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All salaam Sir Nobles, Lady Nobles and Sultanas                                                June 2018


I was very happy to hear that one of the long- time members of Ben Ziri Caravan won $500.00 in the Supreme Raffle. Congratulations to Celso and Alicia Aberin on their good fortune. We don’t see much of Celso and Alicia anymore but they still participate in Caravan functions by attending events when they can and always donating to our various fund raisers. Many of our older members are not physically able to attend all, or even some of our functions, but they are still valuable members of the caravan. Ben Ziri Caravan thanks them for their participation in the past and wants them to know that they are missed but not forgotten. These are cherished members of the Alhambran community and we should keep them involved an any way that we can. The next time you are thinking of any of our old friends whom you have not seen for a while, take the time to give them a call and catch up with what is going on in their lives. When you hang up both parties will find that the day has just become better because they have talked to a friend. I say to ALL members that we have something very special here in Ben Ziri Caravan and we must make sure that everybody is included in any way that they are able, so that they remain a part of this wonderful organization. GC Theresa Andreas & PGC Tony Andreas

June 23rd  is the Ben Ziri Chili Cook Off fund raiser and tickets have been sent to all associated with the caravan. This is an opportunity to invite (sell a ticket to) family, friends, neighbors and whomever and expose them to what Alhambra and Ben Ziri are all about.

We need Chili Entries!

Please contact me if you or a friend would like to enter a recipe. Bruce

Region Eight Raffle:

April Drawing $100 Larry Wilson, $50 Jesus Arambula.

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, June 21st   …….  Ben Ziri Caravan Meeting

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

Saturday, June 23rd  ………Chili Cook-Off

See Proclamation


June Birthdays:

  9……. Margarita Duran   11…….John Garrahy       18…… Margaret Owen

 22…… Harold Duffield      25……Phyllis Terzich      27….....Lucy Carroll

 27…… Donald Getty         27……Bob Santos

June Anniversaries:

 11…….Herman and Violet Mosqueda

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, Grace Cerkanowicz.  Helen Schweneker (Grace henry’s sister), Margarita Duran, Joy De Maggio. Tom Baxter’s sister Elizabeth, Thelma Poorman. The Andreas family member Shane Romick.  Lupe Marez, Juliana Renfro, Bob Santos, Fran Santos, Dorothy Van Tassel, Maggie Owens sister Barbara, Don Getty , Janet Getty,  Ken Owen, Mona Weir and Juliana Taber.

Theresa Andreas,  Grand Commander                         SN Tony Andreas
Phone #   760 941-0365



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I would like to wish each Dad a Happy Father’s Day!  “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him”. Proverbs 20:7


The raffle was a success. Thank you to everyone who participated. The top three sellers are: SS Joe B. Cortinaz, Alamo Caravan in Texas, LN Ada Magni, Alhamar Caravan in Pennsylvania and S/CH Gilles Benard, Toloza Caravan, Quebec, Canada.  As promised, a 5% commission check will be sent to the Caravan of the selling member and the top 3 sellers will receive an award.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, again and again! J GC’s were notified of winners.


This month I will be mailing GC’s a packet of material, an Election of Grand Divan Form, Membership Cards, Dues Notices, Convention information, Roster, etc. Please hold on to this information and pass it on to the appropriate Grand Divan member(s) who need to complete the request. Please note dates that items are due. The per-capita billing in September will be based on your caravan roster update on file as of September 1st. Notify your caravan if you have moved. Thank you!


The fiscal year ends June 30, 2018.  Please take advantage of our Grant programs. 


The application for the Summer Camp Grant is being accepted. Please go on the website or call me for your application request. Completed applications will only be accepted.



One goal of caravans is to recruit more members to do more for our special friends.  However, a lot of us have family, friends, co-workers, etc., who have the same heart of wanting to serve the intellectually disabled, but they do not live near a caravan.  Please encourage them to become a Member-at-Large #298. - Catholics who join to become a (MAL) shall enjoy all benefits of the Order, except that they may not become a delegate or alternate delegate to the Supreme Divan, and that they may not vote at the Supreme Divan Meetings or at the Grand Divan Meeting or hold a Grand Divan position.  If we get enough (MAL) in one area, we could establish new caravans. You can direct them to go on-line under our website or Facebook to fill out the application. If they need assistance they can always contact me.


Please send in membership applications for those who participated in the VSC Membership Drive.


Starting the end of July, 2018, caravans/members should contact the hotel to reserve your room for the 2019 Convention. More information to follow in the next newsletter.  It is very important to make these reservations.

**I AM ASKING FOR A FAVOR**If you believe you/your caravan will be attending the 2019 Convention, July 28th, 29th, 30th, please call or e-mail me so I can get an approximate count. Thank you. It may seem early to think about next year’s vacation, but I want to allow time for each member to consider having a family vacation in Baltimore, MD next July.  The Convention will be July 28th, 29th and 30th. The hotel, (Doubletree by Hilton in Linthicum, MD), is located on the outskirts of Baltimore. This is a convention which will welcome your entire family so you can make a vacation and visit the many attractions in close proximity.  In Washington, DC you can visit the John Paul 11 Cultural Center in Washington that the Order helped to build and is; recognized at the center, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception which is the largest Roman Catholic Church in North America.  In Baltimore you can visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is the first cathedral built in America.  You also have the Baltimore Inner Harbor, and the National Aquarium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  Also, the Maryland State Capital located in historic Annapolis is only 15 minutes away. There are many educational things to see and do and let’s not forget about the swimming in the hotel pool.  Consider vacationing here and the hotel will allow you the same great price discount of $99 per night, 2 days before and 2 days after the convention. Did I mention the hotel offers free parking and shuttle service to and from the airport that is located 5 minutes away?