• Pasadena Clinic Tour April 27th

    March 25th, 2018

    El Bekal Shrine is organizing a complete tour of the Pasadena Shriners Clinic. If you've never seen the clinic or toured a Shriners medical facility, you can't miss this! Click here to download the flyer.

  • Exciting Spring Events Coming Soon

    March 13th, 2018

    El Bekal Shrine has exciting events coming this Spring. See the latest event flyers and make sure to call in for your reservations and RSVPs! Click here to read the updates.

  • See The Latest Photos From El Bekal

    February 25th, 2018

    El Bekal Shrine has has a busy 2018 so far with many exciting events! The photos from these events have now been published on the website! Click here to see the photos.

  • Latest El Bekalans

    March 1st, 2018

    Download the latest edition of our Shrine's newsletter, The El Bekalan. Click on the link below to see our collection of El Bekalan newsletters. 

    See the March 2018 El Bekalan  
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El Bekal Shrine 2018 Illustrious Potentate Larry Griffin

According to Webster's Dictionary, the word has several meanings, but only one of which applies here: "in Oriental countries, a royal council or council room." Other sources say it originates from Persian, this term refering to a reception chamber, particularly in a palace or residence. It later came to mean ministry or government office. It can also mean anthology of poems placed in alphabetical order. It is pronounced di-van, with emphasis on the second syllable. (Note: if emphasis is placed on the first syllable, it's meaning can change to "a large, low couch or sofa")

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, and some, like El Bekal, have ten. 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).

Each position in the line has it's own title, derived from Arabic tradition, and each has it's own set of defined duties and responsibilities. Potentates (both past and present) are addressed as "Illustrious Sir", Imperial Potentates (both past and present) and members of the Imperial Divan are addressed as "Imperial Sir", while all other Shriners are addressed as "Noble". Assuming an individual is re-appointed and/or re-elected to the Divan each year, in the time it takes to move up from Outer Guard to Potentate, he will have had exposure to and responsibility for every aspect of El Bekal's operation. In order from top to bottom they are:

Potentate -- President or CEO of the organization (elected)
Chief Rabban -- elected
Assistant Rabban -- elected
High Priest and Prophet -- elected
Oriental Guide -- elected
Treasurer -- elected
Recorder -- elected
First Ceremonial Master -- appointed
Second Ceremonial Master -- appointed
Marshal -- appointed
Captain of the Guard -- appointed
Outer Guard (one or more) -- appointed

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