For more than 140 years, Shriners have carried the values and mission of the fraternity across generations of families. To recognize Legacy families, Shriners International has designated February as Legacy Month to honor those families who display a keen sense of pride and commitment to the Shriners’ fraternity within their own family lineage. Members of the program receive a gold Legacy pin and signed certificate from the Imperial Potentate and Imperial Recorder to commemorate their membership in the program.
For many men, being a Shriner is a family tradition. From one generation to the next, Shriners have enjoyed a unique brotherhood and shared in an important, more personal fraternal tradition and legacy.
One family that recently extended their Shrine lineage is the Madsen family. Paul Madsen, son of Imperial Potentate Al Madsen joined El Kalah Shriners of Salt Lake City in the summer of 2012. Paul, a pilot for Southwest Airlines, said, “Watching [his father’s] passion for the fraternity and for Shriners Hospitals for Children® engendered a goal of becoming a noble someday.” During his father’s time as a member of the Imperial Divan, Paul has been able to interact with the children and patient ambassadors of Shriners Hospitals, which also motivated him to join the fraternity.
Since becoming a Shriner, Paul’s relationship with his father has taken on new depths as the two celebrate their fraternal bond. Paul and his father have spent a substantial amount of time together at Shrine events such as the Rose Bowl Parade and during hospital visits. Particularly important to Paul was his father’s presentation of a philanthropic award to Southwest Airlines at the Houston hospital. “I hope to give the fraternity more than I get from it and someday earn the opportunity to lead,” said Paul. “I will volunteer my time, passion, and charity to Shriners Hospitals for Children and the fraternity when I can, and will do so in an honorable manner.”
Paul hopes to continue the Madsen Shrine legacy and has started mentoring his son in Masonry. Just as his father did, Paul awaits the day when his son will join the fraternity and be part of the Madsen fraternal bond.
(Photo: Alan W. Madsen, 2012-2013 Imperial Potentate of Shriners International, and his son Paul display their Legacy certificates.)
To learn more about becoming a member of the Shriners' fraternity, visit www.beashrinernow.com.
If you are already a member of Shriners International and want to learn more about the Legacy Program, visit www.shrinersvillage.com.