Units and Clubs
Midian Shrine Antique Autos was formed in 1979 and has been active for more than 43 years.
The Antique Autos was organized and is operated as a separate unit under the authority of Midian Shriners, Wichita, Kansas and is always under the direct control of the Illustrious
The object and purpose of Antique Autos is to add color to the pageants, ceremonials, parades, and exhibitions of the Shrine; promote the welfare and goodwill of the order in general, and Midian Shrine in particular; and perform other duties, as from time to time, the illustrious Potentate may believe to be for the best interest of the order.
Antique Autos meet monthly on the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Isis Room East.
Membership dues are $50 annually.
There are many opportunities to socialize and for fellowship. The unit has a social every month for the Nobles and Ladies of Antique Autos in addition to Temple events.
Owning an antique automobile is not a requirement for membership. If a member owns a vehicle, or has access to drive a vehicle, the vehicle must be at least 10 years old and in good running condition. Both the member and his vehicle must comply with all Shrine regulations, and applicable legal requirements to be driven on public roadways. This specifically includes insurance and licensing requirements.
If you like old cars and are interested in joining, or have questions regarding Antique Autos, please visit us at our monthly meeting.
We look forward to having you as a member.
Arab Patrol Purpose:
The first unit at Midian Shrine Center’s purpose was to protect the Potentate, provide Honor Guards and Present the Colors at Midian events. We are a marching unit active in Central States Shrine Association competition each year and current champions.
Business meeting from October to May Our Meetings at 7:30 on the second Monday of each month at Midian Shrine Center. We may practice in place of the meetings May June and July and August.
How to Join:
Be a member in good standing of Shriners International. Come to an Arab Patrol unit meeting at Midian and fill out an application. We are a marching unit.
Our class A uniforms are clean for upcoming events like the March CSSA business meeting and the August CSSA competition. It a great unit to belong to and your uniform is provided. Joining the unit can be petitioned and the cost is $50 per year. Our ladies can support our activities and the Shrine Center.
Our unit takes competition in Central States seriously and our maneuvers can be seen in this video.
MIDIAN and PATROL HISTORY
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 Remple 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.
BIRTH OF THE PATROL
REGULAR PATROL OF 1910
On May 25, 1910, the Regular Patrol was organized under the official sanction of the Potentate of Midian Temple and all members are amenable to the by-laws and regulations of said Temple. It is also stated that this organization could not adopt by-laws without their first having been assented to by the Potentate of the Temple.
The Patrol is a part of the working corps of the Temple under the control and authority of the Potentate and must be composed wholly of Shriners in good standing in this Temple.
The Illustrious Potentate George H. Bradford appointed Noble Charles A. Baker as Captain of the Patrol who in turn appointed Fred G. Whitlock as Secretary with the following Nobles as the Patrols first members:
C. A. Baker – Captain
J. F. Bennett – Associate Captain
Fred G. Whitlock – Secretary
Julius E. Luling – S. S. Carter – B. F. Dunken
Doug McNicol – C. H. Winn – J. Brent Hewey
C. Means – H. T. Harden – W. H. McCoin
J. F. Kernan – S. C. Sutton – Harry D. Cottman
W. O. Graham – Hal McCoy – Floyd W. Hunt
Ralph T. Bradford – J. Clyde Sanders
2nd Friday of the month at Midian Shrine Center.
Who Are We:
The Electraglide Elite is a primer parade unit of Midian Temple and consists of large street and highway touring type American made Motorcycles. Examples would include Harley Davidson, Indian, and Victory brand street and highway models manufactured and assembled in the United States.
How to Join:
Easy! After becoming a Master Mason and Noble of the Mystic Shrine, a candidate will declare his desire to become an Electraglide Elite member at their first meeting. He will be asked if he has the proper motorcycle endorsement on a State issued Driver’s license to operate his motorcycle on public roads, and proper liability insurance. A copy of proof of insurance will be kept on file at the Midian Shrine office and will be the member’s responsibility to update insurance information each year thereafter. After which he will be issued a Midian Shrine Parade Permit. He will also be asked if any member has observed his riding ability and can verify that he has sufficient ability to operate his motorcycle in narrow spaces and can safely maneuver and balance his motorcycle at a slow pace usually experienced in a parade. If no Electraglide Elite members can verify his ability, a committee will be assigned by the Membership Chairman to meet with new member and observe his riding ability.
$25 annual membership dues.
An Electraglide Elite member is required to furnish his own motorcycle and will pay for his own fuel, maintenance and transportation costs. He will also be required to obtain a parade uniform worn in all parades and Ceremonials at his own expense. The member uniform consists of a collared white, front button sport or dress type shirt (long or short sleeve depending on the season), black denim type jeans, black motorcycle riding boots, black motorcycle riders vest with special Electraglide Elite logo embroidered on
the back with name or nickname on the front, and a Fez. Additional membership apparel can be purchased during the year.
The Electraglide Elite was founded in 1980 as a Parade and Escort unit and in 1996 we were incorporated into the Midian Shrine Circus. The Electraglide Elite was used to raise the excitement level of the audience at the start of each performance by the loud revving of engines as well as using the motorcycles to escort the Circus Committee and members of the Midian Shrine Divan into the center arena. They also provided security for the elephants between Performances. Currently, the unit is involved with fund raising events, hosting the Annual Kids Run, (Motorcycle, Classic/Custom Car Poker Run), participating in the annual Sportsman Event 50/50 cash raffle, hosting the Bad Boar Event for Shrine Nobles interested in obtaining the Bad Boar Degree, and parading the big touring motorcycles at the Midian Shrine Ceremonial, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in the Delano District of Wichita and several small-town parades around the state. They also take time to participate in family social gatherings such as breakfast or dinner venues, enjoying the open road and exploring destinations on a motorcycle. They end the year enjoying the fellowship of fellow Members and Ladies at their own Christmas Dinner.
Unit Meetings: 3rd Monday of each month, 7:00 at Midian Shrine Oasis
Purpose of Unit:
Promote Fellowship among the Nobility & Their Ladies (Foxes)
Support the Fraternal Shrine and Plane of Mercy
What We Do: Smoke Cigars & Pipes and drink our favorite beverage, while planning events to raise funds to support the Fraternal Shrine and the Plane of Mercy.
How to Join: Ask for a membership application from any Humidor Hounds & Foxes member or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The prospect must attend one meeting of the Unit within a 90 days period, prior to the vote on his application for membership. Unit dress recommend, but not required - Humidor Hounds & Foxes Logo Dress Shirt.
What is the Cost: There is a $20.00 Initiation Fee, $20.00 Annual Dues Cost, due in December. If you join in the last quarter of the year, your dues are waived for the following year.
Humidor Hounds & Foxes History
Our original by-laws were approved by Illustrious Sir Norm Conley (Potentate) on June 26, 2019. We are part of the 16 Cigar Unit in the country as of this date. We had 50 plus Members and their Foxes Join the first year and growing monthly. Established a Facebook Page on May 25th, 2019 to support Communication and Fellowship within the Unit (Private Group). Our first charter was to correct the ventilation in the Oasis to remove smoke quickly to allow non-smokers & smoker to enjoy the Oasis in comfort; this charter was complete Nov. 15th, 2019 with the Devan’s assistance. We will always have an ongoing raffle to raise funds to support our Annual Cigar Events and other evets, which raise funds to support the Fraternal Shrine and the Plane of Mercy. The Humidor Hounds & Foxes shall enter Christmas tree in the Fez-Tival of Trees annual. Our first Annual Cigar Events was held Oct. 30th, 2020. Future Raffles and Cigar Events are always in the planning stage and will be announced.
1st Monday of the month
What We Do:
We are the loudest, funniest, wettest, parade unit at Midian Shrine.
The Keystone Kops strongly support one another inside & outside the shrine.
We believe in having fun while supporting the Fraternal Shrine, Plane of Mercy, & Shriners Hospitals for Children.
How to Join:
You had to jump through some hoops to become a Mason, a few hurdles to join the
Fraternal Shrine. There are several steps to joining the Keystone Kops.
Show up at our monthly meeting & declare you would like to join. (fill out a little paperwork)
Attend two monthly meetings within a 60-day period.
Attend one social event where wives are included.
Participate in three parades.
We want the prospect to understand that getting ready for a parade takes a little work & you are willing to help.
All that needs completed before voting on your membership
$50 initiation fee, $100 yearly dues,
A Keystone Kop is required to get the required unit dress, & competition uniforms. This cost $500+ You have one year from joining the Keystone Kops to get the required clothing.
The first Keystone Kop meeting was held on January 29, 1975 at the Midian Temple at 7:30PM
The original By-laws were approved by Potentate Robert I. Cory on February 25, 1975.
However, they were not signed until July 15, 1975. The Potentate & Divan wanted to make sure the Keystone Kop were not a Clown unit as Midian Shrine already had one.
September 1975 the Kops had their first C.S.S.A. in Wichita.
The first Paddy Wagon was a 1941 Chevy Military ambulance.
The second Paddy Wagon was a 1943 International Fire Truck.
Current Paddy Wagon is a 1995 Pierce pumper truck.
The Midian Shrine Band was formed in 1910, two years after the Midian Shrine was founded, and was chartered in 1915. The band was renamed “The Midian Shrine Million Dollar Band” as a result of selling over a million dollars worth of Liberty Bonds during World War I. The band started with 20 members and has had a membership as high as 80 members. Except for a short time the band has been performing continually since it was founded.
Concert Band - The concert band is our primary band currently consisting of 21 musicians. Ms. Tia Ruder is director of the concert band. This band plays a variety of music from overtures to popular show tunes and a lot of Sousa Marches. Many guests join us to perform at various functions.
Polkatz - An auxiliary group of the Million Dollar Band which consisting of 10 to 14 members and has been performing since founded in 1975. The band is directed by Steve Schmitter and performs at many local nursing home facilities, Oktoberfest, and other events. This band plays Polkas, Waltzes, and March music.
DixieKatz - Another auxiliary group of the Million Dollar Band consisting of 7 to 10 members. This group was formed by the late Dick Cory in 1996. Rick Milhon is the director. The band plays lively Dixieland music and has performed with Sweet Adelines and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
The Midian Motor Patrol was initially established in 1962. When the unit began, the unit’s, members owned Honda Dream motorcycles which they paraded in all the parades. It was not until 1973 that the Motor Patrol changed over their vehicles to the 1948, 1949, and 1950 Willy’s Jeepsters which are paraded today. The purpose of the Motor Patrol is to carry the Midian Shrine Divan, (Leaders), in the parades to provide positive visibility to the public.
The Motor Patrol has been for many years been recognized as the top fundraiser for Midian Shrine. Motor Patrol supported Circus for many years when it was our major means of raising funds. Now that Circus no longer exists, the Shriner’s Sportsman Event is the primary focus. Many of the members of Motor Patrol are among the top individually recognized revenue generators each year at the Awards Ceremony. Many of the members of Motor Patrol have been directly involved in the continued success of the Midian Shrine through their leadership. Several have been on the Divan over the years, with some even being Potentate. (The top Executive officer.)
The Motor Patrol is primarily an organization centered around its fraternal members. The regular dues for an active member for a year are $150.00. The dues for a Veteran, which is a member that has been active for at least 5 years, is $50.00. Active members must participate in at least 50% of all scheduled activities for the year and are required to own a Jeepster. The meetings each month are held at local restaurants on the first Wednesday of each month. Only the members are to attend the meetings, unless by special invitation, whereas a non-member may attend.
The Ladies of the Motor Patrol members support their Nobles in their activities but are not actively involved in the Unit. There are specially scheduled events during the year where the Ladies are a special part of the activity. Examples of such events are the Spring and Fall Bashes, the Ceremonials, the Potentates’ Ball, and the Christmas Party. The Motor Patrol being a parade unit always enjoys the company of their Ladies when their desire is to attend, and there is usually a great hospitality to enjoy afterward.
Midian Motor Patrol “A Membership of Fun and Purpose”
The purpose of Midian Nascarts is to furnish the spirit and atmosphere to the ceremonials and parades
of the Midian Shriners and for the Nobility of the Shrine, thereby adding interest to the Midian Shriners.
To promote good fellowship and a true Masonic fraternalism among the members of the unit. To make
the services of each individual member of greater value to Midian Shriners, its Divan and Nobility.
Conceived by chance of the sighting of a small go-kart darting out of a gas station parking lot, the future
charter members of Midian Nascarts had an idea for an exciting parade unit. Since the first meeting in
May of 2007, the creativity of vehicle designs, parade formations, and drill patterns have made the
Nascarts an easily recognized crowd favorite.
With a membership roster of 25 members; 10 being drivers, fellowship is a strong virtue within the
Midian Nascarts. Monthly meetings not just about business, social activities and family get-to-gathers,
competition practice, and Shrine involvement in activities make the Nascarts a great experience for new
and veteran Shriners alike.
We meet at Midian Shrine, the 3 rd Monday of every Month at 7:00 PM in Isis West. Ladies are always
welcome to socialize with us before we meet. Annual dues are $30 and due at the beginning of the
Nascarts have parade and competition uniforms that is required to participate as a driver. For formal
events and banquets, a class A uniform is our desired attire. Motorized vehicles are available for use
and purchase. Track names are not chosen but earned.
1st Monday of each month at 7pm in the Isis East conference room
Who We Are:
The primary purpose of Midian Yoshi is to parade and give the parade watchers a fun loving face for them to associate with Shriners! We are unit that takes having fun, and making noise, to the next level! On top of parading, we compete annually at the Central States Shrine Association (CSSA) Motor Corps competition, which includes a drill (coordinated group routine) and an obsticle course (individual times). We also have social outings and go-kart maintenence days to provide fellowship and help fellow members learn how to maintain their karts and engines.
Annual Dues - $25
Go-Kart - Price varies depending on the past member selling the kart.
Parade & Competition Uniforms - We have a standard uniform that we use for parading and we wear a separate special shirt for the annual CSSA competition.
How to join:
Contact any existing member of Yoshi, or the president listed at the top of this page, for an application. Once an application has been received, the unit will vote on the Noble and the President will deliver the results to the applicant. Upon admission, the first years dues will need to be paid.
Midian Yoshi (or Young Shriners) orignally started out as a group of younger shriners who wore roller skates and during a parade, were pulled along by holding on to a rope attached to Caddilac's. At intersections, they would let go of the ropes and skate around. When they were ready to move on, they would then grab ahold of the ropes again and proceed!
It was later decided that something a little more "fun" was needed and the unit purchased go-karts for the unit members to drive. Many of these original karts have been sold down the line and are still being run in the unit today.