Shrine club celebrates opening of new headquarters

9:56 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR- Knoxville) A local Shriners' club is celebrating its new building a year and a half after fire destroyed their former meeting place.

The fire consumed the West Knox Shrine Club headquarters in September 2011 while the group was holding a meeting. Everyone made it out safely, but the building was a total loss.

Wednesday, the club met for just the second time in its new building off of Concord Road in Farragut.

During the transition between buildings, the Shriners' president said attendance was down, and now he's hoping to bring that number back up to continue with the Shriners' mission of helping children.

"It's our second meeting in it and we're having a dinner and a meeting all surrounding the efforts we put together for the Shriners' Hospital for Children," said Bob Williamson, president of the West Knox Shrine Club.

Monday marked the start for the Shriner paper sale that will continue through Sunday. It raises money for the Shriner Hospitals for Children, which offer free medical care to children.

The papers feature the stories of local children who receive treatment at Shriner hospitals in our region.

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