Eddie “Fireplug” Cox

2701 Westview   Mesquite, Texas 75150

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



T.S.C.A Breakfast Meeting
Installation of New Officers

June 10, 2005


The Texas Shrine Clown Association held it’s annual breakfast and business meeting at the American Bank Center in Garden Room “A” in Corpus Christi, Texas.  The Al Amin Shrine Clowns were the host clown unit.


President Eddie “ Fireplug” Cox welcomed everyone to Corpus Christi for our annual breakfast and installation of New Officers.


First Vice Present Joe “Blades” Lester of the Arabia Clown Jewels led the Pledge of allegiance to the USA and Texas Flags.  T.S.C.A. Chaplain Don “Lil-Bit” Henson of the Hella Clowns 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 8:05 AM President Eddie “Fireplug” Cox called the business meeting to order.


President Eddie “Fireplug” Cox introduced the Officers and guest at the head table.  First Vice President Joe “Blades” Lester and his lady Linda, Second Vice President Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran and his lady Gay. Secretary/Treasurer Bob “Checkers” Mantle and his lady Priscilla.  Parliamentarian Randell “Randy” Dunn and his guest Shirley Henson.  Chaplain Don “Lil-Bit” Henson and his lady Stacy. And Newly elected 2nd Vice President David “Howie-U” Olivares and his lady Annette.


Following the introduction of the head table President Eddie Cox requested a roll call of units.  There were eight (8) units out of eighteen (18) present at the meeting.


Following the roll call of units President Eddie Cox requested the reading of the Mid-Winter minutes, which was held in Mesquite, Texas on March 12, 2005.

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 reviewed at any time.

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



The next order of business was the reading of the audited treasury report.  Secretary / Treasurer Bob Mantle read a complete detailed financial summary of the income and expenses of the Association since the treasurers report was given at Mid-Winter in Mesquite, Texas.  Since the Association Mid-Winter the Association had $1,314.00 in expenses and had additional income of $1,375.87.  Therefore as of June 10, 2005 the Association has a balance of $4,569.11 in the Texas Shrine Clown Association checking account.  A motion was made and seconded to except the treasurer’s report as read.  The motion carried by unanimous vote.  The Association checking account is being tracked through Quicken 2005 software and is available at any time for any member to review.


President Eddie Cox then requested Secretary / Treasurer Bob Mantle to conduct a Black Camel Report.  A roll call of units was given and the following members names were given since our Association meeting in March 2005.  Bill Porter of the Al Amin Nomad Jokers.  Gary Tilton of the Arabia Clown Jewels and Bert Schrivener of the Sharon Clowns.  These nobles’ names will added to our friends remembered list and posted on the Association web site.


T.S.C.A President Don Henson offered a prayer of remembrance for our deceased members.


The next order of business was the reading of a proposed change to the Rules and Regulations Under the Mid-Winter Judging Criteria and Guidelines for Competition dated September 1997.  The proposed changes to eliminate article six (6) under category lll, which currently reads.  During all judging there will be ABSOLUTELY no objects in contestants hands, no electrical Devices, no flashing lights, etc. except Character Clowns. A roll call of units was given and a vote of all units was taken and the motion to delete article six failed.  Therefore article six (6) will remain in the current Rules and Regulations.


President Eddie Cox invited Illustrious Potentate Tom Mallynn of Arabia Shrine Center to the podium to install the officers for the ensuing year 2005-2006.  The following officers were installed.


                     President:                      Joe “Blades” Lester                              Arabia Shrine

                     1st Vice President          Dwayne “Popcorn” Cochran                  Sharon Shrine

                     2nd Vice President         David “Howie-U” Olivares                    Alzafar Shrine

                     Secretary / Treasurer    Bob “Checkers” Mantle                         Hella Shrine

                     Chaplain                       Henry “Sleepie” McKinley                     Arabia Shrine

                     Parliamentarian             Randell “Randy” Dunn                          Hella Shrine

                     Assemblyman               Don “Duddle” Billings                            Arabia Shrine

                     Assemblyman               Pete “Patches” Peters                           Sharon Shrine

                     Assemblyman               Jim “Hotrod” Wells                               Hella Shrine


The newly installed President Joe “Blades” Lester was presented his President fez by his lovely lady Linda. President Joe Lester was then presented with the gavel of authority from outgoing President Eddie “Fireplug” Cox.


Newly installed President Joe “Blades” Lester presented out going President Eddie “Fireplug” Cox a plaque of appreciation and congratulated him for a very successful year.


President Eddie “Fireplug” Cox thanked the Al Amin clowns for all their hard work and the great job they did putting together the clown breakfast.  Eddie Cox when on to thank everyone for making his year very successful.  He said things were going good until one of the members of the Hella Clowns lost his fez and was unable to wear it to the clown breakfast. However the fez was found and it was auctioned off and the money will go to the sneaker fund.  It raised $110.00.  The Fez belonged to Jerry Kris otherwise know as “Yacove”.


Past President Joe Cole presented the Hella Clowns and the Moslah Clowns with a plaque for the monies they raised for the I.S.C.A. Sneaker fund.


Bill London was presented with a I.S.C.A. Red Baseball cap which assigned him a new name Bob-Up.  Only Bill and Joe know the joke to this.


Donald Henson presented Eddie Cox with a statue of a fireman with his picture.


The Moslah Clowns presented a check (which was mailed direct to the sneaker fund) in the Amount of $10,000 dollars.  The Granbury American Legion donated the funds.


Eddie “Fireplug” Cox then recognized all the Past T.S.C.A Presidents in attendance.  He invited each to come up front and be recognized.  After introductions a toast was given in their honor for their continued support to the Association.


The Past Presidents in attendance were:

1986-1987         Randell Dunn                Hella Shrine

1989-1990         Joe Cole                       Ben Hur Shrine

1992-1993         Don Billings                  Arabia Shrine

1993-1994         Mike Coffey                 Alzafar Shrine

1997-1998         Pete Peters                   Sharon Shrine

1999-2000         Butch Davis                  Al Amin Shrine

2000-2001         Leighten Roddy             Moslah Shrine

2003-2004         George White                Moslah Shrine


Eddie “Firplug” Cox gave a brief overview of times and locations for competition.  Wished everyone good luck and to be safe.  He then turned the program over to incoming President Joe “Blades” Lester.


President Joe “Blades” Lester gave a brief overview of times and location for Mid-Winter in Houston, Texas.  Joe has established the dates of March 2 - 4 2006 to be held at the Renaissance Hotel located at 6 Greenway Plaza East Houston, Texas.   More details about the events and registrations will be posted on the clown web-site.


Donald “Lil-Bit” Henson gave the closing benediction.


There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 8:50 AM in peace and harmony.


Respectfully submitted,



Bob “Checker” Mantle

Secretary / Treasurer