Sunday, March 19, 2023

Oriental Guide School - Day 4

By Stephen Schram

One more trip to IHOP this morning and then back to the conference for the final day of training.  

John Pyland, Executive VP of Shriners International gave us the lecture this morning.  He spoke on common things that can go wrong and what to be careful of.  The point being that each member of the Divan is equally responsibility to the fiduciary and operational responsibilities of the Temple.  The OG is equal to the Potentate and each of the other Divan in this resposibility.

After training we were presented with a presentation with tips on getting the whole family engaged in the fun of Shrine activities.  They showed us examples of how to encourage attendance of the whole family by adding the word 'family' in invitations and adding activities to keep children engaged.

Next up was our key note speaker, 2 X Super Bowl Champion and NFL Announcer, Mark May.  He spoke on team work and gave some interesting stories about playing with Joe Gibbs (Kenny's favorite coach).  

Mark May stayed around after and we had a social mixer on the roof top of the hotel.  One last chance to network with the majority of the other OG before they left to go home.

After hours, John and Amy McDonald (Jamil OG) joined Tammy & I to make a trip to Ybor City.  My cousin Dennis Summers and his wife Jessica also joined us.  

We first visited Egypt Temple and we met a few other OG there by chance.  Great place to hang out, enjoy some appetizers and sit and talk.

Next up Bernini of Ybor.   A great restaurant where we had Cuban influenced Italian food.  Pasta with seafood, pizza, crispy duck, broiled fish.  All very good.  

Ybor is a Cuban community suburb of Tampa.  Hand rolled cigar shops, clubs and restaraunts.  Reminded me of Bourban Street in New Orleans.  Older buildings with balconies, clubs with barkers out front trying to drag you in and awesome food everywhere.  If you come to Tampa it is a must see.

Traveling home Sunday, so an early wake uo and drive to the airport.  More tomorrow.

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