Members of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America are members of the Masonic Order and adhere to the principles of Freemasonry - Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest, and most widely known fraternal organization in the world. It dates back hundreds of years to when stonemasons and other craftsmen on building projects gathered in shelter houses or lodges. Through the years these gatherings changed in many ways until formal Masonic lodges emerged, with members bound together not by trade, but by their own wishes to be fraternal brothers.
Shriners are distinguished by an enjoyment of life in the interest of philanthropy.
As an organization with approximately 500,000 members (4,000 members in Arizona), the fraternity has a buoyant philosophy. This philosophy has been expressed as Pleasure without intemperance, hospitality without rudeness, and jollity without coarseness.
Shriners are men who enjoy life. They enjoy parades, trips, circuses, dances, dinners, sporting events, and other social occasions together. Furthermore, Shriners support what has become known as the World's Greatest Philanthropy,
Through fellowship and philanthropy, Shrinedom strengthens the soul and adds inner meaning to daily life. It thus spreads a glow of joy through one's entire family.
Men from all walks of life and all levels of income find fun, fellowship, and relaxation in their local Shrine Temple and its activities. There are also regional Shrine Clubs in many communities. Family picnics, dances, parties, and scheduled trips to near and far are just a few of the activities available.
For the Shriner desiring even more activity, there are various Units that he can join, such as drum & bugle corps, Oriental bands, motor corps, horse patrols, and clown units. Every effort is made to ensure that a Noble has a variety of activities from which he may choose.
There are 191 Local Shrine Organizations, located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Republic of Panama. Informal Shrine Clubs are located all around the world.