1st Vice President
Mid-Coast Shrine Club was founded by a group of 35 Shriners from the Rockland Area in 1971 and seems to have operated very close to its intended purpose since that time. Many of the Charter members are still alive and active in the Club. There is no written history of the Club because what it is doing was considered more important than what it had done. Stories indicate the Club’s choice of “fun” activities have changed along with the times. Things that used to be acceptable as “entertainment for men”, such as smokers, are no longer conducted, but that doesn’t keep us from devoting a portion of each meeting to “stories” or “for men only” type jokes.
The object of this Shrine Club shall be social, charitable, and educational and to assist in promoting good fellowship among its members.
$10.00/year dues to the Club plus current membership, in good standing, with a Shrine Temple. Mid-Coast raises much of its money by catering informal meals such as the Saturday evening meal of the Summer ceremonial, family picnics, retirement cookouts, etc., and that is something we do well.
The Mid-Coast Shrine Club participates in approximately 3 parades per year however attendance is voluntary.
All meetings, including Board meetings, are informal. Even the business meetings are conducted in such a manner as to promote well being among those present. Sickness and distress is recognized with a card and visits, whenever it is known. Deaths are always recognized with a moment of silence, a remembrance to the family and a donation in memory of the passed Noble to the $100 Million Dollar Club. Donations are made to worthy causes upon request. The older members never hesitate to offer advice (educational information) to the newer members, in a good natured and well-meaning manner, not nasty criticism. Whenever the club comes together to accomplish a project, any differences are put aside and all seem to work together in harmony for the greater good.
To become a member of Mid-Coast Shrine Club one needs to be a Mason in good standing with his Lodge, and a Shriner in good standing with a Shrine Temple. One is usually brought to a meeting by a member and if the prospect decides to join the club, he pays his current dues and is in. He remains a member as long as he maintains his good standing with the club, his Lodge and his Temple. Failure to maintain good standing with any of the three is grounds for expulsion from the club.