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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Last night was our last class for February.  That means we are almost halfway to the Potentate’s Ball!   We welcomed Bret and Susan Staller to the class and they jumped in with both feet.  I was surprised my BIG BROTHER was so nimble on his feet!!
We will have an altered schedule due to the Cruise.  We will meet Next Monday, March 4, and then on March 25.  To finish out this year’s class we will also dance on Monday April 1, 15, and the final on the 22nd.  Everyone is welcome to come join us at any class!!

Monday, February 25, 2013


We attended the Murat (Indianapolis)Potentate’s Ball Saturday night honoring Ill. Sir James Priest.  It was a wonderful beginning of about 2 months of the Divan visiting balls around our area. 
I had the opportunity talk to Imperial Sir John Cinotto who is absolutely ecstatic at our pre-registration for the convention in July.  ANTIOCH IS STILL THE NUMBER ONE TEMPLE attending with 120 rooms reserved for Indy!   Great job and thanks for your support.  WE WILL continue to show Tampa and Shriners International we are back and we are #1!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

With the icy conditions out there today, this is the perfect time for you to think about WARM island days!! Ok we may not be on an island but we can bring the Caribbean to you! JOIN US!!  Tickets available from the Divan, Aides and at the Office!

        ANTIOCH SHRINE PRESENTS   the BJ & Billie Experience
                 Join the Antioch Parrot Heads and
Travel to the Caribbean (Without Leaving Antioch) 
Games, Contests, Prizes & Try Your Attempt at Singing?
A Scavenger Hunt Highlights the Evening!
Cheeseburgers In Paradise, & Frozen Margarita included, or C.O.D. bar.
    Doors Will Open at 5 O’clock Somewhere (in Dayton) $15.00 per person

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Last night we had our bi-monthly Divan meeting and also the Leadership & Training meeting.  Special THANKS to Rick Maynard for cooking at the social hour before the meeting.  Remember this meeting is open to ALL Nobles.  You are encouraged to attend to learn the institutional  knowledge of Antioch and the Shrine!  Last night Kevin Sweeney went over our web site and all the information that is at your fingertips.  Kevin has spent many MONTHS working on our site.  If you look at some of the shrine websites, Kevin has ours near the top in information available!!  GREAT JOB KEVIN!!
Don’t forget the Daughters of the Nile spaghetti dinner and the Bobbies euchre party this Saturday.  Please help support your units and clubs!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The beginning of a new week. 
When I got to the office today, I sadly learned we lost 3 members over the weekend to the black camel.  We will miss these nobles! This reminds us how important it is to find new members for our fraternity.   We have the opportunity with the Grand Masters One Day Class, April 20.   With the timing of that day, I have moved the Ceremonial from April 20, to Saturday, June 1.  As one door closes, another opens.  This will turn out, to be a better day for the candidates and their ladies.  We can now include a trip to the Cincinnati Hospital.   This again works into the theme for the year of HONORING OUR PAST, when we used to make trips to Cincinnati with new members. 

I also attended the Past Potentates meeting.  They always have good suggestions and it’s good to listen to the group that used to be there!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sunday is usually a rest day for everyone, but yesterday, the 2013 Aides along with Tom & Collette Schoff, P.P., Stan & Sally Brookins, began preparation for the 2013 Potentate’s Ball.  Everyone will be receiving information in the mail for the event on April 27.  It will be a fun event with a few things HONORING THE PAST, and a special photo opportunity while we RACE TOWARD Imperial in Indianapolis!!

Saturday, February 16, 2013


 What a wonderful evening we had Friday at the Fish Fry co-sponsored by the Marching Patrol.   As you see them working hard in the kitchen preparing the dinner, about 100 enjoyed the great food that was provided. 
THANKS also goes to the Pote’s Little Symphony for providing musical entertainment for the evening! 
I don’t want to forget our Aides for this year.  Another great job helping at the event.  You are the best!!  We now will RACE TOWARD the PARRIOT HEAD PARTY on April 6!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Last night Pam & I joined Jerry & Carol Jamieson at the Warren Co. SC installation dinner.  We were introduced to one of “OUR” children who recently was at the Cincinnati Burns Hospital.    The McGuire’s were in Tennessee last Labor Day weekend when the boat they were on exploded.    Guy and his father Kevin were both burned.  The hospital that was treating them there was going to send them to different hospitals miles apart. 
Jerry (who is on the Board of Governors at Cincinnati) received a call to see if Antioch would pay for the transport of Guy to Cincinnati.  ABSOLUTELY was Jerry’s answer.   Along with that his father was also transported to Cincinnati’s University Hospital next door.  Guy’s mother Ashley never left his side.   Today Guy and Kevin are doing great!   Jerry got to finally meet the family he helped out last year.  We received a tearful THANK YOU from all the family members and there wasn’t a dry eye from any of us who were very proud and it reminds us……. WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO!!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Our new partner the DAYTON SHARKS are treating our new relationship very well!  What a surprise to find out they have include us on the cover of their program!   CR. Scott Lipps, and AR. Kevin Sweeney have been invited as special guests to opening night this Friday for a meet and greet with the other sponsors of the Sharks. 
The Sharks have permitted us to have a table set up at all of their games to promote Antioch and to sell our Circus T-Shirts.  Please call the office is you can help volunteer for one of the games.   Watch for a special announcement concerning Antioch Shrine night at the Sharks game on April 14.   

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

At the Circus this year the Funsters allowed me to present to Billy Martin, Ringmaster for Royal Hannaford Circus his ANTIOCH RINGMASTER fez. 
He was very humbled and proud to wear his fez during the rest of the weekend.  He is so proud of it, here he is wearing it at the Circus he was at in South Carolina last weekend!! 


If you have not heard, Jessica and Ryan Conde (President of the Indy Cars) were blessed with a beautiful little girl...7 lb, 11 oz..."Ariana," on Monday, February 11th at 10:22pm.  
You will know here better in the future as the NEW GRAND- DAUGHTER of Chief Rabban Scott Lipps.  aka GRAMPS!   

Monday, February 11, 2013

After a weekend of rest and relaxation for most (some of us remodeled bathrooms all weekend) we are back at it!   Tonight, come out and join Bob & Mitizi Mittlestead for our DANCING WITH THE SHRINERS ballroom dance class.  It begins at 7pm.  We have some of our younger members, and new members enjoying the class.  Some of us are learning a few things so we will look good at the upcoming Potentates Ball (April 27).
Don’t forget the Fantastic Friday Fish Fry this week co-sponsored by the Marching Patrol.  Doors open at 5:30, buffet line begins at 6:30.  There will be craft sales in the lobby with a portion of the proceeds going to the lower level renovation project.
BABY WATCH……we should know soon how Chief Rabban Scott Lipps looks as a GRNAD PA!  Glad I’m not that old!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

What a difference a day makes!  The hotel we are staying at in Indy sold to a new group in December.  Thursday, I made a trip over there to meet my new contact.  (Good thing I did!)  It started off well with the GM not remembering the appointment.  Then we re-created 2+ years worth of notes as they could not find the contracts.  After about 2 hours, and thankfully I had all my notes and contracts we are back on track.  I also met with the caterers and the Indy Racing Experience for final arrangements with them for our parties while we are there!  WE ARE GOOD TO GO!!

Finally back in town Pam & I joined Kevin and Val at the Provost Guard/ Fairborn SC dinner and installation……Wes was in Huntsville to install the new officers of the Funsters.  Well I should say they took REAL GOOD care of him.  Wes....you missing anything??  Those Clowns!! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

With the Provost Guard joining Fairborn SC on Thursday for their installation dinner, most of the Divan has a night off!  (Jerry and the Pipers will be practicing)  Actually we made up for it last night with a long Divan meeting.  Stan Brookins reported on Antioch’s investments which are in very good shape!  Thanks Stan.   To keep the excitement of the weekend going, we started discussions on the 2014 Circus. 
Friday, February 15, Fish Fry at Antioch.  Doors open at 5:30, with dinner beginning at 6:30.  The ladies will have booths in the lobby selling crafts, etc. with a portion of the proceeds going to the lower level renovation.
Tuesday, February 19, Leadership & Training meeting.  All nobles are invited to attend!  Social hour from 6:30 –7:30, with the meeting beginning at 7:30.
More fun events are coming, as we continue to RACE TOWARD THE FURURE!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Normal Day??

Well its almost been a month since installation.  We have been on the run since that day.  Club & Unit installations, final planning and then actually putting on the Circus!  WOW its been a long time since normal!  Today is just that day.  Divan meeting tonight.  Then home to relax a little tonight.

Today, Doug Johnson and crew installed new video monitors in the lobby where we can keep everyone up-to-date with the latest activities here at Antioch.  We hope to have them programed in time for the fish fry on Friday, February 15, a week from Friday.....THANKS DOUG!!

Monday, February 4, 2013


Here are some pictures by the Photo Unit from over the weekend at the Circus.  It was a GREAT HONOR to be able to Fez Billy Martin with his Ringmasters Fez.  Special thanks to the Funsters for getting the fez and to Dir. Mick Lile who after only 3+ weeks from open heart surgery came to help make the special evening.  Mick get back home and get Well Soon!!

Also lady Pam was a little worried with ME putting on makeup for Sunday’s final show.

Can up pick the lady clown out in this picture??

What a great weekend!  

Sunday, February 3, 2013

It's a Wrap

After a long weekend, the 2013 circus has come to completion. Thanks for everyone's hard work!!


Larry Cornett working on suite pictures for the circus guests

Saturday, February 2, 2013


With a HUGE crowd the Saturday night performance was a big success. Thanks to all that worked hard Saturday. Come out for Sundays final on SUPER CIRCUS SUNDAY!!!


Don't ever leave clowns without anything to do


With a little snow more people turned out for the first show. Make sure you make out tonight or Sunday!!

Friday, February 1, 2013


Billy Martin broadcasting live from the UD Arena. Thanks to WKEF22 & WRGT45 for making Scott actually show up BEFORE 6am