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Waterloo County Shrine Club

Mocha Shriners

Waterloo Masonic Centre
440 Weber Street N. Waterloo ON.

Waterloo County Shrine Club

The Waterloo County Shrine Club was formed in 1924 by a number of the Nobles of the Mocha Shriners. Mocha Shriners is the Southwestern Ontario chapter of Shriners International.

Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. There are approximately 350,000 members from 191 temples (chapters) in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Panama.

Shriners International supports Shriners Hospitals for Children, an international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs.

Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care at Shriners Hospitals for Children and receive all services at no financial obligation to families.

The club meets at the KW Masonic Hall, 440 Weber St. N, Waterloo, ON, the 2nd Monday of each month. Social hour begins at 6pm, followed by Dinner at 7:00pm and the Business Meeting at 8pm

How to Become a Shriner

If you hold the title of Master Mason in Freemasonry, you qualify and are invited to join the Shriners.
In order to become a Shriner you must ask a current Shriner to support and sponsor your application. For help, visit our temple. We will answer all of your questions and guide you through the joining process.
If you are not a Freemason, you must pursue that first. Once you are a Master Mason you will then be eligible to petition to become a Shriner.

There are many benefits to becoming a Shriner.
  • Membership in a well-known fraternal organization recognized for its social and philanthropic activities.
  • Opportunity to develop lasting relationships with like minded men from all over the world
  • Engage in social activities and events that are available for the entire family. Participate in many special interest groups with Shriners that allow like minded men to enjoy a little high-spirited fun. Motorcycles, parades, golf, and sports cars are all examples of these types of groups
  • The privilege of supporting the “world’s greatest philanthropy,” Shriners Hospitals for Children, offers Shriners many opportunities to find personal fulfillment and satisfaction

Why Become a Shriner?
Three good reasons: Fun, Fellowship and Philanthropy.

The Shriners are an organization that grew out of the Freemasons over a century ago by men who wanted to take a their fraternity to a new and different level. By stressing fun and fellowship more than ritual, they hoped to create something special. They did, and over time they adopted Shriners Hospitals for Children as their official philanthropy and now operate a network of 22 hospitals. They specialize in helping kids with special needs oriented around cleft lip an palate, burns and orthopedic problems.

By joining you can be a part of something that has helped thousands of kids over the years, and have fun doing it! Along with helping others and each other, Shriners value a good time. The friendships built will always be with you, as will the knowledge of what you’ve accomplished by being a Shriner. Just go to any Shriner parade and you’ll see the good time had by the Shriners and those who attend. 

Parades aren’t the only thing Shriners do together, though. Each Temple has various groups and units within it, and there is something for everyone! There are even groups for the wives and daughters of Shriners. There is always something there to help you grow as a person and help the community around you. 

How to Become a Freemason

Freemasons come from all walks of life, but in order to become a Mason you must meet a few simple criteria:
  1. You must be a male, at least 21 years of age
  2. You must profess a belief in a Supreme Being
  3. You must be a man of good morals and reputation

In order to join you must seek admission by your own free will, and you must be recommended by a current Freemason, elected to membership and willing to assume an obligation to the fraternity.

To get started simply go to to find a local lodge in Waterloo Region.

Degrees of Masonry 

As you follow the path of Masonry you will have the opportunity to earn three symbolic degrees representing the lessons of Masonry. All Shriners are Master Masons, but not all Freemasons go on to become Shriners.

  1. Entered Apprentice
  2. Fellowcraft 
  3. Master Mason


440 Weber Street North 
Waterloo, ON N2L 4E7