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


Upcoming Events

December 13, 2017
December 14, 2017
  • SHC - Philadelphia Board of Governors Meeting

    December 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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December 15, 2017
  • Salaam Shrine Holiday Party

    December 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Russian Hall, 4 Woodhull Ave, Little Falls, NJ 07424, USA

    Nobles- $ 30.00 and Ladies Free!
    RSVP as soon as possible. Call Salaam Shrine.

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January 1, 2018
  • Deadline for discounted entry fee $ 45.00 pp for Clowns Sweetheart Dance at Russian Hall.

    January 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    4 Woodhull Ave, Little Falls, NJ 07424, USA

    Call Salaam or send check.

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January 5, 2018
  • Memorial Service

    January 5, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • Annual Stated Session & Installation of Officers at Salaam Shrine

    January 5, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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January 6, 2018
January 7, 2018
  • Salaam Public Installation Hawthorne-Fortitude Masonic Lodge

    January 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Hawthorne-Fortitude Masonic Lodge 24 N Franklin Tpke, Ramsey, NJ 07446, United States

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January 15, 2018
January 17, 2018
  • Mandatory Divan Meeting

    January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    376 Hollywood Ave, Fairfield, NJ 07004

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January 19, 2018
January 20, 2018
January 22, 2018
  • Ambassadors meeting at Mt. Zion Lodge

    January 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    483 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen NJ 08840

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January 25, 2018
  • Lakeland Shrine Club

    January 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Yasmeen Restaurant, 247 Piaget Ave, Clifton, NJ 07011, USA

    $36 plus cash bar plus $20 dues

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January 26, 2018
  • Shepherds Meeting

    January 26, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
    Shriners Hospitals for Children - Philadelphia 3551 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19140, United States

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  • Comedy Night with David Suarez

    January 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Russian Hall 4 Woodhull Ave, Little Falls, NJ 07424, United States

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February 6, 2018
  • Mandatory Divan Meeting

    February 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    376 Hollywood Ave, Fairfield, NJ 07004

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February 9, 2018
  • Stated Session

    February 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
    Salaam Shriners 376 Hollywood Ave Fairfield NJ 07004 United States

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