||The Bailey family includes three generations of Shriners. Bottom row from left: family patriarch Robert Bailey and son William Bailey. Top row from left: grandsons Ross, Jordan and Rob; and son John.
The Shriners fraternity is an organization unlike any other. For more than 140 years, its members have consistently looked beyond themselves to serve others, bring change to their communities and improve the lives of children through Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The fraternity, rich in tradition, history and brotherhood, includes generations of men from all walks of life.
For many men, being a Shriner is a family tradition that provides opportunities for a unique brotherhood and personal fraternal bonds across generations. The Bailey family is one such family. They have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to the Shriners fraternity and are deeply rooted in the values and principles of the organization. Three generations of family members have joined both Orak Shriners in Michigan City, Ind., and the Shriners Legacy Program.
William “Bill” Bailey, a current member of the Imperial Divan – the governing body of Shriners International – grew up learning the values and principles of the Shriners fraternity. His father, Robert R. Bailey, is a Past Imperial Potentate, or CEO of Shriners International, who found it important to teach his children the importance of philanthropy, stewardship and truth, which are all reflective of the Shriners fraternity.
“Growing up in the Shrine instilled a new sense and meaning to 'giving back to the community',” said Bill Bailey. To strengthen his own Masonic growth prior to joining the fraternity, he joined DeMolay International, a Masonic youth organization, when he was 14 years old. Today, Bill and his wife Debby are dedicated to continuing the Shrine legacy in their family and have raised both their sons, Rob and Ross, with the same Shrine and Masonic values. “It is important that the current members of the fraternity demonstrate how the organization provides a perfect outlet for passionate, talented, young men who have a desire to give back,” said Bill.
To learn more about how you can start your family’s Shrine legacy, visit shrinersvillage.com or call the office of membership development at 813-281-8101.
About Shriners International
Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth with nearly 200 temples (chapters) in seven countries and thousands of clubs around the world. To learn more, visit shrinersinternational.org. To learn more about becoming a Shriner, visit beashrinernow.com.