Don “LiL-Bit” Henson

444 Polly Road Sunnyvale, Texas 75182

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March 7, 2009



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

On Board Carnival Ecstasy from Galveston, Texas



President Don “Lil-Bit” Henson called the business meeting of The Texas Shrine Clown Association to order at 1:35 PM on Friday February 27, 2009.


First Vice President Sam “Lucky” Taylor lead the assembly in the pledge of allegiance to the American and Texas Flags.


T.S.C.A. Chaplain Richard “Smiley” Bishop offered up the invocation.


President Don Henson welcomed everyone aboard the cruise ship Carnival Ecstasy.  He extended his thanks to everyone for participating in competition.


President Henson introduced the officers in attendance.  First Vice President Sam “Lucky” Taylor, Secretary / Treasurer Bob “Checkers” Mantle, Parliamentarian Eddie “Fireplug” Cox, Chaplain Richard “Smiley” Bishop, Assemblyman Bill “10 Can” London and Assemblyman Jimmy “Firecracker” Jennings.


President Don Henson recognized the I.S.C.A officers in attendance.  Past I.S.C.A. President Bill “10 Can” London and Past I.S.C.A. President and Sneaker Fund Chairman Joe “Ol Coach” Cole.  Also introduced were Assistant Education Director Eddie “Fireplug” Cox and Sergeant At Arms Mike “U-Who” Coffee.


Following the introduction of officers President Don “Lil-Bit” Henson requested a roll call of units.  Roll call was taken by Secretary / Treasurer Bob “Checkers” Mantle.  During roll call each unit was given the opportunity to introduce their Divan members and Dignitaries in attendance.


There were eleven (11) clown units out of nineteen present at the meeting.


The following clown units were not present.  Al Amin Corpus, Al Amin Pharr, El Maida, El Mina Beaumont, El Mina Galveston, Arabia Klassic Klowns, Khiva Lubbock, Khiva Amarillo.


Following roll call of units, the secretary was requested to read the minutes of the T.S.C.A. business meeting and election of state officers that was held June 6,2008 in San Antonio, Texas.  A motion was made and second to waive the reading of the minutes.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.  Copies of the minutes are posted on the clown website and can be reviewed at any time.


White at the podium Secretary / Treasure Bob Mantle was requested to read the treasurers report.  A detailed report was read and accepted by unanimous vote.  The Association funds are tracked through Quicken 2005.  Copies of the report are available at any time for review.


President Henson requested a Black Camel Report from each unit.  The following names were reported: Bob Browning of Arabia Clown Jewels, Mack Forrester Ben Hur Srekoj Clowns, Bill Vaughn Hella Clowns, Tim Allen of the Moslah Clowns, Bill Taylor Sharon Clowns and Curtis Kethan of the Sharon Clowns.


T.S.C.A. Chaplain Richard “Smiley” Bishop offered a prayer of remembrance for all our deceased members.  The members’ names will be added to our friends remembered list, posted on the clown web site.


President Henson opened the floor for old business.  Glen “Blimpo” Boyd of the Karem Clowns gave a brief up date to the condition of the Galveston Shriners Burn Center.  There is discussion of closing the hospital and it will be voted on during imperial session in July in San Antonio, Texas.


Mike “U-Who” Coffee of the Alzafar Kerrviile clowns gave a brief overview of the passing of Deputy Imperial Potentate Terry McGuire.  Mike gave a tribute to Imperial Sir and mentioned that Imperial Sir taught Mike history in high school.


Chaplain Richard Bishop gave a prayer of remembrance.


New Business


Billy Neimeyer Sr. of the Maskat clowns has made arrangements for the clown breakfast at TSA in Wichita Falls.  The clown breakfast will be held at Howard Johnson located at 401 Broad Street Wichita Falls, Texas 76301.  Phone number 940-766-6000.  The cost of the breakfast is $14.00 per person.  More details will be posted on the clown web site.


A motion was made by Joe Cole to pay our web site managers Barry Lucas and Daniel Olivares $100.00 each.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.


Joe Cole Past ISCA and TSCA President made a motion and seconded by Eddie Cox that a donation in the amount of $500.00 be made to the ISCA Sneaker Fund in memory of all deceased members of The Texas Shrine Clown Association.  The motion passed by unanimous vote.


Passed TSCA President Eddie Cox made a motion that the hat be passed to collect additional funds for the sneaker fund.  The motion was seconded by Past President Pete Peters and a hat was passed and the members contributed an additional $417.00.  In addition, the following units made donation to the sneaker fund.  Arabia Clown Jewels in the amount of $1000.00.  The Alzafar Kerrville Clowns $100.00.  The Alzafar Nemnuf Clowns $1000.00.  The Sharon Clown will be sending in a check in the amount of $450.00  The total amount remitted will be $3,467.00.


First Vice President Sam ”Lucky” Taylor of the Ben Hur Srekoj Clowns gave a brief overview of his plans for mid winter 2010 which will be held in Austin, Texas.  Mid winter will be held March 4th thru March 7th 2010.  Mid winter will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel located at Hwy 290 & I35.  There will be a Friday night dinner Cruise on beautiful Lake Austin.  Please plan to attend.  All information will be posted on the clown web site after TSA 2009.


Bill “10 Can” London chairman of the Assemblyman gave a brief report on their activities.  The Assemblymen are selling chances on a DVD player.  All monies raised will go to the sneaker fund.  The drawing will be at TSA in June 2009.


President Don “Lil-Bit” Henson requested Parliamentarian Eddie “Fireplug” Cox to conduct the election of new officers for   the ensuing year 2009-2010.


With protocol being established all nominations were made and voted on by tne members of the Association.


The following new officers were voted on for the ensuing year 2009-2010


President                      Sam “Lucky” Taylor of the Ben Hur Srekoj Clowns

1st Vice President         Bobby “Ice Bucket” Miller of the Alzafar Nemnuf Clowns

2nd Vice President         Jimmy “Firecracker” Jennings of the Sharon Clowns

Secretary / Treasurer    Bob “Checkers” Mantle of the Hella Clowns

Parliamentarian             Eddie “Fireplug” Cox of the Hella Clowns

Assemblyman               Mike “Mikee” Sluiter of the Alzafar Kerr Klowns

Assemblyman               Ray “Radar” Dark of the Sharon Clowns

Assemblyman               Greg “Fuzzy: Talley of Maskat Clowns


Following the election of officers was the poling of number by units for TSA Skits.


The numbers will be posted on the web site each unit will be contacted for accountability.


Skits will begin on Friday June 5, 2009 at 1:30 PM location to be posted in program provided by TSA.


In closing Don “Lil-Bit Henson tanked everyone again from coming on the cruise and gave an overview of skit times and location.  Look forward to seeing everyone at TSA in June.


There being nothing further to offer the TSCA Chaplain Richard “Smiley” Bishop gave the closing benediction.


The meeting adjourned at 2:55 pm in peace and harmony.



Fraternally submitted,


Bob Mantle


Bob “Checkers” Mantle

T.S.C.A. Secretary / Treasurer