better known as Shriners International
Members of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America are members of the Masonic Order and adhere to the principles of Freemasonry Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Shriners are distinguished by an enjoyment of life in the interest of philanthropy. The approximately 500,000 member organization has a buoyant philosophy which has been expressed as “Pleasure without intemperance, hospitality without rudeness and jollity without coarseness.”
As of July 2000, any Master Mason can now petition to join The Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, or A.A.O.N.M.S. The Shrine grew out of Freemasonry over 100 years ago and is meant to provide additional fellowship to its members through its various clubs and other functions. The Shrine also supports many hospitals for burned or crippled children and does not charge any fees for the medical care! Shriners consider the Shriners Hospitals for Children the “Greatest Philanthropy in the World”. In 2004, it is projected that the Shriners Hospitals will spend more than $1,600,000 every day to help children.
Listen to a podcast about the Shrine from 2010