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I would like to start by congratulating Dave Elliot and the entire Sportsman’s Raffle Committee. If you chose not to help on that day you missed history. I cannot overstate how important this event was to securing the future of the Mizpah Shrine Center and the children we serve. Besides the obvious fiscal benefits we must remember how over 2,000 guests were exposed to who we are and what we do. Thank you to everyone who sold tickets and volunteered to help make the raffle a huge success. Please plan on being committed to the 2nd Annual Sportsman’s Raffle to be held on September 6th, 2014. Tickets go on sale soon.

On Saturday October 5th the Mizpah Shriners will gather for the 1st Annual Mizpah Barn Party. This event will take place at the beautiful Auer Farm. This gorgeous facility is located at 3750 West Keiser Road in South Whitley, Indiana. The festivities will start at 5pm with dinner at 6pm. Everything will be provided. From the hog, to the refreshments, to the square dance band, it’s all complimentary. Of course the dress is casual so come on out in whatever you have on. This is the Divan’s way of saying, “Thank You.” One of the best things about being a member of Mizpah is being able to enjoy the social benefits available to you. You will not want to miss this fun filled night with all your friends you have not yet met.

Want to support the Mizpah Transportation Fund just by watching baseball? I have an opportunity for you. On Friday October 18th the Mizpah Shrine Center will host the Market Place and Pennant Race. Here is how it works. You bring your Lady to the Market Place held in the Ballroom of the Mizpah Shrine Center.

She will have the unique opportunity to shop from a myriad of local artists as well as specialized vendors. Each of these merchants will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to the Mizpah Transportation Fund. While your Lady shops upstairs you are invited to enjoy the Major League Pennant Race in the Mizpah Lounge. Every Noble who brings their Lady to the Market Place will receive complimentary refreshments and pizza during the Pennant Race. It is just that easy. The evening starts at 6pm so don’t be late. Remember no Lady, no pizza. I cannot make it any easier.

Finally please remember the Fall Ceremonial will be held the evening of Saturday November 16th at 6pm. We will once again host a Ladies Program during the First Section and ask the Ladies to join us during the Arch Degree. The Divan Wives are working hard to create a new program for the fall. This means even if you attended the historic Spring Ceremonial, you will not want to miss this event. I ask all interested clubs and units to create a display and be prepared to welcome our newest Nobles. This is your chance to grow your club and create active members. Once again we will have refreshments and Hors’ Devours following the ceremony. The band will provide entertainment as we all gather to further our legacy as Mizpah Shriners.

Your Humble Servant,
Mike Hardiek, Potentate 2013