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IS Art Hermanson Al Kader Potentate 2018

I.S. Art Hermanson, Potentate 2018

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I.S. Art Hermanson
October 2018

Greetings Nobles and Ladies,

October brings the Annual Food Caravan on Saturday October 20th. Make sure you have the date on your calendar to welcome all three caravans as they arrive. That evening we will enjoy an Oktoberfest style social and then the individual presentations and we get the final tally of how much the Food Caravan brought in for the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children in donations. As you may recall, the 2017 Caravan donated in excess of $360,000.00 which is 80% of the Hospitals annual food budget.

I look forward to even more in 2018 as we strive to cover 100% of their food budget. The Fall Ceremonial is on October 27th. Our membership is down and we need to get more Master Masons to become Shrine Masons! Now is the time to work those potential candidates and get their petitions in to the Al Kader Office. Have you brought in a candidate this year? Come enjoy the fun, hopefully with your candidate, at the Fall Ceremonial. If you haven’t been to one in a while, I think you will impressed with camaraderie that goes on. A reminder that all of the Al Kader Clubs & Units should come prepared to provide a short recruitment presentation, enticing our newly created Nobles to join their Club or Unit. The podium will be yours to speak to our newly created Nobles after the Ceremonial and before the Social honoring our new Nobles.

Looking forward into November, the Wild Game Dinner is on November 3rd, which is an Al Kader fund raiser hosted by the Al Kader Desert Patrol. It is always a great evening as we get a chance to taste some exotic food that many of us only get at this dinner. Of course the evening is always finalized with the “Dessert Auction” provided by the Al Kader Divan Ladies, with an occasional entry from the nobility or their ladies. The last few years has seen some rather heavy bidding on a variety of tasty entries.

Also in November on the 17th, we will get a glimpse into what 2019 will look like for Al Kader, as Chief Rabban Noble Todd Weedman hosts all of us at the Annual Chief Rabban Night. Among other insights into 2019, I suspect that we might be getting a glimpse of what Noble Todd has in store for all of us who intend on venturing to Nashville for the 2019 Imperial Session. This should prove to be a really fun-filled and informative event. I look forward to seeing all of you there.

Es Selamu Aleikum


I.S. Art Hermanson
September 2018

Greetings Nobles and Ladies, September already! It seems that it was just yesterday that we were packing to head for Daytona Beach and the Annual Imperial Session. August was really busy with the Annual East/West Football Game in Baker City, where we were honored to have Imperial Sir Jim Smith, Imperial Assistant Rabban, and his Lady Alice with us. Then on to Bend for the 6th Annual Run for a Child, meanwhile the Land Regatta in Astoria and the Tillamook County Shrine Club Annual Steer Auction in Tillamook. Following that weekend, we helped Linn County Shrine Club, Polk County Shrine Club and some folks from the Lincoln County Shrine Club at the Annual Oregon State Youth Rodeo Finals in Philomath. The next weekend we saw a lot of you at the Annual Al Kader Family Picnic at Oaks Park.

As you read this, we will be on the Potentate’s Trip languishing on the beach at the Royal Lahaina in Maui. While I am away, I.S. Ron Gamble has graciously agreed to hold down the fort as the Acting Potentate. As soon as we return, we will head to Burns on the first weekend in September, to help the Harney County Shrine Club celebrate a really fun parade & then participate in the Harney County Fair Auction. This is also the traditional announcement for those who will be running for the elected Divan, so it is always an interesting affair.

September 13th through the 16th is Oktoberfest at Mt. Angel. We always have a great time while selling some BBQ ribs and baked potatoes. We still need volunteers to help at the Al Kader Food Trailer, particularly for some of the evening shifts. If you are available, please contact Lady Carol Pratt (503) 729-3984 and take one those shifts. Lady Lynne & I look forward to seeing you there.

After the Oktoberfest, we do slow down a little bit. But there is the Cyclowns Fight Night at the Shrine Center on Saturday September 29th. Should be an interesting endeavor.

Looking forward and into October, the Annual Food Caravan takes place on Saturday October 20th. Make sure you have the date on your calendar to welcome all three caravans as they arrive. Then of course, the evening event as we enjoy an Oktoberfest style social with the evening conclusion as we get the final tally of how much the Food Caravan brought in for the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children in donations. Last year it was in the neighborhood of $360,000.00 which is 80% of the Hospitals annual food budget. I hope we can top it this year and maybe finally cover 100% of their food budget.

Finally, but certainly not least, the Fall Ceremonial is on October 27th. Our membership is down and we need to get more Master Masons to become Shrine Masons! Now is the time to work those potential candidates and get their petitions in to the Al Kader Office. Have you brought in a candidate this year? Come enjoy the fun, hopefully with your candidate, at the Fall Ceremonial. If you haven’t been to one in a while, I think you will impressed with camaraderie that goes on. A reminder that all of the Al Kader Clubs & Units should come prepared to provide a short recruitment presentation, enticing our newly created Nobles to join their Club or Unit. The podium will be yours to speak to our newly created Nobles after the Ceremonial and before the Social honoring our new Nobles.

Es Selamu Aleikum

Al Kader Shriners I.S. Art Hermanson with Imperial Officers


I.S. Art Hermanson
August 2018

Greetings Nobles and Ladies,

As you read this, I hope that you are doing it on-line while attending all the festivities of the East – West Oregon Shrine Football Game in Baker City. Baker City is alive with great Shrine events with all of the Nobles & their Ladies from Al Kader, Hillah and El Korah in town for a real fun time. We even have a few of our great Shrine Kids in town, what a great tribute to our fraternity & our philanthropy.

Chief Rabban, Todd Weedman, still needs Shriners & their Ladies to volunteer for our tent at upcoming county fairs. What a great way to publicize our great fraternity and Shriners Hospital for Children System. As I said in my column last month, it is easier than ever before to get someone you know who would be a good Shrine Mason with the referral program. All you have to do is log on to the Shriners Village web site, select WebFez and then go to “Refer a Good Man.” In easy to follow steps, you can make a referral and help get another good man onboard.

August is a really busy month! On Saturday the 11th, Lady Lynne & I, along with several units, will be in Bend to support the Central Oregon Shrine Club’s “Run for a Child.” That is also the day for the “Land Regatta” in Astoria, where I hope we also get a really good turnout. That same evening, the Tillamook Shrine Club will hold their Annual Steer Auction. The net proceeds from both the “Run for a Child” and the Annual Steer Auction directly benefit Portland Shriners Hospital for Children. Please come out and show your support & have some fun!

August 16th is the Annual Al Kader Golf Tournament at the Oregon City Golf Club. I wonder if that great foursome that has won it for two years running, will be able to Threepeat? The 17th through the 19th is the Oregon State Junior Rodeo Finals in Philomath, this is an Al Kader sponsored event but all the heavy lifting is done by Linn County & Polk County Shrine Clubs. Our attendance at this event has not been as good as it could be in past years. Please think about taking a day trip to Philomath to watch these aspiring great rodeo cowboys and cowgirls.

The Annual Al Kader Family Picnic is on Saturday August 25th at Oaks Park in South East Portland. This is always a fun time to enjoy the fellowship and renew friendships with some you may not have seen for a while.

On Wednesday, August 29th we head off to the island of Maui for the 2018 Potentate’s Trip. We are really looking forward this week of fun in the Sun. As soon as we return, we will head to Burns on the first weekend in September, to help the Harney County Shrine Club celebrate a really fun parade & then participate in the Harney County Fair Auction. The Harney County Shrine Club, as well as the Desert Shrine Club in Hermiston, are huge contributors to our Annual Food Caravan. Please consider a trip to Burns & show our support for this great effort.

September 13th through the 16th is Oktoberfest at Mt. Angel. We always have a great time while selling some BBQ ribs and baked potatoes. We still need volunteers to help at the Al Kader Food Trailer, particularly for some of the evening shifts. If you are available, please contact Lady Carol Pratt (503) 729-3984 and take one those shifts. Lady Lynne & I look forward to seeing you there.

Finally, I have a plea from the Shrine Center kitchen pantry. Recently it seems that some tubs, bowls, pans and other kitchen items have left the premises and are sorely missed. If you might have had a stowaway in your car of one of these items, the pantry would appreciate if you could return them at the earliest opportunity.

Es Selamu Aleikum


Notes from the First Lady by Lady Lynne Hermanson
August 2018

Al Kader Shriners

Greetings Ladies and Nobles,

Former First Lady Carol Pratt, Lady Maureen and I have been super busy getting ready for Oktoberfest that will be held in Mt. Angel from September 13th through the 16th. We still need volunteers to work the evening shifts. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Lady Carol at (503) 729-3984.

While doing a cursory inventory for Oktoberfest, we discovered that we are missing a lot of our basic equipment that we need to prepare the Al Kader Food Cart for the event. We are missing many items that we need to prepare the food in our kitchen. If you have borrowed anything from the Al Kader Pantry, i.e. Gray Tubs, ½ baking sheets, utensils, bowls, pots, pans, etc. We would appreciate those borrowed items be returned! We are happy to LOAN items from our Pantry; however, those borrowed items need to be returned in a timely manner so that we can use them to prepare meals for you! FYI, I have tapped I.S. Art’s budget and have been cut off due to several building issues that have hit the 2018 budget hard! I cannot go to him and ask for more money to replace the missing items that members of Al Kader Shriners have borrowed.

I know that you have said to yourself; “They won’t mind or miss this for a day or two if I borrow/take it.” I know, I have said it myself. However, the truth is, we do MISS IT right away.

So, in closing, Lady Carol, Lady Maureen and I would appreciate that all borrowed items be returned to the Shrine Center Pantry as soon as possible so that we can serve your meals and our guests without having to hit I.S. Art’s budget to purchase replacements that are very expensive. I want to thank everyone for their continued support.

I.S. Art and I look forward to seeing you all at Mt. Angel September 13-16, 2018!


I.S. Art Hermanson
July 2018

Greetings Nobles and Ladies,

The East – West Oregon Shrine Football Game in Baker City is just around the corner. The last date that you can call the Al Kader Office to make your hotel reservations is Friday July 13th. This is the time of year when Baker City comes alive with great Shrine events as Al Kader, Hillah and El Korah descend on the city. On Thursday, August 2nd, many clubs gather at their favorite restaurants; Friday, August 3rd, the morning starts with breakfast at the RV park; a Cold Sands at the Sunridge; the Queens & Co-Captains luncheon at the Sunridge; then the players BBQ in La Grande; the Oriental Bands steak feed at the Sunridge (normally followed by the “Flying Carpet” touring downtown Baker City); and of course, movie night at the RV park. Saturday morning starts with a great steak breakfast at the park; a great parade; and the highlight of the entire weekend with the E/W Football Game that evening.

Under the leadership of our Chief Rabban, Todd Weedman, we continue to set up our tent at various county fairs to publicize our great fraternity and Shriners Hospital for Children System. Let’s all make an effort to spend some time spreading the word. This is just one of the efforts we are making to encourage increasing our membership. We need to turn the tide on our declining membership and find more good men who we can add to our rolls of Shrine Masons. It is easier than ever before to get someone you know who would be a good Shrine Mason with the referral program. If you know of someone, either a Mason or just a friend, all you have to do is log on to the Shriners Village web site, select WebFez and then go to “Refer a Good Man.” In easy to follow steps, you can make a referral and help our great fraternity turn the tide on our declining membership.

While we are representing Al Kader at the Imperial Session in Daytona Beach, from July 12th to July 20th, Illustrious Sir Ron Gamble will be acting Potentate.

Finally, Lady Lynne & I hope that you will join us at our next social on the 7th of July, the doors open at 3:00 pm. Our own Al Keggers Brew Club has brewed a special ale for us to enjoy. We will have BBQ ribs on the Treager and the traditional picnic fare. So, put this date on your calendar to help us celebrate. Reservations are required so that we know how many ribs to put on the Treager.

Es Selamu Aleikum


I.S. Art Hermanson
June 2018

Greeting Nobles and Ladies. During May, we had the privilege of visiting five Al Kader Shrine Clubs as they honored the players, cheerleaders, queens, co- captains, patient Ambassadors, coaches and parents leading up to our Annual East – West Shrine Football Game in Baker City. Well done to Linn County Shrine Club, Santiam Shrine Club, Central Oregon Shrine Club, Columbia Country Shrine Club and Tualatin Valley Shrine Club for hosting these great events. Kudos as well, to Clatsop County Shrine Club who also hosted a “Players Dinner” which we were unable to attend due to a schedule conflict. It was truly inspiring to visit with all of these fine young adults who have been selected to participate in the East – West Oregon Shrine Football Game, not only for their abilities on the field, but also their fine morale character. The East – West Oregon Shrine Football Game in Baker City is just around the corner, for those of you who plan on attending this great event in Baker City, now is the time to call the Al Kader Office to make your hotel reservations.

This month is exciting as we are already participating in the first of four county fairs to publicize our fraternity and our philanthropy. Under the leadership of our Chief Rabban, Todd Weedman, we will be in the public eye and showing the Fez. We will also lend our efforts to publicize our great Shriners Hospital for Children System. If you are interested in lending a hand at one of the county fairs in your area, please contact Noble Todd.

June is also exciting as we will host our initial secure video conference so that the nobility in Hermiston, Bend and Tillamook can attend our June Stated Meeting without having to travel to attend. We are confident that this will be a success and hope to offer this capability to several other locations in the future. Well done to our own High Priest & Prophet, Noble Terry Griffith; Treasurer, Noble David Tate; Assistant Rabban, Carl Thompson; and our superb Building Manager, Noble Rich Martin for their efforts on this project and the recent successful test we held.

We had an absolutely fabulous evening on 19th of May as we joined with Hillah Shriners and hosted the 2018 Potentate’s Ball at the Al Kader Shrine Center in Wilsonville. A great evening with great friends, great fellowship and a fine meal. Our special thank you to the Al Kader Concert Band for providing a fantastic musical program. Guest of Honor was Noble Skip Stanaway, Al Kader Ambassador at large & member of the Shriners Hospital for Children Board of Trustees. Lady Lynne & I want to especially thank the 2018 Potentate’s Ball Committee Chaired by Executive Aide I.S. Ard Pratt & Lady Carol, Illustrious Sir Lance Lesueur & lady Bernice of Hillah Shriners, Executive Aide Noble Herb Richardson & Lady Maureen, Chief Aide Frank Brewington & Lady Phyllis, 1st Ceremonial Master Curtis Hanson, Noble Brian Williams, Noble Jeff Zimmerman, and Executive Assistant Sarah Gourde for organizing such a great event. A big thank you to the Aide Staff who worked so very hard to make the Potentate’s Ball a huge success.

Our next social will be on the 7th of July with the doors opening at 3:00 pm. Our own Al Keggers Brew Club has brewed a special ale for us to enjoy. We will have BBQ ribs on the Treager and the traditional picnic fare. So, put this date on your calendar to help us celebrate. Reservations are required so that we know how many ribs to put on the Treager.

Es Selamu Aleikum


First Lady Lynn Hermanson
June 2018

Here we are at the 6-month mark of our stewardship of Al Kader Shriners. I would like to remind everyone; my project is to purchase refurbished iPads for our kiddos that are speech challenged. Your donation to the First Lady’s Project is needed to make these purchases. There is a huge need at the current time to make these purchases as soon as possible. I am asking on behalf of the Speech Therapy Clinic at the Portland Shriners Hospital. At each social, on the bar, you will find a jar with my pin on a Red/White/Blue ribbon. Let your conscious be your guide. All donations are truly appreciated by the speech challenged KIDDOS!

I want to take a moment to thank the following people for all their assistance in helping I.S. Art & I stay on track with all that we do. First and foremost, I want to thank Sarah Gourde and Janet Martin! Without these ladies, the front of our building would not look as inviting as it does. These ladies are so indispensable to us! Thank you, Sarah and Janet, for all that you do!

I would like to thank all my Divan Ladies, who work hard to keep me on track with what we are doing for you, the nobility and the Shrine Center.

I would like to thank are our Co-Executive Aides I.S. Ard Pratt and Lady Carol, Herb Richardson and Lady Maureen, Chief Aide Frank Brewington and Lady Phyllis and all our well trained and hard-working Aides who makes everything look so transparent. Without your hard work, our Socials would not be as FUN as they are!

Please keep up the great work that you do. For our newest Shriners, to our old timers and everyone in between and all the Ladies, if you have a question, a suggestion, a complaint or a compliment, please do not hesitate to reach out to I.S. Art or myself.

I.S. Art and I hope that everyone who attended the Military Themed Pote’s Ball, enjoyed themselves and had a lot of FUN! I know we did!


I.S. Art Hermanson
May 2018

Greeting Nobles and Ladies. For those of you, who were not able to attend our Spring Ceremonial, you missed a really great event. We welcomed eight new Nobles to our fraternity, as well as two Nobles by affiliation. Joining Al Kader were Noble Chris Carey, Noble Kevin Speer, Noble Richard Day, Noble Darrell Barton, Noble Austin Bennington, Noble Roger Marshall, Noble David Blair and Noble Jeremy Kidwell. And by affiliation, Noble Warren Jackson and Noble Cord Anderson. We welcome all of them and their ladies to Al Kader.

I would like to take a moment, to thank the Al Kader Ritualists under the direction of Noble Paul Blackburn; Wrecking Crew; PADIR Dancers, Nydia Temple No. 4, Daughters of the Nile; Al Kader Oriental Band; Noble Carson Bailey, Al Kader Concert Band and Noble Carey Huckaba for making our Spring Ceremonial a great event. A special thank you to Noble Fadi Arnaout, who served a fabulous buffet, and our Aide Staff under the guidance of Chief Aide Noble Frank Brewington.

Our Joint Al Kader – Hillah Potentate’s Ball will be held at the Al Kader Shrine Center in Wilsonville on May 19th. This date is also Armed Forces Day. We will be honoring all who are serving or who have served our country. The Joint Potentate’s Ball will have a distinct military theme. We will include many traditions that are common to military balls that some of us have attended. Along with our traditional Shrine March-in, we will also have the “piping of the beef” and the traditional “cutting of the cake.” Doors will open at 5:00 pm for the Oasis, with festivities beginning at 6:00 pm. Reservations are required with payment at the time of registration, there will be NO ticket sales at the door. For those of you who are staying at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn, we will offer a shuttle service.

Dress is:

Divan Nobles, Tuxedo with Fez; Divan Ladies, Long Formal Attire with Red/White/Blue Corsage; Nobility, Tuxedo, Dark Suit, Orientals or Dress Uniform with Fez; and Ladies, Long Formal Attire.

Currently, we are working on a remote secure video conference call capability. I am hopeful that we can implement this system in time for our June Stated Meeting. The remote secure video conference call will allow Al Kader Nobility who normally travel far and wide, to attend our Stated Meetings, but without the travel hardship. In our initial attempt, we hope to offer this remote secure video conference call in Bend, Tillamook and Hermiston. If we are successful, we hope to expand this capability to other locations.

Es Selamu Aleikum


I.S. Art Hermanson
April 2018

Greeting Nobles and Ladies. As I look out my window, it appears that Spring has finally arrived. The sun is shining, flowers are starting to bloom and the windows are open bringing in the comfortable breeze from outside. With those signs of spring, it is time to turn our attention to our Spring Ceremonial that will take place on April 7th.

The Al Kader 2018 Spring Ceremonial is dedicated to Noble Carey Huckaba, the Potentate’s Representative to “God’s Country.” Noble Carey has been a valued member of the Divan since being appointed an Outer Guard by I.S. Bud James in 2003. He served as First Ceremonial Master for I.S. Bill Doherty in 2005 and Chairman of Public Relations for I.S. Bob Walliker in 2006. Noble Carey has been our “go to guy” on all things relating to Oregon Department of Justice rules and regulations on gaming and raffles. His good counsel and valuable friendship have served many Potentates over the last fifteen years, all of whom have heard him say on numerous instances, “All is well in God’s Country.”

Your candidate’s petition are now due at the Al Kader office. On Friday, April 6th, we will host a dinner and tour of the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children for the candidates & their ladies. Dinner will be at 6:00 pm, the presentation and tour of the Hospital will begin at 7:00 pm. On Saturday April 7th, check-in for our candidates will begin at 11:00 am. The Ceremonial will begin at 1:00 pm. Upon conclusion of the Ceremonial, around 3:00 pm, Kathy Parks, Director of Donor Development for Portland Shriners Hospital for Children will give a presentation. We may even be honored with a Patient Ambassador from the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children. The Oasis is at 4:00 pm and the Social begins at 5:00 pm. Dinner will be provided by our very own Noble Fadi Arnaout, owner of the Mediterranean Grill.

Parade season is in full swing with our first parade of the year, an All Units parade in The Dalles on April 28th. Director of Units, Noble Forrest Hatch and Assistant Director of Units, Noble Jay Carey are tasked with organizing all of our parade entries, the old saying of “herding cats” comes to mind. In May, our next All Units parade is Newport on the 5th, followed by the Keizer and Scio parades, which are voluntary, on the 19th.

For those of you who are still thinking about joining us on the 2018 Potentate’s Trip to Maui, time is running out to register. Registration for this trip closes at the end of April.

On Saturday, May 19th, the joint Al Kader and Hillah Potentate’s Ball will be held at the Al Kader Shrine Center in Wilsonville. This date also happens to be Armed Forces Day, we will be honoring all who are serving or who have served our country. The Joint Potentate’s Ball will have a distinct military twist to it, as we will include many traditions that are common to military balls that many of us have attended. Along with our traditional Shrine March-in, we will also have the “piping of the beef” and the traditional “cutting of the cake.” Doors will open at 5:00 pm for the Oasis, with festivities beginning at 6:00 pm. Reservations are required with Al Kader Oasis - April 2018 3 Friday, April 6 6:00 pm Candidates arrive at Portland Shriners Hospital for dinner and a presentation/tour of the Hospital Saturday, April 7 11:00 am Candidate check at Al Kader Shrine Center 11:30 am Stated Meeting Noon Candidate & Lady orientation 1:00 pm Ceremonial 4:00 pm Oasis 5:00 pm Celebrating our new Nobles Social & Ceremony Spring Ceremonial, Fri-Sat April 6-7, 2018, Al Kader Shrine Center payment at the time of registration, there will be NO ticket sales at the door. For those who desire overnight accommodations, rooms are being reserved at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn, 25425 SW 95th, Wilsonville, Oregon. To obtain the special rate at the hotel, room reservations must be made by April 28th. The Holiday Inn reservation number is 503-682-2211 and ask for the Al Kader Shrine room rate. Shuttle service between the hotel and the Shrine Center will be available.

Es Selamu Aleikum


I.S. Art Hermanson
March 2018

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.

For those who recently submitted articles to the Oasis and did not see their submission published, we apologize. Our contractor who maintains our web site recently changed IT service providers which should not have impacted our editor@alkadershriners.org email box. Unfortunately this change was not as transparent as it was hoped and resulted in some articles not getting to the Editor. Our sincerest apologies for this and we hope we do not experience any more problems in the future. - Es Selamu Aleikum


I.S. Art Hermanson
February 2018

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
January 2018

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


Art Hermanson

Art Hermanson
I.S. Art Hermanson, Potentate 2018

Art Hermanson was born in Alpena, Michigan in 1947. He graduated from Johannesburg Central High School and attended Ferris State University. Art left Michigan in 1966 when he joined the United States Navy.

Art served in the Navy for 23 years, retiring in 1989 as a Master Chief Petty Officer. While in the Navy, Art met and married his lovely Lady Lynne. They have two adult children and four grandchildren. After retirement from the U.S. Navy, Art joined the U. S. Foreign Service, retiring from the Foreign Service in 2011 after 20 years.

Art became a Mason, joined the Scottish Rite and became a Shriner in 1978 while serving in Naples, Italy. He is a Past Master of Harry S. Truman Lodge #649 F.&A.M. He has served as President of the Scottish Rite Bodies for Southern Italy & Sicily and President of Napoli Oasis, European Shrine Club (now Emirates Temple). He was selected as a Knight Commander Court of Honor (KCCH) in 1989 and awarded the 33* as an Inspector General Honorary in 1997.

Art is a member of the Legion of Honor, Oriental Band, Salem Patrol, Tualatin Valley Shrine Club, and he was recently initiated into “The Q”.

Art and Lynne moved to Vancouver, Washington in 2008 (actually Lynne moved in while Art served his last assignment in the Foreign Service). In addition to his duties as a member of the Divan, Art is also a volunteer at the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children.

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