Ill Sirs and Nobles,
I would like to thank you for the opportunity and honor to serve as Potentate of Emirat Shrine Center for the coming year or so in these turbulent times that have already brought changes to the way we interact, we meet and operate and probably soon enough to the way we shall vote and even we shall initiate. This is why the new Pin’s Motto is “Vision for the Future”.
Since we are enshrined in history, however, and our philanthropy is based on Medicine through the work done at the Shriners Hospitals for Children, depicted at the center of the PIN is the figure of ASCLEPIUS, the god of medicine in ancient Greek mythology. He is the son of Apollo and princess Coronis.
Asclepius represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygieia Υγεία ("Hygiene", the goddess of cleanliness), Iaso Ιασώ (the goddess of recuperation from illness), Aceso Ακεσώ (the goddess of the healing process), Aegle Αίγλη (the goddess of good health), Panacea Πανάκεια (the goddess of universal remedy).
The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff remains a symbol of medicine today.
Sincerely & Fraternally