I am truly humbled after being installed as the 138th Potentate to lead Moslem Shrine Temple. To quote a verse of the Bible, Luke 12:48 - “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked”.
It was a little more than 1 year ago that my Father-In-Law could not physically attend the Installation of Officers so we did Face-time so he could view the ceremony. Later that evening when I called, fighting back tears he told me that he never knew that two people that he inspired to become Shriners would go on to become Potentate of Moslem Temple, it was truly a very proud moment for him. 10 days later, it was I that had that truly proud moment. After a 28 year hiatus, I presented Dad with the Fez of Moslem Temple. Dad was called home on September 15, 2017. I know in my heart that he is looking over everything and guiding my every move. The person that is responsible for me being a Shriner today, the person that I proudly called my Father in Law – Al Bauerle, thank you for planting that seed.
My goals for 2018 are simple:
• Motivate by example. Truly my passion is Child Care and I will never stop Fighting for the Kids – don’t ever forget Shriners Hospitals for Children
• Be PROUD to be a Shriner
• Create a 2 minute elevator speech. Why are you a Shriner? Why are you proud to wear your Fez?
• My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I use to be.
I asked God “Why are you taking me through troubled water?” He replied: “Because your enemies can’t swim.”
I ask that you take this journey with me – take that first single step.
Bob O'Brien, Potentate