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: email@example.com Official Website: www.alzafar.org 2018 ELECTIVE DIVAN Potentate …………………………………………………….Jason Triggs Chief Rabban ………………………………………………..Eric DeWalt Assistant Raddan ………………………………………Marty Bartlett High Priest & Prophet ………………………….Travis Elmendorf Oriental Guide …………………………………………Robert Norman Treasurer ………………………………………………………….Ron Trine Recorder ……………………………………………….Thomas Leverett 2018 APPOINTIVE DIVAN 1st Ceremonial Master ………………….Edward C. Rodriguez 2nd Ceremonial Master …………………………..James C. Hoyo Director ……………………………………………………Walter Koehler Marshall ……………………………………………………Thomas Martin Captain of the Guard ………………………………Ralph Flanigan Outer Guard ……………………………………………….David Hadley Chaplain ……………………………….P.P. Gregorio “G.I.” Flores 2018 IMPERIAL REPRESENTATIVES Potentate …………………………………………………….Jason Triggs Chief Rabban ………………………………………………..Eric DeWalt P.P. Reese L. Harrison, Jr. ………Emeritus Representative P.P. Robert “Bob” Jett …………….Emeritus Representative Daniel M. Hutchison III …………..Emeritus Representative P.P. Robert “Bobby” Hunt P.P. Stuart H. “Stu” Simms 2018 FINANCE COMMITTEE Potentate …………………………………………………….Jason Triggs Chief Rabban ………………………………………………..Eric DeWalt Assistant Rabban ………………………………………Marty Bartlett Kyle Jackson ……………………………………………………….4 Years Richard Reyes III …………………………………………………3 Years Charles Davenport ………………………………………………2 Years Gary Bausell ………………………………………………………….1 Year ALZAFAR SHRINE PHOTOGRAPHER ………….Art Loera STATED MEETING The next Stated Meeting of the Alzafar Shriners will be held on September 13 th 2018 at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, 901 N. Loop 1604 West San Antonio, Texas 78232. Dinner is at 6:00pm on a first come first served basis. The purpose of the Stated Meeting is to receive and ballot on petitions, to receive committee reports, to discuss and take possible action on agenda matters and any such other business, as might come before it YOUR 2018 DUES CARD WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ADMITTANCE TO STATED MEETINGS. BE SURE TO BRING THESE THREE THINGS:
Your fez on your head Your dues card in your pocket The spirit of fun and good fellowship in your heart
Jason Triggs Thomas D. Leverett
ILLUSTRIOUS SIR JASON R. TRIGGS POTENTATE OF ALZAFAR SHRINERS Congratulations Alzafar! During the 144th Imperial Session of Shriners International held last month in Daytona Beach FL., Alzafar Shrine was internationally recognized for our membership efforts and was awarded a Gold Award and inducted into the Shriners International Membership Hall of Fame for 2017 as a net gain in membership was accomplished for our shrine. This was no small feat as there were only a handful of shrines internationally that were able to achieve this very prestigious award. This award would not have been possible if not for the efforts of Past Potentate, Gary Radvansky, and our Membership Chairman, Noble Al Rapoza, and his membership team maintaining a constant push and raising awareness that without new members, our fraternity has no future. The recognitions for Alzafar didn’t stop there. During last year’s Imperial Session, Imperial Potentate, Gary Bergenske, issued a challenge to all shrines to meet or exceed their membership gains of the previous year. Alzafar was again recognized among those who were able to meet this goal. This does not mean we can let up on our membership efforts. Our Membership Committee needs your help now more than ever. We are in good position to gain another Gold Award but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. The shrines that are repeat Gold Award winners will tell you that each year is more difficult than the previous one. Our Membership Committee can’t do it alone. Membership is everyone’s responsibility. Talk about our fraternity and philanthropy to anyone who will listen and remember that without membership, Alzafar has no future. Together we can do this and bring home another Gold Award during next year’s Imperial Session in Nashville, TN.
CHIEF RABBAN Eric A. DeWalt
ASSISTANT RABBAN RAMBLINGS Marty Bartlett
THIS IS THE GREATEST SHOW
As I write this article on the 4th of July, I cannot help but think about our independence as a country. I often think about the men and women who are serving our country around the clock so that we can enjoy that freedom and am even more so reminded about it today. If not for the daily sacrifices that our soldiers make (and have made for centuries), we would not have the freedom of speech (even though I sometimes wish that some would have a little less freedom in that area). In many cases, our warfighters are out there fighting for those that cannot protect themselves. While the task may appear a bit too daunting for us to go overseas now to protect those who cannot fend for themselves, there is something a little closer to home that we can do. Maybe not on the scale of the soldiers that protect us from harm daily, we can do something now to protect “the least of these” that are nearer to our home. Our Shriners Hospitals for Children and the transportation fund to get them there could use your assistance. We have the event coming up where you can be the “fighter” for these kids.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the moment you've been waiting for. You've been waiting in the dark, now here is the light you have been searching for. Don't fight it, it’s coming for you, cant you see it getting closer? Just surrender, ‘cause the feeling is just taking over. It’s fire, it’s freedom, it’s flooding over. So tell me, do you wanta go???? Yes, it’s Circus Time!!!!! We have made it through the darkness (yes, we were dark last month) so let’s hit the ground running, full force for our beloved Fraternity. You are all invited to our 75th Annual Alzafar Shrine Circus. Our Circus Kick-off for this major fundraising event will be Friday, August 24th at 7:00pm in the Parlors at our Shrine. Come for the Circus information, stay for the fun…. I promise, a great time will be had by all. Remember, this fraternal fundraiser is for Our House, to keep Our Light on and to keep Our employees happy. Key points right now… Sell Advertisements (Banners & Digital Sign) Please purchase your Nobility Tickets Contact Circus General for Unit Volunteer List And lastly, remember to have Fun!!!
So let’s get covered in all the colored lights Let all the children take in all of the sights Impossible comes true, it’s taking over you We light it up, we won’t come down And the sun can’t stop us now Watching it come true, it’s taking over you Oh, THIS IS THE GREATEST SHOW
On October 6th, our largest annual hospital fundraiser, the Hospital Gala, will be held. The theme for this gala will be patterned after the Grand Old Opry in Nashville. We have lined up some exciting country music talent to sing for us that night, have a great meal planned, and the bar will be open. Here is your chance to dress up in your tux, your tux and jeans, your cowboy boots, your fancy dress or your best cowgirl outfit and come out to have a rompin, stompin great night. It will be an amazing night of entertainment with the Shrine Center looking like the actual Grand Ole Opry, and lots of silent and live auction items for you to pick up. Tickets are $750.00 for a regular table of 10, $1,000.00 for a VIP table of 10 (private waitress and best placement in the room), or $100 per person (if you don’t have any friends you want to sit with at a table). For Shriners and family, we have an early bird special, though! If you call in your table order by September 6th (one month before the event), your table price will be $650.00 for a regular table and $850.00 for a VIP table. Get your group together quick and call in to Maria or Carol in the office, since this special deal will be gone soon.
HIGH PRIEST & PROPHET Travis Elmendorf
ORIENTAL GUIDE Robert Norman II
As we moved into the 2018 Imperial Session Timeline, it became active with e-mails, snail mail and meetings. Everyone trying to get their meeting times and agendas down, their viewpoints across; puts it into perspective what a colossal machine our Fraternity/Philanthropy is. We all play a part in this enterprise, it begins here at the Temple level with the Nobles and their families.
We are now into August and the summer time is coming to a closure. Our Shrine and Nobility is in a great place right now. Our High Priest & Prophet, Travis Elmendorf, held the Full Form Ceremonial and it was really nice. Congrats to him for his hard work ensuring the new Nobles and our future were well received.
During this time, I spent several moments on the Shriners International website. There amongst all the information is a tab that I would recommend any and every Shriner to go and look at, “Who are the Shriners?”. It’s a very useful and insightful read, to re-engage and center the path we travel on or an effective tool to educate our newest of Nobles. Here’s a brief piece on Values: Shriners Believe in Brotherhood Shriners are a brotherhood of men committed to family, engaged in ongoing personal growth, and dedicated to providing care for children and families in need. Our backgrounds and interests are diverse, but we are bound together by our shared values and a desire to have fun, do good and build relationships that can last a lifetime. Are we doing a due and proper job in educating and involving our newest members? I ask that you commit to them and immerse them in our Fraternity as Individuals and as Units whole. The intermeshing of activity and tutelage brining the Shrine life to full blossom. Our future is in our hands, let us embrace it. Congratulations are to all our newly installed Masonic officers, may you have a glorious and productive year; for all those Junior Past Masters, thank you for your time and efforts in leading your respective Lodges. Till next time HP&P out
The Circus is just around the corner and it is gearing up to be outstanding! Our Chief Rabban, Eric DeWalt, has done a lot of leg work to try something different and it looks like it will be a success. Check his article for the circus kickoff party that will be later this month. Good Luck Eric. It will be great. Soon school will be back in session and our children will start the next chapter in their young lives. May God bless all of them as they start High School, Middle School or their Elementary school year. The Children's Halloween Party will be on October 21st. More information to come soon. We look forward to having another party for the children of Alzafar. We would like to thank everyone for their support, kind words and inspiration so far on this journey. It has been our pleasure working for each and every one of you.
TREASURERS OFFICE Ron Trine
RECORDERS CORNER T-Bone Tommy Leverett
By now you know that our Hospital Transportation Fund has improved considerably, thanks to the very generous donations from a lot of units and individuals. A special thanks to Jeff Hawley and Norman Parsons of the Pearsall Lions Club for a significant donation. This is the second time in a short few months they have been so generous. Hopefully, we will be able to hold on until the Fall Hospital Gala. For those units having fundraisers over the summer, please keep the HTF in your plans for donations. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Medical Equipment available Free to Nobles and the Lady’s: We have crutches, walkers, portable potties and electric scooters for our members to use as long as they need. There is no charge. We simply don’t want you to have to rent or buy these items if you need them. Call Tom Leverett at the office (210)496-1625. Also don’t forget about the Temple BBQ Trailer that our members, Units or Clubs can use at no charge. If you wanted to make a donation to the Transportation Fund we would let you do that.
Next on our agenda will be Circus, Circus, Circus. Hope you are selling a lot of ad’s and Buck-A-Lines. While we have seen a lot of changes year over year, I personally am looking forward to this year’s outcome. Just think, less work, more fun and we make some money. For me, this is a great combination. This should also set the stage for a banner year next year!!!! Nobles, please make sure that when you receive your Circus Tickets, please take time to call the office and make arrangement for payment. We need your financial support to make the Circus a bigger success. Stand by for reports from our Imperial Reps who attended the 2018 Imperial Session in Daytona. I am anxious to hear the results on modifications made to our Children’s Health Care System. Please continue to support your local Blue Lodges, each other, our Hospitals and your 2018 Divan as we proceed through the back half of this exciting and challenging year for Alzafar. I hope you have a very safe and fun filled Summer. A wise man once said, “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt”. Mark Twain
Peanut Update: While attending TSA in June, I purchased a refrigerator magnet for my Grandson Dezlin (aka Peanut), which reproduced the “Silent Messenger” like the Statue we have in the front of our property. At 3 years old he knows our hats are called a fez and we through a lot of parties for our kids. Our Easter Party just happened to be on his actual birthday and at age 3 he thought his Papa (aka T-Bone Tommy) threw him a great birthday party. Peanut also knows that if the Circus is in town it has something to do with the Shrine. He loves the Shrine Clowns and still talks about them from our last Circus. Many thanks go to our Chief Rabban for negotiating a “New” circus contract which has guaranteed us a nice profit. Camp Alzafar: Marty Bartlett, our Assistant Rabban, sent out letters to Camp members that have violations that need to be corrected. Hope fully by the time you read this Achbar, in August, you have made it a priority to correct these problem. Lisa and I were proud cabin owners for 17 years, but we sold the place when we found that our busy lives did not allow us to enjoy everything Camp has to offer. If you decide to sell your place make sure we have the paperwork signed and filed by Carol in the office. Don’t forget the annual fee (currently $500) is due by December 31st. Also remember to pay your Kendal County Taxes on a timely basis. Membership: We have the same great membership team we had last year. The best thing you can do to help us grow is attend your Blue Lodge. Consider taking an active role in the degrees or just try to make as many meetings as possible. Talk to the EA’s and Fellow Craft Masons and get them excited about the Shrine and work we do in the Shrine Hospitals. Call Al Rapoza as 210413-1735 or call me and we will walk them around the Shrine Center and tell them the story. Together we can make great things happen. Come out and join us at the next event or Shrine Parade and find out why I say “Alzafar Rocks”!
BREWS BROTHERS By: Russell Brown Cheers again from Alzafar Shrine’s newest unit. Have you ever brewed beer before? If not, do you like to drink beer? Would you enjoy hanging out with Noble Brothers and learn a new craft? Doesn’t matter if you are a master home brewer, or just like to have a beer every once in a while, we would love for you to join us in the ancient craft of brewing beer.
MEMBERSHIP By: Al Rapoza Eleven months ago, our Imperial Potentate laid out a challenge, assigning a goal to every temple based on their own membership performance during the preceding five years. Now, as we close in on the final days of this challenge, it is reported that 82% of that adopted goal has been accomplished, and fifty five temples have met or exceeded their assigned goals through a combination of creations and restorations. This level of accomplishment has been attained only with the dedicated work of many individuals throughout the Shrine from the local Membership Teams, Divan, Club and Unit leaders, to the Nobles working at broadening our fraternal exposure by referring their friends to the I AM R U new Noble referral program. Thank you and let's continue the momentum.
Be on the lookout for us to share our brews. Special occasions at camp, occasional stated meetings, parade after parties, places like that. As always, we appreciate your honest feedback. Our unit is about more than just brewing beer for competition, or the basic consumption of beer, but education about beer as well. Do you know the difference between a Pilsner and a Lager? Or a Pale Ale and an IPA? One of the things we have been doing is bringing two similar brews to each meeting so that we can understand more about different styles. Drop in at a meeting, share a pint, and enjoy some fellowship. Some ships are wooden ships But those ships might sink The best ships are friendships And to those ships, e drink! HONOR GUARD By: Al Aranda Right off from jump street, ask everybody to put two of our high speed Nobles in your prayers, as they are down for the count and we need for them to jump back into action. They are Illustrious Past Potentate G.I. Flores and our Vice President, John Mauro. We had quite a group of members from the club at our monthly gathering at the Little Red Barn. Hope we have more of our members at our next gathering. Need to thank the lineups at the stated meeting, the Boerne Parade, and the Seguin Parade; can’t forget the ladies, or I’ll never hear the end of it, so a big atta girl to all of them that were present. Let’s keep pushing our tickets for our Shrine Toberfest and also, the Circus Buck-a-line, as they will be smashing us before we know it. As you all can notice time is just flying by. Again need to congratulate all the teams that won at TSA. I need to make a correction on the driver to and from TSA. It was not John Mauro, as he was down, but a big atta boy and thanks to Noble Walt Kaster. Our next parade will be in Boerne on Sept. 18th. Need to shine our footwear and get our uniforms ready for the Circus, so we can look high speed as always. May the Good Lord look after all of us and keep us running in high speed.
DIRECTORS STAFF By: Miguel Inclan
THE BAND By: Richard Wallace
Your Alzafar Directors Staff is preparing for the FullForm Ceremonial to be held on the 11th of this month. We are expecting a large number of new Nobles as well as Nobles who have not gone through this ceremonial before. We look forward to welcoming the new Nobles into the fraternity.
While Alzafar Shrine Center is dark for the month of July, three Alzafar Shrine Band Members are in deepest darkest Africa. Noble Eric Fenton, Noble Robert Packer, and Noble Richard Wallace are on the 6th Band and Bible Mission to Uganda. The mission lasts from July 6th through July 23rd for Richard and Robert, while Eric will spend another week on an additional mission in Kenya.
We had an absolute great time in Seguin at the 4th of July Parade and our next parade will be the Kendall County Fair in Boerne on September 1st with a lineup at 8:00am and parade step-off at 10:00am. We will also be working on organizing another trip to Houston and Galveston so that the Nobility can visit both Shriners Hospitals for Children and see firsthand the work that our great medical staff does for the patients. Be on the lookout for more information on that in upcoming Achbar editions.
There are three bands that they work with. The Mengo 1st Company Boys and Girls Brigade Brass Band in Kampala, the Nebbi Diocese Brass Band in Goli, and the Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese Brass Band in Hoima are the three bands. Eric will focus on bible studies and chair the scholarship committee. Richard’s focus will include brass performance instruction and proper instrument care. Percussion is Robert’s area of expertise. The mission this year is carrying seven trumpets, one cornet, four trombones, one baritone, and one snare drum to distribute. In addition to the instruments, they have eighteen drumheads, fiftyeight drumsticks, and instrument cleaning equipment. This year’s music will focus on antiphonal brass ensembles performing hymns. The main focus right now is maintenance of instruments. On another note, and for the second time, the Alzafar Shrine Band will be performing for the First Friday Club in Seguin on Friday, September 7th. This is a charitable fund raising event that will benefit the Childrens’ Hospital Transportation Fund. Rehearsals will resume on Thursday, August 2nd at 6:00 pm in Room 7. We are always looking for more performers, especially woodwinds, low brass, and percussion. We meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS By: Richard Wallace
GOLF UNIT GIMMIES By: Walt Atencio
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 7:30 pm and end at 9:00 pm. If you have any questions, please call Richard Wallace at 210219-6861 or email at email@example.com.
After a couple months of abstinence from the pages of the Achbar, perhaps a review of activities of the unit are in order.
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HILL COUNTRY SHRINE CLUB By: Jim Bobbitt We were saddened to learn of the passing of long time member and friend James (Jim) Robert Lansford on July 3rd in Kerrville. Jim will be greatly missed. The Club participated in the June Boerne parade and will be participating in the Fredericksburg parade in August. We invite any Nobles in the area to join us for our monthly meeting resuming on Septermber 10th and subsequently on the first Monday of each month at 11:30 am. We meet at the Inn of the Hills, 1001 Junction Highway, Kerrville, Texas 78028. Any further information, please contact Jim Bobbitt 830-895-3615
The top annual Texas State Golf Association meeting/tournament was held in Galveston April 25th-27th. Alzafar was represented by Nobles Studdard, Farmer, Atencio, Grona, Hammons, Seals, Callison, Rhein, Todd, Hamilton, Perrilloux, Brooks, Wilmore, Beal & Manning. They tied for 1st Place, but had to settle for 2nd Place by 1 stroke via the tie breaker, handicap hole. April also saw the parade ready golf float (cart) at the Poteet Strawberry Festival, but it was not all work, the Fiesta Party held on April 29th closed out the month. President Noble Hamilton, Nobles Studdard, Beal and Waggoner represented the unit at TSA and came back with a 4th place trophy to add to the display at the golf room. But the big May local event was the resurrection of the Alzafar Golf Charity Tournament. Assistant Rabban Marty Bartlett took the project (bull by the horns), and as stated in the Achbar, was a great success. Some of the unsung participants were golf unit member golfers who were part of the 30 teams mentioned who paid the price and weathered the weather to help make it a success. The fun and work continued with the first Golf Unit Summer (fiesta) Ice Cream Social on June 23rd. Nobles, from the interest and attendance this social might just become an annual event (I make a motion). July brought in the 4th celebration and parade and the unit's Ladies Night Out at the Bourbon Street Seafood/Grill at 1604 at Redland. This social is intended to show our ladies how much we appreciate the help and input with all our activities. Nobles and friends who want to attend and did not sign up, give Noble Studdard a call at 210-684-5914 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HOSPITAL CORPS By: Roger Hopkins
HILLBILLY CLAN #152 By: Rich Orr R next meetin will be 12 Awgust. R Joon meetin was canx because of other conflicts. We’ve had a cuple of suggestions on how ta raise money ta fix “ole Betsy”. One is to raffle off a $200 gift card, but we still would like a few more ideas. So put yer thinking caps on an hep us out. “Betsy” didn’t make tha Seguin 4th of July parade, she still needs ta git some mekanik work done. We hope ever one else is n good health, or gittin back ta good health. We’uns hope ta see y’all at r next meetin 12 Awgust 2018.
The Hospital Corps members (12 – 2 guests) got together on June 19th. We had a very busy evening. Noble Ed Tuma provided an invocation, we rendered honors to the Flag and Noble Gordon McKinnie presided over the business meeting. We recognized the sick and distressed, reviewed the parade schedule and received an update on the travel/hours statistics from Noble Walt Atencio. The Nobles have done an incredible job of repairing the Float. The Fez, tarp cover and frame were damaged following a recent parade and required extensive repairs. The Commander reminded everyone that any damage to vans must be reported to Noble Gulick, so repairs could be made quickly. He also appointed the nominating committee, established that we will be dark in July and that we will have a photo taken at August Meeting (in white shirt, dark trousers and Fez). The photo will be used for a ½ page ad in the upcoming Circus Program. The meeting was closed by a benediction from Noble Tuma. We look to those of you in our Shrine that are as committed as we are to come out and support our mission.
LEGION OF HONOR By: Al Rapoza
NEKODAH TEMPLE NO. 44 DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Alzafar Shrine Legion of Honor, we offer four types of memberships:
Twenty-six ladies accompanied Queen Carol to Supreme in Cincinnati, OH and a wonderful time was had by all. The traveling unit, our Patrol, escorted Queen Carol in the opening ceremonies and later honored her with an entertaining performance.
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Regular Active Members Life Members. Associate Members Honorary Members
Regular Active Members: Regular Active members of the Alzafar Shrine Legion of Honor shall consist of Nobles of Alzafar Shrine, in good standing, who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States or its Allies and who were honorably discharged therefrom or who are currently on active duty, active Reserve status, or active National Guard status. Life Members: Life membership in the Alzafar Shrine Legion of Honor may be awarded for distinguished service, without financial contribution, to any Regular Active member upon resolution and unanimous vote of those Regular Active members present and voting at a stated or called meeting of the Alzafar Shrine Legion of Honor. Associate Members: All members of Alzafar Shrine, in good standing, who do not otherwise meet the criteria for Regular Active membership but desire to associate with and support the Alzafar Shrine Legion of Honor, may obtain Associate membership in the Alzafar Shrine Legion of Honor upon petition and election by two-thirds (2/3) majority of voting members present at the stated or called meeting in which such election shall occur. The petition shall be similar to that for Regular Active membership except proof of active service in the Armed Forces of the United States or its Allies shall not be required. Honorary Members: A Noble who may not be eligible for regular membership but the Association/Unit would like to honor or pay tribute to i.e. Potentate, Past Potentate, Colonel/Director of Units, club president or Noble, who has achieved a high honor within said Temple, etc. These Nobles may be presented certificates, time-limited dues cards, etc. However, Honorary Members may not wear the Legion of Honor medallion, pay dues or hold any Legion office. For further information please contact 2nd LTC Tony Calderon: Antonio.email@example.com
Five members received Supreme Appointments: Peggy Songer, PQ - Membership committee and Public relations; Margie Flores, PQ - Supreme Goodwill Ambassador, Central Area; Charlie Bedgood, PQ - Supreme Temple American Flag Escort, Bea Carrington, PQ - Supreme Temple Canadian Flag Escort, Lorraine Todd, PQ - Supreme Temple Banner Escort We now have a new password, donâ€™t forget to get it from Queen Carol next time you see her. You will need it for the September session. We will have another ceremonial on August 9th. Watch for emails for the details. This year's Nile Picnic is going to be a "Bee" ... an Amazing event on August 17th at 6:30 in the Terrace Room. This is a free evening for all Nile members to reward you for all of your participation and support this year. Free for members (but you MUST have a ticket) - $10.00 for all guests. Tickets are available through Pr. Shirley Basham. She will have tickets available at all Nile functions, or you can call her at 210-260-8027.
PROVOST GUARD By: Michael Raymond Provost Guard unit had no July meeting as a result of our meeting date falling on the 4th of July. Our next shooting event will be the Fall Invitational set for September 28th & 29th and hosted by Suez Provost Guard in Abilene. Reminder that we meet the first Wednesday of the month. Social time starts at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm and Meeting at 7:00 pm. Hope to see you there.
ROADSTER RUMBLINGS By: el Bucko The long hot summer....have you checked the coolant in your roadster radiator lately? Be sure the ph is balanced. Haha. Couldn't catch you with that one. Not as bad as the left handed monkey wrench, perhaps, but what the hey. You should check the grease in the transmission. The book calls for 90 weight oil, but as old as these cars are the 90 weight oil turns to liquid on a hot parade and leaks out. Better to fill it with white lithium grease. It too will leak out over time, but it lasts longer and allows easier shifting in cold weather like Canyon Lake in December. You can also use the white lithium grease on your drive chain. Apply directly to the chain, but be careful not to get any on your drive belt. Speaking of the belt, most guys have trouble adjusting the drive belt correctly. As you know, you need to loosen the four motor mounting bolts to adjust the belt. Here is where a good assistant can be helpful using a crow bar or similar, to hold the belt tight while you torque down the engine bolts. It is a two man job unless you can find a belt tensioner. Had one 'til I loaned it out. To check the correct tension, if you can push the belt with your finger more than 1/2 inch. It is too loose. Next month we will talk batteries.
The club will need someone else to step up and takeover, if anyone is interested please contact President Gonzalez. The annual Dove Hunt is coming and we will hunt this year on the 2nd Year Director Frank Rivas Ranch in Hondo. I am sure it will be great hunting and after we finish, we will have dinner at Herman Sons Steakhouse. All members from other clubs and units are invited to attend so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space. The date is still pending and will be sent by email soon. I have no other news now other then keep your eye on your mailbox for your survey, fill it out and please send it back in the enclosed selfaddressed stamped envelope. Thank You.
Uncle Bud says we grow like what we think, so let us think of the good, the true and the beautiful. ALZAFAR ROD & GUN CLUB By: Craig Noyes Hello everyone. We still have very few members attending the meetings at this time and I need to encourage all members to attend as the strength of our club is in the members attending. I will be sending a survey out to all members asking what they expect the Rod & Gun Club should be and what are their suggestions to improve the Club. Next year, Vice President Mike Barnes, is thinking that we may go to some restaurantâ€™s for our meetings, like we did in the past, and hopefully the interest will increase and more people will decide to come. The Clubs finances are strong now and we will be fine till the end of the year. Steve McMahan has suggested an idea of combining the Rod & Gun Club with the Directors Staff/Roustabouts for the Christmas party and save a little time and effort on having a party ourselves. One other idea that he had would be to have the meeting every other month like the Hillbillyâ€™s, except be the month opposite of their meeting to not be on same day as them. These are all good ideas and will be talked about more in the future. There is one other thing that I need to mention, Past Queen Pat Lee is moving to Virginia and will not be able make arrangements for the gambling trips that we make during the year.
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ALZAFAR SENIORS By: Roger Hopkins
The second June rally was held at the Peach Country RV Park in Stonewall.
The Alzafar Seniors met in the Parlors on July 5th with 28 members and guests in attendance. The meeting was opened by our President, Noble Earl “Tex” Phillips, followed by some humor and an invocation from our Chaplain, Noble Donald Garrido, PP. We then rendered honors to the American and Texas flags. recognized our Past Potentate, sitting and Past Masters, Sitting Master and members of our numerous affiliated groups. We then enjoyed a great lunch of homemade Turkey Pot Pie prepared by out President and his wife, “Tex” and Sandra Phillips. After lunch we had a brief business meeting and celebrated birthdays and anniversaries. We received a very positive Treasurer’s report that we are still solvent. Noble Al Rapoza then presented a very thorough update regarding the activities and successes of the Shrine Membership Committee. Before closing, our President thanked the wives for provided some very delicious desserts and asked for volunteers for August. A final benediction was given by our Chaplain and everyone departed into a beautiful, sunny, day.
The Stonewall rally is always timed to sync up with the peach harvest in the hill country. This is a good peach year, and all the stands had plenty of tree ripened peaches on hand. The RV park has a rally house with a large shaded porch and plenty of rocking chairs where you can just sit and rock with a cool drink and visit with your fellow Nobles. Several of our members took the time to explore Fredericksburg and all the shopping. On a hot day, an ice cream hits the spot as you watch the tourist go up and down the main street. We had a few members check out the bat tunnel for a spectacular evening bat flight. There is also a very good restaurant next to the bat tunnel that serves some of the best hamburgers around. A drive through the hill country is always a fun activity. If you like wine, you can visit any or all of the at least 19 wineries that are between Stonewall and Fredericksburg on Texas 290. The July rally is going to be held at the Johnson Creek RV Resort in Ingram, July 26th through 29th. The August rally will be held at Miller’s Creek RV Resort near Johnson City, August 23rd through 26th. If you have a RV and want to have a lot of fun in a relaxed atmosphere with Brother Nobles and their Ladies, come out and rally with us. I know you will have a great time. Call Wagon Master Jim Miller (210-415-4358) or Assistant Wagon Master Dave Brewton (210-643-0314) for information about the next rally. You can always call me at (210-6797356).
We look forward to seeing many of you at our next meeting scheduled to take place in the Parlors on August 2nd. Until then, we hope that each of you stay in good health and continue to enjoy the many functions planned by the Shrine.
Tentative Parade Schedule… Year, 2018 Note: Subject to change! DATE
Sat. Feb. 17th…… Washington’s Birthday..................... Laredo……………7:00AM……..… 9:00AM Sat. Apr. 14th…… Strawberry Festival………………………... Poteet.…………. 8:00AM……….10:00AM Sat. Apr. 28th…… Fiesta Flambeau………………………… San Antonio.………5:00PM……...… 7:00PM Sat. May 5th ……. Cornyval…………………………………….…... Helotes…..…...7:30AM………….9:30AM Sat. May 26th…… Memorial Day…………………………..….. Bandera…..……..9:00AM……….11:00AM Sat. June 16th…… Berges Fest………………………………………Boerne….………7:30AM……….10:00AM Wed. July 4th…… July 4th…………………………………………….. Seguin..…………8:00AM……….10:00AM Fri. Aug 24th……. Gillespie Co. Fair…………………………. Fredericksburg.…8:00AM……….10:00AM (Optional) Sat. Sept. 1st……. Kendall County Fair…………………….…. Boerne…..………8:00AM……….10:00AM Sat. Sept. 29th……Homecoming Parade…………………..….Sabinal….……….8:00AM……….10:00AM Sat. Nov. 10th……Veteran’s Day……………………….……...San Antonio……..10:00AM……...12:00PM (Alzafar Ladies and Family) Fri. Nov. 23rd……River Parade……………………………..……. San Antonio……. 4:00PM………..6:00PM Sat. Dec. 8th……..Christmas Parade……………………….….. Sattler…………...9:30AM……….11:00AM (Alzafar Ladies and Family)
IN MEMORY OF Carol Summerlin George Celis George Celis George Celis George Celis George Celis Jacqueline Duke James C. Hoyo IV Joseph "Joe" Hope Joseph "Joe" Hope Joseph "Joe" Hope Marie Roberts Mary Molnar Mary Molnar Mary Molnar Peggy Dowlearn Reymundo Menchaca
DONOR Dottie Griffin & Family Stephen McMahan P.P. Paul McCombs & Lady Norma Bruce & Pat Thomson Bill Barker Jack & Chris Elliff Steve & Lindy Evans James & Shelly Hoyo Alzafar Golf Unit Barbara Strayer P.P. JD Thomas & Lady Norma Ray & Doris Isley Alzafar Golf Unit Barbara Strayer P.P. JD Thomas & Lady Norma P.P. JD Thomas & Lady Norma Bruce & Pat Thomson
Joseph “Joe” Hope James R. Stultz, Jr. James R. Lansford Eddie L. McBee Robert S. Howey Bobby E. Brennan FOR SALE: 2015 Honda Shadow Areo. 750 cc; 3,000 miles. New in 2017. Many extras. Asking $6,500.00. Call Noble Tom Kopcho @ 210-414-9495. FOR SALE: Purchased new, 2004 Jayco Flight Travel Trailer. 27 ft. long, sleeps 7. Must sell due to illness. Asking $5,000.00 OBO. Trailer in storage at Camp Bullis. One owner. Less than 200 road miles. Call Jesse Araiza @ 512-769-0014. 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 cemetery plots in Historic Hollywood Cemetery, Houston Texas. Perpetual care included. Price is $5,000.00 each. Contact Betty Chalfont @ 830-237-3229. FOR SALE: Corn roaster, like new condition. Nat Washer Lodge paid $13,000.00, will take reasonable offer. Please call Noble Andrew J. Perez @ 210-2597953.
UNIT/CLUB MEETING SCHEDULE ANTIQUE CARRIAGE BAND BREWS BROTHERS BURNING SUN CABIRI CAMP ALZAFAR
3RD Tuesday Each Thursday 4th Wednesday 2nd Wednesday 2nd Thursday Memorial Day
July 4 & Labor Day
7:00pm Room 9 6:30pm Room 7 7:30pm Room 5 7:00pm Room 5 12:00pm as desig. 12:00pm Camp Pavilion 7:00pm Room 4 6:00pm as desig. 7:00pm Directors Rm. 7:30pm Directors Rm. 7:30pm Room 8 7:30pm Room 7 6:30pm Room 9
CHAPARRAL DE-MOLAY DESERT KNIGHTS DIRECTORS STAFF DRUM CORP GOLF UNIT HIGHLANDERS BAND HILLBILLY CLAN
1st Monday 2nd Thursday 3rd Wednesday 2nd Tuesday Each Thursday 2nd Tuesday Each Thursday
HONOR GUARD HOSPITAL CORP HOT SANDS BBQ KERR CLOWNS LEGION OF HONOR MINI-WHEELS MOTOR PATROL NEMNUF ORIENTAL BAND PATROL PROVOST GUARD RED ROADSTERS ROD & GUN CLUB ROUSTABOUTS RV CLUB SENIORS SHOTGUN UNIT SONS OF HIRAM SASIRNOS CLOWNS
1st Monday 3rd Tuesday
7:30pm Room 12 7:00pm Room 6 Wed. Before Stated 7:00pm Pavilion 4th Monday 7:00pm Room 11 2nd Monday As Designated 2nd Tuesday 7:30pm Room 10 3rd Monday 7:00pm Room 5 2nd Monday 7:30pm Room 11 Each Wednesday 7:00pm Room 8 4th Monday 7:00pm Room 6 1st Wednesday 7:00pm Provost Gd. 1st Tuesday 7:00pm Room 10 1st Sunday 12:00pm Dining Room 1st Wednesday 6:00pm RoustaboutRm 4th Weekend As Designated 1st Thursday 12:00pm Parlors 2nd Monday 7:00pm Directors Rm. 1st Monday 7:00pm Parlors 1st Wednesday 7:00pm as desig.
BOERNE SC CANYON LAKE FT. CLARK SPRINGS GUADALUPE VALLEY HILL COUNTRY LAREDO SC
3rd Wednesday 2nd Monday 4th Saturday 3rd Monday 1st Monday 1st Wednesday
Sun. Feb.,Apr. 5:00pm Roustabout Rm.
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.
AFFILIATED ORGANIZATION MEETINGS
CIBOLO MASONIC LDG KELLY MASONIC LDG VICTORY MASONIC LDG DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE
4th Monday 1st Tuesday 2nd Tuesday 2nd Thursday
LADIES ORIENTAL SHRINE 1st Thursday
TX CHPT. #35 OES
7:30pm as desig.
7:00pm 7:30pm 7:00pm 7:30pm
Alzafar Annex Alzafar Annex Alzafar Annex Parlors
PAST POTENTATES OF ALZAFAR SHRINE 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966
Frank R. Newton, SR.* Ted Millburn* J. A. Patterson* Henry Rabe* Robert Burne* Sylvan Lang* Robert S. Michael* Nathan K. Tracy* H. W. Weber* Herman Horner* Charles D. Hall* S. X. Callahan* John Lomax* Henry A. Hirschberg* A. J. McKenzie* Louis P. Hartung* Anton N. Moursund* G. G. Grebenheimer* Porter Loring* P. D. Mathis* Geo. F. Dullnig* Willard E. Simpson* C. Baumberger, Jr.* William Eifler* William H. Wallace* Daniel O’Connell* O. J. Solcher* Rennie Wright* Albert A. Green* W. D. Turbeville* Ted E. Poppe* Alfred W. Harlos* Sam A. Chapman* Richard Adams* Roy Akers* Glen K. Schuepbach* W. C. “Pat” Welch* Elliot J. Bilhartz* Ray H. Trimmier* T. M. McCormick* H. S. Norman* W. B. Jack Ball* Floyd J. Griffin* Henry W. Eitt* Harvey McDonald* L. L. Woodman* George W. Henry* Barney Norris* Jack B. Lee* Robert B. O’Connor E. Jeff Ashcraft, Jr.*
1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2016 2017
D. Neal Talley* Wm. H. Ferguson* Keith Gerstner* Jack W. Cones, Jr.* Bruce Waitz* Floyd F. Graham* Drue H. Floyd* Jack O. Dietz* H. C. Kopplow* W.H. “Bill” Elmore* Thurman Barrett, Jr.*
Floyd O. Schneider* Reese L. Harrison, Jr.
Burdit W. McCoy* James V. Gullette* Joseph M. Clark* George D. Van, Jr.* Joe Roy Halloway E. C. “Bud” Jordan* Sidney D. Autry* Terry McGuire* James Dockery, Jr.* George J. Labinski* James W. Todd Ray Fuller* Robert “Bob” Jett Emmett C. George* E. C. “Ed” Vest* Tom Boothe* Jerry Krupp* Harry D. Rose* Robert D. “Bob” Green
Robert “Bobby” Hunt Bob Stephens* Loren Hayes J. Phillip Knight-Sheen
Wayne R. Duncan Steve R. Molnar Stuart H. “Stu” Simms
Frank B. Hunter* Joseph Calvey Paul F. McCombs James “Jim” Strayer* Richard “Rick” Reyes Gregorio “G.I.” Flores
Robert “Bob” Jones Tom Young Jay Dee Thomas John Dunn Gary R. Radvansky
MEMBERS OF ALZAFAR AND WHO ARE PAST POTENTATES OF OTHER SHRINE CENTERS 1964 Roy Reynolds (El Bekal)* 1970-71 Eldon Wesner (Anezeh)* 1979 Ray Robison (Suez) 1981 Donald Garrido (Abou Saad) 1983 David Martin (Suez) 1998 Terry Zittle (Abou Saad) * Asterisk Denotes the Passing of Our Illustrious Sir
AUGUST CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2nd 3rd-4th 4th 6th 9th 11th 24th
Forget-Me-Nots/Room 4 Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors TSMPA Obstacle Competition @ Alzafar Extreme Midget Wrestling Fundraiser Finance & Divan Meeting/Conference Room Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom Full Form Ceremonial Gillespie Co. Fair Parade/Fredericksburg (optional parade)
10:00 am 12:00 noon 8:00 pm 5:00 pm 7:30 pm 8:00 am 10:00 am
_____________________________________________________________ SEPTEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS 1st 3rd 6th 10th 13th 14th-16th 15th 25th
Kendall County Fair Parade/Boerne Camp Alzafar Labor Day Celebration/Boerne LABOR DAY-SHRINE CENTER CLOSED Forget-Me-Nots/Room 4 Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors Finance & Divan Meeting/Conference Room Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom NILE Stated Session/Parlors Alzafar Shrine Circus/Freeman Coliseum Medina County Fair Parade/Hondo Officer’s Call (OC) Meeting
10:00 am 10:00 am 12:00 noon 7:00 pm 5:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 10:00 am 7:00 pm
__________________________________________________________________ OCTOBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS 4th 6th 8th 11th 13th 28th
Forget-Me-Nots/Room 4 Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors Alzafar Hospital Gala/Ballroom COLUMBUS DAY-SHRINE CENTER CLOSED Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom NILE Stated Session/Parlors Masonic Picnic/Camp Alzafar Children’s Halloween Party
10:00 am 12:00 noon 7:00 pm TBD 7:30 pm 7:30 pm All Day TBD