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.