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Great Lakes Shrine Association - Our History
Great Lakes Shrine Association Beginnings
A Work in Progress
 

We have a great history and legacy which has been given to succeeding generations of Shriners by some very foresighted and and insightful Shriners. We owe them a debt of gratitude, respect and continued effort to be the best possible Shrine Association possible.

 

The Great Lakes Shrine Association was organized in 1949 and is the 12th oldest Association of the 20 Associations in Shrinedom.  It started with 22 Temples in the Great Lakes Watershed and later added MOCHA Temple from London, Ontario, Canada. thus attaining 23 members. In 2005 BEJA and AHMED Temples were granted permission to demit from the GLSA leaving 21 Active members.

 

The following charts and historical information will give a rough summary of our membership.

 
 

G.L.S.A. CHARTER TEMPLES

(* Denotes not a Charter Member Shrine)

ALPHABETICALLY AND CHARTER

BY SENIORITY

BY MEMBERSHIP AS OF JULY - 2012

AINAD

1913

SYRIAN

1877

MURAT

6,078

ALADDIN

1894

AL KORAN

1877

ALADDIN

5,920

AL KORAN

1877

MOSLEM          

1880

AINAD

4,539

ANSAR

1915

MEDINAH

1883 ANSAR 3,543

ANTIOCH

1898

MURAT

1884 MEDINAH 3,541

ELF KHURAFEH

1907

SALADIN

1886 MOSLEM 3,060

HADI

1910

TRIPOLI

1886 MOCHA 2,771

MEDINAH

1883

MOHAMMED

1893 MIZPAH 2,731

MIZPAH

1910

ALADDIN

1894 ANTIOCH 2,505

MOHAMMED

1893

TEBALA

1895 MOHAMMED 1,898

MOSLEM

1880

ANTIOCH

1898 SYRIAN 1,889

MURAT

1884

ZENOBIA

1899 ZENOBIA 1,814

ORAK

1910

ELF KHURAFEH

1907 ELF KHURAFEH 1,745

SALADIN

1886

MOCHA

1908 HADI 1,692

SYRIAN

1877

HADI

1910 AL KORAN 1,472

TADMOR

1925

MIZPAH

1910 TRIPOLI 1,326

TEBALA

1895

ORAK

1910 ORAK 1,293

TRIPOLI

1886

ZORAH

1910 TEBALA 1,181

ZENOBIA

1899

AINAD

1913 TADMOR 1,159

ZORAH

1910

ANSAR

1915 ZORAH 1,144

*MOCHA

1908

TADMOR

1925 SALADIN 1,119

ORIGINS OF OUR TEMPLE NAMES

 AINAD  Presumably geographical name meaning ‘Spring of AD’ or obstinacy.
 ALADDIN  Personal name’ technically meaning one of high standing.
 AL KORAN  Sacred book of the Mohammedans.
 ANSAR  Helpers, title of believers of Medina who assisted Mohammed after flight from Mecca.
 ANTIOCH           Name of city in Asia Minor, also a famous city in Syria.
 ELF KHURAFEH  Arabic … 1000 gathered fruits.
 HADI  Calm or still… One of the names of Allah.
 MEDINAH  Sacred city of Mohammedans.
 MIZPAH   Place name in ancient Palestine.
 MOCHA  Small seaport on the coast of the Red Sea.
 MOHAMMED  Founder of the religion of Islam.
 MOSLEM  Member of Islamic Faith.
 MURAT  “Bir Murat” an oasis in the Nubian Desert which got its name from Marshal Murat.
 ORAK  Perhaps IRAK (Mesopotamia).
 SALADIN  Name of a famous Sultan of Egypt, meaning “the good in religion”.
 SYRIAN  Native of Syria, or pertaining to Syria.
 TADMOR  Ancient name of Palmyra, a desert city built by King Solomon.
 TEBALA  A place in Yemen.
 TRIPOLI  City on the northern coast of Africa.
 ZENOBIA  Queen of Palmyra in Syria.
 ZORAH  Common meaning is ‘a visit’ and less common ‘a slave’.
OUR ASSOCIATION CHARTER ISSUED ON 07/21/1949
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