The Potentate’s Message
Es Selamu Aleikum
Greetings Illustrious Sirs and Nobles all,
This issue of the Rajah News marks the halfway point of our 2018 Shrine year. It has been a busy year so far and we still have so much to do: Cigar Night, the Fighting Phils, and of course the many summer events that our Clubs and Units are putting on. It's going to be a fun summer!
We were fortunate to initiate a few new enthusiastic members into Rajah this past April. We also have a good number of restorations with members returning to Rajah. If you know of a former member who is thinking about rejoining, or a new perspective member please get them a petition. They are available on our website under the membership tab.
I struggle to bring up this last topic, but I owe it to you to be straight forward. The Pote's Picnic that has been the highlight of our summer, and our largest ceremonial, is in real danger of being canceled. The overall lack of attendance has caused the event to lose a substantial amount of money over the last several years and as a temple we can not afford to subsidize it anymore. The Committee has been working very hard to cut operating costs while still producing a first rate event, but ultimately it is up to all of us to support this event. If you want to save the Pote's Picnic all you need to do is buy a ticket early then come out and enjoy yourself. Sadly, if we do not have a substantial number of Pote's Picnic tickets sold by the end of June, we will have no choice but to cancel this event. Tickets are available through the office, we have some members who will be selling them, or for the first time they can be purchased on our website www.rajahshrine.org.
I look forward to seeing you at some fun Rajah events this summer!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Jared R. Kichline, Illustrious Potentate