Aleppo is celebrating 140 years of fun and fellowship, 100 years of helping children with the “World’s Greatest Philanthropy,” and 100 Potentates. This year we have the honor and privilege of installing Illustrious Potentate Robert H. Brown.
The January Installation and Ceremonial was very well attended by the Nobility, and there was a greater than usual attendance by the Masonic contingency as well. When asked about this, Illustrious said he personally made sure they were aware of the timing months before. It was nice to see all of the Masonic Bodies supporting each other. The Units were excited to have a “Parade in Review” again in the auditorium.
Illustrious Brown has been a Freemason since 1969 and a Shriner since 1979 and has held many Masonic offices over the years. He is excited and proud to be at the helm of Aleppo during this recovery year after the pandemic. He thanks Illustrious Gary Bartlett and Illustrious Robert Johnson for their leadership and keeping Aleppo together during their tenure. Ill. Brown states, “it was a hard time and now it’s time to get the Nobility back at the Aleppo Shrine Center and have some fun!” “We need to get the Nobles out of hiding; it was great to see so many at the Ceremonial and Potentate’s Ball.”
Ill. Brown is retired now, but that only means he has time for his Masonic and Shrine responsibilities, as he states “now I am a full-time Mason and Shriner.” He is still a Treasurer at his Lodge, a Trustee for three Masonic groups, an Associate Board Member at Shriners–Boston and a Treasurer/Board Member of the Children’s Dyslexia Center in Newton.
Ill. Bob has Lady Ilene Wolfman by his side. “She is a terrific planner, has great ideas and has a great time helping” says Bob. They had a fabulous time at the Potentate’s Ball and are amazed that such an undertaking runs so flawlessly. They thank the Aleppo Staff and Nobility that are involved in all facets of each and every event. He was telling me about a letter from the Ottawa counterparts complimenting him and Aleppo for the Ball.
Ill. Bob and Ilene are enjoying traveling at this stage. They are hoping, and Ilene is planning it of course, to head to the most southern tip of South America in 2023. He said he was at the southernmost tip of Africa, now it’s time to go further south!
His sons, David and Steven, are Masons. David is also a Shriner and is his Personal Aide this year and dove right into his duties at the January Ceremonial and the Potentate’s Ball. Steven is busy working in Chicago and enjoying his time with his wife and sons. One day he may follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Shriner. Bob is happy he is being there for his family now.
Ill. Bob wants to “build on the legacy that the 99 Past Potentates of Aleppo have built and keep Aleppo moving forward to the future.” Congratulations Illustrious Robert Brown; we look forward to great things at Aleppo and the Nobles coming together for years to come!