Why Join Abdallah Shriners?
There are many, many reasons. Here are a few:
  • Friendship and Fellowship: In an increasingly complex world, the Shrine provides two of man’s most basic needs: friendship and fellowship. These two prime reasons contributed to the birth of the Shrine in 1872.

  • Children’s Hospital Medical Services: The Shrine is recognized as “The World’s Greatest Philanthropy” because of the great service provided in our Children’s Hospitals. We are proud that over 98% of all contributions to our hospitals are used for this charitable function. Furthermore, hospital services are provided regardless of a family's ability to pay. This is the best reason for becoming a Shriner. Further, it is tremendously rewarding to know that you contribute to this great cause.

  • Personal Growth and Development: Membership in the Shrine adds to member’s growth in human relations.

  • Leadership Development: Serving in leadership roles in Shrine units, clubs or other organizations helps develop the ability to motivate and influence others.

  • Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Shrine organization makes us a better citizen in our community. The average Shrine Center consists of the most active citizens of any community.

  • Continuing Education: The various Shrine units provide programs designed to keep members informed about our community, nation and world.

  • Fun: The Shrine is a lot of fun. The meetings are fun. The club and unit projects are fun. Social activities are fun. Transporting patients to a Shriner’s Hospital is fun and rewarding.

  • Public Speaking Skills: Many individuals who join the Shrine develop confidence and skill in public speaking.

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  • Citizenship: Every Shriner wears a pin that says “Shriner.” A Shriner is welcomed and encouraged to attend any of the 191 Shrine Centers and their 3,500 units and clubs throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Panama. There are few major cities in North America that do not have a Shrine Center or Shrine Club.

  • Assistance when Traveling: Because there are Shrine Centers and Shrine Clubs almost everywhere, many Shriners who have needed a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist or medical advice while traveling have resolved their need quickly through a local Shrine Center.

  • Entertainment: Every Shrine Center has dances, parties, meetings and other activities that provide meaningful diversions to daily life. The Shrine also has regional conferences and national conventions which provide fun at parades as well as Shrine information and education.

  • Development of Social Skills: The Shrine is for people who like people and want to make new friends.

  • Family Programs: Most Shrine activities include the wives of Shriners. Many activities, such as summer picnics, Easter egg hunts, puppet shows and Christmas parties, are targeted towards members’ children, grandchildren and friends.

  • Practice of Moral and Ethical Standards: Shriners practice the moral and ethical standards that they learned in Masonry.

  • Cultural Awareness: Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color and ethnic identity is found in a Shrine. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background. Shriners become aware of other cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their community and their country in the process.

  • Prestige: Shriners are prominent people. They are leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and other disciplines. The Shrine is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious fraternities.

  • Nice People: Shriners, above all, are nice people: the nicest people on earth. They are also important people who adhere to the policy “that while it is nice to be important, it is more important to be nice.”

How do I Join?

If you hold the Master Mason degree in Freemasonry, you qualify and are invited to join the Shrine. You can download, print and submit a petition for membership with the link below. Or visit to learn more about the process.

If you are not yet a Freemason, visit our page on How do I join Freemasonry to learn more about becoming a part of the world's oldest fraternity.


In many parts of North America, Masonry does not solicit members. In these areas, no one is asked to join, and a man must seek admission of his own free will - he must ask. In some areas, Masons are permitted to solicit new members. In all cases, a man interested in becoming a Mason, if he has not been asked, should consult a friend whom he believes to be a Freemason to secure his good counsel and recommendation concerning this important undertaking. 


For men who would like to receive additional instruction and explanation regarding the allegory and symbolism learned in the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite or the York Rite bodies elaborate on the basic tenents of Freemasonry. 


The Shrine of North America is a fraternity that grew out of Freemasonry over a century ago. Because of this, the Shrine is dedicated to Masonic principles. The Shrine Fraternity provides Masonic brothers a means to widen the fellowship first enjoyed in the Blue Lodge. It also offers men, their wives and their families an opportunity to meet new friends who have similar interests, tastes and feelings. 

How Much Does It Cost? 

Join us. Be a Shriner!

Firstly, let us dispel the myth that you have to be well-off to become a Shriner.

If you want to know what it costs (you may find it costs less than you think) keep reading.

If you decide to join Abdallah Shriners, you will be asked for certain fees, which have to be paid prior to joining. These will include: 

  • A one-time 'initiation' fee of $100.00 which covers the costs of all the booklets and other materials that you will receive as part of your membership in the Shrine.

  • ​Dues for the current year. $115.00 (which may be prorated depending on time of year initiated)

    • Your dues will include the $5.00 Shriner's Hospital annual assessment and $30 ​Shriners International Per-Capita tax.

  • A single jeweled Fez is $130.00.