by First Lady Penny Slater

Ho ho ho…Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed your time with family and friends during this holiday season!! The Fall Ceremonial was absolutely amazing with so many Fall colors for decorations, thank you to all the Ladies who attended. As our guest speaker we had Piper Johnson (our shrine patient) along with her mom Michelle sharing Piper’s story with us. It is so wonderful to hear first-hand how the Shrine helps the kids, that’s what it’s all about right? Every time I hear how the Shrine helped another child my eyes fill with tears and my heart with so much joy for the lives that were changed.

As my year comes to a close, I want to thank everyone who helped make this is year as spectacular as it made me feel. A special thank you to Marla Richard and Jane Anderson for taking me under their wing and helping along the way and for all the friends I have made along the way. Each and every one of you have made an impression on me, helping me become a better person.

There was so much to do, so much for me to learn in a short amount of time but I do believe things went pretty smoothly. After spending time at the Shrine talking to ladies, I wanted to do something new, offer something for just us Ladies to do. After having a brainstorming session with some fantastic ideas, the decision was made to try a Wine Tasting Event. Our first Wine Tasting Event sold out in just a couple of weeks, WOW and what an amazing time it was! The tables were decorated beautifully (furnished by Marla Richard) learning about wine pairing with different cheeses but most of all enjoying time together. Since the first was such a big hit we decided to have two more and they were as much of a huge success as well!

I want to say a very special thank you to my wonderful husband, Potentate Jim Slater, for his guidance and patience but most of all for bringing me into the Shrine. It has filled my heart more than he or anyone could possibly imagine! 

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