Shriners International is proud to welcome Emirat Shriners of Heidelberg, Germany, as its 194th temple. Emirat Shriners received its charter during the Imperial Session, which is being held in Denver July 3-7. In addition, legislation was passed allowing dispensation - one of the first steps toward forming a new temple - in Mindanao, The Philippines.
The Shriners fraternity is experiencing growth and interest worldwide. In its first year as a standing committee of Shriners International, the international development committee was extremely busy. With the help of the dispensation and charter committee and the jurisdiction alliance, two new Shrine clubs were added in Puerto Rico and six Shrine clubs were added in The Philippines. Shrine Clubs were also formed in Brazil, Bolivia, Germany, Italy and Australia. There are now a total of 53 Shrine Clubs and 1,193 new Shriners overseas. There is also growing interest in forming Shrine clubs in several other countries.
In order for these clubs to one day be chartered as a temple (if that is their wish), they must show a gain in membership and create nobles of the Master Masons who signed the petition required to obtain dispensation status, which lasts a year.
“I’m very excited about the international growth we’ve had this past year and I look forward to seeing membership to continue to thrive,” said Past Imperial Potentate Nick Thomas, chairman of the international development committee. “The relationships developed overseas are an integral part of the fraternity’s future and we look forward to adding another new temple at the 2012 Imperial Session in Charlotte, N.C.”