Clubs & Units at Kena Shriners
In every Shriner Temple the Clubs and Units are the backbone of our fraternity, in countless places, both near and afar, they march, play, sing, ride, and romp bringing joy and pleasure to the young and to the old. They have served in every job imaginable at hundreds of Temple activities and events. We salute the men in the red, green and gold, and all other colors including the black tuxedo. You continually bring honor to your Temple and credit to yourselves.
Shriners doing what they do best; having fun!
The Clubs and Units are where the fun and excitement happen. They participate in parades, hold fundraisers to bring awareness to their cause, and raise money for the Shriners and Hospitals.
Clubs & Units list with point of contacts.
Kena Shrine Band Unit
The Band is able to provide quality musical entertainment to members of senior organizations and residents of nursing care centers and assisted living facilities throughout the VA, MD, and DC area. In addition the band is fully supportive of Kena events playing at Installations, Family Picnic, Parades, and other activities as requested by the Potentate.
Rehearsals are every other Tuesday night beginning at 7:30 pm in the Band Room located in the Kena Anek building.
As the Band’s motto states; the Band supports the Shriners Hospitals for Children by “playing so that children can”.
The Band has no dues. Please come an join us!
Please contact the President, Noble Roland Hassebrock @ 703-335-5145.
Kena Shrine Legion of Honor Unit
The Legion of Honor (LOH) is the veterans' unit of the Shrine. To be eligible for membership one has had to have served honorably in the armed forces. We are a marching unit and support the temple for all parades and various other temple functions. The Legion of Honor participates in competitive color guard competition with other temples. Every branch of the service, U.S. Coast Guard included, and every war Since World War II is represented in the Kena LOH membership. We are not all work and no play. We have an Oktoberfest and our members are often present for many other temple, club, and unit social functions.
On Veterans' Day (November 11) the Kena Legion of Honor joins with other temple Legions of Honor throughout Shrinedom to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery. This ceremony is also open to the ladies and the Imperial Potentate normally attends. To be present with such a large gathering of Shriners from so many temples at this ceremony is a moving experience.
The Legion of Honor meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 PM.
Kena Shriner Ritualistic Divan Unit
Involved in inducting and obligating new Nobles at Kena’s ceremonials. Elaborate costumes and make up provided by unit. Openings for both speaking and non-speaking parts and for help behind the scenes.
Dues $5 annually.
Noble David C. McAndrews
Kena Shrine Kena Klown Unit
The Kena Funmakers were founded in 1952… One of the earliest units of Kena Shrine Center. It wasn’t until 1975 that their name was changed to the Kena Klowns. No matter the name, they have always enjoyed having fun and joking around. The best thing about this unit – they have the distinct honor and privilege of being involved and working hand in hand with the children of our community. Not only the children of fellow Shriners, or the kids we entertain during the many parades and events, but most importantly the children we service through our burn centers and orthopedic hospitals. The members of this unit past and present take great pride and pleasure in our duties and commitments.
On a national level, the Klowns are supporters and members of the International Shrine Clown Association. This association sponsors the ‘Sneaker Fund’ you may have heard about. The fund was originally set up to purchase and provide sneakers for children in the Shrine Burns Hospitals. Today this fund is used to support the Hospitals in a more general way by simply handing over the cash (or check as the case may be) for burns research. Although this may not be quite as personal, it is probably more effective and efficient. The Kena Klowns’ program of collecting and recycling aluminum cans allows us the opportunity to donate money from the proceeds to this great and worthwhile fund. So next time you hear the Klowns nagging about keeping those cans… just remember that it all goes to this great cause. Keep filling up that trailer!
A little closer to home, the Klowns are also associated with the MASCA regional associations. The Mid-Atlantic Shrine Clown Association holds a business meetings as well as make-up and skit competitions at the yearly Clown-A-Rama. They also hold a business meeting at the annual MASA convention in Virginia Beach. If you are in VA Beach around the second weekend in September, watch out for the Shrine convention and come see the huge parade on Saturday morning involving Shriner Centers from the Mid-Atlantic Region!
The Klowns meet on the second Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 pm, with Fellowship time from 6:30. We normally have snacks for those who come straight from work, and our meetings are open to all Masons, or prospective Masons, who may want to see what being a Klown is all about.
More informationon on the Klown unit can be found at http://www.kenaklowns.org