ARTCILE XXIII – Temple Membership
Constituted: A temple consists of
its officers and as many members as it admits
Each petition for membership shall bear the written recommendation of two
members of the temple to which the application is made.
Prerequisite: A temple may
not accept a petition from a candidate unless he is in good standing as a
Master Mason of a Lodge recognized by or in amity with the Conference of
Grand Masters of North America
Prerequisite: A temple may not add
to or take from the qualifications for membership in temples as fixed by
NOBLES - From the Imperial Code presented above
you will note the all-important phase of your association with the Ancient
Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North America. To be in
good standing in your Temple you are required by Imperial Code to have
your current year’s assessment in your prerequisite body fully paid and on
Kindly check your position, Nobles, and do not give
cause to be suspended or expelled from your Temple.
SHRINERS AND THE FEZ The fez upon one’s head does not give the wearer
license to commit acts and to behave in a way which brings criticism upon
At gatherings of Nobles, the off-colour actions of just a
few are always noticed by the profane, who never considers the fact that
the remaining 98 per cent are behaving like gentlemen. They assume that
all Shriners are just like those whose conduct is not what it should be.
Masonry, as such, makes very few public appearances.
However, Shriners wearing fezzes, and particularly Nobles in the colourful
uniforms of our Marching Units, are immediately recognized by the profane
as Masons, and we should remember that it is our duty, not only as
Shriners, but as Masons, to uphold the good reputations of all the Masonic