The Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine was founded in 1872 by a
group of 13 men belonging to the Masonic Order. It was originally established to
provide fun and fellowship for its members.
On January 3, 1888, Imperial Potentate Sam Briggs granted the dispensation for
Al Kader Shrine. On February 15, 1888, members of Islam Shrine conferred the
Shrine degrees in Portland, Oregon. There were fourteen original members.
Al Kader Shriners was the first Shrine Center to be
established in the Pacific Northwest. Originally located in the City of
Portland, our home is now in Wilsonville.
Al Kader History Slide Show
Irving W. Pratt was elected the first Illustrious Potentate on February 15,
1888. Al Kader was the 46th charter and the first in the Pacific Northwest.
Pratt’s great grandson, Noble Ard Pratt – Potentate in 2009, is today an active
Al Kader Shriner.
Now, there are approximately 300,000 Shriners. They gather in 196 Shrine Centers
throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto
Rico and the Republic of Panama. In 2010, in order to reflect the growth of the
Shrine outside North America, we became Shriners International.
Al Kader Past Potentates