By SHARON K. HALL
Bob Pigman of Hindman has been named as the new 2016 potentate, or leader of the 1,800 members of the El Hasa Shriners in Ashland.
Pigman is the first man from the local Knott County Shrine Club to ever be elected to the highest leadership position of the 22-county jurisdictional El Hasa Shrine Center. During his reign as the potentate or CEO of the El Hasa organization, Pigman plans to continue to enhance Shriners’ charitable service for children and their families. They are known for providing free medical care for crippled and burned children. Another important goal he hopes to achieve is to increase membership in the Shriners organization.
Pigman has been very active in the Knott County Shrine Club often volunteering to take Knott County children for treatment at specialized hospitals. He is a charter member of the Knott County Shrine Club that organized in 1993/1994. One of the requirements to be considered for Shriners membership is to first be a Mason.
Following the footsteps of his father he joined the Hindman Masonic Lodge #689 at the age of 21. “The reason I joined in 1978 was my dad (Arthur Pigman) was a mason, so I believed I should belong,” said Pigman. “I knew a lot of good men that belonged that were good community people. My mother (Ellen) was a charter member of the Order of Eastern Star, a Masonic-related club that men and women belong. My wife Ruby and I both belong to Rose of Sharon Order of the Eastern Star in Hindman.”
Successfully completing his first three degrees in the Hindman Masonic Lodge he became a Master Mason, the highest degree of Masonary. Later he joined the Scottish Rites Masons, another branch of Masonry in which a Master Mason may proceed after he has completed the first, second and third degrees. He completed the 4th through the…
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