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History of El Kadir
Moila temple of Saint Joseph, Missouri received its dispensation and charter for the territory of north Missouri in December 1887. Moila is one of the 180 Shire Temples that make up the shrine nationally. The first citizen of Kirksville to become a member of Moila Temple was William Thomas Porter on June 24, 1891. The El kadir Shrine Club of Kirksville, Missouri is a very important part of Moila Temple in Saint Joseph.
In 1946 a group of Shriners and the officers of Moila Temple adopted a set of By-Laws. With money donated by these Shriners a down payment was made on a piece of property on Highway 63 South. The remainder was borrowed from the Temple enabling the purchase to be completed. The building, to be known as the El Kadir Shrine Club, gave the membership a place to meet and have social gatherings with their families, the name El Kadir having been sanctioned by the Imperial Shrine.
During the late 1950's, the club had begun to attain financial stability allowing minor improvements to be made. By the early 1960's the membership of the El Kadir Shrine Club was quickly outgrowing the original building. In 1965, after 20 years occupancy in the old building, the decision was made to replace the original building. Contributions fro the members raised $40,000 to construct a new brick concrete and steel structure on the original plot of ground.
In 1971 the membership committed themselves to a long range, major expansion project costing more then $250,000. It included the construction of a ballroom, enlargement of the dining room and general remodeling of the existing structure. The expansion was completed in 1977 with many generous contributions from the club membership.
On May 14, 1984, the club was destroyed by fire. Through the efforts of the membership, led by a strong and dedicated building committee, the club was completely rebuilt and reopened on May 13, 1985. This reconstruction represented more then $500,000 and was accomplished without the securing of any mortgages.
The club has sponsored local Shrine Ceremonies on every odd numbered year since 1971. (The 1995 Ceremonial was postponed to 1996 to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebration.) Many of these classes have exceeded 100 candidates, most of whom are from Northeast Missouri. The membership of the El Kadir Shrine Club now numbers over 350. More than 1000 Shriners from the northeast section of Missouri belong to, and are a very strong part of the 4100 member of Moila Temple.
El Kadir is the oldest of the existing Shrine Associations and was the first association outside the Temple to construct its own member-facilities. Member contributions and active participation in projects and in the club have been responsible for its continued success.
What has been accomplished would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the membership giving their support to the Presidents, Officers and Board of Directors. These people had the forethought, commitment and desire to build something worthwhile for Masonry in the community of Kirksville to serve the entire Northeast Missouri area.