President Ill Sir Dave Juergens (Kosair)
called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. and established protocol in
due form. He welcomed the participants to our SASA Spring Business
meeting being conducted via ZOOM due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
President Juergens thereupon led the participants in the Shrine Pledge
SASA Chaplin, Noble Bill Dehn (Kosair) opened the meeting with an
invocation, noting circumstances in which we are meeting, while
extending a special blessing for the children that are placed in our
President Juergens then introduced the SASA Director Generals for
2020-21, Spring Director General Noel Cissel (Kosair), the Fall Director
General Noble Rusty Watson (Omar) and the Assistant Fall Director
General Steve Clemmons (Omar). He praised their work to make both the
Spring and Fall meetings successful.
Spring Director General, Noble Noel Cissel introduced the 2020-2021 SASA
Ill Sir Donald Ratliff, (Kazim) Secretary/Treasurer and SASA Past
Ill Sir Len Noble, (Oleika) 5th Vice President
Ill Sir Jason Hinkle (Beni Kedem) 4th Vice President
Ill Sir Thornton Holt, Jr., (Acca) 3rd Vice President
Ill Sir Jim Wilson, (Amran) 2nd Vice President
Ill Sir Ralph Calhoun, (Omar) 1st Vice President
Ill Sir Dave Juergens (Kosair) President
President Juergens introduced Ill Sir Robert Hart, Potentate of Kosair
Temple, for his remarks. He expressed his disappointment we could not be
with them in Bardstown, Ky but was looking forward to the Beach.
President Juergens then introduced our Imperial Officers who were
present: Imperial Sir Larry Leib, Imperial Second Ceremonial Master,
Imperial Sir Jim Cain, Past Imperial Potentate and current Imperial
Recorder, Imperial Sir Kenny Craven, Imperial Assistant Rabban, Imperial
Sir Bill Bailey, Imperial Chief Rabban. Each spoke briefly as they
would be called on later in the meeting to expand on their message.
President Juergens then introduced the Past Presidents who were on the
Ill Sir Charles Lynch (Beni Kedem) 05-06
Ill Sir Ray Fields, (Amran) 07-08
Ill Sir Donald Ratliff (Kazim) 13-14
Ill Sir Eddie Everhart (Kerbela) 14-15
Ill Sir Steve Tucker (Jamil) 16-17
President Juergens then recognized our Secretary/Treasurer, Ill Sir
Donnie Ratliff (Kazim), for roll call. Noting we have 7 officers and 4
SASA Past Presidents present. The number beside each Shrine Center
represents the number of Representatives present at the meeting.
Beni Kedem 8
El Hasa 5
He reported a total of 139 Representatives and 19 temples on the ZOOM
link and therefore a quorum was present and to proceed with business as
prescribed by our Bylaws.
President Juergens then called on the SASA Secretary/Treasurer, Ill Sir
Donnie Ratliff, to read the minutes of the previous meeting. A motion
was made and properly seconded to dispense with the reading of the
minutes and the vote was unanimous.
President Juergens thereupon called on Ill Sir Ratliff to present the
finance report for the past year on the SASA accounts, which runs from
October 1 through September 30. He reported the data for the checking
account reveals a $14,417.30 gain in income and the savings account had
an $884.59 gain in income for this time period. We have a combined total
of $145,126.41 in both the checking and savings accounts in the two
banks. A motion was made and properly seconded to approve the financial
report as presented. The vote was unanimous.
Ill Sir Ratliff asked President Juergens if he could proceed with other
items that we needed to report to the membership.
Ill Sir Ratliff announced the temples who would be placing names for
consideration for 5th Vice President to the Nominating Committee and
they are as follows.
Ill Sir Ratliff informed the Officers and Representatives on the call
that he needed 5 lapel pins from each Shrine Center. These lapel pins
are used on plaques for our special guests, Shrine Center of the Year
award, and for those who go above and beyond the call of duty to make
our meetings both enjoyable and memorable. These plaques will be
presented at the Fall Business meeting and will make nice presentation
gifts. Ill Sir Ratliff needs the pins to be mailed to him as soon as
Ill Sir Ratliff presented the Membership Report for the previous year.
Oleika Shriners had loss 13.08% and had suffered the greatest loss by
percentage. Alee Shriners had a loss of 1.01% and had suffered the least
by percentage. Overall, our membership for all SASA Temples went down by
5.93% and we ended up with 34,068 Shriners in our member Temples as of
December of 2020.
President Juergens then called upon 3rd Vice President, Ill Sir Thornton
Holt, Jr., to present the Finance and Audit Report. Ill Sir Holt
reported after reviewing the financial records of the South Atlantic
Shrine Association, the Bank accounts match up with the spreadsheets
provided by the Secretary/Treasurer and all appear to be in proper order
based on all facts and figures submitted. A motion was made and
properly seconded to approve the audit report as presented, and the vote
President Juergens called on the 5th Vice President, Ill Sir Len Noble
to present the Credential Committee report. Ill Sir Noble reported we
had 7 SASA officers present. We have 5 Past Presidents, 4 Imperial
officers, 139 representatives, 2 candidates for Imperial Outer Guard and
one candidate for Board of Trustees for the Hospital for a total of 158
Shriners participating in the meeting.
President Juergens called on the 1st Vice President, Ill Sir Ralph
Calhoun for the Time and Place Committee Report.
2021 Fall Sept 16-19 Myrtle Beach, SC
2022 Spring March 24-26 Charleston, SC
Fall Sept 15-17 Myrtle Beach, SC
2023 Spring March 24-26 Raleigh, NC
Fall Sept 20-24 Myrtle Beach, SC
2024 Spring March 21-24 Richmond, VA
Fall Sept 19-23 Myrtle Beach, SC
A motion was made, with a second to the motion to approve the Time and
Place report as presented, and the vote was unanimous.
President Juergens is chairman of the Nominating Committee and he
announced the next Shrine Center to place a name in nomination for 5th
Vice President is Alee Shrine Center. We have a resolution from Alee
Shriners, signed by the Divan on January 9, 2021, to place Ill Sir
Freddie L Humphries as their recommendation for the next 5th VP. This
resolution was read at this meeting for information only as Ill Sir
Humphries will be voted on at our annual Business meeting in Myrtle
Beach in September 2021.
President Juergens invited the candidate for Trustee for the Shriners
Hospital Board candidate, Ill Sir Ricky Arrocha, to speak to the
members. We had two Shriners as candidates for Imperial Outer Guard,
Ill Sir Ron DeVoll and Ill Sir Tim Forbis, and they were invited to
speak to the membership.
President Juergens invited Noble Phil Wade to speak to the group about
the Shrine Fundraising Association on what they are doing to help Shrine
Temples and Shrine Clubs to help them raise needed funds.
President Juergens asked each Director General for announcements. Noble
Rusty Watson gave us an update on our status in Myrtle Beach. He
reported all is on target and on plan at this point. He mentioned the
support we have from City Council and the Chamber and that it should be
an incredibly good year. He spoke briefly about some of the logistics
problems in securing space for various units and the liability insurance
requirements. If any of our Associations that operate under the
jurisdiction of the South Atlantic Shrine Association and they incur
cost either for space for their competition or if that space requires
additional limits on the Liability Insurance above what SASA has in
place, that unit association will be responsible for the additional
President Juergens asked each appointed official and elected officer for
any comments they might wish to offer at this time. Each person offered
praise for the efforts to put forth the meeting today and their wishes
to see everyone in person in September at our Annual Business meeting
and festivities at Myrtle Beach.
President Juergens called on our Director General, Noble Noel Cissel, to
proceed with the drawing for parade positions for the Annual Meeting in
September 2021 at Myrtle Beach. Noting we have drawn in alphabetical
order for years, this year we will draw the Shrine Centers out of a
basket and then they would draw for parade positions in the order the
Shrine Center is pulled out of the first basket. As each temple was
called in order of their name being drawn out of the first basket to
draw for parade position out of the second basket. As a result, the
following is the parade line up. The number beside each Shrine Center is
the number they drew for the step off position in the parade.
Beni Kedem 14
El Hasa 18
President Juergens called on Imperial Sir Kenny Craven to speak.
Imperial Sir Craven commended us on the meeting and since this is his
home Association, he is proud of the work we are doing. He mentioned
some new opportunities coming our way in the sports arena that will be
announced later. Imperial Sir Cain spoke up to thank us for our
continued success and wished us the best going forward. Imperial Sir
Bill Bailey spoke to us about the tools available to support membership.
Imperial Sir Bailey also spoke about the convention in Houston and
encouraged us to attend in July.
After the Imperial Officers spoke, Ill Sir Juergens adjourned the
meeting at 12:01 p.m.
Donald L Ratliff
March 27, 2021
Final 3/29/2021 6:30 p.m.