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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: www.thesashrineauditorium.com Alzafar Shriners E-mail: alzafarrecorder@gmail.com Official Website: www.alzafar.org 2019 ELECTIVE DIVAN Potentate ……………………………………………………..Eric DeWalt Chief Rabban …………………………………………….Marty Bartlett Assistant Rabban …………………………………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 David Olivares ……….……………………………………………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 Jan 09, 2020 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 2020 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

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year The Christmas Season is upon us. May your season be blessed. Can you believe another year has come and gone? It was just a short time ago that I was asking for your vote of confidence to serve on this Divan. The time has flown by but the memories will last a lifetime. I have been reminiscing by looking at our Imperial Photographer, Art Loera’s, Facebook account that documents all of the time, efforts and fellowship that has been had. I encourage you to do the same from time to time. Art’s dedication is truly a blessing. I salute all of my fellow Divan members form 2015 till this day. I applaud all the Officers of the Units/Clubs for all your hard work, as well as all of our Nobles and Ladies that have worked diligently to keep this train on track. Finally, I praise the many Potentates that have walked these footsteps before me and Oh what footsteps they have been! As I look back, my heart is full of pride on what has been accomplished at our Temple but we still have a long way to go. Alzafar is truly special and I am proud to call you all family. We would like to thank you for all you do for our Children and our Shrine. Your support is so overwhelming and we are proud to have been by your side. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you for over the past five years. The DeWalt’s would like to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. 2020 is going to be a great year.

Eric, Suzy and DeWalt kids

TREASURER’S TWO CENTS WORTH P.P. Stuart Simms Phone: 210-659-1956 Perspective is important. Because we all care about what we do in and for Alzafar, we sometimes fail to keep what we do and what happens in our Alzafar family in perspective. For instance, thirty years ago this month, I and many others were stationed in Germany. We rather expected that the Soviet Union, in a final spasm, might do something horribly stupid. Happily, they did not. As a consequence, I had the extraordinary experience of being at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, listening to a small group of musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker play Beethoven’s Ode to Joy while I watched bits and pieces being torn off the Berlin Wall, and I later watched citizens of the DDR cross through Check Point Charley to freedom, some in their Trabants. That was a significant event, and we all have such events in our lives. Measured against those events, most of the things that annoy us in the Shrine are just not that important. Some things related to our Temple and our Shrine family are, nonetheless, important, and I suspect that shortly one will be brought to your attention. As you may have heard, there appears to be continuing interest by some parties in the purchase of the Temple property on 1604. While I know of no formal offer, the interest has triggered a much-needed review and assessment of various factors by a committee appointed by the Potentate. Those factors include, but are not limited to: an appraisal of the 1604 property and the Camp; a review of our spending habits; a review of our business model, including increasing any additional income opportunities; and, a review of various other issues that might have a significant impact on our future. With all of that in mind, let me make a comment or two. First, it seems that some individuals have reached a conclusion as to their preferred option and they want the matter settled very quickly. In my view, this is a matter that we must get right the first time. Speed is far less important than getting it right. Secondly, and I have formed no opinion regarding such a sale of any of our property or any other related matter, the essence of our Shrine family is not a building or group of buildings, it is the Shrine bond, how we treat each other, and how we perform our philanthropic mission.

While we may disagree on the best course of action, we should, I think, keep the matter in perspective. Anger, raised voices, and political maneuvering only serve to separate us. Finally, I think that we must all act in good faith and treat each other with respect. Regarding actions related to the future of our Temple, I believe that the Nobility must hold the Divan to a very high standard. Ask questions. Test the Divan’s analysis of the circumstances and proposals. If questions can’t be answered to your satisfaction, pursue the matter. Whatever we do, and I am not sure what the right course may be, please remember it is your Temple, your money, and it is your voice that counts. Moreover, we should work hard to ensure that we are all Brothers when the dust settles.

Thank you for what you do.

RECORDERS CORNER T-Bone Tommy Leverett alzafarrecorder@gmail.com Alzafar Rocks: Our Nobility are the best. As you may or may not know Imperial sends out the dues notices. They started mailing the notices in October for 2020. We still have to pay for Imperial sending out the dues notices. The dues have been at $85.00 per year for some time, but so many of our members take advantage and send in extra money to help run Alzafar. They also send in extra money to go to our Hospitals. Thank you for everything you do to make Alzafar the Best Shrine in the Country. On-Line Dues payment will be here shortly: We have been working with Imperial to give our members the ability to pay their dues online. This will be done through a software package called Web Fez. As soon as we work out the kinks I will let you know how to use this system. Many thanks to a Noble that said he wanted to pay his dues on-line. You can still send in a check or pay for your dues on one of your Credit Cards. Got a question on your dues, call Maria in the office. December Stated Meeting: All the engaged young couples like to send out “SAVE THE DATE” notices. You don’t want to want to miss the December Shrine Stated Meeting on Thursday December 12th. This is our annual election of officers. This is your Shrine center, so come out and vote on the people that you want to serve in leadership rolls'.

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One of the things I enjoy doing as your Recorder is reading the other Shrine Centers Newsletter. If I see a

I will make a copy and give it to the right Unit. Consider putting together an advertisement explaining why a Shrine would want to consider joining your group. We will run the advertisement free in our Monthly Newsletter. Give your advertisement or article to Carol before the 10th of the month. Also say “thank you” to Link Travis Elmendorf for serving as the Editor for the Award winning ACHBAR. Want to advertise on the Digital Sign: Give us your Club/Unit information on a thumb drive and your Unit or Clubs activity will be seen by a quarter of a million people every day. OK I really don’t know how many people actually see our digital sign driving 65 mph. We will not design it for you, but we will make sure people see your message. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays: My Lady Lisa and I, along with our Grandson, AKA Peanut, want to wish you and yours a Wonderful Holiday Season. It is hard to believe 2020 is right around the corner. Please come join your fellow Nobles as we save and change kids lives in our Shrine Hospital System. This year we received an email from a lady that spent time in our Hospital Systems and she and her husband have moved to San Antonio. She went out and purchased toys for boys and girl for us to pass out. May God Bless continue to bless the Children in our Hospitals, the Doctors and Nurses

and the Shriners and their families. Come out and join us at the next event and find out why I say “Alzafar Rocks”!

OFFICIAL CALL OF THE POTENTATE Annual Election of Officers Notice is hereby given that the Annual Election of Officers will be held at a Stated Session of Alzafar Shriners, at the time and place show below. Attest: Thomas Leverett Recorder

Eric DeWalt Potentate

Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:30 pm Alzafar Shrine Center 901 N. Loop 1604 W. San Antonio, TX 78232


THE BAND By: Richard Wallace There was no article last month because of too much Oktoberfest-ing. At the Shrine’s October Stated Meeting the Band performed Oktoberfest music while the director was attending a national conference in Daytona Bach. We also performed several different types of musical selections at the Shrine’s November meeting. Please give us some feed back with your reactions to this “new” music. Under Sickness and Distress; As was announced at the October meeting, Bonnie Versoza left us to join the celestial band above where his contributions will be very much appreciated. We will certainly miss him and would like to express our thanks to Illustrious Sir Eric Dewalt for his fine tribute to Bonnie at that meeting. Red Stewart continues to make improvements and has begun to attend practices again. Billy Steele continues to deal with familial health problems and a move to a retirement community but has also joined us at practice. We are happy to announce that Lloyd Garcia has also rejoined the band after a several year hiatus due to work. Red, Lloyd, and the director are now the longest serving band members in the Alzafar Band. We are always looking for more performers, especially woodwinds, low brass, and percussion. 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 you have any questions, please call Richard Wallace at 210-219-6861 or email at rfwall@swbell.net

ATTENTION ALL POTENTATE APPOINTEES All Potentate appointments for 2019 will terminate at the end of the Shrine year. New appointments will be made by the Potentate Elect at the beginning of the year. This applies to all Ambassadors, Staff and other Appointees.

CANYON LAKE SHRINE CLUB By: Tom Gilbert The Canyon Lake Shrine Club met on October 14, 2019. Due to illness, we had a short meeting.

BURNING SUN By: Tony Calderon Merry Christmas from the Burning Sun family. The holiday season is a time to spend time with your family and friends. As our unit family continues to grow, we want to thank everyone for showing their support in every ride, event, and function we do. The year is coming to a close but do we slow down, I don’t think so! We speed up and get ready for next year with kart workshops, routine practices, and event set ups. We held elections and by the New Year we will have a whole new leadership team ready to take charge and lead us into a new year. Most of the units are doing the same thing and we want to wish them the very best. We are all part of the Shrine family and we pull together to ensure that Alzafar Shriners are the best hands down! ☺ Big shout out to all those who came to support in the Christmas Children’s Party, it was a blast!! Seeing the kids with a big smile on their face makes the hard work we put into our unit worth it. We also took care of the Veterans Day parade in San Antonio along with Christmas parade. Even though it was cold we love to see the people’s reactions as we zoom by in our karts. We still have karts available if anyone is ready to step up and become a Burning Sun member. 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 630pm for social and 7pm unit business starts.

The Nominating Committee gave the report of nominated officers for the ensuing year as follows: President-Robert Furgerson, Vice President-Doug Minnig, Treasurer-Al Wiggers, Secretary-Steve White, Chaplain-Terry Miller. There will be a “Celebration of Life” for Jeanie Johnson at the Startzville VFW on October 20, 2019 from 7 to 9 pm. There will be a Veterans Thanksgiving dinner at Christ Presbyterian Church, New Braunfels, at 12 noon on November23rd. The Canyon Lake Shrine Club meets on 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 more information call Secretary, Tom Gilbert at 830-899-4839 or email at tngilbert75@gmail.com.

DIRECTOR’S STAFF By: Miguel Inclan


Our Christmas Party will be held on December 13th at the Shrine Auditorium. The cost is free for members but $25 for each guest you decide to bring with you. Join us and enjoy the fellowship within our unit. Please contact Noble Secretary Juan Flores to RSVP.

Twenty Nineteen – The Year That Was: GREAT AGAIN

The next parade is the Sattler Parade on December 14th. Our Fire Truck will be there so please wear your Director’s Staff shirt if you plan to ride the truck. Election results will be announced in the next issue. Also, please remember to pay your dues for the next year. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!!!

THE DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS By: Richard Wallace With the improvement in Drum & Bugle Corps’ performance this year, we are planning to add some new music to the program. Come on out, practice with us, and help select the new music. 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 7:30pm and end at 9:00pm. If you have any questions, please call Richard Wallace at 210-2196861 or email at rfwall@swbell.net.

Come on out and join us!

The fun and work throughout the year brought some great rewards and the unit welcomed six new members and their families’ but mourned the loss of two faithful hardworking members. The traditional January meeting and meal was shared and enjoyed with our ladies. This meeting and the scheduled “Ladies Night Out Dinners” sets the spirit of fun and work for the remainder of the year. The unit participated in over 100 Shrine related activities throughout the year. Besides the 12 monthly meetings, golf unit members participated in most parades, the Gala Fundraiser, the Youth Brunch, Easter Party and IHOP. Additionally, they represented Alzafar at Texas Shrine Association and Imperial session. Twenty members worked the Circus. The fun related activities included the Texas Shrine Golf Association and the Tri-Temple Golf annual tournaments. The unit hosted a Fiesta Party and a Summer social. Three scheduled monthly tournaments included the “Toy” tournament and turkey lunch in November where golfers and ladies brought toys, which are transported to the Shriners Children Hospitals in Houston and Galveston. The Golf Unit President’s trip to Louisiana’s Coushatta Casino and golf course and the Christmas/Installation dinner party at the Petroleum closed out the year. The Alzafar Golf Unit is driven by love and dedication. Love of God, family and our children in the Shrine Children Hospitals, dedication to our Fraternity, our Temple and Club. Any Noble interested in any of these activities and might consider joining the “Fun and Work” please talk to the Unit Membership Chairman, Noble Buck Bourne 210-658-9780.

HILL COUNTRY SHRINE CLUB By: Ron Holm The Hill Country Shrine Club float participated in the Kerr County Parade in Kerrville with 10 members showing the colors and received a First Place Blue Ribbon for our effort. A great time was had by all and we now look forward to the Kerrville and Comfort Lighted Parades which are always a crowd favorite. Another parade that is always well supported is the one block long Veterans Parade in front of the Kerrville VA Hospital where the Veterans Living in the Facility enjoy the respect of our organization. Their smiles and salutes, as they are able, when we pass by with our “Flags Floating in the Wind” brings tears to our eyes and thanks in our hearts for their service to our country. December is a special month as we join with the Hill Country Scottish Rite Club for a Christmas Party with our Ladies. It is a time that we sit back, relax, socialize, enjoy the comradery and remember and remind ourselves of the Significance of the Season. Holiday Greetings to all the Nobles and Ladies of Alzafar from the Hill Country Shrine Club.

LAREDO SHRINE CLUB By: Larry Lowe First of all, The Laredo Shrine Club would like to wish each and every one a Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving. We all have so much to be thankful for – family, friends and all the Masonic & Shrine groups, with which we are all affiliated. Our last Outreach Clinic for 2019 is now history. On Nov. 7th & 8th we saw approximately 89 children. A huge “Thank You” to the hospital staff at our Houston Children’s Hospital, the volunteers from Alzafar and the Hospital Corps and of course, our own Laredo Masons, Shriners & Daughters of the Nile. Without these people giving generously of their own time, it would not be possible to have successful clinics. Thank you to Assistant Rabban Travis Elmendorf for coming to Laredo. The elections for Laredo Shrine Club officers is coming up on December 4th. Please be thinking about this.

NEMNUF By: Jon Strandlie

LEGION OF HONOR By: 1st LTC Calderon, Tony

On behalf of all the NEMNUF’s, we wish you and your family the Most Merry of Christmas’s and the Happiest New Year full of loads of funny. December got its name from the Latin word decem(meaning ten) because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the calendar of Romulus c. 750 bc which began in March. The winter days following December were not included as part of any month. Later, the months of January and February were created out of the monthless period and added to the beginning of the calendar, but December retained its name.[1] Thank you to all those Shriners that generously donated to the Red Sneaker as it was passed around at the November Stated Meeting. Thanks to you, the NEMNUF’s will exceed it’s donation goal to the Hospitals this year. A special thanks to Tater for throwing a funfilled, thrilling Halloween party for the kids. Props to the families that were tough enough to fight the frigid weather we had for the Veterans Day parade and help make it a great event for all that lined the streets. The unit is planning relentlessly for the ISCA Mid-Winter in February at the El Tropicana hotel. Whether a clown or not, this is a special opportunity to see clowns from all over the world compete and entertain on the grandest stage. Finally a special announcement of our Clown fundraiser, we are raffling off a beautiful Trager Smoker worth over $2000. We’ll be selling tickets and drawing at the December Stated Meeting so please consider entering the raffle to win.

Merry Christmas from all of us in the Legion of Honor unit. This holiday season is tough for a lot of Veterans because we tend to reflect on those we lost. It also reminds us of the many times we were away from home either overseas or training during the holiday season. To my fellow Veterans, you are not alone because your brother and sister in arms are here for you, just reach out to us. Big shout out to all those who came out to the Christmas party this year as it was a blast! Seeing the kids light up and visit with Santa is truly a wonderful thing to see. Our military sacrifice is worth it when you see those kids being kids and have a good time in a safe environment. This could not be possible for the hard work that goes into putting these events so thank you all for making it out. The Legion of Honor unit is still working on getting better at parades and finding our voice if you will so make sure to keep an eye out for us. We love to see our Veterans out there with their families having a good time knowing someone is representing their service with honor. We are still looking for high-speed Veterans to join our wonderful unit so if you are a Veteran please come out and visit with us. If you would like to know how you can become a member, feel free to come to our stated meeting. We hold them on the 2nd Monday of the month and times

are varied to ensure we accommodate all Nobles but usually around 630pm we start. Come out and meet with us and learn how you can continue your service as an Alzafar Veteran.

325.11 Election Regulations (a) Electioneering. The printing, publication, circulating, or distribution of resolutions, letters, telegrams, tickets, email or other devices, by a Noble, suggesting, recommending, opposing or containing the names of proposed candidates for office in the temple is prohibited. (b) Violation. For any violation of (a) above, the Imperial Potentate may suspend any offending Noble, and he may declare the election of the officers void and order a new election. (c) Notice. At least one week prior to the annual meeting or any election the temple Recorder shall mail to each member a notice thereof containing this section.

Smiley’s Shenanigan’s As a little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, Santa asked the usual, "And what would you like for Christmas?" The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped, "Didn't you get my Email?" Mafia Christmas A Mafioso’s son sits at his desk writing a Christmas list to Jesus. He first writes, "Dear baby Jesus, I have been a good boy the whole year, so I want a new..." He looks at it, then crumples it up into a ball and throws it away. He gets out a new piece of paper and writes again, "Dear baby Jesus, I have been a good boy for most of the year, so I want a new..." He again looks at it and throws it away. He then gets an idea. He goes into his mother's room, takes a statue of the Virgin Mary, puts it in the closet and locks the door. He takes another piece of paper and writes, "Dear baby Jesus, if you ever want to see your mother again..." Nintendo Switch Kneeling in front of the fireplace, a boy exclaimed: "Dear Santa, I WANT A NINTENDO SWITCH!" After a slight silence: "Dear Santa, I WANT A NINTENDO SWITCH!" And again: "Dear Santa, I WANT A NINTENDO SWITCH!" At this moment, his father intervened: "It's not worth shouting like this: Santa Claus is not deaf!" And the kid replied: "Santa is perhaps not deaf ... but grandmother is!" Q: Why can you not take a turkey to church? A: Because it uses Fowl language Train Set Mason says to his mother: You can delete the train set from my Christmas wish list. Mother: Why is that? Mason: Yesterday, I found one in the closet. In a small Southern town there was a "Nativity Scene" that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered me. The three wise men were wearing firemen's helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left. At a "Quick Stop" on the edge of town, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets. She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, "You Yankees never do read the Bible!" I assured her that I did, but simply couldn't recall anything about firemen in the Bible. She jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage. Sticking it in my face she said, "See, it says right here, 'The three wise man came from afar.'"


CORN FLAKE SAUSAGE!! From the Kitchen of MARIE HOLLAWAY!! 1 LB. Pork Sausage 1 Sm can of pineapple drained 1 egg well beaten 2 Tbs. Salad oil ¾ to 1 cup of corn flake crumbs Shape sausage into 8 thin patties. Place a slice of pineapple on four patties-top with another patty. Seal edges and center. Dip patties in egg, roll each in corn flake crumbs. Slowly cook in hot oil until well done. That’s all I have!!! Until next month!! Keep the sun in your eyes!

Smiley T. McButterpants!!!

NEKODAH TEMPLE NO. 44 DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE Queen Amanda Brown A big thank you from Queen Amanda to all ladies that attended and performed at Texas Days! The Supreme Queen visit is Dec 9th at 2pm in the Alzafar Parlors; a banquet to follow (Social at 5:00pm and Dinner at 6:00pm) in the Alzafar Terrace room. Tickets are $25.00 each, you may contact Pr. Royal – Carol Pavliska at 210-232-4749. Please welcome our new Princesses: Viviana Espinoza, Sheridan Valdez, Jeannette Harrison, Dora Lafaire and Mayela Ramos. The annual Christmas Sewing Room Luncheon is Dec 3rd at 11:30 in Alzafar's Dining Room. Please let the Sewing Chair - PQ Cindy Bausell if you are attending. Congratulations to the 2020 elected Divan, we look forward to a successful year of working together for the children. 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: nekodahtempleno44@gmail.com. If you cannot attend the monthly sewing room, you can help by ‘FILL THE ALAMO’ container with Walmart Gift cards or cash for the sewing room which will also assist Mexico City. You can contact PQ Cindy Bausell. 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, PQ. Charlie Bedgood, PQ. Barbara Wells, Pr. Cindy Garza and Pr. Rita Young. May you and your loved ones have a wonderful and safe Christmas and Happy New Year!

PROVOST GUARD By: John Pendleton The Provost Guard thanks Noble Ken Propes for a very productive year! Elections were held at the November meeting and the new Marshal is Noble Michael Raymond. 1st Assistant Marshal is John Pendleton, 2nd Assistant Marshal is Joe Kassai and Rich Orr will stay on as Secretary/Treasurer. Installation will be at the Christmas Party, Dec 6th in the Terrace Room. Alzafar ceremonial is Nov 14 so come out to welcome new Nobles and recruit them for the Provost Guard. Feb 29, 2020, the Liberty Ball will be held. Get your reservation in now. PG members are making plans for Mid-Winter and Fall Invitational shoots. More info to come. IHOP collection is March 10, 2020. Eight ladies attended the meeting. They are a big help to us and we offer them a great big thanks. To all those sick or in distress we pray your condition improves. Next meeting is Wednesday Jan 8th. Bring a brother and have a great meal prepared by Noble David Hadley. Ladies are welcome. See you there! Your Provost Guard at work for you.

Alzafar Shrine would like to thank these benefactors for 2019:

ALZAFAR ROD & GUN CLUB By: Craig Noyes Hello all. This will be the last article for the Rod & Gun Club for 2019, I can’t believe Christmas is here. At the November meeting, the club elected the officers for 2020 and they are President/Secretary Craig Noyes, Treasurer- Mike Barnes, and Vice President, Chief Rabban Marty Bartlet. There had been talk of shutting the Rod & Gun Club down because of lack of attendance. President Barnes talked with the Club about the future and that we are still able to donate money and have people coming to the meetings so, it was voted and approved by members present that the Rod & Gun Club will remain open and will continue to have meetings and events. As President I will do my best and plan on having a fun filled year so please come and join us. I am thinking about doing a trip to Lucky Eagle Casino in March. I would like to remind everyone that the Christmas Party will be combined with the Directors Staff and Roustabouts again this year and will be on the 13th of December from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. There will be Turkey and Ham and the price is $25.00 per person so, please make your reservations. The members and spouse’s that have attended 7 meetings will have their meals paid for by the club. I would also, like to thank all members that came to the meeting for elections. That is all I have to offer for the good of the order this month so I will say, “Thank You, Merry Christmas to all, and may there be many fish on your stringer”.

RV CLUB By: Dave Browne The October rally was held at the Leisure RV Resort in Fentress. Leisure RV Resort is a new park for the club. It is located near Luling. It is right on the San Marcos River. The park has many amenities focused around river activities. There is a picnic area by the river under a large pecan grove. On this rally, the park was celebrating Halloween. They had a costume contest, a scary hay-ride and many more fun activities. We had a good turn out and got to visit with a few

members we had not seen in some time. Luling and San Marcos were both close by so we had access to the restaurants in those towns. There are also several Bar-B-Que restaurants in nearby Lockhart. The club spent a day in the down town area of Luling shopping and just walking around. There were several antique shops to browse through. We found a nice little shop that had great ice cream. If you are just riding around Luling, is an interesting place to spend a little time. Our November rally will be held at the Johnson Creek RV Resort, November 21st through November 24th located close to Ingram. Our December rally will be held at the Skyline Ranch RV Park in Bandera December 5th through December 8th. 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).

ALZAFAR SHOTGUN UNIT AKA SMOKIN CLAYS By: Terry Zittle Greetings to all. Well summer is over and fall is here and winter is looming. We had a family/fun shoot on 26 October at Bexar Community Range and had a great time. We won’t be shooting again until January 2020. Maybe Santa Clause will bring some of us new bang sticks. Our next official function will be our annual Christmas Party and Installation of Officers on 7 December 2019. We are looking at a great slate of new Officers and we are expecting great things from them next year. All of our events include family, friends and guests and are followed by a great meal. This is a fantastic unit so come on out and check us out. Don’t have a Shotgun? Don’t worry we probably have about 20-30 extras. 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 Grilled Hamburgers/Cheeseburgers with all the trimmings prepared by our honorary 3rd Vice President and Chef David Hadley. At that meeting we had 14 members and 6 ladies present. Of course libations are available. Feel free to come on out at check out this amazing unit. Until next month keep your powder dry and remember as long as there is lead in the air, there is hope!

Scottish Rite Scottish Rite Freemasonry is the one universal Freemasonry; in fact, in many lands it is the only Freemasonry. Prior to the beginning of World War II, before the Totalitarian aggressors suppressed the Craft in most of Europe, there were thirty-seven Supreme Councils in existence, including countries from Italy to Argentina and New Zealand, and from the United States to China and South Africa. The Scottish Rite is primarily a rite of instruction. It interprets the symbols and allegories of Freemasonry in the light of history and philosophy, using the words of the inspired prophets of humanity, the ceremonials of the great religious of the world, and significant episodes from history and biography to point the moral and adorn the tale. It is a university course in Masonic symbolism, tradition and ideas. In its Degrees the Masonic ritual is explained, the underlying meanings interpreted. Ancient liturgies and age-old philosophies are invoked to illustrate and enforce the profound teachings of the Craft. The Scottish Rite is more than a fraternity of good fellows engaged in the benevolent practices of friendship and relief. It is a militant order, a knighthood, devoted to the cause of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. The Scottish Rite seeks to cultivate in the hearts of men personal morality and the sentiment of tolerance and fraternity. What has been said and done by the historic emancipators for the liberation of the human mind is vividly portrayed in its Degrees and the Scottish Rite Mason is dedicated to the effort to make the spirit of Masonry prevalent in society.

San Antonio Texas San Antonio 308 Avenue E San Antonio, TX 78205-2007 secretary@sanantonioscottishrite.org 210-222-0133 210-222-0136 http://scottishrite.albertpikedemolay.org/

York Rite As a Master Mason, you were obligated and brought to Light. As a Mason in search of light, more and further light you are invited to continue your Masonic Education by joining and participating in the York Rite. The degrees and orders of the Rite will fill in the blanks and complete your search. When you joined the Masonic Lodge you were given a word. This was a substitute word devised to be used until future generations would find out the right. This substitute word allows you to visit Masonic Lodges and identify yourself as a Master Mason. Did you ever wonder what the real word was? In the York Rite of Freemasonry during the Chapter Degrees the word is found and communicated to you.

Chapters of Royal Arch Masons Were (and still are in England) attached to and part of the Master Mason degree. The Supreme Degree of the Holy Arch is the completion of the Master’s degree in which the WORD is found and communicated to the candidate. By joining a Chapter the Brother becomes a Companion and a member of one of the oldest organizations within the Masonic Fraternity.

The York Rite is continued with the Councils of Royal and Select Masters in which the Companion becomes aware of the method used to preserve the Master's Word. The Royal and Select Master's degrees are some of the most impressive in Freemasonry. The Orders of the Commandery complete the Rite in what some claim to be the most impressive facet of Freemasonry. No one who is knighted as a Knight Templar will ever forget this most impressive ceremony. Copyrights � Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Texas, Grand Council of Royal and Select Master of Texas, Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Texas, 2014, All Rights Reserved P. O. Box 296 � Waco, TX 76703-0296 � Phone: 254-753-6721 � Fax: 254-753-3432 � Contact York Rite Disclaimer of Liability � Internet Committee

The Alzafar Achbar would like to extend to all area Lodges a space dedicated to Lodge communication. The idea is to promote and showcase the history, local activities, accomplishments, events of our local Masonic Brethren. Send all communication to Alzafar Shrine via e-mail to Carol at our front office: carolalzafar@gmail.com Requested communication for publication needs to be received by the 10th of every month to make the following addition. We look forward to featuring your articles.



John Nash

Past Potentate Stuart Simms & Family

John Nash

Warren & Rene Hensley

Leroy Stedman

Floyd & Jennie Barker

Linda Holt

Warren & Rene Hensley

Roger Hopkins

S.A. High Twelve #656

Roger Hopkins

Past Potentate Don Garrido & Lady Lydia

Shawn Williams

Floyd & Jennie Barker

Shawn Williams

Alzafar Shotgun Unit

Shawn Williams

Alzafar Rod & Gun Club

Shawn Williams

Eddy & Doreen Bowers

Ted Masterson

Past Potentate JD Thomas & Lady Valerie

Ted Masterson

Walt & Patsy Hammons

Ted Masterson

Bill Mellon

T.A. Watson Bonnie R. Versoza Thomas Romo, Jr.

Alzafar Classifieds 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 @ 615-7466888. 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: #5 Arabia at Camp Alzafar. Please call Becky Hatcher Garteiser @ 210-279-6966 for details and also for showing. FOR SALE: #7 Maskat at Camp Alzafar. 2 bedroom, 2 bath cabin across from the ball park. Includes all furnishings and golf cart. Call Noble Mark Morley at 210-632-4194. FOR SALE: 400CC Scooter in excellent condition. Has windshield, box to carry items. Contact Noble Keith Jorgensen @ 210-521-1679 or 210-422-9820. FOR SALE: Harley Sportster XL1200. Low mileage. UT colors. Suffered a stroke and must give up my dream of riding. Contact Lady Colleen @ 210-2328375. FOR SALE: Big Tex SA30 5' X 8' trailer with 15" wheels. Has lights, turn signals, removable ramp and in good condition. Asking $875.00. Call Noble John Pendleton at 210-287-6223 to see trailer.


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


1st Monday


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

Alzafar Annex Alzafar Annex Alzafar Annex Parlors

7:00pm Parlors

7:30pm Alzafar Annex

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

DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS 5th 6th 7th 9th 12th 14th 15th

Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors LOS Christmas Party/Dining Room Boerne Wine Co. Membership Event Sattler Christmas Parade/Sattler Finance & Divan Meeting/Conference Room Alzafar Stated Meeting & Elections/Ballroom Sattler Christmas Parade/Sattler Children's Christmas Party/Ballroom

12:00 noon 7:00 pm 6:30 pm 11:00 am 5:00 pm 7:30 pm 9:30 am 2-4:00 pm

______________________________________________________ JANUARY CALENDAR OF EVENTS 1st 2nd 6th 9th 20th

NEW YEAR'S DAY-SHRINE CENTER CLOSED Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors 12:00 noon LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors 7:00 pm Finance & Divan Meeting/Conference Room 5:00 pm Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom 7:30 pm NILE Stated Session/Parlors 7:30 pm MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY-SHRINE CENTER CLOSED

______________________________________________________ FEBRUARY CALENDAR OF EVENTS 6th 10th 13th 15th 17th 22nd

Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors Finance & Divan Meeting/Conference Room Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom NILE Stated Session/Parlors Sadie Hawkins Dance/Terrace Room PRESIDENTS 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 9:00 am

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