SOURCE: Shriners International

June 11, 2008 16:17 ET

Shriners' 2008 Annual International Convention in St. Louis
June 29-July 3

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - Shriners of North America will hold its 134th annual international convention -- called the Imperial Council Session -- in St. Louis from June 29 through July 3.

The Shriners' convention is expected to draw 12,000 people to St. Louis and have an estimated economic impact of $11.5 million, according to the St. Louis Visitor and Convention Bureau. The colorful meeting of the red-fezzed men is one of the three largest conventions in St. Louis this year.

More than five years ago, Shriners of North America selected St. Louis as the location for their 2008 Imperial Council Session. St. Louis is home to Moolah Shriners, the local fraternity chapter and the official host of this year's gathering. Also in St. Louis is one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children.

"St. Louis is a beautiful city to host a convention," said Imperial Potentate Bernard Lemieux, M.D. "And there are so many fun things for visitors to do, considering the world-class zoo, many museums, shopping, baseball and the Gateway Arch. I'm looking forward to bringing thousands of Shriners and their families to this vibrant area for our annual convention." As Imperial Potentate of Shriners of North America, Lemieux is the president and CEO of the Shriners' 375,000-member fraternity.

During the Imperial Council Session, representatives from the 191 Shriners temples -- or chapters -- will make decisions for Shriners of North America, as well as the organization's philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children. A schedule of the events open to the media and public is available and the session website is

Shriners of North America is the fraternity that founded and continues to operate 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children. The hospitals provide specialized medical care at no charge to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns of all degrees, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Specializing in orthopaedic care, the St. Louis Shriners Hospital recently announced plans to expand its research and patient care services by building a new facility on the medical campus of Washington University.

Contact Information

  • Local Contacts:
    Carolyn Green
    Tel: 618.791.1398

    or Judy Taylor
    Tel: 314-241-9178

    Both at Email Contact

    International Headquarters
    2900 Rocky Point Dr.
    Tampa, FL 33607
    Noelle Anderson
    Tel: 813.857.2949