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About Shriners & DSC

What is a Shriner and
What is Dorchester Shrine Club?

The Shrine (Shriners International) was founded in 1872 in New York and the first Shrine Temple (corporate headquarters) was named Mecca in line with the Arabic accent that was adopted for ceremonial and style purposes.

Omar Shrine Center received its charter in 1907 as Omar Temple and was located at 40-44 East Bay St., Charleston, SC until 1996 when the operation moved to Mt. Pleasant.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is the official philanthropy of Shriners. Beginning with the first hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1922, the network has grown to a health system of 22 facilities providing advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate.

In 1976 a small group of Shriners in Dorchester County began planning a new Shrine club in their area. A sand and gravel pit known as Becker Sand and Gravel became available and, with $10.00 down, the land was held for two years while the Shriners formed the Dorchester Shrine Club (DSC). They started in a tent, moved to an old school bus, and after three years a clubhouse was built. The current clubhouse, built in 1993, includes a ballroom with seating capacity for over 300. The club spans approximately 73 acres including the 40 acre Shrine Lake and a 38 site limited visit campground.

Today, the dream of the original 25 charter members has grown to include over 200 members from all over the tri-county area, outlying counties and other states. The members of DSC plan numerous fundraising events throughout the year to help secure their vision to support Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenShriners International and Omar Shrine Center.

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