Arab Patrol

The Arab Patrol is the first unit of all Shrine Centers (Temples).  A Shrine Center cannot receive a charter from Imperial without first establishing a “provisional” Arab Patrol.  Midian Arab Patrol was formed in 1909 and granted its’ charter in 1910.   We are the working corps of the Potentate and our primary function is to perform honor guards and color guards.

Meetings –  2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 pm – Shrine Center

  • Social Activities – (All but one includes our ladies)
  • Covered dish dinners (5-6 per year)
  • Social outings (dinner theatre, etc.)
  • Patrol Christmas banquet
  • Activities & events sponsored by the Shrine Center Men’s Stag (Dues Night)
  • CSSA On-To party
  • New Years Eve party

Fund Raisers – Century II Concessions

  • Jan. -Starbird Show
  • Feb. -Home Show                              Show Proceeds used to offset expenses and support the Plane of Mercy
  • Mar. -Lawn & Garden

Required Events

  • Honor Guards – Public Installation, Potentate Ball, Christmas Banquet
  • Parades – Spring & Fall Ceremonials, CSSA Shrine Bowl, Mulvane, Arkallakah & 2-3 fill-ins
  • CSSA – Thursday – Sunday of Labor Day weekend
  • Circus – 3rd weekend of April (Thursday evening thru Sunday evening)

Items Furnished by Patrol

  • Competition Uniform – Provided to drill ream members
  • Competition fez, satin jacket, sash, cummerbund & epplets (Honor Guards)

Items you will need to purchase

  • Gold parade shirt – $69.50 (from Patrol inventory)
  • Gold Jacket – $64.50 (from patrol inventory)
  • Green shirt – $24.00 (from Patrol inventory)
  • Black slacks –
  • Patent (Corfam) shoes –
  • Bow tie & plain white shirt

We ask that the Patrol be your primary unit and you do everything possible to attend the required events.  However, we will never ask you to compromise your work, family commitments or religious activities.

 The History of Midian Shrine

The early history of Midian Temple is necessary to fully understand the beginning and the continuity of the action of the ARAB PATROL of Midian Temple.

The first meeting of Shriners in Wichita to learn the sentiment of the local Nobles as to the desirability of forming a Temple and to consider means of procedure was held in the parlor of the Manhattan Hotel, June 17, 1909.

During the following year, a petition was carefully prepared which was presented to the Imperial Council Session at Louisville, KY. On June 9, 1909, the Imperial Council granted a dispensation for a Temple at Wichita to be known as Midian.

On August 10, 1909, Illustrious Noble E. W. Ober, Potentate of Isis Temple at Salina, KS, opened a Special Session of Isis Temple in the Scottish Rite Temple at Wichita and presented a Commission as Special Deputy of Imperial Potentate George L. Street of Richmond, VA, directing him to institute Midian Temple at Wichita, KS, under the dispensation granted by the Imperial Council at Louisville, KY June 9, 1909.

The Nobles selected to serve as Officers of Midian Temple while under dispensation were presented to the Special Deputy, who administered to them the obligation of office.

After this ceremony, Illustrious Noble Ober presented Noble George H. Bradford, the first Potentate of Midian Temple, with the Dispensation granted by the Imperial Council to Midian Temple together with the Rituals of Order.

A few men were given the Shrine work previous to the first Ceremonial who were to help put on the Work for the October 15th Ceremonial. This was the first nucleus of a functioning Patrol.

On October 15, 1909, Midian Temple, under Dispensation, held its first Ceremonial Session with a class of 249. It was after this Ceremonial that a provisional Patrol was organized for the purpose of conducting the initiatory work for future Ceremonials.

The second and third Ceremonials were held on December 30, 1909, with a class of 75 and April 1, 1910, with a class of 59, respectively. The charter for Midian Temple was granted by the Imperial Council on April 13, 1910.

On May 24, 1910, Midian Temple was instituted under charter, and the same officers who served the Temple while under dispensation were elected and installed to serve for the balance of 1910.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Charter of Midian Temple was presented to Illustrious Potentate George H. Bradford.

Unit Officers - 2012
  • Dick Simpson – Captain
  • Kyle Rhorer – 1st Lt
  • Mike Smith – Treasurer
  • Larry Tomes – Membership