Dave Bowman
Phone   315.253.3947



Rob Cox
Phone   585.468.5066



Rick Pierce
Phone   315.719.3622


Learn More About The Shrine Units

The Shrine Units include The Damascus Shrine Band, The Damascus Wheelers, The Directors Staff, Legion of Honor and The Divan


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Auburn Shrine Club

The Auburn Shrine Club proudly proclaims itself as the oldest continuous Shrine Club in the world.  Although the exact date has been lost to history, it is believed that the club began in the mid- to late- teens of the 20th century in association with the Damascus Shrine Center.  From its creation, members of the club have held monthly dinners with its Nobles and Ladies, drawing from the areas around Auburn, New York, and currently includes Shrine Masons from both Damascus in Rochester, and Tigris in Syracuse.

We meet on the third Monday of each month at various restaurants throughout Cayuga County.  Each dinner has a short program that allows us to invite local community members and fellow Masons to present on a wide array of topics.  Examples of presenters have ranged from local Sheriffs, Chamber of Commerce directors, Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and Masonic Learning Center staff, to Irish Dancers and Shrine Clown Units.  The club strives to provide good fellowship with both entertaining and educational discussions.  In the summer we celebrate with a large family steak roast where kids and grandchildren can join us, and several events are attended with neighboring Shrine Clubs, such as Christmas and Valentines parties.

The club is also active in the community.  It has and continues to support Masonic Child ID drives and staffs the kettles for Christmas bell ringing for the Salvation Army.  We regularly collect can tabs for the Shriners Hospitals for Children, both from individuals and institutions, such as schools, businesses and the Auburn area’s Rainbow Girls.  Additionally, the club makes regular donations directly to the Erie and Springfield Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The club is open to all active Shrine Masons.  Please feel welcome to join us- simply call the Damascus Shrine Center, who can then put you in contact with the current officers of the particular year or send us an email at


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The Perry Shrine Club

The Perry Shrine Club meets the 4th Thursday of each month at a variety of restaurants, in their local area. We are fortunate to have a speaker at each meeting. The topics are varied and different members volunteer for finding a speaker. At Christmas we do a raffle, etc. to raise extra money for Erie Shriners Hospitals for Children. We also have an annual steak roast at a member’s home in August and it is such a relaxing time.

Perry Shrine Club also sponsors the mini-cars that are recognizable by everyone at parades. We are always looking for Shrine Masons interested in driving or working on the mini-cars. The leaders of the mini-cars are Bob Cox and Jerry Hussong. We parade many times during the summer, both at Potentate’s call outs and at parades that are arranged by our unit.

The mini cars were bought in 1986 at a cost of $1600 each. Each person owned their car and any expenses were the owner’s responsibility. Howard Wood, at this time, is the only one who still owns one of the original cars. Others have been passed on or sold to another member or have substitute drivers.

They originally started with 4 and eventually had 10 cars and built a trailer to haul them. The plans for the trailer were drawn up by Howard Wood and built by Ernie Olin. Don Martin had a truck to haul the trailer. The men wanted to take these cars to the fireman’s parades to have people learn more about the Shrine Masons. Eventually they became a Unit of Damascus and now have call out parades. Everyone one, young and old looks forward to seeing these cars at the parades.

2014 Perry Shrine Club Meetings Dates

  • January 23, 2014  Lumberyard Restaurant
  • February 27, 2014  Hole in the Wall Restaurant
  • March 27, 2014  Lumberyard Restaurant
  • April 24, 2014  Hole in the Wall Restaurant
  • May 22, 2014  Lumberyard Restaurant
  • June 26, 2014  Silver Lake Country Club
  • September 25, 2014  Lumberyard Restaurant
  • October 23, 2014  Hole in the Wall Restaurant
  • November 19, 2014  Lumberyard Restaurant
  • December 17, 2014  National Hotel Restaurant

Any questions, please call Ed Hollwedel 585 584-3066


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The Geneva Shrine Club

The Geneva Shrine Club meets on the 4th Monday of the month, 6PM for cocktails and 7PM for a dinner meeting.  It’s a good bet that we are in the private dining room at Nonna’s, 1 Railroad Place, Geneva.    The Club does not meet in July.  In lieu of the December meeting, the club holds a major Christmas Ball, and in August the club meets for a Picnic at a member’s lakeside home.

One social event for the Club is a Sunday Brunch Cruise with our ladies and families on Father’s Day aboard the Esperanza Rose out of Branchport.  Another is the summer “tube steak and scotch” picnic…a dish to pass affair on Keuka Lake.

The major event for the year is the Christmas Ball.  Nobles and Ladies of Damascus Shrine, area Masons and friends are invited for an evening of dinner and dancing.  Ladies are in gowns and men are in formal wear and fez.

All meetings are open to wives and Masonic friends.  Presentations range from topics of Masonic interest to new concepts such as “the development and concepts of Emotional Intelligence,” or travelogues to interesting places.

Through the generosity of a few Nobles in the club, a “Shrine Fire Engine” is a frequent participant in local parades.

For further information contact the Club Secretary, Rob Schwarting,; 280 Rte 54 – East Lake Road, Penn Yan, NY 14527; or home phone: 315-536-9850