• Long Beach Meeting, In & Out 2019

    December 1st, 2018

    See the latest flyers for some exciting events planned for El Bekal! Click here for more information.

  • February Ceremonial & Date Festival 2019

    October 17th, 2018

    Latest information for the February Ceremonial and Date Festival trip for 2019. Plan ahead, RSVP and mark your calendars! Click here for more information.

  • Rose Parade Float Decorating

    October 19th, 2018

    Read the latest release regarding the Rose Parade Float decorating. Click here for more information.

  • Latest El Bekalans

    Nov 1st, 2018

    Download the latest edition of our Shrine's newsletter, The El Bekalan. Click on the link below to see our collection of El Bekalan newsletters. 

    See the November 2018 El Bekalan
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El Bekal Shrine 2018 Illustrious Potentate Larry Griffin

Oasis Patrol Shrine Unit

Oasis PatrolPresident: Norm Smith
Captain: Norm Smith
Secretary: Joe Hammond
Liaison: George Boyd


Welcome to the El Bekal Oasis Patrol Page

The Patrol is one of the two Shrine Units that are required by Imperial Shrine Law. By tradition, the Patrol of El Bekal changes its name every decade. The Charter Patrol was the first and these Patrolmen were directly responsible for the creation of El Bekal Shrine in 1952.

Although the name of the Patrol may change, its purpose does not. The Patrol is the official escort of the Potentate. The Captain of the Patrol is the only Captain appointed by the Potentate; all others are elected by their Units. The Patrol forms an honor line for, and escorts all, dignitaries including the Divan, and also appears in parades.

El Bekal Patrolmen are identifiable by their distinctive eveningwear, which is a modified Tuxedo with red vest and tie worn at formal functions, such as Potentate Visitations. They are also known for the swagger sticks that they carry. The formal attire, and a blue shirt, black trousers parade uniform, is purchased by each Patrolman. The Swagger sticks are on loan until three years after becoming an active regular Patrolman.

The Patrol has drill practice as specified and directed by the Captain, who is also in charge of Visitations, Parades, and out-of-town trips.

Patrolmen are a group of dedicated Nobles with the camaraderie and lasting friendships of one of the finest Units in Shrinedom. ALL Nobles are invited to join the Patrol. CaII the Center for details or ask any Patrolman at any time.

 

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