Happy New Year! It is an honor and a privilege to be elected the Potentate of Zembo Shrine for the year 2013. I wish to thank all of the nobility who have supported me throughout the last four years, for their dedication to this Shrine, for their hard work and for their willingness to see Zembo succeed in 2013 and beyond.
With the office of Potentate comes tremendous responsibility: the responsibility of sound monetary practices and the wise uses of our resources; the responsibility of attendance at Club and Unit meetings to encourage each leader to provide a good agenda for their Club or Unit; and the responsibility to communicate to each and every member the issues, problems and good works that are occurring throughout the year at our Temple. I promise to do my best to continue the great tradition that others have put in place before me regarding each of these responsibilities.
I would like to extend a big “Thank You” to Illustrious Sir Michael Govora, Jr., P.P. for a job well done in 2012. Sustaining our membership has see it’s best year in many years, enthusiasm is strong for activities and Club and Unit meetings, and cooperation among the elected Divan was great under his leadership.
The theme for 2013 is “Looking Beyond Ourselves to Care For Kids”. This is taken from the last line of the Shriners Creed, which states, “As Shriners, we look beyond ourselves to serve the needs of others, especially children who cannot help themselves.” I believe that each and every member of Zembo Shrine looks upon this as the main reason we support our Temple with our spirit, time, talent and means.
In 2013, I will do my best to make membership retention and growth a top priority. I will do my best to support all Club and Unit activities. And with your support, I will make each stated meeting both fun and interesting for all Nobles. Please try to attend our stated meeting on the first Friday of the month at our Shrine Center.
Remembering that this organization was a fraternity before it was a philanthropy, try to attend your Blue Lodge meeting, showing support for your fellow brothers. Finally, I look forward to seeing each of you at the many Club and Units meetings throughout each month. I will do my best to make this the year of THE FEZ (Together Helping Each other so that our Fraternity Endures at Zembo.
P.S. Please feel free to go to the "Upcoming Events" page on our website and scroll down to the page to view our Member Event List and the Stated Meeting schedule. If you haven't received your latest Pep~er issue, or have misplaced it, please remember that we post an electronic version under the "Pep~er Online" link on the website for your convenience.
Yours in the Faith,
J. Edward Kaylor