WHO WE ARE
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a Shriner?
Your path to becoming a Shriner starts by being a Master Mason in good standing. If you're not a Master Mason, we can help you navigate this. Please give us a call at (713) 664-3437 or visit the Grand Lodge of Texas website to find the closest lodge to you.
Where did the Arabian Theme come from?
Similar to college fraternities that use a Greek motif, the organization’s founders modeled the iconography, ceremonies, and theme after an Arabian Nights-themed party one of them had attended while touring Europe
Why do Shriners wear a fez?
The red fez with the black tassel is one of the fraternity’s most distinctive symbols. Derived from the city of Fez, Morocco, the fez was chosen as the official headgear of the fraternity to complement the organization’s pomp and pageantry, theme, ceremonies, and events.
Why is it called Shriners International?
While it is true that Shriners International was first established in New York City, the fraternity quickly spread among Masonic communities across the United States, Canada (1888), Mexico (1907), and Panama (1918). Lately, the growth has expanded even further into the international realm, with chapters forming in Puerto Rico and the Philippines (2010), Germany (2011), Brazil (2015), and Bolivia (2018).
What would be my responsibilities as a Shriner?
Shriners help support our philanthropy, Shriners Children's, by volunteering at the healthcare system’s locations, participating in fundraising activities, and referring children who may benefit from the specialized medical care provided by the healthcare system. Additionally, every Shriner is expected to help the fraternity grow by recruiting new members and being as active in his chapter as possible.
How can I be involved?
Local Shriners chapters sponsor various activity-based units for the purpose of bringing members together who share similar interests. These could include taprooms and brewers, boating, team sports, photography and videography, and any other current interests. Anything you can envision can be developed into an interest-based unit.
Can my family participate?
Local Shriners chapters are broadening their base by providing unique opportunities for families. Shrine Centers host barbeques, football watch parties, and other events, which are not only family-friendly but also cater to heightened family involvement.
Shriners International also partners with numerous organizations related to Freemasonry that are open to women, teenagers, and children.
What is a Shriners' Legacy?
The Shriners Legacy program was established to recognize those who establish a family tradition of fraternal membership. Multiple Shriners within the same family (fathers and sons, grandfathers, nephews, uncles, in-laws, brothers, and others) may receive a certificate and lapel pin recognizing their legacy.
When and where do Arabia Shriners meet?
We meet at the Arabia Shrine Center located at 101510 Harwin Drive, Houston, Texas 77036. We meet every 3rd Monday of the month from January to April and September to November. During December our meeting is on the 2nd Monday. During meetings, dinner is served at 6 pm and the meeting will follow at 7 pm.
What is the induction ceremony like?
Chapters host “ceremonial sessions” which are used for the initiation ceremonies. These ceremonies are somber and serious, evoking a conscious focus on our mission to unite in fellowship and help children and families in need. Some chapters utilize educational presentations to help demonstrate our cause. Depending on schedules, chapters may hold an abbreviated ceremony with the recommendation that a full ceremonial be held later.
How are my annual dues structured?
Each local temple’s dues vary. Typically, a portion of your dues is paid to Shriners International as a per-capita tax, and a $5 assessment goes to help support Shriners Children's. The balance is used for chapter operations. Lifetime, prepayment membership options may be available for each portion of your annual dues/renewal fees.