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El Riad Shrine, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We would love for you to become a part of our philanthropic fraternity.

Be a Shriner now!

Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, truth and relief.

Rent Our Facility

El Riad Shrine has first class facilities available to rent for both our shriners (at a reduced rate) and also for general public.

Shrine Events

Our units and clubs host many events that are open to the public while also organizing fundraisers for ways to earn money for our shrine and philanthropy.

2019–2020 Imperial Potentate Jeffrey L. Sowder and First Lady Cheryl Sowder

2019–2020 National Patient Ambassadors

This is My Moment tells the stories of Madelyn and Cristian, Shriners Hospitals for Children 2019-2020 national patient ambassadors.


When Madelyn, 19, was born, doctors told her family she was beautiful, healthy, tiny — and born without her left arm. Her journey with Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis began when she was just 3 months old. During her childhood, she used prosthetics, mainly for balance, and occupational therapy at the hospital helped her to function and interact in the world.


Cristian, 18, was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. For several years, his parents had difficulty finding doctors who understood how best to help him. That changed in 2012, when a Shriner referred him to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Cristian was 13 when he had the surgery that he says changed his life and gave him hope, at Shriners for Children Medical Center.


Read the latest issue of our Cactus magazine.

Upcoming Events

  1. Cactus Deadline

    July 5
  2. Worthington Monthly Meeting

    July 6
  3. B&E Meeting

    July 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  4. BOD Meeting

    July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. Rickshaws Monthly Meeting

    July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Upcoming Event Posters

Please click on each poster below to enlarge the image. Hope to see you at these shrine events!

If you have any questions, please call the shrine office at (605) 336-1117 or email

Recent Blog Articles

All 2020 Circuses Cancelled

All 2020 Circuses Cancelled

by Aaron Neiman, 2019-20 Circus Chairman Nobles of El Riad, I have the unfortunate duty as Circus Chairman to inform you that due to COVID-19 all circuses for El Riad have been canceled for 2020.  We had been working diligently with the Arena staff and were beginning...

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Taking the Extra Step…June/July 2020

Taking the Extra Step…June/July 2020

In the May Cactus the highlights definitely were the Unit and Club articles. A BIG THANK YOU to all UNITS and CLUBS who took the time to write an article and let our Shrine know what you’re doing. Please keep the articles coming and continue to BRAG about what you’re...

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Meet Your New Outer Guard

Meet Your New Outer Guard

Bill Thompson is the new Outer Guard of the Divan. If you don’t know him, get to know him. He is a great guy. Bill was born in Grinnell, Iowa and has lived in Nebraska and now South Dakota. Right after high school, Bill went into the Marine Corps. After the military,...

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Taking the Extra Step…May 2020

Taking the Extra Step…May 2020

When I was a young Shriner I found the Shrine was not user friendly. The units I had interest in prohibited me from joining due to strict bylaws. The bylaws said you had to attend a certain number of parades to maintain membership with that unit. My job was six days a...

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Taking the Extra Step…April 2020

Taking the Extra Step…April 2020

"Due to the uncertainty of future cancellations we have omitted the calendar of events and upcoming events in this issue of the Cactus. When we are certain that an event will take place, we will send an eblast to inform everyone.” March is gone but not the madness....

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Taking the Extra Step…March 2020

Taking the Extra Step…March 2020

First, thank you to all Nobles for our successful Cash Calendar fundraising event. Past Potentate Rick Daniels presented this fundraising idea in 2003 when he was Potentate. For 17 years it continues to raise money for our operating costs. This doesn’t happen by...

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