About Red Fez Shrine Club

About Red Fez Shrine Club

A Brief History

Several Oasis Shriners organized the Red Fez Club in 1915 and incorporated it on the 14th day of April 1917. Noble John Dabbs, Past Potentate of the Oasis Temple, became its first President. When the Club was formed the United States was in the midst of World War 1 (1914-1918) and times were hard.

In those early years, the Club not only had to deal with the repercussions of the war, but it had to deal with the Federal Liquor and Beer Prohibition (1920-1933), the Stock Market crash of 1929, and the Great Depression that followed.
All Red Fez Club, Inc. members were Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, but were not affiliated with any particular Shrine Temple. The reason being that the members did not want to operate under the very strict current rules and regulations as set forth by the Imperial Council. In essence, the Red Fez Club was a club for Shriners, but not a Shrine Club. The object and purpose, for which the Club was founded, was to form a social club for Shriners and that, among other reasons, would “advance and promote the literary tastes, activities and opportunities of its members.

In the fall of 1917, the Club moved to 122 South Tryon Street next to the Imperial Theatre. It occupied the second, third, and fourth floors over Conner Sherrills Bank, which later became the Bank of Charlotte. The lobby, a reading room, a billiard and game room, and a barber shop were on the 3rd floor. From the balcony on that floor, many parades were viewed and cheered by members of the Club.
Celebrating 100 years in 2017


The Red Fez Club is governed by six Directors and an Executive Committee consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. To be elected to the Executive Committee, the member must have served on the Board of Directors. The President and Vice President are elected to a one year term. The Secretary, Treasurer, and six Directors are elected for a two year term


  • PRESIDENT - David Wheeler
  • VICE PRESIDENT - Steve Trites
  • SECRETARY - Mark Leadford
  • TREASURER - Clifford Cole


  • Larry Sanderson
  • John Adamse
  • Jimmy Burgess
  • David Wooten
  • Johnny Burgess
  • Matt Cullen
Red Fez Shrine Club Camelettes

The Camelettes

The Camelettes are the Red Fez Club's ladies auxiliary and are a vital part of the Club. Catering weddings is the Camelettes' chief method of raising money for the Club. They also help with all Club fund raising projects and social functions. The Camelettes host both the Club's annual Childrens' Easter Party and Childrens' Christmas Party.

They can offer you a complete catering package, or you can choose the amount of their involvement. They pride themselves in their table and room decorations, but if you wish, you can furnish your own. If you want the Camelettes to decorate, just tell them what you want. The Camelettes offer a wide variety of hors dovers and, either sit down or buffet menus ranging from very eloquent to conservative. You can create your own menu or use one of the Camelette's
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