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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. Sprint Cars “Abbey Road Band”

    October 19 @ 6:30 am - 11:30 pm
  2. Mystic Brewers Monthly Meeting

    October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Sprint Cars Monthly Meeting

    October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  4. Chanters Weekly Rehearsal

    October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Provost Monthly Meeting

    October 22 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 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

Spring Ceremonial 2019

Spring Ceremonial 2019

Our Spring Ceremonial took place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and was dedicated to Noble Marv Lovro. Photos by Shutterbugs, Darrell Griggs and Jeff Smith

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But for the Shrine…May 2019

But for the Shrine…May 2019

Since I started writing this column for the Cactus, I have been highlighting individuals and groups that make a difference at El Riad. That trend continues this month because people are our most valued asset. Likely the most visible groups of volunteers in...

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But for the Shrine…April 2019

But for the Shrine…April 2019

One of my goals for 2019 was to create an avenue for all El Riad promotions to come under one roof and be coordinated by one group. This would allow for future El Riad promotions to have a similar branding, similar goals, a structured and cohesive...

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But for the Shrine…March 2019

But for the Shrine…March 2019

El Riad Shrine has a lot of moving parts in its machinery that must stay well-aligned and well-maintained to keep the whole operation running smoothly. There are many contributors to that process that typically stand out and are easily recognized, such as...

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Meet Your New Outer Guard

Meet Your New Outer Guard

Noble Steve Haase was nominated by the Bridges to the Futures Committee and appointed by Potentate John Whitelock to serve as the Outer Guard on the El Riad Shrine Divan. Steve is a devoted Shriner and active in many facets of the Shrine, as you will read...

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But for the Shrine…February 2019

But for the Shrine…February 2019

Let me begin by saying that I am very humbled and honored to serve as your Potentate for 2019. I vow to do my best and to try to live up to the expectations of the nobility as we continue the good works of our Shrine fraternity and philanthropy. Lady...

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