Moslah Shrine Patrol

Coty Owens, President

 

Moslah Shrine Patrol is the oldest unit of the Moslah Shrine Center of Fort Worth, Texas. The Patrol was established in 1913, before the Moslah Shrine Center was even chartered (1915). The purpose of the Patrol is to become proficient in Military Drills and Tactics, and to support and promote such activities of Moslah Shrine Center as may be assigned by the Illustrious Potentate.

The Military Drill that we perform is a silent, close order, precision drill. It is composed of 24 Active Members, lasts approximately 10 minutes, and consists of over 1200 steps. During the year, we practice hard to achieve precise perfection of this drill. Each year we enter a statewide competition of the Texas Shrine Association (TSA). Moslah Patrol takes great pride in its rich history of winning that statewide competition, and has won more state championships than any other Patrol Unit in Texas.

In addition to the drill, Moslah Patrol is one of the leading contributors and fundraisers for the Shrine Hospitals for Children, and our members are strongly committed to this charity. Moslah Patrol is also known as the leading fundraiser for the Moslah Shrine Center in Fort Worth, and we regularly lead in sales during the Circus Fundraiser. Moslah Patrol also serves as the honor guard for Moslah Shrine Center at all major functions and memorial services.

Moslah Patrol is unique in the fact that membership in our unit is by invitation only. We pride ourselves in selecting members that can carry on the rich traditions of our organization. New members to the Patrol must be able to discharge and perform their share of the responsibilities, duties, and obligations of this organization. New members must be in good standing with the Moslah Shrine Center and be less than 45 years of age, unless we receive special dispensation from the Illustrious Potentate. Once elected into membership, new members attain the status of Active Members. They may remain Active Members for only ten years. During that ten-year term of Active status, those members must attend and actively participate in all business meetings, special meetings, drills, exhibitions, parades, social functions, and other activities of the organization.