The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Shrine Club gives away a secret

Pull tabs a draw to Masonic Lodge


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Has Tom Stanfield have a deal for you: pull tabs in a alcohol and smoke-free environment.

The Valdez Shrine Club says it has the best kept secret in town.

The problem is, the pull tab parlor the organization opened last June isn’t supposed to be secret.

A few regulars frequent the parlor according to volunteer Tom Stanfield, who mans the club’s three games set up in the lower portion of the Masonic Lodge on the corner of Egan and Hazelet.

Stanfield divvies out the pull tabs, sodas and other snacks for sale, plus is in charge of special events.

However, Stanfield spends much of his time alone, as word of the smoke and alcohol free pull tab parlor has been minimal.

“We have different activities scheduled” or you can schedule one of your own, Stanfield said. “If we can get people in here we’ll make a plan.”

Organizers are hoping people will see the possibilities of their venue. Private parties could be held for any number of reasons.

And time is not always an issue Stanfield says.

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Valdez Shrine Club – and its pull tab operation – is on the corner of Hazelet and Egan Streets in Valdez.

“If there’s anything going on, people can stay as late as they want,” he said.

There are few venues in Valdez for pull tabs that are both smoke and alcohol free, a plus that may be overlooked by some, according to organizers.

Alaska law permits pull tabs as a fundraising means for some service organizations and are tightly regulated by the state.

The Shrine Club’s operation is open noon until 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Call 835-2303 for more information.


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