How to Become a Shriner
If you hold the title of Master Mason in Freemasonry, you qualify and are invited to join the Shriners.
In order to become a Shriner you must ask a current Shriner to support and sponsor your application. For help, visit our temple. We will answer all of your questions and guide you through the joining process.
If you are not a Freemason, you must pursue that first. Once you are a Master Mason you will then be eligible to petition to become a Shriner.
There are many benefits to becoming a Shriner.
- Membership in a well-known fraternal organization recognized for its social and philanthropic activities.
- Opportunity to develop lasting relationships with like minded men from all over the world
- Engage in social activities and events that are available for the entire family. Participate in many special interest groups with Shriners that allow like minded men to enjoy a little high-spirited fun. Motorcycles, trap shooting, parades, golf, flying and sports cars are all examples of these types of groups
- The privilege of supporting the “world’s greatest philanthropy,” Shriners Hospitals for Children, offers Shriners many opportunities to find personal fulfillment and satisfaction
How to Become a Freemason
Freemasons come from all walks of life, but in order to become a Mason you must meet a few simple criteria:
- You must be a male, at least 18 years of age
- You must profess a belief in a Supreme Being
- You must be a man of good morals and reputation
In order to join you must seek admission by your own free will, and you must be recommended by a current Freemason, unanimously elected to membership and willing to assume an obligation to the fraternity.
To get started simply go to freemason.com to find a local lodge in Ohio.
Degrees of Masonry
As you follow the path of Masonry you will have the opportunity to earn three symbolic degrees representing the lessons of Masonry.
- Entered Apprentice – beginner
- Fellowcraft – intermediate
- Master Mason – expert
All Shriners are Master Masons, but not all Freemasons go on to become Shriners.
Why Become A Shriner?
Three good reasons: Fun, Fellowship and Philanthropy.
The Shriners are an organization that grew out of the Freemasons over a century ago by men who wanted to take a their fraternity to a new and different level. By stressing fun and fellowship more than ritual, they hoped to create something special. They did, and over time they adopted Shriners Hospitals for Children as their official philanthropy and now operated a network of 22 hospitals. They specialize in helping kids with special needs oriented around cleft lip an palate, burns and orthopedic problems.
By joining you can be a part of something that has helped thousands of kids the years, and have fun doing it! Along with helping others and each other, Shriners value a good time. The friendships built will always be with you, as will the knowledge of what you’ve accomplished by being a Shriner. Just go to any Shriner parade and you’ll see the good time had by the Shriners and those who attend.
Parades aren’t the only thing Shriners do together, though. Each Temple has various groups and units within it, and there is something for everyone! There are even groups for the wives and daughters of Shriners. There is always something there to help you grow as a person and help the community around you.