(Pronounced di-van, with emphasis on the second syllable. ) - 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, 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 Oriental Guide to Potentate, he will have had exposure to and responsibility for every aspect of the Shrine's operation..


Randy Williams

Hendersonville, TN 

Cell: 615-337-0031

Email: ziptheclown@earthlink.com

Bio Info: Lady Beth

Daughter: Rachel

Randy’s 1st step into Masonry was at 16 when he became a DeMolay at C.E. Hendrick Sr. Chapter. After turning 21 he joined Hendersonville Masonic Lodge #359 and served as Master in 1988.  In 1988 Randy & Beth were installed as Associate Matron & Patron of Edgefield OES Chapter and Randy crossed the Sands of the Dessert at Al Menah Shrine.  He has served as Captain of the Al Menah Patrol, Brass Band and Sumner County Klowns where he is known a “Zip the Clown”. 

Chief Rabban 

Scott Jones

Greenbrier TN 37073

Cell: 615-456-9111

Email: jokershrineclown@yahoo.com

Bio Info: Lady Kim

Scott was raised a master mason in Greeenbrier Lodge #753, received his Scottish Rite degrees and walked the hot sands of Al Menah Temple in 1997. He has been a Past Master twice, Past Captain of the Al Menah Clowns, Past President of SESCA, and currently serves as Master of his lodge. He is the Tennessee State Fair Manager and has been involved with the fair over 31 years.  Scott and Lady Kim have been married over 20 years and they have two beautiful dogs.

Assistant Rabban

Donnie Drayton

Hendersonville TN 37075

Cell: 615-804-4119

Email: donnie.drayton@northstarenv.com

Bio Info: Lady Kay

Donnie was raised a Master Mason in Beech Lodge #240 in 2005, received his Scottish Rite degrees and walked the hot sands of Al Menah in 2008. He is a Past Master of Beech Lodge, and Past Captain of the Director Staff. 

High Priest & Prophet

Vernon Blackburn

Hendersonville, TN 

Cell: 615-681-6019

Email: mrjingles75@icloud.com

Bio Info: Lady Trisha

Vernon was raised a Master Mason in Beech Lodge #240 in 2009, received his Scottish Rite degrees and walked the hot sands of Al Menah in 2011. He is a Past Captain of the Al Menah Clowns and currently serves as Co-Chairman of the 2019 Imperial Housing Committee. Vernon and Lady Trisha have one daughter, Shania, and the couple recently welcomed their first grandchild, Aria Rose. 

Oriental Guide

Frank Wilson

Kingston Springs, TN 

Cell: 615-290-0915


Bio Info: Lady Valerie

Frank was raised a Master Mason in Republic Lodge #570 in 1978, received his Scottish Rite degrees and crossed the hot sands in 1995. He is a Past Master of Republic Lodge #570, and United Lodge #5. Frank is a Past Captain of the Al Menah Clowns. Frank retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2008.


Wes Frye

Springfield, TN 

Cell: 615-519-9558

Email: wesfreye@comcast.net

Bio Info: Lady Joyce

Wes was raised a Master Mason in McWhirtersville Lodge #375 in 1968, received his Scottish Rite degrees in 1974, and became a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 2015. Wes crossed the hot sands of Al Menah in 1983. Wes is Past Captain of the Potentate's Guard, and has served Al Menah as Director General and Chief of Staff. Wes has served as Treasurer since 2013. 



Mt. Juliet, TN 

Cell: 615-415-7587

Email: ccdaniel@aol.com

Bio Info: 

Bob has been serving as Recorder since 2005 and is a member of Mt. Juliet Lodge #642 where he was raised a Master Mason in 1981.  He crossed the hot sands of  Al Menah in 1981 and is Past Captain of the Oriental Band.  He is a member of York Rite and also a 33 Degree Scottish Rite Mason.Bob is currently the Secretary/Treasurer SESOBA and Past President of Shriners International Recorders Assoc. 2014-2015.He served our country as Captain in US Army and is currently retired from AT&T.

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