Each title in the Shrine is derived from Arabic tradition, and each has its 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.
Living Past Potentates
Jason H. Turner
Barry S. Koon
Jimmy R. Smith
James Elliot Sr.
John E. Bradley
James C. Moore
Philip Ray Dorn
A. Carroll Barker
Once I was the Great I Am,
to whom all lesser lights salaam,
respected, honored and obeyed,
an impressive sight when on parade.
My word was law none dare gainsay,
my slightest wish, supreme my sway,
I was a man of high estate –
THE ILLUSTRIOUS POTENTATE.
Time marches on, another day
another Pote holds magic sway.
There was a time – the Noble mob
could see no future in the job.
But now The Cabiri, tried and true
Past Potentate all, not raw nor new,
united for service to Temple and Shrine
that the lights of Mecca may ever shine.