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Dear Fellow Nobles,

     Another January has rolled by and we had a very successful Mizpah Shrine Circus! We thank all those who gave untold hours selling tickets or working at the Coliseum from setup to cleanup. We also thank Steve Trump and his crew for all the hard work they have done this past year to make the 2017 Shrine Circus an unforgettable experience for the audience. We thank Tarzan Zerbini for bringing his wonderful circus to Fort Wayne in his usual fine style.

     By the time you read this, the Potentate's trip to Antigua in February will be a thing of the past. Another notable event on the Shrine calendar is the Mizpah Shrine Children’s Easter Party on April 1, and then the Mizpah Shrine Oyster Dinner and Men's NCAA Basketball championship game on April 3. This event will be an entertaining evening with your fellow Shriners and their ladies. The oyster dinner will begin at 7 p.m. and the game on the big screen will begin at 9 p.m. Plan to attend this event and enjoy an evening of great food and see a sport that is dear to the hearts of many Hoosiers!

     On April 8 we will have the spring ceremonial. We hope the number of new Shriners we initiate will be outstanding. Bobbi Jo Wright, the little girl on the Silent Messenger, will be present for the arch degree. The first section of the ceremonial will begin at 2 p.m. and the arch degree will commence at 6 p.m. Ladies are invited to attend the arch degree.

     We are planning for at least four Shrine parades this year. There is a possibility of more parades; the Mizpah Divan will discuss them as they are presented to us. The parade schedule is posted on Page 7, so flip over and view it there. We will also publish it on the website, which will reflect additions or changes.

     We understand the frustration of many of you Shriners as the dues notices were not sent out on a timely basis this past fall. We promise that situation will be resolved in coming years. If you haven't received your dues notice, please contact the Mizpah offi ce at (260 ) 426-4543 or email at recorder@mizpahshrine.com and we will send you a new dues notice. The offi ce is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Yours in the Faith,
Hal Harting