Valley to have Shrine group |

Valley to have Shrine group

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A few years ago, a group of Shriners wanted to start an official club in Carson Valley. Now, that goal is becoming a reality.

On March 20, the Carson Valley Shrine Club will be instituted as a recognized chapter of the Kerak Temple in Reno. The members said they are excited about being officially recognized and would welcome any Shriners in the area to join.

Shriners is an organization which helps children. In the United States, Canada and Mexico, there are 22 Shriner hospitals. The closest one to Douglas County is a new hospital in Sacramento.

If a child up to the age of 18, needs medical attention, the Shriners can help. If the injury or medical need creates a hardship on the family, the child is qualified. Transportation to the nearest hospital and treatment are free, courtesy of the Shriners.

Nationally, the Shriners’ organization spends about $1.4 million a day supporting the hospitals. The money comes from the more than 600,000 members’ dues, fund-raisers, donations and investments.

Now that the club is starting here, the Carson Valley Shrine Club will be starting activities to raise money.

For information about the group or about making a donation, residents should call the secretary of the Carson Valley branch, William Hutchison, at 265-3268.

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