Most people recognize a Shriner by their Fez and tassel or by seeing them on parade driving around in the very small cars. What many do not know is that you must be a Mason - or a Freemason - first. Basically, while all Shriners are Mason’s, not all Mason's choose to become Shriners.
If it is your goal to join the Shrine to become a member in the Worlds Greatest Philanthropy and enjoy full membership in the Motor City Shiners, but you are not yet a Mason, there are very specific steps that you will need to complete first. While it seems daunting and very complex, it truly is not. It will simply take some of your time to complete.
If you are already a Mason, simply click on the icon below or call: (248)-569-2900
If you are not currently a Mason and wish to become one, you can follow these steps:
1) ASK TO JOIN If you know a Mason, tell him that you wish to join and he will be able to assist you in your application and proceeding through the necessary steps. If you don’t know a Mason, simply go to the Grand Lodge of Michigan website by clicking on the icon below and request additional information or by calling (989)-466-4440.
They will get back to you, all you need to do is take that first step.
2) Once you have been accepted into a Masonic Lodge, there are three Degree’s that you will need to complete – Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason. While these three Degree’s will require your active participation and time out of your schedule, it is a truly memorable experience that EVERY Shriner has gone through.
3) Petition the Shrine to join.
4) Join the Motor City Shiners and enjoy all the rights and privileges that it has to offer.
A little additional information on Masons:
A Mason is a member of the oldest and largest goodwill fraternity in the world, known as Masonry or Freemasonry. Masonry teaches that each man has a duty to make life better, not just for himself, but for everyone. Whether that means helping to clean up the environment, volunteering on civic projects, or helping a child learn how to read - Masons make a difference every day.
Although Masonry is not a religion, members must have a belief in a Supreme Being. All religions are welcome. Masonry insists on toleration and the right for each member to think for himself in religious, social, and political matters.
Like any fraternity, some of the Masonic information is privileged to only the members. However, Masonry is not a secret society. It does not hide its existence or attempt to conceal the purposes, goals, or principles of Masonry.
Most importantly, Masons are presented with the opportunity to grow as individuals, are provided with the tools to make a difference, and are challenged to leave the world a better place. Our Mission - To be the first choice of men of quality, who will contribute to the strength of the organization and enhance its ability to achieve its vision.
Freemasonry in Michigan shall accomplish this by creating a growing, active, relevant organization of great appeal that is well known and respected for making a difference.