AL MENAH SHRINERS OASIS OF NASHVILLE DESERT OF TENNESSEE
P.O. BOX 78545 • NASHVILLE, TN 37207 • 615.226.7766 • 1.877.505.7764
VOLUME VOLUME 36 • NUMBER 37 • 4 NUMBER • 4 • (PUBLISHED MONTHLY EXCEPT EXCEPT JUNE JUNE & JULY) & JULY) • • MAY APRIL 20182017
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Al Mehnah Car Show
Annual Open House 2018
Divan Day Weekend
Al Menah Clowns
Al Menah Upcoming Events
Clown Golf – May 21
Fishing Tournament – June 23
Casino Party - June 23
Imperial Session – July 13-19
Jim Cain Election
Ladies Brunch - June 2
2018 Ringmaster Club
SESA - August 16-18th
Car Show – Sept 29
Al Menah Al Menah Temple Temple
Oasis of Nashville
Desert of TennessEE
P.O.Box 78545 • Nashville, TN 37207
P.O.Box 78545 Phones • Nashville, 1.615.226.7766 TN 37207
The Publication Committee
The Publication Committee
The Divan/Board of Directors
Potentate .................... Horace Frank Perkins Hester III
The Chief Divan/Board Rabban. ..........Randy of Directors Horace Perkins Williams III
otentate Assistant .................... Rabban ........... .........Randy Frank Hester Scott Williams Jones
hief Rabban High Priest ........... & Prophet. Horace .......... Donny Perkins Scott Drayton IIIJones
ssistant Oriental Rabban Guide ..........Randy . Vernon Donnie Williams Blackburn Drayton
igh Priest Treasurer & Prophet . ....................... Scott Jones Wes Frye
riental Recorder. Guide ...................Robert Donnie Drayton
reasurer Editor. ........................ Maurice Wes Frye Smmith Smith
ecorder ...................Robert Published monthly except June Daniel and July
ditor ..................... www.almenahShriners.org
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*V. *Charles K. Stevenson Barham
*John D. E. Patton Whalley
*V. K. Stevenson
*John D. Whalley
PAST *W. *W. F. F. Hunt Hunt POTENTATES
Jack Norman, Jr.
*J. Pink Lawrence *Albert Jack Norman, Bennett Jr.
*J. Pink Lawrence
Charles Barham *Ed R. Burr
*Ed R. Burr *John E. *Clyde
*Clyde Patton R. Watson
V. K. Stevenson
*J. Harry Murphy
*J. Harry Murphy *John D. *Marshall
*Marshall Whalley S. Whitley
*Charles N. Rolfe *James J. White S. Whitley
W. F. Hunt*Charles N. Rolfe Jack Norman, *James Jr.
*G. Cooper J. White Holt
J. Pink Lawrence *E. *Paul M. DeWitt Kelly *Albert Bennett
*J. *G. Coleman Cooper Holt Hayes
Ed R. Burr *Joseph *E. M. Kelly Higgins *Clyde R. *Donald
*J. Watson Coleman
J. Harry Murphy *Ira *Joseph E. Parker Higgins *Marshall *J.
*Donald S. P. Whitley Foster
Charles N. *Martin
*Ira Rolfe E. Parker
S. Roberts *James J. *Gale
*J. White P. Foster
Paul DeWitt *R.
S. Roberts *G. Cooper *C.
V. Holt Robinson
E. M. Kelly *Oren
Oliver *J. Coleman *J.
V. Hayes Cramb
Joseph Higgins *Lee
*Lee L. Gamble
Ira E. Parker *R. R. Clark
*R. R. Clark
*J. P. Foster *Jerry N. Tate
*Jerry N. Tate
Martin S. *William Roberts Raine
*William Raine *Gale Robinson *Fred H. Gay, Jr.
*Fred H. Gay, Jr.
R. C. Derivaux *Hugh F. Smith, Jr.
*Hugh F. Smith, Jr. *C. V. Cramb James A. Campbell
James A. Campbell
Oren A. Oliver *W. A. Bryan
*W. A. Bryan *J. Nelson *Claude
*Claude BryanG. G.
Lee L. Gamble *Charles L. Cornelius
*Charles L. Cornelius*Robert *W. Battle *W. B.
R. R. Clark
*Gale Tate Robinson
Hugh F. Smith, Jr. Templeton
W. A. Bryan *T.
Springfield James A.
Charles L. *James
Cornelius G. Stahlman
Stahlman *Claude*William G. Southall
W. Bush Herbert
Akers *W. B. Lawson
Baulch *Gale Robinson
*David P. P. Brumfield Brumfield
Marshall *Thomas Hotchkiss
J. Dudley *Zack Phillips
S. S. Parrish, Parrish, Sr. Sr.
Jess B. Templeton Kerbela Kerbela Temple ‘28 ‘28 *M. Norris *Robert Jenkins E. Newman
T. A. Springfield *Maurice Weinberger
*James F. *George Scalf, Jr. Cook Cook
James G. *S. Stahlman *S. N. N. Allen
*William*R. *R. B. Parker Jones Graham
J. Clark Akers *W. *W. B. B. Hager
Jack C. Phelps H. H. Parker Toler
R. E. Baulch *O. *O. Lynn Meek
*David P. *R. Brumfield T. T. McNaney
Thomas E. *Jack *Jack Doss Norman
*Zack S. James Parrish, L. Ham Sr.
J. J. Vaughn
*Robert*Charles E. Newman H. H. Williams Williams
*C. H. H. Smith
S. N. Allen
C. C. Laskey
*R. Parker L.
W. B. Hager
A. A. Burton
H. Parker Toler
O. Lynn Meek
*T. W. W. Bray, Jr.
*R. T. McNaney
*James R. Cox
Ronny L. Greer
Jack Norman *Paul R. R. Jarratt
James L. Charles Ham
James J. Vaughn *J. *J. Sumpter Anderson
Charles J. H. J. Franklin Williams “Jay” Scalf, III III
C. H. Smith *Hugh W. Robertson
William Conley D. Jones
Fred C. Laskey *M. T. T. Gossett
John L. Weaver, David Smith III
Ivo A. Burton *Joe C. Carr
Gale B. Robinson Jim Cain
T. W. Bray, *James Jr. T. Hayes
Joe Bell *Mike Martin
James R. Cox *E. Lee Bennett
Ronny L. *Johnny Greer Dudley
Paul R. Jarratt *Orris E. E. Davis
Charles David E. Cardwell Wantland
J. Sumpter *Raymond AndersonH. Leathers J. Franklin Melvin “Jay” Meadows Scalf, III
*James N. Stansell
M. T. Gossett
Stansell Carl E. Barnes
Joe C. Carr
Jim CainMike Van Sant
James T. Hayes
*Mike Martin Jeff Head
E. Lee Bennett
*Johnny Frank Dudley Hester
Orris E. Davis
David Wantland * Deceased
Raymond H. Leathers Melvin Meadows
Hilry H. Shaffer
*James N. David Vaughn
First of all, a big congrats goes out to Kenny “Sparky”
Loftis on winning the 22 rifle at the Stated Meeting, and
remember at the May Stated Meeting I will be giving
away a 20 GAUGE SINGLE SHOT SHOTGUN!
Thanks to everyone for showing up to the Stated
Meetings. We have been having great crowds.
The Potentate’s Ball was great! Tammy and myself
will always be indebted to each of you. A HUGE thanks
to Jimmy Hedgepath (Rene), Jeff Head (Kim) and Past
Potentate Dennis Belford (Paula) and the committee for
the beautiful job, and the bar was unbelievable!
fter the Ball, it only got busier… Grand Lodge
started, Maundy Thursday, and the Patient’s Easter Egg
Party. It was a great time watching our children laughing
and having fun. Thanks to the committee and clowns!
And then the Paper Sale Caravan started and it was
another busy week.
Don’t forget the Dixie Convention in Panama City,
Imperial Session in Daytona Beach and the Southeastern
Convention in Pigeon Forge. April has the information in
Don’t forget to start selling circus ads.
BE HUMBLE, BE KIND, BE NOBLE
Horace Perkins, III
From the desk of...
I encourage everyone to visit the web site at the
end of my article for information about our
Al Menah Shrine Circus. Many of you may
not know the history of this annual event
or that it has been held at the old Sulphur
Dell Baseball Park (now rebuilt and the
new home of our Nashville Sounds!), the
Tennessee State Fairgrounds Coliseum, and
it’s present home the Nashville Municipal
Some of us will never forget the 1998 circus,
which managed to continue despite the tornado that hit downtown
Nashville on the first day of the circus! This event gives everyone an
opportunity for good old fashioned and clean family entertainment
and since the closure of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and
Bailey Circus in 2017 we are literally the only show like it in town!
I hope that everyone is making plans for October 5-7 for this year’s
big show! We will need all Nobles to make this circus a success.
Be sure and join our 2018 Ringmaster Club where for $130 you
will be given 4 reserved circus tickets, a men’s soft side travel FEZ
case and a men’s travel garment bag. For only $40, the ladies can
have their own travel garment bag. We will need everyone to sell ads
for our program and purchase your Nobility tickets.
Most of all, we need all Nobles to attend with their families. Be
sure and let me know what part you would like to play in making
this major fundraiser for our Temple one of the best ever!
Check out http://www.nashvilleshrinecircus.com/!
Our annual paper sale is underway, and I hope
everyone is having great weather. Remember...
you can raise paper sale money all year
through plaque sales, auctions, road blocks
and many other ways, just to name a few.
Al Menah has always done a great job
raising funds for our hospitals!
On Sunday, May 20, 2018, our Shriners
Hospitals for Children Medical Center in
Lexington, KY is having an annual open
house. If you have never had the opportunity
to attend, this would be a great time to do so. We
all work so hard to provide the funding for our healthcare system, so
if you have the chance, then go and see the miracles that happen every
day at our facilities.
Just a reminder... May 15th is our next stated meeting before we
go dark in June and July. Hope to see everyone at the next meeting.
Always remember as we go around visiting the Blue Lodges to
promote our philanthropy “Shriners Hospitals for Children” and our
fraternity. Our brothers can also promote our cause and refer children
to the hospitals. There will always be a child that we can help.
HIGH PRIEST PRIEST AND PROPHET AND PROPHET
Looks like I will have to admit one of my
predictions was wrong. As a Prophet,
that’s hard to do, but the truth is the
Clowns won the room contest at
the Potentate’s Ball. I should say
the “Clown ladies” won the contest
since the Clowns themselves have
a hard time finding the room, much
less decorating the thing.... Speaking
of Clowns - if you have time, ask PP
Dennis Belford about his special title,
bestowed on his person by the Nobles of the
Clarksville Shrine Club. I’ll give you a hint: small, pink, round,
slimy and it has antlers... He can tell you the whole story.
Remember fellows, the paper sale is a time when the world
sees Shriners for what we really are or not. Take some time and
collect some money for the children. It will be good for your
heart and soul to work a couple of days for the less fortunate.
Come see us in May, last meeting before we go dark for the
High Priest and Prophet
It’s Paper Sale time in Tennessee! I trust
each of you have made plans with your
unit or club to work the upcoming Paper
Sale May 03-06.
The month of May holds many
opportunities for you to get involved
and enjoy some fun and fellowship
with your fellow Nobles. A few of
the upcoming events are Fun Fest in
Gatlinburg, Dixie Shrine Association
Convention in Panama City, and the Al
Menah Clowns road trip to the Greenville Hospital for a tour of
this great facility.
If you haven’t yet made plans to be in Daytona for Imperial
Session you should do so soon as time is running out. This is a
great opportunity for all of Al Menah to show their support of
Imperial Sir Jim Cain.
Thank you for all that you do in support of our great fraternity
and the life changing medical care Shriners provide.
If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care
of itself. - Henry Ford
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
Dash Plates Awarded To All Entries
Trophies To Be Given For All Classes
Original Best of Show
Modified Best of Show
Oldest or Most Unusual Vehicle
14 Acre Show Site
Al Menah Shrine Center
1354 Brick Church Pike
Nashville, TN 37207
Exit 87, Trinity Lane
Call for directions
Gates open at 7:30am
All vehicles will be classed at registration from 8:00am until 11:00am
Judging will be from 11:30am until 1:30pm / Awards will be presented at 3:00pm
“RAIN or SHINE”
Entry fee per vehicle is: $20.00 at the gate
Vendor space is available for $25.00 / 10’ x 10’
Class Sponsorships are available
Kids Model Car Show is $5.00
To be judged, all vehicles must have the hood up, doors open or unlocked and the trunk open. Vehicles failing to be properly displayed
will not be classed or judged. Al Menah Shriners reserve the right to reclassify, add, delete, split or combine classes on the day of the
show based on participation. Al Menah Shriners reserve the right to remove offense, lewd or objectionable material.
All proceeds benefit Al Menah Shrine Center and are not deductible as a charitable donation
Make all checks payable to:
Al Menah Shriners
Attn: Car Show
P.O. Box 78545
Nashville, TN 37207
For More Information:
Shrine Center Office: 615-226-7766
Keary D. Fleenor: 615-289-8272
It looks like spring is finally here and the
Fabulous Al Menah Clowns had a busy
April and looks like May will keep us busy
We started off April with our Annual
Easter Egg hunt on the 1st. It was a great
success, open to the patients and their families.
We took pictures, made balloons and
put on several skits to entertain everyone.
On April 7th we entertained for a Downs
Syndrome event held at the Shrine Center
doing what we do best, take pictures, make
balloons and made friends with some of the
sweetest kids you’ll ever meet. It was just
an honor to be a part of this great event.
May will be busy with the Paper Sale,
the most important event that Shriners take
part in. We also look forward to our annual
Clown Hospital Trip, May 18th through the
20th, to Greenville, SC.
One of our favorite upcoming events
to look forward to is the Annual Clown
Golf tournament to be held May 21st. Put
together a team and have a good time for a
As always, 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
After having celebrated the resurrection
of Jesus and being full of Easter Candy
we now turn our thoughts towards May
Our Unit continues to bring in new
members and we are constantly
looking forward to our regular
members coming out to the festive board
and our meetings.
We have several new ideas being presented
and would appreciate everyone contributing
their thoughts and ideas.
One of the main concerns is with the
cancellation of the Onion Sales we need
ways to generate operating capitol. Please
put your thinking caps on, all ideas are
We are also starting to work towards the
fall ceremony with repairing our stunts and
adding some new ones to make the second
section as memorable as possible for not
only the new candidates but also the sponsors
of the same.
A couple events that have taken place and
were enjoyed by those that could make it
1. April 7 the Mule Day Parade at Columbia
2. April 22 The Old fashion Southern
Gospel at the Temple
3. May 3-6 the Paper Sale
Several dates to keep in mind:
• May 12 there are two parades one
in Portland (Strawberry) and one in
• June 2 parade in Old Hickory (Centennial)
• June 23 The John Dudley Fishing
Tournament Old Hickory Lake
• July 4 parade in Greenbrier
• July 15-19 Imperial Session Daytona
• Sept 20 the Directors Staff Golf Tournament
First weekend in Oct The Circus is
coming and the Ringmaster packages are
Please note these dates, plan to attend,
and help out as needed.
Lt Directors Staff
Legion of Honor
While a small unit, the LOH has been very
busy with the presentation of Colors. The
Legion presented at the Potentate’s Ball,
and the Potentate’s Easter Patients’ Easter
Egg Hunt. The presentations were well
received by both groups.
Coupled with this, the Legion also
presented Colors at Columbia’s Mule Days.
The weather was cold and the wind strong,
but the Legion carried on!
Again the crowd was very receptive, and
cheered on the Legionaires.
The Legion continues to receive a large
number of presentation requests due to the
fact that it is one of the few units available
for public presentations. As all of Al Menah
is excited about the raising of Imperial
Sir Jim Cain to be Imperial Potentate, the
Legion is preparing for
a formal International Standards presentation
in Daytona. Nobles Singleton and
Steele are taking the unit through its paces.
As Memorial Day approaches, requests
are coming in, and the Legion will be very
active on that week end. Also, assignments
are being made
to sell Papers on Paper Sale week end, the
first week end in May.
Significant internal changes are occurring
within the Legion, and more information
will be available shortly. Any Honorably
Discharged Shriner can be a member
of the Legion - check into it!!!!
Art De Vooght
The Provost Guard lost a good man,
brother and Shriner last month. Brother
Jerry Bain. Keep the Bain family in your
The Provost Guard Competition team
will be competing in May at Dixie in Panama
City Beach Fla.
Looking to bring back some more
trophy’s and support Al Menah Temple.
Again this year.
Shrine Club News
Hendersonville Shrine Club
help sell papers on any of the days mentioned,
call me, Boyd Parnell at 615-598-
1339. We need your help.
Our club meets on the fourth Monday of
each month and our next meeting will be
Monday, April 23rd. We meet at the Black
Eye Pea at 164 East Main Street in Hendersonville.
We meet at 6:00pm for fellowship
and food and our meeting starts at 7:00pm.
Our club needs new workers and new
members. Come and visit our club. See if
you might want to be a member.
In closing, remember our Paper Sale, our
Hospitals and kids. Keep those who are
sick and those who have lost a loved one,
our country, our troops and our temple in
Al Menah Clowns invite you to join us
Monday May 21 st
for a fun & exciting day of Golf at
Nashboro Village Golf Course
Registration starts at 10 AM
Lunch provided starting at 11:00
Shotgun start 12:30 pm
$65 per Man / $260 per team when accompanying
your entry form.
Deadline for entry form is May 10, 2018.
Any entry after May 10 th will be $70 per man / $280 per team.
We need hole sponsors. A sign will be placed on the course to show your
support, with entire amount going to the Hospitals.
Sponsorships are: $100.00
Including a sign at a hole & Plaque showing your support for the Hospitals.
So PLEASE let us know if you or your business wishes to donate to the Shrine
Hospitals via a hole sponsorship and include it with your entry!
Make checks payable to Al Menah Clowns.
Please mail your application & check with your team players or sponsorship
information to: Al Menah Golf Day
4235 Hermitage Rd.
Old Hickory, TN 37137
For more info contact Maurice Smith @ 615-513-7643
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org w/subject Clown Golf
A Noble and Patient View
I would like to apologize for my leaving the stated
meeting on 2/20/18. I tend to get emotional when
the hospital system comes up for debate or in general
conversation within the temple.
Some of you know my history within the Shriners.
See I am a former Patient of Shriners Hospital Lexington
for 12 or 13 years. Given my history I have a unique perspective
on the Hospital system. Every Shriner knows
and understands the life changing effect of the care the
hospitals give to our kids and their families. But I want
to let you know that if it wasn’t for Lexington Shriners
hospital I would not be the man I am today. I wouldn’t
be able to Work, Drive, or even Walk.
More About the
Get ready everyone! After six fantastic years, we are
anxiously planning our 7th Annual Ladies Extravaganza
to benefit our Shrine Center. It will be held at Al
Menah Shrine Center on Saturday, November 3, 2018
and doors open from 9 am to 2 pm.
Our goal is to fill the floor space with vendors offering
beautiful crafts, jewelry, handbags, lotions etc.
as well as our absolutely gorgeous tablescapes and
treescapes. This year we hope to add centerpieces and
wreaths as well. Breakfast is provided by the Legion of
Honor and lunch is provided by the Rainbow Girls.
I wouldn’t be a Freemason let alone be a Shriner.
My life and the life of my family was forever changed
due to a Nameless Noble almost 30 years ago sponsored
When I was 7 years old I saw a portrait of a I.P. in
the hospital. With an Apron adorning his suit. That’s
when I decided to become a Mason when I came of
age and was able.
I guess you could call this an explanation article or
a feel good article, both I believe would be correct. To
each his own.
In closing I will leave you with a phase I’m pretty
sure I heard somewhere “Every Shriner should wear
the Fez with equal pleasure to himself and Honor to
We will also have a tasty bake sale. Parking and admission
is both free and this event is open to the public.
We will also have entertainment and lot of door
We are very excited as the committee is hard at
work to plan this year’s event. We want to get the word
out to as man people as possible in hopes of having an
“over the top” event. We need everyone to help spread
If you are interested in sponsoring a tablescape, Christmas
tree, donating, becoming a vendor, or volunteering
please contact Renee Bolden at (615) 713-7311 or
Beth Williams at (615) 336-2236.
SAVE the DATE : JULY 18, 2018
Patsy and I would like to personally invite each of you to attend
and participate in the pageant and installation of the
Imperial Potentate on July 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, FL.
We are so proud to represent our Al Menah family and
would be honored by your presence.
— Jim Cain, Imperial Chief Rabban
Chief Rabban Randy Williams & Lady Beth
invite you to join the 2018 Ringmaster Club
Men’s membership is $130 which includes
• Four Reserved Seats for the Circus
• A Soft Shell Fez case,
• A men’s travel suit bag
Shriner’s Lady will receive a travel dress
bag of their own for an additional $40
Contact the Center office for more information.
PROCEEDS ARE FOR THE BENEFIT OF AL MENAH SHRINERS AND DONATIONS ARE
NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE
Imperial Cruise 2019
AL MENAH SHRINERS
John David Dudley Fishing Tournament
SATURDAY JUNE 23, 2018
Sanders Ferry Park (Hendersonville, TN)
SAFE LIGHT TO 2:00PM WEIGH-IN
*Registration will start at 4:00am*
Starting number/positions determined by registration number.
MONEY RAISED IN THIS TOURNAMENT GOES DIRECTLY TO SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN.
SHRINERS OPERATE 22 HOSPITALS IN NORTH AMERICA, SPECIALIZING IN ORTHOPEDIC PROBLEMS,
BURNS, SPINAL CORD INJURIES AND CLEFT LIP & PALATE.
PROUDLY SERVING CHILDREN SINCE 1922.
COST: $135.00 PER TEAM / OPTIONAL $10.00 BIG FISH POT PER BOAT
*Make checks payable to Al Menah Fishing Tournament*
Master Card and Visa accepted prior to tournament date.
$5000 FIRST PLACE PRIZE
Payback 10% of the Field.
Come on out and have a great time and support a great cause!
Stick around after the tournament and be included in our raffle.
Hundreds of great door prizes will be raffled off!!
WEIGH-IN conducted by: C&O Tournament Team
All contributions are tax deductible as a charitable contribution.
for the Shriner
should be sent to
Nobles Visited Nobles By Visited By
The Black Camel The Black Camel
William Ernest Boyte
6/25/35 – 3/23/18
James Barney Hulsey
11/16/34 – 4/3/18
Alvin Thomas Murray
8/1/29 – 4/6/18
James Earl Rigsby
3/18/33 – 4/11/18
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NASHVILLE, TN 37207
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NEXT SHRINER WILL BE AUGUST 2018, DEADLINE JULY 18, Divan 2108
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