Shriners statue shows helpfulness

James Marples

Longview, Texas

Having family in Minot and area, I read The Minot Daily News: “Minot Masonic Center to dedicate Shriners statue” (Oct 21 issue). 

When I was growing-up in Kansas, my folks took me along on a trip to Manitoba, Canada. We passed through Minot. My dad was a member of the Masons and Shriners and he contributed personally to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. I am pleased that the Shriners exist as part of the Masonic family of organizations.  When I was a kid, a man had to be a Knight Templar in York Rite Masonry and/or a 32nd degree Mason in Scottish Rite Masonry to be eligible to be a Shriner. Now, any 3rd degree member can apply.

The Shriners help children recover from crippling conditions, burns and other medical hurdles to live more productive lives.  I also became a Shriner like my dad.  I am proud of the charitable arm of the fraternity.


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