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Within each Chapter of the Shriners International Fraternity ( we call them Temples ) are Units or special interest groups for our members to participate in. These units, besides providing for camaraderie and social gathering, give their members an outlet for participating in public outreach.
The main purpose of our public outreach is to enhance public awareness of the mission of Shriners International. This mission is to provide, through Shriners Hospitals for Children®, the best possible pediatric specialty care to children up to age 18 without financial obligation to them or their families.
Our most notable public outreach is in the form of our participation in various parades. We have all seen Shriners in their Fez's driving miniature cars, wearing clown costumes, playing in bands, etc, as they walk down a street during a parade. Each of these groups, cars, clowns, bands, and many others, is a Unit within the local Temple. On a yearly basis many of these units come together at the national convention for Shriners International for fellowship and skill competition.
Some Temples have equestrian units. For the purpose of competition at the Shriners International Convention, these equestrian units function under the umbrella of the International Shrine Horse Patrols, or INSHP.
INSHP provides the structure to plan, setup and facilitate this competition. This includes finding an appropriate facility for the stabling of our animals, an arena for competition, judges, setting up social events, giving out awards, etc.