For New Members
Welcome to Shriners International!
Currently specializing in orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate care, we operate 22 hospitals.
Shriners International (our fraternal branch) is a group of Freemasons whose purpose is to raise awareness and support of our Hospitals and the superior work they perform while in the meantime having fun.
"We promote the fundraising efforts which allows our Hospitals to concentrate on their care for our kids.
If you or anyone you know wishes to become a part of our organization or would like further information, please feel free to contact me below."
Jim Cornwell, Membership Chairman
Our mini-documentary provides a look at the Shriners fraternity through the stories of members. Watch the first 7 and a half minutes of this incredible story.
The marketing and communications department created a new original song told from the perspective of a parent with two sons. There is a dual meaning to the word brother: one that talks about the care and love of a young sibling, and also the Shriners’ brotherly love that comes to show us that A Brother’s Love Makes Anything Possible.
- The Shrine was formed in 1870 with a purpose of having fun while performing charitable acts.
- Each local Shrine had their own charity.
- Charities included orphanages, food kitchens, providing shoes to children and even Johnstown flood relief.
- In 1920 it was determined that all Shriner efforts should be targeted to one major philanthropy...The Shriners Hospitals for Children.
- 1922 the first hospital wars opened in Shreveport, Louisiana. Initially the hospitals treated mostly Polio patients with the average stay of 144 days.
- The system developed into 22 hospitals in 16 States, 5 time zones and 3 countries.
- Commonly treated conditions include, clubfoot, limb deficiencies and discrepancies, scoliosis, osteogenesis if perfecta (brittle bone disease) and neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy and spins bifida.
- More than 1.3 million patents have been treated.
- Shriners wear 'funny hats, drive little cars, perform as clowns and whatever is necessary to attract public attention and to support our kids.