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: firstname.lastname@example.org Official Website: www.alzafar.org 2018 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 2018 APPOINTIVE DIVAN 1st Ceremonial Master ………………………………..Bobby Miller 2nd Ceremonial Master ………………………………….Josh Miller Director ……………………………………………………Donald English Marshall …………………………………………………………Ken Propes Captain of the Guard ……………………………………Steve Starr Outer Guard ……………………………………………….Paul Dawson Chaplain ……………………………………………..Robert M. DeWalt 2018 IMPERIAL REPRESENTATIVES Potentate ………………………………………………………Eric DeWalt Chief Rabban ……………………………………………Martin Bratlett 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 ………………………………………………….Eric A. DeWalt Chief Rabban ……………………………………………Martin Bartlett Assistant Rabban …………………………………Travis Elmendorf Kyle Jackson ……………………………………………………….4 Years TBD………………….. …………………………………………………3 Years Garrett Ethridge …….……………………………………………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 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
Eric A. DeWalt Thomas D. Leverett
ILLUSTRIOUS SIR Eric DeWalt POTENTATE OF ALZAFAR SHRINERS One man can make a difference, One man cannot do it alone. The cover of the first article of the 2019 year has an emblem on it that means a lot to me. The Silent Messenger coupled with the Shriner walking into a Star. The Silent Messenger was from a photograph taken in 1970 at a picnic in Evansville, Indiana for medically challenged children. The photo captured a Shriner, Al Horton, who stooped down and picked up, 5-year-old Bobbi Jo Wright, along with her crutches, and carried her all across the park that day. The Silent messenger stands as a lasting representation of the commitment that our Shriners have to our Philanthropy. I was inspired to add the Star that the Shriner is walking up to by Neil Edward Peart, a Canadian author and musician. The Star was depicted on an album cover Titles 2112 with a man walking towards it. It’s meaning was an abstract or faceless man against the masses. I was inspired to put these two symbols together as one to show our direction for 2019. We are a family, we are good brothers walking together for a greater purpose. We are good men trying to become better men. One man can make a difference, but one man cannot do it alone is our moto for 2019. You are that one man. Think how you can make a difference in a child’s life, in the life of a brother or the life of another. But remember that working together as a TEAM means we can accomplish so much more. I salute all the Unit/Club heads that have stepped up this year to dedicate their time, talent and tithing for this Fraternity full of great men. Together we will accomplish much. I am humbled to be elected in the position of Potentate for the year 2019 and my goal is to serve our Philanthropy, our Fraternity and you to the best of my ability. LUM
CHIEF RABBAN Marty Bartlett This year has finally come to a close and I am very excited about the new year and our new Potentate. From talking with Eric, I know that he has lots of great things planned for us. Our goal for all hospital fundraising for the year was $400,000 and as of early December we are at $375,000, so we might actually make that big goal! Great job everyone and we have already raised more funds for our hospitals this year than any year before. Next year I will likely be raising money for our philanthropy. It will be another fun year with a Circus planned and hopefully some other internal fundraisers to raise funds for our house. When we have information on when and how the Circus is shaping up for next year, I will let everyone know. I hope your Christmas with family has been great and you are pumped up to get the year started.
ASSISTANT RABBAN Travis Elmendorf Nobles, hope this finds you all well coming through the gauntlet of the holiday season. Welcome to 2019, a new year with new ambitions, goals, and desires. May the Grand Architect guide us and temper us for the tasks ahead. In 2018 we accomplished may labors, singularly and collectively; we should commend ourselves on many a job well done. Our great fraternity and it’s mission, functions best when every effort is working towards the same end. Last year as the High Priest and Prophet was a lively and enjoyable one. Not a single undertaking can be attained minus the assistance from you, the Nobility of Alzafar. Thank you for your continued support and confidence. Looking forward to working with all the units and their newly elected officers, thank you Nobles for stepping up to represent your respective units and clubs. The leadership role is a truly fulfilling one, a wee bit taxing at times but a grand endeavor to be sure. I applaud you in taking on these roles and wish you fair winds and God’s speed. If there is anything that I can do from within the role of Assistant Rabban or outside of it, please feel free to reach out. Our first great deed on the ledger for the Assistant Rabban would be IHOP’s National Pancake Day, more information to come. I am also in charge of the Achbar this year and would love to see it packed each month with every unit/club’s scribblings. I have some ideas and thoughts regarding the Achbar and will be approaching the individual Noble and or unit that it pertains to. If any of you Nobles would like to see something added, all will be considered. Please feel free to reach out to me. Until we see each other again, AR out.
High Priest & Prophet
As I write this article, I can’t help but think about this past year and that this is the last time I will write to the Nobility as your Oriental Guide. To say this year went by extremely fast would be an understatement. I have thoroughly enjoyed being your Oriental Guide and it’s been a great pleasure. I tried every day to put my best foot forward in all that I did. I can only hope I have made you all proud. I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds as you have now elected me as your High Priest and Prophet for 2019. I can promise you that I will continue to go the extra mile while representing and serving you to the best of my ability.
Nobles, let me start off by saying how grateful I am that you placed your trust in my abilities. I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of the Shrine for most of my life. There have been many times throughout my life that I’ve pondered upon this very adventure that you’ve allowed me to start. I hope to step into this role with the same energy, enthusiasm, and dedication as I have with any endeavor throughout my life. I’m looking forward to working with all of you towards a prosperous year filled with many great memories. As we move throughout the year, there will be many events to plan for. This year will be no different and Amanda and I are thankful for those of you who have already answered the call to action. For those of you who would like to join in the fun, please feel free to call or email me and let me know your interest. If you have an idea, I’d love to hear it. If you have a specialty, we’d love to know it. Whether you have experience with fundraising, design, marketing, finance, business, construction, or anything, please reach out and let us know. The Shrine has many moving parts and we’d love to know your interests so that we can make sure we’re utilizing your expertise to better our fraternity and philanthropy. Lastly, each Divan member has responsibilities that they must attend to throughout the year. As your Oriental Guide, I am charged with the successful completion of the Easter, Halloween, and Christmas parties. All of which I’m already working on. The dates have been reserved and please consider this article as my first official request of the nobility for your support. If at all possible, join us in making this next year, one to remember. I’m thankful for all of you and I’m looking forward to working side by side with each of you over the coming years. Respectfully, Rick “Tater” Reyes
Robert Noman II
To my fellow Divan members: what a year!!! Between all the meetings, parades, events, phone calls, text messages and rite of passage, it has been a pleasure working with each and every one of you. Each one of you have taught me something different and have given me more ideas and assistance throughout the year than I could have asked for. I really do appreciate each one of you and thank you for always being there if I had any questions or issues. To the Nobility: Lady Tiffany and I want to say THANK YOU!!! We Thank You for allowing and trusting in us to serve on your Divan and look forward to 2019 as your High Priest and Prophet and Lady. We are humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead and serve Alzafar Shrine. When I became your Oriental Guide I said, “To the Nobility: I promise I will do my best to not let you down as I will not let myself down. I understand you have entrusted in me a huge responsibility and I don’t take it lightly.” It is my truest hope that I have succeeded in the task. I will continue in my stride to be the best that I can be for the nobility and the children that we serve. Thank you all so very much!!! Not to slow down…. We are hitting the ground running in 2019 as your newly Elected High Priest and Prophet and Lady. Our first responsibility is the Masonic Youth Luncheon and Grand Masters Conference. The event will take place on March 2nd. It will be a full day starting with the Alamo, then to the Shrine Center for a presentation and luncheon with the DeMolay, and then rounding out the afternoon with the Grand Master of Texas Masons. Stay tuned for more information. Again we thank you all for the opportunity to serve you.
Rick Reyes III
RECORDER T-Bone Tommy Leverett
MEMBERSHIP By: Al Rapoza
The Hotels are Blocked in Laredo: Are up and your Unit members ready for the run to the border? This event keeps getting bigger and better every year. The Nobility can call to make your reservation at Springllhill Suites by Marriott, 5940 San Bernardo Ave, Laredo, TX. Their phone number is 956-717-0800 and tell them you are with the Alzafar Shrine to get our discounted rate.
I want to thank everyone who recruited new Nobles last year. I am proud to serve the Shrine another year as Membership Chairman. Within the next few weeks, I will be meeting with the Divan to discuss ideas on how to become diverse in our recruiting efforts. Remember this must be a team effort. I am always open to suggestions.
Goodbye 2018 and Hello 2019! I also want to thank all the other the Nobles that ran for elections. We should all be thankful we have a very active Shrine Center. At a time when some Shrine Centers cannot find leaders willing to commit and serve, we have so many good Nobles willing to run for election. Congratulations to the newly elected Divan members. A quick reminder for the New Leaders in your Units and Clubs-we need everyone to give Carol a list of your new officers. We also need you to give Alex a new financial form (the old A /B report). We need these two reports by the end of January 2018 or ASAP. Want to refer someone you know to become an Alzafar Member? Proclaiming membership as our #1 priority and challenging every Shriner to refer a man of character to our fraternity is our goal. It is so easy just go to beahrinernow.com/referral. I AM COMMITTED ARE YOU. 146 years of Shrine Tradition. Does your Unit or Club want to put something up on our Digital Sign? Get the information to me on a thumb drive and we will put your Unit/Club up in LED lights! There is so much for us to be thankful for and to look forward to in the coming year. The door to my office is always open and I make the best cup of coffee in town. OK, it’s a Keurig Coffee Maker. Come out and join us at the next event and find out why I say “Alzafar Rocks”!
Let’s make 2019 the best year by far. I believe we can do it so what are we waiting for? Let’s begin the recruiting.
What a ride it’s been this year for the club. We’ve been in every parade and have done such an awesome job raising funds for our kids. Throughout the year, we managed to grow by leaps and bounds and because of this, our unit is sure to thrive for years to come. Most recently, we held our annual Christmas party at The Barn Door. We welcomed in two new members and ate like royalty. I’d like to congratulate our newest officers to the unit. Our President for 2019 is Mike Long. 1st Vice President is Marco Zuniga. Treasurer remains Noble James Hoyo and our Secretary will be yet again, Ken Hawkins. A huge thank you to all those that stepped up for the coming years to make a difference. As we move into 2019, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their support this year. There’s absolutely no way we would have seen the successes we did without everyone’s support and contributions, so again, thank you. Lastly, if you or someone you know wants to join our ranks, they need only show up and ask. Our meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm. You need not have a car to join. We only ask that you support the unit in any way you can.
THE BAND By: Richard Wallace The Alzafar Shrine Band held its Christmas Party on Thursday, December 20th. A good time was had by all.
57 Chevy Belaire 283 Happy New Year Nobles, and I want to thank you for the opportunity being the President of the Car Club this year. There will be some great things happening in the unit this year. This year are going to have a vehicle if the month, it’s going to be dedicated in January to the out-going president Rick “Tater” Reyes. Just around the corner the Annual Car show on May 18th. It doesn’t matter if it drives in, towed, or pushed. BRING IT and SHOW IT. Lastly- Laredo Parade is next month, mark it on your calendars February 23rd.
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As the new year starts, the band begins its work by selecting music for All-State this year in Wichita Falls and preparing for several public performances, including performing for the Grand Master’s visit to the Alamo and the Masonic Youth Brunch in March. We want to add a word of encouragement and congratulations to clarinetest Gordon Brewer who is taking up his Masonic journey again in an effort to become a Shriner. Please drop the Luna Middle School Band a line to show your appreciation for their efforts at the 3:00pm Circus. You may do so by writing a letter and mailing it to: Mr. Robert Gamez and Mr. Brian Hildreth Gregory Luna Middle School Band 200 Grosenbacher San Antonio, TX 78253 If you prefer, you may thank them by writing an email and sending it to: Robert Gamez at Robert.email@example.com and Brian Hildreth at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for more performers, especially woodwinds, low brass, and percussion. Family members of Shriners are also encouraged to join us. We meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm until 7:30pm in Room 7. Come on by good music and good fellowship, a combination that’s hard to beat. If you have any questions, please call Richard Wallace at 210-219-6861 or email at email@example.com.
BURNING SUN By: Antonio "Tony" Calderon
BOERNE SHRINE CLUB By: Miguel Inclan The Boerne Shrine Club closed out 2018 with a great installation and Christmas Party at Kendall Lodge. Our year was full of challenges including the loss of our largest fundraisers for the Transportation Fund but we are excited to begin 2019 exploring some new ideas to raise funds for the Transportation Fund. We welcomed 1 new officer to our unit, newly made Shriner Steve Fisk who will begin his first full-year as a Shriner serving as Vice President of our club. Our club wishes the best to new President Bubba Peel who did an extraordinary job as Vice-President and we know he will be an even better President of our unit. We hope that everyone reading this has a Merry Christmas and a great start to the new year!
The Burning Sun family would like to welcome everyone to a new year!! Just as in the past years, we look forward to riding for our Temple and showing everyone what it is to be a Burning Sun. With new members coming to our unit, we look forward to showing them the ropes. Our new officers have been elected and they are ready to lead the unit to a great year. Let us welcome Colonel James Stimson, Major Seth Harrison, Doug Anderson Finance Officer, Tony Calderon Secretary, your 2019 officers for the Burning Sun Unit. On behalf of the unit members, we would like to take some time out to thank Ed Kintigh on his year as Colonel for 2018. Throughout his leadership we were able to bring in new members and also ensure we kept the karts running. Any problem that came up with the karts he was the first to get a workshop going. His goal was to keep as many karts on the street for the Temple and he did a great job. Again a big thank you to Ed and his lady Dee on being there not just for our unit but for our Temple. 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
DIRECTORS STAFF By: Miguel Inclan Our Christmas Party and Installation was a great success. We thank the Roustabouts, NEMNUF Clowns and the Rod and Gun Club for co-hosting this event with us. Our officers for 2019 were installed and are ready to lead this unit. The Directors Staff officers for 2019 are: Donald English, Director; David Petruska, Assistant Director; Steve McMahan, Treasurer; Juan Flores, Secretary. We look forward to another great year at Alzafar and we are gearing up to start the year right with the TSDA Mid-Winter to be held in Tyler in February. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
THE DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS By: Richard Wallace
The Championship Alzafar Shrine Drum & Bugle Corps will soon begin preparation to defend its State Title in Wichita Falls in 2019, come and join us. We are always looking for more musicians. Currently we are performing on brass instruments that are played in the band; Bb trumpets, Bb marching French horns, marching trombones, marching baritones, etc. We do have instruments that we can lend to you. We are also need percussionists and we have drums for you to play. We are a very low-pressure organization in terms of expectations and very flexible concerning time commitment. Thursday evening practices in Room 8 start at 7:30pm and end at 9:00pm. If you have
any questions, please call Richard Wallace at 210-219-6861 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come on out and join us!
GOLF UNIT GIMMIES By: Walt Atencio Congratulations to the 2019 Golf Unit OfficersPresident Nino, Vice President Grona and 2d Vice President Jorgensen. Officers were installed by Past Potentate Hunt at the annual Christmas/Installation dinner party on December 14th at the Petroleum Club. Elected officers, assisted by the Board of Directors, are responsible to guide and direct the unit events and activities throughout the year. The unit started the new year on a positive note by welcoming the newest member Noble Manuel Hernandez to the golf family. The January unit stated meeting, as is custom, included our ladies and enjoyed a great dinner. To show our appreciation for their support, a Ladies Night Out is programmed throughout the year. Golf is seen by many as a means of relaxation and other as an obsession. I want to share some thoughts that perhaps might change the outlook of golfing. I extracted these from the local newspaper: “If one looks at a golf course as God’s landscape, it can bring certain serenity. Think of it as an island of peace in a world full of confusion and turmoil. The basic techniques in golf can apply to life: “Keeping your head down, speaks for humility, Keeping your eye on the ball, denotes resolution and concentration, and Following through is a lesson in persistence." Just something to think about. Hope everybody has a leisurely, relaxing and fun golfing year. HAPPY NEW YEAR
HOT SANDS BBQ UNIT By: Carlos Stanigar Happy New Year Nobles. The Hot Sands BBQ Unit is excited to start the New Year. We are looking forward to competitions, fun and fellowship in 2019. We have some exciting events we will be attending in the New Year and we will be helping to build membership to our craft as we represent Alzafar and you Nobles in our continued presence in the local BBQ competitions of San Antonio. We look forward to adding more awards to our collection. We are always accepting new members that are interested in joining us. We meet the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the pavilion (snacks/meal at 6:00 pm). So if you enjoy good fellowship, don't mind putting in a little work, love BBQ and Alzafar, reach out to anyone of us to get more details. Until then, keep it low and slow.
HILL COUNTRY SHRINE CLUB By: Jim Bobbitt At our November 2018 meeting, Ron Holm was elected President of the Club for 2019, Gary Hartjen was elected First Vice President, John Tittle was elected Second Vice President and Al Wilson was re-elected Secretary/ Treausurer. The club participated in two Veterans Day Parades in Kerrville as well as the Kerr County Fair Parade. The Club joined with the Hill Country Scottish Rite Club for a joint Christmas Party on December 8, 2018. The Club Officers will be installed at the January 7, 2019 meeting. We invite any Nobles in the area to join us for our monthly meeting the first Monday of each month at 11:30am. We meet at the Inn of the Hills, 1001 Junction Highway, Kerrville, Texas 78028. Any further information please contact Jim Bobbitt 830-895-3615.
HILLBILLY CLAN #152 By: Ken Propes Happy New Year ta everyone. We’uns had r new officers fer tha following year installed at r December meeting/party. Tha new Rabban of tha Clan is Ken Propes, Keeper of tha Cob Bill Lyles, Guardian of tha Still Steve McMahan, Keeper of tha Food David Hadley, Keeper of tha Dough Mike Calloway an Keeper of tha Quill Bob Cruse. Tha installation oath was performed by Potentate Jason Triggs. Tha ticket stub for tha Visa gift card drawing was held an Rich & Dora Orr’s daughter Shania won. We also had 2 door prize winners, Doug Anderson an Shelia Nueces. Tha food was good an plentiful. We ask everyone ta continue ta keep all r cuz’ns that r ailin in yer thoughts an prayers an hope they git back on tha Hillbilly trail real soon. Pleze keep r troops in yer thoughts for their safe return. R Sadie Hawkins dance will be on Feberay 16, 2019. There will be more ta come on this. Remember, tha silent auction that also goes on at tha dance. We’uns hope y’all have a safe new year.
MINI WHEELS By: Carlos Stanigar Mini Model T Cars with loud horns, that's us, representing Alzafar to the fullest. We are excited to start the year off with our new officers and 3 new members: Nobles Russell Brown, Jason Gilmore and David Hernandez. Welcome to the unit Brothers. Here is to a great 2019. Mini Wheels is always accepting new members if you want to go old school in the Model T. We meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month in room 10. If you enjoy fellowship, laughs and fun, then come on by and see us.
PROVOST GUARD By: Michael Raymond Provost Guard held it’s Christmas dinner on Saturday December 1st. Congratulations to 2019 officers: Ken Propes-Marshal, Michael Raymond-1st Assistant Marshal, John Pendleton-2nd Assistant Marshal and Rich Orr-Secretary/Treasurer. Hope to see everyone safe and sound in 2019 and come join the fun. We meet the 1st Wednesday of each month, dinner at 6:30 pm and meeting at 7:00 pm. Please bring your Lady with you she is always welcome to attend our meetings with you.
HONOR GUARD By: Al Aranda We are starting off the month with mourning the loss of David Inouye’s brother and Julian Hernandez’s mother in law. May the good Lord put his arms around these families in their time of sorrow. As for the wounded nobles: Our Past Illustrious G.I. Flores, he is still flying low. Noble John Mauro, is recuperating from his wounded wing and Jerry Hockman is still nursing his low tire and yours truly, still hopping along like Chester. Need to thank all the Nobles for the lineup at the stated meeting, Memorial Service, Veterans Parade and the Alamo Heights Parade. As always, we cannot forget the lovely ladies that supported the club. Well by this time, another year has come to an end, with all this said, we hope everybody had a super Christmas and New Year. We would like to thank the officers that guided us thru last year, all the Nobles and ladies that made it happen to have had a fine year and lots of fun. Now we start again in supporting the new Officers and all of us Nobles and ladies, let’s have some fun. May the Great Architect look over us and guide us to stay in good health to accomplish all of our missions.
LEGION OF HONOR By: Tony Calderon The Legion of Honor says goodbye to 2018 and we want to wish everyone a very prosperous New Year. With 2019 ahead of us, we will be working hard to keep this unit moving forward and in the right direction. As a Veteran, we continue to push forward and complete the mission and this mindset is what keeps this unit going. We would love to meet new members this year so take some time and meet other Veterans within Alzafar Temple. We would like to take some time out to say Thank You to Arthur “Art” Canizales for his outstanding role as 2018 Colonel. Throughout his leadership we have been able to bring in new members and also get a good foundation started. It takes time to get a unit where it needs to be and he has set the bar high for the coming officers to follow. We would like to wish him and his lovely lady the best and will continue to lean on him for guidance for 2019. Let us welcome our new 2019 officers-Colonel Alfred T. Rapoza, 1st LTC Tony Calderon, 2nd LTC James Farless, CPT Lee Hubbard, and Major Dennis Heath. We also have appointed positions assigned and look forward to working together to keep this unit moving forward. 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.
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PARADE MARSHAL By: Rick "Tater" Reyes
NEMNUF By: Rick "Tater" Reyes
Well, we did it! December is here and we made it through the year with plenty to talk about. Throughout the year you have seen your world famous Alzafar NEMNUF clowns perusing the streets of all the surrounding communities, supporting our hospitals at various events, and raising money for our temple. We’ve added a few new novice clowns to the mix and introduced some new active clowns as well. Most recently the clowns represented the Shrine in both the Veterans day parade in San Antonio and the Christmas parade in Alamo Heights. Along with the parades, the clowns participated at many local functions to raise money for our unit. At our November stated meeting, we elected our 2019 officers. They are; Jon “Auzzie” Strandlie, President. Garrett “Popp-E” Ethridge 1st Vice President. Mike “Tiddlywinks” Long, 2nd Vice President, and Ed “Bugsy” Tuma as Secretary/ Treasurer. I’d like to congratulate all of them for stepping up. I know they’ll do a great job. I’d like to thank everyone for their support over the last three years on the line. Amanda and I are truly grateful for the friendships we’ve gained. We enjoyed every step of the way and wish the following line the very best in their efforts. We will continue to be there for the unit as we always have. Finally, please remember that anyone can be a member, whether you’re a clown or just a social member, you’re invited to come hang with us. Our meetings are the 2 nd Monday of the month with a meal at 6:30pm and the meeting starting at 7:30pm.
Well the end of the year is upon us and unfortunately, mother nature won this one. Our annual Christmas parade in Sattler was cancelled due to weather. That’s ok though, as we were able to attend Alamo Heights Christmas parade a few weeks before. We had a large turn out there and really represented our Shrine well. I was lucky enough to drive our High Priest and Prophet, Noble Travis Elmendorf in the parade. As always, we managed to chat and laugh our way through the streets of Alamo Heights. As we move into the New Year, our new parade marshal will be Noble Mike Long. I have turned over the operation of the Shrine Parade website and I’m certain he will do a great job keeping everyone informed. Our next parade is planned for February and will be in Laredo so make sure you mark your calendars. As always, if you or anyone you know has a parade that you think the shrine should participate in, let your Parade Marshal know so that he can bring it to the Potentate. Lastly, thanks to everyone for their support this year in my efforts. Change can sometimes be hard to accept but I’m glad to say that all of you answered the call and smashed the challenges presented to you. We now have a functioning website which has not only made it easier for people to find out parade information but has also cut down on time that unit officers would have spent searching for information and also saved the Shrine money in the process. Great job all!
NEKODAH TEMPLE NO. 44 DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE Don’t forget the Supreme Queen visit on Jan 13th 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 $20.00 each. You may contact Pr. Royal – Amanda Brown at 210-232-4749. Save the Date for Pageantry’s High Tea on February 9, 2019. More details to come. 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: email@example.com. If anyone knows or wishes to report an illness or family bereavement please contact Pr. Chaplain Charlie Bedgood, PQ at (210) 215-0028. We wish everyone health and happiness in the New year!
ROADSTER RUMBLINGS By: el Bucko First the good news, we voted in two new members last Tuesday just in time for the 2019 election of officers. They have cars and trailers and we can expect to have them parade NLT the George Washington's Birthday Celebration in Laredo in February. Welcome Nobles Mike Callaway (often known as mustache Mike) and Noble Tim Horgan. Officers elected for the 2019 Masonic year are: President-Noble Ken Whited, 1st Vice-Noble Baldie Tamayo, 2nd Vice-Noble Mike Callaway, CaptainNoble Andy Perez. Appointed officers were TreasurerNoble Adam Apolinar, Secretary-Noble Buck Bourne, and Quartermaster-Noble Tim Horgan. Congrats to all. The two new Nobles were able to obtain Roadsters thru our new "lend - lease" program. A certain amount of Roadsters were available for $500 deposit. At least one more car is available on this program. On a more somber note, we lost a long time faithful member. Noble Manuel "Manny" Musquiz laid down his working tools after a six year struggle with the big "C". Manny was ever cheerful while maintaining a realistic attitude toward his illness. Being the Marine that he was, he continued to fight to the end. I loved that guy.
RV CLUB By: Dave Browne The November rally was held at Skyline Ranch RV Park in Kerrville. This was our last rally for the year. We had a fantastic turn out for the rally and Christmas party. We also had the installation of new officers. The dinner was at Brick’s River Café where we had a super meal. The new officers are: Wagon MasterNoble Dave Brewton, Assistant Wagon Master- Noble Eddy Bowers, Secretary–Noble Mike Barnes, and Treasure–yours truly, and were installed by Noble Eric DeWalt (Chief Rabban). The rally locations are set for the next year and it looks like we can’t help but have fun. We also had three new members join the club. Our January rally will be held at the Bluff Trails private ranch in Ingram. We go there every year in the winter to enjoy the large fireplace and wild life. The dates are Jan. 24th thru 27th.
For over 30 years I've written an Achbar column for at least one unit, and sometimes more than one unit. I've tried to inform and perhaps entertain in my columns. As such, I've included a quip or quote from country wisdom. I've been asked to write these columns for another year for the Roadsters. If you find my quips annoying just let me know and I'll tell you -TOO BAD! Seriously, I can leave them off as I'm limited to 300 words. The arthritis in my fingers will enjoy the rest. If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
Come camp with us, size or type does not matter. (Two of our member’s campers) 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 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 (210-6797356).
SENIORS By: Roger Hopkins The Alzafar Seniors met on the 6th of December, the day before Pearl Harbor Day. The meeting was opened by our President, Noble Earl â€œTexâ€? Phillips followed by an invocation from our Chaplain, Noble Donald Garrido, PP. We then rendered honors to the America and Texas flag and went into a great lunch prepared for us by Tex and Sandra Phillips and Dan and Yaeko Coburn. This was so much more than a lunch consisting of Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, salad, tea, cookies and great appetites plus desserts from the Phillips and Coburns. Following this fantastic meal, our business meeting consisted of the recognition of anniversaries/birthdays (Joe and Maggie Estlack are celebrating their 60th anniversary, we were also pleased to have out incoming Chief Rabban, Marty Bartlett, who is celebrating a recent birthday, anniversary and daughter graduating from college in a week). We then moved on to nominating next years president, vice-president, chaplain, treasurer and secretary. Installation is planned for our January lunch with Don Garrido as Presiding Officer. All our Shrine members should bring their Fez for pictures. Our new officers for 2019 are: Daniel Coburn, President; Jerold Hopkins, Vice President; Joe Estlack, Treasurer; Donald Garrido, Chaplain and Roger Hopkins, Secretary. Following elections, we had a very informative presentation by Noble Gordon McKinnie on the various services provided by the Houston and Galveston Shrine Hospitals. The purpose of his presentation was to better inform the group of the numerous conditions that are being treated at our Hospitals in hopes that the members and wives will be watchful and better informed and able to refer the members of our community that are in needs of our assistance. In January, Jerry and Bonnie Hopkins will be arranging lunch and Liz Kienbaum, Maggie Estlack and John Morris will be providing lunch. Noble Garrido gave a Benediction and our President closed the meeting. We look forward to seeing many of you at our next meeting scheduled to take place in the Parlors on January 3rd. Until then, we wish you all a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year.
ALZAFAR SHOTGUN UNIT By: Terry Zittle Greetings to all. We have been a little busy the last month or so doing what we do. On November 12th, we had our stated monthly meeting starting with Smoked Turkey provided by Noble David Hadley. Other members brought out quite the assortment of side dishes. I believe we had in excess of 45 Nobles and Ladies present. The highlight of the meeting was the election of officers for the upcoming year. Elected officers are: President Noble Bill Willis, 1st Vice President Noble Guillermo De Hoyos, 2nd Vice President Noble Tom Jackson, Treasurer Noble Jerry Smitha, and the Secretary is yours truly. As per our custom the installation of officers was conducted at our Annual Christmas Party at the new Saltgrass Restaurant off of Loop 410. We had in attendance 60 Nobles, Ladies and guests. It was the biggest turnout we have ever had. Several raffle items went home with deserving winners. The installation of officers was orchestrated by Ill Sir Past Potentate J.D. Thomas. He was assisted by Past Potentate Paul McCombs and Ill Sir Jason Triggs. It was an honor to have Ill Sir Triggs and Past Potentate McCombs attend. Our next stated meeting will be in our room on January 14, 2019. Meal will be served at 6:15 pm and the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Feel free to drop on by and see whats going on. A little hint, we will be shooing Sporting Clays for our Mid-Winter, March 9th, in Houston and probably Sporting Clays again at TSA in Wichita Falls in June.
IN MEMORY OF
Dan C. "Sonny" Mayfield Don Meyer George Inouye George White James Lacarde Julia A. Perkins Lessley "Les" Ratcliff Lessley "Les" Ratcliff Lessley "Les" Ratcliff Lessley "Les" Ratcliff Lessley "Les" Ratcliff Lessley "Les" Ratcliff Lessley "Les" Ratcliff Lessley "Les" Ratcliff Lessley "Les" Ratcliff Marvin Roever Melton Waldrep Midge Wilder P.P. Loren Hayes P.P. Loren Hayes Refugio "Butch" Delgado Robert "Bob" Cox Robert Hockman Shirley Vallance Albert
Cliff & Peggy Newman Guadalupe Valley Shrine Club Al Aranda Guadalupe Valley Shrine Club Guadalupe Valley Shrine Club Jacqualine Purvis P.P. Paul McCombs & Lady Norma Stephen McMahan Mary Gregorius Alzafar Shotgun Unit Alzafar Rod & Gun Club Bill Barker Terence & Angela McCullagh Charlene McGuire P.P. JD Thomas & Lady Valerie Alzafar Golf Unit James & Shelly Hoyo Cliff & Peggy Newman The Cabiri Charlene McGuire David & Judy Knape Al & Colleen Rapoza Alzafar Honor Guard Ron Ezell
Harold L. Posey
Daryl N. Walker
Ronald C. Gehrig
Edward L. Morris
Manuel “Manny” Musquiz
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: #5 Arabia at Camp Alzafar. Please call Ronny @ 210-724-9653 for details and also for showing.
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 @
FOR SALE: 4 burial plots in Houston Texas. Historic Hollywood Cemetery, perpetual care included. Asking $4,750.00 each. Contact Betty Chalfont @ 830-237-3229.
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
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
7:00pm Room 9 6:30pm Room 7 7:30pm Room 5 7:00pm Room 5 12:00pm as desig. 12:00pm Camp Pavilion 7:00pm Room 4 6:00pm as desig. 7:00pm Directors Rm. 7:30pm Directors Rm. 7:30pm Room 8 7:30pm Room 7 6:30pm Room 9
2nd Sun. Feb.,Apr. 5:00pm Roustabout Rm. June, Aug.,Oct.Dec.
7:30pm Room 12 7:00pm Room 6 Wed. Before Stated 7:00pm Pavilion 4th Monday 7:00pm Room 11 2nd Monday As Designated 2nd Tuesday 7:30pm Room 10 3rd Monday 7:00pm Room 5 2nd Monday 7:30pm Room 11 Each Wednesday 7:00pm Room 8 4th Monday 7:00pm Room 6 1st Wednesday 7:00pm Provost Gd. 1st Tuesday 7:00pm Room 10 1st Sunday 12:00pm Dining Room 1st Wednesday 6:00pm RoustaboutRm 4th Weekend As Designated 1st Thursday 12:00pm Parlors 2nd Monday 7:00pm Directors Rm. 1st Monday 7:00pm Parlors 1st Wednesday 7:00pm as desig.
CLUB MEETINGS 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
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
TX CHPT. #35 OES
LADIES ORIENTAL SHRINE 1st Thursday
7:00pm 7:30pm 7:00pm 7:30pm
Alzafar Annex Alzafar Annex Alzafar Annex Parlors
7:30pm as desig.
PAST POTENTATES OF ALZAFAR SHRINE 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966
Frank R. Newton, SR.* Ted Millburn* J. A. Patterson* Henry Rabe* Robert Burne* Sylvan Lang* Robert S. Michael* Nathan K. Tracy* H. W. Weber* Herman Horner* Charles D. Hall* S. X. Callahan* John Lomax* Henry A. Hirschberg* A. J. McKenzie* Louis P. Hartung* Anton N. Moursund* G. G. Grebenheimer* Porter Loring* P. D. Mathis* Geo. F. Dullnig* Willard E. Simpson* C. Baumberger, Jr.* William Eifler* William H. Wallace* Daniel O’Connell* O. J. Solcher* Rennie Wright* Albert A. Green* W. D. Turbeville* Ted E. Poppe* Alfred W. Harlos* Sam A. Chapman* Richard Adams* Roy Akers* Glen K. Schuepbach* W. C. “Pat” Welch* Elliot J. Bilhartz* Ray H. Trimmier* T. M. McCormick* H. S. Norman* W. B. Jack Ball* Floyd J. Griffin* Henry W. Eitt* Harvey McDonald* L. L. Woodman* George W. Henry* Barney Norris* Jack B. Lee* Robert B. O’Connor E. Jeff Ashcraft, Jr.*
1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2016 2017 2018
D. Neal Talley* Wm. H. Ferguson* Keith Gerstner* Jack W. Cones, Jr.* Bruce Waitz* Floyd F. Graham* Drue H. Floyd* Jack O. Dietz* H. C. Kopplow* W.H. “Bill” Elmore* Thurman Barrett, Jr.*
Floyd O. Schneider* Reese L. Harrison, Jr.
Burdit W. McCoy* James V. Gullette* Joseph M. Clark* George D. Van, Jr.* Joe Roy Halloway E. C. “Bud” Jordan* Sidney D. Autry* Terry McGuire* James Dockery, Jr.* George J. Labinski* James W. Todd Ray Fuller* Robert “Bob” Jett Emmett C. George* E. C. “Ed” Vest* Tom Boothe* Jerry Krupp* Harry D. Rose* Robert D. “Bob” Green
Robert “Bobby” Hunt Bob Stephens* Loren Hayes J. Phillip Knight-Sheen
Wayne R. Duncan Steve R. Molnar Stuart H. “Stu” Simms
Frank B. Hunter* Joseph Calvey Paul F. McCombs James “Jim” Strayer* Richard “Rick” Reyes Gregorio “G.I.” Flores
Robert “Bob” Jones Tom Young Jay Dee Thomas John Dunn Gary R. Radvansky Jason Triggs
MEMBERS OF ALZAFAR AND WHO ARE PAST POTENTATES OF OTHER SHRINE CENTERS 1964 Roy Reynolds (El Bekal)* 1970-71 Eldon Wesner (Anezeh)* 1979 Ray Robison (Suez) 1981 Donald Garrido (Abou Saad) 1983 David Martin (Suez) 1998 Terry Zittle (Abou Saad) * Asterisk Denotes the Passing of Our Illustrious Sir
JANUARY CALENDAR OF EVENTS 1st 3rd 7th 10th 21st
NEW YEAR'S DAY-SHRINE CENTER CLOSED Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors 12:00 pm LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors 7:00 pm Finance & Divan Meetings/Conference Room 5:00 pm Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom 7:30 pm NILE Stated Session/Parlors 7:30 pm MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY-SHRINE CENTER CLOSED
_____________________________________________________________ FEBRUARY CALENDAR OF EVENTS 7th 11th 14th 16th 18th 23rd
Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors Finance & Divan Meetings/Conference Room Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom NILE Stated Session/Parlors Sadie Hawkins Dance/Ballroom PRESIDENT'S DAY-SHRINE CENTER CLOSED George Washington Birthday Parade/Laredo
12:00 noon 7:00 pm 5:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm
MARCH CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2nd 7th 11th 14th
Masonic Youth Luncheon & Grand Masters Conference Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors 12:00 noon LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors 7:00 pm Finance & Divan Meetings/Conference Room 5:00 pm Alzafar Stated Meeting/Ballroom 7:30 pm NILE Stated Session/Parlors 7:30 pm