The Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America was born in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1903 The ladies of the Osiris Shriners were invited for social events and festivities surrounding Osiris? Spring Ceremonial and they had so much fun they decided to form their own organization. Isis Court No. 1 came into being.
Today there are over 12,000 members in 76 Courts across North America. Our aim is to promote sociability, good fellowship and the betterment of all Ladies connected with the organization. Our focus is "The Greatest Philanthropy in the World" the Shriners Hospitals for Children. We help heal children by making donations, giving our time and talents, and sending toys, clothes and other items to the 22 orthopedic and burn care Shriners Hospitals for Children. At times we raise funds for a specific need at a specific hospital.
Benefits of Membership:
- The joy of making a difference in the lives of so many children
- Traveling with fun loving ladies to conventions & parades
- Being able to show your many talents to others
- Having a family of Ladies with similar interests
Za-Hir-U-Din Court #7( Flower of the Desert) was instituted on February 5, 1920. We have had 95 High Priestesses with the present one being Lady Hazel Thompson. We have had 2 Grand High Priestesses: Lady Alma Sandell who served 1938-1939 and presided over the twenty-fifth Session of the Grand Council in Indianapolis, Indiana and Lady Lucille Fisher who served 1963-1964 and presided over the fiftieth session of the Grand Council in Detroit, Michigan.
We support the Shrine Hospitals, but especially the Erie, Pennsylvania and Chicago, Illinois Hospitals and the Cincinnati Burn Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. We also donate funds to the Grand High Priestess’ Project every year.
At this time, we have a membership of 231 and we are always happy to answer questions about our goals, etc., so if you are interested in helping children and having fun at the same time, just give us a call or e-mail us and we will be happy to provide information to you.
Za-Hir-U-Din Court has many different units that might interest you. The Annie Oaklies are a fun group of cowgirls dancing and performing for the pleasure of us all. The Pages & Slaves are another dancing group dressed in middle eastern attire. There are several others including the Dervishers, Salaams, Ebrics, Clowns and "Q" Unit.
These units travel to the Great Lakes Unit Meet each September to perform and watch other units in the area perform.