Flying Carpets

The Medinah Flying Carpets are a Parade Unit of Medinah Shriners of Addison, Illinois. Formed in 1968, the costumed members drive motorized go-carts built to resemble flying carpets, and have appeared in many parades and competitions, representing the Medinah Shriners.
For further information, contact Grand Caliph Tim Dooley at iflyacarpet@comcast.net



In 1915 the Marshals became a Temple Unit under the leadership of Alfred Russell and Colonel Walter Fisher. In the beginning, membership was restricted to Armed Forces Veterans. Now any Noble of Medinah Temple is eligible to become a Marshal.
The Marshals have always conducted the Novices through the Initiation Ceremonial and are the first to come in contact with new members. The Marshals greet and welcome participants at the annual Medinah Picnic, direct parking for Hospital Days and participate in Parades. The Unit serves the Potentate in special assignments and other duties.
The Illustrious Sir, Gene Strutz, Potentate of 1987 came up through the Marshal’s ranks. Currently, the Marshal Unit is headed by Marshal Richard Kalivoda.

The Marshal Unit of Medinah works with the Temple in several ways:

  • The Unit participates in Ceremonials by helping new candidates and with Temple ritual.
  • The Unit is active in Medinah Parades.
  • The Unit acts as official registrars at Medinah Picnics and other events.
  • The Unit participates in Shrine Club Official Visits.Meetings occur several times a year to coordinate and plan.

We meet at various restaurants and at the Shrine. Monetary commitments are nominal, and time commitments vary as needed by Medinah. Help is always needed for Ceremonials, the Annual Picnic and Hospital Days.
For more information contact: Richard Kalivoda  E-mail: kalivodarichard@gmail.com  Phone: 708.484.7471


Medinah Legion Of Honor

Veterans, Welcome Back and Thanks For Your Service.

The Military Unit of Medinah Shriners is unique in Shrinedom. All members have served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States or are currently on active duty.  Members of the unit participate in Medinah’s parades with the intention of promoting national pride and patriotism.  Additionally, they judge Arab Patrol competition at the Shrine Imperial Session and Great Lakes Shrine Association Conventions.  With the common bond of military service that the members share, they have also responded to requests for assistance from the Veterans Commission.  To “Keep Serving Our Country” is an accurate description of the Medinah Military Units’ mission.

All military service members (past, present or retired) are welcome to become a part of Medinah’s Military Unit. Meetings are held at the Medinah Facility, Room 240 on the first Tuesday of the month, except for the months of June-August and December.
For further information, contact John “Jay Jay” Joseph at 847-483-4520.


Medinah Oriental Band

The Medinah Oriental Band was established in 1899 and was the original band at Medinah. We have been in several competitions and have won many Awards.

For more information please contact:
The Director: Jon Comprado – 630-597-3995


Medinah Police Unit

The Medinah Police Unit originated in the early 1930’s, best we can tell is on March 21, 1933, with a few Chicago Police Officers under the leadership of Captain Joseph “Cold Water” Johnson. He instituted a membership drive and shortly thereafter, we had over thirty members. In the years that followed, our Unit was invited to many conventions throughout North America. We marched in all the parades and provided security, when requested.

Unfortunately, much of the history between the 1930’s and the mid 1950’s is a bit sketchy. In 1956, Captain Al Anderson of the Chicago Police Department was named by the Potentate to head the Unit.

Membership increased dramatically and the first official uniform was established for all marching Nobles.

In 1975, the Potentate named Noble Richard Elrod, the Sheriff of Cook County, as the new head of the Police Unit. Under his guidance, the Unit doubled its membership, and attendance of Nobles at Shrine functions also increased.

In 2002, Denny Meyer, a retired Illinois State Police Lieutenant took over the Unit. He redefined the membership rules, instituted a high standard of conduct, and introduced several changes that have brought greater professionalism to the Unit. When Denny was appointed Captain of the Guard, the mantle was passed to Pete Smith, retired Deputy Chief from the Elmhurst Police Department. The Unit prospered and Pete remained at the helm for 13 years.

In 2019, Richard Schak, retired Sergeant and longtime homicide detective from the Chicago Police Department was appointed Chief. The Medinah Police Unit continues to prosper both in numbers and stature. We are a viable Parade Unit. We participate in Medinah’s parades, provide security at selected Medinah functions, and provide fellowship amongst our Nobility and with fellow Law Enforcement Officers from many different jurisdictions.

All members of the Shrine are welcome to petition for membership. So, if you are an active or retired Law Enforcement Officer, or a dedicated member of the Shrine interested in serving Medinah is an important way, we’d like to invite you to become a member of a Unit that has a long and proud tradition.

For more information contact: Chief, Rich Schak at Rschak@hotmail.com