Shriners Club sells Vidalia Onions
Shriners International is an organization founded on the belief that we are to give back to our community in whatever way possible. In 1870 a group of Masons frequently discussed starting a new fraternity centered on fun and fellowship more than ritual.
The group of men realized there were a lot of needs that were not being met. The men founded the Mecca Shriners, the first temple established in the United States. The charter meeting was held September 26 1872.
From the beginning the Shriners were known for their philanthropic efforts across the country. Through the years the organization has given aid where it was needed without thought for financial gain.
In 1919, then Imperial Potentate Freeland Kendrick brought the idea of establishing hospitals for children to the membership. In 1922 of the first Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport Louisiana admitted their first patient. Since that time nearly one million children have been treated at one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children at no cost to them or their families
Each year the Shriners organization holds various events to fund their efforts. Each spring the local Marshall County Shriners Club sells Vidalia onions to raise money for the hospitals. The onions are $10.00 for a 10 pound bag and all proceeds go toward fuel and expenses for transporting children and their families to the hospital. Local volunteers drive the patients to the hospital they need to go to and back without any pay. There is never a charge to the families for this service.
Anyone wishing to place an order for the Vidalia onions can contact Ronnie Payne at 270-395-4643. In Grand Rivers orders can be placed at Mr. BBQ’s Restaurant or call Jan Quarles at 270-362-4445. Orders placed will be ready for pick up the 1st of April. Please let your friends and neighbors know about this fundraiser so that the Shriners can continue this service uninterrupted.