The Masons and the Shriners have not left families out of our organizations either. As mentioned earlier a majority of the Masonic Barbeques, softball games, and events are family friendly. Every year a Masonic day is organized at a Reno Aces game where Masons, Shriners and their families take in a game together. Kerak also organizes a yearly party on Super Sunday to watch the big game.
The Shriners also have many events where we travel with Spouses. These can range from trips to the wine country or vacations to other states. Shriners are also encouraged to visit other temples for dinner/dances and other events. With Shrine temples in Las Vegas, (Zelzah), Sacramento, (Ben Ali), Livermore, (Aahmes), San Mateo, (Asiya), Fresno, (Tehran), Medford, OR, (Hillah) and even Salt Lake, (El Kalah) there are many opportunities to travel with your lady, (wife of a Shriner).
Attached to Kerak Shrine is a local chapter of Daughters of the Nile. Daughters of the Nile is an organization that is open to women 18 years of age and older who is related to a Shriner or Master Mason by birth, marriage, or adoption.
Like the Shriners, the Daughters of the Nile have units that participate in parades and other Shriner and Non-Shriner events. Daughters of the Nile was Founded in 1913 in Seattle, Washington, where the Nile Shriner Temple is located. Daughters of the Nile contributes over $1.5 million each year to Shriners Hospitals for Children to be used for the medical care and rehabilitation of children.
Masons have several youth organizations. Kerak supports those organizations through donations and events. One such event is an annual Halloween dance starting in 2013. The dance will be free of charge, include food, drinks and a live D.J. As with all youth events, there will be chaperones and all members of our youth organizations are invited.
DeMolay International is the most common youth male’s organization. DeMolay is open for membership to young men between the ages of 12 to 21 of good character who acknowledge a higher power. Currently about 15,000 active members are in the United States and Canada.
DeMolay has seven Cardinal Virtues, which constitute the basic ideals and essential teachings of the organization. They are; Filial love (love between a parent and child), Reverence for sacred things, Courtesy, Comradeship, Fidelity, Cleanness and Patriotism.
DeMolays participate in a wide range of activities that may include: camping, holding dances with members of Rainbow and Job's Daughters, playing basketball, football, baseball, soccer, tennis, paintball, or billiards, going canoeing and kayaking, and taking long distance trips.
Job’s Daughters are young ladies, aged 10 to 20, who are daughters of Master Masons or daughters of a majority Job's Daughter. The "Jobies" have Bethels in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Philippines, as well as in many states of United States.
The purpose of the organization is to band together young girls who are related to a Master Mason, and strives to build character through moral and spiritual development. Goals include a greater reverence for God and the Holy Scriptures, as stated in the Job's Daughters Constitution, loyalty to one's country and that country's flag; and respect for parents, guardians, and elders. Members are required to believe in a supreme being and Job's Daughters is not a secret society.
Young ladies aged 11 to 20 are eligible to join the The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, (or Rainbow Girls for short). Rainbow Girls is a Masonic youth service organization which teaches leadership training through community service. They learn about the value of charity and service through their work and involvement with their annual local and Grand (state or country) service projects.
Being related to a Master Mason is not a requirement for Rainbow membership. Interested girls must submit an application to an Assembly and members of that Assembly will meet with the girl to answer any questions the girl may have and to make sure she is a proper candidate to receive the degrees. Once the application is accepted, the assembly will vote on accepting the candidate into the Assembly. Membership then starts with an Initiation Ceremony.
Members are expected to serve their community, be law-abiding, acknowledge the authority of the Supreme Assembly, and show loyalty to the other members, among other things.
The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both women and men may belong. Worldwide, there are over 500,000 members under the General Grand Chapter
Eastern Star is a social order comprised of persons with spiritual values, but it is not a religion. Its appeal rests in the true beauty of the refreshing and character-building lessons that are so sincerely portrayed in its ritualistic work. A deep fraternal bond exists between its members. It is the wholesome relationship of sisterly and brotherly love brought about through high principles exemplified in our lives which makes us near and dear to each other.
While this is an Order composed of people of deep spiritual convictions, it is open to all faiths, except no faith. The personal welfare of our members is vital to all of those in the Eastern Star, and it is considered a privilege to help another member whenever we can.
Integrity, Obedience, Courage
The Knights Templar is a Christian-oriented fraternal organization that was founded in the 11th century. Originally, the Knights Templar were laymen who protected and defended Christians travelling to Jerusalem. These men took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and were renowned for their fierceness and courage in battle.
Today, the Knights Templar display their courage and goodwill in other ways. They organize fund-raising activities such as breakfasts, dinners, dances, and flea markets. They support Masonic-related youth groups and they raise millions of dollars for medical research and educational assistance.
Currently, Templar membership consists of people from all walks of life, including doctors, lawyers, clergy, businessmen and entertainment personalities, all of whom profess a belief in the Christian Religion.
The York Rite, or more correctly, the American Rite, is based on the early remnants of Craft Masonry that were practiced in the early 1700's. The formation of the first Grand Lodge of England in 1717 specified that the lodges were to confer only the degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason, all other degrees being considered spurious. However, many lodges had been conferring other degrees that they considered an integral part of Masonry, in particular that of the Royal Arch, and formed their own Grand Lodge in 1751, terming themselves the "Antients" and the other Grand Lodge members the "Moderns." With the merger of the two Grand Lodges in 1813 into the United Grand Lodge of England, the lodges agreed that only the three accepted degrees of Masonry would be used by the lodges, but the degree of the Royal Arch would be attached to Chapters allied directly to these lodges and bearing the same number as the lodge, though as a separate body. Thus, unlike the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, which claims to hold the power of conferring the first three degrees of Masonry in addition to those under its jurisdiction, those found in the York Rite have rightfully acknowledged the fact that they are considered appendant to those of Ancient Craft Masonry. It is still the practice in English Masonry that a Masonic member is not considered to be in possession of all the degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry until he has been exalted to the Royal Arch.
As you can see, the Masonic, Shrine family is large and includes everyone. If you have any questions, ask the person you received this information packet from, or look up your local Masonic Lodge or Kerak Shrine on the internet and give us a call.