Shriners International is the "Worlds Greatest Philanthropy"
Shriners International - Kena Shriners
Support Shriners Hospitals for Children®, a health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of a family's ability to pay.
In 1922 the Shriners founded the first Shriners Hospitals for Children® in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Since then this unique philanthropy has grown to an extraordinary health system with 22 facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Shriners Hospitals for Children® is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our hospitals provide advanced care for over One million children, supported by Shriners everywhere. About the Shriners Hospitals for Children®
In every Shriner Temple the Clubs and Units Are the backbone of our fraternity,
In countless places, both near and afar, they marched, play, sing, ride, and romp bringing joy and pleasure to the young and to the old. They have serve in every job imaginable at hundreds of Temple activities and events. We salute the men in the red, green and gold, and all other colors including the black tuxedo. You continually bring honor to your Temple and credit to yourselves. Kena Shriners Clubs and Units
Why join the Shrine?
Fun, Friendship and Fellowship. Shriners Hospitals for Children®. Personal Growth and Development. Leadership Development. Family Programs. Entertainment. And Much More!
No Man Stands So Tall As When He Stoops To Help A Child!
About Kena Shriners
Kena Shriners was chartered in 1952 and is currently at it's 3rd location at 9500 Technology Drive Manassas Virginia. Shriners International has a worldwide membership, with temples in several countries with thousands of clubs around the world, and is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. Shriners are an appendant body of the Freemasons.
Shriners founded the Shriners Hospitals for Children®, and have treated over one million children. The Shriners Hospitals for Children® are know as the "Worlds greatest philanthropy!" For more information, or to Refer a patient.
The members of Kena Shriners (know as Nobles) provide transportation for the children and their families who live in the Northern Virginia area to and from the Shriners Hospitals for Children®. They also raise money for the SHC. Shriners raise awareness for their cause by having fun participating in community parades. (You've most likely seen the Shriners; wearing funny-looking red hats, driving those little cars in parades.) Kena Shriners also has several other Clubs & Units in the parades, like our Clowns, Band, Motorcycles, Legion of Honor, Antique Cars, Hillbilly's, Highlanders, and many others.
Shriners have fun, friendship and fellowship raising money and awareness for their cause in many different ways. Such as, fundraiser dinners, golf outings, raffles, party's, and several other types of social family events. And of course the many parades. These events are advertised in our newsletter called the Kenagram.
Badge of a Shriner
I’m the scimitar and the crescent you wear upon your coat, I proclaim that you’re a Shriner. I’m a sign for men to note. I’m a symbol that your fellows have abiding faith in you; They believe that you are worthy and they trust in all you do. But I wonder, fellow Noble, as I see you here and there, If you really caught the meaning of this little badge you wear?
Are you mindful of my splendor? Are you watchful of my fame? Are you careful as you travel not to bring me into shame? You proclaim that you’re a Shriner, every passer-by can see That you’re pledged to do the right thing wheresoever you may be. But world wide, your brothers suffer loss and injury from you If you do a wrong act which a Shriner shouldn’t do.
By my token you’re wearing, you’re expected to be fine; We have taught the world it’s something to be chosen by the Shrine; and the man who wears its emblem has his fellow’s guarantee that a gentleman of honor he is known and pledged to be; And if he shall fail that standard by some thoughtless word or whim, Shriners, wide world over, shall be put to shame by him.
By my scimitar and crescent which is so proudly you display, You are bound to live and travel in a bigger, better way, You must dignify my emblem, so none whom you meet, Be he friend or foe, may whisper that the Shrine is but a cheat. You must play the man at all times, you must keep your conduct fair and be worthy of my crescent and scimitar you wear
Shriners believe in God and that He created man to serve His purposes, among which is service to others in His name.
We believe that care for the less fortunate, especially children who suffer from burns and crippling diseases, is our institutional calling.
We are patriots, each willing to serve his country with fidelity and courage. We cherish independence under law and freedom with responsibility.
We honor family. We respect our parents, wives and children. We should instill in our children the tenets of this creed, and the heritage from which it emanates.
As individuals we pledge ourselves to integrity, virtue and nobility of character. Our intentions will be honorable, our relations will be trustworthy and our spirits forgiving of each other.
As brothers we offer each other fraternal affection and respect. Together we will support each other in adherence to this creed, so that we and our communities will be the better because of our fraternity and its principles.
As Shriners we look beyond ourselves to serve the needs of others, especially children who cannot help themselves. We believe Shriners Hospitals to be the world's greatest philanthropy, and we covenant with each other to support its "temples of mercy" with spirit, time, talent and means.
The Story of the “Editorial Without Words”
The photo known as the “Editorial Without Words” is probably one of the best recognized symbols of Shriners Hospitals, yet its was taken almost by accident. Randy Dieter, the photographer, recalled that in 1970, he had been on assignment covering Hadi Temple’s annual outing for handicapped children at the now defunct Mesker Amusement Park in Evansville, Indiana.
“I was taking shots of the midway and was using my telephoto lens”, Dieter said. “ I saw a local Shriner walking by carrying a little girl in one hand and her crutches in the other. My camera wouldn’t fire. Then they were too close for my lens. I ran past them, but the camera jammed, I had to take my last shot as they walked by. It was the end of the roll. If I had to think about it, I wouldn’t have come up with something like that. Fate guides you.
“It still seems unreal,” said Bobbi Jo Wright, the little girl in the photo. “I have many wonderful memories of the years I was a patient at the St. Louis Shriners Hospital and remember all the fun activities. I was born with cerebral palsy, which resulted in many orthopedic problems that made walking difficult. I had many surgeries at the St. Louis Hospital. They greatly improved my ability to walk.”
Bobbi Jo received her B.A. in English from Anderson University. She is active in her church and teaches Sunday School. “I use a cane when I go shopping,” she said. If I’m walking on grassy areas, I use crutches.”
Today, the famous photo is an integral part of the Shriners Hospitals logo, and has been reproduced on stained glass windows, mosaics, tie tacks, pins, and in statues. A larger-than-life replica of the “Editorial Without Words” stands outside the International Shrine Headquarters building in Tampa, Florida. Photographer Randy Dieter presently serves as graphics editor for the Kentucky Post.
The Shriner who was unexpectedly immortalized carrying Bobby Jo was Al Hortman, formerly of Evansville and now living in Georgia. At left in the original photo is Hortman’s daughter, Laura, who was herself a patient at the Shriners Hospital in St. Louis, after Laura began receiving treatment at Shriners, Hortman joined the Shrine.