Thank you for electing me as your Potentate for the 2016 year.
My goal with Saladin is to continue the path of getting everything in line with Imperial rules and regulations, my one major goal is to view and personally examine all club and unit bylaws for wording that is no longer needed within. We are also going to try and have some fun. Lady Connie and I are discussing a Potentate’s Ball which we would like to have located down south. I do understand that not everyone would be able to attend and that is why Saladin is located where it is but we are looking at a couple of other activities as well. I really don’t want to let a whole lot out till we get more firm commitment from the places. One thought though, how many members would like to go to some form of sporting event, we might even look at the possibility of a cruise or tying something like that in with the Imperial Potentate.
Potentate Elect – 2016
A little about our incoming potentate.
William (Bill) is married to Mrs. Constance Rose Martindale (Connie). He is a member of Meridian Sun Eagle Lodge #49 and a past master. He was initiated in 1998. In addition to his Blue Lodge involvements, Noble Bill is very active in the York Rite in Columbia Commandery (Past Commander), Sturgis Chapter #26 (Past High Priest), Nebuzarradan Council #18 (Past Thrice Illustrious Master), and a member of York Rite Sovereign College.
Bill has been the owner of PostNet in Sturgis, MI for 19.5 years. Prior to that he worked for International Paper for 10 years as a Shipping leader and supervisor, 3 years management with Franks Nursery and Craft in Kentucky and Ohio, and 10 years with Kmart in management and Supervisory positions in Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky.
His lady Connie owns Rose Garden Day Care and is a partner in a Counseling Business in Bronson Michigan. She works as a counselor at a Women’s Shelter in Coldwater, MI and has a Masters Degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University.
Bill and Connie married on September 3, 2011. They have seven children and fourteen grandchildren: Amy & Brandon Hartman (4 boys); Melanie and Gary Smith (2 boys); Mark and Erika Rose (1 girl and 1 boy); Emily and Josh Blount (1 girl); Meghan and Stew Davis (2 girls and 2 boys); Elizabeth and Chris Williams; and Jennifer and Martin Garcia (1 boy).