The Sheiks evolved as a unit around the time of World War I as a horse-mounted patrol. The original membership was primarily stockyard men from
The Sheiks’ colorful Arab costumes, among the most unusual and distinctive in all Shrinedom, were designed after much research and study. Today, without the horses and sports cars, the Sheiks still present a most impressive image at any parade or function in the Arab costumes, colorful turbans and capes and carrying menacing looking scimitars.
Through the years, the Sheiks have been appointed to serve as the Potentate’s Personal Escort and to attend the needs of the Illustrious Sir at parades, ceremonials, the Potentate’s breakfasts and other functions.
The Sheiks participate very actively in the annual Circus and Shrine ceremonials. The Sheiks provide much of the cast of the Ritualistic Divan in the ceremonial presentation.
The Sheiks are proud of the distinction of being the only Unit of its kind in all of Shrinedom.