815 S. Vassault Street
Tacoma, WA 98465
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A one hundred year history of
the Afifi Temple, headquartered in Tacoma, Washington. The word Afifi is defined
as "a characteristic of a woman who is virtuous and refrains from anything
crude or vulgar".
Afifi Shriners, founded in 1888, was one of the first Shrine Centers to be established
in the Pacific Northwest. On Monday, September 17, 1888, the fraters named in the
petition met at the Tacoma
Hotel. On the following night Afifi Temple met in the Masonic Hall in Tacoma. Illustrious Sir Gault occupied the Chair
as Potentate and presided over the election of Nobles to serve on the Divan. Noble William J. Meade was elected
Recorder. Nine Novices were present and received the secret work. The initiation fee was set at thirty-five
dollars which included a fez.
The purpose of the Shrine is to have fun and support the Shrine Hospitals. The Shrine Organization is international,
with centers in Canada, Mexico, Republic of Panama and the United States.
There are 191 Shrine centers (chapters) with approximately 350,000 members. Although the Shriners are an all male
fraternity we proudly include our wives and Ladies in all that we do. More Afifi History...
There are 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children providing care for orthopaedic
conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. These
hospitals have helped more than one million children — regardless of a families'
ability to pay. --since the first Shriners Hospital for Children opened in
Shreveport, LA in 1922.
We are very fortunate to have one of the Shriners hospitals located in Portland, Oregon.
In 1924, the original Shriners Hospital opened in Portland, Oregon at NE 82nd Avenue and
Eventually, it was decided to build a new facility within the Oregon Health
Sciences medical complex, overlooking the downtown area from the West Hills, at
a capital investment of over $25 million. The Portland Hospital specializes in
orthopedic treatment and surgery, includes a Research Center and is also a
teaching facility. In 2010, an $85 million expansion of the Portland Hospital
was dedicated, and is in use today.
Since that time, for over almost 95 years, more than a million children with orthopedic
problems, burns and spinal cord injuries have been treated up to their 18th birthday, in a network
of 22 hospitals providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding
teaching programs for medical professionals.
In 2014, we are celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Shriners Hospital in Portland.
The Afifi Shrine Center is available for rent.
We have a prestigious location, with ample free parking only minutes from downtown Tacoma.
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When you become a Shriner, you become part of a brotherhood of men committed to family, engaged in ongoing
personal growth, and providing care for children and families in need. While our backgrounds and interests
may be diverse, what binds us together are shared values and a desire to have fun, do good and build bonds
that last a lifetime.
Shriners come from all walks of life
We are plumbers and professionals, salesmen and CEOs.
We are fathers, uncles, and sons.
We are also brothers.
If you hold the title of Master Mason in Freemasonry, you qualify and are invited to join the
Shriners. In order to become a Shriner you must ask a current Shriner to support and sponsor your
Afifi Membership Information
The Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine was founded in 1872 by a group of 13 men
belonging to the Masonic Order. It was originally established to provide fun and fellowship for its members.
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