After nearly 15 years as a Freemason and 10 as a member of the Saskatoon Shrine Club, Justin Meyers still remembers how watching his father got him involved with both.
“As I got a little bit older, I started asking him questions and he would divulge a little more about what it was about,” Meyers said. “As I got more and more involved in it … it made me proud of my dad, that he had devoted so much of his time to that.”
Justin and his father Dave are both members of the Saskatoon Shrine Club, which celebrates its 100th anniversary on Friday, just a couple days before Father’s Day. According to a news release from the club, the organization in Saskatoon is the “oldest continuous running Shrine Club in North America.”
One of the staples of the Shrine Club is philanthropy, which takes the form of 22 non-profit Shriners Hospitals for Children in North America. The dedication to that cause made him proud of his father, and convinced him to become more involved, Justin said.
Dave Meyers, who has been a Freemason since 1987 and a Shriner since 2003, said he was “proud and happy” that his son took an interest in his volunteer work with the Shrine Club.
“I was proud that he was involved in two organizations that deal with a man’s character and community involvement,” he said. “In today’s society … it doesn’t always happen with young men.”
Dave said one of the tenets of Freemasonry was to “make good men better,” so it was heartening to see his son take that step toward being the best man he could be.
Justin said being a member of the Shrine Club has changed the dynamic of his relationship with his father. As he puts it, their father-son relationship now includes an element of brotherhood, since they’re both part of the same fraternity.
He always valued his relationship with his dad, but being a Shriner alongside Dave made them “two peers out there doing the same thing,” he said.
“It helped me kind of reconnect with my dad, in a sense of the relationship we had when I was younger. We were spending more time together … it brought back that relationship I felt we used to have.”
Dave said he didn’t feel like his relationship with Justin changed as a result of both being in the Shrine Club, but spending more time with his son in that setting made him realize what sort of person he raised.
“It made me appreciate what a good individual he was, what a good man he had become,” he said.
They’ll meet up this weekend, whether at a Shrine Club event or at some later time on Sunday. Dave said he looks forward to seeing his children and grandchildren on Father’s Day.
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