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Avery County Shrine Club member Ken Brewer stands alongside frames he designed to hold
recent plaques and awards earned by the club for its philanthropic efforts for local children.
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Originally published: 2013-05-01 11:15:52
Last modified: 2013-05-01 11:15:50

Community Spotlight: Avery County Shrine Club an oasis for children and families in need

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“No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.” -Popular Shrine Club slogan
The first thing many people might think about when they hear the word ‘Shriner’ is someone standing in the middle of the road or at busy intersections on a weekend selling newspapers, or parades featuring the men with the trademark fez, or headgear.
Both are characteristics of the Shriners, but the truth of the matter is that Shriners do far-reaching philanthropic work with no desire to make money or earn glory for self, but rather, out of service to fellow individuals who are in need.

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