Beja Clowns

2023 President: Jim ‘Jimbo’ Herman

What Makes A Noble A Shrine Clown?

There Are Three Types Of Clowns:

White Face

‘JIMBO’ Is A White Face Clown

Tramp-Hobo August Face

‘RONBO’ Is A Tramp August Clown

And Character Clown

‘SYLLY’ Is A Character August Clown

If You Would Like To Try Out For The Clown Unit We Have Extra Costumes For You To Wear Along With Wigs And Other Related Costume Stuff And We Will Help You Put The Makeup On.

If You Decide To Commit To Being A Shrine Clown, You Must Join The Unit.  You Will Have To Decide On A Name That Is Kid Friendly.  A Face Which Must Be Friendly, Always Look Happy,   And Which Style Of Costume You Are Going To Wear.  Then, With The Help Of The Other Clowns In The Unit You Will Develop Your Character.

The Costume Comes From An Inner Feeling As To What Makes You The Feel Best.  There Have Been Plenty Of Clowns Before Us To Look At And To Get An Idea Of Where To Start.

Once You Have A Face Style That You Are Comfortable With And An Outfit That Feels Good,
You Are Ready For The Greatest Experience Of A Lifetime.

When You First Interact With The Crowd Of Kids And Adults You Will Realize That You Now Represent The Great Shrine Organization And You Carry With You All Of That Responsibility.
Your Actions Must Always Be Correct.   No Smoking, No Drinking Alcohol And No Dirty Words Or Suggestive Actions.

If You Find Anyone Afraid Of You, You Must Walk Away As Fast As You Can.

Anyone Can Put On A Costume And Make Balloons, But To Be A Shrine Clown You Have To Feel  In Your Heart And Soul How The Kids Think And Feel; And Get Down To Their Level Of Sight And Understanding.  You Can’t Just Walk Around Looking Like A Clown, You Have To BE A CLOWN.  That Means You Have To Carry Tricks Or Magic Stuff, A Small Animal Or Mouse With Which To Get The Kid’s Attention.  Then You Have To Entertain Them For A Brief Moment.  We Don’t Act Out Our Part ForThe Adults, But, We Do Include Them In The Fun With Their Kids.  Mostly, We Try To Entertain The ‘Little People’.  Most Other Shrine Units Don’t Mix With The People On The Same Level That Clowns Do And It Takes Years And A Lot Of Practice To Fully Feel Your Character’s Comfort Zone Within The Different Crowds And Situations We Get Into.

We Perform At:

Nursing Homes
Church Events

Local And Shrine Holiday Parades
Special Olympics Events
Boys And Girls Clubs
Special School Events
Special Picnic Events

Summer And Winter Circus
Store Openings
Kids Cancer Survivor Events
Company Parties
And Anywhere Else We Are Needed.

We Don’t Always Get Paid For What We Do,
But We Represent The Shrine In Everything We Do.

To Become A Good Shrine Clown You Have To Be Created With The Time And Help Of  The Other Clowns In The Unit.  Your Brother Clowns Will Mentor You And They Will All Become Your Best Friends.  We Really Love Performing With Each Other On A Level That Is Hard To Understand Or Explain.  There Are Times When We Are Placed In Uncomfortable Situations, Such As Kids That Are Disfigured, Kids Who Have Lost Limbs, Or Burn Hospital Kids.  This Is When We Realize That We Are SHRINE CLOWNS.  We Are There To Entertain And Everyone Is Normal In Our Eyes And We Are There To Make The Kids Happy.  We Can Always Cry Later.

Last, But Not The Least, We Are Always Being Photographed,  So We Must Always Look Good, And Remember That Your Actions Will Be Found On Social Media!

Floyd “Twigs” Hartwig

A Clowns Prayer

As I stumble through this life
Help me to create more laughter than tears
dispense more happiness than gloom
Spread more cheer than despair
Never let me become so indifferent
that I will fail to see the
wonder in the eyes of a child
or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged
Never let me forget that my total effort
is to cheer people – make them happy
and forget at least momentarily
all the unpleasantness in their lives
and in my final moment
may I hear you whisper
“When you made My people Smile
you made me smile”