2017 Potentate's Message


Where does the time go?  It seems like only yesterday when Illustrious Sir Kevin Rhodes asked me to be his Outer Guard, and now here I am the 106th Potentate of Murat Shrine.  It wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s support.  Thank you for helping me along this journey.

We have a big year ahead of us and I want to share some of my ideas so far, and ask for any ideas and suggestions you have.

First priority will continue to be Membership.  We have had several years of successful Membership programs and we will continue to emphasize membership this year.  Without our continued membership growth the Shrine will be gone and there will be a system of Hospitals with no fraternity.  Not a pretty picture.

Our membership team is working hard to continue our growth and set Murat up for a strong future.

If you know a Mason who would be a good Shriner, bring him down to our beautiful Shrine Center and show him what we do with our hospitals.  Also if you know a man who would be a good Shriner, review with him the benefits of membership and contact us as we have a group of Shriner Friendly lodges that we can  refer him to so that the process can be easier.
At the November Ceremonial, the membership team gave each new noble and their lady a special ribbon pin.  They have been asked to wear this to all events over the next few months, so we can identify the new Nobles and make them feel welcome.  Please make sure to introduce yourself to our new Brothers and make them feel part of our family.
We hit the road running with our fraternal events in 2017.

On January 21 St Petersburg, Florida will host the 92nd annual East – West Shrine all star football game.   Murat plans to be there in force.  We have a limited number of packages available that include dinner with the players and coaches on the turf of Tropicanna Field on Friday.  Saturday morning starts with a tailgate party at the Stadium parking lot with great food, beverages, and fellowship.  From there we proceed inside to view the oldest college All Star football game from a private suite with more food and beverages, and then back to our hotel for continued fellowship and relaxation.

On Sunday January 22, we will be doing something different as we join our ladies and travel to Ft Meyers to spend a few days enjoying the Florida Sunshine and try to thaw out from Indiana’s winter.  There will be plenty of time for tourist activities, sightseeing, and of course socializing.  You can attend both of these events or join us for either one individually.  Packages are available through our Fraternal Office.

January 28th will be our annual Leadership Conference at Murat.  This is a great opportunity for all club officers to learn more about the workings of Murat, what we can and cannot say in our advertising and solicitations.  Overall it is a 4 hour crash course in running your club or unit, and we encourage as many of your officers to attend as possible
February continues our activities with the big event of the year, our Potentate Ball.  This year we will celebrate on February 18 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.  We have a great band booked for your listening and dancing enjoyment.  This will also be accompanied by a fantastic meal.  Tickets can be reserved through the Fraternal Office and we are expecting a great crowd for a fantastic evening.

On March 8, the Dramatic Cast hosts their Brass Hat Party which “Honors” me as the new Potentate.  Should make for an interesting evening.
The rest of March and most of April is light on events as of this writing, so we can catch our breath heading into the crazy month of May in Indianapolis.
May  includes our Memorial Service honoring our Widows of our brother Nobles, a visit from the Imperial Potentate, the 500 Parade, and the climax of the month of May being the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.

June brings us our Brown County Summer Festival, and July is the Imperial Shrine session in Daytona Beach, Florida.

So as you can see we are trying to keep everyone busy this year to enjoy the fellowship of being a Murat Shriner.  We can only make the most of these events with your participation.
There are many events still to be scheduled which include our Sportsman’s Raffle, the Potentate golf outing, our club and unit golf outings, our parades, visits to our hospitals, and don’t forget our summer picnics.  This fall will bring us our Potentate trip to New England to view the fall foliage and tour New England, so it will make for a busy year.
Thanks for all you do and hope to see you at many events this year

Yours in the faith

Art Borton
Murat Potentate 2017




Arthur B. Borton,

Illustrious Potentate