The Al Koran Shrine is just a few miles from my house.
Years ago, I did a story about the Shriners for a local paper. They might seem like a strange group from the outside, but the Shriners raise money to fund Children's hospitals that service the very poorest kids with the very toughest problems: severe burns, amputations, etc.
The Shrine itself is quite a place. There's portraits of all the past Imperial Potentates on the walls (the one on the upper left is from 1903), a life-sized stuffed camel in the lobby and a clubby lounge with tons of clown pics the walls. There's fez's all over the place too.
People aren't as drawn to this sort of social/charitable organization as they once were and the Shriners are a fading piece of Americana. But we can love 'em until then, especially those little orange cars that they race around all the local parades.
Here they are at the 2009 July 4 Parade in Chesterland, OH: