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Sudan Shriners
P. O. Box 12829
New Bern, NC 28561

Sudan Shriners

1425 S. Glenburnie Rd., Suite 4
New Bern, NC 28562


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Annual Shriners Days 2019 - Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville

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5009 Pelham Rd.,

Greenville, SC  29165

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2019 Potentate Trip  

Carl & Janet invite you!!

June 6 - 10, 2019

Secrets Cap Cana Resort

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Food, Beverages, taxes and unlimited Luxury inclusions

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Noble Leonard P. King is shown above after being presented his 25 Year Service Award by Outer Guard Larry Barnes and Illustrious Sir Carl W. Smith. The presentation was made at the February 18, 2019 meeting of the Dunn Shrine Club.  Noble King is a very dedicated member of the Sudan Provost Guard.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication.



Bladen County took advantage of two events on February 12, 2019 and ended up with a great night in Masonry and Shrinedom for all in attendance. Noble’s Steve Bunn and John Dove were presented their 25 Year Service Awards from Shriners International by our 2nd Ceremonial Master Tom Ferrell.  Also present for the presentations were Illustrious Sir Carl W. Smith, Assistant Rabban Coble Wilson III, and Assistant Director Dean West.  Plenty of good oysters and good fellowship was enjoyed by all.  Congratulations to these two nobles for their dedication.


2019 Venison Feast


On February 2, 2019. Elizabeth City Shrine Club hosted the Annual Venison Feast at their club with Shriners from Sudan and our neighbors from Virginia, Khedive Shriners attending.  A near full house from both temples enjoyed a fantastic dinner of wild game and fixings.  Our shrine patient, Miss Maci Braymiller, 13 years old was present with her parents.  She began treatment in our hospitals in 2016 due to some bone issues.  After comments from Khedive Shriners, Illustrious Sir Oscar Obsuna and our Sudan Potentate, Illustrious Sir Carl W. Smith, the auction on the five cakes took place.  Yes, Sudan bid and won the first cake of the evening made by Maci!  Separate from the cake auction, Mrs. Shirley Elliott, Elizabeth City Shrinettes presented Lady Janet Smith with a check for $2500.00 for Lady Janet’s 2019 project.  Lots of brotherly love was shared by all in attendance. 

L to R - Illustrious Sir Carl Smith, Maci Braymiller and Outer Guard Larry Barnes



L to R:  1st Row:  Nobles Billy Walker, Jeff Percy, Tenny Sutton, Ray Casey, Tommy Sasser Sr., Tommy Sasser Jr., David Ivester.  2nd Row. Nobles Dave Stewart, Todd Rogers, Charles Davis, Buck Causey, Allen Smith, Timmy Sasser, Alan Winstead, Bobby Webb.  3rd Row:  Director 2019, Noble Craig Gutherie, Nobles Thomas Ferrell IV, Ken Cox, Phil Howell Jr, Jimmy Guilliams, and Matt Wiggins.


Sudan Shriners Wrecking Crew met at the Wayne Shrine Club for their annual Winter Ceremonial Dinner on January 25, 2019.  The members present at the meeting are shown in the above photograph.


North Carolina Past Grand Master, Noble Gene Cobb and now our Sudan Chaplain – 2019 is shown assisting a “Young Noble” with his Fez.  Wyatt Alford, 4 years old had just acquired one of the “Fez’s” while attending the 2019 Winter Ceremonial Parade in Goldsboro on Saturday, January 26.  Young Wyatt is the grandson of Noble Charles Alford from the Wayne Shrine Club.



Noble Jim Thorpe from the Rocky Mount Shrine Club was presented a personal letter from the 2017-2018, Immediate Past Imperial Potentate Gary Bergenske.  Sudan Potentate Edwin “Teeny” Jones made this special presentation at the December 2018 general membership meeting of the club.  PIP Bergenske stated, “Your devotion to the Shriners fraternity is certainly something to be commended and recognized and we are thankful for your steadfast service.  You have made an enormous impact on your temple, which will last for many years to come.”  Congratulations Noble Thorpe and “Thank You” for your hard work.


100th Anniversary Book - available for $25 - $30 (to mail to you).  If you have any questions or want to place an order please contact the Recorder at (919) 394-3379 or at or Sharon at (252) 637-5197.  Bulk is available to the clubs $750 per box of 30.





L to R:  Noble Buford White, Secretary; Noble Carey Thurman, Treasurer; Outer Guard Chris Boykin; Noble Terry Mabrey, President; and Noble Wes Tripp

Installation of the 2019 Board of Directors at the Roanoke Valley at the January 2019 monthly meeting.


Sudan Van Patrol

L to R:  Chief Rabban Carl Smith; Noble Charlie Ramsey – Treasurer; Noble Patrick “Chubby” McGirl, Secretary; and Noble Steve Marshburn, Captain.



Sudan Keystone Kops

L to R:  Sudan Chief Rabban Carl Smith; Noble Mike Smith, Treasurer; Noble Randy Hoffer – Secretary; and Noble Trent Meadows – Captain.


Onslow County Shrine Club conducted their 2019 Installation of Officers for the ensueing year – 2019 on January 3, 2019.  A catered meal was served to the 54 nobles, ladies and their guests.  Our Sudan Chief Rabban, Noble Carl Smith conducted the installation and briefed on he activities for the year 2019.  Several Divan members and their ladies also attended.

L to R:  Sudan Chief Rabban, Noble Carl Smith; Noble Trent Meadows - Treasurer; Noble Patrick “Chubby” McGirl – Secretary; Noble John DeMichele, Vice President; and Noble Julian “Buck” Causey – President



Dunn Shrine Club was a busy place on December 17, 2018 as nearly 100 nobles, ladies and their guests gathered for the installation of club officers for 2019.  A great meal was served followed by the program which included the installation of officers and a memorial service and tribute to our fallen nobles.  Assistant Rabban Buddy Brown conducted the installation.  Several Divan members and their ladies were in attendance.

Shrinette Ladies

L to R:  President Gwen Johnson; 1st VP – Jane Davis; Secretary –Tammie Page; and Treasurer – Tina Brown. 

Shrine Club Officers

President – Noble Tony L Johnson; 1st VP – Noble Jonathan S Johnson; 2nd VP Paul Neighbors; Secretary – Noble Wesley Tyndall; and Treasurer – Noble De Van Barbour IV.



Board of Directors

Nobles W Ken Page, Justin Stewart, Justin Langdon, Roy S. Norris, Billy R. Roach, Gary C Hamilton Jr., Anthony W. House, James  R. Jackson, William P Elmore Jr. and Christopher  Barfield.


Area Christmas Parties

Several Shrine Clubs around Sudan had special parties again this year for our Shrine Hospital Patients and the children of our nobility.  As usual, the parties were very well attended and enjoyed by the children.  Games, gifts and a huge amount of Christmas cheer and of course, Santa Claus did his thing time and time again.  These are photos from three of our clubs Wilmington Shrine Club with a very large turnout and Lenoir County and where in Wayne County, I understand Santa left Rudolph outside and made his grand entrance on a Sudan Mini Rig Recovery Vehicle..  Thanks goes out to our many ladies who go out of their way to make these parties happen.  Merry Christmas to all!


Carteret County Shrinette’s Installation 2019 Officers

L-R  Installing Officer Lady Patricia Smith, Secretary-Melodie Hall, Treasurer- Charlotte Ivester, VP- Lucinda Dixon, President- Tracy Sinclair

Carteret County Officer Installation for 2019

L-R  - First Ceremonial Master- Lou Smith, Treasurer- Patrick Ivester, Secretary- Eric Pake, VP- Jordan Sinclair, President- Brent Sinclair. Not pictured- Board of Directors- James Dixon, David Ivester, Dean Graham, Danny Styron, Robin Pittman





L to R:  Marshal Tom Ferrell, Outer Guard Chris Boykin, Noble Robert Tooley; and Recorder George Raecher


Noble Robert Tooley was presented his 25 Year Service Award on December 20, 2018 by Outer Guard Chris Boykin, at the December monthly meeting of the Wayne Shrine Club.  Noble Tooley is credited with acquiring over 125 Nobles for the prestigious $100 Million Dollar Club.



L to R:  Potentate Edwin “Teeny” Jones, Noble Jeff Percy; Chief Rabban Carl Smith and Outer Guard Chris Boykin


Two nobles from the Rocky Mount Shrine Club are shown above having been presented their 25 Year Shriners International Service Award by Outer Guard Chris Boykin.  The presentation was made on December 5, 2018 at the Rocky Mount Shrine Club meeting.



The photo shows all of the officers for the Lenoir County Shrine Club, the Sudan Motor Patrol and the Sudan Cart Caravan.  This photo is with club members and members of our Divan taken on December 5, 2018 immediately after the Installation of officers for 2019. A fantastic steak dinner was served with all the trimmings.  Approximately 80 people attended the annual event.



Left to Right:  Sudan Marshal, Noble Tom Ferrell; President, Shirley Grice; 1st VP, Lori Quinn; 2nd VP, Michelle Cash; Secretary, Star Gates;  Treasurer, Angie Eubanks. 


President Spillman Grice, Lenoir County Shrine Club President for 2017 & 2018 made the following special award presentations: Noble Tommy Hawkins, “2018 Shrine Club - Shriner of the Year” and Noble Buddy Gates, “Outstanding Contributions and Dedication for the Lenoir Shrine Club Annual Pheasant Hunt”.


Pender County Shrine Club Officers for 2019

From left to right:

Past Club President George M. Carlisle, 2nd Ceremonial Master Randy Simpson, Treasurer Elton Tucker, Secretary Randy Taylor, 2019 President Phil Rhodes, Installing Officer: 1st Ceremonial Master Louis Smith, VP Stan McKoy, and BOD members Ted Croom & Marty Hunt (not present).


Wilmington Shrine Club Officer Installation

Potentate Illustrious Sir Edwin ‘Teeny” Jones installed Wilmington Officers for 2019 on December 5, 2018.

They are L-R Club President Brad Thompson, Treasurer Addison Palanza, 1st VP Matt Collins, 2nd VP Eric Barwick, Board of Directors: Gene Parker, Wayne Baker, and Jimmy Moore.



On December 13, 2018, officers for Sudan “Shriner’s Choo Choo” were installed by 1st Ceremonial Master Lou Smith. Officers left to right are: Noble’s Dan Lennon, Treasurer; Harold Singletary, Secretary; Bo Batts, Engineer; Selby Lewis, Conductor; and Noble Lou Smith.



Left to Right:  2nd Ceremonial Master Randy Simpson;  Noble’s Kenny West, Harold Singletary, Jim O’Daniell Sr., Paul Kyzer Sr., Ronnie Gurganus; Illustrious Sir Edwin “Teeny” Jones.  Back Row:  Club President 2018 Chad Dunson; and 1st Ceremonial Master Lou Smith


On December 5, 2018, five nobles from the Wilmington Shrine Club were presented their 25 Year Service Awards.  The letters and 25 year pins were presented by Noble Randy Simpson.  He was assisted by our Sudan Potentate Teeny Jones.  A large contingent of nobles, ladies and guests attended and enjoyed this special occasion.



Left to Right:  Bobby, Parliamentarian; Sue Stone, Secretary; Glenda Elliott, Treasurer; Julia Cox, 2nd Vice President; Diane Winstead, 1st Vice President; and Julie Nobles, President.


The Wilmington Shrine Club Shrinettes Officers for 2019 were installed at the club meeting on December 5, 2019.



Noble Chad Dunson was selected as Shriner of the Year at the Wilmington Shrine Club for 2018.  Noble Danny Gore, Committee Chairman is shown presenting the award “Albert F. Parker Shriner of the Year Award” at the December club meeting.  Noble Dunson served as the 2018 Club President and was selected by the committee for his long time dedicated service to the Wilmington Shrine Club. 





The winning tickets for two temple fundraisers for 2018 were drawn at the 2018 Fall Ceremonial in Wilson on Saturday night.  John Price from New Bern won the Golf Cart and Trailer with an estimated value of approximately $7000.00. The $5000.00 Cash Giveaway winner is from Shelly Cawood from Ormond Beach, Florida.  She is the daughter of Past Potentate Mike Farrell from Fayetteville, NC.  Congratulations to each on their winning!



On November 10, 2018, the Crystal Coast Shrine Club held the 1st Annual Crystal Coast Shrine Run.  The event was held in Emerald Isle, NC and featured a 5K and a 1 mile fun/run walk.  Earlier this year, the Crystal Coast Shrine Club, based in Carteret County was looking for a new way to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children.  Club President Numa Andrews asked the club members for an idea which spawned the idea of a race.  With the increased popularity of health and fitness, a race was the perfect fit because it appealed to people of all ages especially the younger demographic.  The event was approved and named the “Crystal Coast Shrine Run” and given the tag line “We Run So They Can Walk”.  Overall, the event was a great success.  Twenty-six business sponsors and fifty runners participated.  One of the most exciting things about the event was the participant’s ages ranged from 8 years to 66 years old.  We are happy to report that due to the success of the event we will be sending an $8,000.00 check to Shriners Hospitals for Children.  The Crystal Coast Shrine Run will be an annual event.  Once the date is announced, please mark your calendars and help us make this event a bigger success in 2019.  Remember, “We Run So They Can Walk!!!”

Article Submitted by Noble Michael Luther

2019 Potentate Trip  

Carl & Janet invite you!!

June 6 - 10, 2019

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Food, Beverages, taxes and unlimited Luxury inclusions

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 (Left to Right)  Nobles Kyle Sledge, James Pugsley, Trustee Terry Adams; 1st Ceremonial Master Lou Smith; Asst. Rabban Buddy Brown; SBOC Ass’t Coach Marcus Wall; Capt. of the Guard Jeff Taylor; NC SBOC Medical Trainer Marianna Blount; South View Wide Receiver and SBOC Player Emory Simmons and Head Coach South View High School Rodney Brewington.

Members of the Hope Mills Shrine Club and Sudan Divan met at South View High School on October 25, 2018 and presented Coach Marcus Wall with his 2018 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas Coach Jacket.  Coach Wall was one of six Assistant football coaches named for the December 15, 2018 contest.  As indicated, others present were our Sudan Divan and the NC Medical Trainer Marianna Blount, daughter of Noble Ronnie and Jocelyn Blount.  The Head Coach of South View High School football team, Rodney Brewington is also the Head Coach for the 2018 Junior SBOC.

Congratulations to Noble Dana Mauldin

I would like to thank everyone who donated allowing me to run the Chicago Marathon, it was an honor being able to represent South Brunswick Island’s Shrine Club and Sudan Shriners. I raised $3,200 for Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Team raised over $35,000. Chicago is ranked number 6 in the world of marathons with Toyko being number one and Boston being number 4, it’s a flat course filled with motivated spectators encouraging you the whole way. I had a good race... a very strong 20K. It started to rain after that… it became cold, windy and rainy, so I just grinded it out for the last 20k’s. It’s funny, running marathons are like life, when adversity put your head down and just put one foot in front of the’s all you can do, quitting is never an option. I hit the proverbial wall at mile 19 but got a fist bump and encouragement from Eileen Hollien, a nurse at the Shriners Boston Hospital, another lesson is how a little encouragement can help someone struggling. That gave me the motivation I needed to finish strong. In all, it was a very rewarding and humbling experience.

If you are a runner or know a runner or want to check off that “marathon block”, let me know I plan to run it again next year.

Dana Mauldin


Wilmington Shrine Club’s Night with the Wilmington Sharks

     On August 2, approximately 160 Wilmington Shrine Club members; along with their families and friends, attended the final game of the season of the Wilmington Sharks, a Coastal Plain League baseball team. The team is comprised of college baseball players seeking summer playing time while honing in on their skill levels, the Sharks provided more than an evening of fun! They engaged with our Shriners and their families and invited us to join them on the field for the National Anthem followed by “a pass by” of the players and hand slaps for our Shriners.

     The Sudan Choo Choo generously provided complimentary train rides prior to the game and the Sudan Drum and Bugle Corps were represented in their corps shirts and their Fez. Noble Tommy Cox, a Drum and Bugle Corps member, was honored by throwing out the first pitch of the game. Tommy signed with the Atlanta Braves in 1970 and played center field. A dream for many young baseball enthusiasts. He played predominately in the Atlanta Braves Minor Leagues until 1974.  On January 4, 2018 he received a double lung transplant and while on his way to recovery he remains as active as he can with Sudan Shriners, always having “Shriner Children” first in his mind.

     The Fayetteville Swampdogs were the victors that evening on the field but our Shriners and their guests helped fill the stands while enjoying a Wilmington Shrine Club family event that will be remembered! A Shriner thank you to the heroic club effort to ensure its success.

Article submitted by 1st Ceremonial Master Lou Smith


Wilmington Shrine Club Ladies Basket Raffles

The Ways and Means Committee headed up by Connie Gore, have implemented raffling off creative baskets at large Shriner events. On May 12 at the Wilmington Shrine Club Luau a “Beach Buggy” filled with numerous beach items and put together by Christy Dunson, our Ladies Treasurer, made $700.  At the Drum and Bugle Corps’ Reverse Raffle on August 10, four magnificent, overflowing gift baskets were raffled as a fundraiser. They included a man-themed basket, a Ladies basket, a wine basket and a children’s basket. Members volunteered to fill the “Beach Buggy” and baskets through donations from businesses, purchases they made and money and items donated by our Ladies of the Wilmington Shrine Club. Profit was $1,600 on the four baskets and will be used for worthy Shriner projects that will be voted on by the Ladies membership. Special thanks to Connie Gore, Christy Dunson, Angela Riggs, Glenda Elliott, Carol Spradley and April Collins and all of our Ladies who assisted in these efforts to raise funds to support Shriners.  Bottom line for all “An Overwhelming Success”.


(Left to Right)  Ladies Pat Smith, Carol Spradley, Glenda Elliott, Angela Riggs and Diane Winstead



Sudan Ladies:  April Collins, Tina Brown, Becky Jones and Janet Smith attended the Imperial Potentate’s Luncheon on Tuesday, July 17th at the 144th Imperial Session at Daytona Beach.



(Front Row, L-R):  Noble’s Raymond Collier Jr.; Wayne Jackson; Andy Heath; Illustrious Sir Edwin “Teeny” Jones; Jesse Harper; Kory Williams; and Lynwood Everett. (Back Row, L-R): PP Ricky Jackson; 2nd Ceremonial Master Randy Simpson; 1st Ceremonial Master Lou Smith; Recorder George Raecher; Oriental Guide Cleve Woolard; Assistant Rabban Buddy Brown; Outer Guard Chris Boykin; and Capt. of the Guard Jeff Taylor.


         Six nobles from the Lenoir County Shrine Club are shown above having received their 25 Year Shriners International Service Awards at the club’s monthly meeting on August 1, 2018.  Area Governor, 1st Ceremonial Master Lou Smith, announced the names with Ill. Sir Edwin “Teeny” Jones presenting the certificates and pins.  Nearly 100 nobles, ladies and their guests gathered at the club for a great covered dish dinner, fellowship and recognition ceremony for these six devoted Shriners.  



Left to Right:  Capt. of the Guard Jeff Taylor, Lady Virginia Bick, Noble Edward Bick, and Club President John S. Gebbia III.

Nobles gathered at the Elizabeth City Shrine Club on July 21, 2018 during the club’s fraternal fundraiser, “Shrimp-A-Roo” to recognize and honor Noble Edward Bick for his 25 Year Shriners International Service Award. Capt. of the Guard Jeff Taylor presented Noble Bick his certificate and pin.  Congratulations and thanks to Noble Bick for his dedication to our fraternity and the Shriners Hospitals for Children. 



(l to R)  Illustrious Sir’s: Khedive - Michael Coffman; Acca - Dennis Berry; and Sudan - Edwin “Teeny” Jones
Our Divan traveled to the annual Khedive, Suffolk County Shrine Club dinner on July 25, 2018 for an evening of good food, brotherly love and great Masonic Unity.  The gathering included Khedive, Acca and Sudan Shriners.  As noted in the photograph below, Sudan had a great turnout in support of this gathering.
Sudan members attended
Divan members from three temples
Imperial 2018
L to R:  Noble Brian Honeycutt "Boo"; Noble Tyler Harper "Sweet T"; Noble Devan Barbour "Gipper"; Noble Billy Roach, "Doobie"; and Noble Justin Langdon, "Bonzo".  


Our Sudan, Dunn Clowns dominated the Clown Competition at the 144th Imperial Session at Daytona Beach.  Five clowns competed on Monday winning ten awards in the competition phase which pits “the best against the best” from all over Shriners International. It is extremely challenging and tough. 

On Tuesday night, five other clowns, Noble’s Jonathan Johnson, Chip Hamilton, Andy House, James Kennedy, and Ray Lukas joined these five in the annual Imperial parade. The entire unit was presented “1st Place-Best Parade Clown Unit, 144th Imperial Parade”.

The five Nobles who competed in the competition phase were: Noble’s Brian Honeycutt, “Boo”; DeVan Barbour “Gipper”; Billy Roach “Doobie”; Justin Langdon “Bonzo”; and Tyler Harper “Sweet T ”

1st Place - Paradability: Billy Roach (Doobie)

1st Place - Character Clown:  Brian Honeycutt (Boo)

1st Place –Two Man Skit: Brian Honeycutt (Boo) & Justin Langdon (Bonzo)

2nd Place – Two Man Skit:  DeVan Barbour (Gipper) & Billy Roach (Doobie)

2nd Place – One Man Skit; Justin Langdon (Bonzo)

2nd Place – Auguste Clown, DeVan Barbour (Gipper)

3rd Place -  Auguste Clown, Justin Langdon (Bonzo)

Top 5 - Character Clown: Billy Roach (Doobie)

Top 5 – One Man Skit: Billy Roach (Doobie)

1st Place – Unit Skit: Brian Honeycutt (Boo); DeVan Barbour (Gipper); Tyler Harper (Sweet T); Justin Langdon (Bonzo); and Billy Roach (Doobie).

Great job by the entire Sudan Dunn Clowns Unit.  This is one of the largest and most active in Sudan at this time with over 40 members.  Be proud of your outstanding accomplishments.

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The three North Carolina Shrine temples gathered at the Daytona Speedway during the 144th Imperial Session - 2018,  for dinner honoring the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina, Speed Hallman and his Lady Susan.  The photo above is that of our Sudan contingent attending the dinner.  

50 Year Service Award

Brother John Lilly received his 50 Year Service Award from Oriental Guide Cleve Woolard at Vanceboro Lodge #433 in Vanceboro on Tuesday July 17th.  Noble Lilly is a Charter Member of the Sudan Truckers and Past Master of Vanceboro Lodge # 433.


                                                A Century of Service in Hope Mills

L to Rt:  Asst. Director Dean West; High Priest & Prophet Coble Wilson III; Noble Don Talbot; Ill. Sir Edwin “Teeny” Jones; Noble Louis Larson, Jr.; Marshal Tom Ferrell; and Capt. of the Guard Jeff Taylor

The two nobles shown above were recognized at the June 2018 Hope Mills Shrine Club meeting for a combined 100 years of dedication and service to the fraternity and Shriners Hospitals for Children.  Sudan Marshal Tom Ferrell made the presentations and was assisted by Illustrious Sir Edwin “Teeny” Jones.  Each noble received the Shriners International, 50 Year Service Award along with the 50 year pin.  Congratulations to both and “Thank You” from the children.



L to R:  1st Ceremonial Master Lou Smith; Nobles Walter “Dennis” Hill, Tony M. Frost,

Illustrious Sir Edwin “Teeny” Jones, and Noble James E. Barnett.


Nobles Walter “Dennis” Hill; Tony M. Frost, and James E. Barnett received their 25 Year Shriners International Awards and certificates at the June 2018 monthly shrine club meeting.  A great night of friendship, brotherly love and sharing was enjoyed by all in attendance.  A special thanks to these Sudan Nobles for their dedication and service to our fraternity and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.


52 Faces of Community: Cleve Woolard

By Holly Desrosier

Posted with permission from the New Bern Sun Journal


     Cleveland “Cleve” Woolard firmly believes in making a difference. After he started volunteer work nearly 50 years ago, he hit the ground running and hasn’t looked back.

     “My whole deal is making a difference in the community,” he said. “It’s not about me.”

Born in the tiny town of Bethel, Cleve has lived in the New Bern area since 1965. As an adolescent, Cleve attended New Bern High School and Craven Community College. Soon after graduating high school, he began what would become a 33-year career with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). He retired as a Division Bituminous Engineer in September 2003.

     Not long after retirement, former governor Beverly Perdue awarded Cleve with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He graciously accepted this prestigious award in 2010 for his 33 years of government service and extensive community involvement.

     Cleve’s volunteer work began in the 1970s with the American Red Cross. During his 10 years there, he taught First Aid and CPR to various fire departments, rescue squads and members of the community.

     He went on to become a member of the West of New Bern Volunteer Fire Department (WNBFD), where he has volunteered for over 35 years. He served as fire chief for 10 of those years and has been in the Line of Officers for the department for as long as the volunteers can remember. Cleve and other volunteers often respond to vehicle accidents and give mutual aid to other stations when needed. They are also involved with both structural and wildfire suppression, as well as Airport Rescue and Firefighting at the hazmat operational level.

     Cleve became a certified fire instructor through the NC Department of Insurance and Community Colleges. He has taught many fire and rescue classes throughout the New Bern area and at Craven Community College since 1984.

     “And also, I was very instrumental in starting the first fire prevention program in our county schools for our children,” said Cleve.  WNBFD’s fire prevention program volunteers visit preschool and elementary schools annually to discuss fire safety. Under Cleve’s leadership, WNBFD also started a junior firefighter program for teens ages 16-18. He was president of the Craven County Fireman’s Association on five different occasions and received several awards.

      Cleve has also been active as a Mason and a Shriner. He joined the Bern Lodge, Masonic Order #724 in 1981 and the New Bern Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry in 1982. He became Master of Bern Lodge in 1991. In 1985, he started selling chicken plates annually with profits going to Masonic charities, and he still chairs this fundraiser today.  In 1983, Cleve joined the Sudan Temple Fraternal Order of the Shrine. He became a member of the Sudan Chef Crew in 1987, serving as its director twice.

        As a longtime member of the New Bern Shrine Club, Cleve has been involved with the local annual Shriners Fish Fry for over 30 years and has been chair for 15 years. This year, the event raised $42,000, with all proceeds going to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

     “It’s very rewarding,” he said. “It’s really hard to put into words what we do.”  Cleve was appointed to the Divan of Sudan Temple in 2013 and currently serves as Oriental Guide as he makes his way to become Potentate. Through his many years of hard work and leadership, Cleve’s passion to help those in need is clear. His goal as a Shriner is to get children in need of medical care the help they require at one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals.  “I wanted to make a difference in the community, and I feel like we’ve done that,” said Cleve.

     Children with medical issues such as orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip or cleft palate are eligible to receive all services needed, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. If anyone has a child in need of those services, they are encouraged to contact the Sudan Shriners at 252-637-5197.

     “It’s all about the kids,” said Cleve. “It has been my whole span of service.”

Although Cleve has been an active volunteer in several organizations for the past 50 years, don’t expect him to stop anytime soon.

     “I’m not slowing down,” he said decidedly. “I’m gonna keep right on getting up.”



(L to R):  Ass’t. Director Dean West, Director Frank Long, Chief Rabban Carl Smith, Noble Buford White; Potentate Edwin “Teeny” Jones; PGM Gene Cobb and Capt. of the Guard Jeff Taylor,.

Noble Buford White from the Roanoke Valley Shrine Club was presented his 25 Year Service Award at the June 2018 monthly meeting.  Congratulations and thank you for your dedication and service to our Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Fraternity.




     June 15, 2018 was a big night at the monthly meeting of the New Bern Shrine Club.  The left photo shows Robert Toler, President of the New Bern Shrine Club presenting Illustrious Sir Teeny Jones with a check for $42,000.00.  These funds are from the clubs annual Charitable Fundraiser for Shriners Hospitals for Children sponsored by New Bern Shrine Club and this year Pamlico County Shrine Club joined ranks respectively. At right is Oriental Guide Cleve Woolard and the Fish Fry Chairman for the New Bern Shrine Club. 

     The second photo shows the Chance Family making a check presentation in the amount of $1000.00 to Illustrious Sir Teeny Jones.  Ms. Victoria is a patient with Shriners Hospitals for Children is shown in the photo with her parents.


Left to Right:   Robin Congleton, Janet Wingate, Danette Pugh and Jesse Giles



2018 is a big year for Pitt County Shrine Club, starting construction of our new facility on Church Street in Winterville and the 80th Anniversary of Pitt County Shrine Club.   On May 31, 2018, Sudan Potentate Edwin Teeny Jones, the President of the Pitt County Shriner Club, Noble Ray Harrington and Past Potentate Stacey Pugh and several nobles from Pitt County grabbed their shovels and broke ground for the new facility.  The Pitt County Shrinettes as you can see did the same as huge contributors to the success of this club over the years.   The history of the club was presented by PP Pugh. 



(Left to Right)  Outer Guard Chris Boykin; Chief Rabban Carl Smith; Noble Donald Street; Illustrious Sir Teeny Jones; Oriental Guide Cleve Woolard; and 1st Ceremonial Master Lou Smith

Noble Donald Street, the Mayor of Nashville, NC was presented his 50 Year Service Award by Illustrious Sir Teeny Jones and other members of our Divan shown above.  This was a courtesy presentation for Amran Shriners in Raleigh. The presentation was made on March 21, 2018 at the Rocky Mount Shrine Club.  Congratulations to Noble Street for his dedicated service to our fraternity and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.



First of all, no, Noble Bob is not 29 years old!  Illustrious Sir Teeny Jones called Noble Robert “Bob” Nunes to the podium at the 2018 Spring Ceremonial on Saturday night in Atlantic Beach to recognize him for something absolutely awesome.  Noble Bob Nunes has set the pace for many to follow with his dedication and outstanding membership efforts.  Since September 2016, Noble Nunes has been the Top Line Signer for 29 new noble petitions.  Noble Nunes is a member and secretary of Phoenix Lodge #8 in Fayetteville; Hope Mills Shrine Club treasurer in Hope Mills; and a member of the Sudan Convertibles.  Great job Noble Bob. 



Left to Right:  Illustrious Sir Teeny Jones, Nobles William Swain, King Leggett, Capt. of the Guard Jeff Taylor


     Two nobles from the Martin County Shrine Club received their 50 Year Shriners International Service Awards, letter and lapel pin at the April 2018 monthly meeting.  Nobles William Swain and King Leggett are to be commended for their long term dedication in support of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

     There was a good turnout for the presentations with a good meal and great fellowship. Other Sudan Divan present for the festivities was PP Stacey Pugh (17); PP Fred Oglesby (90); Chief Rabban Carl Smith; Oriental Guide Cleve Woolard; and Marshal Tom Ferrell.



Left to Right:  Potentate Teeny Jones; Assistant Director Dean West; and Director Frank Long

     Illustrious Sir Teeny Jones has named Noble Jonathan Dean West, from the Harnett County Shrine Club as the Assistant Director for Sudan Shriners.  This announcement was made at the Harnett County Shrine Club on May 12, 2018 at a fundraiser.  Noble West will assist Sudan Director Frank Long with the many duties for Sudan Shriners.  Noble West is a member of the Harnett County Shrine Club and the Dunn Shrine Club.  He is also a member of the Dunn Clowns.  He is a member of Lillington Masonic Lodge 302 in Lillington, NC.  This appointment is made after the former Assistant Director Jeff Taylor was appointed to the Sudan Divan by PP Stacey Pugh in January 2018.  Noble West crossed the “Hot Sands” on May 15, 2010.  Noble West is employed by the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.  He and his wife Darlene reside in the Spring Lake community.  Welcome to the Sudan Shriners Divan.



             SERVICE AWARD


Left to Right:  Illustrious Sir Teeny Jones; Noble George A. Wooten – 50 Year, Noble Corwin D. Strong and Noble Jack Godwin Jr. 25 Year Awards; 1st Ceremonial Master Lou Smith; Back Row Left to Right: Recorder George Raecher; Oriental Guide Cleve Woolard; and Marshal Tom Ferrell



Noble Frank Long, Sudan Director and Sudan Potentate, Illustrious Sir Teeny Jones are shown here with the 2018 SASA Parade Position Number for the Fall Ceremonial Parade in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Noble Frank picked the #1 position at the 2018 Annual Winter SASA meeting in New Bern on March 24th.  The annual Fall SASA event will be held on September 20 - 22, 2018 with the parade start time set at 9:00am on September 22nd.   PP Steve Norris (2012) is the President of SASA for 2018.


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