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The Shriners of North America

Shriners offers men and their families an opportunity to meet new friends who have similar interests. There are 191 Shrine Temples, or chapters, located in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Panama; informal Shrine Clubs are located around the world.

Shriners of North America have a philanthropic mission as well-- to support Shriners Hospitals for Children, a world-class network of 22 pediatric specialty hospitals located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Since 1922, Shriners Hospitals for Children have significantly improved the lives of over 800,000 children.
- Sahsima ozel mesaj atmadan once Yonetim Hiyerarsisini izleyerek ilgili yoneticiler ile gorusunuz.
- Masonluk hakkinda ozel mesaj ile bilgi, yardim ve destek sunulmamaktadir.
- Sorunuz ve mesajiniz hangi konuda ise o konudan sorumlu gorevli yada yonetici ile gorusunuz. Sahsim, butun cabalarinizdan sonra gorusmeniz gereken en son kisi olmalidir.
- Sadece hicbir yoneticinin cozemedigi yada forumda asla yazamayacaginiz cok ozel ve onemli konularda sahsima basvurmalisiniz.
- Masonluk ve Masonlar hakkinda bilgi almak ve en onemlisi kisisel yardim konularinda tarafima dogrudan ozel mesaj gonderenler cezalandirilacaktir. Bu konular hakkinda gerekli aciklama forum kurallari ve uyelik sozlesmesinde yeterince acik belirtilmsitir.

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Imperial Divan 2006-2007
The Imperial Divan is the international governing body of  the Shriners of North America. It consists of 13 officers plus an Imperial Chaplain. This governing body works as a corporate board of directors.

The highest position attainable in the Shriners fraternity is that of Imperial Potentate, or chief executive officer, who is elected for one year. He visits many of the Shriners Temples (chapters) and hospitals, and he generally supervises both fraternal and hospital policy. He is also the president of the Board of Directors of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
- Sahsima ozel mesaj atmadan once Yonetim Hiyerarsisini izleyerek ilgili yoneticiler ile gorusunuz.
- Masonluk hakkinda ozel mesaj ile bilgi, yardim ve destek sunulmamaktadir.
- Sorunuz ve mesajiniz hangi konuda ise o konudan sorumlu gorevli yada yonetici ile gorusunuz. Sahsim, butun cabalarinizdan sonra gorusmeniz gereken en son kisi olmalidir.
- Sadece hicbir yoneticinin cozemedigi yada forumda asla yazamayacaginiz cok ozel ve onemli konularda sahsima basvurmalisiniz.
- Masonluk ve Masonlar hakkinda bilgi almak ve en onemlisi kisisel yardim konularinda tarafima dogrudan ozel mesaj gonderenler cezalandirilacaktir. Bu konular hakkinda gerekli aciklama forum kurallari ve uyelik sozlesmesinde yeterince acik belirtilmsitir.

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A Short HistoryShriners Hospitals for Children
& Shriners of North America
Shriners Hospitals for Children is duly registered with the state of Florida as required by the Solicitation of Contributions Act. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352, within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.For more information: Shriners International
Headquarters2900 Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa FL 33607-1460
(813) 281-0300www.shrinershq.orgSH1506
Table of ContentsIntroduction . ... 2The Evolution of the “World’s Greatest Fraternity”. ....................................... 3The Evolution of the “World’s Greatest Philanthropy”. .................................. 7Entering the Burn Care Field ....................................................................... 12Continuing the Commitment........................................................................ 15The Fraternity Flourishes ............................................................................. 18Shriners of North America — How the Organization Works. ...................... 21Shriners Hospitals for Children Directory ................................................... 24Admission Procedures .................................................................................. 25Board of Trustees Chairmen ......................................................................... 26Heads of Government. .................................................................................... 27Ways of Giving ............................................................................................... 28Donor Recognition Program ........................................................................ 291
IntroductionWhat 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 the guys who wear those funny hats — like flowerpots — and have those big conventions.”“I don’t know about 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.Historically, Masons had to become members of the York or Scottish Rite Bodies before becoming a Shriner. However, at the Imperial Council Session in July 2000, an amendment to Shrine law changed that requirement, allowing Master Masons to become Shriners directly.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 parent or child — since the first Shriners Hospital opened in 1922. How did it all start? How does it work? 2
The Evolution of the
“World’s Greatest Fraternity”In 1870, several thousand of the 900,000 residents of Manhattan were Masons. Many of these Masons made it a point to lunch at the Knickerbocker Cottage, a restaurant at 426 Sixth Avenue. At a special table on the second floor, a particularly jovial group of men used to meet regularly. The Masons who gathered at this table were noted for their good humor and wit. They often discussed the idea of a new fraternity for Masons, in which fun and fellowship
would be stressed more than ritual. Two of the table regulars, Walter M. Fleming, M.D., and William J. “Billy” Florence, an actor, took the idea seriously enough to do something about it.Billy Florence was a star. After becoming the toast of the New York stage, he toured London, Europe and Middle Eastern countries, always playing to capacity audiences. While on tour in Marseilles, France, Florence was invited to a party given by an Arabian
diplomat. Florence, recalling conversations at the Knickerbocker Cottage, realized that this Arabian theme might well be the vehicle for the new fraternity. Dr. Walter Fleming was a prominent physician and surgeon. Born in 1838, he obtained a degree in medicine in Albany, N.Y., in 1862. During the Civil War, he was a surgeon with the 13th New York Infantry Brigade of the National Guard. He then practiced medicine in Rochester, N.Y., until 1868, when he moved to New York City and quickly became a leading practitioner.Fleming was devoted to fraternalism. He became a Mason in Rochester and took some of his Scottish Rite work there, then completed his degrees in New York City. He Knickerbocker Cottage3
was coroneted a 33° Scottish Rite Mason on September 19, 1872.Fleming took the ideas supplied by Florence and converted them into what would become the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.). With the help of other Knickerbocker Cottage regulars, Fleming drafted the ritual, designed the emblem and costumes, formulated a salutation, and declared that members would wear a red fez.The initiation rites, or ceremonials, were drafted by Fleming with the help of three Brother Masons: Charles T. McClenachan, lawyer and expert on Masonic Ritual; William Sleigh Paterson, printer, linguist and ritualist; and Albert L. Rawson, prominent scholar and Mason who provided much of the Arabic background.The EmblemThe Crescent was adopted
as the Jewel of the Order. Though any materials can be used in forming the Crescent, the most valuable
are the claws of a Royal Bengal Tiger, united at their base in a gold setting. In the center is the head of a sphinx, and on the back are a pyramid, an urn and a star. The Jewel bears the motto “Robur et Furor,” which means “Strength and Fury.” Today, the emblem includes a scimitar from which the crescent hangs, and a five-pointed star beneath the head of the sphinx.4William J. “Billy” FlorenceDr. Walter M. Fleming
5The SalutationDr. Fleming and his coworkers also formulated a salutation used today by Shriners—“Es Selamu Aleikum!”—which means, “Peace be with you!” In returning the salutation, the gracious wish is “Aleikum Es Selamu,” which means “With you be peace.”Nobles Florence and Fleming received The Order of the Mystic Shrine
on August 13, 1870; the other 11 Nobles on June 16, 1871.
The FezThe red fez with a black tassel, Shriners’ official headgear, has been handed down through the ages. It derives its name from the place where it was first manufactured — the city of Fez, Morocco.Some historians claim it dates back to about A.D. 980, but the name of the fez, or tarboosh, does not appear in Arabic literature until around the 14th century. One of the earliest references to the headgear is in “Arabian Nights.”The First MeetingOn September 26, 1872, in the New York City Masonic Hall, the first Temple in the United States was organized. Charles T. McClenachan and Dr. Fleming had completed the ritual and proposed that the first Temple be named Mecca. The original 13 Masons of the Knickerbocker Cottage lunch group were named Charter Members of Mecca Temple (now Mecca Shriners). Noble Florence read a letter outlining the “history” of the Order and giving advice on the conduct of meetings. The officers elected were Walter M. Fleming, Potentate; Charles T. McClenachan, Chief Rabban; John A. Moore, Assistant Rabban; Edward Eddy, High Priest and Prophet; George W. Millar, Oriental Guide; James S. Chappel, Treasurer; William S. Paterson, Recorder; and Oswald M. d’Aubigne, Captain of the Guard.The organization was not an instant success, even though a second Temple was chartered in Rochester in 1875. Four years after Shriners’ beginnings, there were only 43 Shriners, all but six of whom were from New York.The Imperial CouncilAt a meeting of Mecca Shriners on June 6, 1876, in the New York Masonic Temple, a new body was created to help spur the growth of the young fraternity. This governing body was called “The Imperial Grand Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for the United States of America.” Fleming became the first Imperial Grand Potentate, and the new body established rules for membership and the formation of new Temples. The initiation ritual was embellished, as was the mythology about the fraternity. An extensive publicity and recruiting campaign was initiated.It worked. Just two years later, in 1878, there were 425 Shriners in 13 Temples. Five of these Temples were in New York, two were in Ohio and the others were in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Iowa, Michigan and Massachusetts.The number of Shriners continued to grow in the 1880s. By the time of the 1888 Annual Session (convention) in Toronto, there were 7,210 members in 48 Temples throughout the United States and one in Canada.While the organization was still primarily social, instances of philanthropic work became more frequent. During an 1888 yellow fever epidemic in Jacksonville, Fla., members of the new Morocco Shriners and Masonic Knights Templar worked long hours to relieve the suffering populace. In 1889, Shriners came to the aid of the Johnstown Flood victims. In 1898, there were 50,000 Shriners, and 71 of the 79 Temples were engaged in some sort of philanthropic work.At its 1900 Imperial Session, representatives from 82 Temples marched in a Washington, D.C., parade reviewed by President William McKinley. Membership was well over 55,000.6
7Evolution of the
“World’s Greatest Philanthropy”Shriners were unstoppable in the early 1900s. Membership
grew rapidly, and the geographical range of Temples widened. Between 1900 and 1918, eight new Temples were created in Canada, and one each in Honolulu, Mexico City and the Republic of Panama. The organization became, in fact, the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America. New flourishes were added to a growing tradition of colorful pageantry. More bands were formed, and the first circus is said to have opened in 1906 in Detroit. During the same period, there was growing member support
for establishing an official charity. Most Temples had individual philanthropies, and sometimes Shriners as an organization gave aid. After the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, Shriners sent $25,000 to help the stricken city, and in 1915, Shriners contributed $10,000 for the relief of European war victims. But neither the individual projects nor the special one-time contributions satisfied the membership, who wanted to do more.In 1919, Freeland Kendrick (Lu Lu Shriners, Philadelphia) was the Imperial Potentate-elect for the 363,744 Shriners. He had long been searching for a cause for the thriving group to support. In a visit to the Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children in Atlanta, he became aware of the overwhelming orthopaedic needs of children in North America. As Imperial Potentate in 1919 and 1920, he traveled more than 150,000 miles, visiting a majority of the 146 Temples and campaigning for an official philanthropy.1920 Imperial SessionThe climax came at the June 1920 Imperial Session in Portland, Oregon. Kendrick proposed establishing Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, to be supported by a $2 yearly assessment from each Shriner (now $5 per year).Conservative Shriners expressed doubts about assuming this kind of responsibility.
Prospects for approval were dimming when Noble Forrest Adair (Yaarab Shriners, Atlanta) rose to speak:“I was lying in bed yesterday morning, about four o’clock . . . and some poor fellow who had strayed from the rest of the band . . . stood down there under the window for 25 minutes playing ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.’ ”He said that when he awoke later, “I thought of the wandering minstrel, and I wondered
if there were not a deep significance in the tune that he was playing for Shriners, ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.’ ”He noted, “While we have spent money for songs and spent money for bands, it’s time for the Shrine to spend money for humanity. I want to see this thing started. Let’s get rid of all the technical objections. And if there is a Shriner in North America,” he continued, “who objects to having paid the two dollars after he has seen the first crippled
child helped, I will give him a check back for it myself.”When he was through, Noble Adair sat down to thunderous applause. The whole tone of the session had changed. There were other speakers, but the decision had already been reached. The resolution was passed unanimously.A committee was chosen to determine the site and personnel for the Shriners Hospital.
After months of work, research and debate, the committee concluded that there should be not just one hospital but a network of hospitals throughout North America. It was an idea that appealed to Shriners, who liked to do things in a big and colorful way. When the committee brought the proposal to the 1921 Imperial Session in Des Moines, Iowa, it too was passed.First HospitalBefore the June 1922 Imperial Session, the cornerstone was in place for the first Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Shreveport, La. The rules were simple: To be admitted, a child must be from a family unable to pay for the orthopaedic treatment he or she would receive (this is no longer a requirement), be under 14 years of age (later increased to 18) and be, in the opinion of the chief of staff, someone whose condition could be helped.The Shriners Hospitals network is supervised by members of the Board of Trustees, who are elected at the annual meeting of the hospital corporation. Each hospital operates under the supervision of a local Board of Governors, a chief of staff and an administrator. Members of the boards are Shriners, who serve without pay.The network of orthopaedic hospitals grew as follows: Shreveport, Sept. 16, 1922; Honolulu, Jan. 2, 1923; Twin Cities, March 12, 1923; San Francisco, June 16, 1923 (relocated
to Sacramento in 1997); Portland, Jan. 15, 1924; St. Louis, April 8, 1924; Spokane, Nov. 15, 1924; Salt Lake City, Jan. 22, 1925; Montreal, Feb. 18, 1925; Springfield, Feb. 21, 1925; Chicago, March 20, 1926; Philadelphia, June 24, 1926; Lexington, Nov. 1, 1926; Greenville, Sept. 1, 1927; Mexico City, March 10, 1945; Houston, Feb. 1, 1952; Los Angeles, Feb. 25, 1952; Winnipeg, March 16, 1952 (closed Aug. 12, 1977); Erie, April 1, 1967; Tampa, Oct. 16, 1985, and Sacramento, Calif., April 14, 1997. 8Placing the cornerstone for the first Shriners Hospital.
The first patient to be admitted in 1922 was a little girl with a clubfoot, who had learned to walk on the top of her foot rather than the sole. The first child to be admitted in Minneapolis was a boy with polio. Since that time, more than 800,000 children have been treated at the 22 Shriners Hospitals. Surgical techniques developed in Shriners Hospitals have become standard in the orthopaedic world. Thousands of children have been fitted with arm and leg braces and artificial limbs, most of them made at the hospitals
by expert technicians.Orthopaedic ResearchFrom 1950 to 1960, Shriners’ funds for helping children increased rapidly. At the same time, the waiting lists of new patients for admission to Shriners Hospitals began to decline, due to the polio vaccine and new antibiotics. Thus, Shriners found themselves able to provide additional services, and leaders began to look for other ways they could help children.One result was the collating of the medical records of patients of Shriners Hospitals. By placing the records of each patient and treatment on computer and microfilm, valuable
information was made available to all Shriners surgeons and the medical world as a whole. This process, begun in 1959, also made it easier to initiate clinical research in Shriners orthopaedic hospitals.Shriners Hospitals had always engaged in clinical research, and in the early ’60s, Shriners aggressively entered the structured research field and began earmarking funds for research projects. By 1967, Shriners were spending $20,000 on orthopaedic research. Today, the annual research budget totals approximately $33 million. Researchers are working on a wide variety of projects, including studies of bone and joint diseases, such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; increasing basic knowledge of the structure and function of connective tissue; and refining functional electrical stimulation, which is enabling some children with spinal cord injuries to have limited use of their arms and legs.9
Canadian Hospital (Montreal)Chicago HospitalErie HospitalGreenville HospitalHonolulu HospitalHouston HospitalIntermountain Hospital (Salt Lake City)Lexington HospitalLos Angeles HospitalMexico Hospital10
Northern Calif. Hospital (Sacramento)Philadelphia HospitalPortland HospitalShreveport HospitalSpokane HospitalSpringfield HospitalSt. Louis HospitalTampa HospitalTwin Cities Hospital (Minneapolis)11
Entering the Burn Care Field This expansion of orthopaedic
work was not enough for Shriners. They had enough funds to further expand their philanthropy.
The only question was: What unmet need could they fill?A special committee was established
to explore areas of need and found that burn treatment was a field of service that was being bypassed. In the early ’60s, the only burn treatment center in the United States was part of a military
complex. The committee was ready with a resolution for the 1962 Imperial Session in Toronto. The resolution, dated July 4, 1962, was adopted by unanimous vote.On November 1, 1963, Shriners
opened a seven-bed wing in the John Sealy Hospital at the The new Shriners Hospital in
Boston, completed in 1999,
replaced the original facility, which opened Nov. 2, 1968.12
University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston as an interim center for the care of severely burned children. On February 1, 1964, Shriners opened a seven-bed unit in the Cincinnati General Hospital on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. A third interim operation, a five-bed unit, was opened March 13, 1964, in the Massachusetts 13The new Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati was completed in 1992. The original facility opened Feb. 19, 1968.The new Shriners Hospital in Galveston was completed in 1992, replacing the original facility, which opened March 20, 1966.
General Hospital (Boston) under the direction of Harvard Medical School.While children were being treated in these units, separate buildings were constructed
near each interim location. These buildings, three 30-bed pediatric burn hospitals,
were designed to meet the special needs of burned children. At each, the staffs remain affiliated with their neighboring universities so they may better carry out their three-fold program of treatment, research and teaching.The hospital in Galveston opened March 20, 1966; the hospital in Cincinnati opened February 19, 1968; and the Boston hospital opened November 2, 1968. New facilities would be constructed for all three burn hospitals in the 1990s. The new Cincinnati and Galveston hospitals were completed in 1992, and the new Boston hospital was completed in 1999. A new burn treatment center opened in 1997, in the new Shriners Hospital in Sacramento,
Calif. This Shriners Hospital provides orthopaedic, burn and spinal cord injury care, and serves as the primary burn treatment center in the western United States. The Sacramento hospital also conducts research in all three disciplines.Since Shriners opened burn hospitals in the 1960s, a burned child’s chance of survival
has more than doubled. They have saved children burned over 90 percent of their bodies. The techniques they have pioneered to prevent the disabling effects of severe burns have made a typical life possible for thousands of burn victims.Most importantly, perhaps, the establishment of the burn Shriners Hospitals alerted the medical world to this special need, which has led to the establishment of non-Shriners burn centers.At Shriners Hospitals the work goes on, continually searching for new ways to heal severe burns and reduce or, as much as possible, eliminate the disabling and scarring effects of those burns. Because of the special nature of the burn hospitals, they will surely always be on the frontier of burn care.14
Continuing the CommitmentSpinal Cord Injury RehabilitationIn 1980, Shriners Hospitals for Children opened a spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation
unit at the Philadelphia hospital. This was the first spinal cord injury unit in the United States designed specifically for children and teenagers who suffer from these injuries. By 1984, two additional spinal cord injury units were operating in the Shriners Hospitals in Chicago and San Francisco. In 1997, the San Francisco hospital, including the SCI unit, was relocated to Sacramento, Calif.At the SCI units, children receive long-term rehabilitative care and physical and occupational therapy to help them relearn the basic skills of everyday life. Counseling sessions help patients learn to cope with the emotional aspects of their injury and help them lead fulfilling lives by emphasizing the abilities they still have. Patients may enter an SCI unit apprehensive about the future, but after months of encouragement and support, they often leave with a sense of hope and optimism.An ongoing study at the Philadelphia hospital is giving children with cerebral palsy and spinal cord injuries a sense of hope as well. Researchers have found that using functional electrical stimulation (FES) makes walking an achievable goal for some children.Cleft Lip and PalateIn 2005, the Joint Boards of Directors of Shriners Hospitals for Children and Shriners
of North America added treatment of cleft lip and palate to the hospital network’s treatment disciplines. About 5,000 children are born each year with deformities of the upper lip and mouth, and comprehensive care for these conditions is often difficult to obtain. The nationally recognized program already in place at the Chicago Shriners Hospital will serve as the expansion model.15
Shriners Hospitals will offer the same state-of-the-art, complete,
high-quality care in this effort as it does in its established programs for orthopaedic conditions,
severe burns and spinal cord injury rehabilitation.Rebuilding and Renovation ProgramAnother important undertaking
that began during the 1980s was an aggressive rebuilding
and renovation program, involving the construction of new facilities and extensive renovations. In 1981, Representatives at the 107th Imperial Council Session approved a major expansion and reconstruction program, which included the construction of a new orthopaedic hospital in Tampa, Fla. The opening of the Tampa hospital in 1985 — the first new hospital added to the system since the 1960s — brought the Shriners Hospitals system back to 22 hospitals. Since 1981, 21 Shriners Hospitals have either been rebuilt or totally renovated. In 1998, the Joint Boards decided to build a new facility for the Mexico City hospital, which underwent extensive renovations in 1989. The new facility opened in May of 2006.In 1989, another significant decision was made when the Shriners voted to construct a new hospital in the Northern California region, to replace the existing San Francisco hospital. In 1990, Sacramento was chosen as the site for the new hospital. Construction
began in 1993, and in 1997, the new Northern California hospital in Sacramento opened its doors.Also during the 1980s, because of the high number of patients with myelodysplasia (spina bifida), many of the Shriners Hospitals developed
special programs to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to these patients.Previously, Shriners Hospitals had provided the orthopaedic care these children needed, but in 1986, the Joint Boards of Directors and Trustees
approved a policy permitting the hospitals to address the multiple needs of these children by providing their medical, neurosurgical and urological
requirements, as well as their psychosocial, nutritional and recreational needs.During the 1980s, the Los Angeles and Springfield
hospitals expanded their prosthetic services with regional prosthetic research programs. Both programs conduct research into ways to improve or create new prosthetics and help rehabilitate limb-deficient children. These two programs, in addition to various other research programs throughout the 22 hospitals, join the prosthetic and orthotic labs throughout the system in ensur16
ing that Shriners Hospitals for Children remains a leader in the field of children’s orthotics and prosthetics.The burn hospitals also took steps to ensure that burn patients continue to receive the most advanced burn treatment available. The Cincinnati hospital initiated a burns air ambulance, the first air ambulance in the country devoted exclusively to transporting
burn victims. The burn hospitals also developed a re-entry program, to assist burn patients in their return home after being discharged from the hospital. During 1992, new replacement facilities for the Cincinnati and Galveston hospitals were dedicated, and groundbreaking ceremonies were held for a new facility for the Boston hospital. All the burn hospitals are continuing to conduct research in their ongoing efforts to improve care for burned patients.Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenIn 1996, Representatives took another significant step when they voted to officially change the name of their philanthropy to Shriners Hospitals for Children. In a move that permanently eliminated the word “crippled” from the organization’s corporate name, Representatives
made the change in an effort to have the name better reflect the mission of Shriners Hospitals and the expansion of services over the years, including the opening of the burn hospitals and the addition of programs of comprehensive care for children with myelodysplasia and cleft lip and palate. The new name is intended to reflect the philosophy of Shriners Hospitals, which provide medical
care for children at no charge, based only on what’s best for the child. The new name, likewise, does not label children in any way, but simply recognizes them for what they are: children.ResearchOne way Shriners Hospitals for Children
improves lives is through outcomes research. This type of research looks for opportunities to improve hospital practices,
both clinical and operational, to help bring better care and quality of life to patients. The outcomes studies utilize more than one Shriners Hospital, and the projects, studies and performance improvement initiatives directly impact changes in operations and patient care practices at all 22 Shriners Hospitals.To ensure Shriners Hospitals for Children is constantly on the cutting edge of research, Shriners enlists the help of advisory boards, which are made up of eminent surgeons, clinicians and scientists who review grants and offer expertise on project funding. The Medical Advisory Board, Research Advisory Board and Clinical Outcomes Studies Advisory Board also provide review, guidance and subjective assessment to many areas of Shriners Hospitals. 17
The Fraternity FlourishesAs the hospital network grew, the fraternity continued in its grand tradition. In 1923, there was a Shriner in the White House, and Noble/President William G. Harding viewed the Shriners parade at the 1923 Imperial Session in Washington, D.C.The East-West Shrine GameThe East-West Shrine College
All-Star Football Game was established in 1925, in San Francisco
with the motto “Strong Legs Run So Weak Legs May Walk.” Throughout its history, this traditional post-season game has raised millions of dollars for Shriners Hospitals and helped millions of people become more familiar with the story of Shriners
Hospitals. In this, as in other Shriners football games, the young players visit patients at a Shriners Hospital, so the players themselves know the real purpose of the game.The Peace MemorialIn 1930, the Imperial Session was held in Toronto. For his Session, Imperial Potentate
Leo V. Youngworth wanted something special. With the appropriate approval, the leader of 600,000 Shriners commissioned a peace monument to be built in Toronto. It was to face south, commemorating 150 years of friendship between the United States and Canada. The Peace Memorial was relocated and rededicated during the 1962 Imperial Session,
and it stands today outside the National Exposition grounds in Toronto. When the Shriners returned to Toronto in 1989 for the 115th Imperial Council Session, the memorial was again rededicated, representing a renewed commitment to international brotherhood and fraternalism. The plaque reads: “Erected and dedicated to the cause of universal peace by the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America June 12, 1930.”The 1930 Session was Shriners’ own antidote to the pervasive gloom of the Great Depression. But it was only temporary. Not even Shriners could escape the Depression. For the first time in its history, the fraternity began to lose members — the Nobles just could not pay their dues.The struggle to keep the hospitals and the fraternity going during these years was enormous. It was necessary to dip into the Endowment Fund capital to cover operating costs of the hospitals. To ensure the financial distinction between the hospitals and the fraternity, a corporation for each was established in 1937.Shriners and the hospitals somehow survived the Depression. In the 1940s, like the rest of North America, Shriners adjusted to wartime existence. Imperial Sessions 18
were limited to business and were attended only by official Representatives. Parade units stayed home and marched in local patriotic parades. During the four years of war, more than $1 billion was invested in government war bonds by and through Shriners. The hospital corporation also invested all of its available funds in government securities. After World War II, the economy improved, and men found renewed interest in fraternalism. By 1942, membership was once more increasing.Shriners International Exhibit The newly renovated Shriners International Exhibit is part of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial located in Alexandria, Va. The exhibit went from three rooms filled with Shriners’ memorabilia, to a visual Shriners and Shriners Hospitals adventure, complete with a life-size replica of the “Editorial Without Words,” a wall of Fezzes encased in glass, and a room devoted entirely to Shriners Hospitals for Children. The original exhibit was the dream of Past Imperial Potentate Alfred G. Arvold, who initiated the design of the rooms in 1945. The exhibit shares space in the memorial with the Scottish Rite, the York Rite and various other Masonic organizations.Shriners International HeadquartersUntil 1928, national offices were in Richmond, Va. With the growth of the fraternity, there were increasing pressures to locate headquarters to a city that would be more convenient to all Temples. Thus, in 1958, the building at 323 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, was purchased. Twenty years later, at a special Session held April 10th, 1978, in Tampa, Fla., representatives voted to relocate headquarters from Chicago to 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa. The Tampa headquarters houses the administrative personnel
for both the Iowa (Shriners of North America) and Colorado (Shriners Hospitals for Children) corporations, fraternal and hospital records, the attorneys who monitor the 19
many estates involved in Shriners Hospitals for Children, and various other departments that support day-to-day operations of the fraternity and the philanthropy.An expansion project began in 1987 to meet ever-increasing needs of the fraternity and Shriners Hospitals. A third wing, or pod, was added to the rear of the existing building,
and the boardroom and executive offices for the fraternity and hospital system were relocated to the new area, allowing several departments to expand their offices in the original sections. The new, enlarged boardroom provides space for meetings of the Joint Boards and their committees, and for conferences.In 1993, the Commemorative Plaza was built, with its larger than life-size statue of a Shriner carrying a child. The statue represents what has become known as the “Editorial Without Words.”The polished marble plaza features a semi-circular wall engraved with the names of every Imperial Potentate (Chief Executive Officer) and his year served. In addition, below the statue is a cylindrical base engraved with names of the 22 Shriners Hospitals and surrounded by a fountain. Around the fountain are large inlaid marble squares bearing the engraved names of each of the 191 Temples, each Temple’s city and state, year of incorporation and Shriners’ insignia (the scimitar). To the rear of the Commemorative
Plaza and in front of the headquarters building are four flag poles with flags of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Panama, representing the countries with membership.In early 1999, a major construction and renovation effort began that would add 35,000 square feet to the existing facility, bringing the total office area to about 120,000 square feet. This effort was initiated to accommodate the health care initiatives and trends taking place in the industry in the late 1990s. The exterior work came to an end in December 2001, with the installation of a three-dimensional 11-by-9-foot scimitar on the front of the building. The new windows on the building have a bluish-green tint, giving the building a different appearance than the gold tinted windows, which served as a landmark to identify the headquarters for two decades. On Feb. 24, 2002, the newly renovated Shriners International Headquarters was rededicated.20
Shriners of North America —
How the Organization WorksTemples are located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Panama, with clubs around the world. There is, therefore, a special Shriners Pledge of Allegiance: “I pledge allegiance to my flag, and to the country for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Wherever Shriners gather, the national flags of the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Republic
of Panama are flown.Today, there are over 411,000 Shriners who belong to 191 Temples, or chapters, from Al Aska Shriners in Anchorage, Alaska, to Abou Saad Shriners in Panama, and from Aloha Shriners in Honolulu to Philae Shriners in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Temples, their units and affiliated clubs embody the true spirit of fraternalism, and wherever a Shriner goes, he can be certain there are Nobles who will extend their hand in greeting.To better understand how all this works, an observer can start at a local Temple. All Temples are run by an elected Divan (officers), headed by the Potentate and the Chief Rabban. A Recorder, or record keeper/administrator, usually maintains an office at the Temple. One member is elected or appointed to the “lowest rung” each January and under traditional practice moves up one “rung” each year. Thus, by the time he becomes Potentate of his Temple, a Shriner usually has at least four years of experience in Temple leadership.Stated meetings of the Temple membership as a whole must be held at least four times a year. In addition, each Temple holds one or more ceremonials every year for the induction of new members. There are also many Temple, unit and club social events each year.Units are smaller groups organized within a Temple for a specific purpose. Many of these are the uniformed units so familiar to parade watchers: Oriental Bands, Shriners Bands, Horse and Motor Patrols, Highlanders, Clowns, Drum Corps, Chanters, and Legions 21
of Honor. Other Temple units can include hospital hosts or guides, and transportation units which work closely with their local Shriners Hospital — either with children at the hospital or transporting patients to and from the hospital.Each Temple has a clearly defined territory from which it can obtain new members. Since these jurisdictions are often quite large, smaller geoographical
units may be organized
for fellowship purposes. These are the clubs, under the control of their mother Temple.In addition, any number of Temples may form an association for social conventions, if the Imperial Council issues an appropriate charter. There are currently 20 regional associations and 19 unit associations.The 191 Temples are governed by the Imperial Council, which is composed of Representatives. Representatives of the Imperial Council include all past and present Imperial Officers, Emeritus Representatives (who have served 15 years or more) and Representatives elected from each Temple. A Temple may have two Representatives if its membership exceeds 300, three if more than 600, and four if more than 1,000. These Representatives meet once a year — usually in July at the Imperial Council Session — to make policy decisions and legislation regarding both the fraternity and the hospitals. With nearly 900 Representatives, the Imperial Council constitutes one of the largest legislative bodies in the world. The Representatives also elect the Imperial Officers. The President of the Colorado Corporation and members of the Board of Trustees for Shriners Hospitals for Children are elected by members of the Colorado Corporation.The Imperial Divan, Shriners’ international governing body, consists of 13 officers plus an Imperial Chaplain. The Imperial Treasurer and the Imperial Recorder may be elected for several consecutive years. They are the only officers receiving any type of compensation. As with Temple Divans, an officer (with the exception of Treasurer and Recorder) is elected to the bottom of the Divan and, barring unforeseen circumstances, moves up one position each year. These officers, elected from among the Representatives,
are usually past Temple Potentates. The Divan plus the immediate Past Imperial Potentate constitute the Board of Directors of the fraternal corporation and they, with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, constitute the Board of Directors of the hospital
corporation.The chief executive officer of Shriners of North America is the Imperial Potentate, who is elected for one year. He visits many of the Temples and hospitals and generally 22
supervises both fraternal and hospital policy.To help him with these tasks, the Imperial Potentate appoints committees to implement
various programs. One of the most important of these committees is the donor relations committee, which coordinates and supervises contributions and bequests given to Shriners Hospitals for Children.The day-to-day operations — keeping the records and accounts of the fraternity and hospitals, supervising the estates left to Shriners Hospitals and producing printed materials for the entire organization — are carried out at Shriners International Headquarters
in Tampa. These offices are supervised by an executive vice president of the Imperial Council, an executive vice president of Shriners Hospitals, and a legal department,
which is under the supervision of a managing attorney.However complex the organization may seem, its essence is the fraternal fellowship for which it was originally founded. It has been said that there are no strangers in Shrinedom. This is evident in the great times and laughter wherever Shriners get together, whether in a local club meeting, a Temple ceremonial, an assoociation
or an Imperial Session. All Shriners share not just a Masonic background but a zest for living.Though this quality remains consistent — from the original 13 members to the hundreds of thousands of Shriners today — the fraternity has adapted to many changes.
Many more Temple and convention activities include the families of Shriners. Today, many Shriners are deeply involved in Shriners Hospital work in addition to their fraternal
activities.Most Temples sponsor fundraising events to provide funds for Shriners Hospitals. In one calendar year there can be nearly 500 of these events, which range from the East-West Shrine Game and other football
games to horse shows, hospital paper sales, and miscellaneous sports and social events.During the 1980s, Shriners
Hospitals experienced the greatest expansion in their history, with major building programs, increasing
numbers of patients receiving care, and expansion
of services. As the new millennium approached, all 22 Shriners Hospitals maintained their position at the forefront of specialized
pediatric orthopaedic and burn care. The Joint Boards plan to continue updating their facilities, expanding their research programs and increasing their ability to meet the needs of thousands of children in need of expert medical care. In this way, Shriners Hospitals will continue to meet a special need for children.Thus, whatever changes occur within the fraternal organization or within the Shriners
Hospitals system, Shriners of North America will remain the “World’s Greatest Fraternity,” operating and maintaining the “World’s Greatest Philanthropy.”Es Selamu Aleikum.23
Shriners Hospitals for Children Directory Orthopaedic Care

Admission InformationAll children, up to age 18, may be eligible for treatment at a Shriners Hospital if there is a reasonable possibility they can benefit from specialized care available at Shriners Hospitals. Eligibility is not based on financial need or relationship to a Shriner.There is never a charge to the patient or family for any medical care or services provided at a Shriners Hospital.Application forms for admission can be obtained from any Shriners Temple or Club; by writing to Shriners Hospitals, P.O. Box 31356, Tampa, FL 33631; or by calling the Shriners Hospitals for Children toll-free referral line at 1-800-237-5055. (In Canada, call 1-800-361-7256.). Applications are also available at must be completed by a parent or legal guardian and forwarded to a Shriners Hospital for approval. Upon acceptance, the child is scheduled for admission or an outpatient clinic visit for evaluation.Emergency Burn CareThe sooner a child with burn injuries reaches a Shriners Hospital that specializes in burn care, the better his or her chance of recovery. In an emergency, the referring physician should telephone the chief of staff at the nearest appropriate Shriners Hospital and indicate there is a patient needing emergency medical care. Transportation of the patient is the responsibility of the patient’s family, but many Shriners Temples offer transportation assistance.Non-emergency Burn CareNon-emergency admission for burn care at a Shriners Hospital is dependent on medical needs of the patient and on availability of beds. Application forms for non-emergency admissions for burn care can be obtained from any Shriners Temple or Shriners Club; by writing to Shriners Hospitals, P.O. Box 31356, Tampa, FL 33631; or by calling the Shriners Hospitals for Children patient referral line at 1-800-237-5055. (In Canada, call 1-800-361-7256.). Applications are also available at obtain an application or for more information about Shriners Hospitals for Children:In the U.S. 1-800-237-5055
In Canada
Illustrious Noble Samuel
Poyntz Cochran, 1902 Potentate of Hella Shriners,
Dallas, served as the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees, from 1921 to 1934.Imperial Sir W. Freeland
Kendrick, second Chairman of the Board of Trustees, served from 1934 to 1949. Kendrick was Potentate of Lu Lu Shriners from 1906 to 1918, and from 1920 to 1923. He declined further
service when he was elected Mayor of Philadelphia.
Imperial Sir Galloway Calhoun, Past Potentate
of Karem Shriners, Waco, Texas, assumed direction of Shriners Hospitals after he had completed his year as Imperial Potentate in 1949. He served until his death in 1962.Illustrious Noble Walter G. Seeger, Past Potentate of Osman Shriners, St. Paul, Minn., was elected Chairman in 1962. He had been a member of the Board since 1945 and was respected for his many years of tireless work.Past Imperial Potentate Harold Lloyd became Chairman in 1963. He gave of his time and talents,
as well as his fame as one of the movie all-time greats in the “World of Movie Comedy,” to enhance the work of Shriners Hospitals.Past Imperial Potentate Harvey A. Beffa Sr. became
Chairman in 1971. The business and civic leader had previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board. In 1962, while serving as Chairman
of the Burns Committee,
he brought a dramatic
presentation before
the Imperial Council that received unanimous approval to establish the Shriners burn hospitals. As a polio victim, he knew firsthand the need for continuing the work of Shriners Hospitals.Upon the death of Imperial
Sir Harvey A. Beffa in 1976, Imperial Sir Peter Val Preda was appointed Chairman. Preda, a Past Potentate of Cairo Shriners,
served until July of that year, when the Representatives elected a new Chairman.Past Imperial Potentate C. Victor Thornton served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1976 through 1981. Thornton briefly held the position in 1971 also, assuming
leadership upon the death of Past Imperial
Potentate Harold Lloyd.Past Imperial Potentate Woodrow W. Bennett served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for three years. The Kansas City businessman was elected in July 1981, after serving for two years as the Board’s Vice Chairman. Past Imperial Potentate Richard B. Olfene served as Chairman in 1985 and 1986. Olfene, Past Potentate
of Kora Shriners, is an Auburn, Maine, businessman who served as Imperial Potentate in 1984.Board of Trustees ChairmenSamuel Poyntz CochranW. Freeland KendrickGalloway CalhounWalter G.
Lloyd Harvey A.
Val PredaC. Victor ThorntonWoodrow W. Bennett Richard B. Olfene26
Past Imperial Potentate Gene Bracewell served as Chairman from 1986 through 1996. Bracewell, 1985–86 Imperial Potentate,
retired as president of the Atlanta-based National Chemical Division
of National Services Industries, a Fortune 500 corporation. Bracewell is Past Potentate of Yaarab Shriners, Atlanta, Ga.Past Imperial Potentate
Everett M. Evans served as Chairman for the 1996–97 year. Evans,
1992–93 Imperial Potentate, attended East Texas State University and is a branch manager of Bright Truck Leasing. He is Past Potentate of Sharon Shriners, Tyler, Texas.Past Imperial Potentate John D. VerMaas served as Chairman from 1997 to 2003. VerMaas, 1996–97 Imperial Potentate, is the owner of VerMaas Construction, which builds, owns and leases office facilities to the U.S. Postal Service. VerMaas
is Past Potentate of Sesostris Shriners, Lincoln, Nebraska.Past Imperial Potentate Ralph W. Semb was elected Chairman in 2003. Semb served as the 1999-2000 Imperial Potentate.
He is the owner of several New England businesses, including French King Entertainment
Center, a premier bowling center; an apartment complex; self-storage facility and car wash. Semb is Past Potentate of Melha Shriners in Boston.Gene
BracewellEverett M. EvansJohn D.
VerMaasRalph W.
SembHeads of GovernmentWarren G. HardingFranklin D. RooseveltHarry S. TrumanGerold R.
FordJohn DiefenbakerPorfirio
DiazPascual Ortiz RubioAbelardo RodriquezMiguel Aleman ValdesKing
Kalakaua27Four Presidents of the United States and
a Prime Minister of Canada Four Presidents of Mexico and King Kalakaua of Hawaii
Ways of GivingYou can become an active benefactor of Shriners Hospitals for Children by giving monetary gifts, as well as gifts of securities, real estate and personal property. All bequests not restricted by the donor become part of the endowment fund. ContributionsContributions may be made at any time to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Contributions
may be forwarded to the Office of Development in Tampa, or directly to any of our 22 hospitals.Charitable Gift AnnuitiesIn exchange for an irrevocable gift of cash, securities or other assets, Shriners Hospitals for Children agrees to pay one or two annuitants you name a fixed sum each year for life. You may qualify for a charitable deduction if you itemize your income taxes. CGAs are not available in all states.Pooled Income FundPersons contributing $5,000 or more can participate in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Pooled Income Fund. Under this agreement, donors or their designees will receive quarterly income from their contributions during their lifetime, based on their contribution. A portion of the contribution may be deducted as a charitable donation.Real EstateAll qualified real estate may be deeded outright to Shriners Hospitals for Children, or, if it is a donor’s residence or farm, may be given subject to retained life interests. The value of the outright gift of property, or the interest being contributed, may be deductible
as a charitable contribution for income tax purposes.SecuritiesContributions of securities are easily accomplished in most cases. If the securities have appreciated in value at the time of the gift, there may be additional tax advantages.InsuranceShriners Hospitals for Children can be designated as the irrevocable beneficiary and owner of an insurance policy. Income, gift and estate tax charitable deductions may be allowed for a gift of an irrevoocable
life insurance policy under most state laws. WillsDesignations of bequests should clearly indicate Shriners Hospitals for Children. Bequests under wills may reduce estate taxes. All bequests not restricted by the donor become part of the endowment fund, with only income from the fund being used to operate Shriners Hospitals.Trust AgreementsIrrevocable charitable remainder unitrusts or annuity trusts may be established to provide for lifetime payments to the named beneficiaries. After the lifetime of the surviving income beneficiary, assets would be utilized by Shriners Hospitals for its charitable purposes.1-800-241-GIFT (1-800-241-4438)28
Donor Recognition ProgramShriners Hospitals for Children was born out of the Shriners’ love for children, but depends today on the generosity of individual donors. To recognize the importance of these benefactors, our charity offers a unique Donor Recognition Program. Gold Book Society awards are given to benefactors for nine levels of giving, from $2,000 to $249,999.99. Donors may progress through all awards as additional contributions
are made. In addition to receiving awards, living donors who contribute from $50,000 to $249,999.99 will also be honored as “Because We Care Givers.” A handsome panel is displayed in a prominent location at each Shriners Hospital and at Shriners International Headquarters in Tampa. Donors’ names are engraved on individual brass plates on the panel. The Philanthropic Society honors major living donors and deceased benefactors
who give contributions and/or bequests in excess of $250,000, featuring charitable plateaus of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Spectrum Gold. A Philanthropic Society awards center is prominently situated at each Shriners Hospital and at Shriners International Headquarters. Each donation or bequest is honored by a separate wood plaque permanently affixed to the awards center, with a laser-engraved personalized inscription and a large bronze, silver, gold or black medallion. Mini-medallions are added to indicate additional gifts. Donors or the families of deceased benefactors may also receive a plaque. For more information about the Shriners Hospitals for Children Donor Recognition
- Sahsima ozel mesaj atmadan once Yonetim Hiyerarsisini izleyerek ilgili yoneticiler ile gorusunuz.
- Masonluk hakkinda ozel mesaj ile bilgi, yardim ve destek sunulmamaktadir.
- Sorunuz ve mesajiniz hangi konuda ise o konudan sorumlu gorevli yada yonetici ile gorusunuz. Sahsim, butun cabalarinizdan sonra gorusmeniz gereken en son kisi olmalidir.
- Sadece hicbir yoneticinin cozemedigi yada forumda asla yazamayacaginiz cok ozel ve onemli konularda sahsima basvurmalisiniz.
- Masonluk ve Masonlar hakkinda bilgi almak ve en onemlisi kisisel yardim konularinda tarafima dogrudan ozel mesaj gonderenler cezalandirilacaktir. Bu konular hakkinda gerekli aciklama forum kurallari ve uyelik sozlesmesinde yeterince acik belirtilmsitir.

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