I.S. Art Hermanson, Potentate 2018
Potentate's Trip 2018
From the Potentate’s Desk
I.S. Art Hermanson
If you haven’t visited the Shrine Center in a while, you may notice some changes that have taken place. As you approach the entrance to the Shrine Center, please note, the new yard furniture and plants which we hope makes our Shrine Center more inviting. Kudos to Sarah, Janet and Rich for all their hard work in making these changes. When you attend an event, you will be able to HEAR the person speaking as our new audio/visual system is in place. The audio/visual initiative was started in 2017 under Illustrious Sir Ron Gamble and although it has taken almost a year, it has been worth the wait. Well done Illustrious Sir Ron!
We are also taking steps to clear the upper parking lot. At our January Stated Meeting, the Nobility voted to dispose of two of our older vehicles. Additionally, the sale of our Haunted House and the 53’ trailer was approved. With our parade season just around the corner, I hope that the additional parking in the upper lot, will make it a lot easier and safer for our parade units. Our first parade is the Heppner parade on the 17th of March. Hopefully any units who are participating in this parade have been in touch with our Director of Units, Noble Forrest Hatch. The first 2018 Unit Head & Club meeting is Thursday, March 22nd. Our parade season will be in full swing in the middle of April and Noble Forrest, along with Assistant Director of Units Noble Jay Carey, will be busy getting everything organized. Monday, March 26th is our next Stated Meeting, so please put this date on your calendar and please tell your Lady that she should attend, as there will be a “Girls Night Out” at the Shrine for her to enjoy while we are in our meeting.
Our Spring Ceremonial will take place on the April 7th. Now is the time to get your candidates petition into the office. We will host a dinner and tour of the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children for the candidates & their ladies on Friday, April 6th. Dinner will be at 6:00 pm. On Saturday April 7th, check-in for our candidates will begin at 11:00 am. The Ceremonial will begin at 1:00 pm. We will hold the Oasis at 4:00 pm, then move on to the Social at 5:00 pm. It should be an interesting event as the dinner will be provided by our very own Noble Fadi Arnaout, owner of the Mediterranean Grill.
For those of you who are still thinking about joining us on the 2018 Potentate’s Trip to Maui, time is soon running out to register. Registration for this trip closes at the end of April. On Saturday, March 31st, we will host the Annual Al Kader Easter Egg Hunt, this is a great time for us as we get to see a lot of our neighboring community that visit us. Finally, if you didn’t attend the recent Sweetheart Social, you really missed a fun time! Each of our ladies were given a rose and a small box of chocolates by their Noble, just before we enjoyed a wonderful buffet pasta meal. The music was excellent and all who attended had a great time.
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I.S. Art Hermanson
Already a month has gone by and it seems like it was just yesterday that we held the Installation of the 2018 Al Kader Divan. For those of you who did not have an opportunity to attend the Installation, it was indeed a gala event. I was honored to have Noble Dave McCarthy & Lady Sandy join us from Fort Worth, Texas. Noble Dave & I traveled the “Sands” together in 1978. I don’t want to simply recite all of the remarks and comments from that evening, however there is one that I must share. “Lady Lynne & I took a moment to thank Illustrious Sir Rennie Johnson & Lady Doris, who have guided us through these last six years. I am confident that Rennie was smiling down upon us with that twinkle in his eye.”
So, as I searched for inspiration on what to put to pen for the February Oasis, I was a bit perplexed. What could I add that would inspire and give thought to the Nobility & their Ladies? Should I once again remind everyone to pursue membership? Or, how about reminding all of our Nobility that they have an obligation to pay their dues in a timely manner. Or perhaps, I should provide some inspiration to the newly elected & installed Club & Unit Officers. So, as I searched for one topic to pursue, I suddenly had a moment when it flashed before my eyes. The answer was yes. All of those topics are worthy of our attention.
We need to be ever vigilant to recruit good men to our fraternity. Not only our Brother Master Masons, but also those good men we all know who have yet to ask “the question.” Bringing a good man & his lady to one of our events might just be the impetus for him to want to join. When is the last time you brought a non-mason friend to a temple, club or unit social? Is there any of our fellow Nobles who we haven’t seen in some time? If so, it is our responsibility to find out why they no longer attend? What can we do to make them want to come back & enjoy our great fraternity?
To our newly elected Club & Unit Officers, you now have the responsibility to objectively look at how you are conducting your events. If you were attending for the first time, is the meeting or social event inspiring enough to want you to come back next month? Did everyone have fun & did anyone tell you afterwards that they had a great time? If so, congratulations because you are doing it right. If not, you need to reflect on what needs to change to make it more fun.
One of the charges we vowed to take was; “exert your best endeavors to promote the true happiness of your Brother Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.” We should never lose sight of that and always strive to make our meetings & events fun, so that all who attend will want to come back again & again.
Finally, we all took an obligation when we became Shriners to keep in our heart, all the obligations of Shriners International. Part of those obligations is pay our dues. Whether it is your temple dues, club or unit dues; I remind you, that it is your obligation to pay those dues in a timely manner.
I look forward to seeing all of you at the Spring Ceremonial on April 7th, of course, with a candidate in hand.
Es Salamu Aleikum
I.S. Art Hermanson
First & foremost, I want to express my gratitude to the Al Kader Nobility for electing me Potentate for 2018. Both Lady Lynne & I are dedicated to working hard to make 2018 a fabulous fun year for all of Al Kader. I am very aware that I am your steward for a year and I promise to work diligently on your behalf. You have also elected an exceptional team in Chief Rabban Todd Weedman, Assistant Rabban Carl Thompson & Lady Feather, High Priest & Prophet Terry Griffith & Lady Debby, Oriental Guide Mark Phillips & Lady Deanna, Treasurer David Tate & Lady Linda and Recorder Dick Duer. This is a team of proven Nobles & their Ladies, who have worked diligently for the betterment of Al Kader last year and I am confident that the wisdom of the Nobility has selected the best team to continue on.
To Illustrious Sir Ron Gamble & Lady Pam, you had a fabulous 2017, which we will be hard pressed to emulate. We wish both of you only the best as you continue on in your other endeavors.
We will continue our press to recruit new members, while retaining all of our current Nobility. Unfortunately, the “Black Camel” made too many visits to Al Kader in 2017. We will pay homage to those who have gone on “to that celestial lodge” with a Necrology ceremony at our stated meeting on the 29th of January. Please make your best effort to attend as we pay our respects to those recently departed Nobles.
On Saturday the 20th of January, Al Kader will host our annual Divan, Unit Head and Club Presidents seminar. We will also welcome club and unit officers who desire to attend. For those Unit Heads & Club Presidents who are traveling from afar and desire hotel accommodations, please contact the Al Kader Office for arrangements. There will also be an informative ladies program, so I urge you to bring your lady along.
Sunday the 21st of January is Shriner’s Night at the Winterhawks. Please make plans to come out to the Moda Center & support the Portland Shiners Hospital for Children by attending this fun event.
The Al Kader Oriental Band will host their world renown Crab Feed on Saturday January 27th. Many of us will be hustling back across the mountain after attending the East/West Football Committee meeting in Bend, hopefully in time to enjoy some succulent crab & great fellowship.
Looking forward to February, I urge all of you to mark February 10th on your calendar as Al Kader will hold a Sweetheart Social honoring all of those wonderful ladies that support us throughout the year.
Es Salamu Aleikum