Statement of Shriners International relating to Imperial Session 2020

Shriners International is looking forward to hosting an amazing Imperial Session in Kansas City this summer!

The Imperial Potentate, Director General of the 2020 Imperial Session and the staff of Shriners International are closely monitoring quickly changing developments related to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) as it may impact the upcoming Imperial Session.

Of course, the safety of our Nobles and their families is our highest concern. We are carefully reviewing the guidance provided by the World Health Organization and will be working in close collaboration with local health authorities to minimize the risks associated with this virus. Each individual should evaluate their own heath situation in connection with the latest information provided by public health professionals in determining whether they should travel. We have every expectation that the 2020 Imperial Session will be an outstanding and extremely positive experience.

We anticipate providing additional updates and information related to Imperial Session 2020 as developments warrant.


Beginnings The Fez The Emblem Fun With a Purpose
Shriner's band units and other clubs perform at parades, picnics and other events.

During the early part of the 20th century membership in Shriners International grew at a steady pace. By 1946, membership had jumped to 150,000 Nobles and another 250,000 had joined by 1958. In fact, Shriners International experienced one of its largest periods of growth in the years following World War II as returning soldiers looked for new ways to continue the camaraderie they had experienced with their fellow soldiers.

The Shrine Circus has been raising money and entertaining families for generations.

As the number of temples and nobles grew, so too did the hospitals. By 1958 the hospitals’ endowment was valued at $125 million and growing. The nobles were proving themselves to be excellent fundraisers. The Shrine Circus, founded in 1906 for fun and entertainment, began to play a role as a significant fundraiser in support of the hospitals.

Today, there are nearly 200 temples across North America, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia. In addition to the Shrine Circus, temples hold events throughout the year ranging from fish fries to concerts, car shows to fishing tournaments. It is fun with a purpose – supporting the important mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children®.