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2019 Elected Divan
Mike Gardner is Potentate of the Tangier Shrine. He became a Mason in 1975 and joined the Tangier Shrine in September 2010. Mike belongs to Springfield Lodge #112 and is also a member of the Scottish Rite. At Tangier, he is a member of the Pirates, Boone & Crockett, Mo-Ri, Hillbillies, Wise Ashes, and the Spirits of the Shrine Club. Mike has served as Keeper of the Quill for the Hillbillies, and is a past president of Boone & Crockett. Mike says his goal is to help as many children as he can. He aims to be “here for their welfare” and to keep the Shriners going.
W. Allen (“Al”) Smith is Chief Rabban. He became a Mason in January 2008 and became a Tangier Shriner in March 2009. He is also a member the Order Of The Eastern Star and a member of Mizpah Lodge #302. Al is currently a member of the Keystone Kops, Hillbillies, Mo-Ri, Corvette Club, and the Spirits of the Shrine Club. He is a past chief of the Keystone Kops and was a 2nd Ceremonial Master.
Assistant Rabban Steve Elliott became a Mason in 1973 at East Lincoln #210 and then demitted to become a member of Mizpah Lodge #302. Steve became a Shriner in October 2003 at Albedoo Shrine in Billings, Montana and, in October of 2010, demitted to Tangier Shrine. Steve is currently a member of the Scottish Rite. Steve is a member of the Keystone Kops, Hillbillies, Boone & Crockett, Mo-Ri, and the Spirits of the Shrine Club. He is also a past chief of the Keystone Kops. Steve says he came from “a long line of masonic bodies” and joined the Tangier Shrine to help kids.
William (“Bill”) German is High Priest & Prophet for the Tangier Shrine. Bill became a Mason in August 1977 and joined Tangier two months later. He is a member of Covert Lodge #11 and Scottish Rite. At Tangier, Bill is a member of Vintage Iron, Arab Patrol, Mo-Ri, the Provost Guard, and the Spirits of the Shrine Club. He was a Tangier trustee and past president of Tangier’s Vintage Iron club. Bill joined Tangier to give back to the community, to meet people, and to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Paul Gonzales became a Mason in January 2004 and joined Tangier Shrine later that year. He is a member of Covert Lodge #11. He is a member of Shrine Bowl Unit and was Commander in 2011 and 2012. Paul is still very active in the Shrine Bowl Unit, and he also belongs to the Boone & Crockett club. He is very active with Shrine Bowl of Nebraska Inc., where he is presently serving as president. Paul helped with Tangier Shrine Hospital Benefits Days and served as Marshal in 2018. He was also active in Demolay from 1984 through 1988 and cites this as one of his reasons for becoming a Shriner. He believes giving back to children is very important.
Ralph Joos, Jr. became a Mason in April 1962, and joined Tangier Shrine that December. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Tangier Shrine and is a member of Bee Hive Lodge #184. Ralph has achieved the 33rd degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Freemasonry. At Tangier, Ralph is a member of the Racers, Boone & Crockett, Provost Guard, Corvette Club, Motor A, Cabiri, Mo-Ri, Vintage Iron, Arab Patrol, Pirates, Fremont Shrine Club, and Hillbillies. He is a Past Potentate and has served as president of the Racers and vice president of Boone & Crockett. He has been a member of the Tangier Divan for more than 10 years. After more than 55 years at Tangier, Ralph still derives great satisfaction and enjoyment from being a Shriner.
Robert (“Bob”) Schapp, Jr., Recorder for the Tangier Shrine, became a Mason in January 2011. He is a member of Shiloh Lodge #327. He is also a member Scottish Rite, the Order Of The Eastern Star, and is Chairman of the Nebraska Grand Lodge Leadership Committee. He joined Tangier in November 2014 and is involved with the Mobile Nobles, Vintage Iron, Hillbillies, Arbor Shrine, Mo-Ri, Shrine Bowl, and Past Masters. He also serves as Chaplain for Tangier Shrine. Bob became a Shriner to support and promote the work of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. He and his wife, Amy, want to honor their Masonic heritage through their involvement with Tangier Shrine.
Tangier Shriners Appointed Divan 2019