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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: 2019 ELECTIVE DIVAN Potentate ……………………………………………………..Eric DeWalt Chief Rabban …………………………………………….Marty Bartlett Assistant Raddan …………………………………Travis Elmendorf High Priest & Prophet …………………………….Robert Norman Oriental Guide ………………………………………….Rick Reyes III Treasurer …………………………………………………..Stuart Simms Recorder ……………………………………………….Thomas Leverett 2019 APPOINTIVE DIVAN 1st Ceremonial Master ………………………………..Bobby Miller 2nd Ceremonial Master …………………………………Steve Starr Director ……………………………………………………Donald English Marshall …………………………………………………………Ken Propes Captain of the Guard ……………………………………..Josh Miller Outer Guard ……………………………………………….Paul Dawson Chaplain ……………………………………………..Robert M. DeWalt 2019 IMPERIAL REPRESENTATIVES Potentate ………………………………………………………Eric DeWalt Chief Rabban ……………………………………………Martin Bartlett 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 2019 FINANCE COMMITTEE Potentate ………………………………………………….Eric A. DeWalt Chief Rabban ……………………………………………Martin Bartlett Assistant Rabban …………………………………Travis Elmendorf Gary Bausell ……………………………………………………….4 Years Kyle Jackson……. …………………………………………………3 Years TBD ………………….…….……………………………………………2 Years Garett Ethridge ………………………………………………….1 Year ALZAFAR SHRINE PHOTOGRAPHER ………….Art Loera STATED MEETING The next Stated Meeting of the Alzafar Shriners will be held on February 14 ,2019 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 2019 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

Eric A. DeWalt Thomas D. Leverett

Eric A. DeWalt Alzafar Potentate Onward and Upward This Achbar artice was written on Sunday, April 14th, the day after our 2019 Nobility Installation Gala and on my “50th” Birthday. I did not want to write about the Gala until it was behind us and I wanted to wait to see if I felt different after torning the BIG “FIVE-O”. Well, of course, the Nobility Gala was a huge success but there was no doubt it would be. The number of Nobles and their ladies that helped in planning, the preparation, the set up and the execution of this event were so many. How could this event not be a such a huge success? And, the fact that I have turned one year older and reached “50”, I can honestly say, I feel the same. I believe age is just a number. It is your forward mobility in your religious beliefs, your efforts towards your Philanthropy and your outlook on life that defines who one really is. A third of this year has passed us by and we have accomplished much. But, now is not the time to rest. We must move forward towards taking care of our business, our transportation fund, our duties to the Shrine and of course, keep taking care of the Children of our Shrine Hospitals. This has been an amazing journey working alongside so many wonderful individual. It rings so clear... that “One man can make a difference but one man cannot do it alone.” Be that one man that makes a difference and be that one man that helps another achieve our common goal. I love my brothers; I love my Fraternity and I love my Philanthropy.

Thank you and God Bless

CHIEF RABBAN Chief Rabban Ramblings By Marty Bartlett Circus will be here before we know it. As we prepare for the big event, we have a few ways to make money on the event now. I need your help in selling circus ads and banners! This is money that comes directly to our house, our fraternity. We are just asking you to approach your barber, your plumber, your lawyer or your local restaurant and ask them if they would support the Shriners by buying an ad to advertise their business. It is a win – win for them in that they are helping out a local organization and also reaching a large, target audience. “So, what is in it for me,” you might ask. In that we will not be selling novelties and other items at the circus this year (only fezzes and programs), I wanted to find a great way for units and individuals to make money. Here is what we have come up with. If you re-sell an ad that was in last years program, you will receive a 15% commission. If you sell a new ad, or one that was in a prior year program you will receive a 20% commission! That is double the commissions from last year. What a big incentive to go out and sell. When you look at the ad prices of full page = $500, ½ page = $350, ¼ page = $175, and business card size = $100, you can quickly add up some serious returns for your unit by making 15% or 20%. It will be a great opportunity for all of us to make some money on circus. Please use the ad brochure included in this issue or stop by the office to pick up advertising brochures. We only have 3 months to sell as much as we can, so let’s get started.

ASSISTANT RABBAN Travis Elmendorf Greetings Alzafar, A huge kudos goes out to the OG, his wife Amanda, family and the fantastic team that banded together and threw a most amazing party for Alzafar's Easter celebration. Keeping with the accolades and thank you’ s- Thank you all for your participation, help and attendance to the Nobility Ball. What an evening it was. Congratulations to our HP&P Robert Norman and his lovely Lady on their pending nuptials. I myself would like to thank all the Nobles and their Ladies that signed up to assist at the Foreigner concert, as well as the Nobles and ladies that purchased tickets for the show. Alzafar and the Shrine was quite represented. Jody Carson, the coordinator for the event informed me that we sold 172 CD's during the event and raised $860 dollars for Shriners Hospitals for Children. "Not too shabby," Jody stated," for a generation that mainly finds their music on Line these days. She also sends her utmost Thanks. As I walk through the Shrine, I have heard several rumors that: there is to be no Hospital Gala this year. That is far from the truth, save this date: 05 Oct 2019. Brenda and I are diligently putting this together. Be on the lookout for further details. Lastly, we celebrate Memorial Day this month, it is solemn day of remembrance as well as well as one of recognition. We remember the soldiers that gave their all, their unconditional love and support for this great nation. We recognize those soldiers that are currently doing the same. Please take a moment on Monday 27th of May to show you support of these great individuals past and current. AR Out

High Priest & Prophet

Oriental Guide

Robert Noman II

What an April we shared together at Alzafar. What great fun and memories we all had. Our April consisted of the Easter Party, Foreigner concert, Nobility Ball, Camp Easter Party, and certainly not least, the Flambeau parade. If you were able to attend any of these events, I’m sure you had a great time. I would like to take a second and congratulate our OG and his lady, Amanda, for one heck of an Easter party. If you attended the party or heard about it just know these two did an amazing job. The weather didn’t make it easy for these two to execute this endeavor. The morning of, the location had to be changed from outdoors at the Pavilion to indoors. Having said that, these two and their team got right to work and, in my opinion, hit a home run!! We are looking forward to seeing what they do for Halloween. Well done you two! We now find ourselves in May wondering where has the time gone? This month will not disappoint either. The month of May brings a lot of fun but it also gives us an opportunity to memorialize some very special people. Since World War I, Memorial Day has become a celebration of honor for those who gave their life in all of America’s wars. President Ronald Reagan is credited with reviving the practice of honoring Memorial Day and its meaning. Here is a portion of a speech he gave at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in 1986. “Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember. I was thinking this morning that across the country children and their parents will be going to the town parade and the young ones will sit on the sidewalks and wave their flags as the band goes by. Later, maybe, they’ll have a cookout or a day at the beach. And that’s good, because today is a day to be with the family and to remember”. I hope you all spend time with friends and family and take a minute to remember our fallen heroes on this day. I, for one, will remember the friends that I have lost in war and take a moment to reflect on the time I was able to spend with those warriors.

Rick Reyes III

Alzafar, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank y’all once again for allowing me to represent our organization on your behalf. It’s been three months so far and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. Amanda and I are excited for this year as well as the years to come. Throughout this last month, we’ve been pretty busy around the Shrine. From our second Round Table to meetings and everything in between, we’ve enjoyed the comradery and fun that we’ve been a part of. Our most recent effort, the OG Round Table was well attended and ended up being an hour of fun filled and enthusiastic ideas that are sure to propel our organization forward for years to come. We had many nobles and their ladies in attendance and each person had the opportunity to give their two cents on what they want to see our Shrine look like throughout this year and the years to follow. Our first event will be a Top Golf event whereby we will be focusing our efforts on membership. We walked away with 46 prospects to invite, so hopefully, it will turn out to be a good event for Shrine and Masonic Lodge membership. The DRIVE for the Shrine as we are calling it will be Thursday, April 18 th from 7pm to 9pm. If you are interested in assisting, please reach out and let me know. We have limited space so make sure you reach out in a hurry. Last, but certainly not least, our Shrine Children’s Easter Party went off without a hitch. I want to thank every one of you for your assistance in making sure that this year’s Easter party was fantastic. Many of you made every effort to offer your help and for that, Amanda and I are grateful. We had so many friends who came out for everything. We are so thankful for your support. This event proved that our Shrine family can make things happen and that most importantly, they have our back. We can’t wait for Halloween and Christmas and we can’t wait to see all of you throughout the year. Regards, Rick Reyes III

TREASURER’S TWO CENTS WORTH P.P. Stuart Simms Phone: 210-659-1956 I’d like to begin by reminding everyone that we will have an investment briefing from Broadway Bank at 5:00 p.m. May 6, 2019. Members are more than welcome to attend and your input would be valuable. If you already know you have questions or matters you would like discussed, please bring it up with one of us well in advance so that the briefers and the Board can be well prepared to address your issue. In addition, if you plan to come, please contact the office a day or two before the meeting to ensure that the briefing has not been rescheduled. Another matter has arisen that I would like to bring to your attention. As you know, we always have projects being executed. Some are parties, some are fund raisers, some are improvements at the main facility or the Camp, and other sorts of projects are also undertaken. Typically, a Project Officer is appointed for each project, and a budget is established for project expenses. As we perform these duties, Project Officers must remember that we are not dealing with our own money. We are dealing with the Members’ money and cannot go beyond the allowed budget without further approval. That recently occurred. The “cost overrun” was statistically small, entirely for the benefit of Alzafar Shriners, and the Project Officer was acting in good faith. Nevertheless, under certain circumstances, there is a very good argument for collecting the excess amount expended from the responsible Project Officer. So, if you find yourself in such a position of responsibility, please be very careful to ensure that all of your expenditures fall within the purposes and budget of the project in question. I knew a very erudite Mason who once described Masonry as a very unique Order because its purpose was to make its members happy and to avoid the trials and tribulations that arise in the common course of life when its members were gathered together. We all, of course, should strive for that goal, but it is not always easy. Recently, circumstances arose in which tempers flared for some members in a meeting I attended while others seemed shocked at the tenor of events.

I suggest that, at least for me, anger and accusation never add weight to an argument, particularly when the opposing parties believe that they are acting in good faith. We all contribute as much time and effort to our Fraternity and our Hospitals as we can, and neither any member of our three, yes, I said three, corporations nor any Shriner has the right to ask more than we believe we can give. On the other hand, we should do what we agree to do to the best of our ability. That includes, as that If I have already told you, please remember what one of the best NCOs I worked with said, and if I haven’t annoyed you with his aphorism, please ask me to do so.

RECORDERS CORNER T-Bone Tommy Leverett


Smile you are on video. You can hardly go into a bank, restaurant, shopping store or any other business establishment without video cameras. As added protection for our office staff, we have installed video cameras to capture who comes and goes in our office. You should be greeted at the front desk by a smiling face. If you don’t see anyone, please ring the bell to let us know that you are here as we might be in the conference room, the workroom, restroom or the recorder's office. Our office hours are still 8-5 and the employees stagger their arriving time and departure times to cover the 8-5. Call ahead if it is a holiday because we might be closed. May 15, 2019 is the deadline for discounted room rates at TSA. Alzafar’s hotel is Comfort Inn 1317 Kenley Ave Wichita Falls 76306. The phone number is 940-766-3300. Our Ill Potentate, Eric DeWalt has agreed to pay for the registration fee for our Nobles that are competing and ½ the room rate for one night. Stay with another Noble and the 1 night is covered at 100 %. Projects in the works: Vehicle’s and parade floats are being set up in different places in the Transportation Barn. Please return the vehicle to the same spot that you took it from. Please gas up the vehicles and fill out a reimbursement form for the gas. If you don’t have time, please let me know. The maintenance supervisor, marketing director, Carol and myself are developing new rental procedures. If it is a Masonic body that needs to use a room, Carol is your contact. For outside rentals Lynda is your contact. My fortune cookie today stated: An unexpected visitor will bring you good blessings. My door to my office is always open and I make the best cup of coffee in town. If you notice maintenance issues that need to be addressed, please let me know so I can get them on our Maintenance Supervisors list. I am ready and willing to take all those good blessings so bring them in anytime. Dust off the Old Fez and come out to the next Parade and join in the fun. If it is not fun, it is not a Shrine Event. Find out why I say “Alzafar Rocks”!

Greetings from your Membership Chairman. The past month I have been working on a proposed plan to attract and retain new Nobles. Here are some ideas I feel will benefit our growth.

Imperial has established a database, focusing on lodge membership contact info for potential Nobles. Establish a direct working relationship with the Blue Lodges. Ask for their support by providing access to their membership database, particularly their lodge membership contact info for members achieving Master Masons status. Contact potential candidates highlighting the family/fun aspect and our philanthropy. Provide him with a membership application form and invite him to become a member. Accept his application on behalf of the temple and ensure that it gets to the temple recorder for prompt processing. Assure the new Noble that you will be following his progress. Initial introduction into the Shrine can be an intimidating experience for someone not accustomed to the inner workings of the organization. It will take some time for new Nobles to become fully familiar with all aspects of the operations of their Club and the Temple. For that reason and to ensure each new recruit has the best opportunity to become a fully integrated and participating Noble, mentoring is an important integral part of the membership growth and retention strategy. As soon as a Noble is inducted he must be made to feel welcome and be provided the opportunity to participate in the activities of his Club and the Temple. It is equally important that his spouse is welcomed and included in each step of the new Noble integration process. The likelihood a Noble will stay can be greatly influenced by attention to detail in this regard.

BREWS BROTHERS By: Russell Brown “As almost any substance containing certain sugars can undergo spontaneous fermentation due to wild yeasts in the air, it is probable that beer-like beverages were independently invented among various cultures throughout the world. Chemical tests of ancient pottery jars reveal that beer was (like wine) produced about 7,000 years ago in what is today Iran, and was one of the first-known biological engineering tasks where the biological process of fermentation is used in a process.” Hopefully by now you have had a chance to sample some of our beer. As always, we appreciate your honest feedback. Our unit is about more than just brewing beer for competition, or the basic consumption of beer, but education about beer as well. You can find us on Facebook at Alzafar Brews Brothers. There you can find out about where and when we are brewing. Guests are more than welcome. Lately we have been setting up at the end of stated meetings and at most of the Shrine functions at the Temple. When you see us, come on over, or drop in at a meeting, share a pint, and enjoy some fellowship. Let’s drink the liquid of amber so bright; Let’s drink the liquid with foam snowy white; Let’s drink the liquid that brings all good cheer; Oh, where is the drink like old-fashioned beer

The Brews to Competition TSA 2019

THE BAND By: Richard Wallace The program has been set for our competition at AllState in Wichita Falls on Friday morning, June 7th. The Concert Band has selected “Marche des Parachutistes Belges”, “Irish Folk Song Suite”, and “Joy”. The Scimitars Dance Band has selected “Birdland”, “Lullaby of Birdland”, and “Mambo No.5”. The German Band has selected “Zum Abschied”, “Mädel von der Donau” and “Musikanten Marsch”. The Dixieland Band will has selected “Bill Bailey“, “Cabaret“, and “When the Saints“. Along with the Oriental Band, the Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Pipe Band held a spaghetti and salad dinner get together on Saturday March 23rd in

Room 7 at Alzafar. We had a great time with many thanks to Bobby, Beth, and Robin Packer for hosting the event. This dinner was primarily to meet prospective members and introduce them to each of the musical organizations. We will plan additional get togethers in the future. 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 for good music and good fellowship, a combination that’s hard to beat. If you have any questions, please call Richard Wallace (210-219-6861 or email or Bobby Packer (210501-8990 or email

BURNING SUN By: Tony Calderon Is it me or is it getting hot in here??? As a Burning Sun member, we welcome the heat because we just step on the gas and cool off in our sweet karts. The speed and maneuvers we do during the parades it is easy for us to stay cool and we hope those in attendance notice and enjoyed the show. With two parades this month we know everyone had a great time and we would like to thank everyone for their support. From Helotes at the Cornyval parade to Bandera for the Memorial Day parade we ride so children may walk and each unit member digs deep down to support this unit in any way possible. At the end of the day that is all anyone can ask for so thank you Nobles! Summer is coming fast as well as the heat and we are working hard to keep those sweet rides on the road. With kart workshops scheduled throughout year we welcome all motorized units to come out and together we can keep drivers in the kart and people in the stands. So reach out to one of the unit members and see when our next workshop is coming and get your kart up and running. We are one team with one goal and together we can do anything and that’s why Shriners rock! 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 which starts at 6:30 pm for social and 7:00 pm unit business starts.

CANYON LAKE SHRINE CLUB By: Tom Gilbert The Canyon Lake Shrine Club met on March 11, 2019. The Vice-President welcomed everyone. Chaplain, Lee Stroman said the invocation. Our guest speaker was Terry Miller. He told about his career with the the government. Terry was born in Ohio. After high school he joined the Army and was with them for four years. Then he joined the Navy and was with them for 2 years. Then he went to work for the Department of Treasury where he worked as a Special Agent. He started in Corpus Christi then transferred to the Florida Keys. In 1985, he seized 180,000 lbs. of marijuana in 3 weeks and 29 people were arrested. Then he transferred to Washington D.C. where he worked for 5 years in computer forensics. Then transferred to the Arizona/Mexican border where he seized many Mexican artifacts which was then released back to the Mexican Government. Then Terry transferred to San Antonio as an Internal Affairs Agent to finish his career. He also worked 2.5 years as a background Investigator. Terry worked 38 years in government service. He stated it was a very good career. On March 12, 2019 the members of the Canyon Lake Shrine Club met at the IHOP in New Braunfels for Pancake Day. Donations were accepted for Alzafar Shrine. The Canyon Lake Shrine Club meets the second Monday of the month at the Canyon Lake Golf Club, 405 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



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” and will add new music to the show this year. Along with the Oriental Band, the Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Pipe Band held a spaghetti and salad dinner get together on Saturday March 23rd in Room 7 at Alzafar. We had a great time with many thanks to Bobby, Beth, and Robin Packer for hosting the event. This dinner was primarily to meet prospective members and introduce them to each of the musical organizations. We will plan additional get togethers in the future. 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 (210-2196861 or email or Bobby Packer (210-501-8990 or email Come on out and join us!

GOLF UNIT GIMMIES By: Walt Atencio Welcome Noble Matt and Lady Nicole into the Golf Unit Family. April fool for the Golf Unit was April full. Started with twelve volunteer nobles: Seals, Callison, Atencio, Rhein, Studdard, Bourne, Hamilton, Prichard, Thompson, Barnes and Wilmore, lead by President Nino assisted serving over 1000 hot dogs to over 500 attendees at the Alzafar Children’s Easter Party. April in San Antonio means fiesta party time, and the Golf Unit’s traditional Fiesta on April 20th was a fun and a great success as usual. One of the most important event for Texas Golfers, was the Texas Shrine Golf Association (TSGA). The following Nobles attended the annual meeting and golf tournament in support of Alzafar’s nominee, Noble Studdard, to the ascension line to president: Nobles Hamilton, Rhein, Seals, Callison, Bourne, Sewell, Waggoner, Nino, Farmer, Thompson Atencio and Hernandez. Congratulations Noble Studdard. You can be assured of 100% support of the Golf Unit. Looking forward to TSA in Wichita Falls on 5-8 June. F O R E

HIGHLANDERS By: Robert Packer Do you enjoy the wonderful music of the bagpipes? If so, the Highlanders meet every Monday night in room 9 @ 6:30pm. We always have great fellowship and traditional Highland beverages. Brothers and their families are always welcome to come. Our next stated meeting for our unit will be on June 3rd. The Highlanders recently teamed up with the Band & Oriental Band on March 23rd for a spaghetti dinner. We had a good turn out and great time was had by all.

Smiley’s Shenanigan’s For all ya’ll Hillbilies! Heard about the guy who bought himself a new dinner set? Yep, uppers and lowers! What's the difference between a Southern zoo and a Northern zoo? A Southern zoo has a description of the animal on the front of the cage, along with a recipe. Why do folks from Tennessee go to the movie theater in groups of 18 or more? 17 and under are not admitted. What do you call the day after Thanksgiving when you can get amazing deals at Cabela's? Buck Friday. Did you hear about the twister in Oklahoma that killed twenty people? Those rednecks take that game way too seriously. One day, Jimmy Joe was walking down Main Street when he saw his buddy Bubba driving a brand new pickup. Bubba pulled up to him with a wide grin, "Bubba, where'd you get that truck?!?" "Bobby Sue gave it to me" Bubba replied. "She gave it to you? I knew she was kinda sweet on ya, but a new truck? "Well, Jimmy Joe, let me tell you what happened. We were driving out on County Road 6, in the middle of nowhere. Sue pulled off the road, put the truck in 4wheel drive, and headed in to the woods. She parked the truck, got out, threw off all her clothes and said, 'Bubba, take whatever you want'. So I took the truck!" "Bubba, you're a smart man!. Them clothes woulda never fit you". How bout that springtime weather??!! What season is it when you are on a trampoline? Spring-time! What flowers grow on faces? Tulips (Two-lips)!

How excited was the gardener about spring? So excited he wet his plants.

Never, Never, Never kick a fresh cow chip on a hot day.

And The Recipe for the month is????!!!!!???

Enchilada dip! From the Kitchen of Mildred Coffey! 1 ½ Lbs. Ground meat 2 Med. Onions, chopped 1 can Mushroom soup 1 can Cream of chicken soup 1 can enchilada sauce (not dip) 1 small can chopped green chilies 1 lv Velveeta Sauté meat and drain. Add onions and sauté. Add other ingredients except cheese. Cube cheese and add, then bake in oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

That’s all I have!!! Until next month!! Keep the sun in your eyes! Smiley T. McButterpants!!!

ALTRUI COURT NO. 89 LADIES ORIENTAL SHRINE OF NORTH AMERICA By DeeDee Kintigh, Princess Altrui Court No. 89 held their Installation 23rd in the Terrace Room at the Shrine which time Lady Irene Pendleton became Priestess. What a fantastic installation attended by our wonderful Shrine Divan.

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Heading into May and then the summer, Altrui Court will have numerous fundraising events. We are currently requesting all and any new or gently used shoes. These will go to an organization that will pay us for the shoes and they in turn will help microenterprise vendors. Also don’t forget to get your Fiesta Medal from any LOS member, just $10.00 each. On Jun 22nd in the Parlors at 11:am will be our Annual Old Bag Luncheon. Available will be new handmade and conceal weapon purses for auction. Don’t forget to bring us those shoes. On July 20th in the Parlors at 11:am will be our Fashion and Other wares show. We already have five vendors ranging from clothes to make-up. Don’t forget to bring us those shoes. Another possible event will be August 24th, yet to be determined. It will be either a Mad Hatter Tea or a Dance clinic, more to come later. On Sept 29th at 6:00 pm in the Terrace Room will be our Annual “Puttin on the Glitz”. This Casino night is a very popular event for Altrui Court. Can’t wait to see all of you at these fundraisers this year.

NEMNUF UNIT By: Jon Strandlie May is finally here. The unofficial beginning of Summer in Texas. Perhaps the best part of May is that the Roman poet Ovid suggested May is named for the maiores, the elders. Maybe take the time this month to pay tribute to an elder in your life that has positively impacted your life. We closed out a busy, but incredibly fun April. Thanks to the newest Shrine power couple, Rick & Amanda Reyes, for throwing a memorable Children’s Easter Party. Perhaps having it inside should be the new trend. We clowns always prefer to entertain immersed in AC. The NEMNUF will always have your back Tater. Thanks to our Illustrious Sir for a relaxed, but fantastic Nobility Ball and pre & post Flambeau party. Finally the Foreigner concert that took the place of our April Stated Meeting was truly Hot Blooded, Hot Blooded. We are preparing and practicing our Skit for TSA all month in May. Who wouldn’t want to see 4 clowns levitate. Watch out David Blaine. Finally, according to Wikipedia, May is Celiac Awareness month. Soooooo……be on the lookout as those Ceiiac’s are everywhere you look these days.

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." G. K. Chesterton

ALZAFAR SHOTGUN UNIT AKA Smokin Clays By: Terry Zittle Greetings to all. Well as I reported last month we held our Mid-Winter on 9 March in Houston. The venue was Sporting Clays and I want to warn you, if you are invited to shoot Sporting Clays at the ASC, accept with baited breath. We fielded three teams and brought home two trophies. Our A team consisted of Nobles Bill Willis, Guillermo DeHoyos, Tom Jackson, Jerry Smitha and Yours Truly. Our B team was comprised of Nobles Dave Jackson, Terry Hoke, Leon LaLoge, Jerry King and David Hadley, and lastly our C team was made up of Nobles Kyle Jackson, Luis Cardenas, Roger Pfeil, Jose Gutierrez (First Competition!) and J.B. Clarkson. It was our B and C teams that brought home the bacon. The A team had terrible luck as we had to fight off lions, tigers and bears! Not to mention a blizzard and two tidal waves and wind gusts up to 60 MPH. The thing that I love about Shotgun Sports is that any excuse will work. Our next function will be a Practice/Family Shoot on 27 April at Bexar Community Range, and we are looking forward to TSA as our shoot will be on 6 Jun with the disciplines of Trap and Skeet. Our Monthly Stated Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month in our room, which we share the Provost Guard and the Directors Staff. We have a meal that is served between 6:15 and 6:30 pm with the meeting commencing at 7:00 pm. At our last meeting we had Corned Beef and Cabbage prepared by Yours Truly. Of course libations are available. Feel free to come on out at check out this amazing unit. Until next month keep our powder dry and remember as long as there is lead in the air, there is hope!

"Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it." Unknown

RV CLUB By: Dave Browne The March rally was held at the Vineyards RV Resort in Fredericksburg. The owners of an RV park really make a difference. The Vineyards RV Park was previously Quiet Creek RV Park. We had stayed there before and found the facility to be great, but the rules were so strict that fun was difficult. The park was not well attended. New owners bought the park and now it is a very pleasant place to camp. They have 150 RV spaces and most were filled with fun loving campers. All had a great time at this rally. Fredericksburg is one of the best locations to rally. The area seems to be becoming the wine making center for central Texas, plus they have several breweries. Between those tours and the shopping, it is not hard to fill the day with fun. For those that like to visit the small hill country communities, Fredericksburg is a perfect home base. Our April rally will be held at the Lagoons RV Resort in Rockport on April 25th through the 28th. Our May rally will be in Kerrville May 2nd through the 5th at the Old River Road RV Resort. This will be the annual TSRVA rally. If you have an 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 Dave Brewton (210-643-0314) or Assistant Wagon Master Eddy Bowers (210-508-3989) for information about the next rally. You can always call me at 210-679-7356.


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 Monday


1st Monday 3rd Tuesday

7pm Room 9 6:30pm Room 7 7:30pm Room 5 7pm Room 5 12pm as Designated 12:00pm Camp Pavilion 7:00pm Room 4 6:00pm as Designated 7pm 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 7pm Room 6 Wed. Before Stated 7pm Pavilion 4th Monday 7pm Room 11 2nd Monday 7pm Room 4 2nd Tuesday 7:30pm Room 10 3rd Monday 7pm Room 5 2nd Monday 7:30pm Room 11 Each Wednesday 7pm Room 8 4th Monday 7pm Room 6 1st Wednesday 7pm Provost Gd. 1st Tuesday 7pm Room 10 1st Sunday 12pm RoustaboutRm 1st Wednesday 6pm RoustaboutRm 4th Weekend As Designated 1st Thursday 12pm Parlors 2nd Monday 7pm Directors Rm. 1st Monday 7pm Parlors 1st Wednesday 7pm as Designated


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

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


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

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


1st Monday

7:30pm Alzafar Annex


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) 2012 Rick Oberg (El Zagal) * Asterisk Denotes the Passing of Our Illustrious Sir

MAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2nd 4th 6th 9th 18th 25th 27th

Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors Helotes Cornyval Parade Finance & Divan Meeting/Conference Room Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom NILE Stated Session/Parlors Alzafar Car Show/Parking Lot Bandera Memorial Day Parade MEMORIAL DAY-SHRINE CENTER CLOSED

12:00 noon 7:00 pm 10:00 am 5:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 11:00 am

_____________________________________________________________ JUNE CALENDAR OF EVENTS 6th 10th 13th 15th 30th-July 4th

Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors Finance & Divan Meeting/Conference Room Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom Berges Fest Parade/Boerne 145th Imperial Session/Nashville, Tennessee

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



INDEPENDENCE DAY-SHRINE CENTER CLOSED 4th of July Parade/Seguin 10:00 am Finance & Divan Meeting/Conference Room 5:00 pm Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom 7:30 pm

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