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March 2018 – Potentate’s Message

To all nobles, ladies and friends of Jaffa Shriners, I hope you all had a happy holiday season with friends and family.
With the election now behind us, it’s time to get down to business. You may have heard me say that no other corporation changes its CEO every year and a major corporation like Jaffa should be no different. However we must, therefore the Divan
has been meeting on a regular basis during the past year to begin planning for 2018 and beyond. We’ve developed a 5-year strategic plan so that we can consistently continue the direction and focus of Jaffa Shrine.

We will need the help of every noble in order to achieve our goals: physically, administratively and financially. Many hands will help to lighten the workload. Over the next couple of years, we are looking at many structural improvements to preserve the beautiful and historical facility that we call “home.” Membership is the foundation of our fraternity and bringing in new members is very important as well as preserving our current membership. Within your units and clubs, please make sure all feel welcomed and needed.

Our divan has been busy helping plan many events for 2018. A new event—the Mountain City Beer and Wine Festival—was held January 20. We hope to make this first time event an annual fundraiser for Jaffa. Other events to keep in mind are the annual Sports Show February 23-25, The NEW truck raffle, with the winning ticket to be drawn on the last day of the Sports Show, the Potentate’s Reception on March 24 and the 79th Annual Jaffa Shrine Circus April 9-15. I will keep you updated with information about these events and those that will follow in upcoming Jaffa Journals.

My lady Sue and I have some fun trips lined up. The first is an all inclusive trip to Punta Cana June 3-10. We’ve got an exciting year planned and I hope to see many nobles and their ladies come out and join the fun. Together, we can make Jaffa great!


Bob and Sue