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Imperial Potentate Dale W, Stauss

Dale W. Stauss of Grand Forks, N.D., is currently serving his 11th year as a member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Stauss was elected Imperial Potentate, part of the 13-member body that helps govern the Shriners fraternity, during the Shriners’ 2014 Imperial Session – held in Minneapolis July 6 - July 10. As Imperial Potentate, Stauss serves as president of the Board of Directors of Shriners International, as well as chairman of the Board of Directors of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Stauss joined East Grand Forks Red River Lodge #292 in 1982, and served as Master in 1989. He is a 33rd degree member of the Scottish Rite, and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters. Stauss became a member of Kem Shriners in Grand Forks in 1982 and served as the temple’s Potentate in 1997. He is a member of the Kem Drum and Bugle Corps, and he served on the board of the North Dakota Shrine Bowl for 16 years. In 1995, he received the Samsar Award for his service to Kem Shriners. In 2000, Dale served the region’s Shriners as president of the Midwest Shrine Association.

As an Imperial Officer, Stauss has served as chairman of the Imperial Athletic Committee, the East-West Shrine Game, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Golf Tournament, and the Imperial Membership Committee. Stauss also served on the Planning Committee and the Buildings and Equipment Committee.

Stauss graduated from the University of North Dakota and has been involved in the real estate management field for more than 25 years. He recently retired from Century Properties, Inc., a property management company, after serving as its president for 22 years.

His civic activities include serving more than 20 years on the East Grand Forks School Board in East Grand Forks, Minn., as well as serving on the 2000 Minnesota All-State School Board.

He and his wife, Cheryl, have three daughters, one son and 14 grandchildren. They enjoy spending their spare time with the family at their lake cabin.