History of The Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America
While attending the Imperial Session of the A.A.O.N.M.S., Lady Lynn Henning saw a both being staffed by women wearing a beautiful white fez. She stopped to ask who they were and what they were about. Several of the Ladies' told her the about the work and history of The Ladies' Oriental Shrine of North America. Lady Lynn decided that she wanted to be a part of this wonderful organization, but there was no court in existence in the St. Louis area. She decided to change that, especially since St. Louis is home to one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals.
In October of 2008, Lady Lynn met with four other ladies' at the Shriners Hospital in St. Louis to begin the formation of a new court. At this meeting the ladies decided to name their court 'Nailah'. Our name is a combination of the two Shrine Temples in the St. Louis area. The first three letters of 'Nailah' are from the Ainad Temple and the last three are from the Moolah Temple. Nailah was the perfect choice as it means 'success', which is exactly what we want our court to be....a success.
In September of 2010 the Ladies' of Nailah presented the Grand Council of the Ladies' Oriental Shrine of North America with 63 petitons for membership and the 'birth' of Nailah Court #107 was scheduled for February 19, 2011. Members from all over the United States and Canada traveled to St. Louis to witness the beautiful ceremony that brought Nailah Court into existence.
Today, our membership continues to grow and we hope that you will join us as we move further down our path of 'success'.
Nailah Court No. 107
How It All Started
The Ladies' Oriental Shrine of North America(LOSNA) was founded in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1903, when the Ladies of Osiris, Syria and Nemesis Shriners were invited to attend the social events and festivities surrounding Osiris' Spring Ceremonial in Wheeling, West Virginia. When the Shriners departed for their initiating Ceremony, the ladies found a rope the the Shriners left had left behind and they began parading up and down the halls of the McClure Hotel. The Ladies were having so much fun they didn't want to stop and decided to become organized.
On February 14, 1903, at the home of Past Potentate and Mrs. George Waterhouse, in Wheeling, West Virginia, The officers were installed by Past Potentate George Waterhouse: Mrs. Waterhouse as High Priestess and Mrs. Daniel Dinger as the Recorder for the Temple of "The Ladies Shrine of West Virginia." The following ladies were duly initiated into the mysteriesof the Shrine: Mrs. G. Waterhouse, Mrs. R.E. Schubert, Mrs. C. Subanski, Mrs. C.E. Trainer, and Mrs. D. Dinger.
From this humble beginning, we are now an international organization. The LOSNA is not an auxiliary of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. They are a serperate and distinct Order.
Initially, membership in the LOSNA was restricted to the families of the Osiris Shriners, but when reputation of Isis Court No. 1 reached the Ladies in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Parkersburg, WV., they wanted to be a part of the fun and thus Allah Court No. 2 and Hathor Court No. 3 wre formed.
The Ladies soon realized the need for a Grand Body. Representatives from the three existing courts met on June 24, 1914 to organize the Grand Council. The top official of the Grand Council is entitled the Grand High Priestess, and the Executive Officer in a local court is the High Priestess.
Each year, a Grand Council Session takes place in May. This is where the Grand Officers, Past Grand Officers, High Priestesses and Past High Priestesses, as well as Officers and members of local of courts gather and attend sessions and events that foster their friendships and camaraderie. Public Opening for each of these Grand Council Sessions will be on Tuesday evening, with the Exhibition of Drills held on Wednesday and the Public Installation of the Grand Officers taking place on Friday evening.
Many Splendors Of Giving
In addition to its original goals of fun and fellowship, when the Shriners founded the Shriners Hospital for Children, and the first hospital was opened in 1922, the Ladies of LOSNA committed to supporting the Shrine's official Philanthropy. Today the Courts continue to support the hospital fund, hospital sewing, research projects, and other areas of interest. Each Court not only raises funds for the hospital, but they sew and donate clothing and other articles for the children, stuffed animals, purchase equipment, and volunteer at the hospitals to serve as tour guides, information desk clerks, and office personnel. The LOSNA contributes well over a half million dollars annually to the Shrine Hospitals and a similar amount through philanthropic endeavors to the Shrine Temples.
Some of LOSNA Contributions To Shriners Hospitals
* Furnishing libraries, activity rooms, as well as recreational and play areas for children in the hospital
* Entertaining the children while hold pizza parties and ice cream socials
* Sewing quilts, linens, pillows, stuffed animals, toy bags, and gowns; crocheting afghans, booties, caps, and sweaters
* Donating funds for playground equipment or to update the existing facilities at the hospitalDonating funds to send burned children to the Camp Ability Burn Camp
* Making the Rounds at the hospitals with book carts
* Working the Shrine Circuses
* Donating funds to support research programs in the Shrine Hospitals including, but not limited to, spinal cord injuries, metabolic bone diseases, balance, burns and wound healing
* Donating equipment to the hospitals and parents' areas: examination tables, rocking chairs, pool tables, sofas for the teenagers, prosthetic devices, wheelchairs, baby carriages, car seats, mini cars for the children, wagons, high chairs, computer equipment and software, musical items, and the list goes on.
* Working at Mini-Clinics
* Financially supporting the Shrine Temple's Transportation Funds which provide transportation for patients to and from Shriners Hospitals
* Hosting many special events throughout the year such as craft bazaars, bakes sales, dances, fashion shows, banquets, an aluminum tab collection program, golf outings, cookouts, dinners, and carious other social fund raising events
* Volunteering their time and talents