Shriners International

Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth with nearly 200 temples (chapters) in several countries and thousands of clubs around the world. Our fraternity is open to men of integrity from all walks of life.

Shriners International also supports Shriners Hospitals for Children®, a health system of 22 locations dedicated to providing pediatric medical care, world-class research and educational opportunities for medical professionals.

Texas Shriners

Texas Shrine Council & Texas Shrine Association

The Texas Shrine Association was originally established as the Texas Shrine Council, organized in the Grand Royal Arch Chapter Room in Waco, Texas on March 15, 1920. John M. Wyatt, El Maida Temple, had been the President of a temporary organization while in Indianapolis at the Annual Session of the Imperial Council in June, 1919. Noble Wyatt presided as Chairman. An election of officers was held with the following results: President, Samuel P. Cochran of Hella Temple (Dallas), and Vice President, Putt D. Mathis of Alzafar Temple (San Anotnio). In the late fall of 1932, the council apparently ceased to function.


On August 11, 1934, three Past Presidents of the Texas Shrine Council, P.D. Mathis of Alzafar Temple, John F. Zurn of Moslah Temple (Fort Worth) and William H. Calvert of El Mina Temple (Galveston) were present at the August 11, 1934 meeting where the Texas Shrine Association was organized under the name of the All State Shrine Ceremonial Association of Texas. Bylaws were submitted at the August 11 meeting that were sub­ject to ratification by each Temple. This meeting was chaired by T. R. James, Potentate of Moslah Temple, who was nominated for Chairman of the meeting by Porter Loring, who would be elected President of the Association on February 23, 1935.


The Association again convened on February 23, 1935 in Waco, Texas where the first order of business was the election of a President and a Secretary. An All State Ceremonial Session was set for November 23, 1935 in Waco, Texas.


On February 27, 1949, the All State Shrine Ceremonial Association of Texas changed its name to Texas Shrine Association. The Texas Shrine Council and the Texas Shrine Association were both organized in Waco, Texas. The common thread of purpose for both the Texas Shrine Council and the Texas Shrine Association was the organ­ization "for the purpose of promoting the general welfare and prosperi­ty of Texas Temples and Shrinedom in Texas."


Hella Shrine, Dallas Area


What is a Shriner? What kind of organization attracts physicians, lawyers, truck drivers, dentists, contractors, heads of state, movie stars, generals, clergymen and accountants?
Someone might answer, "Oh yeah, Shriners are those guys who always have those parades with the wild costumes and funny little cars." Another might think of circuses and clowns. The fellow next to him might interject, "No, Shriners are they guys who wear those funny hats--like flowerpots--and have those big conventions."

"I don't know about all that," a passerby might add, "But I do know my little girl was born with clubfeet and now they are straight, and she can walk like anyone else, thanks to Shriners Hospitals for Children."
"She can walk?" questions still another. "I thought the Shriners ran those fantastic burn hospitals. I've read stories about them saving kids with burns on 90 percent of their bodies."

All those people are right. Each has experienced an aspect of Shrinedom. What they cannot experience, unless they are Shriners, is the camaraderie, deep friendships, good fellowship and great times shared by all Shriners. What they may not know is that all Shriners share a Masonic heritage: each is a Master Mason in the Freemasonry Fraternity.

Found in 1870 by a group of fun-loving Masons in New York, there are more than 411,000 Shriners now. They gather in Temples, or chapters, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Panama. there are 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children providing care for orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. These hospitals have helped more than 800,000 children--at no cost to the parent or child--since the first Shriners Hospital opened in 1922.


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