April 14, 2018
located in Tyler, TX; was established in 1963 and is dedicated to carrying on the legacy that our predecessors began. Fun and fellowship are still the two key elements in keeping the legacy alive. However, along with our commitment to the fraternal order, we are equally committed to the philanthropy. We raise thousands of dollars every year through our fundraisers, in support of Shriners Hospitals for Children and our local Transportation Unit. We believe in helping as many children as possible.
In 1870 a group of Masons gathered frequently for lunch at the Knickerbocker Cottage on Sixth Avenue in New York City. Among the regulars were Walter M. Fleming, M.D. and William J. "Billy" Florence, an actor. (pictured on the RIGHT) The group talked frequently about starting a new fraternity for Masons-one centered on fun and fellowship. And that led to what is now known as the Shriners.
Walter Flemming & William Florence 1872