Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. With many temples (chapters) in many countries, our fraternity is open to men of integrity from all walks of life.
The Mission of the Shriners is to be the Premiere Fraternal Organization for men of good character; committed to providing attractive, quality programs and services for its members, their families and friends. Shriners are men who enjoy life and having fun while helping kids.
The Shrine was founded in 1872 and its members decided to dedicate their efforts to helping others by establishing an official Shrine philanthropy — supporting a network of specialized hospitals that have provided expert medical care to children, at no cost to families and the first Shriners Hospital opened in Shreveport, La., in 1922, and since then has grown to 22. They have become what we believe to be the ‘World's Greatest Philanthropy.1
The best known symbol of Shrinedom is the distinctive red fez that Shriners wear at official functions