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SHRINE FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Mission Statement
    • Being a premier fraternal organization for men of good character.
    • Providing attractive, quality programs and services for its members, their families and their friends in a spirit of fun, fellowship, and social comraderie.
    • Fostering self-improvement through leadership, education, the perpetuation of moral values and community involvement.
    • Serving mankind through the resources of its philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children.
  • Shriners Creed
    • Shriners believe in God and that He created man to serve His purposes, among which is service to others in His name.
    • We believe that care for the less fortunate, especially children who suffer from burns and crippling diseases, is our institutional calling.
    • We are patriots, each willing to serve his country with fidelity and courage. We cherish independence under law and freedom with responsibility.
    • We honor family. We respect our parents, wives, and children. We should instill in our children the tenants of this creed, and the heritage from which it emanates.
    • As individuals, we pledge ourselves to integrity, virtue, and nobility of character. Our intentions will be honorable, our relations will be trustworthy and our spirits forgiving of each other.
    • As brothers, we offer each other fraternal affection and respect. Together we will support each other in adherence to this creed, so that we and out communities will be better because of our fraternity and its principles.
    • As Shriners, we look beyond ourselves to serve the needs of others, especially children who cannot help themselves. We believe Shriners Hospitals to be the world's greatest philanthropy, and we covenant with each other to support its "temples of mercy" with spirit, time, talent and means.
  • Shriners of North America facts
    • Shriners of North America is an International Fraternity based on fun, fellowship, and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, truth, and relief.
    • Mecca Shriners in New York City was the first temple, formed in 1872
    • There are 191 Shriners temples, or chapters, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Republic of Panama.
    • There are more than 2,700 Shrine clubs in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central and South America, Asia, and Africa.
    • The fraternity's official philanthropy is Shriners Hospitals for Children.
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children Facts
    • Shriners Hospitals for Children is an International Network of 22 hospitals dedicated to providing one-of-a-kind specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs.
    • There are 20 Shriners Hospitals for Children in the U.S., and one each in Canada and Mexico.
    • Children up to the age of 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burn injuries or all degrees, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission.
    • All care and services at Shriners hospitals are provided at no charge - regardless of financial need or relationship to a Shriner.
    • The first Shriners Hospital opened in Shreveport, La., in 1922.
    • For information on sponsoring a patient, call your temple hospital office. [ Hospital Info ]
  • Shrine Pledge of Allegiance
    Shriners of North American is an international fraternity of members throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and the Republic of Panama; therefore, the Shrine Pledge of Allegiance recognizes and honors all four countries.

    A Noble wearing a fez during the pledge should execute a right-hand salute. A noble who is not wearing a fez should place his hand over his heart. The pledge is as follows:

    "I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the country for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
  • Info on Prayer at Shrine Events
    The prayer at Shriners events is non-denominational. During the prayer, a noble wearing a fez should remove it and hold it over his heart. At the end of the prayer, the response it, "So mote it be," which is another way of saying, "The will of God be done."
  • Shrine Salutations
    A Potentate or Past Potentate is always addressed as "Illustrious Sir," while an Imperial officer and all past Imperial officers are addressed as "Imperial Sir." Members of the elected temple Divan are addressed by the title of their office or "Noble."
  • Info on the wearing of fezzes and pins
    Nobles should wear their fezzes at stated meetings, ceremonials, Shriners parades, special Shriners events and other Shriners-related activities.

    The fez is not a bulletin board or advertizing space. The only pin permitted on the fez is one to hold the tassel in place. The fez shall be worn in its proper shape, without crushing, creasing, or alteration.

    A shrines lapel pin is to be worn on the left lapel of a suit or jacket, and is appropriate to be worn at all times.
  • Information on Shrine Clubs and Units
    The best way to enjoy your membership in the Shriners fraternity is to participate, and a great way to participate is to join a club or unit.

    Shrine clubs essentially serve as "mini-temples." Each of Shriners of North America's 191 temples is in a specific city, and many times that temple's jurisdiction is vast. Clubs are created in the temple's outlying areas to keep nobles active and involved in Shriners activities - kind of like satellite groups, with all members belonging to the same temple.

    Units are made up of groups of nobles with similar interests. Service units benefit the nobility of the temple and may include policing, maintenance, first-aid or hospitality. Performing units primarily provide entertainment for Shriners or the general public. Examples include clown groups, marching bands and mini-car drivers. Units usually participate in community parades, and many compete against similar units from other temples.
  • Are there special benefits for Shriners?
    Yes! The ShrineSavers program is a free service available to all Shriners who have paid their membership dues. It offers a range of discounts on consumer purchases, health care and travel. Information is available at www.shrinesavers.com.
  • How are annual dues divided?
    Each temple's dues may vary. But typically, a portion of your dues is paid to the Imperial Council as a per capita tax. A $5 assessment goes to Shriners Hospitals for Children, unless you have purchased a PCM, which relieves you from paying the annual assessment. The balance is used for temple operations.
  • What are my responsibilities as a Shriner?
    Each Shriner is expected to help the fraternity grow by recruiting new members and being as active as possible, and to support the philanthropy by helping identify children who may benefit from the expert medical care provided by Shriners Hospitals for Children.
  • What is the prerequisite for membership?
    All Shriners must first be a Master Mason in good standing in a lodge recognized by or in amity with the Conference of Grand Masters of North America. All Shriners are encouraged to continue to participate in Lodge activities and learn from other organizations that have their roots in Masonry.
  • Why the Near-Eastern theme?
    Similar to many college fraternities following a Greek theme, the Shriners fraternity also reflects a particular theme - the Near East. The fraternity's founders, Masons Walter Fleming, M.D., and Billy Florence, an actor, conceptualized the idea for a Near-Eastern-theme organization after Florence attended a party thrown by an Arabian diplomat. The founders agreed the color and pageantry would be a perfect backdrop for the new fraternity.
  • How can I support Shriners Hospitals for Children?
    There are many ways to support the philanthropy, including volunteering at a Shriners Hospital, transporting patients to the hospital for care or visiting the kids in the hospital. You can also support the hospitals by hosting fundraisers to benefit the philanthropy or by making donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children. For information about the many giving opportunities available, please visit www.donate2shc.org or call (800) 241-GIFT.
  • Can women become Shriners?
    Alongside most Shriners is a supportive woman. While its true that women aren't official members of the Shriners fraternity, they play a very important role in many aspects of our organization. There are also several groups for women that support our fraternity and philanthropy. They include Daughters of the Nile, Ladies of the Oriental Shrine or North America, Shrine Guilds of America, Inc., and Order of the Eastern Star. Organizations for children and young people include DeMolay International, Job's Daughters International, and the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.