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On the hospital side, the Colorado Corporation had 16 amendments: seven passed, seven failed and two were withdrawn. Of importance, amendments that PASSED: (1) The Boards of Governors of the Twin City Hospital, the Cincinnati Hospital and Tampa Hospital and the Boards of Directors and Trustees of Shriners Hospitals for Children would be authorized to reach a decision on relocating the Twin Cities Shriners Hospital, the Cincinnati Hospital and the Tampa Hospital by a 2/3 majority vote of the respective Boards; (2) the Oversight Committee will continue with the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shriners Hospitals for Children appointing the chairman and four additional members of the committee for the succeeding year; (3) an election, or vote conducted in accordance with any provision of the bylaws of Shriners Hospitals for Children shall by raised hands, written ballot or electronic voting at the discretion or the presiding chair; (4) an election or vote conducted in accordance with any provision of Part I or Part II of the bylaws of Shriners International shall be by raised hand, written ballot or electronic voting at the discretion of the presiding chair; (5) adding or closing Hospital could only occur by the affirmative vote of the required number of votes by written ballot, or electronic Voting at the discretion of the presiding chair. Of Importance that FAILED: (1) Additional Hospitals could be acquired or constructed and existing Hospitals could be closed by the vote of the members at an annual meeting or by the unanimous vote of the Board of Directors and Trustees. There were four candidates for hospital trustees. Elected were Imperial Sir Jerry Gantt and Paul Poulin, MD. There was an election for the President of the Board of Trustees, Shriners Hospital for Children. Past Imperial Potentate Jerry Gantt was re-elected. Message by Imperial Sir Jerry Gantt, “We appreciate the representatives’ support for the efforts and work of the member of the Joint Boards and the Executive Teams at both headquarters and the hospitals. We are enthused and energized by the decision to move forward and implement the plans for realigning and restructuring the Boston, Cincinnati, Spokane and Twin Cities hospitals. For Boston, the plan primarily involves consolidating space and sharing our location with Massachusetts General Hospital, (MGH). In Cincinnati, we will be working to determine the right hospital to share space with – at either their location or ours. Our Spokane hospital has agreed to significantly reduced expenses and to increase both specific outreach efforts and their sports medicine program. The Twin Cities location will move to a partner site, where our staff will provide both inpatient and outpatient services, and will increase outreach to specific target areas. We plan to have the transitions of the Boston and Cincinnati locations completed by the end of 2020; the changes in Spokane finalized by the end of this year; and the work completed for Twin Cities within the next year. We are encouraged by the spirit of trust, cooperation and change that was clearly evident at Imperial Session. We are very confident in the future of Shriners Hospital for Children. We are grateful for this new spirit of realism and responsibility; it will be a significant factor as we continue to respond to changes in the health care industry and make necessary adaptations throughout our health care system.” Be thinking about the next four years – Imperial is in Nashville, TN June 30-July 4, 2019; Kansas City, KS July 5-9, 2020, Houston, TX July 5-9, 2021 and Minneapolis, MN July 3-7, 2022. This concludes my report. Thank you for electing me as one of your Imperial Representatives of Alzafar Temple. I hope to continue representing Alzafar Temple with your help in 2019. Come out and vote at the December Meeting.

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September 2018

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September 2018