Ancient Order of Nobles Revealed in Ajijic, Mexico !

August 14, 2008

The Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Shriners) was created in New York City in 1872 by a group of doctors who were all Master Masons.

As the work and teaching of Freemasons in Masonic Lodges is to educate men to be of good moral character, honor their families and to support Brother Masons in time of need, it is conducted in a very serious and formal ritual.


This group of doctors were all good Masons but during their series of weekly luncheons they decided to form a satellite organization whose purpose was:


·       To have fun and enjoy social occasions

·       Promote fellowship in an informal but Fraternal  setting

·       Promote the Masonic principals of brotherly love, truth

         and relief

·       To support a Philanthropic cause


With these principals in mind, the Fraternity decided to choose as its theme the little known Middle-East Arabic towns and names for their Temple names in each city and the North African FEZ from Morocco as a headgear Symbol. Thus, the founding members choose these themes for color and pageantry, considered ridiculous and outlandish at the time, as their first attempt to create a fun loving Fraternity. The first Shrine Temple in New York City was named MECCA.


Today, the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine has grown to total 191 Temples located in four countries-Canada, United States, Mexico and Panama. In addition, there are more than 2700 Shrine Clubs located all over the world each of which reports to one of the 191 Temples. The membership of the Shrine currently numbers about 330,000.


Shriners of North America are committed to:

·    Being the premier fraternal organization for men of good character


•   Providing attractive, quality programs and services for its members, their families and their friends in a spirit of fun, fellowship and social camaraderie

·   Fostering self-improvement through leadership, education, the perpetuation of moral values and community involvement

·   Serving mankind through the resources of its philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children


Since opening the first Shrine Hospital for Children in Shreveport, LA. In 1922, the shrine has built and now operates 22 Hospitals including one in Mexico City.


Children up to the age of 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns of all degrees, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission. All care and services at Shriners Hospitals are provided at no charge regardless of financial need or relationship to a Shriner.


What are the activities of our local Shrine Club? We pre-screen lakeside children at Maskaras Clinic to determine if their medical problem can be treated in the Mexico City or another Shrine Hospital (such as the Shrine Burn treatment Hospital in Galveston, TX).


Doctors Gonzalez (Orthopaetic) and Dr. Jimenez (Plastic Surgery) donate this service to the Shrine Club. If these Doctors determine a child can benefit from treatment at a Shrine Hospital, our Shrine Club schedules the appointments and pays the transportation costs for the child and the parents to the Hospital. In 2007, we sent 71 children and parents to Mexico City and one burn victim to Galveston.  


When local treatment in Guadalajara is cost effective, the Lake Chapala Shrine Club pays those medical and transportation costs.


How does our Shrine Club raise the funds to treat Lakeside children and how can you help?


·   Dine With The Shrine- Local Restaurants contribute the cost of a meal to our Children’s fund. Please watch for advertisements and announcements of these events and plan your “dinning out meal” that day with us.


·   Shrine Ribfest-Annual major fundraiser party and rib plate by Tony’s. Mark your calendar for Ticket sales starting in January for the 25 February, 2009 Party.


·  Shine With The Shrine-Have your teeth cleaned any day in October,2008 by the Dental Office of Dr. Alberto Don Oliver

    (Maskaras Clinic 765-4838) for $250 pesos and Dr. Don will donate 100% to the Shrine Club Children’s fund.


    If you know of any child who may be in need of the medical services provided by the Shrine, please contact one of our Regional Coordinators: Chapala/Ajijic (Paul @765-2671);San Juan Cosala and East (Jim@01-387-761-0017); Santa Cruz and East (Angelo @763-5227).


All Shriners and Master Masons are invited to attend the Lake Chapala Shrine Club meeting on the last Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM at the Nueva Posada Hotel in Ajijic. Contact the Club Secretary at 766-4282 for further information.


This informative article was prepared by Perry M. King, AIA

who is the President of the Lake Chapala Shrine Club.


Chapala Club salutes these fine men dedicated to helping the Lake Chapala Ajijic community.


  • William Squires

    I am interested in joining the Masonic Lodge in Ajijic. Previously I was member in good standing of Prince Charles Lodge 153 in Kelowna British Columbia as well as the Lodge of Perfection in Vernon British Columbia-(Scottish Rite). Upon my move to Manitoulin Island in Ontario, in approximately 2002, I requested and was granted a Demit from Lodge 153 with a “Letter of Recommendation”. I presently reside in San Antonio Tlayacapan and my telephone number is 766 6023. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
    Fraternally yours,
    William Squires

  • Sid

    Hi Jim, Try one of the men listed in the above article.

    Here’s the names and numbers again:

    “… please contact one of our Regional Coordinators: Chapala/Ajijic (Paul @765-2671);San Juan Cosala and East (Jim@01-387-761-0017); Santa Cruz and East (Angelo @763-5227).”

    Hope you can make contact. Sid

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