Temple Ground Breaking

Declaration by Imperial Potentate, W. W. Bennett

Upon the members of Kena Shrine Temple rests the responsibility and privilege to cause a Mosque to rise here which shall be devoted to the service of Shrinedom. In the name of God and in the presence of these witnesses, I now request that ground be broken for the Kena shrine Temple. Illustrious Potentate, you have the shovel.

Imperial sir, Imperial sirs, Most worshipful Sir, Most Worshipful Sirs, Past Imperial Sirs, Members of the Divan, Illustrious Sirs, Worshipful Sirs, Nobles, Masons, distinguished Guests and Ladies. The Nobles of Kena Temple having a compelling desire to promote the honor and interest of Shrinedom now propose to erect a Mosque for their convenience and accommodation on this site. It is altogether fitting that we should gather this afternoon to celebrate, with gratitude and renewed dedication to our principles in the ground breaking and beginning of construction of this building.

As we are taught that we should not engage in any great and important undertaking without first asking the aid of deity, please be reverently attentive while our Chaplain, Reverend Hayzlett invokes the divine blessing.

This is truly a proud day for Kena Temple –one of the great moments of my life. We have all waited long for this day and now we are witnessing a dream come to reality.You may recall in my acceptance speech, when I was elected Potentate of Kena Temple last January, I said that the first and foremost among our goals in 1975 will be the start and completion of the proposed Kena Temple building. I would liked to have seen the building completed in 1975, that would have been a great achievement, however, we are starting in 1975 and that to me is a wonderful accomplishment.

In 1976 we celebrate this country’s bicentennial – we can also celebrate the completion of Northern Virginia’s first Shriner’s Mosque – Kena Temple and I feel sure that the rising of this building will be the beginning of a new era for Kena Temple. We can expect a substantial growth in membership, more activities, better attendance and a more dedicated endeavor on the part of all Nobles to make Kena Temple ever greater than it is.

Today we are breaking ground and in a few short months we will see our Kena Temple build completed and I am sure it will be a Temple we will all be proud of. Now we have another great task laid before us, pay off the mortgage as quickly as possible. I have no doubt that the Nobles of Kena Temple will meet this obligation. Every Noble is urged to make a personal commitment by pledging financial support in various ways. This can be done by individual contributions, by bring in new members, by attending and supporting Temple fund raising functions an by donating your time to help with the various fund raising activities. This is your building, you have been patiently waiting for it, now let us be impatient with the mortgage and pay it off within 5 years, I believe it can be done.

As you know my theme for this year is “Unity and Gratitude.” If we join hands in unity, undoubtedly Kena Temple will meet it’s obligation and as we witness a continued growth of Kena Temple through our united efforts we will share a deep debt of gratitude toward one another.

Thank you.

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