Join the Medinah Shriners
and the West Suburban Shrine Club
Make great friends – and make a difference in the lives of children with burns, orthopaedic problems and spinal cord injuries!
Are you a man of good character? As you may know, every Shriner is first, last and always a Master Mason and adheres to the principles of Freemasonry — Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest, and most widely known fraternal organization in the world. It dates back hundreds of years to when stonemasons and other craftsmen on building projects gathered in shelter houses or lodges. Through the years these gatherings changed in many ways until formal Masonic lodges emerged, with members bound together not by trade, but by their own wishes to be fraternal brothers.
Once accepted as an entered apprentice in a lodge of Freemasons, each man works his way up through the three degrees. To earn each degree, a Freemason must learn certain lessons and participate in a ceremony that illustrates them. At the third degree, he attains the rank of Master Mason, after which he may then petition to become a Noble of the Mystic Shrine.
If you are not already a Freemason, please click here for some background information that will help you decide if you would be interested in joining a Masonic lodge in your area. Also click here to hear audio presentations about Freemasonry. To locate a Masonic lodge near you, click here. If you are interested in joining the fraternity and do not know any local Freemasons, please click here. If you want to petition for membership in a specific lodge, please click here.
Nobles of the Mystic Shrine adhere to the principles of Freemasonry: brotherly love, relief and truth. In contrast to the more conservative work of the Masonic lodge, Shriners are distinguished by an enjoyment of life in the interest of philanthropy. The approximately 500,000-member organisation has a buoyant philosophy that has been expressed as “Pleasure without intemperance, hospitality without rudeness and jollity without coarseness.” Shriners are men who enjoy parades, trips, dances, dinners, cookouts, golfing, sporting events and other social occasions together. Family picnics, dances, parties and scheduled trips to near and far are just a few of the activities available. Furthermore, Shriners support what has become known as the “World’s Greatest Philanthropy,” the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Men from all walks of life and all levels of income find fun, fellowship and relaxation in their local Shrine centre and its activities. Medinah Shrine Centre is located in Addison. There are also regional Shrine Clubs in many communities, such as our own West Suburban Shrine Club. For the Shriner desiring even more activity, there are various units and interest-driven clubs that he can join, such as motor corps, brass bands, Oriental bands, mariners, hospital ushers, horse patrols, clown units, classic car clubs, and many others. Every effort is made to ensure that a Noble has a variety of activities from which he may choose.
Why do Shriners wear a fez? The red fez with the black tassel, the Shrine’s most distinctive symbol, has been handed down through the ages. Although originating in Ancient Greece, it derives its name from the place where it was first discovered by Western Europeans, the holy city of Fez, Morocco. The fez was chosen as part of the Shrine’s Arabic (Near East) theme, around which the colour and pageantry of the Shrine are developed. In the middle of the 19th Century, when our order was founded, the Near East was a popular theme, particularly following the explorations by Captain Sir Richard F. Burton, KCMG, FRGS. This was the era of the popularization of the Book of 1001 Arabian Nights and its stories of Sinbad, Aladdin’s genie-infested lamp, Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves, and flying carpets; a time of Zouave uniforms on regiments in the armies of the United States, Confederate States, France and other countries.
What is a Shrine Mason? Shriners, or Shrine Masons, belong to the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.) for North America. The Shrine is an international fraternity of approximately 500,000 Shriners who belong to 191 Shrine centres throughout the United States, Canada, México, and Panamá, founded in New York City in 1972.
If you would like some additional information about what the Shriners are all about, please click here. We hope that after you learn more, you will consider joining our fraternity of fun, fellowship and philanthropy. If you are a Master Mason and would like to petition for membership in the Medinah Shriners, please click here.
Are you already a Medinah Shriner? If you live and or work in reasonable proximity to the Western Suburbs, click here to petition for membership in the West Suburban Shrine Club. There is no maximum radius nor a list of ZIP codes, but we’d like you to be close enough to participate in our dinners or other activities at least once in a while.
Although the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine is no longer limited to those Freemasons who have attained the upper degrees of the York and Scottish Rites, we strongly encourage our Nobles – and all Freemasons – to seek further light in one or both of the appendant Rites. To learn more about the York Rite, click here. To petition for the degrees of the York Rite, click here. To learn more about the Scottish Rite, click here. To apply for the Degrees of the Scottish Rite, click here for a petition.
This site was last updated 03/08/13