville we’ll visit the Belle Meade Plantation as well as taking a seat at the Grand Ole Opry. We’ll also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, the Historic RCA Studio B and many more sights too numerous to mention. More information is inside this Pep-er.
A one day bus trip to the Hudson Valley in New York is planned for Saturday, May 12, 2018. We will visit Kykuit, a preeminent Hudson Valley Landmark which was the home to four generations of the Rockefeller family; the unique and breathtaking Lyndhurst Castle, one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions; and the Union Church of Pocantico Hills where you will see beautiful stained-glass windows by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall.
I am excited and looking forward to 2018 and “Helping Children Live Their Dreams.” 


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