Hear, hear! Let The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine meeting begin! There will be much food, wine, merriment, and later on, a parade in tiny cars just down the street from the convention center!
I have met a free mason once on a trip and proceeded to bombard him with questions about it. As a member of this ancient order, he was not allowed to disclose the nature of the meetings (but assured me it was nothing like Eyes Wide Shut). He did, however, mention many charity work and tons of funerals he had helped organize and attend. The shriners is an appendant body to Freemasonry but stresses more on fun and fellowship as well as charity work. As soon as you pop a fez on their head, put them in a miniature car and let them loose in a hotel lobby, you know you have a party on your hand!