Friday, March 5, 2010
The time has come, details are being finalised for the next Shriners of Australia ceremonial to be held in Brisbane and Melbourne. The dates have been finalised, and has been pencilled in for Brisbane on the 13th of June, and Melbourne on the 20th of June.
Shriners Australasia will be sending a team to conduct the ceremony which will include the Chairman, President, the executive committee and a Delegation from the United States - Shriners International.
For those that don’t know, the Shrine fraternity run 22 children hospitals across North America & the pacific, with patients being admitted from all over the world for high quality, specialised medical care which is totally free of charge.
Shriners International has over 350,000 members around the world, an operating budget in excess of 1 billion AUD, has treated more than 1,000,000 patients, & figures have shown brand recognition of the Shriners is over 75% of the community aged 18 years & above, Freemasonry is a little over 30%! Note: Philippines & Europe are just about to open there own branches!
In addition to that over 20% of all mason that join in the US & Canada join on the basis of becoming a Shriner because of all the positive work they do. This is an appendant body to freemasonry that’s focus is based around 2 things, fun and helping our most important commodity, children.
Due to the success the Sydney Ceremonial in November we already have in excess of 40 founding members. Requirements to become a Shriner is simple, you must hold the degree of master mason!
If you require further information about becoming a Shriner please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
I will finish with this, I have had the privilege to visit 4 of the Shriners Hospitals and can say it was just about the most heart warming experience of my life, The amount of respect shown from patients and their families towards members of the Shriners is simply overwhelming.
Chairman Shriners Australasia