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...
To become a Shriner you must first become a Mason. Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely known fraternity in
the world. It dates back to a time when the stone masons gathered to discuss their craft and socialize. To become a Mason, a
man must ask to join.
Afifi Membership Information
Every year, the 22 hospitals provide care for thousands of kids with orthopaedic conditions,
burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, in a family-centered environment
regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. It's how Shriners Hospitals has been helping
kids defy the odds since 1922.
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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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Nobles, the time to start selling auto raffle tickets is
here! This year we have a great looking 1956 Chevy pickup that should have tickets selling like hot cakes.
If you haven’t heard the details about the truck yet it has had a frame-off restoration done. The power
plant is a hopped up 350ci engine with a turbo 400 transmission behind it. The interior has nice bucket
seats and power steering. The bed has new cedar lining and it’s all sitting on a set of sharp
For more information, please contact the Afifi Shrine Office or Damien J Kolb, Oriental Guide(360) 561-5174.
We have a Winner - Laura Roth of Longview, Washington - ticket # 02045 sold by the
Columbia River Shrine Club - delivery and pictures Thursday, December 12, 2013.
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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