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 …………………………………………………………Ken Propes 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 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 November 15th 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 More Than A Day As Thanksgiving Day rolls around, It brings up some facts, quite profound. We may think that we're poor, Feel like bums, insecure, But in truth, our riches astound. We have friends and family we love; We have guidance from heaven above. We have so much more Than they sell in a store, We're wealthy, when push comes to shove. So add up your blessings, I say; Make Thanksgiving last more than a day. Enjoy what you've got; Realize it's a lot, And you'll make all your cares go away. By Karl Fuchs As we enter into the holiday season, let us not forget the true reasons for celebration. Thanksgiving Day comes once a year filled with food, football, and family gatherings. But don’t forget we all have riches throughout the entire year we can be thankful for. When we focus on our blessings instead of our crosses, gains instead of losses, joys instead of woes, friends instead of foes, smiles instead of tears, courage instead of tears, kind deeds instead of means, health instead of wealth, and others instead of ourselves, each one of us is truly richer than we realize. Happy Thanksgiving Alzafar!
CHIEF RABBAN Eric A. DeWalt
ASSISTANT RABBAN RAMBLINGS Marty Bartlett
We held our large Hospital Gala on October 6th. It was a huge and amazing event, with Alec, the International Ambassador for the Shriners Hospitals for Children as our guest of honor. Visiting with Alec and listening to what he had to say to us was fabulous. We are still counting the money at the time of this publication, so I don’t yet know what we raised for the transportation fund – but it is a big number. We were very successful since most of the money was raised from non-Shriners. Next month, we will share with you all of the good news.
I truly believe change is good. But, change is hard because you brain is wired to do the same thing over and over, regardless if that activity is good or bad for you. We also know how challenging it can be to go through change, but the positive consequence is awesome. Change happens slowly, but change does and needs to happen. Change pushes us out of our comfort zone. Life in the comfort zone is easy. You simply follow a routine and you can predict the consequences. Outside of the comfort zone, one is challenged. Ones opinions, mindset, and belief system are tested. The idea of doing the same thing over and over without question is discouraged. Doing something new and different is a grand approach to life. Change is good because we have the opportunity to embrace new experiences. New perspectives and ideas will push us forward. Opportunities are plentiful. When we look back, all of the really amazing things are because of a new experience we might have had. All these new experiences will forge who we are to become. With change, we get to find out who we really are. When we are going through a transition, our mind expands in way that is hadn’t in the past. We find out about what we can handle and what we can’t. We learn about our limitations. We need to be open to the possibility of learning that what we have been doing in the past isn’t suiting in the future.
On November 4th, we held our Shriners Memorial Service. It is not a fun event to attend, but it is a very important event. Each year we lose a number of Nobles to the black camel and in each case it is losing a member of our family. This year, as always, the event was a touching and memorable event for the family members left behind, but it was also an opportunity to pay our respects to great Shriners who are no longer with us. Many left us again this year. Their lives were celebrated that day and they will be truly missed.
Without a doubt, change makes us more flexible and adaptable. We need to learn to embrace chaos in a way that seems foreign but acceptable and achievable. Then, can arm ourselves with more confidence as we walk into the next uncomfortable situation. We will begin to thrive in new situations because we have proven to ourselves that we can, not only handle change, but FLOURISH. When we are open to change, we are open to saying YES to more. We are open to more experiences and opportunities. We will have the opportunity to take on more. When we add all of these things together, we will have more fun figuring it all out along the way — there’s no doubt about it. I want to thank all the Nobles, their Ladies and the families, that truly embraced the change that was made during this Fraternal Fundraising time called “Circus”. It was because of your open minds to change that catapulted our success of this event upward. I thank you and I ask you to get ready for many changes to come.
The treasures of Alzafar Shrine in good hands with Alec Cabacungan, National Spokesperson for Shriners Hospitals for Children.
HIGH PRIEST & PROPHET Travis Elmendorf
ORIENTAL GUIDE Robert Norman II
Would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a great entry into the Holiday Season. With the Circus behind us, Great Show DeWalt; we went into a busy October. Marty and his team Threw one helluva Hospital Gala, what an exciting evening benefitting our beloved philanthropy. Kudos and back pats to Marty and his committee members, job well done. Following that yours truly with the assistance of Camp Alzafar had a wonderful time putting together and hosting the Masonic Picnic and Chili Cookoff. Where the Divan team took first place!!! Hoorah. To finalize the month our young Oriental Guide put together a smashing Spooktacular for Alzafar’s family and friends. So, thank all for providing your time and energy in either assisting or enjoying these events.er hand for us on the Saturday of the Masonic Picnic
Can you believe it? I know it’s hard to believe that we are eleven months into this year. Where has this year gone? What an amazing opportunity I have had being your Oriental Guide. This year has been extremely fulfilling and it’s not over yet. I have been given an opportunity to really take part in the day to day operation of moving this great organization forward into the future and I don’t take that lightly.
Mother Nature played her hand for us on the Saturday of the Masonic Picnic providing rain in the early morning. This did not deter the visiting Oklahoma Indian Degree Team from performing their degree. If were unable to attend, you truly missed out. The team members are representative of many different First Nation tribes and having two Most Worshipful Grandmasters of the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma. All I can say is what a team we are here at Alzafar.
October was a very busy month for Alzafar. We had the Hospital Gala, Masonic Picnic, Camp Halloween and the Children’s Halloween party at the Shrine. Every weekend we had something going on for us to showcase and promote our fraternity and philanthropy. Before we know it December will be upon us. Speaking of December, we have one more children’s party to host for the children of Alzafar. Please join us on Sunday, December 16th from 2:00-4:00. It is shaping up to be a great afternoon. I hear we will have a special guest joining us, making a very long trip from WAY UP north to be with us. He brings a lot of the laughter and joy to so many children. You don’t want to miss this party. It’s one more way we, the Nobility, give back to our children from Alzafar. Please call the office and RSVP. I would like to end with a quote from Terry Wogan that said “Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana”. Enjoy the rest of what is left in 2018 and bucket up for 2019!!!!!!
TREASURER Ron Trine
RECORDER T-Bone Tommy Leverett
Well, we had a very busy last couple of months with the very successful 75th Circus, all the kids parties, Masonic Picnic and Chili cook off. Last but not least by any means, what about that Gala. A big thanks and congratulations to Marty, Martha, and the entire Gala team for all their hard work in making a significant difference in being able to continue transporting our Shrine Children to the Hospitals. Ahead we have Alzafar Memorial Service and Thanksgiving Holidays. I personally would like to thank all you who were involved in all events helping make them run very smoothly and being a huge success. Thanks in advance for your continued support in making Alzafar successful.
Who are you going to Call: If you or a family member have a business please give us the information and we will help you advertise free. My plan is to have a list we can place in the Achbar and be able to email when a member ask me if we know a Lawyer, Realtor, Auto Mechanic, Power washing company or whatever business you represent.
Don’t forget, elections are just around the corner. If you wish to be apart of the future board, aspire to be a Potentate, put your name in the hat and get involved. Take it from me; it is a great and rewarding journey. Please continue to support your local Blue Lodges each month. It is making a huge difference. The more we can help them increase their membership, the more opportunities we will have to do the same. Mary and I would like to wish you and all your families a Happy Thanksgiving and our prayers are with you for a safe and joyful holiday. As always, I am proud to serve you and if there is anything I can help you with, please contact me.
2019 Alzafar dues are do now. Camp Alzafar assessment is due in December. The dues for 2019 will remain at $85 this year. If you don’t want to send a check you can call us and give us a credit card. Once paid you will get a 2019 sticker for your current dues card. Don’t forget Camp Alzafar owners should send your money prior to December 31, 2018. If you pay anytime in January the late fee is $100. The fee goes up every month by an additional $100. I like to give as many of our staff vacation time at the end of the year so we will be short handed to process last minute payers. Parade weather is almost perfect: Bring you Alzafar unit or Club members out for the next parade. We have two opportunities to show the public how much fun we have as Shriners. The Veteran’s Day parade will be in San Antonio with a 10 am line-up and the last Parade of the year will be in Sattler (Canyon Lake) with a 9:30 line-up. My Grandson “Peanut” lives at Canyon Lake so I know he would like to see a large Alzafar Turnout. Need Parade information go to: alzafarparades.com Come out and join us at the next event or Shrine Parade and find out why I say “Alzafar Rocks”!
A wise man once said, “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month”. Theodore Roosevelt
ANTIQUE CARRIAGE By: Rick “Tater” Reyes
MEMBERSHIP By: Al Rapoza It’s good to be back after a lengthy illness and hospital stay. It’s time to get to work. Our Fraternity needs your continued efforts recruiting Shriners. This has always and will continue to be a team effort. I’m proud to be a Shriner as I’m sure you are. We’ve come such a long ways in our membership. Let’s continue the momentum and remember why we are Shriners. Within the next week, I will be visiting Blue Lodges to promote our Fraternity. If anyone is interested in joining me, please do so. I appreciate everyone’s contributions in our continuing growth. Remember Alzafar rocks and so do you.
BOERNE SHRINE CLUB By: Miguel Inclan The temperature is dropping into the 90s which means we are getting close to the fall/winter seasons. That also means a few more important things for our club: elections and the Christmas Party. The election of officers will take place at our November 22 meeting. If you are a member of the club and are interested in running for an office please be at this meeting. The Christmas Party is being finalized and the details will be announced at our next meeting and in next month’s edition of the Achbar. This will also serve as our club’s installation so make plans to be there.
Hello from the Antique Carriage Club. It’s been a month since our last communication and our unit has been busy supporting all things Shrine. Our most recent excursion was in support of our very own Alzafar Antique Carriage Club Ladies Night Out which took place at Mamacitas. We had a great turnout for the event and fun was had by all. We congratulated one noble in attendance, Noble Gene Wager for his life membership and we also presented a 100 Million Dollar Club certificate to Noble Chris Celis in honor of his father’s contributions to our unit over the years. We’ve already started to gear up for our car show next year and we’ve even had interest generated online from folks visiting both our newly formed Facebook page as well as our car show website. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about our car show, please visit www.alzafarcarshow.com. If you have additional questions on the event, please reach out to any unit member and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. As we near the end of the year, we are prepping for a few parades and of course for our annual Christmas dinner and installation of officers at the Barn Door. Official invitations will be mailed out soon. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an officer of the unit, we will be presenting nominations and voting over the next couple of months, so do your best to attend the meetings. They are held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Shrine. As a reminder to all those interested in joining our unit, you need not own an antique car to be a member. We accept any and all motorheads, car enthusiast, or anyone wishing to just hang out and talk shop. We look forward to seeing you there. Until next time…
THE BAND By: Richard Wallace
CAMP ALZAFAR By: Rick “Tater” Reyes
On Saturday, September 28th, the Alzafar Shrine Pretzelbenders performed at the Alzafar Shrine Oktoberfest. It is an event, sponsored by the Alzafar Shrine Honor Guard, in which the proceeds are donated to the Shrine Children's Hospitals. We are eagerly looking forward to next year's event.
Well the month of September came and went and we are gearing up for a fairly busy month of October at camp. By the time you read this, the Camp Chili Cook off and Masonic Picnic would have come and gone. The event is sure to be a hit. The day will start off with a Native American outdoor degree held at the camp outdoor lodge. Following the degree will be the official chili cookoff which will consist of multiple teams competing for top prize of the best chili at camp. The chili cook-off will be followed by dinner and dancing, up at the pavilion which is always a good time.
The following people performed with the Pretzelbenders Bob Crow, Tom Kopcho, Gordon Brewer, Emilio Casarez, Bonnie Versoza, Chuck Thompson, James Wells, Bill Stallknecht, Steve Nail, and Robert Packer. Despite the parking problems, we had a decent sized band and performed well. As you read this, we will have performed our usual duties at the 76th Annual Shrine Circus and hosted the Luna Middle School Longhorn Band as well at the 3:00pm performance on Saturday. That band is always a treat to listen to and observe. 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.firstname.lastname@example.org and Brian Hildreth at email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next up at camp is Halloween which will be held on Saturday, the 20th of October from 5-9 pm. We plan to have haunted houses and trick or treating so make sure you come out with your candy bags and costumes. As always, we’d like to thank everyone for all they do out at camp. From helping out at events, to spreading the word of what’s coming up, to simply coming out and enjoying all camp has to offer. Camp is what you make of it and all of you make Camp such a fun and enjoyable place. I look forward to seeing all of you out at Camp throughout the fall and winter.
CANYON LAKE SHRINE CLUB By: Tom Gilbert The Canyon Lake Shrine Club met on October 8, 2018. The Vice-President, Steve White welcomed everyone. The Chaplain, Terry Miller said the opening prayer. Noble Steve White reported that the Shrine Gala was a success. The money raised at the Gala will go to the Transportation Fund. Steve also mentioned that there will be a 50-year award ceremony for Albert Wiggers on Oct. 10th at 7 pm at Blanco Lodge. Everyone is invited. The nomination committee gave a report on officers for the 2019 as follows: President–Steve White, Vice-President–Robert Furgerson, Treasurer–Neal Koonce, and Secretary– Tom Gilbert. Our guest speaker was Donna Eccleston, County Commissioner. She stated that Comal County is the second fastest growing county in Texas. She said that with a growing county new facilities are needed. There is a new Mental Health Clinic at Spring Branch. Mrs. Eccleston reminded everyone that all roads with a number is a state road so that is where street lights are dealt with at the state level. She welcomes any calls if you have any concerns. The Canyon Lake Shrine Club meets the second Monday of the month at the Canyon Lake Golf Club, 404 Wats Lane, Canyon Lake, TX. Everyone is invited to join us. For further information call Secretary, Tom Gilbert at 830-899-4839 or email at email@example.com.
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 210219-6861 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come on out and join us!
HILL COUNTRY SHRINE CLUB By: Jim Bobbitt
DIRECTORS STAFF By: Miguel Inclan The Directors Staff held their October meeting last night. As always it was a great time but we would like to see increased attendance in the future. One of the reasons you should attend our next meeting is because we will be hosting our Election of Officers at our November 13th meeting. We need at least 10 members to carry out this election so that the newly elected officers are able to be installed in December. Our Christmas Party is in the planning stages and more details will be revealed at the next meeting. If last year’s party is any indication, it will certainly be a great event. There are also other projects planned for the remainder of the year and early 2019 so stay tuned or better yet come to YOUR unit meeting.
The Shrine Circus was in Kerrville the evening of September 13, 2018. Members of the Club were in attendance to welcome visitors and express our thanks for their support of the Hospitals. On October 1, 2018 we had our stated meeting. We discussed the upcoming parade schedule in Kerrville for October and November and made plans to participate. We invite any Nobles in the area to join us for our monthly meeting. We meet the first Monday of each month at 11:30am at the Inn of the Hills, 1001 Junction Highway, Kerrville, Texas 78028. Any further information please contact Jim Bobbitt 830895-3615.
GOLF UNIT GIMMIES By: Walt Atencio
HILLBILLY CLAN #152 By: Rich Orr
The Golf Unit family morns the loss of our long and dedicated member, Noble Marvin Roever. Our condolences and prayers to the Roever family. Some of us old timers will never forget the weekly trip to Marvin’s par 3 hole in his back yard. On the bright side, the unit welcomes Noble Brett and Lady Sandra Lusk, as our new members into the Golf Unit Family.
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November brings work and fun. The annual election of officers on the 13th, followed by the yearly “Children Toy” golf tournament on the 15th at Alsatian Golf Club. Participants are asked to bring a gift toy and enjoy a round of golf and a great early lunch. The toys donated will be transported by members of the golf unit and presented to the Houston and Galveston Shriners Children’s Hospitals. This annual trip has initiated some PR for the Children’s Hospitals. The Shulenburg stop for breakfast on the way up, they were surprised by the interest and donations locals breakfast patrons showed. It is not too early to make sure your formal attire is ready to the Golf Unit Annual Formal Christmas and Officer Installation Dinner. The Petroleum Club will host the dinner on December 14th at 6:30 PM. Look for invitations and additional details. FORE
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We’uns elected r new officers fer tha following year, an they’ll be installed at r Decimbur meetin. R Christmas party/meetin will be 8 Decimbur 2018. If’n yu know a friend who would lak ta becum a Hillbilly, have them cum out ta r meetin an see whut we are all about. We’ll cum down frum tha hills an be real friendly. 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. It was good to see Cuz’n PP Gary Radvansky out and about, as well as Elma Myers. We ask that you keep the relatives and family of Cuz’n PP Loren Hayes in yur thoughts an prayers, as they deal with thae loss of Loren. R Hillbilly family will certainly miss him. We’uns hope ta see y’all at r 2018.
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HONOR GUARD By: Al Aranda Another circus has come and gone. As always we had a super time and enjoyed it. Need to thank all the Nobles that supported the club. As always, the lovely Ladies as well that decorated the room, served at the barn and helped at the room. All you Ladies were super! Also need to thank Noble Walt, as he helped to load up at the temple, helped set up the room with all the kool-aid and back to the temple, on the last day. Brah, you were a big asset to the club. Thanking all the Nobles that supported the club at the stated meeting, at the Gala and the Chile Cook Off; also the Ladies supporting the Gala and Cook Off, as always we all had a super time tasting all kinds of chile and hooking up with all the crowd. A big atta girl goes out to the first Lady, Yoli, and all the ladies that helped set up our room for Halloween. All the kiddo’s had a good time and received quite a bit of goodies. Hoping to see most of the club members at the Veteran’s Parade. Maybe we can go get something to eat at some place that have a good spread and some cold kool aid. All of our low flying members are still in the sidelines, but they are getting better slowly but we still need to keep them in our prayers. Everybody be good and stay healthy during the trick or treat and may the Good Lord keep looking after all of us.
NEMNUF By: Rick "Tater" Reyes Well, another month goes down in the books for the NEMNUF unit and boy we had some fun. First, we went down to Sabinal for their annual homecoming parade and had a blast meandering the streets. In costume was Garrett “Popp-E” Ethridge, Viviano “Buttons” Pena, Lalo “What” Sanchez, and Rick “Tater” Reyes as the official clown pace and transport vehicle. Great job to those clowns who showed up for such an awesome parade. Our next event was the annual NEMNUF clown picnic at Camp Alzafar and we had a great time. We want to send a huge shout out to Luis “Bet-O” Cardenas for cooking the pig at the event. It turned out great. We also want to thank Tim “Barkus” Howell for taking care of the entertainment. The theme of the event was Hawaiian luau with actual hula dancers and a legit Hawaiian musician who entertained the group throughout the party. We finished up the last month with the gala. The NEMNUF unit came out to not only help set up and tear down, but also played a big part in the festivities during the event. As a unit, we are looking forward to the coming months as we prepare for Halloween at the Shrine and a couple of parades to close out the year. For those units who would like a clown to show up for any event, please reach out to the unit 2nd Vice President, Garrett “Popp-E” Ethridge with your request and I’m sure he’ll make it happen.
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PARADES By: Rick "Tater" Reyes
LEGION OF HONOR By: Al Rapoza Who are we? First, we are all members of Shriners International and its network of Shriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners International comprises 195 Shrine Temples (chapters) across the United States, Canada, Germany, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and the Republic of Panama. Many of these Shrine Temples have a uniformed unit called the Legion of Honor. Legion of Honor members are Shriners who have served or are still serving in the Armed Forces of our countries. Honorably discharged or retired, volunteer or draftee, officer or enlisted; we are all proud to be doing or having done whatever our countries needed to keep our countries safe. This includes service in our countries' Armies, Navies, Air Forces, Coast Guards, Merchant Marines, etc. or in their Reserve components. The International Association Legions of Honor (IALOH) is made up of nearly 150 of these Legion of Honor units which can be found throughout the United States of America and Canada, and in Mexico, the Republic of Panama, and Puerto Rico, with a total membership of about 9,000 men. The Association provides overall coordination of and guidance for the member units. Our stated objectives are: "To foster a Spirit of Patriotism, Love of Country and Flag; To perpetuate the memory of our Comrades in Arms who made the Supreme Sacrifice by giving their lives for their country while members of the Armed Forces; To devote our efforts as individuals, and Legion of Honor Units to strive for an increase in Friendship and Cooperation between our Legion of Honor Units and other Units of Shriners International." Additionally, but just as importantly, being members of Shriners International and the Legion of Honor means that we are also Masons. So, is that all there is to it? No. Like Masonry itself, there's so much more to it than can be put into words. If you are a Shriner and either a veteran or on active duty, look for a unit near you. Whatever the case, we thank you for visiting our site and invite you to stay and browse to discover more of what we are about.
Nobles, as we near the end of the year, I want to thank all of you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to come out to each parade in support of our philanthropy and fraternity. This year, we tried something new in that we caught up with the times and moved to a digital format for the parades. As with every year, the parade schedule is always tentative and often changes depending on what the temple has going on. This year was no different as we found ourselves having to shuffle parades around a few times throughout the year. Thanks again for always being patient and for helping me bring our Shrine up to speed on all things parade. If you haven’t taken the time to review the parade site recently, it was once again updated with the most recent parade. Hondo has been added to the last weekend in October, and is Saturday the 27th. When you have a moment, go to www.alzafarparades.com and make yourself familiar with the page. Our most recent parade was in Sabinal and we had a few folks brave the storm to come out in support of the parade. I’d like to thank the NEMNUF’s, the Antique Carriage Club and the Mini Wheels for coming out in support of the Sabinal Homecoming parade. It was a great time! We only have a few short months left in the year which means we only have a few more parades to go. Hondo, Veterans day, and Sattler are my favorite parades of the year and I’m sure you’d enjoy them as well. The weather is always nice and cool and we get to bring our families to the Sattler Christmas parade. Lastly, if you are interested in being the 2019 Alzafar Parade Chairman, please reach out to myself or our Chief Rabban Eric DeWalt as we would be happy to answer any questions you have about the position.
ALZAFAR ROD & GUN CLUB By: Craig Noyes
NEKODAH TEMPLE NO. 44 DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE Hope to see you at the Nekodah market days on Nov 17th starts 11 in the Terrace room and the parlors. Lots of venders and food and refreshments. Our Charitable Giving team has a Skeet Shoot at the National Shooting Complex on Sunday, Nov 18th registration begins at 8am. For information contact Chair Linda Bannister at 210 860-1504 or LindaLBannister@yahoo.com Note: The November session was moved from the 8th to the 15th due to the building being rented out. Save the date on your calendar for the Supreme Queen visit on January 13th at 1pm; a banquet to follow. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello everyone. Hard to believe that November is already here and Christmas is just around the corner. We had our Board of Directors meeting and Vice President Mike Barnes discussed some great plans for next year in the Rod & Gun Club based on member’s ideas from the survey that was sent out. Next year we will be going back to Restaurants in the area for some of our meetings to spice it up and we have had many good suggestions. Other topics discussed were increasing or attracting new members, retain members from leaving after they join, and how to increase attendance at the meetings and functions. We have reorganized the roster and updated the email list to restart the calling committee which may help attendance. Most members would like to continue the Coast Trip-11, Fishing Trips-9, Dove Hunt-7, and the Out of Town Gambling Trips-11. The Gambling Coordinator position has been accepted by Past President Rich Thompson and the club is happy to have him. Other suggestions were to have speakers at the meetings discussing many topics like Senior Living, City Council, Wildlife, Field and Outdoor sports, Shriner’s Hospital, etc. We may also have some games for members to play that are played in other units to make meetings more interesting. The Christmas Party for the Rod & Gun Club will be combined with the Directors Staff to make it easier to have a party and is on December 14, 2018 at 6:00 PM till 10:00 PM. If you have not made your reservation, please do so. That is about all I have to say in this Achbar so I will say thank you and may there be many fish on your stringer. RV CLUB By: Dave Browne The September rally was held at Pioneer RV Resort in Port Aransas.
PROVOST GUARD By: Michael Raymond Congratulations to those who traveled to Abilene to attend the TSPGA Fall Invitational hosted by Suez Shrine Temple. The Fall Invitational shoot was well attended and Alzafar’s entry placed a very respectable 3rd place in the ”C” team flight. The Provost Guard will be having their Christmas party on Saturday, December 1st in the Parlor room, more details to follow. The Provost Guards October meeting went black, literally, due to a power outage. All Nobles and their Ladies interested in learning what the Provost Guard is all about are invited to attend any of our meetings which are held on the 1st Wednesday of the month, social time at 6:00 pm, meal at 6:30 and meeting at 7:00 pm. Hope to see you there.
We always look forward to rallying at the beach. Pioneer is a great park on the gulf side of the island with a board walk that goes over the dunes where you can walk to the beach. The hurricane has taken a toll on the Texas beaches, but Port A has recovered well. When at the coast, sea food is what is on the menu. We tried several places and were not disappointed. The weather was good during the day, but rained most of the nights while we were there. We had a good turnout for this rally, so there were many card games and opportunities to visit with each other. The October rally will be held at the Lake Medina RV Park near Lakehills, October 25th through 28th. 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 (210415-4358) or assistant Wagon Master Dave Brewton (210-643-0314) for information about the next rally. You can always call me at (210-679-7356).
ORIENTAL GUIDE MUST BE SELECTED WISELY When members of a Shrine Center elect a Noble to the office of Oriental Guide, they are virtually starting that Noble through the Divan on the assumption that he will prove qualified for and worthy of advancement to the high office of Illustrious Potentate. Hence it is quite evident that the nomination for Oriental Guide should be based upon through and accurate evaluation of character, ability, prestige, interest, and experience. A Noble can be a good fellow, a hard worker, and a loyal Shriner…and yet lack the basic qualifications, which make a good Potentate. Unless a Noble is fully qualified for the job, he is unfair both to himself and to his Temple in seeking the office or in permitting his fellow Nobles to support and promote his candidacy. Each Shrine Temple needs and requires able high-type leadership. The normal starting out point of that leadership is the office of Oriental Guide. The following checklist may prove helpful in evaluating potential candidates for the office of Oriental Guide. However, no thinking man would be so naïve or presumptuous as to believe that any one Noble could possibly embody all the virtues, talents, and qualifications which are set forth in the checklist. Nevertheless, the list has practical value…for self-evaluation by the Nobles whose ultimate aspiration is the office of Illustrious Potentate…and for advance evaluation of candidates by the voting members. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
He should have good business judgment. He should be friendly and outgoing, a good mixer. He should have the ability to express himself clearly in language that will make us proud of him, rather than apologetic. He should present an imposing personal appearance. He should be able to hold his own and advance the interest of his Temple and Freemasonry in high places as well as among the humble. He should be a devoted Mason and constantly promote the interest of Freemasonry everywhere. He should be proud, yet humble. He should have good character and a past open to investigation. He should be a leader, have good standing in his community, and be influential in its affairs. He should be financially secure. He should be in good health, full of energy, and vitality. He should be able to devote ample time to his duties. He should be a man who, when he appears anywhere in public, you will be proud of and not be apologetic for his shortcomings. His wife should be able to understand his devotion to duty; realize that he is Potentate and not she; be able to dress and wear appropriate clothing, and be familiar with the social amenities. Remember she is destined to become Alzafar’s First Lady.
Nominations for Oriental Guide should be based upon thorough and accurate evaluation of character, ability, and interest. Remember, you are electing your spokesman and standard-bearer and the one who will represent you throughout the World. We have a great talent in our Temple. Let’s seek it! Let us be fair and sincere. Let us get the very best we can. 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.
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
Jason Triggs Potentate
Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:30 pm Alzafar Shrine Center 901 N. Loop 1604 W. San Antonio, TX 78232 MEETING WILL BE TILED MUST HAVE 2018 DUES CARD
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 (Optional) Sat. Oct. 27th……Medina County Fair……………………………Hondo………....8:00AM……....10:00AM Sat. Nov. 10th……Veteran’s Day……………………….……...San Antonio……..10:00AM……...12:00PM (Alzafar Ladies and Family) Sat. Dec. 8th……..Christmas Parade……………………….….. Sattler…………...9:30AM……….11:00AM (Alzafar Ladies and Family)
IN MEMORY OF
Rod & Gun Club
Frances O. Kalisky
George B. Epperson
Bob & Becky Ashley
P.P. Gary Radvansky & Lady Cheryl
P.P. Paul McCombs & Lady Norma
Rod & Gun Club
Rod & Gun Club
Walt & Patsy Hammons
P.P. Gary Radvansky & Lady Cheryl
Rita "Sissie" Johnson
Rita "Sissie" Johnson
In Honor of Linda Purcell's Birthday by Barbara Strayer
Dennis J. Rackler
Donald E. Meyer Past Potentate Illustrious Sir, Loren Hayes 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 @ 210-2747713. FOR SALE: 2 burial plots at Sunset Memorial Park in the Masonic Section. Asking $4,000.00 each. Please contact Vicki Gann @ 210315-1325.
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 @ 210-259-7953. FOR SALE: Ben Hur #12 at Camp Alzafar. 2 bedroom cabin with cathedral ceilings. For more information, call Noble Billy Steele @ 210-402-1578. FOR SALE: #5 Arabia at Camp Alzafar. Please call Ronny @ 210724-9653 for details and also for showing.
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
NOVEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS 1st 4th 10th 12th 13th 15th
Forget-Me-Nots/Room 4 10:00 am Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors 12:00 noon LOS Stated Meeting/Parlors 7:00 pm Alzafar Memorial Service 2:00 pm Veteran's Day Parade/San Antonio 12:00 noon Veteran's Day Observed-SHRINE CENTER CLOSED Finance/Divan Meeting/Conference Room 5:00 pm Alzafar Stated Meeting/Terrace Room 7:30 pm
____________________________________________________________ DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS 6th
Seniors Meeting & Luncheon/Parlors 12:00 noon LOS Christmas Party/Parlors 7:00 pm 8th Sattler Christmas Parade/Sattler 11:00 am 10th Finance/Divan Meeting/Conference Room 5:00 pm 13th Alzafar Stated/Election of Officers/Ballroom 7:30 pm NILE Stated Session/Parlors 7:30 pm 16th Children's Christmas Party/Ballroom 2:00 pm ________________________________________________________________ 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 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