When the Shriners founded the Shrine Hospitals for Children and the first hospital was built in 1922, the Ladies 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 hospitals, but they donate clothing, stuffed animals, purchase equipment, man the information desk in the various hospitals and serve as office personnel on a voluntary basis. The LOSNA contributes well over a half million dollars yearly to the Shrine Hospitals.
The Ladies do not stop at donating funds or the items listed, they also make the rounds of the hospitals with book carts, furnish libraries for the children in the hospitals, hold pizza parties, ice creams socials, sew quilts and gowns, donate funds for playground equipment, donate funds to send a burned child to the Camp Ability Burn Camp, support research, donate examining tables, rocking chairs, pool tables, sofas for the teenagers, prosthetic devices, wheel chairs, baby carriages, car seats, mini cars for the children, numerous wagons, high chairs, computer equipment and software, musical items, and the list goes on. They do this by hosting many special events throughout the year such as Craft Bazaars, Bake Sales, Dances, the Aluminum Tab Collection program, Golf Outings, Cook outs, Dinners, etc.
To become a member, a Lady must be related to a Noble of Shriners International, or a Master Mason by birth, marriage or adoption or be sponsored by two members of the Ladies' Oriental Shrine of North America. She must be at least 18 years of age and a resident for at least six months in the area of the Court in which membership is desired. Any Subordinate Court, however, may receive and act on the petition of an individual who lives in a city, territory or state where no Court of the Order exists. Click here for more information. The Ladies support various special projects with emphasis given to the LOS Special Project for the year, as chosen by the reigning Grand High Priestess. This special project is designed to assist an area of specific need within the Shriners Hospitals such as research into various childhood conditions.
Ankh Court #92 meets on the 4th Thursday of the month.