Noble Robert “Butch” Mays of Al Menah Shriners in Nashville, Tenn., has been named Shriner of the Month for February 2015. The award program was developed by the leadership of Shriners International to honor outstanding nobles who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to both the fraternity and its philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children®.
Noble Mays of Franklin, Tenn., has demonstrated a long and active commitment to both Masonry and Shriners International. He was raised a Master Mason on July 6, 1973, and maintains his membership at Parson’s Lodge #586 and plural membership at Hiram Lodge #7, where he is an active member and strives to keep his brethren informed about Shriners International, while also recruiting new members. He is also active in the York Rite and Scottish Rite and was made a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason as part of the 100-Year Memorial Class on November 12, 2005. He was also awarded the Scottish Rite Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 2011.
Noble Mays joined Al Chymia Shriners in Memphis, Tenn., on May 4, 1974. He was involved with the Bowling Green Shrine Club as a member of their Children’s Hospital Committee, and was elected to serve as the president of the Goodwill Shrine Club in Union City, Tenn. Since joining Al Menah Shriners, Noble Mays has served as secretary, treasurer and 2nd vice president of the Williamson County Shrine Club; as an officer in various capacities in the Motor Corps; and as a member of the Hillbillies. Noble Mays established the Williamson County Shrine Club’s Motor Division, serving as its first captain, and currently serves as its secretary and treasurer. He also currently serves as an ambassador and 1st vice president of the Williamson County Shrine Club, where he has led the onion sale for the club and continues to chair the paper sale committee.
Under Noble May’s leadership as paper sale chairman, the Williamson County Shrine Club has led the way in Al Menah’s fundraising efforts in support of Shriners Hospitals for Children. In 2007, the club raised a total of $3,686 for the hospitals. Since that time, their totals have increased significantly every year. In 2008, they raised $9,039; in 2009, they raised $13,101; in 2010, they raised $14,354; in 2011, they raised $16,637; in 2012, they raised $20,232; in 2013, they raised $29,000; and last year, 2014, they raised $49,300. According to Noble Phillip Phillips, secretary and past president of Williamson Shrine Club, “While the success of the paper sale depends upon many people and countless volunteer hours, it was Noble Mays who provided the sustained leadership that made our efforts possible.” Noble Mays has also served for the past four years as the Al Menah paper sale chairman, during which time temple raised nearly $2.2 million in the name of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Noble Mays is widely recognized for his outstanding service to Al Menah Shriners and the Williamson County Shrine Club, and for his dedication to children. “I do not know of a more ardent supporter of the Shriners Hospitals for Children or one who is more selfless in his dedication to the fraternity, our temple, our local Shrine club, and especially our kids,” said Noble Phillips. “Butch is an exemplary Mason and Shriner. He is truly deserving of this honor.
“In sum, Butch Mays is an outstanding Shriner who exemplifies the highest moral values in his words and actions; who contributes to the success of our club day in and day out through his leadership and example; who seeks to make our club hospitable and enjoyable for the nobles, ladies, families, and guests who come to our monthly meetings; who puts others first in all that he does, including his tireless efforts to support the Shriners Hospitals through our fundraising activities; who effectively communicates our mission and values as a philanthropic organization; who constantly seeks innovative ways to attract new members to the club, supporting men throughout their Masonic journey, from the three degrees to the Shrine; and who is attentive to our older members and who shows kindness to our widows, most recently in resurrecting the tradition of the Blue Slipper Award. Butch’s dedication to fundraising, fun, and fellowship has paid off enormously for our club. At our January 2015 meeting, which 68 people attended, we welcomed 23 new members to the Williamson County Shrine Club, bringing our total to 95 members. It is an exciting time to be a Shriner, especially an Al Menah Shriner.”
Congratulations to Noble Mays for his achievements and for being chosen as Shriner of the Month.