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 Scott Olson at 847-707-6216.


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: Howard Giesen – Phone: 773-339-2335
Assistant Director: Roger ZachariasMusic
Director: Bruce Allman
Secretary: Steve Elliot – Phone: 630-530-0083
Treasure: Bob Pinnow – Phone: 708-672-6354
Business Manager: Andrew Doolittle – Phone: 815-341-6147


Medinah Police Unit

The Medinah Police Unit originated in the early 1930’s 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 of the parades and provided security, when requested.

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 dramatically 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 a number of changes that have brought professionalism to the Unit.

Today, under the able leadership of Chief Pete Smith, retired Deputy Chief of Police of Elmhurst, we continue 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 with fellow Law Enforcement Officers from many different jurisdictions.

If you are a Noble, and an active/retired Law Enforcement Officer (local, state or federal) we’d like to invite you to become a member of a Unit that has a long and proud tradition.

If you profess an interest in Law Enforcement, but do not meet the above requirements, we welcome you as an Associate Member.

For more information contact: Chief, Pete Smith at petesmi@att.net