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All salaam Sir Nobles, Lady Nobles and Sultanas                                       September 2019


Today is Labor Day, which usually signals the end of summer and we look forward to cooler days ahead, but that does not seem to happen anymore.  I’m now a firm believer that climate around the world is changing – heat waves across the U.S and Europe, ice caps in Alaska melting faster than ever before, catastrophic hurricane in the Bahamas and the south eastern U.S. and that’s just what is happening now.   So ever if it’s still hotter than we would like (and it will cool down), southern California has one of the best climates in the U.S. and elsewhere…………………..

As I mentioned in last month’s Fez Sez, Ben Ziri will soon be the only caravan left in California, well soon became now.  Ronda Caravan # 84, the oldest caravan in California has disbanded, and 7 of the remaining members have transferred to Ben Ziri.  We know some of them, Bob Santos, Larry Lawrence, and Ted Napolitian.  The other transferees are: Louis Darin, Carl Fisher, Dom Pizzulli and Dan Urrutia.  We welcome them all to Ben Ziri and hope to see them at out next event on October 26th and at our annual Christmas gala on December 7th.

I want to remind everyone that we have a “triple event” coming up on Saturday October 26th at the Oceanside Women’s Club.  It will be (1) our annual Soup Cook off, (2) Installation ceremony for the incoming officers of Ben Ziri and (3) a dress up Halloween party.  It should be a fun day, so mark your calendars with the date, and lets have a good turnout…Mike Caligiuri, Grand Commander


Proposed list of Ben Ziri Caravan Officers for 2020

The following list is composed of Sir Nobles and Lady Nobles who have been contacted and agreed to serve, if elected, on the Ben Ziri Officer’s Divan for the coming year. Any other member desiring to run for office should contact the Grand Commander as soon as possible and ask to be added to the list of candidates. The more members that are willing to seek office the better it is for the caravan. The election of officers will be held during the October 19, 2019 caravan meeting. This is a very important meeting for the future of the caravan and all members are urged to attend. Refreshments will be available after the meeting.


Grand Commander                              Mike Caligiuri
Vice Grand Commander                      Ed Scheer
Grand Chamberlain                             Stan Gilliland
Scribe of the Exchequer                      Fernando Acuna
Grand Scribe                                      Tony Andreas
Grand Advocate                                  Ed Scheer

Grand Editor/Historiographer                Bruce Taber

Master of the Wardrobe                       Ken Owen
Master of the Bodyguard                     Geri Cooper
Master of the Oasis                             Juliana Taber
Sentinel of the Tower                           Fe Castro
Sentinel of the Desert                          Fran Samhammer
Chaplain                                             Fr. Michael Dallmeier

Ben Ziri Annual Soup Cook-Offand Halloween Costume Social

This year we will be holding the Fifth Annual Soup Cook-Off October 26th. This will a Halloween Theme Social so Costume It Up!! Soup and Chowder entries from members, friends and whomever will be welcome. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes also for Best Costume!!( see Proclamation)!  …….So Mark Your Calender’s

Ben Ziri Installation of Officers

This year we will be holding the Installation of Officers at the Soup Cook-Off and Halloween Costume Social. This should be a memorable event as everone will be in costume as the officers are sworn in.

SN Mike Caligiuri will orchestrate the proceedings.

What Possibly Could Go Wrong!!

Region Eight Raffle:

May Drawing $100 Louis Darwin,$50 Fran  Samhammer

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: taberbc@gmail.comor the address below:

1826 Via Monserate

Fallbrook, Ca. 92028


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

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, September 19th    …….  Monthly Ben Ziri Meeting

This meeting will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at the Mission San Luis Rey Parish at 6:00pm. 

Saturday September 7th  ………Lunch and Matinee at Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre

ee Proclamation

October 26th … Annual Soup Cook-Off/ Halloween Costume Social / Installation of Officers

See Proclamation

Saturday, December 7th ………. Ben Ziri Christmas Gala

Proclamation to Follow



September Birthdays:

  11……. Thomas Baxter         21……..Gene Buehl               22…… Dennis Duren          

  20…….  Christopher Martin   28……. Marilyn Gilliland       

September Anniversaries:

    5…  Stan and Marilyn Gilliland      22… Bill and Dee Stone    28…..Bob and Fran Santos

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, Fr Michael Dallmeier, Carol Kostick, Chuck and Joanie Ayash.


Michael Caligiuri,  Grand Commander                        
Phone #   760 940-9546



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