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The Divan

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Bobby Hyde

Illustrious Potentate

First Lady Jamie

In the context of the Shrine, the Divan is the “board of directors” or “executive council” of the organization, and serves as the management team for both fraternal and business activities of the Temple. Each Shrine Temple has it’s own Divan, and the minimum number of Divan members is set by Imperial by-laws at five, with each of these being elected by the Nobility (membership). Therefore, all Shrine Temples have at least five members on the Divan, but some have seven. For most temples that have more than five members on the Divan, the additional positions are usually appointed by the Potentate.


Like most Masonic organizations, the Divan is usually a “progressive” line, which means that one new person is appointed or elected to the line each year, the other members of the Divan move “up” one position, and the top man retires from the line and becomes a Past Potentate. In addition, two more elected officers are considered part of the Divan, namely the Recorder (Secretary) and Treasurer. These two officers, however, are not usually part of the “progressive” line, and may serve in the same office for more than one year (if so elected).

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Ben LaBlanc

Chief Rabban

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Lady Alyssa

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Otto Akers

Assistant Rabban

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Jim Clark

High Priest & Prophet

Lady Kelly

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Henry Gohlke

Oriental Guide

Lady Ceci

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Chris Staudt


Lady Amy

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Bob Kirkwood


Lady Lisa

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