Ansar Shriners | 630 S. 6th St Springfield, IL | 217-525-1771

Ansar Shriners

We hold events and fundraisers so that our hospitals can continue to provide world-class care, regardless of the families ability to pay.

Ansar Shriners

The word Ansar is Arabic and means “those who give aid.” Our official philanthropy is Shriners Hospitals for Children—nearly 200 chapters support 22 locations in three countries. Our closest hospital is Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis.

Ansar Shriners

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

A Rewarding Experience

“Nothing is more rewarding than to have someone stop you in the street and say that they or their child would not be able to walk now, if it weren’t for their care that they received at a Shrine hospital.”

A Mason or Shriner is dedicated to the tradition of brother helping brother. Learn more about how you can join and help others.

Ansar Shrine’s 110th Potentate 

Rusty was born on April 23, 1984 in Springfield, Illinois. He is the favorite son on Terry and Susan Petty. Rusty is a Legacy Shriner, following in the footsteps of his father, Terry Petty who served as  Potentate of Ansar in 1997. Terry also served as Recorder from 2008-2022 and will receive his 50 year pin during Rusty’s year.

Rusty grew up in Springfield, graduating from Springfield Southeast Highschool in 2002. He continued his education at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, graduating in 2006 with a degree in Journalism with a focus on Integrated Marketing Communications. After graduating, Rusty entered the world of fine spirits, becoming the Illinois and Missouri state manager for Kilo Kai Rum. He worked for a couple different distributors before landing in his current position as Key Account Manager for BC Merchants.

Rusty’s masonic career began in 2012 when he became a Master Mason at Chatham Central Lodge 523. He joined the Scottish Rite and the Shrine the same year. He was made an aide by Illustrious Sir Wally Stutz, appointed Chief Aide by Illustrious Sir David Wright, appointed to the Divan in 2015 by Illustrious Sir Chuck McEvers and appointed to the advancing line by Illustrious Sir Rich Smith.

Since joining the Divan, Rusty has been an ambassador for numerous clubs and served as the Temple’s public relations chairman. Rusty also serves as the regional director for the Imperial Marketing and Communications Committee and serves on the board of Shriners Children’s St. Louis. He is also active in the Ansar Jazz Band, Directors Staff, Capitol City Shrine Club and is an honorary member of the Ansar Legion of Honor.

Rusty is encouraged by his amazing family; his wife Tara and sons Finnegan (7) and Rowan (4). This journey would not be possible without their amazing support and love!

Sam McEvers, Potentate

Rusty Petty, Potentate

Shriner’s International

Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth with nearly 200 temples (chapters) in several countries and thousands of clubs around the world. Our fraternity is open to men of integrity from all walks of life.

Shriners International also supports Shriners Hospitals for Children®, a health system of 22 locations.