Illustrious Sir Joseph M. Hummel
Below is the speech I read on the day of my Installation on January 6th,
2019. I have chosen to share it with the rest of the nobility in the hopes of
expressing my thoughts with those who were unable to share the day with
MW Grand Master, RW Deputy Grand Master,
RW Sirs, Worshipful Sirs, Brethren, friends of Masonry, my family &
colleagues, Good afternoon.
I welcome you all here today and thank you for your presence on this special
occasion. Unfortunately, we were not able to use our new permanent home
yet because we are still in the process of receiving our Certificate of
Occupancy, but I do feel fortunate that we had the availability of my home
I wish to express my gratitude to our Installation Chairman Illustrious Sir
John Clyburn and our Installing Marshalls, Illustrious Sir John Swauger for
his Introductions, Noble Charles Willer for our Invocation, Illustrious Sir
Louis O’Neill for providing his DJ Services and Lady Caitlin for orchestrating
our decorations. My Lady Veronica and I also greatly appreciate that our
family and many of our dear friends that mean a great deal to us also took
the time to be with us here today.
I would also like to acknowledge the Divan Officers who have agreed to
serve this term with me for the ensuing year. I feel that the newly Elected
Divan members and myself will be able to work together effectively as a
team as we move forward. At this time, I would also like to express
gratitude on behalf of myself and the Nobility of Salaam Shrine to
Illustrious Sir O’Neill, for all his hard work during this past year.
The theme I have chosen for Salaam this year is Star Wars with an
emphasis on the relevance of Balance not only for George Lucas’ storyline,
but also for the needs of our Shrine. In Star Wars, “The Force is not Light,
it is not Dark, it is somewhere in the middle, a neutral party amongst the
politics. Between dark and light, between life and death, between order and
chaos. It is part of the process, but it does not choose sides. It strives not
to serve the Jedi or the Sith, but to keep them both in balance, forever.”
In this sentiment is where I feel that Salaam will flourish, to find ways to
bring fun and frolic to its Nobility, while always keeping its focus on its
obligation to serve and maintain itself for future generations.
Finally, I would like to recognize my Lady Veronica, for her willingness to
take on this major undertaking as a team, and being as invested and devoted
to the Shrine as I am. This year at her initiation, she requested to run a
First Lady Fundraising Project on behalf of Salaam Shrine to raise money
for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. It is advertised on
the back of your program, and I hope you will consider joining us in
supporting this project.
Yours in the Faith,
Joseph M. Hummel, Potentate 2019
“Bringing Balance to the Shrine”
FROM THE EAST
Greetings All, This year my Lady Veronica & I wanted to run a Fundraiser for Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, we ask you to take a moment to read our flyer and sign up for this worthwhile Cause
Nothing from February 16, 2019 to April 17, 2019.