Joe “Blades” Lester

5727 Benning Drive   Houston, Texas 77096

713-875-2881   E-Mail: lindaandjoe@sbcglobal.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Minutes

T.S.C.A. Mid Winter Business Meeting

Renaissance Hotel Houston, Texas

March 4, 2006

 

President Jo “Blades” Lester called the meeting of the Texas Shrine Clown Association to order at 2:05 PM on March 4, 2006.

 

First Vice President Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran was requested to lead the assembly in the pledge of allegiance to the American and Texas flags.  T.S.C.A. Chaplain Henry “Sleepie” McKinley offered the invocation.

 

President Joe “Blades” Lester welcomed everyone to Houston, Texas and extended his appreciation to everyone’s participation in the events of competition.

 

Joe “Blades” Lester introduced the following T.S.C.A. Officers. Chaplain Henry “Sleepie” McKinley, Parliamentarian Eddie “Fireplug” Cox, Second Vice President David “Howie-U” Olivares, and Secretary / Treasurer Bob “Checkers” Mantle.  After introducing the officers of the Association President Lester introduced the three Assemblyman in attendance. Jim “Hotrod” Wells, Pete “Patches” Peters and Don “Duddle” Billings.          

 

President Joe Lester requested a T.S.C.A. roll call of units.  Roll call was given by Secretary / Treasurer Bob Mantle.  During roll call each unit President was given the opportunity to introduce their Divan Members and Dignitaries in attendance.

 

There were ten (10) clown units out of eighteen present at the meeting.  The following clown units were not in attendance.   AL Amin Corpus, Al Amin Pharr, El Maida, El Mina (Nem Loof), El Mina (Braz Clowns), Khiva Amarillo (5) years since attending a Mid-Winter Meeting), Khiva Lubbock, Suez Abilene.

 

President Joe Lester then called for the reading of the T.S.C.A. June 10, 2005 TSA breakfast and business meeting minutes.  A motion was made Mike “U-Who” Coffey and seconded by Joe “OL Coach” Cole to waive the reading of the minutes.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.  Copies of the minutes are posted on the clown web site and can be reviewed at any time.

 

While at the podium Secretary / Treasurer Bob Mantle read a complete financial summary to the assembly.  The amount of income since the TSA meeting in Corpus on June 10, 2005 was reported as $1,913.42 giving the association revenue of $6,482.53 before expenses.  The amount of expenses since the June 10, 2005 treasurers report was $223.91.  Leaving a current balance of $6,258.62

in the association checking account.

 

The members were reminded that the association funds are being tracked through Quicken 2005.  A motion was made and  seconded to accept the treasurer’s report as reported.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.

 

President Joe Lester requested a report of each clown unit for their Black Camel report.  The following names were reported.Gary Griffin Past TSCA Secretary 90-91 of the Alzafar Nemnuf Clowns, Jack Blasingame of the Arabia Clown Jewels, Gaylord Pearson of the Ben Hur Srekoj Clowns, Don Gillman and Gene Whitt of the El Mina Braz Clowns, Randell Dunn Past TSCA President 86-87 and Parliamentarian Emeritus and Chard Cox of the Hella Shrine Clowns , Curtis Downs of the Khiva Amarillo Clowns, Jally Bean of the Sharon Clowns and J. Robert Miller of the Suez Abliene Clown.  A total of ten members.

 

TSCA Chaplain offered a prayer of remembrance for our deceased members. The members names will be added to our friends remembered list, and will be posted on the clown web site.

 

President Joe Lester recognized the I.S.C.A- International Shrine Clown Association officers in attendance. Second Vice President Ken Taylor of Springfield Mo, and 3rd Vice President Bill London of Moslah Shrine in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

President Joe Lester called for old business.  David Rodriquez of the Alzafar Nemnuf clowns gave a report on the East West Shrine football game.  He encouraged all members to come to San Antonio next year and attend the game, that it means a lot to our hospitals and the shrine receives a lot of national recognition.  Next years East / West Shrine game is scheduled for January 20, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas.  That was the end of all old business

 

President Joe Lester called for new business.  Secretary / Treasurer Bob Mantle addressed a complaint he had received regarding the rosters on the clown web site.  After a lengthy discussion it was agreed by the members president to remove the rosters from the web site and in their place to have a message to contact the TSCA Secretary / Treasurer for the information.

 

The discussion of why members are not attending mid winter and TSA was discussed.  It was suggested that a questionnaire be sent to each member for feedback.  Eddie Cox suggested we sent a quarterly newsletter to all members to keep them informed to the activities of the association and the different clown units.  This was put up as a motion a vote was taken and the motion passed unanimously.

 

The next order of business was the discussion of the TSA clown breakfast.  The breakfast will be held Friday June 2, 2006 at Luby’s located at 1901 Ninth Street Wichita Falls, Texas at the corner of 9th & Baylor, use the Baylor street banquet room entrance.   The scheduled starting time is 7:30 AM at the fee of only $14.00 per person.  The deadline for registration is May 24, 2006.  A copy of the registration form will be posted on the clown web site.

 

Following the breakfast information President Joe Lester requested that the association pay $100.00 each to Barry Lucas and Daniel Olivares who are in charge of managing and hosting the clown web site.  A motion was made and seconded and the motion passed unanimously. 

 

The next order of business was the election of new officers for the ensuing year 2006-2007.  Parliamentarian Eddie “Fireplug” Cox put into nomination the name of Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran of the Sharon Clowns for the office of TSCA President for the ensuing year 2006-2007.  The nominations were closed and Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran was elected by acclimation

 

President Joe Lester then put up the name of David “Howie-U” of the Alzafar Nemnuf Clowns for the office of First Vice President for the ensuring year 2006-2007.  The nominations were closed and David “Howie-U” was elected by acclimation.

 

President Joe Lester opened the nomination for Second Vice President..  Jim Wells of the Hella Clowns put up the name of Don” Lil-Bit” Henson of the Hella Clowns.  There being no further nominations the nominations were closed and Don” Lil-Bit” Henson of the Hella Clowns was elected by acclimation to the office of second Vice President for the ensuring year 2006-2007.

 

President Joe Lester open the nomination for Secretary / Treasurer. Eddie “Fireplug” Cox Past TSCA President and Parliamentarian put up the name of Bob “Checkers” Mantle for nomination.  There being no further nominations, nominations were closed and Bob “Checkers” Mantle was elected to the office of Secretary / Treasurer for the ensuring year 2006-2007. 

 

President Joe Lester opened the floor for nominations for Parliamentarian.  Don “Lil-Bit” Henson placed the name of Eddie “Fireplug” Cox to be elected to the office of Parliamentarian.  There being no further nomination the nominations were closed and Eddie Fireplug Cox was elected to the office of Parliamentarian for the ensuring year 2006-2007.

 

Parliamentarian Eddie Cox opened the floor for the election of three Assemblymen.  The following were elected to serve for the ensuing year 2006-2007.  Steven “Buzz” Dilsworth of the Arabia Clown Jewels, Mike “Splatter” Ford of the Ben Hur Srekoj Clowns and Jim “Hotrod” Wells of the Hella Clowns.

 

President Joe Lester requested the report of the Assemblymen. Their report came up with $3.98 they claim the found so they pulled their resources and made a donation of $68.00 to the ISCA Sneaker Fund.

 

The next order of business was the pulling of numbers for the order of skits by unit at TSA. The order is hereby listed.First, Ben Hur, 2nd Maskat, 3rd Alzafar-Nemnuf, 4th Hella, 5th Moslah, 6th Sharon, 7th Arabia Clown Jewels, 8th Suez Three Rivers, 9th Alzafar Kerr Klowns.  The skit competition will be held Friday June 2, 2006 at 2:00 PM at the Maskat Shrine Center Mosque at 5101 Henry S. Grace Fwy..The skits will be on a stage in the ballroom which will seat 200 people.

 

President Joe Lester addressed the dress code for the awards dinner.  He thanked everyone for coming to Houston and said he looks forward to seeing everyone at state in Wichita Falls.

 

The total amount collected at mid winter for the ISCA Red Sneaker fund was $5,973.30

 

Chaplain Henry ”Sleepie” McKinley gave the closing benediction.

 

 

Fraternally submitted,

 

 

 

Bob “Checkers” Mantle

TSCA Secretary / Treasurer