The New Year is often a time when we look back at the year passed, while concurrently looking forward to the year to come – anxious yet optimistic of what the future holds. I too look forward to the new year with optimism, but am not immune to the anxieties of what unknown challenges await.
The start of the new year is always a refreshing time, as a seemingly clean slate appears upon which we draw our plans for the coming year. As Potentate-Elect of our organization, my work has already begun. My New Year’s Eve was well-spent, first meeting with our Chairman of the Board of Governors of our Honolulu hospital; and, secondly by communicating with members and senior leadership of the Maui Shrine Club, discussing ideas and laying down potential plans for the future of our organization on the island of Maui.
On Thursday, January 4th, I’ll be meeting with Illustrious Sir Mike Gordon, Potentate of Almas Shriners in Washington, D.C. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mike through our participation on various committees, including the Imperial Public Relations Committee. Mike and I will be touring the Honolulu hospital on Thursday prior to his departing flight.
The untimely passing of our Past Potentate, Bob Thomas, has initiated many to take on the coordination of his services, to be held on the morning of January 6th, at the Honolulu Scottish Rite Cathedral. Bob will always be remembered as having been a positive influence on our organization, verified by his many accolades, as well as his election to the organization’s highest office. His dedication to the ongoing success of our organization is what has ultimately led to the continued success of our philanthropy and the thousands of children who’s lives are changed each year by our work. I will personally be in attendance at his services to represent our organization and to extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and loved ones.
Saturday, January 6th, will also host our 117th Annual Installation of Officers at the Shriners Beach Club in Waimanalo, HI., at 3pm. We look forward to sharing in this special occasion with all of our members, families and friends.
Monday, January 8th, marks the 2nd Annual Tony Finau Charity Dinner benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children—Honolulu. The dinner will be held at the historic Oahu Country Club in Nu’uanu, Oahu, where various PGA professionals will be in attendance, including Tony Finau himself. Tickets are available at TonyFinauFoundation.org for those interested in attending.
During the week leading up to the Sony Open in Hawaii, I’ll be spending time at our Honolulu hospital with various PGA professionals and patients, in what will culminate in a PGA Day, which will be televised on NBC’s Golf Channel. The Sony Open in Hawaii is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour and is part of the tour’s Fedex Cup Series. It has been contested at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, HI. since the event’s modern-day inception as the Hawaiian Open in November 1965.
The month of January closes with our first Stated Meeting of the year, scheduled for Saturday, January 27th (9am) in the Education Center of Shriners Hospitals for Children—Honolulu.
Our updated calendar of events – including business meetings, socials and specialty events – will be posted shortly following Saturday’s Installation Ceremonies, on both our website (AlohaShriners.org) and our mobile application, which can be downloaded for free from your phone’s app store.
Happy New Year to all of our members, families and friends!
Yours in the Faith,
Mark P. Leo