When Patty and I moved from Hawaii to Portland in 2005, we didn't know a soul. I transferred my membership to the Washington Masonic Lodge No. 46, AF&AM and we began to get to know the brethren there. I was immediately taken under wing by MWB Larry Weaver, who was more or less the architect of the Lodge's re-development in recent prior years. MWB Larry has served as the head of all of the York Rite Grand lines and is presently in the office of General Grand Principal Conductor of the Work of York Rite Cryptic Council International, an auspicious office. MWB Larry has guided me through the chairs and into the East. And Patty was ever present to support and encourage me in my efforts. I served as Master of the lodge in 2009. For a complete list of Masonic service and awards, go to Masonic Achievements and Honors.
Cryptic Masons of Oregon
Washington Council No. 3
Illustrious Master 2009
Royal Arch Masons of Oregon
Washington Chapter No. 18
High Priest 2009
Knights Templar of Oregon
Washington Commandery # 15
Sir Knight/ Commander 2010-2011
Master of Lodge 2009
Washing Masonic Center where Lodge and York Rite meet
Whenever I pass from a leadership position I always like to look back on review to try to determine if I really did any good for the cause. When I came into Washington Lodge No. 46 it seemed to be a bit lethargic. There just hadn't been much life in it. So, I started a couple of years prior to my reign to work at welcoming and receiving guests and visitors to our Lodge. This paid off because in time Washington Masonic Lodge No. 46 was respected as being one of the most friendly Lodges in the area and many folks began to attend. I also insisted on providing a quality dinner for members and guests at each meeting. There's nothing like good food to bring 'em in. And, we also began to have an influx of new, younger members coming to our Lodge.
While I can't claim all of the credit for this phenomena, many of the newer members influenced their friends and actually were responsible for the influx, we certainly made the Lodge a place where they could meet friends and engage in the work of Masonry. In fact, one of the hallmarks of a successful Lodge is a line of about 12 officers, with few or no retreads.
As I look back a year or so after my departing the chair, we have a line up of new officers without a single retread. In fact, there is a considerable pool of new young members waitimg for their opportunity to get into the line. I have also served as the Chair of the Americanism Committee in a couple of bodies, so it was a natural extension to include a ceremonial flag presentation at each meeting. So, I can feel a sense of satisfaction that I did leave the office in good shape. And, much to my pleasure, I was voted the honor and received the Hiram Award in 2009 for distinguished service to the brethren of my Lodge.
Royal Order of Scotland. 2008
Clan Heather of Portland, Oregon
Founding member- Secretary 2008
Cryptic Council Thrice Illustrious Master or
Allied Masonic Degrees 2009 Member in good standing
Washington Masonic Lodge AF&AM
Hiram Award for Dedicated Service, 2009
Washington Cryptic Council No. 2
General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International
Man of the Year Award, 2008
In due time I was asked to join the York Rite, which I did during the Fall Festival in September of 2006. During one weekend I was initiated into the four degrees of the Royal Arch Chapter, three degrees of the Cryptic Council and the three Orders; Order of the Red Cross, Order of Malta and the Order of the Knights Templar. There are meetings for the Council, Chapter and Commandery of Knights Templar. I have been active in all three along with my Blue Lodge.
Due to a shortage of available members, in only a few years I was at the head of a couple of these bodies and the next year, head of the rest.
High Priest 2009York Rite Royal Arch Masons
Illustrious Master 2009 York Rite Masons Cryptic Councl
Knight Templar Commandery
Singers give District Grand Deputy Don Stapelron some appreciation
We always met on Monday evenings. I could remember which body was meeting by the color: 1st Monday - Purple, Cryptic Council; 2nd Monday - Red, Royal Arch ; and 3rd Monday - Black, Commandery. Easy dress-up. Just changed vests. Well, for Commandery I also work Commandery black uniform and ceremonial sword.
We present lots of awards. John Quiroz and Bob Richardson stand ready to receive their officer's pins. When wives were present I asked them to pin them on. Must be summer - white dinner jacket.
Washington Masonic Lodge No 46, A.F.&A.M. is a Tuxedo Lodge, officers traditionally wear tuxedos to all Masonic functions. So, I usually wore black like this.
What I lacked in formality I made up for in humor
There are tons of photos of my Masonic Activities but these give a general overview. The several years after we arrived in Portland were consumed with Masonic activities.