The Founding of Shriners International & Shriners Children’s

Learn more about the founding of Shriners International 150 years ago and the formation of Shriners Children’s 100 years ago, through this powerful multimedia presentation. The presentation debuted at the public opening of the148th Imperial Session in Minneapolis.

Thank you to the actors, all Nobles from Zuhrah Shriners in Minnetonka, Minnesota: Shane Wendt, John Gann, Terrance Schaffer, Ed Perlman and Scott Hughes. We encourage you to download and share on your social media in honor of our anniversaries.

New Website Content Celebrates Our History

Shriners International has a rich and interesting history dating back to the 1870s. A webpage dedicated to Shriners International’s 150th anniversary features photos and stories about Shriners memorabilia and artifacts, profiles of notable Shriners and information about the history of Shriners Children’s.


Shriners International Artifacts
Notable Shriners
Shriners Children’s History
Download the Anniversary Toolkit

Make Plans to Watch the Shriners Children’s Open

Enjoy PGA TOUR golf at its finest, in Las Vegas! Many of the world’s top golfers compete and earn FedExCup points in the Shriners Children’s Open on Oct. 3-9.


Purchase Tickets

If you are unable to attend, tune in to the Golf Channel, Oct. 6-9.


On Sept. 19, Panda Express, as part of a virtual community fundraiser, will donate a portion of its online sales to Shriners Children’s. Learn more!

Help Decorate Our Rose Parade Float

Calling all Shriners and Ladies: Are you looking for a fun volunteer opportunity where you can take part in an age-old tradition all while helping Shriners Children’s? Join us in California this December and help decorate the Shriners Children’s Rose Parade float . While you’re in town, make plans to attend the 134th Rose Parade in beautiful downtown Pasadena.

Special Edition Shriners Children’s Racecar


On Aug. 18, at Shriners Children’s Greenville, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ty Gibbs made an appearance to unveil his new special edition No. 54 racecar with Shriners Children’s branding. He will race the car Labor Day weekend at Darlington Raceway. Gibbs spent time with patients and Shriners at the event.


Watch a video of National Patient Ambassador Parker with Ty Gibbs

Tune in on Sept. 16: “Miracles, Magic & Milestones”

Shriners Children’s, Disney and ABC have teamed up to share the incredible story of Shriners Children’s for “Miracles, Magic & Milestones,” a 30-minute special that will begin airing Sept. 16, 2022, in honor of the healthcare system’s 100th anniversary.

This fast-paced program hosted by actress Kristen Bell, includes Shriners Children’s patient stories and a focus on Shriners International as the “Men Behind the Mission.” The special will also feature appearances by Derek Hough (Dancing with the Stars), Jay Bilas (ESPN), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics). Learn more about this special and how to watch.


Shriners Children’s Summer Safety Resources

Summer is a time of going to the playground, swimming, boating, biking,camping and other outdoor activities. Unfortunately, in addition to being a lot of fun for children, these activities can lead to a higher risk of injuries. Since learning how to avoid accidents can prevent many of these injuries, Shriners Children’s created a campaign to help keep children safe while participating in fun summer activities. Share these resources from our summer safety campaign in your temples communications and on social media to help get the word out.


Lawnmower Safety Tips with Fezzy Video

2022 Summer Safety Tips Video

Summer Safety Campaign Information

Shriners Photo Tip Sheet

With their signature red fezzes, colorful costumes, offbeat parade vehicles and fun events, we can all agree Shriners are quite the photogenic group! While posed snapshots and selfies are fun, the best photos for your print publications, websites and social media pages might take a little more thought and consideration.

The best images create a narrative about our events, temples, or our fraternity and philanthropy and can be used for internal and external marketing and communications. The marketing and communications team at headquarters has developed a Photo Tip Sheet with tips to help you capture exciting and compelling photos.


First Meeting of the Latin American Shrine Association (LASA)

On April 30, nobles from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Panama gathered for the first official meeting of the Latin American Shrine Association, hosted by Abou Saad Shriners of Panama. Attendees enjoyed interactive presentations about membership, the international patient program, donor development and more.

A tip of the fez to Abou Saad Shriners, Potentate Hector Perez Portillo and the Divan for a successful first meeting! The 2023 LASA meeting will be held in Mexico City.



For Shriners by Shriners

Ben Ali Shriner and Shriners Children’s Northern California Board of Governors Treasurer Russell Godt accepted a certificate from Assembly member Kevin McCarty (California Dist. 7) recognizing the hospital’s dedication to improving the lives of children in the Sacramento region and beyond.

Elected officials want to hear from the people they serve so they can learn about the great work happening in their districts. Whether it’s an email, a postcard, or an in-person meeting, policymakers depend on information and guidance from their constituents. Nobles can effectively engage with elected officials by attending community events, speaking with their representatives or inviting them to an upcoming temple meeting or event.

Check out this toolkit for templates and tips for seeking local and state recognition during the 150th anniversary of Shriners International.


Introducing Sydney and Seth
2021 – 2022 National Patient Ambassadors

Every year, Shriners Hospitals for Children selects National Patient Ambassadors to represent the health care system’s patients. The ambassadors spend the year sharing their stories of perseverance in the face of adversity and the ways Shriners Hospitals has made a dramatic difference in their lives.
This year, new National Patient Ambassadors Seth and Sydney will be joined by Connor and Mia, who are continuing their National Patient Ambassador journey after a year interrupted by the pandemic. We are honored to have these four impressive young people advocating for our health care system.


Reaching New Heights: The Stories of Sydney and Seth.



Your Imperial Potentate William S. “Bill” Bailey

William S. “Bill” Bailey of Orak Shriners was elected Imperial Potentate at the 2021 Imperial Session in Houston, Texas. Imperial Sir Bailey and his his father, Robert B. Bailey, 33, Past Imperial Potentate of Shriners International in 1995-1996, are only the second father and son to serve as Imperial Potentates of Shriners International. Bill Bailey and his wife, Debby, have been happily married for 44 years and are extremely proud to have two sons, Rob Bailey and Ross Bailey, to follow the family tradition of becoming Shriners.


Imperial Sir Bill Bailey’s Story

Bill Who?



First Lady Debby Bailey Transforming Lives

First Lady Debby Bailey’s Transforming Lives fundraising program shines a light on the amazing contributions Shriners Hospitals for Children brings to the field of scoliosis care and supports these efforts. Scoliosis is an extremely common condition that, if left untreated, can have debilitating impacts on a child’s life. Donors who would like to support the program may purchase a beautiful locket that has the word “LOVE” spelled in Braille inside, a bracelet bead, necktie, socks or holiday ornament. Click here to order.

Click here to download a one sheet about First Lady Debby Bailey.


Women & Philanthropy

We encourage Nobles to share information about the Women & Philanthropy program with the women in their lives. Women & Philanthropy empowers all women, diverse in age, interests and backgrounds, to take action and make a positive impact. Members recognize that their gifts go further and have a greater influence when they give together. The support of our members helps Shriners Hospitals for Children change lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care. Click here for more information or to join.


Transforming Lives: First Lady Debby Bailey

2021 Women & Philanthropy: First Lady Debby Bailey



2020-2021 Year in Review

The Annual Report is a substantial and comprehensive review of the events of the concluding Imperial year. The book is a major project that creatively highlights the important activities and successes for both the philanthropy and fraternity.

Other 2021 Imperial Session Highlights

The motto for the 2021 Imperial Session was “Havin’ Fun in ’21,” and fun and fellowship were definitely a huge part of the event, held in Houston, Texas, July 4-8. Nobles, Ladies and families enjoyed the parade, block party, unit competitions, Bellamy Brothers concert and all the other festivities that go along with Imperial Session. We would like to take a moment to recognize just some of the people that were acknowledged during the week.

  • Winners of the 2021 Imperial Session Cornhole Tournament – Nobles Tom Doyle and his son Noble Rob Doyle, Naja Shriners
  • Winners of the Home Brewing Contest Announced
  • Winners of the Fun and Fellowship Competition received bobblehead dolls made in the likeness of Imperial Sir Jim Smith. Congratulations to Scott Gates, Sharon Shriners; Gary Tristram, Tunis Shriners; and Marty Alexander, Aloha Shriners
  • 2020 Imperial Potentate’s Award of Merit, presented by Imperial Sir Jeff Sowder
    – Gardner D. Burton, Scimitar Shriners
    – Ronald L. Capps, Midian Shriners
    – Mike Clevenger, Aladdin Shriners
    – Wayne J. Lachut (posthumously), Ismailia Shriners and Janet Lachut
    – Janet is the first woman to ever receive this prestigious award.
    – Pat Roberts, Naja Shriners
  • 2021 Imperial Potentate’s Award of Merit, presented by Imperial Sir Jim Smith
    – H. Ron Baas, Shaddai Shriners
    – Larry L. Chapel, Mizpah Shriners
    – Donald Leo Thomson, Khartum Shriners
    – Larry Tipton, Al Bedoo Shriners

Thank you to all who visited the staff of Shriners International Headquarters in the Shriners Zone! We enjoyed meeting everyone and look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis in 2022.