Noble Mike Keys of Karnak Shriners in Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec, Canada, is the recipient of the Shriner Spotlight Award for spring 2017. The award program honors outstanding nobles who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to both Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
Epitomizing what it means to be a Shriner
Throughout his membership in Shriners International, Noble Keys has exhibited an outstanding dedication to both the fraternity and its philanthropy, and has served as an excellent role model for fellow nobles.
“Mike Keys is a true Shriner,” said Illustrious Sir John C. McDonald, 2007 Potentate of Karnak Shriners. “He believes in and lives one of our most important principles, service to others. He has served as the chairman of Karnak Shriners’ Annual Canadian Shrine Football Game, and he and his committee are approaching the $1 billion mark with this year’s event.”
According to Illustrious Sir McDonald, this event helps to make the predominantly French-speaking population of Quebec aware of both Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children. There are many additional activities that support the game in other ways, and, he said, “the potential for recruiting future Shriners is great.”
Noble Keys is also extremely active in membership efforts. He has sponsored and/or encouraged many members of his lodge and community to become Shriners, and has welcomed at least 10 new members to Karnak Shriners. “In fact,” said Illustrious Sir McDonald, “one of the nobles that he brought in is now the Chief Rabban of Karnak, and another is the Recorder. All of those he has recruited are now active members, particularly in the Karnak Motor Corps.”
Leading by example
Noble Keys has served as president of the Motor Corps twice, and has served as the unit captain for three years. He and his wife, Susan, started the weekly Motorcycle Run for the members of the unit, which began its fourth year this spring. They also, as a group, make the trip to Quechee, Vermont, to participate in the Northeast Shrine Football Game. He was on the committee that procured new vehicles for the unit, and worked out an arrangement with Honda to supply and sponsor the units.
Noble Keys is also a founding member of the Hudson Shrine Club, and served as its first vice president. This club helps spread the Shriners message by participating in community activities, such as the Santa Claus Parade, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Canada Day. Through their efforts, general awareness about the Shriners organizations has greatly increased in their community.
“Noble Keys has been active and contributed since his first day as a Karnak noble,” said Imperial Sir McDonald. “And all of those he has recruited have become true Shriners, as well.”
We thank Noble Keys for his contributions to the fraternity and its philanthropy, and congratulate him on receiving the Shriner Spotlight Award.
How to nominate
To submit a nomination for the quarterly award, please send the name of the person you are nominating and why, along with a photo of the noble (wearing a fez), to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Recipients may not be a member of their temple’s Divan, and must be actively involved in promoting membership.