For the Maxwell family, being a Shriner is a way of life. Mark Maxwell is the administrator of Ainad Shriners in East St. Louis, Ill. He and his four brothers, John, Bob, Mike and Glenn, are also members of the temple. Mark, his four brothers, his sister, and his son and daughter all worked at the temple as teenagers or young adults. Mark’s father, Russell Maxwell, who started the family legacy, joined the fraternity after returning home from World War II.
Russell was the very first administrator of Ainad Shriners, and an active member of many of Ainad’s clubs and units, served as temple photographer and editor of the Ainad Bulletin, and played a major part in the temple’s public relations efforts. He also spent several years serving on the Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis Board of Governors. With a reputation as a hardworking and dedicated Shriner, Russell was widely admired and respected throughout Illinois. According to Mark, Russell helped build the foundation for Ainad’s position today as the seventh largest temple worldwide. Mark said, “My father was the greatest Shriner I’ve ever known.”
Mark and his father have both been noted as being effective spokespersons for the fraternity. Of becoming administrator of Ainad Shriners, Mark said, “it was a natural progression.” Mark has been the administrator for more than 15 years now. “I truly enjoy being administrator of Ainad; I love every day of it.”
The Maxwell brothers were among the first to formally join the Legacy Program. To them, the program honors the fraternal bond that is so tightly wound around them. “We are very proud to have a family with such a rich history in Shriners International and Ainad,” said Mark.