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REPORT ON 2018 IMPERIAL SESSION By Bob Hunt, Imperial Representative Good Nobles all. A good time was had by all in Daytona Beach, FL (by the few that attended) at the 144th session of the Imperial Council of Shriners International. Rick (Tater) Reyes won four awards in the Clown Competition. We currently have a membership of 232,830 Nobles, which is down 11,500 from last year. There were 6,569 Nobles created and 3,417 affiliated and restored. On the loss side there were 2,199 demits, 9,175 deaths, 9,741 suspensions and 358 resigned or were expelled. Alzafar went from 1,552 members to 1,573 for a gain of 21; that’s a 1.35% gain for a Gold Status. There were 20 temples with a net gain. That’s only 10% of our Shrine Temples. Four of seven International Temples had a gain. We currently have 8000 International Shriners. We really need to recruit more members and our membership committee is doing a great job of achieving that goal. Way to go Nobles. Imperial Treasurer, Brad Koehn, reports “that healthcare has been in a tremendous state of change over the last few years, and that does not appear to be slowing down. There are greater regulatory requirements that must be met and adjusted to and we must always be mindful that we are a charity using public donations and ensuring that those dollars are being efficiently and effectively utilized. This ever-evolving healthcare landscape makes it even more important that we ensure our organization is prepared financially to continue to treat children for the next 100 years. As the 2017 financial statements show, Shriners Hospitals for Children’s net assets increased from $8.8 billion to $9.5 billion, a $700 million change. This change was driven from the markets and unrealized gains on our endowment. As a result of these gains, the endowment value grew from $7.9 billion to $8.6 billion. Although we did experience positive growth in the endowment, through unrealized gains, our investment yield, made up of interest, dividends, fees and miscellaneous investment returns was flat in 2017 at approximately $185 million. As we have seen for many years, interest rates earned on our investments still remain at historic lows and where we earned $147 million of interest in 2007; in 2017 we earned only $81 million in interest. Our organization utilizes the interest, dividends and other operating revenue sources to meet the needs and expenses of our hospital system. In 2017, similar to 2018, those operating expenses exceeded our operating revenues by $178 million. It was the unrealized gains on the portfolio that created an overall increase in net assets for the system.” In sports fund raising, the East/West Shrine football game is in its 8 th year in Florida with attendance rising. The College Baseball Classic game in Houston is doing well with attendance up over 50%. Bill Wassburg and Charlie Eads had a lot to do with the success of this event. Our Alzafar Shriners’ golf tournaments raised over $34,000. The International Clown Assoc. presented two checks for over $1.5 million. Last year in Daytona Beach we voted on 50 items. This year in Daytona Beach 48 items were on the agenda -32 items on the fraternal side and 16 items on the hospital side. On the fraternal side of the Iowa Corporation business, 22 amendments passed, 4 failed and 6 were withdrawn. Of importance that PASSED: (1) the amendment will define “Good Standing”, a Shriner who has paid his dues; (2) Temples supporting International development can apply for reimbursement of a portion of expenses under limited conditions; (3) written objections prior to balloting on a candidates petition would not be allowed; (4) an associate member cannot concurrently hold elective offices in any of the temples of which he is a member or concurrently hold elective offices in any of the units or clubs of the temples of which he is a member; (5) In any state, outside the USA, Canada, Panama and the Republic of Mexico, regardless of wherever such state currently is within the jurisdiction of a temple, dispensation could be issued upon a petition signed by 150 Nobles or Master Masons qualified by these bylaws to become Nobles. A Temple granted dispensation under this exception would be required within 3 years to meet the requirements of at least 300 Nobles prior to be eligible for a Chapter; (6)”The Board of Directors of Shriners International (SI) would be required to consider re-employment of Imperial Sir Randy Rudge with SI, and would be required to consider compensation of Imperial Sir Randy Rudge with the amount he would have received as the Director of Membership as a salary for the Imperial Recorder in accordance with Imperial By-Law 206.7(a) of the bylaws of SI, Imperial Sir Randy Rudge would be permitted to oversee the duties and responsibilities of the Imperial Recorder during the time he is elected to that Imperial office and the incoming Imperial Potentate would be required to consider appointing a special committee to investigate violations of the bylaws of SI as referenced in the Resolution.”; (7) SI hereby grants a Charter to Amal Shriners of Sao Paulo in the country of Brazil; (8) SI hereby grants a charter to Bolivia Shrine in the country of Bolivia. Of importance that FAILED: (1) the Imperial Recorder shall be paid an annual salary in such amount as SI may provide. There were two candidates for Imperial Outer Guard: Mark Hartz and Joe Schloss; Mark Hartz won. Mark is from Bowni Shriners in Baltimore, MD. There were two running for Imperial Recorder: Randy Rudge and Imperial Sir Gary Bergensky; Randy Rudge won.

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Alzafar Achbar  

September 2018

Alzafar Achbar  

September 2018