A.A.O.N.M.S. - The initials of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, the fraternity’s official name.
AIDE - A noble appointed by a potentate or Imperial Potentate to assist him with his duties during his term.
AMBASSADOR - A noble appointed by a Potentate to represent him and the temple at club and unit meetings and functions.
APPOINTED DIVAN - Six nobles appointed by the Potentate to assist him during his term. They include the First Ceremonial Master, Second Ceremonial Master, Director, Marshal, Captain of the Guard, and Outer Guard.
BLACK CAMEL - Term used to refer to the death of a member of the Shriners fraternity.
BYLAWS - The rules and regulations governing the Imperial Council and each temple.
CABIRI - A social organization composed of Past Potentates.
CEREMONIAL - The Shrine initiation ceremony.
DIVAN - In Oriental countries, a royal council or council room. 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). 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, are not usually part of the “progressive” line, and may serve in the same office for more than one year. 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 the Shrine’s operation.
ELECTED DIVAN - The collective name of the officers of a Shriners temple: The Potentate, Chief Rabban, High Priest and Prophet, Oriental Guide, Treasurer, and Recorder.
FEZ - The official headgear worn by members of the Shriners fraternity. It derives its name from the city where it was first manufactured - Fez, Morocco.
IMPERIAL COUNCIL - The body of representatives from each of the 191 temples, which determines the direction of the fraternity.
IMPERIAL DIVAN - Thirteen officers elected by the Imperial Council to lead the Shrine fraternity.
IMPERIAL SIR - The title preceding the name of a Shriner who is serving or has served on the Imperial Divan.
IMPERIAL COUNCIL SESSION - The Shriners annual convention, generally held during the first week in July. The business of both the fraternity and Shriners Hospitals for Children are conducted at that time. Also, there are parades, unit competitions, and social events during the session.
ILLUSTRIOUS SIR - The title preceding the name of a Shriner who is serving, or has served, as a Potentate of his temple.
LADY - The title preceding the name of the wife of any Shriner. The wife of a Potentate or the Imperial Potentate is referred to as the First Lady.
NOBLE - Refers to a member of the Shriners fraternity, and it is also the title preceding the name of any Shriner who is not a past or current Potentate or who has not served on the Imperial Divan.
PCM - Stands for “Permanent Contributing Member.” The purchase of a $150 PCM certificate, which is tax deductible as a charitable donation, relieves the noble from paying the annual hospital assessment.
STATED MEETING - Held by a temple to conduct official business.
SHRINEDOM - The realm of the Shrine fraternity, including its members, governance, programs, activities, organizational atmosphere.
TEMPLE - Any group of nobles chartered by or under dispensation of the Imperial Council.
If it swells, ride it! - Unknown
Midnight bugs taste best. - Unknown
The perfect man? A poet on a motorcycle. - Lucinda Williams
Last week I forgot how to ride a bicycle. - Steven Wright
There is not one right way to ride a wave. - Jamie O'Brien
The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome. - Unknown
When you're riding lead, don't spit. - Unknown
Maybe I should just go home and ride my tractor. - Chuck Grassley
When I'm president, everyone gets a free pony. - Vermin Supreme
Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly. - Unknown
Bikes don't leak oil, they mark their territory. - Unknown
Life is like a horse - either you ride it or it rides you. - Unknown
If the world were a logical place, men would ride sidesaddle. - Rita Mae Brown
If you ride like there's no tomorrow, there won't be. - Unknown
Have fun, be active. Ride a bike instead of driving, for example. - Dan Buettner
Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window. - Unknown
An intellectual is a man who doesn't know how to park his bike. - Spiro T. Agnew
It takes more love to share the saddle than it does to share the bed. - Unknown
Your body is not a temple, it's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride. - Anthony Bourdain
What do you call a cyclist who doesn't wear a helmet? An organ donor. - David Perry
That's all the motorcycle is, a system of concepts worked out in steel. - Robert M. Pirsig
Sometimes the best communication happens when you're on separate bikes. - Unknown
You can lead a horse to water but I'd rather ride it to the liquor store. - Wayne Nowazek
Life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 150. - Unknown
Keep your bike in good repair: motorcycle boots are not comfortable for walking. - Unknown
I'm paranoid about everything. On my stationary bike I have a rearview mirror. - Richard Lewis
Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. - Franklin P. Jones
Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut that connects the handlebars to the saddle. - Unknown
A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time. - Marjorie Johnson
Catching a yellow-jacket in your shirt at seventy miles per hour can double your vocabulary. - Unknown
I took lessons in bicycle riding. But I could only afford half of them. Now I can ride a unicycle. - Steven Wright
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry. - Winston Churchill
I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness. - Emo Philips
Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway. - Warren Buffet
Already, companies that speak in the language of the pitch, the dog-and-pony show, are no longer speaking to anyone. - Unknown
People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs. - Unknown
We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us. - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
If the marriage needs help, the answer almost always is have more fun. Drop your list of grievances and go ride a roller coaster. - Garrison Keillor
Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense. - Joseph Addison
My life is the land, the dogs, the car, the motorcycle, the pond, the canoe, going to pick up mail. It's just a rural retreat that I enjoy. - Burt Shavitz