Have you ever seen men in red hats, known as Shriners, dressed up in costumes and riding floats in parades? They are part of Shriners International, a worldwide fraternity based on Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief, and truth. The Brockville & District Shrine Club is a new member of the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce and is committed to improving both themselves and their community.
Shriners International is known for its philanthropic work, particularly through its Shriners Hospitals for Children. These hospitals provide specialized medical care to children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. The Brockville & District Shrine Club has helped many children over the years through these hospitals, restoring hope and health to families in need.
Despite past reputations for secrecy, the mission of the Shriners is straightforward. They strive to be a premier fraternal organization for men of good character, providing quality programs and services for their members and their community. Shriner’s value brotherhood, leadership, and service, and count among their members prominent figures such as Senators, professional athletes, and astronauts. By joining the Brockville & District Shrine Club, you can become an active participant in your community and help make the world a better place.
History of the Camel
The camel is a mammal native to Arabic lands and is often viewed as a symbol of persistence and hope during pilgrimages. Camels are known for their strength and patience, which allows them to endure long journeys through the desert while carrying the needs of others. The Shrine Clubs have adopted the camel as a symbol in their iconography, ceremonies, and Arabia-themed events.
Camels can be classified into two categories based on the number of humps on their backs. Those with a single hump are called ‘Dromedary’, which represents an individual’s true path in life. Historically and culturally, Dromedaries are believed to symbolize self-nourishment and commitment, emphasizing the importance of moving forward together and improving the community as a whole rather than just oneself.
For almost half a century, the BDSC mascot camel remained nameless until we decided to seek the community’s help in giving it a name. In 2021, after a community contest and vote, the name Bella was chosen the winner and the permanent name of the BDSC mascot.