President’s Message

Welcome to the Bruce Shrine Club Website. It is our hope that this site will become a major communications link for all members as well as a source of information for others interested in our club or Shriners in general. Our motto “Having Fun Helping Kids” says it all about our club. Our primary goal is always to support the SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN and we hope to enjoy good spirited camaraderie in the process. We encourage all our members to participate fully in our activities and we welcome anyone interested in joining us.

Where do we fit in?

The Bruce Shrine Club was formed over 25 years ago as a club of Mocha Shriners. Just as other service clubs suffer from lack of membership, these original founders realized there would not be enough Shriners to form individual clubs in Kincardine, Port Elgin, Southampton and other surrounding communities, so our club draws members from basically any of the Masonic lodges in Bruce County.

Over the years our club has held many different fund raisers – You may have seen our “Blue Barrels” around the local towns for collecting used pop cans. We bag them, store them, and then have a sorting and crushing session several times a year. Last year we raised over $11,000 from the aluminium.

We also sell Christmas cakes, puddings, chocolate almonds and mixed nuts at local businesses in time for Christmas and we usually start selling our Christmas products at Pumpkinfest.

Other fund raisers include our Vidalia onions of which 950 x 10 lb bags are usually sold in one week in May. Most years we hold a dinner auction and a golf tournament and sometimes raffles. We also hope to receive donations by our presence at parades locally and throughout Southwestern Ontario.

We assist local families with transportation for trips for treatment to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Montreal and elsewhere.

Whether Shriners, Rotarians, Lions, Kinsmen or others we all do good work perhaps in different ways. So when it’s a cold wet night and your warm and comfy at home think of the people you are assisting and you’ll realize it’s worth the effort to get up, go out in the cold and attend that meeting. Don’t ever stop being a volunteer.