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Upcoming Events

SWC January Stated Meeting - Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Our January 19th meeting will be held at the Lake Harriet Masonic Center, 4519 France Avenue So., Minneapolis. The normal schedule will apply; gathering at 6PM with the meeting beginning at 7:00PM SHARPLY. WM Nickolai wishes to discuss several high-profile events for the year. Dress is business casual. Brethren, please RSVP with the Secretary. A meeting invitation and treasurer's report will be distributed electronically. We look forward to a philosophical discussion, a popular feature of our meetings, on the following subject:

        Topic will be posted shortly

 
FC Degree w/Lake Harriet - Mon, Feb 5, 2018

For Bros. Marty Probst and Joey Torkildson, to be held in conjunction with Lake Harriet Lodge at 6PM on Monday, February 5 at 4519 France Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55410. Our WM Nickolai invites all Churchill Lodge brethren to wear dark suits and (importantly) their British regalia for this important event. Join us! An RSVP to the Secretary is essential to ensure he may alert the cooks that you will be there for dinner.

 
Shrine Chairmen Meeting - Special: Feb 17, 2018

Thankfully, about the same time you are hankerin' for a cigar, the Chairmen like to meet up for our monthly board meeting. All are welcome. As usual, very important decisions will be made. Harumph. Skipping Anthony's for the month, instead we'll meet for a cigar and "sweet afterglow" after the Potes Ball banquet.  Look fer the high sign from Clif Bailey, our CEO, Saturday evening the 17th at the Bloomington Double Tree. Being the gentleman that you are, please RSVP through our CIO, Steve Miller if you plan to go. We'll look for you. Questions? See Clif Bailey, yer CEO.

 
Potentate's Ball 2018 - Fri-Sat, Feb 16-17

Come join us to defend our First Place cabana room at the 2018 Pote's Ball! We've again secured Room #127, near the performance floor. The Ball is at the same hotel as in previous years, though the name has changed: It's now the Bloomington Double Tree.

The theme this year is "Back to the Beach." Our plan is to provide a memorable Rat Pack spin to theme. We'll recreate a room worthy of Central Staging at Warner Bros., as veteran Rat Pack performers would do. Note: we continue to fine tune the plan, and will review progress at our Jan 10th meeting at Jax Cafe. We plan to get into the room on Thursday the 15th of February for construction, continue into the morning, and complete it by the time guests arrive at 4PM on Friday the 16th. Many volunteer opportunities remain open. For most inquiries, contact Clif Bailey at (952) 239-8012. For construction and decoration issues, call or write Dan and Susan Akins. Remember to keep the theme quiet! Dem horsemen and other such mooks may be lurking around, listening for loose talk!

At this writing, ten of us have reserved seats at the big dinner on Saturday night. We have room at our three tables for eight more, at ~$75 each. Tickets are available from Clif Bailey, or at https://mkt.com/zuhrah-chairmen Of course, there is NO COST to attend the cabanas and you don't have to go to the dinner to enjoy the entertainment. All Chairmen are requested to participate in the Cabana Crawl on Friday, February 16th, and Saturday, February 17th. The Chairmen will have a quick in-room meeting on Saturday, and a smoke after the banquet. Judging and prime time is after 4PM on Friday and after Noon on Saturday. On Saturday the band units begin play at 2PM. Fellas, this is a good time for you and your best gal, and of course any recruitment guests.

Chairmen may want to bring hors d'ouevres: Talk with Clif Bailey as he plans something special for our spread this year. Clif's number is (952) 239-8012. We may need veggies and/or chips, buns, cheese and olives, ice, sodas and desserts. HOWEVER, please confirm what you plan to bring and the day with Clif, so we have all we need. Your coolers can be left in the car, or in the bathroom of the suite.

There is a special rate on rooms at the new Sheridan (old Sofitel) next door, as the DoubleTree will be close to full, so make it a weekend and get a room! Call 952-835-1900 and reference: "Zuhrah Shrine" or "Shriners" or "Potentates Ball" for the ~$89/night rate for a standard room (plast year's price). This event is an exceptional recruitment opportunity: Ladies and your guests are welcome. Members will provide pot luck hors d'oeuvres in the cabana room, and we'll be welcomed to visit the other rooms for their delightful offerings. Again, Saturday, dinner will be ~$75 per person: please RSVP through our CIO, Steve Miller. We'll return to the cabana room as our home base, offering up a signature drink and photos with Frank for the visiting brethren. See you there!

 
SWC February Stated Meeting - Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

In spite of inclement weather should it occur during this slushy month, our February 23th meeting will be held at the home of xxxxxxx, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. This is a date shift, due to the Shrine Pote's Ball the previous weekend. The normal schedule will apply; gathering at 6PM with the meeting beginning at 7:00PM SHARPLY. Please, do RSVP with the Secretary. A summons, agenda, treasurer's report and minutes from the previous meeting will be distributed electronically. Finally, our LEO discussion will consider the following topic:

Discussion topic will be posted shortly...

 
Shrine Chairmen Mtg - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thankfully, about the same time you are hankerin' for a cigar, the Chairmen like to meet up for our monthly board meeting. All are welcome. As usual, very important decisions will be made. Harumph. We'll meet for our normal smoker on Wednesday the 14th at the old Golden Leaf (Anthony's Cigar Lounge) in Minneapolis. Being the gentleman that you are, please RSVP through our CIO, Steve Miller if you plan to go. We'll look for you. Questions? See Clif Bailey, yer CEO.

 
SWC March Stated Meeting - Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

We look forward to a rousing meeting this month! Our March 16th meeting will be held at the home of xxxxxxx, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. The normal schedule will apply; gathering at 6PM with the meeting beginning at 7:00PM. A sumptuous dinner will be enjoyed after the meeting. Non-Mason guests welcome for dinner and the afterglow. Please RSVP with the Secretary. A summons, agenda, treasurer's report and minutes from the previous meeting will be distributed electronically. We look forward to a fire pit discussion on the following topic:

Look for the LEO presentation topic, here...

 
Shrine Chairmen Meeting - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Thankfully, about the same time you are hankerin' for a cigar, the Chairmen like to meet up for our monthly board meeting. All are welcome. As usual, very important decisions will be made. Harumph. We'll meet for our normal smoker on Wednesday the 11th at the old Golden Leaf (Anthony's Cigar Lounge) in Minneapolis. Being the gentleman that you are, please RSVP through our CIO, Steve Miller, if you plan to go. We'll look for you. Questions? See Clif Bailey, yer CEO.

 
Annual Communication, GL of MN - April 13-14, 2018

We're pleased to show our support for our Grand Master of Masons, Most Wor. John Studell, for "his" Annual Communication and the completion of his year as Grand Master.

SWC's elected officers are required to attend this annual program, and other members are encouraged to join for the business meetings, educational breakouts and festive dinners. Events will be held for the first time at the Masonic Heritage Center, in Bloomington, Minnesota. Hospitality suites will be open during the evening hours at the Marriott Airport Hotel (2020 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN). Business sessions will begin at 8AM on Friday with a formal dinner that evening, whilst installation of the new Grand Master is expected on Saturday at 1PM after the conclusion of that day's business.

More information will be posted here as details are finalized.

The Friday banquet is formal, and the business session standard dress is suit and tie, often dark suit. Past masters should bring their aprons and name badges are a good idea.

See the Grand Lodge website for details at http://www.mn-masons.org/.

If you wish, reserve your room at the hotel, under the Grand Lodge's special block price.

 
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