Becoming a Shriner starts with FreemasonsThe path to Shriner starts with joining the Freemasons.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
The path to Shriner starts with joining the Freemasons. While all Shriners are Masons, not all Masons are Shriners. In Superior, there are two masonic lodges — Acacia-Itasca 329 and Superior 236. No invitation is needed, according to the Freemasons of Wisconsin website. Anyone interested in joining the fraternity can contact a masonic friend or contact the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin at www.wisc-freemasonry.org to apply.
The philosophy of masonry focuses on the individual.
“They try to make a good man better,” Gordon Granmoe said.
The fraternal organization has its roots in cathedral builders of the Middle Ages. The organization in place today began in 1717 in England as the Masons began to accept individuals who were not craftsmen. Freemasonry came to the United States with the early settlers and was organized in Wisconsin in 1823 on the west bank of the Fox River. The Shriners spun off from the Masons in 1872, centered more on fun, fellowship and eventually, philanthropy.
Both organizations are based on morality and helping others, according Paul Reinier.
“It’s a great way of life,” he said.