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Greetings everyone:

WOW, what a fast couple months this has been. I’d like to

give everyone a little update so far this year. First I need to go

back to December where ILL SR. Mike Pickett and the Divan

replaced the van that was damaged in an accident with a brand

new Chrysler Pacifica, which is all wheel drive.This van should

make a nice van for years to come. In January we accepted a bid

from Ace Signs for a programmable digital sign for the building,

which should be here in March. Along with that, the existing

sign on the building with the logos is being redone and will go

up at the same time the digital sign goes up. This digital sign is

there to advertise ourselves and to let the public know what we

have going on in the Temple on a weekly basis. We also have

decided to purchase our own tablets to operate the Square card

readers. The will be used for the circus, for the parade of trees

and any other function we may hold so people will be able to use

debit or credit cards if they want.

I know there have been a lot of questions as to the web page. I have been in contact with

the web designer and I believe he and I are on the same page now. I and the office are getting

him the rest of the information he needs to get this updated and running so you should start

to see some improvements on the web page.

On February 14th we hosted the 2nd annual Valentine dinner. Peggy and I can not

thank everyone enough for taking part in this. We served about 66 dinners that night and

every lady that was there was given a chocolate rose. The proceeds from this event are going

to the Ladies Auxiliary for the Kids Christmas Party and the SMC. We would also like to

thank the Abu Bekr Chefs Unit for preparing the fabulous dinner that night.

Well at the end of February we head to Alexandria, MN for the MSA winter business

meeting and we will have a report after that on what the plan is for this summer.

Along with our burger night every Wednesday night, the Abu Bekr Foot Patrol is having

their annual spaghetti feed on March 4th at the Temple and on March 18th the WHMP

Stablemates along with Divan members will be hosting their annual St. Patrick’s dinner party

and auction at the Temple. Both of these events are a great time and offer a lot of great food,

fun and fellowship.

The Circus may seem a ways off, but it’s not. It is coming up fast and Chief Rabban

Colin Ross and his team are working very hard to make this another great success for our

Temple. Remember it takes all of us to make this work and as our main fundraiser it is

very important. If you can only be there for

a couple performances your help is greatly


First Lady Peggy’s cookbooks are

available for purchase at the Shrine office or

give Peggy a call. There are over 400 recipes

in the cookbook and the work that Peggy

and Jean Plummer did on this is fantastic.

Till next month, be safe and have fun

and remember: “Be all that we can be in


Yours In Faith,

Rich Porter, Potentate

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