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 37 • NUMBER • NUMBER 4 2 • • (PUBLISHED MONTHLY EXCEPT JUNE & JULY) & JULY) • • FEBRUARY APRIL 2018 2017
Potentate ........... Horace Perkins III
Chief Rabban. .........Randy Williams
Assistant Rabban .......... Scott Jones
High Priest & Prophet. ... Donny Drayton
Oriental Guide ...... Vernon Blackburn
Treasurer .................. Wes Frye
Recorder. .............. Robert Daniel
Editor. .............. Maurice Smmith
*V. K. Stevenson
*W. F. Hunt
*J. Pink Lawrence
*Ed R. Burr
*J. Harry Murphy
*Charles N. Rolfe
*E. M. Kelly
*Ira E. Parker
*Martin S. Roberts
*R. C. Derivaux
*Oren A. Oliver
*Lee L. Gamble
*R. R. Clark
*Hugh F. Smith, Jr.
*W. A. Bryan
*Charles L. Cornelius
*W. Bush Herbert
*Jess B. Templeton
*T. A. Springfield
*James G. Stahlman
*J. Clark Akers
*R. E. Baulch
*Thomas E. Doss
Kerbela Temple ‘28
*S. N. Allen
*W. B. Hager
*O. Lynn Meek
*James J. Vaughn
*C. H. Smith
*Fred C. Laskey
*Ivo A. Burton
*T. W. Bray, Jr.
*James R. Cox
*Paul R. Jarratt
*J. Sumpter Anderson
*Hugh W. Robertson
*M. T. Gossett
*Joe C. Carr
*James T. Hayes
*E. Lee Bennett
*Orris E. Davis
*Raymond H. Leathers
*Hilry H. Shaffer
*James N. Stansell
*John E. Patton
*John D. Whalley
Jack Norman, Jr.
*Clyde R. Watson
*Marshall S. Whitley
*James J. White
*G. Cooper Holt
*J. Coleman Hayes
*Donald R. Dunning
*J. P. Foster
*C. V. Cramb
*J. Nelson Bryan
*Jerry N. Tate
*Fred H. Gay, Jr.
James A. Campbell
*Claude G. Southall
*W. B. Lawson
J. Dudley Phillips
*M. Norris Jenkins
*James F. Scalf, Jr.
*William B. Jones
Jack C. Phelps
*David P. Brumfield
*Zack S. Parrish, Sr.
*Robert E. Newman
*R. Parker Graham
H. Parker Toler
*R. T. McNaney
James L. Ham
Charles H. Williams
William D. Jones
John L. Weaver, III
Gale B. Robinson
Ronny L. Greer
Charles E. Cardwell
J. Franklin “Jay” Scalf, III
Carl E. Barnes
Mike Van Sant
Thank you to everyone who attended the New Year’s Eve
Kickoff Party. It was a great time. Close to 100 Nobles
and their Ladies attended with over 50 staying till 12:01am
to see the Divan and myself be installed. We had over 200
people for the Public Installation. As I have said before, I
am very humbled to be your Potentate.
The snow caused us to cancel the Stated Meeting, but the
Divan and myself did not want anybody to get hurt. We will
get caught up at the February Stated Meeting. Remember
the Stated Meeting schedule: Captains Meeting at 5:30,
Unit Meetings at 6:00 and the Stated Meeting at 7:30pm.
There will be a drawing for a .22 Marlin rifle at the next
Stated Meeting at no cost… only your attendance is required
to be eligible to win.
We have a busy schedule ahead…. The Valentines Dinner
is on Feb 10th. Gospel Singing will be at the Springhill
United Methodist Church in Erin, TN on Feb 24th. Don’t
forget to make reservations for my Potentate’s trip and
Imperial Session. July 15th through the 19th will be a great
week of fun.
In closing, remember… BE HUMBLE, BE KIND and
Yours in Faith,
Horace Perkins, III
From the desk of...
We hope everyone has had fun and kept
safe and warm from our recent bout of
cold, ice and snow. I don’t know about
all of you, but I am ready for spring!
We have several events coming up this
month and I hope to see many of you.
Please let us know if you have
any ideas, concerns, or suggestions
to improve our Shrine Center. There is
always room for improvement.
February is noted as being a month of love.
Please take a moment and reflect on the many blessings that we
enjoy and remember those that are in need.
We hope everyone has had a warm and
safe winter so far. The weather so far has
not cooperated, but warmer weather is
hopefully in our future.
We hope everyone can come out
to the Valentine’s Party on the 10th as
the committee has worked very hard
to make sure everyone has a great
time. For tickets, just call the office or
see a Divan member.
We had a great turn out for the Ambassadors
and Drivers Meeting. A big thank you to
everyone for all that you do for our children, hospitals and
We will be traveling to Shrine Clubs, weather permitting, so
I hope to see everyone soon.
Until next time, stay warm.
HIGH HIGH PRIEST PRIEST AND PROPHET AND PROPHET
This new job is pretty cool. As High Priest,
I’ve had the chance to marry several
couples even though I don’t know
if the guy with the farm animals
is gonna count? Also, you just
wouldn’t believe the things people
will admit to in the presence of a
man of the cloth. I wonder why they
think I care who they’re sleeping with
and why do they get so offended when
you ask for their phone number? You
can see I have lots to learn.... My kids hate
this prophet thing to the bone - I mean how hard is it to predict
your teenager is gonna do something stupid?
Speaking of predictions, I have had a few visions: the
Potentate, BBQ, and Beech - don’t know what that means?
Jingle bells and cool whip - maybe a clown thing? Green
streets and no spandex - No idea! Anyway, we will see what
the future holds.
If you need me, call me.
High Priest and Prophet
Mother Nature has certainly proven
to have a great sense of humor this
past month. Warm enough in the
morning to wear shorts and a t-shirt
and before the sun has time to set
we’re bundled up wondering if the
feeling in our fingers and toes will
ever return. I don’t like to wish
time away, but I for one am ready for
Speaking of warmer weather, make plans
to be in Daytona on July 18, 2018 and to participate in the
pageant and installation of the Imperial Potentate. This will
surely be a memorable event for all of Al Menah.
If you don’t already have your tickets to the Al Menah
Valentine’s Party, be sure to see any Divan member and get
yours soon. You won’t want to miss this great opportunity
to show your Lady some appreciation, and enjoy some fun
The Divan will be visiting Shrine Clubs, so please be sure to
update the Office of any changes in meeting times or location.
As always, Thank you for all that you do for Al Menah and
Shriners International. It is your dedication to improving the
lives of children, that defines what it means to be a Shriner.
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
An entire family of patients finds hope and healing at Shriners
Hospitals for Children
Dad, daughter and two sons are all
patients of Shriners Hospitals for
Sam was born with Marfan syndrome, a
genetic disorder that affects the body’s
connective tissues. Connective tissue holds all
the body’s cells, organs and tissues together.
It also plays an important role in helping the
body grow and develop properly. Because
connective tissue is found throughout the
body, Marfan syndrome can affect many
different parts of the body as well. Features of
the disorder are most often found in the heart,
blood vessels, bones, joints and eyes.
According to the Marfan Foundation, about one in 5,000 people have Marfan syndrome.
About three out of four people with Marfan syndrome inherit it, meaning they get the genetic
mutation from a parent who has it.
Scoliosis is common in individuals present with Marfan syndrome characteristics. At the age
of 14, Sam had a successful spinal fusion surgery performed at Shriners Hospitals for Children
— Chicago. As Sam continued to grow during his teen and adults years, he developed, remained
healthy and encountered minimal additional effects from Marfan syndrome. He played every
sport available at the small Christian school he attended and achieved all life’s major milestones.
Sam and Carla married in 2000 and were under
the impression that Marfan syndrome skipped a
generation. Due to health issues also present on
Carla’s side they understood that it might be
difficult for them to have children. When the
couple found out that they were pregnant with
their first child, Jadon they were beyond elated.
Shortly after birth they recognized that Jadon
presented with characteristics of Marfan
Read more at https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/lexington/news-and-events/anentire-family-of-patients-finds-hope-and-healin-514
By order of the Potentate and the Imperial Council A.A.O.N.M.S., the following excerpt from General Order #1 is hereby
published for the information of the Nobility and the Clubs and Units of Al Menah Shrine Center.
It is natural to associate the fez with Shriners Hospitals for Children. Because of this, meticulous attention must be given to all fundraising activities,
including circuses, to make certain that such activities comply with the law of the land and that a contributor is not led to believe that his money wilt be
used for the Hospitals when all or a portion thereof will be used otherwise. The integrity of our charity and of our fraternity must remain above reproach.
Your specific attention is called to the following fraternal and charitable bylaws:
§335.3 USE OF NAME “SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN.” The use of the name “Shriners Hospitals for Children” or reference to the
Hospitals in connection with any fund-raising activity by a temple or Noble without the written consent of the Imperial Potentate and the Chairman
of the Board of Trustees of the Hospitals is prohibited.
§503.10 The use of the name “Shriners Hospitals for Children” or reference to the hospitals in connection with any commercial product or
business enterprise is prohibited unless the written consent of the Board of Directors and Trustees has been first obtained.
Now, therefore, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
1. Fund Raising for Fraternal Purposes:
(a) No Noble (in his capacity as a Shriner), club, unit, organization of Nobles or affiliated or appendant corporations, shall engage in any fundraising
activity without the express written consent of the potentate of the temple having jurisdiction thereof.
(b) There can be no representation, express or implied, that the proceeds will be for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children. (c) The
temple potentate shall carefully examine all phases of the advertising, promotion and solicitation to determine that it complies with sections
335.3 and 503.10 of the fratemal and charitable bylaws.
(d) The temple potentate must approve the terms and provisions of any contract for a fund-raising activity after receiving the advice of the
temple attorney, and, additionally, as may be required by the temple bylaws.
(e) A copy of the temple potentate’s written consent shall be mailed to the Executive Vice President - Imperial Council. Further, such written
material pertaining to the fund-raising activity, as requested by the Executive Vice President - Imperial Council, shall be promptly mailed to
2. Fund Raising for Charitable Purposes:
(a) No Noble (in his capacity as a Shriner), club, unit, organization of Nobles or affiliated or appendant corporations shall engage in any
charitable fund-raising activity other than for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Permission therefore must be first obtained in writing from
the temple potentate. The temple potentate must then obtain written permission from the Chairman of the Boards of Directors and
Trustees. This request for written permission shall be sent to the Executive Vice President, Imperial Council, P.O. Box 31356, Tampa,
However, a joint charitable lundraising activity with another Section 501 (c)(3) charity may be authorized provided that a minimum of
50% of the net proceeds are for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the chairman of the beards of directors and trustees
determine, on a case by case basis, that it is in the best interest of Shriners Hospitals for Children and they grant their written permission
for the activity.
(b) 100% of net proceeds (as defined in the Charitable Fund Raising - Approval And Reporting provisions of this General Order) from
charitable fund raising must be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children except for such portion thereof as may be retained for the temple
Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund, pursuant to the Special Purpose Funds provisions of this General Order. Provided, however, if the
Chairmen of the Boards of Directors and Trustees determine for good cause shown, that the law of the land requires that a portion of the
net proceeds must be distributed locally, then they may, if they determine it to be in the best interest of Shriners Hospitals for Children,
grant their written permission for such distribution.
(c) The temple shall report the result of each charitable fund raising activity within sixty days of the activity, pursuant to the Charitable
Fund Raising - Approval And Reporting provisions of this General Order
(d) This section shall not apply to activities exempt under section 335.4(b) of the bylaws of The Imperial Council.
(e) Each independent corporation or entity that receives the permission of the Chairmen of the Broads of Directors and Trustees to
raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children, and which does not have its financial accounts audited pursuant to sections 334.5 & 337.8 of
the bylaws of The Imperial Council, shall have its financial accounts audited by a certified, chartered or licensed public accountant and shall
submit such audit report to The Imperial Council within 120 days of the activity.
3. Statement of Purpose and Disclosure:
(a) Every fund-raising activity must contain factual information on its solicitation material, tickets, programs and documents regarding
the use of the proceeds. Examples:
“Proceeds are for the benefit of (_______ Shriners) (_______ Shrine Club) activities.”
“Proceeds are for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children.”
(b) Every fund-raising activity which is not entirely for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children shalt prominently state on the
solicitation material, tickets and documents that “payments are not deductible as charitable contributions.”
(c) There must be compliance with the Revenue Act of 1987 provision of any existing general order by U.S. Temples.
4. Compliance with Applicable Laws:
It is the responsibility of the temple potentate, after receiving the advice of the temple attorney, to determine that there is compliance with all applicable
laws in its jurisdiction for the temple’s fund-raising activities.
5. Financial Records:
(a) The temple shall maintain detailed financial records pertaining to all fund-raising activities involving Nobles, clubs, units,
organizations of Nobles or affiliated or appendant corporations. Details of all revenues and disbursements shall be maintained in such financial
(b) The temple must retain such detailed financial records for a period of seven (7) years.
(c) There must be compliance with Financial Reporting on Charitable Funds and Activities provision of any existing general order.
6. Notification to Nobility:
A copy of the Fund-Raising Activities provisions of this General Order shall be printed in the temple publication at least once every
calendar year. If there is no temple publication, then a copy shall be mailed to each Noble in the temple not later than the last day in March of
each calendar year.
Any officer, Noble or temple which violates a provision of Fund-Raising Activities is subject to discipline pursuant to the bylaws of
The Imperial Council.
2The great blizzards of January are
over and it kept us from “clowning” a
little bit, but February should keep us
busy working on skits getting ready
The South East Shrine Clown
Association (SESCA) Mid-Winter
convention and clown competition;
or rather the “2018 Shrine Clown
Jamboree”, is coming up fast and
will be held March 8th through 10th
in the Great Smokey Mountains,
Gatlinburg Tennessee! It will be a little
different this year where all Shriner
card-carrying clowns will be able to
compete. We are looking forward
to a very exciting competition and
fellowship with brother clowns from
other Shrine temples.
Thank you to all of you for what
you do to support our children’s
hospitals. Please keep those that are
sick and unable to attend our events
in your prayers.
Keep on Clowning!
Jim “Snips” Lee
Well 2017 is in the rear-view mirror,
and 2018 promises to be very exciting
for the Motor Corps. Congratulations
to Phil “Fat Rabbit” Parman for
winning the very prestigious 2017
Shriner of the Year Award. Thank you
to Past Captain Van Miller
and his lady Vickie for an
outstanding 2017 year.
The elected 2018 Motor Corps
Captain, Jim Asad Adjutant, Leighton
Bush, Jr. Secretary/Treasurer, Barry
Molasy Recording Secretary, Terry
Posey Parliamentarian, Greg Hill
Journalist, Phil Parman Historian &
Chaplain, Frank Hester P.P., Classic
Cars Lt. – Gary Graf Dune Buggies
Lt. – Kyle Mason Life Members Lt.
– John Anderson Motorcycles Lt. –
We look forward to working with
the Divan and all the units during the
Also, this Shriners Creed is a great
reminder why we all became Shriners:
The Shriners Creed
Shriners believe in God and that He
created man to serve His purposes,
among which is service to others in
We believe that care for the less
fortunate, especially children who
suffer from burns and crippling
diseases, is our institutional calling.
We are patriots, each willing to serve
his country with fidelity and courage.
We cherish independence under law
and freedom with responsibility.
We honor family. We respect our
parents, wives and children. We
should instill in our children the
tenets of this creed, and the heritage
from which it emanates.
As individuals we pledge ourselves
to integrity, virtue and nobility of
character. Our intentions will be
honorable, our relations will be
trustworthy and our spirits forgiving
of each other.
As brothers we offer each other
fraternal affection and respect.
Together we will support each other
in adherence to this creed, so that
we and our communities will be the
better because of our fraternity and its
As Shriners we look beyond
ourselves to serve the needs of others,
especially children who cannot help
themselves. We believe Shriners
Hospitals to be the world’s greatest
philanthropy, and we covenant with
each other to support its “temples of
mercy” with spirit, time, talent and
Captain Motor Corps
Shrine Club News
Hendersonville Shrine Club
Congratulations to Potentate
Frank Hester and the Divan for
an outstanding year for Al Menah
Our first big event for the year
is our Valentine Party. It will be
Saturday, February 10th. The doors
will open at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm
and the entertainment will follow.
Tickets are $25 each and can be
purchased from a Divan member or
in the Shrine Office.
Once again, I would like to
invite any Shriner in our area to
come out and fellowship with the
Hendersonville Shrine Club. We meet
on the 4th Monday of each month at
the Black-Eyed-Pea Restaurant at 164
East Main Street in Hendersonville.
We would love for you to join us to
share good food, fellowship and share
your ideas with us.
In closing, let’s remember to keep
our Temple, our kids, our sick and
those who have lost loved ones in
our prayers. Last but not least, our
military men and women fighting for
our freedom. “God Bless America”.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
AS OF THIS PUBLICATION – SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Feb. 10 Valentine Party
Feb. 17 Demolay Sweetheart Dance
Feb. 20 Stated Meeting
Feb. 24 Gospel Singing For Shriners
Hospital - Erin, TN
Mar. 17 Erin Parade
Mar. 20 Stated Meeting
Mar. 23 Potentate Ball Hospitality @
Mar. 24 Potentate Ball @ AMT
Mar. 28 Grand Lodge
Mar. 29 Maundy Thursday
Mar. 31 Patient’s Easter Egg Hunt -
Apr. 2-6 Paper Sale Caravan
Apr. 13-14 Rainbow Girls Event @ AMT
Apr. 13-14 Scottish Rite Reunion
Apr. 17 Stated Meeting
Apr. 20-21 Scottish Rite Reunion
Apr. 22 Gospel Singing @ AMT
May 10-12 Fun Fest - Pigeon Forge
May 15 Stated Meeting
May 17-20 Dixie Association
Convention-Panama City -
More Information To Come
June 2 Ladies Luncheon
June 19 Captain’s Meeting Only @ 6:00PM
June 23 Casino Party @ AMT
July 8-14 Demolay Conclave
July 15-19 Imperial Session - Daytona Beach, Fl
July 24 Captain’s Meeting Only @ 6:00PM
Aug. 16-18 Southeastern Shrine Association
(S.e.s.a) - Pigeon Forge, TN
Aug. 21 Stated Meeting
Aug. 24-25 Cincinnati Shriners Hospital
Sept. 15 Ceremonial @ AMT
Sept. 18 Stated Meeting
Sept. 20 Directors Staff Golf Tournament
Sept. 29 Al Menah Car Show
Oct. 5-7 Shrine Circus - Municipal Auditorium
Oct. 13 Clown Auction
Oct. 16 Stated Meeting
Oct. 20 Oes Homecoming @ AMT
Oct. 27-28 York Rite Festival
Nov. 1 Hospital Driver’s Dinner @ AMT
Nov. 2-3 Scottish Rite Reunion
Nov. 3 Ladies Extravaganza @ AMT
Nov. 9-10 Scottish Rite Reunion
Nov. 10 Director Staff Auction
Nov. 20 Stated Meeting - Dinner @ 6:00PM /
Meeting To Follow
Nov. 24 Manchester Parade
Nov. 25 Dickson Parade
Dec. 5 Chief Rabban Dinner
Dec. 9 Patients Christmas Party @ AMT
Dec. 18 Chief Rabban Dinner
Dec. 20 Stated Meeting - Election Night
Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Party
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Deadline for March Shriner is February 22, 2018