Having Fun & Helping Children
Welcome to Pitt County Shrine Club's Website
What Are Shriners?
A brotherhood of men...dedicated to fun and fellowship...but with a serious purpose.
The Pitt County Shriners are distinguished by an enjoyment of life and a commitment to philanthropy. They enjoy parades, trips, dances, dinners, sporting events and other social occasions. They support what has been called the "World's Greatest Philanthropy," Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 pediatric specialty hospitals, operated and maintained by the Shriners. All children, up to 18 years old, may be eligible for treatment at Shriners Hospitals if they, in the opinion of the hospital's chief of staff, could benefit from the specialized care available at Shriners Hospitals. Eligibility is not based on financial need or relationship to a Shriner.
What is Masonry and what is the connection to the Shrine?
In order to become a Shriner, a man must first be a Mason. The fraternity of Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely known fraternity in the world. It dates back hundreds of years to the time when stonemasons and other craftsmen gathered in shelter houses or lodges. Over the years, formal Masonic lodges emerged, with members bound together not by trade, but by their own desire to be fraternal brothers.
The basic unit of Masonry is the Blue Lodge, where members earn the first three Masonic Degrees known as the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason. There is no higher degree than that of Master Mason (the Third Degree). After he becomes a Master Mason, he can belong to many other organizations which have their roots in Masonry and which have Blue Lodge Masonry as a prerequisite. Only when a man has achieved the status of Master Mason can he petition to become a Noble of the Shrine of North America.
In a unique interdependent relationship, the Shriners and Shriners Hospitals are separate but inseparable. The Shriners of North America supports Shriners Hospitals in many ways: Shrine Temples and clubs often help arrange and pay for transportation for children and parents to the hospitals, and thousands of Shriners spend many hours of their own time driving families to the hospitals and entertaining the patients. In addition, Shriners help support the hospitals financially, with each Shriner paying an annual hospital assessment. Temples and clubs also hold many fundraisers, most of which benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
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A NEW CHAPTER FOR PITT COUNTY SHRINE CLUB
We are very excited to start construction of our new facility on Church Street Extension in Winterville this year as 2018 is our 80th Anniversary! On May 31, 2018, the Illustrious Sir Edwin "Teeny" Jones, Potentate, the President of the Pitt County Shrine Club, Noble Ray Harrington, Past Potentate Stacey Pugh and several nobles from Pitt County grabbed their shovels and broke ground for the new facility. As huge contributors to the success of our Club, The Pitt County Shrinettes also joined us in the ceremonial ground breaking. The Illustrious Sir, Stacey Pugh, Potentate 2017 presented the history of the club and along with our President, spoke on the exciting future that this new facility represents.
We are proud to have T. D. Goodwin Construction, LLC as
the general contractor for our new facility!