Daughters of the Nile is a benevolent international organization for women who are related by birth or marriage to a Shriner, Master Mason or Daughter of the Nile. Founded in 1913 by 22 progressive women with strength of purpose and vision, it boasts 147 Temples throughout the United States and Canada. The 37,000 members of Daughters of the Nile are proud of their heritage and are grateful to the Shrine of North America for allowing us to assist with the patients at the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children. The deep and lifelong friendships that develop within the membership in our two wonderful countries provide a value that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. It is a privilege to belong to Daughters of the Nile.
Our philanthropic purpose is deeply embedded in our history. Since receiving permission from Imperial Shrine Headquarters in 1924, Daughters of the Nile has contributed monetary gifts for the children at Shriners Hospitals. Each year, through our Supreme Temple Convalescent Endowment Fund and Convalescent Relief Fund, Daughters of the Nile contributes $1,250,000.00 or more to the hospitals for the various needs of the children. In addition, many Temples sew garments, quilts, provide toys, hold parties for the children, as well as log many, many volunteer hours in the hospitals. In reality, over $3,000,000.00 is contributed to the hospitals by Daughters of the Nile each year.
Daughters of the Nile enjoys its heritage through its close fraternal association with the Shrine of North America. We stand strong and tall in our effort to make a difference. Our pride and strength is achieved by having enthusiastic and hard-working members of all ages, and we welcome questions and interest in our organization. We pledge to make a difference as a society for women who care enough to extend themselves beyond the limits of our own personal world to assist in the worlds’ greatest philanthropy; Shriners Hospitals for Children.
In 1927, Marian Armentrout Cross, her family and friends chartered the Daughters of the Nile in Aberdeen. It was the first chapter in South Dakota and is known as Aurora Temple #39. Throughout the year they have a variety of fund raisers such as their annual Fall Dinner, raffles and other fun activities to raise monies for the Shriners Hospital for Children. To find out how to join or for more information, please contact Patti Sperry at 882-2231,
Carol Miller at 427-1254 or Diane Zahalka at 229-6652.