140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Wild Fez

About ten years ago, Masket Temple began taking in some new members in their twenties and thirties who wanted to help all the Units, and try to do some things that was new and innovative. They asked to form a new, noncompetitive unit that could help in the success of all our members. Many were already members of one competing unit or another, and intended to stay in their unit. They wanted an opportunity to help Maskat Shrine in any and every way possible; they wanted to do more for Maskat. So, they asked the current Potentate for permission to form a totally new and different unit, designed to help in all unit activities, and concentrate on raising money for Maskat Shrine. He gave his approval, and the Wild Fez Unit was formed.

I took these young men a few years to "come into their own", so to speak, but they had plenty of support. They were nearly all members of other units, and as word got around, they began to grow in membership. Now they have many older members who want to help in their endeavors, and the wholehearted support of every active member of the Maskat Temple.

Their officers decided four years ago that they wanted to spearhead a fundraising project for Maskat, so they put their heads together with then High Priest Mark Terry, and started making plans to put on an open air concert on Maskat Temple's thirty acres of land. It took a year of planning, expense, and hard work on the property, but in 2006, we had our first concert. I would like to say it was a complete success, but we had weather problems [some rain and winds that kept the crowds at home], and did not cover expenses. But we considered it a work in progress with unlimited potential, and we tried it again! Last year was much better and has a great turnout, and the Wild Fez Unit covered expenses for both years and made some money for Maskat temple!!
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