Shriners come from all walks of life. We are members of the community who are working or retired, members of the trades, business professionals, business leaders and men who want to just have fun. We are fathers, uncles and sons. We are also brothers. When you become a Shriner, you become part of a brotherhood of men committed to family, engaged in ongoing personal growth, and dedicated to providing care of children and families in need through Shriners Hospitals for Children regardless of their ability to pay.
While our backgrounds and interests may be diverse, what binds us together are shared values and a desire to have fun, do good and build relationships that can last a life time. Is it time for you to learn more about Shriners International? Visit www.beashrinernow.com and find out. You can also go to our Join Nile page for what it will take to join.
Nile Potentate's Message
Larry J. Gillespie
As we all know Laura is leaving us to move to Central Washington and building a new home, we wish her the best. I would like to say to Laura that I do appreciate all the hard work and the outstanding job that you have done. While at Nile, you have been a great help to all of us on the Divan and to the members of the Nile.
As many of you are aware, the roof on our Shrine Center has been there for forty some years and continues to leak even after repairs have been made. It is becoming more and more of a problem, and after a lot of research the only reasonable conclusion is to replace the tile roof with a composite roof.
Due to the Covid shutdown, we do not have the additional income for our day-to-day operations and the money to fund such a large project. In order to replace the roof by fall, we are asking the Clubs and Units and the Membership to assist us in raising the additional funds to help pay for the new roof. I have already met with many of you and commit-ments have been made which is much appreciated. I will be meeting with more of you in the coming weeks and hope we can make our goal. Your generosity will help us to continue to book room rentals and new clients.
We are still in a holding pattern with PNSA in July as we do not have the answers from Washington State and the Grand Master on what the regulations will be in the future.
Become a Freemason
At the recent Conference of Grand Masters in Louisville, Kentucky, Imperial Potentate Jeff Sowder, along with Scottish Rite Sovereign Grand Commanders David A. Glattly, 33° (Northern Masonic Jurisdiction), and James D. Cole, 33° (Southern Jurisdiction), announced a formal partnership on the Path Forward for Freemasonry.
As part of that initiative, the three leaders announced BeaFreemason.org, which features a wealth of information including an explanation of Masonic terms, lodge life, symbolism, degrees and family organizations. Launched in mid-February, this first-of-its-kind site introduces Freemasonry to men who are looking to "become the best version" of themselves. The site has a "Get in Touch" button, so prospects (in North America) can fill out a short form that will put them in touch with a Masonic leader in their local area. We hope you share this helpful site with men that you know who are committed to lives of honor, integrity and character.
For more information, go to: beafreemason.org