AL MENAH SHRINERS OASIS OF NASHVILLE DESERT OF TENNESSEE
P.O. BOX 78545 • NASHVILLE, TN 37207 • 615.226.7766 • 1.877.505.7764
VOLUME 3637 • NUMBER • NUMBER 4 10 • • (PUBLISHED MONTHLY EXCEPT JUNE & JULY) & JULY) • • NOVEMBER APRIL 2018 2017
Amendment to Bylaws
Calendar of Events
From the Divan of Al Menah:
We are thankful and grateful every day
for each of you. Enjoy this Thanksgiving
season with your family and
friends. Be safe as we go forward
through the upcoming Holiday
season. Always remember to
stay humble and kind.
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
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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
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Charles J. H. J. Franklin Williams “Jay” Scalf, III III
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William Conley D. Jones
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M. T. Gossett
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Joe C. Carr
Jim CainMike Van Sant
James T. Hayes
*Mike Martin Jeff Head
E. Lee Bennett
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Orris E. Davis
David Wantland * Deceased
Raymond H. Leathers Melvin Meadows
Hilry H. Shaffer
*James N. David Vaughn
It was a busy month at Al Menah. The Director
Staff had their annual golf tournament and it was
very successful. Great job guys! After that, Al
Menah had the annual Car Show at the Temple.
Great turn out by the Nobility and we had 138 cars
in the show. Keary Fleenor, Jeff Head P.P., Mike
Van Sant P.P. and the committee did a wonderful
job. Thank you so much. The Circus was great,
and I personally want to thank everyone for all
their help. Now the parades and Christmas parties
start. Please try to make the parades to support Al
Menah and showcase the Temple, Shriners Hospitals
and our children.
BE HUMBLE, BE KIND, BE NOBLE
Horace Perkins, III
From the desk of...
Yes it has become that time of the year that
we meet our selves COMING and GOING.
From PARADES, to END of the YEAR
PARTIES, to WORKING on NEXT
YEAR, , ,Wow! Once again a BIG
THANK YOU to the Al Menah Family
that took the time to come down and take
part in this year Circus.
During this time of the year when we
think of Family, let US remember our Nobles
and their Family’s that were in the path of the
Two Hurricanes that hit our two coast lines.
I would also like to Thank Noble Keith Taylor and his lady
for going to Imperial Shrine Membership School in Tampa. As we
Race into 2019 I know Keith and our Membership Team will do a
great job laying out a Road for New Members for Al Menah.
I hope everyone will have a Great Thanksgiving, I know my family
will. IT’S MY GRANDKIDS 1ST BIRTHDAY on Thanksgiving
Day - HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY to Caroline and Anderson Whitaker.
A BIG thank you to all that helped with the Shrine
Circus. It was great to see all the kids with
big smiles on their faces and amazement in
their eyes. Also, a round of applause to
the Fabulous Al Menah Clowns for the
Divan’s new fez’s... they were slightly to
big, but fun to wear.
Fall is in the air and that is a sign that
parade season is here. We have numerous
Veteran Day Parades along with Christmas
Parades. Hope to see everyone out on the
parade routes and remember if you do not have a
parade vehicle, then you can always catch a ride on one of the floats.
The more the merrier! See y’all soon!
HIGH PRIEST AND PROPHET
For those of you living under the nearest
convenient rock, we had our Circus this
month and we had a blast! We had a big
turn out and lots of very good help from
dedicated Nobles and their wives. A big
thanks goes out to those men and women
that donated their time and dollars to
support the temple.
Now for the rest of the story, the fun
loving and demented Clowns pulled their
usual antics but this year they added a new
HIGH PRIEST AND PROPHET
twist. In an effort to ensure their pie tossing percentage,
they filled red fez buckets with shaving cream and put them
on the Divans’ heads - it worked like a charm! You have to
give them credit, they got us. The only problem is buckets
aren’t pies, so back to square one boys.... I must admit that
later in the clown dressing room they did manage to hit me
with a pie - first class job, especially considering they didn’t
have their usual supervision (their wives). At some point, one
might wonder when the Divan will respond to the antics of
the painted children. Well, I guess I should point out that it’s
“parade time” boys!! Put them on your schedules and let the
High Priest and Prophet
Congratulations on a job well done!
Thank you to all those who volunteered
their time and energy to making sure
everyone had a safe and exciting time
at the Circus! With every Circus,
there are always those moments that
fill your heart with joy and laughter.
Everywhere you look people are
having a great time. The kids are
smiling from ear to ear, laughing and
ORIENTAL GUIDE jumping
with excitement as they spot the
Elephants, or are getting the autograph and picture of their
favorite clowns. Even the adults are full of joy and laughter as
they witness the Clowns don each of the Divan with a shiny
plastic fez full of shaving cream. No mechanical failure this
time Donnie. I was however, surprised they were able to cover
that melon with only one can. Thanks for being such a great
sport! Not that you really had any other option.
Circus time really is one of most enjoyable times of the year
to be a Shriner. It’s a blessing to give back to our communities
and getting to have fun in the process makes doing so easy.
Thank you again for all your hard work in making sure this
year’s Circus was a success.
Parade Season is almost here. Get those uniforms ready,
parade vehicles and floats cleaned up, tuned up, and ready to
represent Al Menah.
Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and your families.
We are pleased to introduce you to the very first edition of Fezcast: Resources
for Shriners to Share. This monthly electronic newsletter is designed to provide
you with links and information to enhance and improve your
communication efforts, and to ensure you are aware of the many
resources available to you. These resources will include a variety
of videos, social media tips, toolkits and other content to share. We
encourage you to stay up to date by referring to information in Fezcast and on Shriners Village,
and utilizing it often.
Yours in the Faith,
Jeffrey L. Sowder
Imperial Chief Rabban
Chairman, Imperial Marketing and Communications
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Dear Fellow Nobles,
Thank you for your incredible outpouring of support and prayers for your brothers in North
Carolina, and their families, during this time of need. I am very proud of the way you have
exemplified the Masonic tenet of brotherly love through your generous support of the relief
effort of the Masonic Service Association of North America (MSA).
Unfortunately, our call to service is not over. Hurricane Florence was a huge storm, causing
damage beyond state lines. In addition to the devastation in North Carolina, flooding in South
Carolina has caused considerable destruction. With the forecast of additional rain and storms in
this already flooded area, it is highly probable there will be additional damage.
Omar Shriners has reported the Waccamaw and Little Pee Dee Shrine Clubs in South Carolina
have suffered damage; the extent will be assessed as the clubs work with their insurance
The MSA has implemented a separate disaster relief appeal for South Carolina, in addition to
the ongoing efforts to assist those in North Carolina. All donations received through these
appeals will be transferred directly to the respective Grand Lodge for distribution to those in
I thank and commend everyone who has already contributed to these efforts. The number of
our worthy brothers and their families who are in distress at this time has increased. We must
continue to share our concern and compassion, and offer every assistance possible to our
Please donate today.
How to help masons and nobles affected by the hurricane:
Make a check payable to “MSA Disaster Relief Fund” and send them to:
Masonic Service Association
3905 National Drive, Suite 280
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Please write on the memo portion of the check, “North Carolina Disaster Appeal”or "South
Carolina Disaster Appeal."
Click here to donate via PayPal or credit card.
Contributions to Masonic Service Association of North America are tax-deductible to the extent
allowed by law.
The leadership of Shriners International remains in contact with the Grand Lodges of North and
South Carolina and the Potentates of the temples impacted by the storm, and asks that you
continue to keep your fellow brothers and nobles in your thoughts and prayers.
Yours in the faith,
Driving into the operating room
Thank you for choosing Shriners Hospitals for Children
Medical Center — Lexington to take care of your family. We
understand that surgery can be a frightening time but please
know that your child’s comfort is our top priority.
Our nurses and medical teams are here to ease any fears or
discomfort of both the patient and family. One way we try to
remove the stress from the surgical experience is by
presenting the child with an exciting opportunity to “drive”
themselves into the operating room.
Depending on the patient’s age, weight and condition, the child may be given the option of
receiving their very own driver’s license so that they can drive themselves into the operating
room via one of our special four-wheel cars.
“It is always so fun to watch and the little children love it!” said Kandace Stratton, RN, a nurse
in the post-anesthesia care unit of the ambulatory surgery center.
The cars not only make the experience of having surgery less stressful, but studies have shown
that these benefits can help with the anesthesia process. The more comfortable and at ease
patients are prior to being put to sleep with anesthesia, the better the results after surgery while
the anesthesia is wearing off. If a child goes under happy and comfortable, they tend to wake up
with less crying and concern.
Driving a four-wheel car into surgery is better all-around for the patients and the parents.
Traditionally, patients are either wheeled into surgery via a hospital bed or carried by a staff
member. Nurses and staff members show pictures and describe the process with as much ease as
possible, but being separated from your parents in a new environment can be very traumatic for
children. The more upset and scared a child is feeling can directly correlate to how the parents
feel. Prior to any surgical procedure, it is important that both the patient and family feel
comfortable. One way the Lexington Shriners Medical Center commits to creating a familycentered
environment is by designing fun experiences, and the cars seem to take the children's
minds off what is happening and gets them to the operating room in a non-stressful way.
Now, the hard part will be getting the children out of the cars!
Photo courtesy of MD-Update.
The Fabulous Al Menah Clowns ruled at
the Circus! Not only did we put on acts
twice per show, sign autographs for the
kids and generally entertain the crowds,
we were able to “Re-Fezz” the Divan!
Our Annual Clown Auction was held
October 13th with over $13,000.00 raised
going to our hospitals. Thanks to all that
attended, participated and made bids.
Your generosity is truly appreciated.
Parade season is here. The Fabulous
Al Menah Clowns along with all Shriners
will be putting our best foot forward
starting with Veterans day parades and
Christmas parades following immediately
behind. Let’s celebrate this holiday season
in the spirit it’s meant to be and make
a real positive impression to the public.
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
“I remain just one thing, and that is a
clown. It places me on a far higher plane
than any politician.”- Charlie Chaplan
Keep on Clowning!
Jim “Snips” Lee
Wow can you believe we are one month
away from the Turkey Season already.
We have had a very busy fall filled
with many hours of volunteering from
our unit. Our stated meeting in September
was well attended and we
look forward to finishing the
year out the same.
October was a very busy month and for
those that were lucky enough to be able
to attend the events had enjoyed some
excellent companionship, gossip times
and those at the circus, the excitement of
We still have a full schedule coming
up, although this info will come out
after the October stated meeting I trust
everyone remembered that October is the
voting in of our new officers. Names to
be in next Shriner.
Please keep in mind the following:
Ladies Extravaganza on Nov 3.
Auction Nov 10
Last meeting this year Nov 27
Christmas party on the 8th.
Please note these dates, plan to attend,
and help out as needed
Lt Directors Staff
Legion of Honor
The Legion of Honor participated in
this year’s Circus with the presentation
of Colors. It went well, and a number
of newer Legion members got their first
experience in the posting of Colors.
As we move into Autumn, so too the
activities for the Legion will change.
There are 3 Veterans Day parades at
Hendersonville, Mufressboro and Nashville,
and the Legion will be present at all
Planning continues for the Ladies
Extravaganza. The Legion will again
provide breakfast foods, coffee and other
drinks to help the Ladies with the hard
work of shopping for various goodies.
Lastly, the Legion has prepared rewrites
for our Constitution, Bylaws, Budget
and the selection of 2019 Officers.
These will be voted on by the members
at our November meeting. We will cap
a very successful year with our annual
Christmas party on December 15th.
Again, much work, much fun and
support of the Shriner Hospitals had been
done. Many of our LOH members serve
a dual role, and also drive the vans taking
our kids to the Hospitals. Come and join
us. We have much planned for 2019.
Art De Vooght
The Circus has come and gone for another
year. I think everything went well and
everyone had a good time.
Now it is time to focus on the parade
season coming up.
Shrine Club News
Williamson County Shrine Club
We have officially moved our club meetings
The Sportsman’s Grille
1640 Westgate Circle
Brentwood, TN 37027
They are in Cool Springs and we plan to
be there until further notice. Come out
and see if you like it then report back.
WCSC always has a great program at our
meetings on the third Thursday of the
Our December event will be our
Christmas Party and it will be at the
Sportsman’s Grille as well, Dirty Santa
Our Motor Division is gearing up
for the Parade Season and hope you can
come out and ride with us in some of the
We still have time left to get more
Plaque Sales in! Have you renewed your
Plaque? Have you sold one?
Please remember to pray for those on
our sick list, our Doctors / Nurses at the
Shrine Hospitals, our President of the US,
all our leaders, Police / Firefighters / First
Responders and our Military who are
fighting to ensure our freedom.
NOTICE OF AMENDMENT TO THE BYLAWS:
Article 7.4 – Circus Management Committee
This Temple shall have a Circus Management Committee. It’s appointments and duties are
governed by the Bylaws of Shriners International. The purpose of this committee is to provide
consistent and ongoing management of Al Menah’s annual Circus.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
AS OF THIS PUBLICATION – SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Nov 2-3 Scottish Rite Reunion
9-10 Scottish Rite Reunion
Nov. 10 Gallatin Veterans Day parade 11:00 AM
Lafayette Veterans Day parade
Murfreesboro Veterans Day parade
Director Staff Auction
Nov. 12 Nashville Veterans Day parade 11:00 AM
Nov. 17 Springfield Christmas parade
Nov. 24 Manchester Christmas parade 6:30 PM
Nov. 25 Dickson Christmas parade.
Dec. 1 Macon County Christmas parade 1:00 PM
Lewisburg Christmas parade
Portland Christmas parade
Dec. 2 Smyrna Christmas parade 2:00 PM
Dec. 5 Chief Rabban Dinner
Dec. 8 Cookeville Christmas parade TBA
Granville Christmas parade
Hartsville Christmas parade
Dec. 9 Patients Christmas party
Dec. 31 New Years Eve party
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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