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SUMMER CONVENTION - 8/16/2018 - 8/18/2018




Imperial Sirs, Illustrious Sirs, Nobles All,

I bring you warm Fraternal Greetings from Ill. Sir Rafael B. Acosta, P.G.M and President of the Southeastern Shrine Association.  As you know, because of the devastation levied by Hurricane Maria to the island of Puerto Rico, the 2018 S.E.S.A. Convention will be held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, August 16-18th.  While we are saddened that the Association will not be hosted in San Juan, we look forward to an exciting convention in the great state of Tennessee.  In fact, Pigeon Forge will be the host site for the next four years!  The Board of Directors of your Association is unified in our belief that this venue will continue to strengthen our organization in the coming years.

Our Convention Headquarters will be the Music Road Resort.  This property has everything our Association needs to conduct an outstanding convention including two neighboring hotels, a convention center with meeting and ballrooms, two guest only Water Parks with Lazy Rivers, Slides and much more.  Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg offer outstanding opportunities for your family to enjoy, including the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, restaurants, theme parks, shopping and the list goes on.  Be sure to visit this website to learn more:

At of the close of our Mid-Year meeting in Greenville, South Carolina, the nearly 300 rooms at our headquarters hotel were booked.  The following will be housed at the headquarters hotels:  Imperial Officers, S.E.S.A. Officers, Al Rai'e Saleh Shriners (Host Temple), Al Menah Shriners, Yaarab Shriners and the Southeastern Association of Shrine Motor Corps.  This is significant and illustrates that our member Temples are committed to the regrowth of our Association.

Pigeon Forge has many hotels available to accommodate our Nobility for the convention.  If your Temple participates in the annual Kerbela Fun Fest, you may want to use that same hotel for housing.  A quick internet search will bring you dozens of hotel options.  In the coming years, the S.E.S.A. intends to contract with multiple hotels based on this year’s attendance.

This packet includes the following enclosures that will need your attention to ensure we have a successful Convention:

Registration Form:  Please note that the Registration Fee is only $10 per NOBLE.  Ladies are not required to pay a registration fee for 2018.  We ask that you make copies of this registration form and distribute them to your Divan and Nobility in order that all are afforded the opportunity to register and attend the annual convention. 

Schedule of Events:  Some Unit Association events are to be announced as we coordinate with the Associations in preparation for the convention.  We are also working on Parade details as there is already a Veteran’s appreciation parade scheduled for that Saturday morning.  Additional information will be posted on the S.E.S.A. website as it is available. 

S.E.S.A. Officer Nominating Procedure:  The offices of Fourth and Fifth Vice Presidents of the Association will be open for nominations at the 2018 business meeting.  Also, the office of Secretary/Treasurer will be open for nominations as Ill. Sir Eddie Chrisman has elected to retire after over a decade of dedicated service to the Association. 

Souvenir Program Advertising Information:  Every year the Association publishes a souvenir program that is complimentary to attendees as a memento of the convention.  Please make copies of the contract and encourage your Divan, Clubs, Units and individual Nobles to support the S.E.S.A. by placing an ad or becoming a booster.  The ads offset the cost of the publication and support the convention activities. 

Please ask your Temple webmaster post a link from your Temple website to the S.E.S.A. website:


In closing, it is our desire that all member Temples of the Association will plan to attend, participate and enjoy the Annual Convention. We hope that you will promote this opportunity for fun and fellowship within your respective Temples. Many of our Nobility have not experienced an Association Convention and we believe that Pigeon Forge, TN affords a great opportunity for new Nobles to bring their families to fellowship and enjoy the camaraderie that our beloved Shrine Fraternity offers.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at:  I hope to greet you and your Nobility in August!  Thank you for supporting YOUR ASSOCIATION.

Yours In The Faith,
B. Shawn Warren
Director General
2nd Vice President, S.E.S.A.
Kosair Shriners
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Nobles and Ladies: This year's S.E.S.A. President's Evening (August 16, 2018) will be held at the Grand Majestic Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN. Dinner and a show for only $50 per person. The show details are as follows:

SOUL of MOTOWN – Top Rated Pigeon Forge Show

The Soul of Motown show in Pigeon Forge is a fresh and energetic concert-style tribute to Motown legends. If you love the Motown sound, you will love the Soul of Motown show.

One of the top-rated Pigeon Forge shows, Soul of Motown pays tribute to some of the greatest vocal groups ever to hit the charts. With live harmonies, grooving dance moves and inspiring talent, the Motown performers are on stage to entertain. The only Pigeon Forge show to feature songs from The Drifters, The Platters, Sam Cooke, Smoky Robinson, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & the Pips, plus many more.

The Soul of Motown Dinner Show at The Grand Majestic Theater offers “all you can eat” buffet dinner before every show*. The Soul of Motown dinner menu includes: Chicken Tenders, Chicken Strips, Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Mac-n-Cheese, Sweet Corn, Green Beans, Fried Okra, a Dinner Roll and an a delicious Brownie for Dessert. Soft drinks include iced tea, water, and Coca-cola products. Coffee is available. The theater also serves your favorite adult beverages including a selection of beer, wine, wine coolers, and moonshine.

The Grand Majestic Theater also offers a variety of concessions including candy, popcorn, made-to-order hot appetizers, and more.

*Dinner is served one hour prior to show time. Menu subject to change.


From the Management of Music Road Resort:


On behalf of the sales team, staff and management of Music Road Resort we would like to thank you for your upcoming business, and for placing you confidence in us for the conference for The SouthEastern Shrine Association.

We would like to introduce you to the different methods your group can secure their room reservation.

Making reservations for rooms for your event can be accomplished by your individual attendees in three ways. This process does not apply to rooms in your master account, which you will be reserving via a rooming list.  Please review your master room needs with your sales representative to set those rooms aside BEFORE you inform attendees that your block is open for reservations.


These options are for what we call “Make-Own, Pay-Own” guests.

1) They may call direct to our reservations department to speak to an agent for personal service at 1-855-790-4646.

2) Guests may use our web-based system in two ways:

a) The link below is a “Live” link which can be clicked for automatic log-in to your specific group block. The link will open the block and show the available rooms and move them quickly through the process. The link can be imbedded into your website, e-newsletters or an e-mail blast Group Direct Booking Link - No login/Attendee Code needed:
b) Attendees can go to the website:

and using your unique group code below, follow the outlined steps to enter into your block and make a reservation. YOUR GROUP CODE:  09300

If you need assistance in any of these steps, or have questions regarding your on-line rooms block, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to serving you!

303 & 314 Henderson Chapel Road, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Hotel: (855) 875-9100 | Inn: (855) 875-9100 | Email:



Wednesday - August 15th, 2018

12:00pm - 4:30pm

Registration – Ticket Sales – Information – Music Road Convention Center Lobby


Marketplace Set-up - Harp & Dobro Rooms, Music Road Convention Center

6:30pm - 9:30pm President’s Reception (Invitation Only) – SESA Hospitality Suite

Thursday - August 16th, 2018

8:00am - 2:00pm  Motor Corp Competition – TBA
9:00am - 5:00pm  Registration – Ticket Sales – Information - Music Road Convention Center Lobby
  Marketplace Open – Harp & Dobro Rooms, Music Road Convention Center
10:00am -10:30am Welfare & Advisory Committee Meeting – Cello Room “D” Music Road Convention Center
10:45am -11:30am Time & Place Committee Meeting – Cello Room “D” Music Road Convention Center
11:30am - 1:00pm Noble’s Lunch Break
1:15pm - 2:00pm Finance and Accounts Committee Meeting – Cello Room “D” Music Road Convention Center
2:15pm - 3:00pm Emeritus Committee Meeting – Cello Room “D” Music Road Convention Center
3:15pm - 3:30pm Necrology Committee Meeting – Cello Room “D” Music Road Convention Center
5:30pm - 9:30pm President’s Evening – Dinner & Entertainment – Location & Details TBA
 Friday - August 17th, 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm Registration – Ticket Sales – Information – Music Road Convention Center Lobby
  Marketplace Open – Harp & Dobro Rooms, Music Road Convention Center
8:30am - 9:30am SESPGA Inspection – Cello Room “A” & “B” Music Road Convention Ctr.
9:00am -11:00am SESHA Competition – Location TBA with Business Meeting to follow Competition
9:30am -10:30am SESLOHA Business Meeting – Cello Room “C” & “D”
9:00am - 2:00pm SESCA Competition - Guitar Room, Music Road Convention Center
10:30am - 11:30am SESPGA Business Meeting – Cello Room “C” & “D” Music Road Convention Center
10:00am – 11:00am SESPMA Business Meeting - TBA
11:00am – 1:00pm First Ladies Luncheon – Duet Ballroom, Music Road Convention Center
11:30am - 12:00pm Parade Marshal’s Meeting - Cello Room “D” Music Road Convention Center
** All Temples that are planning on parading are required to have a Representative at this meeting. **

** All Temples must have submitted a Certificate of Insurance “COI” to the SESA Sec./Trea. to validate Parade Insurance **

11:00am - 12:00pm SESLOHA Inspection – Cello Room “A” & “B” Music Road Convention Center
12:00pm - 1:30pm Noble’s Lunch Break
2:00pm - 4:00pm SESA Business Meeting – Ukelele & Violin Rooms, Music Road Convention Center
5:30pm Legion of Honor Association Banquet – Location TBA
5:30pm Provost Guard Association Banquet – Park Grove Inn, 149 Community Center Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN
5:30pm Hillbilly Association Banquet – TBA
5:30pm Motor Corp Association Banquet – Location TBA
6:00pm Clown Association Banquet – Location TBA


Saturday - August 17th, 2018
9:00am Parade Line-up – Location TBA at Parade Marshal’s Meeting
10:00am Parade Step-off
9:00am - 12:00pm Marketplace Open – Harp & Dobro Rooms, Music Road Convention Center
12:00pm (Noon) SESA Conference completed


Thank you to all Nobles, their Ladies and Guests for participating

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