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