Editor’s note: This is the first story of a series The Tribune is writing about local clubs.
The Elkin/Jonesville Shrine Club is hoping to expand, say its leaders.
President of the local club, David Johnson, said his No. 1 goal was for the membership to aggressively take steps to grow so the organization can continue to spearhead and support local hospitals.
“To become a Shriner, you must first be a Mason. With more members, we will be able to work harder and raise more money to support our 22 hospitals,” said Johnson. “Since the hospitals’ budget is more than $2 million a day, we need to do all we can to support the children we help. I would also like to see us more involved with and be seen by the community.”
Johnson indicated that through the generosity of the city of Jonesville, the Shriners now have a building to call home. The organization has since moved into and remolded the old V.F.W. building in Jonesville and will start being able to have fund raising events at our clubhouse.
“With a full kitchen and seating for 80, it’s the perfect place for an event,” said Johnson. “By continuing to spread the word about the work done through the Shriners hospitals, the hope is that others may join in the effort of this worthy cause in making the difference in the life of a child.”
Johnson said that being president of the Elkin/Jonesville Shrine Club is a great honor, and he hopes that he can follow in the footsteps of the past leaders.
“After becoming a Shriner in 2003, it has been a great experience for me and my lady Tammy to see the life-changing events in a child, and all because of the Shriner’s hospitals,” said Johnson.
The Shriners also inducted 2nd Vice President Kevin Carter, secretary: Doug Norris, Treasurer John Foster, and Vice President Myron Holbrook.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of patients’ ability to pay.
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