2017 Potentate

Illustrious Sir Andrew Kuo

Monthly Message

Dear Ill. Sirs and Nobles,

 

It has been a very busy few months. Here are the projects we are working on.

Bylaws Update: Our current bylaws was approved by the Imperial and implemented in 2006. Many things have changed since. The name of our organization has been changed from “Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America” to “Shriners International” several years ago to reflect our current status. Salaam Shrine has changed a lot in the past 11 years as well. I called two emergent sessions on Fridays, March 31st and May 5th for the discussions and decisions on the necessary bylaws updates based on the requirements on the Imperial Bylaws. By now, you should have received the proposal that was approved at the March 31st meeting. Please come out to have your voice heard and cast your vote on that proposal on May 5th. We will send your proposed updates to the Imperial Council for their final approval by the May 10th deadline.

Merger: It took Junior Past Potentate Andrew “Ziggy” Zagoren quite a bit of effort to get the ball rolling on having the official name of Salaam Shrine changed to “Salaam Shriners, Inc.” and removing AANOMS from the New Jersey State registration. This will allow us to overcome lots of hurdles when we deal with banks and the government. It has been an incredibly slow process on our part. Hope that since we finally got all the divan signatures together, we can get this project moving forward.

New Building: The Nobility voted at the Stated Session on Monday, March 13th and approved the architect’s plan on the renovations of our future home in Whippany. The architect will submit the applications for the permits. There will be months before the work can be completed and inspected. Hopefully, we can receive the Certificate of Occupancy and start moving in by the end of this year. Thank you, Noble Gordon Fleming, chairman of Building and Grounds Committee for leading this project.

New Lease: The negotiation of getting a new lease with the current tenant has been challenging. The Board of Directors met and approved a term sheet after long discussions. Noble Paul DiGaetano is taking the lead in the negotiations. Hopefully, Noble DiGaetano can help us secure a mutually beneficial lease agreement and get us 5 headache-free years. We are NOT having any discussions with any other potential tenants at this time. No rumors, please.

Spring MASA: Five Divan members will be attending the business meeting in Wilkes-Barre, PA from April 27th to 29th. These meetings will enable our divan to gain a global view of the fraternity and our philanthropy. MASA also allows the divan to get acquainted with their counterparts. At the conclusion of MASA meeting on Saturday, April 29th, the divan will go directly to Burlington, NJ to attend Grand Master’s Reception at Masonic Fellowship Center.

Monthly Trestleboard: Since the click-counter indicated that less than 30% of emails our Recorder sent to you were opened, we will publish a monthly trestleboard highlighting the upcoming events. Emails will still be used in addition to the printed communications.

Bi-monthly Salaam Shrine News: We will be able discuss the topics and events in greater depth in Salaam Shrine News which will remain in a magazine format.

Office Hours: In order to serve our Nobility and patients better, we have implemented some office hour and personnel changes. The Shrine office is open 11 ~ 4 on Mondays and Fridays with Noble J. Doug Dampman and Lady Diane J. Harms at the office; 9 ~ 4 on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays with Recorder Noble Barry M. Gould at your service. Noble Dampman will be the new editor of the trestleboard and Salaam Shrine News. Both Noble Dampman and Lady Harms will also handle special projects to help Noble Gould focus on his Recorder duties.

Past Potentates’ Cocktail party: Chief Rabban Louis O’Neill hosted a successful Past Potentates’ Cocktail party at his residence on April 22nd. He generously invited the Divan and the Director Generals to the event. The Past Potentates and their First Ladies graciously shared their wisdom with our Shrine leaders and future Potentates.

Italian Night: Chief Rabban Louis O’Neill will be hosting an Italian Night at Salaam Shrine on Friday, May 12th. It will be good old fashion Shrine fun with lots of laughter. A good time is guaranteed!

Greetings from the Divan: Some of you have already received the personal phone calls from the Divan. We start by calling the birthday boys. We will also call everybody else as soon as we can. We would love to hear your comments and suggestions. Please help us serve you better.

God bless you and God bless Salaam Shrine.

Yours in the Faith,

Andrew A. Kuo, DDS

Potentate

Upcoming Events

August 25, 2017
August 26, 2017
  • 2nd Annual Society of Silly Hats Social

    August 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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August 28, 2017
  • Ambassadors Mt. Zion

    August 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    483 Middlesex Ave Metuchen NJ 08840

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August 29, 2017
September 4, 2017
September 6, 2017
  • Fall MASA at Country Inn & Suites

    September 6, 2017 - September 9, 2017
    1801 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    masashriners.org

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  • Golf Outing

    September 6, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 9:00 am
    VIRGINIA BEACH NATIONAL TPC GOLF CLUB 2500 TOURNAMENT DRIVE VIRGINIA BEACH VA 23456

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September 7, 2017
  • Fall MASA at Country Inn & Suites

    September 6, 2017 - September 9, 2017
    1801 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    masashriners.org

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  • Fall MASA business meeting at Virginia Convention Center 2nd Floor Suite 2 ABC

    September 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    masashriners.org

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  • Necrology Service at Virginia Convention Center 2nd Floor Suite 2 ABC

    September 7, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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  • Election of Officers at Virginia Convention Center 2nd Floor Suite 2 ABC

    September 7, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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September 8, 2017
  • Fall MASA at Country Inn & Suites

    September 6, 2017 - September 9, 2017
    1801 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    masashriners.org

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  • MASCA Breakfast

    September 8, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

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  • Ladies Brunch

    September 8, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    masashriners.org

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  • Pageant for the Incoming Potentate at Virginia Convention Center 2nd Floor Suite 2 ABC

    September 8, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    masashriners.org

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  • Salaam Shrine Temple Dinner at Rockafeller's Restaurant 757-422-5654 25 people.

    September 8, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    308 Mediterranean Avenue, Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    Brian Sudden

    info@rockafellers.com

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September 9, 2017
  • Fall MASA at Country Inn & Suites

    September 6, 2017 - September 9, 2017
    1801 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    masashriners.org

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  • Fall MASA Parade

    September 9, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
    1307 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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  • OES Grand Chapter Installation

    September 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • MASA President's Dinner (White Dinner Jacket)

    September 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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September 10, 2017
  • GM to East Orange VA

    September 10, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Veterans Adm Hospital, East Orange, NJ 07018

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September 11, 2017
  • Board of Directors meeting at Salaam Shrine

    September 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    376 Hollywood Avenue, Fairfield NJ 07004

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September 13, 2017
  • Second Wednesday Breakfast Club

    September 13, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
    3 Park Place, North Caldwell, NJ 07006

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  • Suds over the Oasis at Punto Rosso Restaurant

    September 13, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    6 Park St, Montclair, NJ 07042

    Authentic homemade Italian cooking !! Chef Duke and Chef Ryan will knock your suds off!!!
    Bring your favorite wine to share with your friends!!! Wed Sept 13 730pm . Parking in public lot across the street or on Park street.
    Doc Bones

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September 14, 2017
  • Potentate's Aides

    September 14, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    3 Park Pl North Caldwell, NJ, United States

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September 20, 2017
  • Jewish Year 5778 L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem!

    September 20, 2017 - September 22, 2017
    May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.

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  • Lakeland Shrine Club

    September 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    S376 Hollywood Ave., Fairfield NJ 07004

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September 21, 2017
  • Jewish Year 5778 L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem!

    September 20, 2017 - September 22, 2017
    May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.

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  • SHC - Philadelphia Board of Governors Meeting

    September 21, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
    3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

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  • Mosaic Lodge Gold Token Night

    September 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    129 Main St., Ridgefield Park, NJ

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September 22, 2017
  • Jewish Year 5778 L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem!

    September 20, 2017 - September 22, 2017
    May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.

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  • Stated Session at Salaam Shriners (Read Summary General Order No. 1 as required by Imperial.)

    September 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    376 Hollywood Ave, Fairfield, NJ 07004

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September 23, 2017
  • Potentate's Ball & Junior Past Potentate's Testimonial at The Falls (Victor's Chateau) (973) 256-1666

    September 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    215 Rt. 23 South, Little Falls, NJ 07424

    Michelle

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September 24, 2017
  • LuLu Mega Raffle at LuLu Shriners

    September 24, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
    5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

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September 25, 2017
  • Ambassadors Mt. Zion

    September 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    483 Middlesex Ave Metuchen NJ 08840

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September 26, 2017
September 29, 2017
September 30, 2017
October 1, 2017
  • 127th Annual Traubenfest (Oktoberfest) at German Masonic Park

    October 1, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    89 Western Highway, Tappan, NY 10983

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  • Whippany Oktoberfest Caboose Ride

    October 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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October 5, 2017
  • The 31st Annual Imperial Membership Seminar

    October 5, 2017 - October 8, 2017
    Tampa, Florida

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October 6, 2017
  • The 31st Annual Imperial Membership Seminar

    October 5, 2017 - October 8, 2017
    Tampa, Florida

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October 7, 2017
  • The 31st Annual Imperial Membership Seminar

    October 5, 2017 - October 8, 2017
    Tampa, Florida

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  • Executive committee (By invitation only)

    October 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    376 Hollywood Ave, Fairfield, NJ 07004

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  • Junior Grand Warden's Reception

    October 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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October 8, 2017
  • The 31st Annual Imperial Membership Seminar

    October 5, 2017 - October 8, 2017
    Tampa, Florida

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October 9, 2017
  • Columbus Day Parade with Mecca Shriners

    October 9, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    5th Ave, New York, NY 10017

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  • Board of Directors meeting at Salaam Shrine

    October 9, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    376 Hollywood Avenue, Fairfield NJ 07004

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October 11, 2017
  • Second Wednesday Breakfast Club

    October 11, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
    3 Park Place, North Caldwell, NJ 07006

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October 12, 2017
October 14, 2017
  • Crescent Shriners Potentate's Ball

    October 14, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    700 Highland Drive, Westampton NJ 08060

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October 18, 2017
  • Lakeland Shrine Club

    October 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    S376 Hollywood Ave., Fairfield NJ 07004

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October 19, 2017
  • SHC - Philadelphia Board of Governors Meeting

    October 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
    3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

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October 20, 2017
  • Potentate at SHC - P Outreach Clinic in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    October 20, 2017 - October 22, 2017

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October 21, 2017
  • Potentate at SHC - P Outreach Clinic in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    October 20, 2017 - October 22, 2017

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  • Statewide Fall Reunion

    October 21, 2017
    Bordentown, NJ, United States

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