I.S. Art Hermanson, Potentate 2018
Potentate's Trip 2018
From the Potentate’s Desk
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
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.