Eddie “Fireplug” Cox

2701 Westview   Mesquite, Texas 75150

972-686-5660   E-Mail: fireplug9004@sbcglobal.net



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

Hampton Inn & Suites Mesquite, Texas

March 12, 2005


 President Eddie “Fireplug” Cox called the meeting of the Texas Shrine Clown Association to order at 2:05 PM on March 12, 2005.


First Vice President Joe “Blades” Lester was requested to lead the assembly in the pledge of allegiance to the American and Texas flags.  T.S.C.A. Chaplain Don “Lil-Bit” Henson offered the invocation.


President Eddie Cox welcomed everyone to Mesquite and extended his appreciation to everyone’s participation in the events of competition.


President Eddie Cox introduced the following T.S.C.A Officers.  Parliamentarian Emeritus Randell “Randy” Dun, Chaplain Don “Lil-Bit” Henson, Secretary / Treasurer  Bob “Checkers” Mantle, Second Vice President Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran and First Vice President Joe “Blades” Lester.  After introducing the officers of the Association President Eddie Cox introduced the three Assemblymen in attendance.  Robert “Strikeout” Chesser, Eddy “Jingles” Wood and Don “Duddle” Billings.


President Eddie Cox 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 Beaumont, El Mina Braz Galveston, Khiva Amarillo (4 years since attending) Suez Abilene and Suez Three Rivers.  The following clown units have not paid their 2005 Dues Al Amin Pharr, Khiva Amarillo, and Suez Three Rivers.


President Eddie Cox then called for the reading of the T.S.C.A June 4, 2004 TSA breakfast and business meeting minutes.  Secretary / Treasure Bob Mantle read the minutes in there entirety. After the minutes were read a motion was made and seconded to except the minutes as they were read and written.  The motion carried by unanimous vote.  It was noted a copy of the business minutes are also posted on the Texas Shrine Clown web site for viewing.


While at the podium Secretary /Treasurer Bob Mantle read a complete financial summary to the assembly.  The amount of income since the last treasurer’s report of June 4, 2004 was reported $2,102.26 giving the association revenue of $5,536.15 before expenses.  The amount of expenses since the last treasurer’s report amounted to $1,028.91. Leaving a current balance in the checking account of $4,507.24.  The members were reminded that the association funds are being tracked through Quicken 2000.  A motion was made and seconded to accept the treasurer’s report as read. The motion passed by unanimous vote.


President Eddie Cox requested a report of units for their Black Camel Report.  The following names were reported By units.  Harold Bowman, Alzafar Kerr Klowns, David Madorsky, Alzafar Nemnuf, Gary Titon, Arabia Clown Jewels, John Alexander, Ben Hur Srekoj Clowns, Jim Wilson Hella Clowns, Kenny Williams Past TSCA President 1995-1996 Karem Clowns, Alton Abernathy, Karem Clowns, Leon Brown, Maskat Clowns, and Bert Schrivener Sharon Clowns.


After each unit had given their report of deceased members TSCA Chaplain Don Henson read an article that was written in the Waco News about Past President Kenny Williams who perished in a house fire along with his Lady Marilyn.


Eddie Cox- Hella


1st Vice President

Joe Lester-Arabia


2nd Vice President

Wayne Cochran-Sharon



Bob Mantle - Hella



Don Henson-Hella



Randall Dunn - Hella



Robert Chesse-Khiva Lubbock

Don Billings-Arabia

Eddie Wood-Moslah


Past Presidents and

Board of Directors


‘60-’61 Barney Koepp-BEN HUR*

‘61-’62 Max O. Slade-BEN HUR*

‘62-’63 Jack Walders-KHIVA*

‘63-’64 Fred Stancliff Sr.-ARABIA*

‘64-’65 Clint McKethan-KAREM

‘65-’66 Ralph L. Davis-SHARON

‘66-’67 L. Troy Woerner-HELLA*

‘67-’68 L. Ed Travis-ALZAFAR

‘68-’69 Al E. Peveto-EL MINA

‘69-’70 Harold Bristol-MASKAT

‘70-’71 J.R. Brady-MOSLAH

‘71-’72 Cecil Gilum-SUEZ

‘72-’73 Alvin H. Jones-BEN HUR

‘73-’74 Porter Ridlehuber-KAREM*

‘74-’75 Bill Coffey-ALZAFAR*

‘75-’76 C. L. Osborn-ARABIA

‘76-’77 J. H. Armstrong-EL MINA

‘77-’78 John W. Brown-SHARON*

‘78-’79 J. Tom Shelton-MOSLAH *

‘79-’80 W. C. Watts-EL MINA*

‘80-’81 Eddie Jones-BEN HUR

‘81-’82 Marion Moore-KHIVA*

‘82-’83 Joe Gulinson-ALZAFAR*

‘83-’84 John S. Gordon-ARABIA

‘84-’85 Homer Kennedy-SHARON

‘85-’86 Dale Kell-SUEZ

‘86-’87 Randall Dunn-HELLA

‘87-’88 James Blackburn-EL MINA

‘88-’89 Coy Hart-MOSLAH

‘89-’90 Joe Cole-BEN HUR

‘90-’91 Gordon Williams-ALZAFAR *

‘91-’92 Floyd Crawley-SHARON

‘92-’93 Don Billings-ARABIA

‘93-’94 Mike Coffey-ALZAFAR

‘94-’95 Bill Arrendale-BEN HUR

‘95-’96 Kenny Williams-KAREM

‘96-’97 Barney Johnson-SUEZ

‘97-’98 Pete Peters-SHARON

‘98-’99 Dennis Greenawald-Hella

Wesley Henson*

‘99-’00 Butch Davis-Al Amin

’00-’01 H. Leighton Roddy-Moslah

’01-’02 Bennie Bowers-Alzafar

‘02-‘03 Jim Fite-Sharon *

’03-‘04 George White-Moslah





Chaplain Donald Henson offered a prayer in memory of all our deceased members.  The member’s names will be added to our friends remembered list, and will be posted on the clown web site.


Bill “10 Can” London of the Moslah Clowns made a motion that the Texas Shrine Clown Association make a $100.00 donation to the Red Sneaker fund in memory of Kenny Williams and his Lady Marilyn.  The motion carried by unanimous vote.


President Eddie Cox introduced the Judges for competition in attendance.  Past President of  ISCA, R.C. Cain from Yaarab Shrine Center in Atlanta Georgia.  J.L Craford and Ray Modisetta both from India Shrine Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Also recognized in attendance newly elected 3rd Vice President of ISCA Bill “10 Can” London of the Moslah Clowns and the current President of The International Shrine Clown Association Ed Whitenett of Al Azhar Shrine of Alberta Canada.


A Motion was made by Ed “Bugsy” Tuma of the Alzafar Numnuf clown unit to make Ed “Sleepy” Travis a TSCA Emeritus Clown, for being the oldest and still active Past TSCA President.  The motion pasted unanimously.


President Eddie Cox then read the minutes of the special called Executive Meeting that was held on October 16, 2004 In Garland, Texas.  Two of the subjects discussed from the minutes was Amending Article III judging paragraph “A’ under the rules and Regulations for the conducting of judging of competition for the Texas Shrine Clown Association.


The second issue was suggested to delete number six (6) which reads, “During all judging there will ABSOLUTELY No Objects in the contestants hands, no electrical devices, no flashing lights, etc. Except for Character Clowns.


After a lengthy discussion on both items it was voted and approved by unanimous vote to except the changes to the rules and regulations under Article III Paragraph “A”.  Paragraph “A” to be changed to read as follows.  One judge and one alternate.  Each competing unit must provide a Judge, those eligible judges to be the President or Vice President, or in their absence an appointed designated Shriner from the competing Shrine Center selected at the discretion of the competing unit


The suggestion to allow contestants to carry objects during costume judging was tabled and suggested to be voted on at TSA, during the business meeting.  A motion was made and seconded to table the changes till TSA.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.


President Eddie Cox mentioned that the Al Amin Clowns of Corpus Christi are currently working on securing

a location for the TSA Breakfast.  No information is available at this time for location of skits or parade route for TSA. Information will be sent to each unit President when the final information is provided from Al Amin Shrine Center


President Eddie Cox mentioned that the judges meeting for scoring competition would follow the clown breakfast at TSA.  All unit Presidents and or their selected delegates will be provided a copy of the Rules and Regulations 30 days prior to the annual TSA convention.


Eddie Cox requested a motion to pay $100.00 each to our web site managers Douglas King and Barry Lucas.  A motion was made and seconded by Joe Cole to pay each $100.00. The motion passed unanimous.


The next order of business was pulling numbers for TSA skit competition.  Skits will begin at 2:00 PM on Friday June 10, 2005. Location to be determined.  Here is the order of skits.  1st Hella. 2nd Ben Hur, 3rd Karem, 4th Sharon, 5th Arabia Clown Jewels, 6th Alzafar Nemnuf, 7th Moslah and 8th Maskat.


The Karem Clown Unit presented a check in the amount of  $500.00 to be donated to the Red Sneaker Fund.  Other donations to the sneaker fund came from the Sharon Clowns who donated $804.00 in Honor of Noble Kenneth “Peanut” Pierce.  Jason Levin of the Khiva Lubbock Klowns made a donation to the sneaker fund in memory of his Grandfather Henry Levin


Jim wells and Robert Huber of the Hella Clowns donated $1,350.50 to the sneaker fund on fund raisers they had throughout the year.  The Alzafar Nemnuf Clowns donated $1000.00.  The Kerr Klowns donated $110.00 all funds donated to the Red Sneaker fund.


During the awards dinner Luann Seavey (Widow) of Past ISCA President Walter “Skeeter” Seavey raised $475.00 dollars and donated the money to the Red Sneaker Fund.  During dinner the Red Sneaker was passed around and collected $353.00.


The total amount of money raised and sent to the RED SNEAKER FUND from midwinter was $4978.50.


President Eddie Cox called on Parliamentarian Randell Dunn to conduct the election of new officers for the ensuing year 2005-2006.  Parliamentarian Randell Dunn put into nomination the name of Joe “Blades” Lester of the Arabia Clown Jewels for the office of TSCA President for the ensuing year 2005-2006.  The nominations were closed and Joe “Blades Lester was elected by acclimation.


Randell Dunn then put up the name of Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran for the office of first Vice President for the Ensuring year 2005-2006.  The nominations were closed and Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran was elected by acclimation.


Parliamentarian Randell Dunn open the nomination for 2nd Vice President.  David Work President of the Alzafar Nemnuf Clowns put up the name of David “Howie-U” Olivares for the office of 2nd Vice President for the ensuing Year 2005-2006.  Randell Dunn then recognized Bob “Checkers” Mantle of the Hella Clowns.  Bob put up the Name of Don “ Lil-Bit” Henson for the office of 2nd Vice President for the ensuing year 2005-2006.  They’re being no further nominations a vote was taken and David “Howie-U” was elected to the office of 2nd Vice President for the ensuing year 2005-2006 by a vote of 20 to 8.


Parliamentarian Randell Dunn then opened the nominations for Secretary / Treasurer.  Eddie Cox President of the Texas Shrine Clown Association put up the name of Bob “Checkers” Mantle for nomination.  There being no further nominations, the nominations were closed and Bob “Checkers” Mantle was elected to the office of Secretary / Treasurer for the ensuing year 2005-2006.


President Eddie Cox opened the floor for nominations for Parliamentarian.  Charlie Fulton of the Hella Clowns Put up the name of Randell Dunn to serve as Parliamentarian for the ensuing year 2005-2006.  There being no further nominations the nominations were closed and Randell Dunn was elected by a unanimous vote.


President Eddie Cox then opened the floor for the election of three Assemblymen.  The following were elected to serve as Assemblymen for the ensuing year 2005-2006.  Pete “Patches” Peters of the Sharon Clowns, Don “Duddle” Billings of the Arabia Clown Jewels and Jim “Hotrod” Wells of the Hella Clowns.


After completing the elections of officer’s President Eddie Cox requested a report from our current Assemblymen.  As usually, their report was incomplete. Don “Duddle” Billings claims next year the report will be complete and the missing bank bag will be found and accounted for.


President Eddie Cox gave a brief overview of the Saturday evening dress code and events that will take place honoring the Past TSCA Presidents.


President Eddie Cox mentioned the Moslah roast will follow the meeting, everyone was invited to attend.


President Eddie Cox thanked everyone for coming to Mesquite and participating in the events during the weekend.


TSCA Chaplain Don “Lil-Bit’ Henson gave the closing benediction.


They’re being no further business the meeting adjourned in peace and harmony at 3.50 PM



                                Fraternally submitted,



Bob “Checkers Mantle       

                                TSCA Secretary / Treasurer