Joe “Blades” Lester

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T.S.C.A. Breakfast Meeting

Installation of New Officers

June 2, 2006


The Texas Shrine Clown Association held it’s annual breakfast and business meeting in the banquet facility of Luby’s Cafeteria located at 1901 Ninth Street in Wichita Falls, Texas.  The Maskat Shrine Clowns were the host clown unit.


President Joe “Blades” Lester welcomed everyone to Wichita Falls for our annual breakfast and installation of New Officers.


First Vice President Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran led the assembly in the Pledge of allegiance to the USA Flag.  T.S.C.A. Chaplain Henry “Sleepy” McKinley gave the invocation.


Following the invocation each clown unit was given the opportunity to introduce their Divan Members and Dignitaries present.


Following introductions the meeting was called to refreshment so everyone could enjoy a delightful buffet breakfast.


At 8:40 AM President Joe “Blades” Lester called the business meeting to order.


President Joe “Blades” Lester introduced the Officers and guest at the head table.  First Vice President Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran and his Lady Gay, Second Vice President David “Howie-U” Olivares.  Secretary / Treasurer Bob “Checkers” Mantle and his Lady Priscilla, Parliamentarian Eddie “Fireplug” Cox and his Lady Nina. Chaplain Henry “Sleepie” McKinley and his Lady Sara, and newly elected Second Vice President Don “Lil-Bit” Henson and his Lady Stacy.  The most important person introduced last was President Joe “Blades” Lester Lady Linda who he praised for all her support during the past year.


Following the introductions of the head table President Joe Lester requested a roll call of units.  There were ten (10) units out of eighteen present at the meeting.  Those present were.  Alzafar Nemnuf, Arabia Clown Jewels, Ben Hur, Hella, Khiva Amarillo, Khiva Lubbock, Maskat, Moslah, Sharon and Suez Three Rivers.


Following the roll call of units Secretary / Treasurer was requested to read the minutes of  the Mid-Winter meeting which was held in Houston on March 4, 2006.  A motion was made and seconded 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 viewed at any time.


The next order of business was the reading of the audited treasurers report.  Secretary / Treasurer Bob Mantle read a complete detailed financial summary of the income and expenses of the Association since the treasurers report that was given at the Mid-Winter meeting in Houston, Texas.  The expenses and income to he Association since the Mid-Winter meeting were reported as follows. The income was $889.43 and the expenses were $1,929.81. Therefore as of June 2, 2006 The Texas Shrine Clown Association has a balance of $5,218.24 in their checking account.  A motion was made and seconded to except the treasurers report as read. The motion carried by unanimous vote.


President Joe “Blades” Lester requested Secretary / Treasurer Bob Mantle to pull the units to report on any Black Camel visits since the March meeting.  A roll call of units was given and the following members have passed since the Association meeting in March 2006.  Jimmy Nix of the Maskat Clowns, Richard Lewis of the Moslah Clowns. The nobles’ names will be added to our friends remembered list posted on the clown web site.


T.S.C.A. Chaplain Henry McKinley offered a prayer of remembrance for our deceased members.


President Joe “Blades” Lester invited Past T.S.C.A. President Eddie Cox to the podium to install the officers for the ensuing year 2006-2007.  The following officers were installed.


            President                                  Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran                  Sharon Shrine

            1st Vice President                      David “Howie-U” Olivares                    Alzafar Shrine

            2nd Vice President                     Don “Lil-Bit” Henson                            Hella Shrine

            Secretary / Treasurer                Bob “Checkers” Mantle                         Hella Shrine

            Chaplain                                   Rick “Jumbeaux” Long                          Sharon Shrine

            Parliamentarian                         Eddie “Fireplug” Cox                             Hella Shrine

            Assemblyman                           Steven “Buzz” Dilsworth                       Arabia shrine

            Assemblyman                           Mike “Splatter” Ford                             Ben hur Shrine

            Assemblyman                           Jim “Hotrod” Wells                               Hella Shrine


The newly installed President Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran was presented his President fez by his lovely Lady Gay.  President Dwayne Cochran was presented the President gavel from outgoing President Joe “Blades” Lester.


Newly installed President Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran presented Joe “Blades” Lester a plaque of appreciation from the Association and congratulated him for a very successful year.


Dwayne Cochran presented the Arabia Clown Jewels with a plaque from International Shrine Clown Association (ISCA) for the monies they raised for the I.S.C.A Sneaker Fund during midwinter.


President Dwayne Cochran thanked the Maskat Clowns for all their hard work on putting together the Clown breakfast.


Dwayne announced that Clown Midwinter 2007 would be held in Tyler, Texas on March 8, 2007 through March 11, 2007.  Registration forms will be mailed to all units in a few months and will be posted on the clown website where they can be downloading as well.


Donny Johns President of the Maskat Clowns presented President Dwayne Cochran with a check Payable to the ISCA sneaker fund in the amount of $4,000.


President Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran recognized all the Past T.S.C.A Presidents in attendance.


A toast was given to the following Past Presidents in attendance.


                        1997-1998                     Pete Peter                    Sharon Shrine

                        2000-2001                     Leighton Roddy             Moslah Shrine

                        2003-2004                     George White                Moslah Shrine

                        2004-2005                     Eddie Cox                     Hella Shrine

                        2005-2006                     Joe Lester                     Arabia


Joe Lester gave a brief overview of times and locations for competition.  He wished everyone good luck and to be safe.  The judges meeting followed the breakfast in a separated meeting area.


Chaplain Rick Long gave the closing benediction.


There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 9:45 AM in peace and harmony.



Respectfully submitted,




Bob “Checkers” Mantle

Secretary / Treasurer