Who are the Shriners?
A fraternity of men...dedicated to fun and fellowship...but with a
Shriners are known for their enjoyment of life and a commitment
to philanthropy. They enjoy parades, trips, dances, dinners, sporting events and other social occasions. In which
they support what has been called the "World's Greatest Philanthropy," Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 pediatric specialty hospitals, operated and maintained by
the Shriners. All children, up to 18 years old, may be eligible for treatment at Shriners Hospitals. Eligibility is not based
on financial need or relationship to a Shriner.
What is Masonry and it's conection to the Shriners?
In order to become a Shriner, a man must first be a Master Mason.
The fraternity of Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely known fraternity in the world. It dates back hundreds
of years to the time when stonemasons and other craftsmen gathered in shelter houses or lodges. Over the years, formal Masonic
lodges emerged, with members bound together not by trade, but by their own desire to be fraternal brothers.
The basic unit of Masonry is the Blue Lodge, where members earn
the first three Masonic Degrees known as the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason. There is no higher degree
than that of Master Mason (the Third Degree).
Only when a man has achieved the status of Master Mason can he petition
to become a Noble of the Shrine of North America.
What is the relationship between Shriners and Shriners Hospitals for Children?
The Shriners of North America
support Shriners Hospitals in many ways:
- Shrine Temples and clubs often help arrange and pay for transportation
for children and parents to the hospitals.
- Thousands of Shriners spend many hours of their own time driving families
to the hospitals and entertaining the patients.
- Shriners help support the hospitals financially, with each Shriner paying
an annual $5 hospital assessment.
- Temples and clubs also hold many fundraisers, some of which benefit Shriners
Hospitals for Children.