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Welcome To the Nile Shrine Center. We are one of four Shrine Centers in the State of Washington and are part of the 196 Shrine organizations that make up Shriners International. The Nile Temple was established as the 111th Temple on July 15, 1908.
The Shrine was started in 1870 by a group of men belonging to the Masonic Order. It was originally established to provide fun and fellowship for its members.
The first Temple (Chapter) established in the United States, Mecca Shriners, held its first meeting in New York City on September 26, 1872. As the organization grew, its members decided to dedicate their efforts to helping others by establishing an official philanthropy. At its Annual Imperial Session in Portland, Oregon, in 1920, the membership unanimously passed a resolution to establish, what at the time, was called the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children system. That name has since been changed to Shriners Hospitals for Children. The first hospital in the system opened in 1922 in Shreveport, Louisiana. It provided pediatric orthopedic care. Today, we have twenty-two Hospitals for Children, specializing in orthopedics, cleft lip and palate, burn care, and spinal cord injury, where a child can receive care regardless of the family's ability to pay. These specialized hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico, were created to provide expert medical care to children. It has become known as the "World's Greatest Philanthropy".
The best known symbol of Shriners International is the red fez that Shriners wear to official functions. Most Shrine Centers sponsor Shrine Clubs and special Units, such as the Motorcycle and Mini-Bike Patrol, Marching and Oriental Bands, Clown Units and many other Units of special interest. They share in the camaraderie, deep friendships and good fellowship that are all part of being a Shriner.