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The Alzafar Achbar is the Official Membership Newsletter of Alzafar Shriners: It is published monthly by Alzafar Shriners Stated Meeting ………………………….. 2nd. Thursday Monthly Chartered ………………………………………………… July 13, 1916 PHONE: 210-496-1625 San Antonio Shrine Auditorium: 901 N. Loop 1604 West San Antonio, Texas 78232: Alzafar Shriners E-mail: Official Website: 2018 ELECTIVE DIVAN Potentate …………………………………………………….Jason Triggs Chief Rabban ………………………………………………..Eric DeWalt Assistant Raddan ………………………………………Marty Bartlett High Priest & Prophet ………………………….Travis Elmendorf Oriental Guide …………………………………………Robert Norman Treasurer ………………………………………………………….Ron Trine Recorder ……………………………………………….Thomas Leverett 2018 APPOINTIVE DIVAN 1st Ceremonial Master ………………….Edward C. Rodriguez 2nd Ceremonial Master …………………………..James C. Hoyo Director ……………………………………………………Walter Koehler Marshall ……………………………………………………Thomas Martin Captain of the Guard ………………………………Ralph Flanigan Outer Guard ……………………………………………….David Hadley Chaplain ……………………………….P.P. Gregorio “G.I.” Flores 2018 IMPERIAL REPRESENTATIVES Potentate …………………………………………………….Jason Triggs Chief Rabban ………………………………………………..Eric DeWalt P.P. Reese L. Harrison, Jr. ………Emeritus Representative P.P. Robert “Bob” Jett …………….Emeritus Representative Daniel M. Hutchison III …………..Emeritus Representative P.P. Robert “Bobby” Hunt P.P. Stuart H. “Stu” Simms 2018 FINANCE COMMITTEE Potentate …………………………………………………….Jason Triggs Chief Rabban ………………………………………………..Eric DeWalt Assistant Rabban ………………………………………Marty Bartlett Kyle Jackson ……………………………………………………….4 Years Richard Reyes III …………………………………………………3 Years Charles Davenport ………………………………………………2 Years Gary Bausell ………………………………………………………….1 Year ALZAFAR SHRINE PHOTOGRAPHER ………….Art Loera STATED MEETING There will be no Stated Meeting during July. The next Stated Meeting of the Alzafar Shriners will be held on August 9th 2018 at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, 901 N. Loop 1604 West San Antonio, Texas 78232. Dinner is at 6:00pm on a first come first served basis. The purpose of the Stated Meeting is to receive and ballot on petitions, to receive committee reports, to discuss and take possible action on agenda matters and any such other business, as might come before it YOUR 2018 DUES CARD WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ADMITTANCE TO STATED MEETINGS. BE SURE TO BRING THESE THREE THINGS:   

Your fez on your head Your dues card in your pocket The spirit of fun and good fellowship in your heart

Potentate Recorder

Jason Triggs Thomas D. Leverett

ILLUSTRIOUS SIR JASON R. TRIGGS POTENTATE OF ALZAFAR SHRINERS What a great weekend we all had in Tyler, TX for this year’s Texas Shrine Association ceremonial and competitions. Lady Cynthia and I are so proud of everyone who made the long trip and for the months of preparation everyone dedicated themselves to. I could not have asked for a better weekend full of fun and camaraderie. A special thanks to our Chief Host, Noble Kyle Jackson, and the Nobles and Ladies of the host team. Words cannot express how great of a job this team is doing for us this year. Thanks goes out as well to Chief of Staff, Noble Bob Tucker, and Noble Garret Ethridge for being designated drivers and transporting everyone all over town and to Noble Shelby Herber who was our eyes and ears in Tyler prior to our arrival and had everything ready for us. It was a great team effort overall and all of you proved once again Alzafar is the best! Alzafar Shrine will be dark for the month of July. Our next stated meeting will be on Thursday August 9th. During this meeting, there will be a special election to fill the vacancy on the Finance Committee that was left open by our beloved Noble Charlie Davenport. The term for this position will be for the remainder of 2018 and all of 2019. Nominations will be called for during the meeting and limited to 3 minutes. All intending to seek the position shall meet in the conference room prior to the meeting at 6:00pm. There is not much happening during July and I hope we all can take advantage of the break in the action as this month is the calm before the storm. As soon as August hits everything will be firing back up with a vengeance. TSMPA obstacle competition, full form ceremonial, hospital gala, circus, Masonic picnic, children’s parties, parades…there will definitely not be a dull moment during the upcoming months and the second half of the year is going to fly by fast. I hope those of us making the trip cross country to Daytona Beach FL for this year’s Imperial Session has a safe trip and I look forward to seeing you all back on the beach. It’s Great Being an Alzafar Shriner!



As I travel back from the Texas Shrine Association Ceremonial Session in Tyler Texas, I ponder on things past and things to come. This year is flying by and it isn’t slowing down. May I first say “WOW”, what a turn out of Nobles and their ladies at TSA. Let us all take a moment to congratulate all the units for their hard work and commitment. To take off from their daily lives and go represent our Alzafar Temple with no reservation is simply amazing. I would also like to thank the Host Committee (TEAM) for making this trip and keeping our hospitality room so very lively, full of fun, merriment and refreshments. God bless America and those who fight for our freedom! I want to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. Now, on to business at hand Circus Circus Circus. I have been visiting Units and asking for their support on ad sales and bicycle donations for the kids at the circus. Many Units have already given monetary contributions for the purchasing of bicycles and Nobles have already handed in ad sales and Buck-ALines. July 15th is the deadline for ad sales so as to leave enough time for printing. Remember, this is a great way to make money for the Temple, your Unit or Club and make the kids very happy. The circus has evolved over the last few years and this year promises to be one of the absolute best. Prepare yourself for fraternal Fun, Fellowship and Financial greatness. May God bless our Fraternity and our Philanthropy and keep us on the right path so that we can continue our mission in helping our children in need.

We have had a busy couple of months, but it has been a lot of fun. The final numbers are in for the Alzafar golf tournament, and they are really good. Even with the soggy weather, we had great participation as the tournament was a sellout. All the money has been counted with the bills paid and we made $34,000 profit for our transportation fund! This is a great restart to our golf tournament and a number to build on for next year’s tournament. The Alzafar Golf Unit did a fabulous job in bringing this event together and making it such a success. This money will entirely be used to transport badly injured children to our hospitals. All of the volunteers who helped with the event should be very proud of the way that your work impacts a child. As we have just returned from TSA, I am constantly reminded what a great group of people we have at Alzafar. It was great spending time with people that I truly enjoy being around. We have many choices in life on how we spend our time and Martha and I really enjoy spending a lot of that time with our Alzafar friends. We had another successful TSA, with lots of awards won-I think I counted up 17, which was in the top three for the most at TSA. Congrats to all of our competitors. With the golf tournament just recently concluded, we turn our attention now to our annual gala. Our transportation fund is very low and the income from the golf tournament will only last us a few months, so we now need to put together another successful Hospital Gala. We are planning on the theme of this gala to be patterned after the Grand Old Opry in Nashville. It will be some kind of extravaganza, so you will not want to miss this one. Put October 6th on your calendar now for the next big chance to raise money for our philanthropy.




June is now behind us and so is the 2018 Texas Shrine Association meeting and competition. A great big shout out to all the units, clubs, Nobles, and Ladies that made the trip up to Tyler either to compete, cheer on, or support the nobility. What a great turn out Alzafar had during that weekend. We brought home lots of trophies and Alzafar showed other Shrine Centers we have a lot of fun and fellowship as well as sportsmanship, all while supporting a bigger picture. Congratulations! A special thank you goes to Kyle Jackson and his entire host team for running the hospitality room at the hotel. What they do behind the scenes is nothing less than outstanding. Way to go team!

By now you know that our Hospital transportation fund has been depleted and as such, the hospitals are now having to cover all costs associated transportation and housing for our patients. Fortunately for the work of our Assistant Rabban Marty and the golf tournament, Laredo and Boerne Shrine clubs along with unit donations, we have been able to assist on a minimal basis with needs of the hospitals. Hopefully we will be able to hold on until the Fall Hospital Gala. For those units having fundraisers over the summer, please keep the HTF in your plans for donations.

This month we celebrate OUR Independence. Thomas Jefferson once said “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” That is just a small reminder of the value of Independence Day. Hopefully you were able to spend the day with family, friends and love ones. What a turn out we had in Seguin this year for the 4th of July parade. Once again Alzafar got an opportunity to be center stage and show Seguin what we are all about. Thank you to everyone that was able to attend this parade. This month is also very important to our organization as a whole, as the 2018 Imperial Session will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida. We pray that our leaders of Shriners International as well as our Imperial Reps are able to make great decisions that will allow our fraternity to grow in knowledge, membership, and strength for years to come. We would like to give a huge congratulations to Imperial Sir Gary Bergenske and his Lady Anne for a successful year as the Imperial Potentate and Imperial First Lady. We also wish Imperial Sir Jim Cain and Lady Patsy a safe and successful year as the newly installed Imperial Potentate for Shriners International. The leadership I have been able to observe from the Imperial Divan has me confident we are in great hands for years to come!!! Lady Tiffany and I hope everyone has a safe and fun filled summer. May your memories continue to grow.

Our Financial Audit was completed in June and preliminary indications show all is in order, as we would expect. Final report will be in late July and I will report at the following stated meeting. Now, on to a “not so good note”. We have been notified by theTexas Commission on Environmental Quality, (TCEQ) that we are in violation of several public water supply rules at camp, which we were made aware of in 2015. Now that said, there was communication with them in 2015 and at the time, it was felt we had satisfied the issues. Unfortunately that turns out to be incorrect in the opinion of TCEQ. We remain non compliant at this time in their mind, in several areas. We have been in contact with our temple attorney, our water district and an engineering firm to assist in helping us understand how to solve the open issues. While I believe all can be resolved, I am sure this is going to be an expensive process. Once we have identified the open issues and the financial ramifications, we will communicate so all are up to speed and have a chance for comments. Your Divan considers this a top priority. Lastly as a reminder of the results from TSA, Alzafar was awarded gold status for gain in membership and awarded a life award for the fine work by our membership leadership team. When you talk with Al Rapoza and his team, please give them a huge pat on the back and for all of you who have helped in the effort, a huge and grateful thank you. Please continue to support your local Blue Lodges, each other, our Hospitals and your 2018 Divan as we proceed through another exciting and challenging year for Alzafar. I hope you have a very safe and fun filled Summer. A wise man once said, "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time". Thomas Edison

RECORDERS CORNER T-Bone Tommy Leverett


Carol Kintigh reached 20 years with Alzafar Shrine. We should all stop for a few minutes and say Thank You for giving us 20 years of dedicated service. I’m pretty sure Carol knows all the Nobles by name. She probably knows their address, their Lady’s names and when they joined this great fraternity.

On May 23rd, I received a letter from Shriners International congratulating our Nobility for having a net gain in membership for 2017. In recognition of this achievement, Alzafar Shriners has earned the Gold Award which will be presented at the 2018 Imperial Session in Daytona, Florida. Together we accomplished this prestigious award. Thank you for all your efforts. Let’s make this year even better.

TSA Was a Big Success: June brought another Texas State Association gather of Temples. TSA has changed over the years and the number of Nobles competing has come down, but the opportunity to Nobles from cross Texas is still the same. I had the opportunity to see our Golf Unit tee off and watch the Shot Gun Unit get ready to compete. We had over 30 Nobles drive to Tyler to attend TSA competition under the direction of PP Terry Zittle. We raced over to see the Provost Guard shot only to find out we were a day early. If you want to wear yourself out just try keeping up with the World’s Greatest Photographer, Art Loera. The Band under the Direction of Richard Wallace, did his normal great job and the Patrol looked great marching. The big talk at the business meeting was moving TSA back in the summer. Currently, if a Noble has young children they have to miss the end of school in order to accompany their parents to TSA. When was the last time your Unit competed at TSA? Well that’s too long. Imperial in July: I decided to once again stay back and not attend Imperial. Our Potentate and Chief Rabban will be voting and representing Alzafar. There are some major changes that will require a vote that effect the way the Shrine Hospitals are structured. Camp Alzafar: Our Assistant Rabban, Marty Bartlett, our Camp Manager and our Camp Caretaker spent many hours at Camp looking into each cabin or trailer to see of any violations or needed repairs that need to be addressed. We should be getting with each Noble asking them to make repairs on a timely basis. Speaking of timely basis, we still have too many Nobles that owe Kendall County Taxes on their property at Camp Alzafar. Come out and join us at the next event or Shrine Parade and find out why I say “Alzafar Rocks”!

STOP!! DON’T BUY THAT MEDICAL EQUIPMENT!! Tom Leverett Recorder 210-496-1625 We have been blessed by many Nobles that have donated their unneeded medical equipment to Alzafar. We have crutches, walkers with and without wheels and even an electric wheel chair with a battery charger. So the next time you are your family members is in need of medical equipment, call the Recorder and see what we have that you can borrow. Shriners helping Shriners. It is a way of life. Alzafar Rocks !

ANTIQUE CARRIAGE By: Rick "Tater" Reyes

THE BAND By: Richard Wallace

Hello to all you gear heads. I hope this months Achbar article finds everyone doing well. Over the last few months the Antique Carriage Club has been busy having fun and sharing with the public about our great philanthropy and fraternity. Of course, many of you took the opportunity to come out and partake in our annual car show which proved to be one heck of an event. Since the car show, your Antique Carriage Club has made the rounds to include manning the sign in table yet again at the stated meeting and driving our Divan in the parades.

We had competition this year at All-State from the Hella Band. Their third Concert Band selection was mesmerizing, it was the best performance at the contest.

The most recent parade being Bandera, was a great time for all. In the parade line up was our President, Noble Rick “Tater” Reyes, Tom Foster, Tom Young, Jerry King, and our Chief of Staff Bob Tucker. We surely appreciate all those that make it a point to come out to the parades and show their support whether it be through parade participation or by simply showing up to hang out and watch. As always, our unit room is open to anyone who would like to come hang out with us. Our meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Shrine. We look forward to seeing you there.

Alzafar won First in Dixieland Band and Second in Dance, Concert, and German. The Dixieland Band program was: “Bill Bailey”, “Cabaret”, and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In”. The Dance Band program was: “Jersey Bounce”, “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, and “Jalousie”. The Concert Band program was: “Royal Hussars”, “Wonderland by Night”, and “Portau-Prince”. The German Band program was: “Bozner Bergsteiger Marsch”, “Urlaubsfreude”, and “Stelldichein in Oberkraine, Teil 2”. Band members who performed at All-State this year were Billy Steele, Tom Kopcho, Emilio Casarez, Eric Fenton, Chuck Thompson, Bonnie Versoza, Richard Wallace, Steve Nail, and Robert Packer. Jason Gilmore, Joe Buenrostro, and Red Stewart were unable to attend due to last minute health problems. We really missed them and are praying for their improved health. We are always looking for more performers, especially woodwinds, low brass, and percussion. We meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm in Room 7. Come on by good music and good fellowship, a combination that’s hard to beat. If you have any questions, please call Richard Wallace at 210-219-6861 or email at

BREWS BROTHERS By: Russell Brown

BURNING SUN By: Tony Calderon

Cheers again from Alzafar Shrine’s newest unit. Have you ever brewed beer before? If not, do you like to drink beer? Would you enjoy hanging out with Noble Brothers and learn a new craft? Doesn’t matter if you are a master home brewer, or just like to have a beer every once in a while, we would love for you to join us in the ancient craft of brewing beer.

Summer time Nobles and there is nothing like feeling that wind in your hair as you ride down that long parade street. That’s what the Burning Sun unit continues to do each and every parade and event given to us. June was a busy time for us with the Memorial Day Parade in Bandera along with the Berges Fest in Boerne. We would also like to give a big shout out to all those that made camp opening a fun and welcomed event. That river has never felt so good during this Texas heat. As summer time comes and goes we will continue to have kart workshops, meetings, and maneuver practices. It only takes one ride in our karts to know this is what you want to do, so take a chance and feel the speed. We do have karts available for the new and seasoned Nobles that would like to take that opportunity to feel that speed and brotherly love this unit has to offer.

Be on the lookout for us to share our brews. Special occasions at camp, occasional stated meetings, parade after parties, places like that. As always, we appreciate your honest feedback. We have one brew that should be making an appearance somewhere at the beginning of this month, one that we just finished the brew on and will be ready next month, and another brew day on the weekend of July 14th. Our unit is about more than just brewing beer for competition, or the basic consumption of beer, but education about beer as well. Do you know the difference between a Pilsner and a Lager? Or a Pale Ale and an IPA? One of the things we have been doing is bringing two similar brews to each meeting so that we can understand more about different styles. Drop in at a meeting, share a pint, and enjoy some fellowship.

Here's to cheating, stealing, fighting, and drinking. If you cheat, may you cheat death. If you steal, may you steal a woman's heart. If you fight, may you fight for a brother. And if you drink, may you drink with me.

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So if you are looking for speed, excitement along with family fun, come meet with us every 2nd Wednesday of the month starting with quick social at 6:30 followed by the meeting at 7:00 pm room 5. We’ll save a seat for you.

CANYON LAKE SHRINE CLUB By: Tom Gilbert The Canyon Lake Shrine Club met on May 14, 2018. Vice-President, Steve White welcomed everyone. Chaplain, Lee Stroman said the invocation. The members said the Pledge of Allegiance to the US flag and Honors to the Texas flag. Steve White reported that he had met with the Laredo City Council to discuss what they could do to facilitate the transfer of patients to the burn center. They also discussed starting a clinic in Laredo with telemedicine available. Steve also reminded everyone that we will have a silent auction in October. Members are asked to bring items for this fundraiser. The guest speaker was Melvin Green. He told his story about how he was cured of cancer. In 2010 he had a motorcycle accident, and one day he came home from work with a headache and laid down on the couch. When he woke up, his head was swollen and he thought he had cerebral leakage. He went to the doctor and eventually ended up at MD Anderson. He was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma. He started Chemo in 2011, and for two years he did chemo 7 days a week then 7 days off. After 2 years he was told that the chemo did not work. The doctor at MD Anderson recommended stem cell transplant. They found a donor and he was a match. Mr. Green explained that a match of 6 to 8 markers is good, and he and his donor had a 14 markers match. Melvin is now 100% cured of cancer. He praised God for this blessing. He got the stem cell transplant in 2013 and he has been cancer free for 6 years. The Canyon Lake Shrine Club meets the second Monday of every month, except they are dark for June, July and August. Anyone wanting of come to our meeting is welcome. The address of our meeting place is Canyon Lake Golf Club, 405 Watts Lane, Canyon Lake, TX. For more information call President, David Mulholland at 830-964-5487.

DIRECTORS STAFF By: Miguel Inclan The Alzafar’s Directors Staff came back victorious from Tyler with a 1st place trophy in the Cold Stunt category at TSA. The members did a great job and we are gearing up for the ceremonial in August. We have had a great year so far and we can only look up from here with more great things planned for the second half of the year. We had a great time in Boerne at the Berges Fest parade and we will be at the 4th of July parade in Seguin so we hope to see you out there. Our meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm with a dinner approximately one hour before our meetings. If you would like to join our unit please stop by or talk to one of our members who are very active throughout Alzafar.



Once again Alzafar is the Texas Shrine Drum & Bugle Corps Champion. We performed immediately after the Oriental Bands had competed. Our program consisted of “Texas A&M, Texas, and God Bless America”, “St. Louis Blues March”, and “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.

We had our June meeting on June 4, 2018 at the Inn of the Hills in Kerrville. We discussed our participation in the Bandera Parade and the great turnout from Alzafar. Joe Parker presented the upcoming parade schedule in Boerne, Fredericksburg and Boerne. This was our last meeting for the Summer and we will resume regular meetings on Monday, September 10th.

Drum & Bugle Corps members at All-State this year were Emilio Casarez, Eric Fenton, Chuck Thompson, Bonnie Versoza, Richard Wallace, Steve Nail, and Robert Packer. We are always looking for more musicians. Currently we are performing on brass instruments that are played in the band; Bb trumpets, Bb marching French horns, marching trombones, marching baritones, etc. We do have instruments that we can lend to you. We need low brass and percussion players. We are also need percussionists and we have drums for you to play. We are a very low-pressure organization in terms of expectations and very flexible concerning time commitment. Thursday evening practices in Room 8 start at 7:30 pm and end at 9:00 pm. If you have any questions, please call Richard Wallace at 210-219-6861 or email at Come on out and join us!

We invite any Nobles in the area to join us for our monthly meeting resuming on Septermber 10th and subsequently on the first Monday of each month at 11:30am. We meet at the Inn of the Hills, 1001 Junction Highway, Kerrville, Texas 78028. Any further information, please contact Jim Bobbitt at 830-895-3615.

have a great time. As we move into the latter half of the year, please keep an eye out for our next event so you too can come out and have a laugh with our clowns. As always, please remember that our door is always open to any noble who wants to join. Our meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month with a meal at 6:30 pm and the meeting starting at 7:30 pm. HILLBILLY CLAN #152 By: Rich Orr R new candidate fer “possum Queen” Lori Propes was off ta a runnin start at r April meeting with her raffle of goodies. She has lots mor ideas ta make money so pleze remember ta hep her out. R next meetin will be in Awgust. R Joon meetin was canx because of other conflicts. We’ve had a cuple of suggestions on how ta raise money ta fix “ole Betsy”. One is to raffle off a $200 gift card, but we still would like a few more ideas. So put yer thinking caps on an hep us out. We hope ever one else is n good health, or gittin back ta good health. We’uns hope ta see y’all at r next meetin in Awgust 2018.

HONOR GUARD By: Al Aranda Now that the ladies had a super Mother’s Day and the Nobles also had a super Father’s Day, everybody is happy as a pig in mud.

NEMNUF By: Rick "Tater" Reyes Hello all you nobles from the world renowned Alzafar NEMNUF clown alley. We have been up to quite a bit since our last communication. Most recently, a few of us returned from TSA where we competed with other temples from around the state of Texas. We had five clowns that contributed to the support of the Texas Shrine Clown Association event itself with a total of eight in support of the shrine. In makeup we had Garrett “Popp-E” Ethridge and Mike “Tiddlywinks” Long. They ended up with a 2nd place makeup and costume and a 3rd place in parade. We had Rick “Tater” Reyes there as a Judge for the event. We also had our current TSCA parliamentarian Bobby “Ice Bucket” Miller making sure that rules weren’t broken and the outgoing TSCA Secretary/Treasurer David “Howie-U” Olivares to assist as well. Back at the hotel, we had a few clowns and their ladies making sure that everyone who participated was well taken care of. In support of the host team was Eddie “Scooter” Herman, Luis “Bet-O” Cardenas, and Kyle Jackson. A huge thank you goes out to them for their efforts. Our most recent local event was at the Bandera Memorial Day Parade. We had quite a few clowns in attendance and boy did they

Another TSA has come and it’s over. Congratulations to all the units that came back with trophies. All the work and practice paid off, again you all deserve an atta boy. Again, we need to remind all of our Nobles about our Tober Fest in September. Lets sell all of our tickets so it can be a success. Also need to remind everybody that we don’t want tickets back, we want just dinero (money). It’s a super plate with brats, kraut, German potato salad and roll. Can’t beat this bargain with a stick. Need to thank the nobles at the line up for the Stated Meeting and for supporting the Bandera and Boerne parades and also to the lovely ladies that supported both parades. At last, need to Thank all the nobles and lovely ladies that supported the club at TSA. You all stand up and give yourselves a pat on the back. You all deserve a big atta boy and atta girl. We all had a super time and we enjoy putting the units on and off. We also want to thank the Divan for letting us use the van to go to TSA. We need to keep Noble John Mauro in your prayers as he had back surgery. Hang in there Brah, as a II Bravo would do. We also need to include Donnie Stevens and his Lady as they are flying low, also Donnie’s brother, Jimmie, is taking the mandatory count. May the Great Architect put us all under his wing, keep us healthy and safe.

The July rally is going to be held at the Johnson Creek RV Resort in Ingram, July 26th through 29th.

LEGION OF HONOR By: Al Rapoza Commander Art Canizales and 1st. LTC Al Rapoza performed as judges for TSA motor patrol at the June meeting held in Tyler, Texas. We are always ready and willing to help in anyway. We are able to provide a "Fallen Soldier Table" to any Alzafar unit that request it prior to their event or function. Or our unit can set up a fallen/missing person table for any Alzafar unit that request it prior to their function or event. The time for our monthly meeting has changed from 1300-1900 hrs. We will continue to meet the second Monday at Alzafar room 4. If anyone has something of interest they would like to submit to be printed in the Achbar please let me know.

RV CLUB By: Dave Browne The June rally was held at the Schulenburg RV Park in Schulenburg. We have met at Schulenburg for the past 3 years. It is always fun to visit this small Texas town. The Painted Churches in the area are a favorite to visit, and a must see if you are in this part of the state. Almost everyone I have talked to has said they used to stop for lunch at “Franks” restaurant. Sadly the establishment is no more, even the building is gone. Fortunately, there are still several great eating establishments close to IH10. Some of our members decided to make a trip to Shiner, Texas for a tour of the brewery and taste of their beer just to beat the heat. This rally gave us a chance to relax and unwind under the shade of the large pecan trees at the park. They have a small catch and release pond on the grounds where you can fish, or feed the resident duck that has been there for years. For a special treat Noble Dave Brewton and his Lady Linnell, cooked a German style dinner Saturday night. Roast and sausage with all the trimmings were on the menu, delish! The next rally will be held at the Peach Country RV Park in Stonewall. The dates are June 28th through July 1st.

If you have a RV and want to have a lot of fun in a relaxed atmosphere with Brother Nobles and their Ladies, come out and rally with us. I know you will have a great time. Call Wagon Master Jim Miller (210-415-4358) or Assistant Wagon Master Dave Brewton (210-643-0314) for information about the next rally. You can always call me at (210-6797356).

HONOR GUARD By: Al Aranda Now that the ladies had a super Mother’s Day and the Nobles also had a super Father’s Day, everybody is happy as a pig in mud. Another TSA has come and it’s over. Congratulations to all the units that came back with trophies. All the work and practice paid off, again you all deserve an atta boy. Again, we need to remind all of our Nobles about our Tober Fest in September. Lets sell all of our tickets so it can be a success. Also need to remind everybody that we don’t want tickets back, we want just dinero (money). It’s a super plate with brats, kraut, German potato salad and roll. Can’t beat this bargain with a stick. Need to thank the nobles at the line up for the Stated Meeting and for supporting the Bandera and Boerne parades and also to the lovely ladies that supported both parades. At last, need to Thank all the nobles and lovely ladies that supported the club at TSA. You all stand up and give yourselves a pat on the back. You all deserve a big atta boy and atta girl. We all had a super time and we enjoy putting the units on and off. We also want to thank the Divan for letting us use the van to go to TSA. We need to keep Noble John Mauro in your prayers as he had back surgery. Hang in there Brah, as a II Bravo would do. We also need to include Donnie Stevens and his Lady as they are flying low, also Donnie’s brother, Jimmie, is taking the mandatory count. May the Great Architect put us all under his wing, keep us healthy and safe.

burn about 10 gallons of gas per year. Therefore, you need to be sure to use the right fuel for your steed.

ALZAFAR SENIORS By: Roger Hopkins On June 7th, the Alzafar Seniors met in the Parlors with 30 members and guests in attendance. The meeting was opened by our President, Noble Earl “Tex” Phillips, followed by some humor and an invocation from our Chaplain, Noble Donald Garrido, PP. We then rendered honors to the American and Texas flags. We recognized our Past Potentate, sitting and past masters and members of our numerous affiliated groups. We then enjoyed a great lunch of baked chicken provided our Vice President, Dan and Mrs. Coburn. It was a great meal and had been prepared by the Coburns, not purchased from a restaurant. After lunch we had a brief business meeting and celebrated birthdays and anniversaries. We received a very positive Treasurer’s report that we are still solvent. We then enjoyed a very uplifting program from Amanda Kern, the Community Engagement Coordinator from Meals on Wheels of San Antonio. She shared information on the program that many of us were unaware of. The program is open to all individuals who are unable to leave home or prepare meals for themselves. The is no age or financial standards that must be met. Meals are delivered 5 days a week and there is a program for monthly delivery of pet food for cats and dogs who provide companionship for seniors receiving meals. There is also a program for weekly visits from volunteers who provide some companionship and minor assistance. As one would expect they are looking for volunteers. Meals on Wheels can be reached at (210) 735-5115. The program (and the information provided) may be of interest to other clubs. Before closing, our President thanked Mrs. David Wolfe and Mrs. Joe Estlack for bringing the delicious desserts and asked for volunteers for July. A final benediction was given by our Chaplain and everyone departed into a beautiful, sunny, day. We look forward to seeing many of you at our next meeting scheduled to take place in the Parlors on July 5 (yes, the day after the holiday). Until then we hope that each of you stay in good health and continue to enjoy the many functions planned by the Shrine. ROADSTER RUMBLINGS By: el Bucko Motion lotion, petrol, benzene, gasoline, or whatever you call your go juice, your Roadster will not run without it. With a maximum of 20 parades a year, and using about 2 quarts of gas per parade-you only

Gas has changed over the years. First it was nolead. Common now and engines run fine with it. But I remember spending over $200 to have an old Chevy engine converted to run on no-lead. Then lately we have been getting ethanol added to our gas to reduce pollution. What a great idea, right? Wrong! A ten percent ethanol causes a ten percent drop in performance and ten percent drop in mileage. So, with less mileage you have to buy more gas to burn. So where is the savings? Plus using corn to make ethanol instead of food products, the price of corn products went sky high. There is another detriment to ethanol. On any vehicle older than 2007, as well as 2 cycle and 4 cycle engines (read Roadster engines) it will harm your engine. The solution: Murphy gas stations have ethanol free gasoline. It costs a few cents more per gallon, but remember-you are only using ten gallons per year. We are dark for the months of July and August, but we still parade: July 4th in Seguin and the fall parade in Boerne before our next meeting September 4th. Uncle Bud wants to know why we were able to go to the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage. ALZAFAR ROD & GUN CLUB By: Craig Noyes Hello everyone. We had our monthly meeting and the number of members attending is way down. If you are a member of Alzafar and not doing anything on the first Sunday of the month at twelve noon, please attend. We have good food made by the Ladies Oriental Shrine and fellowship and the raffle is always fun as everyone that buys a ticket has a chance to win various bottles of wine or a bottle of Crown Royal. Please attend our next meeting. The next gambling trip was not discussed so, we will bring that up at our next meeting. I would also like to remind the widows of the Alzafar Rod & Gun Club that you are welcome at our meetings and your meal is always free. The dog days are on us now so I do not expect to have too many events until we get into cooler weather but, if anyone wants to shoot, contact me and we will go. That is about all I have to say now so, I will see everyone in August.

DeMolay Texas San Antonio Chapter

NEKODAH TEMPLE NO. 44 DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE By: Princess Rita Young Twenty-five ladies accompanied Queen Carol to Supreme in Cincinnati, OH. A wonderful time was had by all. The traveling unit, Patrol, escorted Queen Carol in the opening ceremonies and later honored her with an entertaining performance. We now have a new password, don’t forget to get it from Queen Carol next time you see her. You will need it for the September session. Our Sewing Chair, Pr. Marti Amos, has planned a 2 hour meeting/class on Tuesday, July 10th. This will be for people who want to know more about what we do and how we do it. For those of you that cannot come during the year, this is a great opportunity! The hours are from 10-noon. No lunch will be served, but the possibility of going out for a bite after is great! We will have another ceremonial on August 10th. Watch for emails for the details. This year's Nile Picnic is going to be a "Bee" ... an amazing event on August 17th at 6:30 in the Terrace Room. This is a free evening for all Nile members to reward you for all of your participation and support this year. Free for members (but you must have a ticket) -$10.00 for all guests. Tickets are available through Pr. Shirley Basham. She will have tickets available at all Nile functions, or you can call her at 210-260-8027. Don’t forget the Homecoming Tea on July 14th from 2:004:00 pm in the Alzafar parlors. If you or someone you know would like to become a member of Daughters of the Nile, Nekodah Temple No. 44, please contact any of our members or the Membership Team: PQ. Peggy Songer, Pr. Amanda Brown, PQ. Charlie Bedgood, PQ. Barbara Wells, Pr. Cindy Garza and Pr. Rita Young.

Attention Nobles…Do you have a young man in your family between the ages of 12 and 21 looking to have fun while receiving valuable lessons that will prepare them for the future? Look no further. San Antonio Chapter has moved meeting nights to make it more convenient for fathers, sons, and other family members to enjoy fraternal experiences together. Meeting times are now on the 2nd Thursday each month, coinciding with the Alzafar Shrine monthly stated meeting, in the lodge building behind the Alzafar Shrine Center. Initiations are planned for every meeting. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!




Annette Olivares

Maria Teresa Garza

Annette Slater

Betty & Terry De Phillips

Bob Lokey

Bob & Mava Prichard

Charles "Charley D" Davenport

Peg Tindall

Charles "Charley D" Davenport

Ron Kayser

Edward "Ed" Lee

Stephen McMahan

Edward "Ed" Lee

P.P. Gary Radvansky & Lady Cheryl

Edward "Ed" Lee

Alzafar Golf Unit

Edward "Ed" Lee

Ed & Frankie Tuma

Edward "Ed" Lee

Charlene McGuire

Edward "Ed" Lee

P.P. JD Thomas & Lady Valerie

Edward "Ed" Lee

Bill Mellon

Ella Catherine Allred

Ron Kayser

Evelyn Lillian Bless

Ron Ezell

Flo Lester

Charlene McGuire

George Celis

George Wilson

George Celis

P.P. JD Thomas & Lady Valerie

George Celis

James & Shelly Hoyo

Geraldine Sheffield

Dennis & Dianne Thole

Jackie Duke

Bill & Mona Hyatt

Jackie Duke

Charlene McGuire

Jackie Duke

Connie Hall

Jackie Duke

Peg Tindall

Jackie Duke

First Baptist Church of Athens

James Wilcox

Ron Kayser

John Wagenfehr

Ron Ezell

Letha Belle Dixon

Ron Ezell

Lewis Gimbel

Ron Kayser

Martha Lynn Kumpf

Jeanette Pegues

Minnie Mora

Ron Kayser

Richard Dennis

Charlene McGuire

Robert "Bob" Cox

Ron Kayser

Russell Puckett

Ron Kayser

Susan Paddie

Mike & Linda Sluiter

Susan Paddie

Helen Paddie

In Honor of Noble Jim Miller's 90th Birthday - by P.P. JD Thomas & Lady Valerie

Lloyd D. Dragoo, Sr. Annette Olivares Annette Slater

Jack W. Coleman Bob Lokey

Marvin K. Cook George Celis

Charles "Charley D" Davenport Charles "Charley D" Davenport

FOR SALE: 2015 Honda Shadow Areo. 750 cc; Edward "Ed" Lee 3,000 miles. New in 2017. Many extras. Asking Edward "Ed" Lee $6,500.00. Call Noble Tom Kopcho @ 210-414-9495. "Ed"2004 Lee FOR SALE: PurchasedEdward new, Jayco Flight Travel Trailer. 27 ft. long, sleeps Edward "Ed"7. LeeMust sell due to illness. Asking $5,000.00 OBO."Ed"Trailer in storage at Edward Lee Camp Bullis. One owner. Less than 200 road miles. Edward "Ed" Lee Call Jesse Araiza @ 512-769-0014. "Ed" Lee FOR SALE: 2 crypts Edward at Anchor Lodge Cemetery. Ella Catherine Allred Make offer. Call Bob @ 210-824-4689. FOR SALE: 2 burial Evelyn plotsLillian at Bless Sunset Memorial Funeral Park. Asking $4,000.00 each. For more Flo Lester information call Noble A. George G. Pinson Celis @ 615-746-6888. FOR SALE: 4 burial plots at Sunset Memorial Park George Celis in the Masonic Section. Celis Asking $4,000.00 each George or negotiable. Call Judy Geraldine Sheffield Phillips @ 210-274-7713. Jackie Duke Jackie Duke

FOR SALE: 2 burial plots at Sunset Memorial Park in the Masonic Section. Asking $4,000.00 each. Please contact Vicki Gann @ 210-315-1325. FOR SALE: 4 adjourning plots in Brookside Memorial Park Cemetery, Houston Texas. Section 26 (Masters Lawn-Masonic Section), lot 251, spaces 3,4,5 & 6. Asking $4,995.00 each. Sell all or part. Call Noble Johnny @ 210-328-1776. FOR SALE: 4 cemetery plots in Historic Hollywood Cemetery, Houston Texas. Perpetual care included. Price is $5,000.00 each. Contact Betty Chalfont @ 830-237-3229. FOR SALE: Corn roaster, like new condition. Nat Washer Lodge paid $13,000.00, will take reasonable offer. Please call Noble Andrew J. Perez @ 210-2597953.


3RD Tuesday Each Thursday 4th Wednesday 2nd Wednesday 2nd Thursday Memorial Day

July 4 & Labor Day

7:00pm Room 9 6:30pm Room 7 7:30pm Room 5 7:00pm Room 5 12:00pm as desig. 12:00pm Camp Pavilion 7:00pm Room 4 6:00pm as desig. 7:00pm Directors Rm. 7:30pm Directors Rm. 7:30pm Room 8 7:30pm Room 7 6:30pm Room 9


1st Monday 2nd Thursday 3rd Wednesday 2nd Tuesday Each Thursday 2nd Tuesday Each Thursday


1st Monday 3rd Tuesday

7:30pm Room 12 7:00pm Room 6 Wed. Before Stated 7:00pm Pavilion 4th Monday 7:00pm Room 11 2nd Monday As Designated 2nd Tuesday 7:30pm Room 10 3rd Monday 7:00pm Room 5 2nd Monday 7:30pm Room 11 Each Wednesday 7:00pm Room 8 4th Monday 7:00pm Room 6 1st Wednesday 7:00pm Provost Gd. 1st Tuesday 7:00pm Room 10 1st Sunday 12:00pm Dining Room 1st Wednesday 6:00pm RoustaboutRm 4th Weekend As Designated 1st Thursday 12:00pm Parlors 2nd Monday 7:00pm Directors Rm. 1st Monday 7:00pm Parlors 1st Wednesday 7:00pm as desig.


3rd Wednesday 2nd Monday 4th Saturday 3rd Monday 1st Monday 1st Wednesday



Sun. Feb.,Apr. 5:00pm Roustabout Rm.

June, Aug.,Oct.Dec.


6:30pm as desig. 6:30pm Lakeside GC. 6:30pm Ramada Inn 6:00pm as desig. 11:00am Inn of the Hills 7:00pm as desig.



4th Monday 1st Tuesday 2nd Tuesday 2nd Thursday


1st Monday

7:00pm Parlors


7:30pm as desig.

7:00pm 7:30pm 7:00pm 7:30pm

Alzafar Annex Alzafar Annex Alzafar Annex Parlors

PAST POTENTATES OF ALZAFAR SHRINE 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966

Frank R. Newton, SR.* Ted Millburn* J. A. Patterson* Henry Rabe* Robert Burne* Sylvan Lang* Robert S. Michael* Nathan K. Tracy* H. W. Weber* Herman Horner* Charles D. Hall* S. X. Callahan* John Lomax* Henry A. Hirschberg* A. J. McKenzie* Louis P. Hartung* Anton N. Moursund* G. G. Grebenheimer* Porter Loring* P. D. Mathis* Geo. F. Dullnig* Willard E. Simpson* C. Baumberger, Jr.* William Eifler* William H. Wallace* Daniel O’Connell* O. J. Solcher* Rennie Wright* Albert A. Green* W. D. Turbeville* Ted E. Poppe* Alfred W. Harlos* Sam A. Chapman* Richard Adams* Roy Akers* Glen K. Schuepbach* W. C. “Pat” Welch* Elliot J. Bilhartz* Ray H. Trimmier* T. M. McCormick* H. S. Norman* W. B. Jack Ball* Floyd J. Griffin* Henry W. Eitt* Harvey McDonald* L. L. Woodman* George W. Henry* Barney Norris* Jack B. Lee* Robert B. O’Connor E. Jeff Ashcraft, Jr.*

1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2016 2017

D. Neal Talley* Wm. H. Ferguson* Keith Gerstner* Jack W. Cones, Jr.* Bruce Waitz* Floyd F. Graham* Drue H. Floyd* Jack O. Dietz* H. C. Kopplow* W.H. “Bill” Elmore* Thurman Barrett, Jr.*

Floyd O. Schneider* Reese L. Harrison, Jr.

Burdit W. McCoy* James V. Gullette* Joseph M. Clark* George D. Van, Jr.* Joe Roy Halloway E. C. “Bud” Jordan* Sidney D. Autry* Terry McGuire* James Dockery, Jr.* George J. Labinski* James W. Todd Ray Fuller* Robert “Bob” Jett Emmett C. George* E. C. “Ed” Vest* Tom Boothe* Jerry Krupp* Harry D. Rose* Robert D. “Bob” Green

Robert “Bobby” Hunt Bob Stephens* Loren Hayes J. Phillip Knight-Sheen

Wayne R. Duncan Steve R. Molnar Stuart H. “Stu” Simms

Frank B. Hunter* Joseph Calvey Paul F. McCombs James “Jim” Strayer* Richard “Rick” Reyes Gregorio “G.I.” Flores

Robert “Bob” Jones Tom Young Jay Dee Thomas John Dunn Gary R. Radvansky

MEMBERS OF ALZAFAR AND WHO ARE PAST POTENTATES OF OTHER SHRINE CENTERS 1964 Roy Reynolds (El Bekal)* 1970-71 Eldon Wesner (Anezeh)* 1979 Ray Robison (Suez) 1981 Donald Garrido (Abou Saad) 1983 David Martin (Suez) 1998 Terry Zittle (Abou Saad) * Asterisk Denotes the Passing of Our Illustrious Sir

JULY CALENDAR OF EVENTS 4th 5th 15th-20th

INDEPENDENCE DAY-SHRINE CENTER CLOSED 4th of July Parade/Seguin 10:00 am Forget-Me-Nots/Room 4 10:00 am Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors 12:00 noon Imperial Session/Daytona Beach, FL **No Alzafar Stated Meeting Scheduled**

__________________________________________________________________ AUGUST CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2nd

Forget-Me-Nots/Room 4 10:00 am Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors 12:00 noon 3rd-4th TSMPA Obstacle Competition @ Alzafar 4th Extreme Midget Wrestling Fundraiser 8:00 pm 6th Finance & Divan Meeting/Conference Room 5:00 pm 9th Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom 7:30 pm 11th Full Form Ceremonial 8:00 am 24th Gillespie Co. Fair Parade/Fredericksburg 10:00 am (optional parade) __________________________________________________________________ SEPTEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS 1st 3rd 6th 10th 13th 14th-16th 15th

Kendall County Fair Parade/Boerne Camp Alzafar Labor Day Celebration/Boerne LABOR DAY-SHRINE CENTER CLOSED Forget-Me-Nots/Room 4 Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors Finance & Divan Meeting/Conference Room Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom NILE Stated Session/Parlors Alzafar Shrine Circus/Freeman Coliseum Medina County Fair Parade/Hondo

10:00 am 10:00 am 12:00 noon 7:00 pm 5:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 10:00 am

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