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In October 2012, Morocco Shriners held their Fall Ceremonial hosted by the Ocala Shrine Club. Two busy days presented a wonderful opportunity to meet the Ladies of the newly created Nobles and also the Ladies of existing Nobles. In the course of conversation with these Ladies, a theme kept reoccurring: The Ladies were looking for a way to support their Nobles in working for Shriners Hospitals for Children®; therefore, a perfect open door to talk about Daughters of the Nile.
The men of the Ocala Shrine Club meet once a month, with the Ladies joining them for a Ladies Night every other month. As members of the Ocala Shrine Club, my Noble and I would be attending the April 2013 Ladies Night. I saw the Ladies Night as a wonderful opportunity to talk about Daughters of the Nile. I contacted our Queen and asked her to join us. I then contacted the President of the Ocala Shrine Club, Noble Barry Decker, and asked if the Queen and I could make a brief presentation about Daughters of the Nile. Queen Carol provided a wonderful presentation at the dinner about Daughters of the Nile. We included its mission and how we help the Shriners by contributing to Shriners Hospitals for Children. At the close of the meeting, the enthusiasm from the Ladies and their Nobles was spectacular. Many new Proposals for Membership were submitted that evening, which prompted us to consider having a Ceremonial of Initiation as soon as possible. After much planning and coordinating dates and time schedules, a Ceremonial was held on August 10, 2013, at the Ocala Shrine Club. Another Initiation will be held on September 21, 2013, in Gainesville.
In the few short weeks since the Nile Club in Ocala was formed, they chose a club name, established club bylaws, elected officers, and decided on a meeting day and time.
Using the Supreme Temple Membership Committee’s motto, “Let’s Light the Fire,” we, at Khem Temple, saw the spark in Ocala and fanned the flames to start a new Nile club.
Roberta Perry, P.Q.