Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America
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.
As a result, Isis Court No. 1 came into being.
Today there are over 8,000 members in 67 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.
Za-Hir-U-Din Court #7 (which translates to the "Flower of the Desert") was instituted on February 20, 1920. We have had 97 High Priestesses with the current one being Lady Michelle Geske. We have had two 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, PA and Chicago, Ill Hospitals and the Cincinnati Burn Center in Cincinnati, OH. We also donate funds to the Grand High Priestess’ Project every year.
At this time, we have a membership of over 200 and we are always happy to answer questions about our goals, what we do, etc., so if you are interested in helping children and having fun at the same time, just e-mail us and we will be happy to provide information to you.