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All salaam Sir Nobles, Lady Nobles and Sultanas                                       September 2023


The Ben Ziri Caravan#218 monthly meeting will be September 21,2023 at the K of C Hall located on the campus of the Mission San Luis Rey Parish,

Oceanside, Ca. This is an important meeting as we will be electing the caravan officers for the coming year. The proposed slate of officers was published last month but any member wishing to run for office may put their name forward for any position and will be put on the ballot.

As it stands right now I will once again be elected as the Grand Commander of Ben Ziri Caravan for the ninth or tenth time. I would be overjoyed if some other member of the caravan would step forward and put their name in to be voted on as Grand Commander. I would immediately withdraw my name from the ballot. Don’t get me wrong. Serving as your Grand Commander is an honor and a privilege and I will of course do the best job I am capable of if elected. However, I have always believed that a new Grand Commander brings fresh ideas and different ways of accomplishing whatever needs to be done while they are in office. From my very first time serving as Grand Commander I have always had plenty of help and sound advice from other members of the caravan. Any time I have had questions about how to proceed in any situation I know I have a solid group members with plenty of experience to rely on. This makes the job so much easier and I thank you all for your unwavering support.

My profound thanks to Grand Commander Mike Caligiuri for the years he has served this caravan as Grand Commander and in so many other positions. Mike will be serving the Ben Ziri Caravan in several positions again this year. Thank you Mike for all you do to help Ben Ziri to function as a vibrant, viable caravan.

Looking back over the years I remember so many people who have worked to keep this caravan relevant. We have been blessed with many great officers in this caravan over the years as we will be once again this year as we continue to move forward as the only Alhambran caravan west of the Rocky Mountains. May God bless all of the incoming officers and may God shine His light upon Ben Ziri Caravan. Tony A.  

Region Eight Raffle:

August Drawing $100 SN Ed Scheer, $50 Kathy Braun.

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 is not receiving the Fez Sez via email and would like to, please contact me and I will make sure it happens.

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Thursday, Sept 21st      …….  Monthly Ben Ziri Meeting

This meeting will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at the Mission San Luis Rey Parish at 1:00pm.


September Birthdays:

    8…..Sabih (Larry) Lawrence   11……. Thomas Baxter         21……Gene Buehl

  22…..Dennis Duren                   20…….  Christopher Martin  24…….Fr Michael Dallmeier 

  27…..Seth Easley                      28……. Marilyn Gilliland       

September Anniversaries:

    5…  Stan and Marilyn Gilliland      22… Bill and Dee Stone    28…..Bob and Fran Santos

Sickness and Distress:

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

Violet Mosqueda, John Pacheco, John Brown, Lucy Carroll, Mary Cloud. Joy De Maggio. Tom Baxter’s sister Elizabeth, Tom Baxter. The Andreas family member Shane Romick.  Lupe Marez, Juliana Renfro, Bob Santos, Fran Santos, Dorothy Van Tassel, and Janet Getty , Eric Gilliland son of Stan and Marilyn Gilliland, Fr Michael Dallmeier, Carol Kostick, Chuck and Joanie Ayash, and Fran Samhammer .


Michael Caligiuri,  Grand Commander                         

Phone #   760 940-9546



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