Becoming a Shriner requires membership in the Masonic fraternity, which is the oldest, largest, and most widely recognized fraternity in the world. Freemasonry traces its roots back to the time when stonemasons and other craftsmen would gather in lodges or shelter houses. Over time, formal Masonic lodges emerged, with members united by their desire to be fraternal brothers rather than by their trade. The Blue Lodge is the fundamental unit of Masonry, where members can earn the first three Masonic Degrees – Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. The highest degree in Masonry is that of Master Mason, and only Master Masons can apply to become a Noble of the Shrine of North America.
The Blue Lodge is Masonry’s fundamental unit, where members achieve the first three Masonic Degrees, Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. Master Mason is the highest degree. After becoming a Master Mason, one can join a variety of additional Masonic organizations that require Blue Lodge Masonry as a condition. Only after achieving the rank of Master Mason can a man petition to become a Noble of the Shrine of North America.