President Steve Tucker (Jamil) called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. in the Holiday Inn Ballroom. President Tucker led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. SASA Chaplain Ill. Sir John Stanley (Oasis) offered the invocation.
President Steve Tucker welcomed everyone to the 2017 Fall Business session. He explained that after the Mayor of Myrtle Beach canceled all special permits which included both our parade and the Beach Luau Picnic on September 7 and then the Governor ordered an evacuation of the coastal areas on September 8, it forced us to cancel our Fall Festival in Myrtle Beach for the first time since the formation of SASA in 1974. Thus, per our Bylaws, we gave the 10-day notice to have this meeting to perform the necessary duties required to be performed at the annual business meeting. Our Bylaws require that we have 20 members of the Association, representing at least six Shrine Temples.
President Steve Tucker reported that we hope to close out most of the Myrtle Beach contracts, payments and reimbursements from the vendors in the next few weeks. We will also be mailing reimbursement checks going back to the temples for the Noble registrations, Beach Luau, Ladies Luncheon & Golf in the next few weeks.
President Steve Tucker then introduced the 2016-2017 SASA officers as follows:
Ill. Sir Donald Ratliff, Secretary/Treasurer (Kazim); Nobel Ralph Calhoun (Omar); 5th Vice President, Ill. Sir Dave Juergens, PP, 4th Vice President (Kosair); Ill. Sir Douglas Stalnaker, PP, 3rd Vice President (Nemesis); Ill. Sir Gregory Diffenderfer, PP, 2nd Vice President (Jericho); Ill. Sir Steve Norris, PP, 1st Vice President (Sudan); and Ill. Sir Stephen Tucker, PP, President (Jamil). Next, he recognized the following Past Presidents of the association who were present.
Ill Sir Walter A. Sticky Burch, PP (Oasis) 81-82
Ill Sir Frank B. McAllister, PP (Acca) 88-89
Ill Sir Jack Richardson, PP (Beni Kedem) 89-90
Ill Sir Donald L. Ratliff PP (Kazim) 13-14
President Steve Tucker then introduced the Imperial Officers in attendance as follows:
Imperial First Ceremonial Master-Kenny Craven (OMAR)
Ill Sir and 2017 Imperial Co-Chaplain-John Stanley (Oasis)
President Steve Tucker began the business meeting by calling on Secretary/Treasurer Ill. Sir Donald Ratliff for the roll call. Each Shrine Center was announced and the number beside the temple name indicates the number of representatives reported.
BENI KEDEM 1
EL HASA 0
It was noted we had 51 Nobles present and 14 temples represented. A quorum for the meeting was established.
Following the roll call President Steve Tucker called on Sec/Treas. Donald Ratliff to read the minutes. A motion was made and duly seconded to dispense with the reading of the minutes and the motion was approved.
President Steve Tucker called on Noble Ralph Calhoun to deliver the Audit report, he noted that all the income and expenses were documented and was in proper order and he made the motion to approve the Audit report. This motion received a proper second and was approved by the membership present.
President Steve Tucker called on Ill Sir Donald Ratliff to present the SASA budget for the Secretary/Treasurer for 2017-18 and after an explanation of income and expenses the budget received a motion and properly seconded and the members voted to approve this budget. Ill Sir Ratliff also asked for approval for an unexpected, unbudgeted item. Due to the cancelation of the Fall SASA meeting in Myrtle Beach, we have trophies that are paid for but not used since we had to cancel the SASA Fall meeting this year. We needed a controlled climate storage unit to secure the trophies so they may be used next year. A motion was made to approve the unbudgeted expenditure and after the second, the members present approved the expenditure.
President Steve Tucker called on Ill Sir Steve Norris to present his budgets for both the Spring and Fall meetings and after an explanation of both budgets, a motion was made and properly seconded and the members voted to approve both budgets.
Ill. Sir Gregory C. Diffenderfer, 2nd VP and chairman of the Time & Place Committee, gave his report as to locations of future meetings as follows:
2018 Spring March 22-24 New Bern, NC
Fall Sept. 19-22 Myrtle Beach, SC
2019 Spring March 28-30 Kingsport, TN
Fall Sept. 18-21 Myrtle Beach, SC
2020 Spring March 27-29 Parkersburg, WVA
Fall Sept. 17-20 Myrtle Beach, SC
2021 Spring March 25-27 Claremont, KY
A motion was made, duly seconded and carried to approve the Time & Place report.
President Ill Sir Steve Tucker called on Ill. Sir Dave Juergens, PP, 4th VP to report on visitation and meetings made by the officers of SASA. This was for information only.
President Ill Sir Steve Tucker called on Ill Sir Jack Richardson, PP (Beni Kedem) to inform the members of the nomination for 5th VP provided to SASA by Amran Shriners. Ill Sir Jack read the resolution from Amran Shriners which placed the name of James R. Wilson, PP for consideration for 5thVP. A motion was made and properly seconded and the vote by the members affirmed the nomination.
President Ill. Sir Steve Tucker placed the names of the 2017-18 officers in nomination and asked each if they agreed to move up one position on the SASA line. All agreed and a motion was made and seconded and the new offices were elected in due form. Those being:
Secretary/Treasurer Donnie Ratliff, PP (Kazim)
5th Vice President Ill. James R. Wilson PP (Amran)
4th Vice President Ill. Noble Ralph Calhoun (Omar)
3rd Vice President Ill. Sir David Juergens, PP (Kosair)
2nd Vice President Ill. Sir Douglas Stalnaker, PP (Nemesis)
1st Vice President Ill. Sir G. C. Diffenderfer, PP (Jericho)
President Ill. Sir Steve Norris, PP (Sudan)
President Ill Sir Steve Norris thanked the members for their confidence in him and for those who were in attendance. He then made a motion to allow Jamil to go off second in the parade at the Fall SASA Festival since they did not get to lead the parade in September of 2017 whereby Ill Sir Steve Tucker from Jamil. The motion was seconded and was approved by the membership.
President Ill Sir Steve Norris then recognized Deputy Grand Master Speed Hallman and asked that we give our full attention to our special guest, Most Worshipful A. Gene Cobb, Grand Master of North Carolina. The Grand Master gave a thoughtful message on membership, relationships and family. He was well received by all in attendance.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 pm.
After a short break, the officers were placed in order and were given the oath of office by Imperial First Ceremonial Master- Ill Sir Kenny Craven (OMAR) and the proclamation was given by Most Worshipful A. Gene Cobb, Grand Master of North Carolina.
Ill Sir Donald L Ratliff
October 10, 2017