Hello everyone! Happy Monday, and jsut wanted to drop in and let you know that from August 13-19, the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North and South America and its Jurisdiction, Inc. will hold its Imperial Session in downtown Tampa. The convention is expected to draw more than 15,000 attendees, which will produce nearly 15,000 hotel room nights for an estimated delegate spending of $8 million.

The week-long Imperial Session includes workshops, official meetings, mentoring sessions and the highlight for the conference - the parade on Wednesday, Aug. 18 in Ybor City starting at 6:30pm, featuring bicycles, clowns, strollers and marching clubs.

The Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North and South America was established as an Imperial Council of Prince Hall Shriners on June 3, 1893 in Chicago, Ill. The Worldwide Fraternal Shrine Family has a membership of approximately 35,000 throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Guam, Thailand, Panama and the Bahamas.

So you guys know the drill, be sure to put on your happy faces and make out attendees feel at home in our wonderful city! That's it for now, but stay tuned in for more updates on Tampa Bay meetings!