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Our History


150 Years of Fun and Fellowship

The history of Shriners International is the story of individuals who came together in the spirit of fun and fellowship, who would lay the foundation for a worldwide fraternity and establish a globally recognized pediatric specialty health care system. Read more 



In 1914, most Shriners in the Houston area were members of El Mina Temple, chartered in 1902, in Galveston, Texas. However, a group of Houston Shriners were dedicated to the proposition that the ever-growing city of Houston should have a Shrine Temple. Accordingly, a mass meeting of Houston Shriners was held late in December, 1914, and they decided to prepare a petition for dispensation for a Shrine Temple in Houston at the next Imperial Council Session in Seattle, Washington. A committee was appointed to draw up the petition, arrange for the presentation at the Seattle session, and raise funds for the trip to Seattle. From the very beginning, this committee was determined that Houston would have a Shrine Temple. They got an endorsement for the new temple from El Mina Temple and instructed their representatives to the Imperial Session to use all their efforts to secure the new temple for Houston. It was decided that the new temple would be named "Arabia Temple". Noble John S. Bonner was selected to perform the duties of Potentate and handle any necessary business. To finance the trip, they issued Life Memberships to who subscribed prior to July 14, 1915, and paid not less than $50 into the treasury. Read More 



The fraternity established Shriners Children's as its official philanthropy in 1922 and continues to support it today. It is now one of the largest pediatric sub-specialty healthcare systems in the world, with locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. n addition, the healthcare system holds hundreds of outreach clinics annually, with medical staff members routinely traveling to places around the world to provide pediatric medical care. The staff of Shriners Children’s is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research and offering outstanding educational programs for medical professionals. To learn more about

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