Tooth Brush Day @ The Taste Of Des Plaines

On June 18th EL JAALA GROTTO participated for the 1st time in our history in the annual Taste Of Des Plaines. We picked this event to conduct our Tooth Brush Day Event. The weather was great and so was the crowd. The Town of Des Plaines is where EL JAALA is based out of and the folks & the townships government was more than elated to see us out in support. We were more than happy to get out in the public and spread the Grotto word about our great charity the Humanitarian Foundation & our organization. Thanks to Prophet Timothy Blythe for enduring the heat with me & putting in the work in support of our Grotto.



2016 Installation Of Officers

On Sunday Jan 24th the members of EL JAALA GROTTO held their 69th Annual Installation of Officers at Medinah Temple. It was a bitter sweet occasion our Monarch elect Bro Richard Aka Pineapple was recovering from a serious car accident in the hospital so he was not able to attend, but the show must go on & the rest of the officers & lady’s & guest enjoyed a great ceremony & a great dinner. We were once again proud to have Past Grand Monarch David Rebmann conduct the installation of officers. We were also proud to initiate 6 new prophets into the enchanted realm.DSCN5019 DSCN5020 DSCN5021 DSCN5022 DSCN5024 DSCN5025 DSCN5027 DSCN5028 DSCN5029 DSCN5030 DSCN5031 DSCN5037 DSCN5038 DSCN5044 DSCN5045 DSCN5050 DSCN5051



On Dec 6th the Prophets of EL JAALA GROTTO & their ladies celebrated the holidays with some Latin Flare & style!! We were served up some great Puerto Rican food & drinks. Special Thanks to the staff @ Cafe Latino for making our evening a very enjoyable one. All in attendance had a great time. What better way to bring in the holidays!!

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El Jaala’s Italian “Cooks’ Night Out”

Prophets, Ladies & Guests… ..

Enjoy a fantastic dinner with true friends!


Via Veneto

6340 N. Lincoln Ave

Chicago, Illinois

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Fellowship 4:30 pm

Dinner 5:00 pm

ONLY $24.95!

This dinner includes:

 Your choice of Tilapia Lemon or Chicken Vesevio with pasta, salad, bread & butter, ice cream and coffee.

Other beverages not included – cash bar

RSVP by 11/9 via email to Tom Bachochin-Secretary at 

or Send Check via mail by 11/5 to:

El Jaala Grotto

337 E. Fullerton Ave

Glendale Hts, IL  60139-2663


Illinois State Grotto Hospitality Room @ IL Grand Lodge Session 2015

On October 9th the members of the Illinois State Grotto Association had their annual hospitality room. Where they hosted all the brethren attending the Grand Lodge session in Springfield,IL.  At this session EL JAALA GROTTO initiated 13 New Prophets into the relm.  On the following day during the Illinois State Grotto Association Luncheon our very own Past Monarch Ivan Lugo was awarded the Illinois State Grotto Association Mason of the year award.  The award was presented by the newly elected Grand Master Of Illinois Tony Cracco.


Jack Heinz Memorial Pig Roast 2015

On July 26th the members of EL JAALA GROTTO hosted their annual ” Jack Heinz Memorial Pig Roast” at the LaGrange Masonic Children’s Home.  This pig roast is open to members of our great fraternity, their family & friends.  Once again our Pig Roast was a great success.  Thanks to all who participated.



Join the Prophets of


as we assist in the “SPECIAL SMILES”

program at the Chicago Special Olympics

on Wednesday, May 6th from 9:00 AM til 1:00 PM

at Eckersall Stadium, 2423 E. 82nd St. (at Yates)

Once again we will be handing out “goody” bags to the athletes

while we register them for their free dental screenings.

Be a Volunteer…Make a Difference!

To be a part of this fun and worthwhile activity contact

Past Monarch John Eichler,

Chairman, “Special Smiles” Committee

at 312-399-1577

Prophets Volunteering at this event are encouraged to wear their

El Jaala Grotto shirts, jackets and Fezzes.


68th Annual Midwest Grotto Association Convention

The 68th Annual Midwest Grotto Association Convention will be held Wednesday, September 30 through Saturday, October 3, 2015 and you can make your hotel reservations now. Convention packets will be available at the spring meeting and will also be mailed to each Grotto.

The theme for this years convention will be “Hooked On Grotto”.

We look forward to seeing all of you in the spring!!

 If you have any questions or need more information, please contact:
 Jim Bainter :  (309) 208-5246 – Bob Wheeler :  (309) 369-7357 – David Rebmann : (309) 696-7974 – Shannon Walden : (309) 657-1962




Midwest Grotto Association Midwinter Meeting
April 10 & 11, 2015

Abbas Grotto 1839 1/2 Highview Road East Peoria, IL 61611

Schedule Rooms are available at:

Stoney Creek Inn

101 Mariners Way

(800) 659-2220  or (309) 694-1300

Nightly rate is $89.00 + tax

Room Reservations must be made by: 3/31/15


Friday, April 10

• Hospitality : 5:00 pm  • Dinner Available at Abbas Grotto East Peoria, IL 61611

Saturday, April 11

• Ladies Activities with Lunch Group name is: Midwest Grotto Association

• Lunch available at Abbas ($5.00) : 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

• Business Meeting – 1:00 pm

• Social Hour – 5:00 pm

• Dinner available at Abbas ($15.00) – 6:00 pm

• Good Fellowship  – 7:00 — ???