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Has this ever been some winter? First it snowed then it snowed some more and then we got the really heavy stuff. The weather has made most event attendance at Mizpah unpredictable at best. For those who fought the elements to attend an event whether it was the Circus, Stated Meetings, Yoshi Monte Carlos or club and unit meetings I would like to extend my gratitude for your resilience to the forces of nature your efforts were/are greatly appreciated.

For those who attended the Pote’s trip to the Dominican Republic, thank you. Kathy and I had a great time and truly enjoyed your company. We hope you found the experience as good as we did.

When you see Rick Stirratt congratulate him on the addition of a new son-in-law. His daughter Mandy and husband Brad were married on a rooftop garden overlooking the ocean. The reception following was one we will always remember. Again thank you Rick.

Mizpah’s Spring Ceremonial will be April 19th. Registration starts at 9:00 AM with ceremonial starting at 10:00AM. Brian McNaughton and the Ceremonial Cast are working hard to present a program which will be truly meaningful. The Directors staff will provide us with entertainment while the Class Directors will keep everything running smoothly. Please plan on attending. We will have refreshment and light snacks after the proceedings. The Divan will accept petitions prior to the start of proceedings please bring your completed petitions and qualified candidates to ceremonial. Membership is every Noble’s responsibility.

Lady Kathy is diligently making preparations’ for the Mizpah Ladies’ party May 1st. Nobles please let your lady know she is invited to attend an evening of refreshment, dinner and entertainment and should plan on making reservations as soon as possible. The Sportsman Raffle should be gaining momentum as you read this. Dave Elliott and the Raffle committee have been working hard to make the Second Annual Raffle September 6th a bigger event with more things to do as well as additional prizes to win. There will be more space for club and units to have their own raffle.

If your club has not decided to raffle something please reconsider. You will have an opportunity to sell your raffle tickets to more than 2500 attendees. Sportsman Raffle tickets are printed and distribution has begun. Should you need tickets to sell or buy stop by the Circus office during their regular business hours and pick them up. Everything is just as last year; sell three Tickets and gain the opportunity to enter the sellers raffle at no additional charge. We are looking forward to improving our ticket sales by offering higher quality items than last year. The 105th item drawn will be for the Grand Prize; a Browning Citori 725, Over/Under 12 ga. with case valued over $2000.00.

Coho fishing is fast approaching. This is the 40th anniversary of this event. Derby dates this year are registration, Meet and Greet Thursday May 8th, fishing Friday and Saturday with the Awards Banquet starting at 5:30 PM. Please plan on attending this fun event.

Fraternally Yours,
Steve Cowan, Potentate