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.
1st Monday of the month
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.