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 its own Divan, and the minimum number of Divan members is set by Imperial by-laws at seven, with each of these being elected by the Nobility (membership).
Each title in the Shrine is 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”. As past leaders of Hejaz Temple the advice and influence of Past Potentates carries great weight.
Shrine Clubs are groups of Shriners who meet closer to home in order to socialize and fundraise for our charities on a local level. Hejaz temple boasts 21 such clubs all over the Upstate. Each Club has their own leadership independent of the Temple. Look here to find a local club in your area and join in the fun and fellowship with local nobles.