Don Cox, Imperial Raban
To all Hillbilly Clans in the United States and Canada and all Hillbillies everywhere, it is with a heavy heart that I must announce the passing of our First Lady of Hillbilly Nation, Mrs. Debbie Cox, the wife of our Imperial Raban, Don Cox. Please keep the Cox family in your thoughts and prayers.
Debbie will always be remembered for her smile, her kindness and the way she made everyone feel loved and welcome. She loved her family, her friends and all of God’s creatures that left the woods each day to come into her yard to visit her. She also loved being a Hillbilly Gal and parading with Don and the other Hillbillies. Her work with the children of Shriners Hospitals will live on forever. This is a long form text area designed for your content that you can fill up with as many words as your heart desires. You can write articles, long mission statements, company policies, executive profiles, company awards/distinctions, office locations, shareholder reports, whitepapers, media mentions and other pieces of content that don’t fit into a shorter, more succinct space.
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Dancing their way through the North Myrtle Beach Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Members of Hillbilly Clan 69 of Los Angeles California, are joined by Imperial Sir Kenny Craven, as they prepare the Shriners Hospitals for Children float for the Rose Bowl Parade. Clan 69 also had a cookout for the staff and patients at our Pasadena Hospital
What a wonderful gift to the children of Shriners Hospitals. On December 28th, members of Hillbilly Clan 189, the “Palmetto Clan “ of South Carolina, traveled to Shriners Children’s Greenville. They were met there by Paul Finelli, Director of Development at the Hospital and given a tour of the facility. The group presented Mr. Finelli with checks totaling 55,550 dollars for the children.
I wanted to send out a big thank you to all of Clan 55 for all your hard work you put into this years Hillbilly Convention, and a special thank you to all the hillbillies who took the time to join us this year, without you these donations are not possible.
Clan 55 has donated $13,000 to Shriners Children of Ohio from the Convention. And our very own International Hillbilly Queen raised $2540 dollars which she also donated to Shriners Children of Ohio Burn Unit.
Again, thank you everyone and we look forward to seeing everyone in Pikeville KY April 20-23 and at the International Hillbilly Convention in Green Bay Aug 10-13 next year.
Honor the Cob ,
Brian Geiser Raban Clan 55
This past July, Craig Staton of Hillbilly Clan 1 Outhouse 2 in Pikeville Kentucky, delivered a check to Shriners Childrens in Lexington Kentucky in the amount of 40,100 dollars. A couple more cousins from Outhouse 2, Sonny and Daryl, headed a little farther north to Shriners Childrens Ohio in Dayton Ohio They presented Hospital Administrator, and fellow Hillbilly from Clan 1 Outhouse 8, Randy White, along with the Director of Philanthropy Bethany Deines, a check in the amount of 8,000 dollars.
These donations were generated from the tremendous job Outhouse 2 does at their Hillbilly Days Festival each April. If you have never been to Hillbilly Days, you are missing out on a great weekend filled with fun, fellowship, fantastic food and music. Next years Hillbilly Days is set for April 20th - 22nd.
Congratulations to Outhouse 2 Raban Kent Bartley and all of our cousins in Pikeville for a job well done! Outhouse 2 has now raised in excess of One Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars for the children of Shriners Hospitals and their local transportation fund.
"Hello cuzin’. If it’s within the length of your cable tow could you please get in contact with Clan 42 out of Cumberland, Maryland and do some degree work for the Hillbilly guys and Hillbilly gals?” That is the way the conversation started about six months ago from the Imperial Raban of the Hillbillies, Don Cox. That’s also when a friendship, no, a kinship between Clan 42 Ali Ghan in Cumberland and clan 67 Boumi Hillbillies out of Baltimore began. This kinship has grown over the past 6 months to include a get together at the Gettysburg Parade, numerous phone conversations and several attempts to schedule the degree at the Ali Ghan Temple.
Just like cuzin’ Rip Van Winkle, the hillbillies in Clan 42 fell asleep for many years. When they woke up, Darrell Lake the newly installed Raban, was at the helm. He saw that many things had changed. However, the mission of the Hillbilly Clan was still the same, Having Fun and Helping Support Our Shriner Kids! Darrel Lake- Raban, Steve Kemmet- Keeper of the Cob, Mike Starliper- Keeper of the Quill, and Doug Shetron -Guardian of the Still are ready and eager to keep the excitement going and the membership of the clan growing. They have already started the list of the next Cuzin’s to be initiated and I’m sure we can muster a group from Clan 67 for another road trip to participate in the gathering.
Saturday, August 20th, 2022 at 2PM our dreams to install the officers of Hillbilly Clan 42 and the initiation of 8 of their Hillbilly guys and 4 of their Hillbilly gals along with 3 of our BOUMI Hillbilly guys and 3 BOUMI Hillbilly gals became a reality. In total we had 25 Hillbillies participating in one of the most enlightening degrees in Shrinerdom. After the degree we broke bread as the two clans got to know each other just a bit better. We have started to make plans for future get togethers both at Ali Ghan and at the BOUMI in Baltimore. Raban Darrell Lake has joined forces with me in my “Shave the Rabans’ Beard” fundraiser that will culminate at MASA with the beards coming off and the proceeds of the fundraiser being donated to charity. The Raban of Clan 42 joining this challenge was just another show of fraternalism and the bond that our two clans have created.
After a wonderful spread of vittles including all the goodies from the garden, macaroni and hotdog casserole and fried zucchini and a few peas and corn, we enjoyed a ton of sweets from Granny’s kitchen including cookies, a big ol’ chocolate strawberry cake and my favorite homemade peach cobbler! After a few hillbilly handshakes and tear-filled hugs, we parted ways as we made plans to gather the clans once again before the summer and fall completely disappear into the hills of Western Maryland.
This is how a friendship with our cuzin’s in the Hills of Cumberland Mountains began. The next chapters are yet to be written. But I can surely tell you one thing; You can choose your friends but you can’t choose yur cuzin’s! I’m just sayin’
Raban, Clan 67 BOUMI Shrine Center
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