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All salaam Sir Nobles, Lady Nobles and Sultanas                                                August 2019



I returned on Wednesday from ‘hot and humid’ Baltimore Maryland where I attended, along with Ed and Hsiah Sheer, the 58th biannual convention of the Order Of Alhambra.

The convention was small in numbers of attendees (128) compared to conventions (as many of you can remember) of 10, 15 or more years ago, but it’s reflective of the size of the Order of Alhambra as it is today.

We now have 1863 members and 45 caravans throughout the U.S., Canada, and now Mexico.  While the Order has lost members and caravans since the last convention, new members and new caravans have come on board to help offset the on-going losses, so, it’s not all ‘gloom and doom’ for the Order, there are signs of new growth.

The obvious emphasis and priority of the incoming Supreme officers for the next 2 years (and beyond) is to increase membership and form new caravans in areas where none exist today. It’s an absolute necessity if our beloved Order of Alhambra and our work with ‘special needs’ children and adults will be able to continue in the coming years.

Over the years (43 to be exact), and with so many losses every year due to deaths as well as other reasons, Ben Ziri  has always been a very ‘active’ caravan, and hopefully, even though our membership numbers are smaller, we will continue to be an ‘active’ caravan. We might soon be the only caravan in California, which makes it even more important that we make bringing in new members Ben Ziri’s priority…… Mike Caligiuri, Grand Commander

Region Eight Raffle:

May Drawing $100 Larry Wilson $50 Harriot Peters

The Raffle drawing will take place at the Ben Ziri Meeting each month. Please join us.

Tickets are still available!!

Contact Info: We are adding additional contact info in our database to help us keep in contact in case of changes we are not aware of. Please forward your alternate contact info to my email: taberbc@gmail.comor the address below:

1826 Via Monserate

Fallbrook, Ca. 92028


Website……. I encourage everyone who has access to the internet to visit the site periodically. You can view the latest Blog, Photo Gallery, The Fez Sez, Event Calendar, Meeting Minutes, Membership Applications, Scholarship Application, Caravan By Laws and Make a Donation at

The Fez Sez:…..If anyone not receiving the Fez Sez via email and would like to please contact me and I will make sure it happens.

The Fez Sez:…..If anyone would like contribute to The Fez Sez please forward it to me for publishing.


Thursday, August 15th    …….  Special Monthly Ben Ziri Meeting in Escondido

See Proclamation

Saturday September 4th  ………Lunch and Matinee at Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre

See Proclamation

October 26th … Annual Soup Cook-Off/ Halloween Costume Social / Installation of Officers

See Proclamation


August Birthdays:

1………Frances Ehrhart              10……. Mary Flaherty                 12…….  Connie Tirona         

13…… Dee Stone                        25.…… Joan McDonald

August Anniversaries:

16…. Thomas and Caye Baxter   25……. Roberto and Jean Ruis  30… Tony and Theresa Andreas

Sickness and Distress:

Please keep in your prayers all our members, families and loved ones, and especially;

Herman and Violet Mosqueda, John Pacheco, John Brown, Lucy Carroll, Mary Cloud. Margarita Duran, Joy De Maggio. Tom Baxter’s sister Elizabeth, Tom Baxter, Thelma Poorman. The Andreas family member Shane Romick.  Lupe Marez, Juliana Renfro, Bob Santos, Fran Santos, Dorothy Van Tassel, Ken Owen, Juliana Taber, Don and Janet Getty , Eric Gilliland son of Stan and Marilyn Gilliland and Fr Michael Dallmeier.


Michael Caligiuri,  Grand Commander                        
Phone #   760 940-9546


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Special Monthly Ben Ziri Meeting in Escondido

Alhambrans are invited to Mid-day Lunch at 10:30 A.M.

on the Third Thursday of August, 8/15/2019, at the home of the

Illustrious Sir Noble Ed Ehrhart and his Sultana Frances.

Catered Lunch will be served in the Courtyard.

Dress casual and comfortable.



From Oceanside, take the 78 Freeway East past the

15 to Broadway at the end of the 78 Freeway. Turn left

on Broadway and left again into the last driveway before

the next traffic light at El Norte. Cypress Court is at

1255 North Broadway on the South-West corner of

Broadway and El Norte in Escondido.


Please wear your Fez at least from the parking lot

through the Lobby and into the Courtyard. Place Fez

in case during the meal. Wear Fez again when leaving.

This is our regular Ben Ziri #218 August business meeting.

R.S.V.P. with headcount 760 480-9135