July 14, 2023
Another Imperial Session is in the books. It was great to see so many of you in Charlotte! We held our annual meeting on July 1, 2023. I’m happy to report to you that we had a net membership growth of 56 in 2022-23 bringing our total membership to 3,112 as of May 31, 2023. We successfully enrolled another 38 members during the Imperial Session. We were again pleased to present $10,000 to Shriners Children’s for their great works. This is the 13th year in a row we’ve made that donation. Please reach out to your local past potentates and current potentate if they aren’t a member of our Association and ask them to join. I want to thank all our members, past presidents, current officers and especially the ladies who made our hospitality room a success this year. Congratulations to Thomas Lumpkin, Past Potentate, Morocco Shriners, for being elected Captain of the Guard of the Association.
My challenge to you and your local chapter is to remember our purpose. Promote good fellowship while stimulating an active interest in all Shrine activities and Shriners Children’s hospitals and clinics. I believe the most effective way to do this as a past potentate is to be the “behind the scenes” foundation to your current divan. Allow them to flourish without undue interference or influence. Be there to pick them up when they stumble. Finally, actively promote their endeavors to your nobility.
If there is anything you or your local chapter need from your international association, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any one of us. I’m looking forward to seeing each and every one of you in Reno in 2024.
Yours in the Faith,
Craig C. Stimpert PP 2016
"Organized for Good Fellowship and the support of
Shriners Hospitals for Children"