CHIEF RABBAN Eric A. DeWalt
ASSISTANT RABBAN RAMBLINGS Marty Bartlett
What a Ride
What an exciting time of the year! Our 2 biggest events – Circus and Gala are right around the corner. These are our opportunities to support our biggest fraternal and our biggest charitable fundraisers for the year. Please come out and enjoy both. I will let Eric tell you all about the exciting things he has in store for us for Circus, but let me tell you about the party of the year we are about to throw – our Grand Ole Opry themed Gala.
Imperial is over and a lot of business was discussed in Daytona. My Lady Suzy and I had a wonderful time alongside Illustrious Sir Jason Triggs and Lady Cynthia. We visited with Imperial Divan, Imperial Representatives, Counterparts from all over the United States and other parts of the world and most importantly we met many patient ambassadors. It is really something to hear of the trials and tribulations of other Temples. All the while, realizing what a fantastic Shrine we have at Alzafar. We are financially stable and are definitely a Temple to be reckoned with due to our size and our commitment to our Philanthropy. By the time you read this article Circus will be upon us. I want to say, what a ride this has been. Entering this year, I was rather nervous, as we were without a Circus Contract. I want all to know that I have always had our beloved Fraternity’s best interest at heart when making decisions. I want to thank the Nobility for trusting the direction we have taken and embracing and implementing change where needed. Nobles and Ladies from all Units stepped up to lend a hand in every aspect of this journey. There were those that have walked these steps before and those that stepped up for the first time for an event of this magnitude. I am deeply humbled by all of our Nobility’s efforts. I am writing this article before the event, so it is difficult to talk about the outcome. But I anticipate a hugely successful Circus and I look forward to looking at this event from the other side. I hope everyone had fun. I pray all were safe throughout the event. With a good plan along with a great family to help, I pray our Fraternity is in a better place because of Circus. Let me end by saying, I want you all to know how proud I am to dawn my Alzafar fez.
On October 6th, our largest annual hospital fundraiser, the Hospital Gala, will be held. Have you heard who our special guest will be? Alec – the International Ambassador for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. We are very fortunate to have him coming to our big event and being our featured speaker. We have also lined up some exciting country music talent to sing for us that night (including some big surprises), have a great meal planned, and the bar will be open. Here is your chance to dress up in your tux, your tux and jeans, your cowboy boots, your fancy dress or your best cowgirl outfit and come out for a glitzy, country western night. It will be an amazing night of entertainment with the Shrine Center looking like the actual Grand Ole Opry, and lots of silent and live auction items for you to pick up. Tickets are $750 for a regular table of 10, $1,000 for a VIP table of 10 (private waitress and best placement in the room), or $100 per person (if you don’t have any friends you want to sit with at a table). For Shriners and family, we have an early bird special, though! If you call in your table order by September 17th, (3 weeks before the event), your table price will be $650 for a regular table and $850 for a VIP table. Once again, it is great to be a Shriner. Get your group together quick and call in to Maria or Carol in the office since this special deal will be gone soon.