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2020 Elected Divan
W. Allen (“Al”) Smith is Potentate of Tangier Shrine. 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.
Chief 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 Assistant Rabban 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.
High Priest & Prophet
High Priest & Prophet 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.
Oriental Guide Bryan Deming became a Mason in October 2004, came to the Shrine in March 2005 and entered into the Scottish Rite in April 2005. He is one of the founding members of the Tangier Pirates, holding multiple offices within the club. Bryan was master of Springfield Lodge #112 in 2012 and director of the Tangier Clowns in 2013. He is also a member of the Boone and Crockett Club, Hillbillies and the Ritual Divan. Bryan served as one of the many chief aides of Tangier for several years before being elected and serving as a trustee from 2016 through 2019. Being a father to three small children and thankful for the health and condition of all three, “Fun with a Purpose” sounded really good. Having an opportunity to be even a small part of helping children who may be facing certain challenges was what brought Bryan to the Shrine and eventually the Shrine Clowns.
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 wants to honor his Masonic heritage through his involvement with Tangier Shrine.
Tangier Shriners Appointed Divan 2020