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Its history and tradition date to antiquity. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds of friendship, compassion and truth have survived even the most divisive political, military and religious conflicts through the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place for worship. Instead, it is a friend of all religions and is based on the beliefs of friendship, morality and brotherly love.

Becoming a Shriner is just one of the many opportunities available to Masons.  All Shriners are Masons but not all Masons are Shriners!  Men who choose to become a Shriner enjoy the lighter side of life - while working towards a very serious goal.  Shriners wear funny hats called a "Fez," dress up as clowns and drive the little cars and motorcycles you see in parades. The sole purpose of the approximately 360,000 Shriners around the country is to support the 22 Shriners' Hospitals for Children in North America.  These hospitals provide state-of-the-art medical care for children with spinal cord and orthodpedic injuries, burns and cleft lip and palate - all at no cost to the child's parent or guardian.  Nothing will bring more meaning to your life than a child whose life you have changed - or saved.


When I moved to Juneau in 2004, I was looking for an opportuntity to join a social fraternity that contributed back to the community.  After exploring the opportunities available to me in Juneau, I chose to become a Mason.  It was a good decision and as a result I have made friendships that will endure a life time.  

 W. Jeff Polizzotto, Past Master Mt.Juneau-Gastineaux Lodge #21