Last weekend, our great community really outdid itself in helping make our Shrine Ceremonial activities successful. The feedback to the membership of the local Thomasville Shrine Club by our visiting Shriners has been nothing short of stupendous! They proclaimed it as one of the best ceremonials we have had in many years. We were most proud to say that we are from Thomasville!
How does one adequately express gratitude to all the great merchants, different departments and staff of our city government, and our great law enforcement? A little chronology over the last several months may help.
Last fall, the officers of the Thomasville Shrine Club met with Kathleen Vinson, city clerk, seeking assistance with the myriad of things we would need to do over the next several months in requesting and receiving approval for the many different permits and coordination we needed to accomplish with such offices as Steve Sykes, city manager; the Honorable Max Beverly, mayor; Chief Ellis Jackson, Thomasville olice Department; and Karen Smith, Downtown Thomasville; just to name a few.
Sykes was most gracious and helpful, assuring us that the city would do everything possible to assist us in putting on a Ceremonial Event.Vinson was very instrumental in getting us started in the right direction and in following up on all of the coordination needed over the next several months until the scheduled event and was truly wonderful in helping us with Mayor Beverly’s proclamation.
We are most appreciative of the support given by the City of Thomasville and Chief Jackson’s officers in helping with the barriers and traffic control needed for our parade activities. The uniformed officers were most professional and helpful during our parade.
When we met with Smith of Downtown Thomasville, we were in for a real treat. She had assisted us in 2008 with a like event and, as in 2008; she again helped us welcome our visiting Shriners with wonderful packets prepared by her office. Additionally, she and her staff did a tremendous job in coordinating everything with the merchants of our great city (who, by the way, were wonderful in displaying our welcome banners).
The publicity provided by the Times-Enterprise and WTUF has been most helpful in “getting the word out.”
Our headquarters at the Quality Inn & Suites proved to be just what we needed with our ceremonial activities.
Finally, we believe that all the above simply illustrates what we have known all along — that the City of Roses is a wonderful place to live!
Thomasville Shrine Club members