Alzafar Achbar

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CHIEF RABBAN Marty Bartlett


Greetings Alzafar, The year 2018 has come to a close and it has been a great one for Alzafar. We broke our previous record in hospital fundraising of $350,000 by contributing $400,000 to our hospitals and our transportation fund this year. Congratulations go out to a great team that worked on numerous events to make these fabulous donations to our charity. Through your efforts the lives of many children were affected. This year our team will be raising money for our philanthropy. We are attempting to negotiate a circus contract now. If we can put together the proper agreement, we will likely have our Circus in September. I hope to be able to report next month that we have come to a final agreement on a Circus contract. If so, we will quickly start working on program ads, banner sales, buck a lines, and Circus sponsorships. More to come.

Fired up about 2019 Circus!!!

Greetings Alzafar, The ancient pagan Romans observed a festival called Lupercalia, the festival for the God of Fertility. It was celebrated in the middle of February, the official start of their Spring. Lupercalia was praised to fend off evil spirits and to purify the city, releasing health and fertility. It is thought that Pope Gelasius established the feast of St. Valentine to “Christianize” the festival. It wasn’t till the Middle Ages that St. Valentine’s began taking on the shape of what it is now. With adaptation and morphing through the ages, our Valentine’s Day holds little semblance to its roots. Ours being the celebration of friendship, admiration and LOVE. With all that we have going on in our ever complicated and hectic lives, let us stop and acknowledge those that mean so much to us. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. Back to business- IHOP National Pancake Day is going be…. Tuesday 12 March 2019. Asking for any and all participation. If I haven’t been by to talk your unit yet put me on the agenda, I’m headed your way.

Tuesday 12 March 2019

High Priest & Prophet

Robert Noman II The 2019 Alzafar train has left the station and is already rolling down the tracks picking up speed along the way. Alzafar will be pretty busy over the next few months. Stay tuned from the other members of the Divan and individual units as their events will be here before you know it. As High Priest and Prophet, Lady Tiffany and I will be hosting the Masonic Youth Brunch and Grand Masters Conference on March 2nd at approximately 1100. You can support the DeMolay by purchasing individual tickets or purchasing a table for 10. You can reserve your place for this wonderful gathering by calling the office. This will be something you don’t want to miss. After the luncheon is over, stay for the Grand Masters Conference, held by Most Worshipful Grand Master Terry Stogner of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas

M.W.G.M. Terry Stogner

Oriental Guide Rick Reyes III

Nobles, Nothing kickstarts the year like a good party. This coming April the 7th will be a party that we hope will go down in the books as one for the ages. Our annual children’s Easter party will be at the outdoor pavilion from 2pm-4pm and all are invited. The preparations for the event will begin the week prior to in the parlors and everyone is welcome to attend. We will be stuffing eggs, going over logistics, and making sure that the Easter bunny is ready to go. If you’d like to join, please feel free to drop by on Sunday, March 31st at 2pm as we gear up for our first children’s party of the year. As we move into 2019, I’m sure some of you have questions on dates for events so please mark your calendars. Again, our Easter Party will be Sunday April 7th. Halloween will be Thursday the 24th of October from 6pm-8pm. Finally, Christmas will be Sunday, December 15th from 2pm-4pm. I encourage anyone and everyone to come out and help or just come out and hang out for what we hope will be a great time filled with family and fun. Lastly, I love a great idea! I encourage each of you to think outside the box and come up with ideas that you believe the Shrine or our hospitals would benefit from. Take that idea, develop that idea, and put it in writing. As we move throughout the year, we will have periodic Roundtable meetings where those ideas will be heard and an action plan will be put place. My hope is that as a team, we turn these awesome ideas into actionable and successful practices throughout 2019. The new dates for the Roundtable will be the 4th Tuesday of odd months. Our very first one will be March 26th at 6:30pm. Respectfully, Rick “Tater” Reyes

TREASURER’S TWO CENTS WORTH P.P. Stuart Simms Phone: 210-659-1956 I want to begin by thanking you for, once again, placing your trust and confidence in me as both your Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer and one of your Imperial Representatives. Thank you. On the other hand, a man whom I respect is leaving the Treasurer’s job. Ron, you worked hard and faithfully labored in the vineyards. Moreover, Mary’s adult leadership kept you from going too far off the deep end. Thanks to both of you, and the Mexico City Hospital is fortunate to have you both on that team. Today is January 10, 2019, and I will be installed this evening. Nonetheless, I have to turn in this article today to make the February Achbar. Accordingly, this month, I don’t have much financial detail to talk to you about, except to say the following. First, Alzafar is your Temple and its financial data is your financial data. There is very little information to which you are not entitled, and most of that information involves the attorney client privilege or personal privacy issues. So, if you have a question, please do not hesitate to ask me or the officer that you think would be likely to have the information you need. On a related matter, we sometimes have someone come to us and tell us something that often starts with: “Did you hear …?”. My experience is that most of these comments are rumors that have often been through four or five versions. If you hear something like that and it is important to you, please come to me or another officer and give us the chance to address it with you. If it’s a real problem, we can fix it. If it’s only a rumor having passed through several people, we probably are better served by not spreading it. As I have said before regarding our Temple, only two things matter to me, Our Mission and Our People. “Our Mission” is the Greatest Philanthropy on Earth, our Hospitals. We can help sustain them only by prudent business practices at the Temple. “Our People” are you and I and our Shrine families. I believe that if we are not doing something to help Our Mission or Our People, we are wasting our effort, money, and time. I look forward to a great Temple year.

RECORDER T-Bone Tommy Leverett The Hotels are Blocked in Laredo: Are up and your Unit members ready for the run to the boarder? This event keeps getting bigger and better every year. The Nobility can call to make your reservation at Springllhill Suites by Marriott, 5940 San Bernardo Ave, Laredo, TX. Their phone number is 956-717-0800 and tell them you are with the Alzafar Shrine to get our discounted rate. Goodbye 2018 and Hello 2019: I also want to thank all the other the Nobles that ran for elections. We should all be thankful we have a very active Shrine Center. At a time when some Shrine Centers cannot find leaders willing to commit and serve, we have so many good Nobles willing to run for election. Congratulations to the newly elected Divan members. A quick reminder for the New Leaders in your Units and Clubs we need everyone to give Carol, in the Office, a list of your new officers. We also need you to give Alex a new financial form (the old A /B report). We need these two reports by the end of January 2019 or ASAP. Want to refer someone you know to become an Alzafar Member? Proclaiming membership as our #1 priority and challenging every Shriner to refer a man of character to our fraternity is our goal. It is so easy. Just go to I AM COMMITTED ARE YOU. 146 years of Shrine Tradition. Does your Unit or Club want to put something up on our Digital Sign? Get the information to me on a thumb drive and we will put your Unit/Club up in LED lights! There is so much for us to be thankful for and to look forward to in the coming year. My door in my office is always open and I make the best cup of coffee in town. OK, it’s a Keurig Coffee Maker. Come out and join us at the next event and find out why I say “Alzafar Rocks”!

Busted Knuckes....

MEMBERSHIP By: Al Rapoza As your Membership Chairman, I will make a concerted effort to provide an environment that allows members to engage in meaningful communication, education, entertainment and fellowship. Each of us must recognize there is a need to provide diversified activities for the ShrineMason, his lady as well as his family and friends. We must afford members an opportunity to participate in diversified activities that provide fun, fellowship, family entertainment, personal improvement, community involvement, unit involvement and the opportunity to network with men with similar interests. Mentoring has proven to be an essential tool to the retention of new members. It is important to the new members to be aware of information pertaining to temple events, i.e. when, where, what time, what to wear, etc. Be certain to include information for the noble’s lady. Mentoring starts on Ceremonial Day and only nobles who are qualified should be assigned as mentors to new nobles. Care should be given to assign only a designated number of new nobles to each mentor. Together we can do it.

Hey Gears Heads this years winding up fast. We have several items on the agenda this month, find a fellow noble that has not joined the unit and bring him along to our Stated Meeting. He just has to like vehicles to join this unit. Alzafar Car Show is May 18th, we are needing sponsors. When your getting your vehicle serviced, you could ask the manager for a donation of any kind. They could also purchase a sponsorship of $100, $500, $1000, or more. We will have the list of different classes posted shortly on our monthly email. Also on February 19th our Stated Meeting is going to take place at Mamacitas Mexican Restaurant off I-10. We are taking our sweet hearts there for a late Valentines Day dinner at 7:30. Again if your interested in our unit, send us a message your joining us that evening. February 28th is the annual kick off parade in Laredo, celebrating Washington’s Birthday. If your able to make it down there our hotel info will be posted below. As always bring that sexy ride along with your Fez and the unit shirt if your participating in the parade. SpringHill Suites 5490 San Bernardo Ave. Laredo, Texas. 78041 956-717-0800

February - CoM George Wilson and his fully restored 1921 Model T Center Door

Valentine's Day is the Holiday of Romance. Romance is love in its active state, ignited and inspired. Valentine's

Day may feel like a holiday forced on us by the Greeting Card, Jewelry and Floral industries, but the truth is that we have accepted it because we recognize and value its purpose. Love that never inspires romance is stagnant and stale.

BURNING SUN By: Antonio ‘Tony’ Calderon

THE BAND By: Richard Wallace As the new year starts, the band begins its work by selecting music for All-State this year in Wichita Falls. The Scimitars Dance Band has selected “Birdland”, “Lullaby of Birdland”, and “Mambo No.5” for its contest selections. The remainder of the music will be selected by the time you read this article. The band is preparing for several public performances, including performing for the Grand Master’s visit to the Alamo and the Masonic Youth Brunch in March. This year are inviting Rainbow Girls, DeMolay boys, and any Shriner’s child or grandchild who plays a band instrument to join us in performing for the Masonic Youth Brunch at the Shrine on Saturday, March 2nd beginning at 11:00am. Contact Richard Wallace by email at, text at 210-219-6861, or in person.

With love in the air the Burning Sun unit hopes everyone had a great Valentine’s Day with their loved ones. Since the new year started this unit is working hard to maintain with the pace of Alzafar. We love the challenge and wouldn’t ask for anything less. We had a great time down in Laredo for Washington’s Birthday, what a great turn out and thank you for all that came in support. We like to start out strong and finish even stronger and with James at the wheel we couldn’t be in better hands. With the units help, our Major has a lot of good ideas to start fundraising, not just for the Temple but to keep the karts on the road. The Poteet Strawberry Festival is coming around the corner and until that time we will be conducting kart workshops and assisting the Temple in any way we can. As always if you are looking for a unit that has family, fun, and speed come out and see us. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month in room 5. We look forward to seeing you at our stated meeting.

We want to add a word of encouragement and congratulations to clarinetist Gordon Brewer who is taking up his Masonic journey again in Kelley Lodge in his plan to become a Shriner. Please drop the Luna Middle School Band a line to show your appreciation for their efforts at this year’s Circus. You may do so by writing a letter and mailing it to: Mr. Robert Gamez and Mr. Brian Hildreth Gregory Luna Middle School Band 200 Grosenbacher, San Antonio, TX 78253 If you prefer, you may thank them by writing an email and sending it to: Robert Gamez at and Brian Hildreth at We are always looking for more performers, especially woodwinds, low brass, and percussion. Family members of Shriners are also encouraged to join us. We meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm until 7:30pm in Room 7. Come on by good music and good fellowship, a combination that’s hard to beat. If y ou

have any questions, please call Richard Wallace at 210-219-6861 or email at

CANYON LAKE SHRINE CLUB By: Tom Gilbert The Canyon Lake Shrine Club met on December 10, 2018. Noble Lee Stroman welcomed everyone. Terry Miller said the invocation. Everyone enjoyed the music by Pure Heart. The elected members were installed by Larry Remy for the 2019 year: President–Steve White; Vice President–Robert Furgerson; Treasurer–Neal Koonce; Secretary–Tom Gilbert and Chaplain–Lee Stroman. The Canyon Lake Shrine Club meets the second Monday of the month at the Canyon Lake Golf Club, 404 Watts Lane, Canyon Lake, TX. Everyone is invited to join us. For further information call Secretary, Tom Gilbert at 830-899-4839 or email at

GOLF UNIT GIMMIES By: Walt Atencio Congratulations to the winners of the annual Golf Unit Awards. Contributor of the year, Noble Studdard, Golfer of the year, Noble Waggoner and Match Play Champion, Noble Grona.

THE DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS By: Richard Wallace The Championship Alzafar Shrine Drum & Bugle Corps will soon begin preparation to defend its State Title in Wichita Falls in 2019, come and join us. We will again feature “The St. Louis Blues March”. 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 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 7:30pm and end at 9:00pm. If you have any questions, please call Richard Wallace at 210-2196861 or email at Come on out and join us!

Twenty eighteen closed on a very upbeat note for the golf unit. Nine golf unit members worked manning the serving table during the Alzafar Children’s Party. A high five to Nobles Nino, Bourne, Studdard, Prichard, Thompson Grona, Hunt Hernandez and Leverett. During the customary annual trip to carry the toys and gift cards from the toy tournament, the bearers of gifts were invited for a tour of the Houston Children’s Hospital. They asked the tour guide, Mr. Viscarri, if any other support was needed. He mentioned that children’s shoes, specifically tennis shoes of various sizes were in great need. Not one to shy away from a challenge, 18 pairs of tennis shoes were shipped to the hospital on December 26th. Thanks to Nobles Lowell, Hyatt, Hunt, Callison, Bourne, Waggoner and Sewell and Wal-Mart who contributed to this worthy cause. Continuing to support the Shrine Children’s Hospitals and Alzafar, while enjoying the fun and comradery in the golf unit family, will make 2019 another great year. F O R E

HONOR GUARD By: Al Aranda Need to thank the Great Architect for looking out for us during the holidays and for keeping us safe. Looking forward to having another good year, and as always having fun. That’s our middle name “fun”.

Hill Country Shrine Club Instillation of officers Thomas Leverett;Installing Officer Ron Holm-Pres,John Tittle-2nd VP, Al Wilson-Sec./Tres.

HILLBILLY CLAN #152 By: Ken Propes R Feberary meetin will be on 10 Feb 2019, an if possible we would like ta put on tha Hillbilly degree at thet time. So far we only have 1 candidate, but ar hopin fer more ta join us. We’ns r askin fer all cuz’ns ta try an make this meetin as we have several important things ta discuss. Don’t fergot r Sadie Hawkins Dance on 16 Feb at 7 PM in the Terrace Room. As usual we’ll have a silent auction so git yer items together. We ask everyone ta keep the family of cuz’n Frankie Tuma in yer prayers as they deal with the loss of their loved one, and continue ta keep all r cuz’ns that r ailin in yer thoughts an prayers an hope they git back on tha Hillbilly trail real soon. Pleze keep r troops in yer thoughts for their safe return.

As always, need to start packing for our trip down south, Ole. That’s right, going to Laredo to have fun and go shopping. Need to support our new officers in the Divan and our own officers. A big thank you to our past president Mike Jaeger and his great lady Yolie. They did a super job and now we have, John Mauro and his lady, Marie leading us this year. TSA is still a way out, but we need to plan and see if we are going to Wichita Falls. It’s a way out and quite a drive. We’re looking to see if we can get a bus to go out there. More info will be sent out so that we can decide. If anybody knows of anybody sick, or in distress, be sure and let us know. Also, our condolences go out to Maria Hernandez for the loss of her mother.


The Laredo Shrine Club wants to wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The Club elected its new officers for 2019. They are as follows President: Charles Whitfield; 1st VP: Jose Rios; 2nd VP: Ruben Bazan; Secretary: Chris Turner; and Treasurer: Kenn Schmies. Congratulations to all the newly elected officers. We are planning to have a successful 2019!! Our last Outreach Clinic was held in November and we saw approximately 50 kids. Our next scheduled Clinic will be held February 21 & 22, 2019. Due to the success of our Clinics, the Hospital Staff has added an additional Clinic this year to be held in May. February 22nd is the Shrine Club’s hosting of the Hospitality event for all Alzafar members participating in the George Washington Birthday Celebration and Parade. We look forward to seeing everyone there. We are sure everyone will have a great time. See you in Laredo in February.

Changing of Command- Legion of Honor 14 Jan 2019

2019 Divan- Getting busy

Getting situated- I.S. Eric DeWalt

“The Bonding� Food Trailer and Host Team

Tentative Parade Schedule… Year, 2019 Note: Subject to change!






Sat. Feb. 23th…… Washington’s Birthday..... Laredo………..…7:00AM……… 9:00AM Sat. Apr. 6th…… Strawberry Festival……... Poteet.…………. 8:00AM……….10:00AM Sat. Apr. 27th…… Fiesta Flambeau………… San Antonio.……5:00PM……… 7:00PM Sat. May 4th ……. Cornyval………………... Helotes…..……...7:30AM……….9:30AM Sat. May 25th…… Memorial Day………….. Bandera…..……..9:00AM……….11:00AM Sat. June 15th…… Berges Fest………………Boerne….………7:30AM……….10:00AM Thur. July 4th…… July 4th………………….. Seguin..…………8:00AM……….10:00AM Fri. Aug. 24th ...… Gillespie County Fair….. Fredericksburg.…. 8:00AM……….10:00AM (Optional) Sat. Aug. 31st…… Kendall County Fair……. Boerne…..………8:00AM……….10:00AM Sat. Oct. 26th…… Medina County Fair……. Hondo…..……….8:00AM……….10:00AM Mon. Nov. 11th……Veteran’s Day………... San Antonio……..10:00AM……...12:00PM (Alzafar Ladies and Family) Sat. Nov. 23rd… Christmas Parade……….. Alamo Heights …..5:30PM……….8:00PM Fri. Nov. 29th ….. Holiday River Parade……San Antonio River…. Time to be determined Sat. Dec. 7th……..Christmas Parade……….. Sattler…………...9:30AM……….11:00AM (Alzafar Ladies and Family)

PROVOST GUARD By: John Pendleton Well another year has passed. Trust all went well in your year. The Provost Guard had a banner year and put more trophies in the collection. Tom Martin did a good job as Marshal 2018. Ken Propes, the new Marshall for 2020, has hit the ground running. The Provost Guard is on track for another good year and we look forward to serving our Shrine Center. The TSPGA Midwinter is scheduled for March 28, 29 and 30 in El Paso. Registrations for the shoot are due to the Marshal at the February 6, 2019 PG meeting so teams can be established. Thanks to Noble David Hadley (and Jan) for great cooking. The meal of beef stew and hot cornbread was enjoyed by all. We were happy to have three ladies present as the meeting feels like a family affair. We ask for prayers for Nobles Tony Montez and Bob Barker who are having physical troubles. God Bless

ALZAFAR ROD & GUN CLUB By: Craig Noyes Hello all. February is here and I can’t believe we are already in another year. The Annual Christmas Party of the Rod & Gun Club was combined with the Directors Staff, Roustabout’s, and the Nemnuf’s and was a complete success. Everyone had a great time and will look forward to the next Christmas Party. The new Officers for 2019 were installed and they are President Mike Barnes, Vice President David Hadley, 3rd Year Director Frank ”Rocky” Rivas, 2nd Year Director Marty Bartlett and Secretary/Treasurer Craig Noyes. In other business, President Mike Barnes would like to amend the Bylaws of the club to reduce the number of officer’s positions to make it easier to fill them and for 2019. We may start having games at the end of the meeting and the Door Prize Raffle may change to a 50/50 cash drawing that more people would enjoy. If you would like to see the meeting agenda for 2019, there will be copies at our next meeting in February. If you have not been to a meeting in awhile, please come and see some old friends and if you know of anyone interested in joining, bring them along. That is all I

have to say for this month except for, thank you and may there be many fish on your stringer.

ALZAFAR SHOTGUN UNIT By: Terry Zittle Greetings to all. We hope you had the merriest of Christmases and have started on a very prosperous New Year. We have not been very busy since our Installation last month, but saddle up, we are going to be hitting the road very soon. Speaking of our Installation, I can tell you now the winners of our Unit’s Annual Awards. Our Top Gun Award is presented to the member who had the highest shooting averages in all disciplines over the year. 2018 winner is our new President Noble Bill Willis. Our Top Hand Award is given not only for shooting ability but his outstanding service to the Unit, Masonry and the Fraternity as a whole. 2018 winner is Noble Robert Tucker. The Sure-Shot Award is used to recognize his most improved shooting over the course of the year. 2018 winner is our new 1st Vice President Noble Guillemo Dehoyos. Congratulations to the winners. As I mentioned earlier, we will be hitting the road preparing for Mid-Winter in Houston. Sporting Clays will be the name of the game on 8 (Practice) and 9 (Actual) March 2019. We will be holding practices at the National Shooting Complex on 26 January and at Joshua Creek on 16 February. These are family fun shoots following with a meal. Speaking of meals, our monthly meetings are held the 2nd Monday of the month and they begin with a meal at 6:15pm followed by the meeting at 7:00pm. Please feel free to drop in and say hi, have something to eat and a libation or six, and our ladies are cordially invited to all of our events. Until next month, remember as long as there is lead in the air, there is hope!!!

RED ROADSTERS By: Ken Whited Greetings & salutations Nobles & Ladies! The question of what draws membership has frequently been addressed by many organizations such as ours. Many opinions lean towards participation, leadership and values. I am inclined to agree with these opinions based on first-hand experience. Membership is always a concern, but making it our primary focus takes from other aspects that are more attractive to new members. People like organizations where its members are actively participating in something such as a philanthropy, and fun events. People are attracted to organizations with good leadership. That leadership may not always be your best buddy, but is reasonable and not self-serving. People are attracted to strong values. Masonic values are some of the strongest that I’ve seen and yet, the most flexible within due bounds. Values guide us do the right thing even when others aren’t watching. That being said, and our values being aligned upon the Square, there is little that needs to be worked on to gain membership except active participation. This year there are three things that are my priority words for all Red Roadsters to keep in mind and help us focus throughout the year. Children, Circus, Parades. Our children in our hospitals are always first, and our reason for our existence as an organization. The circus is one of the biggest things we are known for and we must continue to support it. Being in the public’s eye for parades is an opportunity to educate who we are and what we do. Lastly, successful organizations are supported by their members and families. Many of our successes as a family, a form of organization, I credit to my beautiful wife, Tanja, and our family. Without them I wouldn’t have had the focus to do things important for us all. I encourage each of you to bring your Lady to the Red Roadster meetings. It reduces the time you are apart from each other, and they are included in our activities. With their support, we can participate more and have a successful year.

NEKODAH TEMPLE NO. 44 DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE Join us for "High Tea Texas Style" with Style Show and Silent Auction Saturday February 9th at 2:00 pm in the Alzafar Parlors. Show off your wonderful hats, elegant, every day, or western, or no hat, your pleasure. Cost $20.00 person call 210-494-0471 or 210-653-2882. A KUVHIMA SAFARIS hunting trip in Limpopo Province of South Africa for two hunters, visiting for 12 Days [10 Full Hunt days plus the Arrival and Departure days], PLUS a Trophy credit of $3,000.00 to be shared between them. This is an all-inclusive package EXCEPT FOR AIRFARE that includes pick-up and drop-off at Johannesburg Airport, all meals, all drinks, field preparation of trophies, laundry service, accommodations in our Luxury Safari Lodge, and the services of an experienced Professional Hunting Guide and Tracker. The hunt may be scheduled for 2019 or 2020 or 2021. Should the buyer wish to schedule this hunt in a year other than those mentioned here, arrangements can be made with the outfitter to extend the validity date. Value of Trip: $ 11,800.00 $100 a raffle ticket! Only 200 tickets are being printed! Call Pr Linda Bannister 210-860-1504 for tickets Help us keep the household roster up to date. If you have new contact information such as mailing or email address or phone you may send it to the Nekodah group account: If anyone knows or wishes to report an illness or family bereavement please contact Pr. Chaplain Charlie Bedgood, PQ at (210) 215-0028.

SENIORS By: Roger Hopkins The Alzafar Seniors met in the Parlors with 24 members and guests in attendance. The meeting was opened by our outgoing President, Noble Earl “Tex” Phillips, followed by an invocation from our Chaplain, Noble Donald Garrido, PP. We then rendered honors to the America flag and went into a great lunch from Rosa Martho’s Catering. Our meal consisted of large pieces of meat load, rice, mixed vegetables, rolls and tea. The meal was delicious and served by members of our group. We also had some great appetizers and desserts provided by our wives and members (Mrs. David Kienbaum and John Morris). Prior to our business meeting we recognized Carl Bloom’s Birthday and introduced our members in the various Masonic and Shrine organizations, consisted of the recognition of anniversaries/birthdays. We were then honored to have our Past Potentate, Noble Garrido to conduct the installation of our officers for 2019. Our new President will be Noble Daniel Coburn and Vice President Noble Jerold Hopkins. Noble Joe Estlack will continue as Treasurer, Noble Roger Hopkins as Secretary and Noble Garrido as Chaplain. Following the Installation, we were able to get a group picture of all the members present. After our picture taking, we heard from our speaker, Phillip Gordon, a Brother Mason and a member of the Black Seminole Tribe. Phil provided some interesting history about his tribe and its migration from Florida to Mexico. The tribe exists today living mostly in Mexico, but many remain American citizens. Brother Gordon related the circumstances where 4 Black Seminoles earned the Congressional Medal of Honor while serving a Scouts for the Buffalo Soldiers doing border protection in the late 1800’s. He finished his remarks by presenting some of the dilemma faced by his tribe coming from America and going to Mexico and their inability to return. His remarks were followed by discussions with several of our members. The meeting was closed following a Benediction from Noble Garrido. We look forward to seeing many of you at our next meeting scheduled to take place in the Parlors on January 7th. Until then we hope that each of you is experiencing a Happy New Year.

Up for high bid!!! 1979 GMC Single Cab Brown Pick-up Put in your bid and win a truck Highest bid will be read at March Stated Meeting To place bid or view vehicle Contact Recorder Leverett @ 210 495-1625


Carlson Tollison Dennis Rackler Frankie Tuma Frankie Tuma Frankie Tuma Frankie Tuma Jack Paddie Jack Paddie Manuel Musquiz Midge Wilder Philip Dewaal Robert Hockman Terri Lynn Gaston Urcie Allen


Bob & Mava Prichard Richard & Jeanette Thompson Bob & Becky Ashley Charlene McGuire Charlie Bedgood P.P. JD Thomas & Lady Valerie Helen Paddie Mike & Linda Sluiter Alzafar Red Roadsters Clifford & Peggy Newman Bowers Brake & Alignment Bob & Becky Ashley Clifford & Peggy Newman Jacqualine Purvis



FOR SALE: 2 crypts at Anchor Lodge Cemetery. Make offer. Call Bob @ 210-824-4689. FOR SALE: 2 burial plots at Sunset Memorial Funeral Park. Asking $4,000.00 each. For more information call Noble A. G. Pinson @ 615-746-6888. FOR SALE: 4 burial plots at Sunset Memorial Park in the Masonic Section. Asking $4,000.00 each or negotiable. Call Judy Phillips @ 210-274-7713. 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 burial plots in Houston Texas. Historic Hollywood Cemetery, perpetual care included. Asking $4,750.00 each. Contact Betty Chalfont @ 830-237-3229. FOR SALE: #5 Arabia at Camp Alzafar. Please call Ronny @ 210-724-9653 for details and also for showing.


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


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


1st Monday 3rd Tuesday

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

2nd Sun. Feb.,Apr. 5:00pm Roustabout Rm. June, Aug.,Oct.Dec.

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

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

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


1st Monday

7:30pm as desig.


Alzafar Annex Alzafar Annex Alzafar Annex Parlors

7:00pm 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 2018

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 Jason Triggs

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

FEBRUARY CALENDAR OF EVENTS 7th 11th 14th 16th 18th 23rd

Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors Finance & Divan Meetings/Conference Room Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom NILE Stated Session/Parlors Sadie Hawkins Dance/Terrace Room PRESIDENT'S DAY-SHRINE CENTER CLOSED George Washington Birthday Parade/Laredo

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

_____________________________________________________________ MARCH CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2nd 7th 11th 14th 23rd 30th

Masonic Youth Luncheon & Grand Masters Conference Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors 12:00 noon LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors 7:00 pm Finance & Divan Meetings/Conference Room 5:00 pm Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom 7:30 pm NILE Stated Session/Parlors 7:30 pm LOS Installation of Officers/Terrace Room 2:00 pm NILE Installation of Officers/Ballroom 2:00 pm

__________________________________________________________________ APRIL CALENDAR OF EVENTS 4th 7th 8th 11th 13th

Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors Children's Easter Egg Hunt/Pavilion Finance & Divan Meeting/Conference Room Alzafar Stated meeting/Ballroom NILE Stated Session/Parlors Nobility Gala/Ballroom

12:00 noon 7:00 pm 2:00-4:00 pm 5:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm

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