AL MENAH SHRINERS OASIS OF NASHVILLE DESERT OF TENNESSEE
P.O. BOX 78545 • NASHVILLE, TN 37207 • 615.226.7766 • 1.877.505.7764
VOLUME 36 • NUMBER 4 • (PUBLISHED MONTHLY EXCEPT JUNE & JULY) • APRIL 2017
Potentate’s Grand Ball
Love To The Rescue
News From Lexington
From the Editor
Easter Egg Hunt
Vidalia Onion Sales
Al Menah Temple
Oasis of Nashville
Desert of TennessEE
P.O.Box 78545 •• Nashville, TN 37207
The Publication Committee
The Divan/Board of Directors
Potentate .. ................... Frank Hester
Chief Rabban .. .......... Horace Perkins III III
Assistant Rabban .. .........Randy Williams
High Priest & Prophet .. ......... Scott Jones
Oriental Guide .. .......... Donnie Drayton
Treasurer .. ....................... Wes Frye
Recorder ...................Robert Daniel
Editor ..................... Maurice Smith
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Mike Van Sant
Spring is here and warmer weather is on the way. If you are like me, I am ready
to be rid of the cold weather and look forward to warmer spring weather. If you
haven’t noticed we are working hard to make improvements to our landscaping and
some interior improvements as well. Most of these are the efforts of the Sheriff’s
Department who provides the labor and the generosity of several Nobles who are
donating materials and supplies. I would like to thank Chief Aide Ed Buckner, Deputy
Chief Aide “Boo” Harrington, Kitchen Committee Chairman Ronnie Brown and our
Building Committee Chairman Jim Campbell for helping with these projects.
Last month we had our first parade, St. Patrick’s Day in Erin, Tennessee. Nobles
I am so proud of the turnout from our units and clubs. Looking back from the front it
looked like we were stretched out for a half of a mile!! A special thanks to Houston
County Shrine Club for the great hospitality before the parade.
We would like to welcome the Daughters of the Nile, Dynasty Amenna Temple
# 164 to Nashville. After much hard work and dedication, the ladies of the Daughters
of the Nile are now their own temple. Congratulations to Donna Isbell who was
elected Queen and all the ladies who were elected to office.
The Potentate’s Ball is April 7 th & 8 th . We hope you come out and join us for this
Don’t forget to bring the kids and grandkids to the Easter Egg Hunt on April 15 th .
The Units and Clubs are geared up to make it a fun day for all.
On May 21 st we will be going to Lexington Hospital’s Grand Opening. We have
a bus chartered and you are welcome to ride along. The cost is $20.00 per person.
Please RSVP to the office to reserve your seat. If you have not had a chance to visit
one of our Hospitals for which we all work so hard for, this is your chance.
I would like to again welcome all the new Nobles that have joined Al Menah this
year. So far we have had 26 Master Masons join our fraternity and 25 Nobles have
been restored. We have initiated several of these new Nobles at Shrine Club meetings
and are willing to continue to do so. If you know of a Master Mason that is interested
in joining our fraternity, let’s get them on board. Give me a call and we will be glad
to come to your Shrine Club. The initiation fee is $100.00. Remember all you have
to do is “Ask a Master Mason to be A Shriner”.
Nobles and Ladies, thank you for all you do for Al Menah and our Shriners
Hospitals for Children.
Yours in the Faith,
“Pride, Passion & Purpose”
From the desk of...
I would like to start be thanking
every Noble for what you do for
Al Menah and the hospitals.
Spring is here! Please come and
enjoy the events we are having
at the Temple.
We are having great crowds
at the Stated Meetings. All of
you new Nobles please try to attend.
Stated Meetings are the 3 rd Tuesday of each month.
Dinner begins at 6:00pm. We will be looking for you.
Please keep working on membership!
Horace Perkins, III
This past month, Beth and I had the
privilege of attending the Assistant
Rabban seminar in Tampa,
Florida. We learned a great deal
and are glad to share that this
group is excited and pumped
for the Imperial Session in
Nashville in 2019. Many of them
are planning to come to town
beforehand to check out hotels and our
attractions to plan their Potentate’s trips and the best
Imperial Session ever.
As always, the Irish Day parade and fellowship in
Erin was most enjoyable.
We are excited to share that several new Nobles have
been created since the beginning of the year.
Hope to see everyone at the Potentate’s Ball and be
sure to bring your children, grandchildren, and even the
neighborhood kids to our always fun Easter Egg Hunt
on Saturday, April 15.
Keep in mind that our paper sale is fast approaching
as well and with that our opportunity to raise money for
our kids and share awareness of our awesome fraternity.
HIGH PRIEST AND PROPHET
We had a great turn out for the St.
Patrick’s Day Parade in Erin, TN.
I would like to give a big thank
you to the Nobles of Houston
County Shrine Club and our
Brothers of Wisdom Lodge for
an outstanding breakfast for the
The Paper Sale is fast approaching
and we need all Nobles to help raise funds for our 22
Shriners Hospital’s for Children. If you are not in a
unit or club and need somewhere to work, just call
the office or any Divan member and we will get you
in contact your area representative.
Remember the sick…. Give them a call or go visit
them and always keep them in your prayers.
High Priest and Prophet
Good Day, Nobles!
I will have you know that I have
just returned from the Fount of
All Knowledge, having been
endowed with true wisdom,
knowledge, and profound
understanding. In other words,
I went to Tampa and they talked
On a serious note, I would appreciate it
if you would join me in honoring 3 of our own: John
Anderson, Leo Claytor, and Joe Stroud. These men
have contributed a large part of their time to transporting
our patients to and from the hospitals. Between them,
they’ve made more than 400 trips and spent countless
hours caring for our children. Please take the time to
stop them, thank them, shake their hands, and let them
know their service did not go unnoticed.
Unforgettable, A Black Tie Affair
Potentate’s Grand Ball
Illustrious Sir Frank Hester and Lady Tracy
Hospitality – Friday, April 7, 2017, 4:00pm
The Clarion Hotel
211 North First Street, Nashville, TN
Reception – Saturday, March 8, 2017, 11:00am
Presentation at 1:00pm
The Clarion Hotel
211 North First Street, Nashville, TN
Ball Transportation to begin at 4:00pm (Social Hour & Pictures)
Grand Procession: Promptly at 5:30pm
First bus back to the hotel: 10:00pm/ Last bus back to the hotel 11:30pm
After Glow at The Clarion Hotel
In honor of National Doctors' Day, we'd like to share your words of gratitude for the incredible
doctors who work at Shriners Hospitals for Children ® … so we've created an online quilt to
display encouraging messages from you and other Shriners Hospitals friends!
Please say "thank you" to our wonderful medical staff for the amazing work they do.
National Doctors' Day was established by an act of Congress to recognize physicians for their
contributions to our country — and, Supporter, our doctors are daily miracle workers for families
with children suffering from severe burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate, orthopaedic
challenges and a host of rare disorders.
And thanks to all the generous help we receive from you and other supporters, our talented
physicians are able to deliver all this care to children regardless of the families' ability to pay.
So please join me in celebrating our remarkable medical staff for the life-changing work they do!
Go to https://lovetotherescue.org/quilt/ and leave your encouraging square.
Chris L. Smith
Chairman, Board of Directors
Shriners Hospitals for Children ®
P.S. Our doctors, who have dedicated their careers to helping children, will see all the comments left by
supporters like you, giving them a real boost. Thank you for your words of support and for everything
you do for Shriners Hospitals for Children!
What a amazing March! This year
just keeps getting better.
Captain Vernon “Jingles”
Blackburn and Lady Trisha
planned a date night for the
Clowns at Chaffin’s Barn on the
11th , and I must say we had a
great time. The meal was superb,
and the play was wonderful.
On the 18th we had a most
wonderful turn out of Al Menah
Temple at Erin for the annual St.
Patrick’s Day parade. The Fabulous
Al Menah Clown Unit had 19
clowns in make up! Way to start
this year off right Clowns.
March 31 st we head to Canton
GA. for Mid-Winter and April 1st
is competition. We’re all excited
to bring back some trophies from
Georgia, and to visit with brother
April 8th is the Potentate’s Ball
let’s have a great turn out to support
Illustrious Frank Hester, and
fellowship with our many guests
that will be visiting our
April 15 is the Easter Egg hunt.
We will be putting on our best
makeup for the kids as they enjoy
the many activities, and visit from
the Easter Bunny.
Brethren we have many sick,
and many who need prayers. May
we always be mindful of them in
our devotions to God. May He
bless them , heal them, and comfort
James “Puzzles” Chambers
Legion of Honor
What a beautiful parade we had in
Erin, TN for St Patrick’s Day. All
of you who
came looked sharp and did a good
job interacting with the crowd.
Also Momma would have been
proud of that breakfast, thanks to
the Houston County Shrine Club
and I loved seeing all that Irish
The Saturday before St Patrick’s
Day the Legion of Honor posted
colors for the Hooligans at Al
Menah. Another Irish green event
and our guys did a great job there
Remember the Easter Egg Hunt
on April 15, 2017. We all need
to come out and support this and
bring children. The Legion of
Honor is tasked with assisting
in the “Child Identification Program”,
better known as “Chip”.
We should arrive by 8:00am for
instructions and we need as many
of you as we can get to assist with
this great and helpful program.
We installed a new member in
February. Noble James David
Andrews is now a proud member
of the Legion of Honor and we are
proud to have him. Let’s all get
acquainted and make him feel welcome
as he begins to get involved
in our activities.
You may also be eligible to
become a member of the Legion
of Honor if you are a shriner and a
military veteran. Ask any member
for an application, I think you will
be glad you did!
Please continue to pray for our
military men and women in harms
way, all those less fortunate, the
children and our hospitals.
May God Bless,
The Erin parade is behind us for
another year. We had a good turn
out and I think everyone had a
The Provost Guard drill team is
practicing getting ready the competition
at Dixie in Panama City in
The paper sale time is almost
here so let make this a good year
for the paper sale.
Motor Corps Spring is finally
“Life is something we all share,
Just like oxygen, in the air.
The way we live it,
is up to us,
With a negative
or with a plus.
Life is something,
we should cherish,
We never know,
when we’ll perish.
Live each and every
Smell the flowers,
stop and play.
Life is something,
we’ve been blessed,
Choice is yours,
choose your quest.
Follow your passions,
and you’ll be fine,
With the right attitude,
you will shine!”
April 15 Easter Egg Hunt
Al Menah Shrine Center
April 15 Motor Corps Dinner
Outing –6:30 pm
Cherokee Steak House
450 Cherokee Dock Rd
Happy Easter to All!!
Till next time,
“Fat Rabbit”, PC
SHRINE CLUB NEWS
Hendersonville Shrine Club
Spring time is a busy time of the year
for Al Menah Shriners. We have the
Potentate’s Ball, Paper Sale, Easter
Egg Hunt, Onion Sales and our parades.
The Potentate’s Ball is Saturday,
April 8 th at the Temple.
Our Paper Sale is May 4 th – 7 th . I
am praying for good weather and a
good sale. We all know the obligation
we took to work the Paper Sale
if we can for the benefit of our kids
and our Hospitals. We all know
this is our biggest fund raiser of the
year. If you live in our area and can
help sell papers on any of the days
mentioned, call me: Boyd Parnell
at 615-598-1339. I will find you a
place to work. We need your help.
Our club will be selling Vidalia
onions again this year. If you want
to buy or help sell the onions, give
me a call. We expect to get the onions
in around May 10 th , depending
If you live in our area and don’t
belong to a Shrine Club, come
on down for some good food and
fellowship. Our next meeting is
Monday, March 24 th . We meet at
the Black-Eye-Pea, 164 East Main
Street in Hendersonville. We meet
at 6:00pm for fellowship and food
and our meeting starts at 7:00pm.
In closing, remember our Hospitals
and our kids, those who have
lost loved ones, those who are sick
and unable to attend our meetings,
our troops and our temple. Keep
them all in your prayers.
God Bless America.
Boyd C. Parnell
Williamson County Shrine Club and
By the time you see this article our
club will be getting organized for
the paper sale. It will be May 4-5-
6&7. I hope you plan to help! This
is what we are all about, bringing in
Dollars for the Shriners Hospitals
for Children. Remember, we can
sell Plaques all year long. We have
lots of Plaques and stickers so just
let us know how many you need?
Our WCSC Motor Division attended
the Erin St. Patrick’s Day
Parade last Saturday. Don’t forget
about the Franklin Rodeo Parade
coming up on May 13. We will
have breakfast hospitality at Hiram
Lodge beginning at about 9:00am.
The line up is at 11:00am with the
parade beginning at High Noon.
We hope you can come be in the Parade
If you don’t belong to a club already,
come on down and visit with
us on the third Thursday at Logan’s
Steakhouse – 6:00 pm. We are
looking for new members. You can
visit us and see if you might want
to join? Please remember to thank
God every day for the freedom we
enjoy in this Great Country!
Shriners Help Children!
Shriners Hospitals for Children attains 4-star Charity
Dear Friends and Supporters,
I am proud to announce that Shriners Hospitals for Children has once again
attained the highly coveted 4-star Charity Navigator rating for demonstrating
strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Shriners Hospitals for Children exceeds
industry standards and outperforms most charities. This exceptional designation
from Charity Navigator sets Shriners Hospitals for Children apart from its peers
and demonstrates to the public our trustworthiness...only a quarter of rated
charities achieve this distinction!
The reason this 4-star designation is so powerful is because
it distinguishes us from more than 1.5 million American
charities. Charity Navigator distinguishes charities like ours
for being an efficient and transparent organization. This
gives donors greater confidence in the charitable decisions
that they make. In addition, this year, Shriners Hospitals for
Children was ranked the 91st largest charity in the world by
The Chronincle of Philanthropy and the 53rd largest charity
in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine.
Thank you for your continued support.
For the children,
Dale Wallenius,MA, CFRE
Director of Philanthropy
Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center
Paper Sale Donation from Kroger
On Monday, 7/18 Potentate Jeff Head and members of the Williamson
County Shrine Club were with Kroger Management at their Belle
Meade store where they presented a $1,000.00 to us for the Shrine
Hospitals for Children. The Kroger Manager was an acquaintance of
Scotty and Teresa Travis who put this together for the Al Menah Shrine
Hospitals for Children Paper Sale.
This is a portion of a message from Phyllis Berry, wife of this
Kroger Store Manager, Michael Berry.
Let me tell you, our son was a Shrine Hospital patient
and we are forever grateful The experience was an
awakening in humanity. The care was phenomenal. The
friendship my family made. The support from the men in
your fraternity was phenomenal. We thank you for all you
and your members do for children across the country.
Butch Mayes, WCSC
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(as of this publication)
April 7 Potentate Ball Hospitality
Fri/Sat 3/3-4 York Rite Festival
April 8 Potentate’s Ball
Fri 3/17 ST. PATRICK’S DAY
April 15 Easter Egg hunt
Sat 3/18 St. Patrick’s Day Parade,
April 21-22 Scottish Rite Reunion
April 28-29 Scottish Rite Reunion
Wed/Thu 3/22-23 Grand Lodge
April 29 AMT Hillbilly Gathering
Mon-Fri 3/27-31 Paper Sale Caravan
Fri 4/7 Al Menah Potentate’s
May 4-7 Paper Sale
Ball Hospitality, Clarion Hotel
May 11-13 Fun Fest
Sat 4/8 Al Menah Potentate’s Ball
May 21 Hospital Day - Lexington
Thu 4/13 Maundy Thursday,
Sat 4/15 Easter Egg Hunt, 10:00 a.m.
Spring is FINALLY here and we are so excited about
Fri/Sat 4/21-22 Scottish Rite Reunion
Fri/Sat 4/28-29 Scottish Rite Reunion
the upcoming events. We hope you will come join us as
you are able. As of this writing, preparations are being
made for our Potentate’s Ball and it’s going to be an exciting
night. We look forward to seeing you there for an
“Unforgettable, Black Tie Affair”.
We again would like to invite each lady to come
out and join us on the Noble’s Stated Meeting night
each month, the third Tuesday at 6:00pm. This month’s
meeting will be on April 8th. We will have 50/50, door
prizes and lots of other Fun! We hope you will come
We are working on some projects to support the
Shriners Hospitals for Children Lexington and Cincinnati
We are still collecting travel size board games i.e.
Sorry, Trouble, Clue, Yahtzee, Connect Four and also
card games i.e. Uno, Skip-Bo, etc. throughout the
month of April. These items can be brought to the Ladies
Meeting, temple office or given to any of the Divan
Currently donations are being accepted to sponsor
Shrine patients to attend Burn Camp at Camp Ytiliba.
The cost is $350 per week, per patient. We have already
had one generous Noble and Lady provide a check to
send one patient and we are hoping to send at least two
more. What better cause than to be able to provide
smiles to our Shrine patients.
And don’t forget about our Easter Egg Hunt
coming up on April 15th. Be sure to bring
your kids, grandkids and friend’s kids for an
Lady Tracy Hester
Its Onion Time at Al Menah!
Units and Clubs may use this form to provide information for ordering
Onions Units for this fundraiser.
Remember – Deadline for your orders is APRIL 18 th .
Don’t miss this fundraising opportunity for your Unit or Club,
Noble’s use this form for taking your Onion orders.
Scentsy will donate $8 from the sale
of each Sebastian the Superbuddy
and Love Heals Warmer to Shriners
Hospitals for Children ® .
Learn more at
SEBASTIAN THE SUPERBUDDY $35*
Suited up and ready to save the day, Sebastian
is here to send Love to the rescue ® on behalf
of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Includes one Scent Pak.
LOVE HEALS $35*
6" tall, 25W
*Cannot be purchased using Half-Price Host Rewards, Perpetual Party
Rewards or in Combine & Save.
for the Shriner
should be sent to
Jerry N. Williams
12/07/1942 - 02/22/2017
Nobles Visited By
The Black Camel
John M. West
04/23/1951 - 03/01/2017
al MENaH TEMplE
1354 BRICK CHURCH PIKE
P. O. Box 78545
NASHVILLE, TN 37207
Permit No. 1731
Harold E. Carter
07/02/1949 - 02/23/2017
04/10/1937 - 02/23/2017
Donald C. Warden
03/27/1929 - 03/12/2017
Joe H. Moore
03/23/1928 - 03/23/2017
Wallace L. Thompson
05/30/1932 - 02/23/2017
DEADLINE FOR APRIL MAY SHRINER IS IS MAR APRIL 15TH 19