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 • 38 NUMBER • NUMBER 4 1 • • (PUBLISHED MONTHLY EXCEPT JUNE JUNE & JULY) & JULY) • • JANUARY APRIL 2019 2017
Al Menah Shrine 2019Divan
Scott Jones &
Donnie Drayton &
Randy Williams &
High Priest and Prophet
Vernon Blackburn &
Frank Wilson &
Wes Frye &
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
Published monthly except June and July
*John E. Patton
*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
Happy 2019! One of the biggest years in Al
Menah’s history is finally here! Shriners from all
over the world will be descending on Nashville as
we prepare to host the 145th Imperial Session. As
the months tick down toward July we will be calling
on our nobility and their ladies to help make our
visitors ‘Nashville experience’ one that they will
As we begin a new Shrine year, join me in
thanking our 2018,Potentate, Horace Perkins III,
for his service this past year. We would also like to
extend congratulations and a hearty welcome to the
Divan for our newly elected Oriental Guide, Frank
It has certainly been a fast four years on this road
for Lady Beth and me. We pledge to do our best
and look forward to a year of fun, fellowship, and
working together to make Al Menah the best temple
Help us make a difference in the lives of our
Shriner Hospital kids. . .
That’s why I wear a fez!
From the desk of...
Lady Kim and I wish everyone a Happy and
Prosperous New Year! I would like to give
a big thanks to Ill. Sir Horace Perkins on a
We would like to congratulate Ill. Sir
Randy Williams and Lady Beth along
with the rest of the 2019 Divan. We look
forward to another great year and pledge
our support. Congratulations and welcome
to our newly elected Oriental Guide, Frank
Wilson and Lady Valerie.
I would like to say thanks to everyone for their support and
confidence with electing me to the position of Chief Rabban for
2019. I will continue to work hard and serve all the Nobility to the
best of my ability. It is great to be a part of the Best Shrine Center in
the world. If we continue to work together, then there is nothing we
cannot accomplish... together we can make it grow and prosper.
We are starting the new year with many things coming...
Imperial Sir Jim Cain and Al Menah will need everyone to help in
hosting the 2019 Imperial Session this summer. There are many
areas to get involved in, so if you or your lady are interested, then
please, reach out to any one of the Divan Members. Remember that
the Al Menah Ringmaster Club will be kicking off at the next stated
meeting, this fundraiser is to help offset the cost of the children’s
circus matinee. We would greatly appreciate your support. Thanks.
Well you had your chance to put an end to
these pearls of wisdom and blew it, so
thank you for your support and I hope
you and yours had a good Christmas
and New Year.
Having been elected to this exalted
position, I didn’t really know what a
Rabban was and figured neither did
anyone else, so I looked it up. A Rabban
is a title of honor given by the Jews to the
patriarchs or presidents of the Sanhedrin.
This is pretty serious so I am gonna have to
“up” my game. It’s hard to believe the Shrine would use these
religious titles to describe guys like Randy, Scott, or Bingles....
sorry “Jingles” or me.
So my New Year’s resolution is “to be nice, patient, and kind
to dumb animals and Clowns.” No really, I mean it—it would
be right up there with “quitting cussing and cigars!” (I can’t
even keep a straight face while I am typing this crap!) As for the
“Fresh Meat” or Froggy - know that he was duly warned before
he stepped into this mess and that there’s no way he’s going to
get it off his shoes... Coming in January, New fashion update
“how to make use of old drapes and couch covers” can’t wait!!
HIGH PRIEST PRIEST AND PROPHET AND PROPHET
The words Thank You can never be said
enough. So, thank you for all you did last
year in service to Shriners Hospitals for
Children. It is your daily dedication to
serving others that allows Al Menah to
always stand above the rest.
Let’s jump right into 2019 with
that same effort and determination to
take advantage of every opportunity we
have to promote Shriners and Shriners
Hospitals for Children.
Thank you Ill. Sir Horace Perkins III for a
great year and for your many years of service to Al Menah.
Congratulations to Ill. Sir Randy Williams and all other members
of the Divan on being elected.
I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to you for
allowing me to serve this year as your High Priest & Prophet.
Lady Trisha & I are very blessed to be involved in Al Menah and
are truly thankful for our Shrine family.
I wish for you a very blessed and prosperous New Year!
High Priest and Prophet
I hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas
holiday season as much as Lady Valerie
and I did. The many parades and
parties kept us busy and provided
opportunities to spend time with our
Shrine family. I also hope you shared
in the joy of watching our patients
unwrap gifts donated by the Tennessee
Law Enforcement Academy Cadets and
those from the Motor Corps Toy Run.
I’m proud and honored to have been elected
to serve as Oriental Guide for 2019. Thank you for your trust and
support. I, along with Lady Valerie, look forward to serving the
nobility of Al Menah and our Shriners Hospitals for Children. I’m
excited to be a member of the leadership team with the awesome
members of the Divan, including that pie lover, Donnie! I pledge
to work along with the nobility and Divan members to help make
this year fun and successful. Starting right off in January we have
the East West Shrine Game and the Imperial Cruise/Potentate’s
And you may have heard the 2019 Imperial Session will be in
Nashville this year! Participate as much as possible, you won’t
It’s great to be a Shriner!
2019 Al Menah Staff Members
Chief of Staff Kenny Loftis (Iowa) Austin Whitaker (Colorado)
Chief Parade Marshals Sean Jones & Gordon MacDonald
Chief Personal Aides
Captain of the Guard
Dir. of Works
Michael Villines Jr. & Tim Work
John Whitaker & Tim Work
Earl Porter & Duane DeVault
John Weaver PP
Jeff Phillips, Roy Lindsey, David Butler, Carl Barnes PP,
Dale Francis, Karl Bridgers
Provost Guard Officer
Jeff Head PP
Randy Byram, Fred Lysak, Don Drayton.AR.
Hospitality Chairman Craig Maddux For Imperial Session
Imperial Director General Parker Toler PP
Kitchen Chairman Ronnie Brown Web Site: Imperial 2019.com
Membership Chairmen Keith Taylor, Kris Fisher
The Shriner Editor
David Smith PP
Hospital Transportation Chairman
Paper Sale Chairman
Mini Clinic Chairman
Dr. Johnathan Holt
Shriners Hospital Representatives to the Board Of Governors:
Lexington David Wantland PP, Chris Johnson, Don Drayton AR
Cincinnati Tim Mason, Randy Slapak, Jack Patterson
2019 Event Calendar
1 New Years Day Breakfast
Rose Bowl Parade Watch 10:00 AM
6 Public installation 2:30 PM
8 Past Potentate Dinner
12 Meeting with Drivers / Ambassadors
Unit Captains / Club Presidents
19 East West Football Game – Tampa
20-26 Imperial & Al Menah Cruise
16 Temple Valentine Dinner
23 Grand lodge Officers Luncheon
DeMolay Sweetheart Banquet
7–9 SESCA Mid Winter (Pigeon Forge)
16 Erin Irish day Parade
26–28 Tennessee Grand Lodge
1 100 th DeMolay Degrees @ Shrine
5 Potentate Ball Hospitality
6 Potentate Ball
8-12 Paper Sale Caravan
20 Temple Easter Egg Hunt
One Ring Circus @ Temple
1-5 Paper Sale
9-12 43 rd Smoky Mt. Funfest
16-18 Dixie Shrine Association
19 Lexington Hospital Days
25 Ice Cream Social & Gospel Singing
5 th Hot Rod Boogie Car Show
Music Valley Dr – for Shrine Hospitals
8 Dudley Fishing Tournament
18 STATED Meeting for Imperial
24 Imperial Officer & Staff in town
29 Imperial ‘Walk For Love’
30 Imperial Meeting Starts
1-4 Imperial Session – Nashville
2 Imperial Parade - 7:30 PM
10-13 DeMolay State Conclave
13 Youth Dance 8 PM
26-27 Divan Days Lexington Hospital
TBD – Imperial Thank You Cookout
3 Casino Party
10 Ladies Luncheon
15-17 SESA (Pigeon Forge)
23 Divan Days - Cincinnati Hospital
17 Circus Kick-off Dinner
28 Shrine Car Show
4-6 Shrine Circus
20 Past Potentate Ladies Brunch
26 Fall Party “Octoberfest”
2 Ladies Extravaganza
19 Chief Rabban Dinner
15 Patients Christmas Party
17 Election 2020 Divan
31 (?) New Years Eve Event
We are bringing back the Hospital Mini Clinic, date
NEW Wed-Site should be up January 2019.
Editor Note: this information is current as of the
January Shriner and subject to change.
2018 Patient’s Christmas Party
FROM WES FRYE:
Many, many thanks for all the help that made the 2018 Patient’s Christmas
Party a huge success.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you and your families.
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0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.
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You may specify the Shriners Hospital for Children and they will get a percentage of the sales as a contribution.
Every penny helps!!
Dear Fellow Nobles,
We wish each of you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! We also want to thank you for your
commitment and dedication to the missions of Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children® this
The holiday season is a time to celebrate and treasure family and friends. Each of you is part of our huge,
extended global family, and we are pleased to share this special time of year with you. Some say that hope is an
important part of the holidays. Your efforts help us to bring hope to our patients and families – and one another
– every day of the year; so you could say we keep the spirit of the holidays present throughout the year, which
is a very good thing. Your ongoing efforts, dedication and commitment make this possible. Because of you,
children are able to take their first steps, recover from significant injuries, and go on to chase their dreams and
have lives full of hope and promise.
It is the combined individual effort and commitment of every single one of you that has made our health care
system and our fraternity respected worldwide. Together, we truly do improve lives, and make the world a
During the holiday season, many of you participate in a wide variety of initiatives – from toy drives to
motorcycle runs to raffles – to ensure that children and families will have a joy-filled time – complete with toys,
food and all the other festive items of this time of year. We thank you for giving your time and talents to
support these efforts, as well.
As 2018 ends, and we begin to anticipate a New Year, we wish you and your families a wonderful year, full
of hope, promise, peace, prosperity and good health. We also ask that our nobles spend some time reflecting on
their fraternity and philanthropy, and re-commit to being as involved and active as possible, and to supporting
local, national and international efforts and initiatives. It truly does take the total effort and energy of each of us
to impact the world around us. If you’re not sure how you can take a more active role, speak with your temple
leadership. There are always ways to participate. And, we ask that our staff continue their incredible efforts on
behalf of our atients and families, and continue to support the necessary studies and initiatives to revise and
strengthen our delivery of health care. Remember that Together We Can accomplish amazing things! We look
forward to continuing to work with you, and to continuing to make a difference in the lives of children, and in
Finally, together with our ladies, Patsy and Lisa, we thank you for all that you do for our two great
organizations, and wish you holidays full of memorable times with family and friends, and a wonderful New
Year. Enjoy every moment and every memory this special season brings.
Yours in the faith,
Jerry G. Gantt
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Shriners Hospitals for Children
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
for the Shriner
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Jack C. Collings
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Thomas O. Conatser
01/09/33 – 11/20/18
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