All salaam Sir Nobles, Lady Nobles and Sultanas August 2019
GRAND COMMANDERS COMMENTS:
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: email@example.com the address below:
1826 Via Monserate
Fallbrook, Ca. 92028
ON GOING PROJECTS:
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 www.benziri.com.
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
Saturday September 4th ………Lunch and Matinee at Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre
October 26th … Annual Soup Cook-Off/ Halloween Costume Social / Installation of Officers
GOOD OF THE ORDER:
1………Frances Ehrhart 10……. Mary Flaherty 12……. Connie Tirona
13…… Dee Stone 25.…… Joan McDonald
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