Stan Jahay was elected potentate of Mirza Shrine Temple during the annual meeting on Jan. 21.

Stan Jahay was elected potentate of Mirza Shrine Temple during the annual meeting on Jan. 21.
Dinner, prepared by Kyle Kings Catering of Iola, was served at 6:15 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. W.L. York Jr., Mirza chaplain and ritualistic director Roger Doue were in charge of the service, assisted by Tom McAdam and Francis Demott, both past potentates.
David Titus, 2008 potentate, presided over the business session. Annual finance and membership reports were presented by Lisle Fincher, treasurer, and Paul Uttley, temple recorder and past potentate.
Election of officers followed. Senior past potentate Jack Overman presided, assisted by Robert Barnett, Darrell Masoner and Francis Demott, all past potentates. Public installation of officers was held after the election, with many Shrine members and their ladies attending.
Stan Jahay began his Masonic affiliation in 1995, becoming a member of Memphis Lodge No. 108,, Garland, was raised to the 32nd Degree in the Valley of Fort Scott Scottish Rite and became a member of Mirza Shrine as a novice in May. He also received his 32nd KCCH degree in November 2005.
Jahay is an active member of Mirza Three Wheelers, Ritualistic Team, Mirza Kick-Off Club, Hospital Dads, Order of Quetzalcoatl and Uniform Units. He was appointed to the Mirza Shrine Divan by past potentate Paul Uttley in 2001.
Jahay was born in Anthony, the son of Homer and Cleo Jahay. He grew up in Hazelton and is a 1971 Kiowa High School graduate. He attended Kansas State College of Pittsburg (now Pittsburg State University) for two  years, graduating with a degree in carpentry.
He is active in 4-H, and in 1982 started the Stateline Sunshine 4-H Club in Arcadia, which he served as beef leader. Jahay has been an active member of the Crawford County Fair Board for the past 24 years, and was superintendent of the beef department in 1999. He has received two Friend of 4-H Awards.
Jahay is a retired carpenter. He and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Arcadia for 33 years. They have one son, Steve Jahay, who resides in Arma with his wife, Kristy, and three children, Katelyn, Ethan and Wesley.
The new potentate’s slogan for the year is “Helping Kids Rise &  Shine in 2009.”
The potentate has appointed Ron Venus as Mirza’s new outer guard.
In addition to the potentate, the following Mirza Shrine Temple officers were elected: Don Mohler, chief rabban; Les Thomas, assistant rabban; Dave Hensley, high priest and prophet, Jim Kepley, oriental guide; Paul Uttley, past potentate, recorder; and Randy Vogts and Jerry James, both past potentates,  executive committee.
Additional appointments made by the new potentate were: David Smith, first ceremonial master; Joe Gregory, second ceremonial master; Jerry Waltrip, director; Johnny Red Cummings, marshal; Terry Quarles, captain of the guard; and W.L. York Jr., chaplain.
Mirza Temple trustees are Harold Bryan, past potentate, Wes Cobb of Century 21 Cobb Realty, and Francis DeMott, past potentate.
Jahay also appointed Michael Cook as chief aide and Rick Cummings as assistant chief aide.
Ron Venus, new outer guard, was initiated as an Entered Apprentice in 1985. He then passed to the Fellow Craft Degree and was raised to a Master Mason at A.W. Windhorst No. 185 in 1986. Venus then went through Scottish Rite and became a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner at Egypt Temple, Tampa, Fla. In 2005 he transferred his membership to Gilead Masonic Lodge No. 185 and Mirza Shrine.
In 2009 Venus will be the master of Gilead Lodge, president of the Tri-County Shrine Club, president of the Mirza MG Unit and secretary of the Woodson County Shriners.
He was born in Coffeyville and raised in Chanute, graduating from Chanute High School in 1966. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served until 1970, then returned to Chanute. Venus worked for Martin Tractor Co. in Chanute and Topeka, then moved to Tampa in 1975 and graduated from Hillsborough Community College with an associate of arts degree. He went on to the University of South Florida, majoring in psychology. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service after college and retired in 2004.
Ron and his lady Rhonda now reside in Yates Center.
Following the election and installation of officers was a reception in honor of the newly elected potentate and first lady.