Madelyn Hubbs, a 12-year-old patient ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children® — St. Louis, had no idea of the surprise in store for her as she sat in a restaurant with her family last October.
“Do you know what I’ve been doing the past few months on Saturdays?” asked her father, Jeff. “No,” responded Madelyn with a puzzled expression. “Well, I was out becoming a Shriner,” said Jeff as he pulled his new red fez out from under the table and placed it upon his head.
Madelyn, who is missing an arm, has been a longtime patient of the St. Louis Shriners Hospital. She was so excited, she crawled under the table to reach her dad and gave him “the biggest hug,” recounted Jeff. “We’ve been helping the hospital for years,” Jeff said. “But I thought it was time to make it official.”
What It Takes to Be a Shriner
Shriners Hospitals for Children is the philanthropy of Shriners International. Jeff thought about joining for a few years, but with work and family obligations, he put it on the back burner. Once he made the firm decision to become a Shriner, he began taking classes.
In the classes required to become a Mason (a prerequisite for becoming a Shriner) Jeff learned the core values of Freemasonry. After completing that training, Jeff took advantage of a “Chance to Advance” session, which included all the activities he needed to participate in to achieve the status of Master Mason and become a member of Shriners International.
Taking an Active Role
The entire Hubbs family have been donating time, energy and toys to Shriners Hospitals for Children — St.Louis as long as they can remember. It seemed right to become a member of the fraternity, explained Jeff. He is now looking forward to taking an active role in the Moolah chapter’s many activities and fundraisers, along with his family.
About Shriners International
Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. There are approximately 309,000 members throughout the world. Learn more about joining Shriners International at www.beashrinernow.com.