SK James R. MacConnell
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
NORTHEASTERN DEPTARTMENT, CT, ME, MA/RI, NH, NJ, NY, PA, and VT
Jim has been married to Marsha for 46 years. Jim retired as an electrical engineer at Eastman Kodak in 2005 and Marsha retired as a teacher in 2006. They believe that their family is their most important asset. They have two sons: Terry (Helen and son, Georgios) and Chris (Gisselle and two children, Sophia and Max). Jim and Marsha are members of North Bergen Presbyterian Church. Community service is high on the list of Jim's priorities. He was a trustee of the Village of Bergen from 1986 - 1988 and Mayor from 1988 - 2003. He currently serves on the NY State School for the Blind Board of Visitors in Batavia, New York.
Masonic - Biography:
Jim was raised in 1973 in Hesperus Lodge #837. He has served as master, Gen/Wyo. district brotherhood chairman, and past president of Gen/ Wyo. Council of Masonic Activities and currently DGSB of the Grand Lodge F&AM State of New York. He is a member of the LeRoy Chapter #183 Royal Arch Masons where he served as High Priest, AGL of the 29th Capitular and Gr. Rep to Missouri. He is an honorary member of Holy Ark #319. Jim is a member of Nundawaga Council #92 and Doric Council #19. Jim became a Sir Knight in 1981. His home Commandery is Batavia Commandery #34. He has been Commander, and past Deputy Zone Commander. He currently is Recorder of Batavia Commandery #34 and the Grand Rep. to Missouri. Jim is also an honorary Member of Hugh de Payens Commandery # 30 and Tancred Commandery #80. Jim served as Grand Commander Knight Templar State of New York in 2010 & 2011. Other Masonic bodies which Jim is an active member include Genesee York Rite College #25, HRAKP - Good Shepherd Tabernacle, Red Cross of Constantine-St. Marks Conclave, AASR- Valley of Rochester, AMD - Sons of Light, and Iroquois Council, St. Thomas of Acon - Novum Eboracum Chapel No. 51, Ismailia and Damascus Shrine. He received the Order of Purple Cross from the York Rite College in 2013 in Tampa, Fla.
Sir Knight Sir Knight MacConnell was appointed Department Commander of the Northeastern by Sir Knight Duane L. Vaught, Most Eminent Grand Master at the 66th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 12, 2015 in Buffalo, N. Y.
SK James W. Golladay, Jr.
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
MID-ATLANTIC DEPARTMENT, DE, DC, MD, NC, VA, and WV
James W Golladay Jr was born September 1, 1945 in Winchester, VA and was educated in the Frederick County, VA school system. He graduated from Ferrum Junior College in 1966, graduating with an AA Degree and attended the University of Richmond School of Business. After which, he returned home to take over the family retail lumber and building supply business, closing in 1994.
He is currently a licensed VA Real Estate Agent and is currently employed as a residential property manager with a local Winchester, VA real estate company for the past 22 years.
Sir Knight Golladay and his lady, Susan is the parents of two daughters, Anna McIntosh and Mary Isabelle and a son, James III and is a life member of the Stephens City United Methodist Church.
Sir Knight Golladay is a Senior DeMolay and Past Master Council of C. Vernon Eddy Chapter and is the recipient of the DeMolay of the Year (second quarter 1966), Distinguished Service Award, Representative DeMolay, Cross of Honor and is the holder of the Legion of Honor (active).
Sir Knight Golladay was raised a Master Mason on March 5, 1068 and is the current secretary of his home Lodge, Winchester Hiram Lodge No 21 AF&AM. He served as Master in 1976 and as Master of Spurmont Lodge No 98 in Strasburg, VA in 2011. He served as DDGM in 2008. He is a Past High Priest of John Dover RAM, 1974-75 and 2005-06. He is a PDDGHP in 2009-2010. He served as Most Illustrious Grand Master, Cryptic Masons, in the District of Columbia in 2014-15 and was invested with the Order of the Secret Vault in March 2015.
Sir Knight Golladay was knighted in Winchester Commandery No 12 on November 14, 1970 and served as Commander in 1972-73. He also served as Commander of Luray Commandery No 19, Luray, VA in 2004-05 and 2005-06. He was DDGC of Chivalric District No 4 in 1972-73 and 2003-04. He is currently the District Instructor of District No 4. He is a member of all four of the Commanderies of the District of Columbia, serving as Commander of Columbia Commandery No 2 and is a Past Grand Commander of the District of Columbia in 2011-12. He is currently the Grand Treasurer and has served as Chairman, Easter Sunrise Committee East, 2012-15 and received the KCT by ME Grand Master Goodwin in 2014.
SK Golladay is a member of the Martinsburg Valley AASR, serving as its secretary from 2003-13. He was coroneted and Inspector General Honorary in 2009.
He is a founding member of Commonwealth York Rite College, Charter Secretary in 1977 and Past Governor 2008-09. He received the Order of the Purple Cross in 2004.
He is a charter member of the Sovereign Order of Knights Preceptor (New Jersey 1976) and is the charter Preceptor of Robert V Hines Preceptory (DC) 2006-07, past Preceptor of Virginia Chapter, 2011-12.
He is a past Prior of Shenandoah Priory No 32, Middleway, WV, serving as Prior in 2008-09. He is a charter member and past Sovereign of Shenandoah Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine. He is a dual member of St. Cornelius the Centurion Conclave.
He is past Celebrant of the Virginia College MSRICF in 1977 and past Secretary and advanced to the IX Grade in June 2009. He is a member of King Darius Council No 17 and Virginia Council No 12 and has served as Excellent Chief of both. A member of the AMD, he joined Valley Council No 56 in 1972, founding member of George Washington Council No 106 and Sovereign Master in 1976. Founding member of HOFOVA Council 442, Alexandria, VA and affiliated with Martinsburg Council No 359 in Martinsburg, WV and has served as Sovereign Master in both, 2011 and 2008, respectively. He affiliated with Hartley Carmichael Council No 3 and was Sovereign Master in 2007.
Sir Knight Golladay was ordained a Knight Priest in Nova-Vita Tabernacle No. LXXIII in 2002 and served as Preceptor in 2011. He is a member of the Grand College of Rites (1972), Masonic Order of the Bath (1972), Blue Bell Lodge No 8, Free Gardeners (2007), Commemorative Order of St. Thomas of Acon and served as Worthy Master 2009-10 and other Masonic affiliated bodies.
Sir Knight Golladay is a member of the Winchester Shawnee Lions Club. He was appointed a member of the Frederick County VA, Planning Commission, serving for 20 years, the last nine as it's Chairman and has served as a member of the Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission from 1997-2013. He is also the Secretary of the Green Hill Cemetery, Inc. in Stephens City, VA since 1976 and is currently serving as its Secretary.
S.K. Golladay was appointed as Mid-Atlantic Department Commander by Sir Knight Duane L. Vaught, Most Eminent Grand Master at the 66th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 12, 2015 in Buffalo, N. Y.
SK Henry A. Adams
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
SOUTHEASTERN DEPARTMENT, AL, FL, GA, MS, SC, and TN
The son of a career Army officer, Sir Knight Henry Adams entered the Army in 1963, and retired as a LTC in 1993. He served with several Special Forces Groups in Panama, and Germany SFGA and served in Army Intelligence as a Soviet Analysis until retirement. He is a member of the National Military Intelligence Association, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, Special Forces Association (Decade member) and the Sovereign Military Order of St Joan of Arc of the Temple of Jerusalem. He attended Clemson College in 1959 and graduated from the University of Miami, Florida (FL) in 1963, followed by a Masters in Education at Florida Atlantic University.
S.K. Adams is married to Katherine Adams and has: two daughters, one son, and seven grandchildren.
He is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association, and A Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow.
He was raised in West Broward Lodge in 1999, completed all degrees of York Rite in the Miami York Rite Body (YRB), and completed Scottish Rite before moving to Melbourne, FL. He joined Beach Lodge and was Worshipful Master in 2006. After serving the Melbourne YRB's in the East, he was appointed to the bottom of the Grand Commandery line in 2006 and served as Grand Commander in 2013-2014. He is an active member of Miami, Cocoa, Melbourne, and Anchorage York Rite Bodies, and is the Grand Representative to Alaska (Commandery), Rhode Island (Council) and District of Columbia and Hawaii (Chapter).
S.K. Adams', membership in Appendant Bodies includes: but not limited to; Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star (OES), Royal Order of Scotland, Allied Masonic Degrees (AMD), John Phelps York Rite College, #31, Anchorage AK, College, Florida Priory No. 60, KYCH Priory No. 10 (Miami), Red Cross of Constintine, Knight Masons, Azan Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Scottish Rite - Valley of Orlando, the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederalis (Rosicrucians), The Operatives, St Thomas of Acon, Masonic Order of Athelstan, National Sojourners, Spirit of Truth Tabernacle No. 71 - Holy Royal Order Knight Templar Priests and a Sr. DeMoley - Legion of Honor recipient in 2014.
S.K. Adams was appointed as Southeast Department Commander by Sir Knight Duane L. Vaught, Most Eminent Grand Master at the 66th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 12, 2015 in Buffalo, N. Y.
SK Loren A. Winn
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
EAST CENTRAL DEPARTMENT, IN, IL, KY, MI, and OH
Loren A. Winn was born March 29, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan and was educated in the South Redford Michigan school system. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1974 with Degrees in Education and Industrial Engineering, he also went on to earn post graduate degrees and attended Eastern Michigan University. He then went on to become a teacher of architecture and automotive mechanics. He also worked as an electrical engineer and finished his last 25 years teaching in Special Education. Loren is a Eagle Scout and during his evenings was very active as a Boy Scout Leader and also Taught Tae Kwon Do Karate with his wife Gail who is also a Black Belt Master.
Sir Knight Winn and his lady of 43 years, Gail, are the parents of one son, Brian and a Granddaughter Anastasia.
Sir Knight Winn was raised a Master Mason in Livingston Lodge No 76 and also belongs to Olive Lodge and Civil War Lodge of Research AF&AM. He served as Master in 2010. He is a Past High Priest of Livingston RAM and Thrice Illustrious Master Livingston R&SM. Sir Knight Winn was knighted in Howell Commandery No 28 and served as Commander in 2002. He is a Past Grand Commander of Michigan 2010 and served as Grand Recorder. He received the KCT in 2008.
SK Winn is a 33rd Degree, MSA, member of the Detroit Valley AASR, serving as Most Wise Master, Commander n Chief, Board of Directors, Learning Center Board, and local club president. He is a member and Past Governor of King Athelstan York Rite College, Officer of Michigan Priory No 22, member of St. Clement Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine, member of Michigan College MSRICF, member and Past Sovereign Master of Thistle & Rose Council No. 27 AMD, member and officer of Gate of theTabernacle No. LXV HRAKTP, member Yeoman of York Angola, member and Past Patron of Pinckney Chapter 145 Order of the Eastern Star.
Sir Knight Winn was elected for 10 years as a Trustee of Hamburg Township, Michigan and on their Planning Commission. He also served for years as local President of Chelsea Education Association and as President of Lakelands Golf & C.C.
S.K. Winn was appointed as East Central Department Commander by Sir Knight Duane L. Vaught, Most Eminent Grand Master at the 66th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 12, 2015 in Buffalo, N. Y
SK Lon W. Kvasager
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
NORTH CENTRAL DEPARTMENT, IA, MN, NE, ND, SD, and WI
S.K. Lon W. Kvasager was born in 1956 and is a lifelong resident of Grand Forks. He, along with wife Linda have two sons and are blessed with three grandchildren. Lon and family are members of Calvary Lutheran Church, Grand Forks. He is the Marine Sales Manager at Revolutions Power Sports & Marine and the Competition Director for River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.
Lon was raised in Malta Lodge No. 131 and is a Past Master. He was named the Mason of the Year in Malta Lodge for the years 2002 and 2003. Lon has been active in the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of North Dakota serving on several committees. In 2008, he was elected Junior Grand Warden and in 2011, was elected to the office of Grand Master.
Lon is a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies in Grand Forks; he received his 32° KCCH (2005), 33° Inspector General Honorary (2011) and Secretary since 2009.
In KEM Shrine, he has served as Membership Chairman, Past President of the Ritual Divan and Mobil Nobles. Lon was given the Samsar Award (2004) and Shriner of the year (2008).
He also holds membership in the Royal Order of Scotland, PGL USA, Screening Chair for ND & SD and PGL in Manitoba; York Rite College, Wild Prairie Rose No. 56, Past Governor and currently Deputy Grand Governor in North Dakota; AMD, Red River Council No. 193 - Fargo, Past Sovereign Master; Red Cross of Constantine, St. Felix Conclave - North Dakota, Past Puissant Sovereign; HRAKTP, Spirit of the Lord Tabernacle No. LXIV - North Dakota, VII Pillar; KYCH, Walter Lincoln Stockwell Priory No. 53 - North Dakota, Past Prior; SRCIF, North Dakota College, Celebrant; Knights Masons, North Dakota Council No. 90, Past Excellent Chief and is a member of the Order of Eastern Star Acacia Chapter No. 12 - Grand Forks. Lon has served on the Board of Directors (2012-2015) of the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA.
In the York Rite Bodies, Lon has served as the High Priest, Illustrious Master and Commander in Grand Forks and Secretary since 2012. He has served the North Dakota Grand York Rite Bodies as Grand High Priest (2012), Grand Illustrious Master (2013) and Grand Commander (2009).
Lon is the recipient of the General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Mason Bronze Distinguished Service Medal (2005), Silver (2011) and the Ephraim Kirby Award (2014); Cryptic Mason of the Year in North Dakota (2004); Knight Templar Cross of Honor in North Dakota (2002) and the Knight Commander of the Temple (2011).
S.K. Kvasager was appointed as North Central Department Commander by Sir Knight Duane L. Vaught, Most Eminent Grand Master at the 66th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 12, 2015 in Buffalo, N.Y.
SK Frank N. du Treil, Jr.
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
SOUTH CENTRAL DEPARTMENT, AR, KS, LA, MO, OK, and TX
Frank N. du Treil, Jr., was born November 10, 1950 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the first of three sons of Frank N. du Treil, Sr., and Clara Christian du Treil. He also has four sisters. He graduated from Archbishop Shaw High School and continued his education in Delgado Community College. Some additional education was acquired as he proudly served our country in the United Stated Naval Air Reserves for twenty-two years. He was an aviation electrician crew member on four different types of aircraft, gathering his electrical knowledge that continues to serve him today. He was baptized and is currently a deacon in Christ Baptist Church, in Harvey Louisiana. He serves on numerous committee's of the Church. On February 27, 1971 he married Roxanne Catherine Bucceri of Algiers, Louisiana. His wife, Roxanne has three sisters, all residing in Algiers, Louisiana. Frank and Roxanne have three children, two daughters and a son along with six grandchildren.
Frank N. du Treil, Jr., began his professional career working in his fathers business learning the sound and fire alarm business, from the ground up. He moved to a national sound company for 5 years as a District Manager covering seven states. He was responsible for a budget of over 2 million dollars. He opened his own company FND Electronics and after 10 years the company was bought out by a national company. He stayed with that company for 2 years and then went back in business for himself. He currently owns and runs Total Quality Service, Inc., with his wife Roxanne, as president of the company.
Frank du Treil, Jr., began his Masonic career in 1990. He was initiated as a Entered Apprentice Mason July 24, 1990, passed to the degree of Fellow Craft November 27, 1990 and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on February 26, 1991. S.K. du Treil was Worshipful Master of Belle Chasse Lodge No. 469 in 1995 and 1999. He continued on his masonic career as District Deputy Grand Master of the 15th Masonic District in 1998, and District Grand Lecturer of the 15th Masonic District in 1999. He worked on the Grand Lodge of Louisiana Credentials Committee and the Sound Committee from 2001 thru 2006. He was appointed Grand Marshal in 2008, and served as an officer of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana until 2012 when he served as Most Worshipful Grand Master for the State of Louisiana.
S.K. du Treil received the degrees of Royal Arch Masonry, Cryptic Masonry and the Orders of Chivalric Masonry in 1993. He served as High Priest, Illustrious Master and Commander of Indivisible Friends Commandery in 1998. In 2005 he received the Knight Crusader of the Cross. In 2007 he served as District Deputy Grand Lecturer, head of the Voluntary Eye Foundation for Indivisible Friends Commandery No. 1, Commander of Jacques Demolay Commandery No. 2. In 2011 he served as Commander of Indivisible Friends Commandery No. 1. He continued to serve the Grand Commandery in various offices. He also served as an officer of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Louisiana, culminating in serving as the Right Eminent Grand Commander, of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Louisiana 2013.
S.K. du Treil joined the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of New Orleans, Orient of Louisiana in 1991, Knight Commander of the Court of Honour (KCCH) 2001, Coroneted Inspector General Honorary 33deg., in 2005. He served the Scottish Rite as Eagle Council of Kadosh Commander 2006, Pelican Chapter Rose Croix, Wise Master 2007, and Venerable Master Albert Pike Lodge of Perfection 2011.
He is a member of Jerusalem Temple, New Orleans, Ancient and Accepted Order of The Nobles of The Mystic Shrine in 1991. He served as President and Secretary of Louisiana Chapter No. 033 National Sojourners, Adjutant of Brandywine Camp, Heroes of 76' National Sojourners.
Sir Knight du Treil belongs to the Allied Masonic Degrees, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis, SRICF, and is a member of several Masonic Research Lodges and organizations. He currently sits on the State Executive Committee for the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. He belongs to the Order of The Crown of Thorns, has received the DeMolay Legion of Honor in 2010 and is currently a member of the Order of The Eastern Star Magnolia Chapter # 27.
Sir Knight Sir Knight du Treil, Jr. was appointed Department Commander of the South Central by Sir Knight Duane L. Vaught, Most Eminent Grand Master at the 66th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 12, 2015 in Buffalo, N. Y
SK Jeffrey A. Bolstad
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
NORTHWESTERN DEPARTMENT, AK, CO, ID, MT, OR, WA, and WY
Jeff Bolstad is a native of Homestead, Montana, born on Christmas day, 1956. He began his career in radio, doing the morning show and broadcasting hundreds of sporting events. In 1980 and 1981 he was honored by UPI as “Sportscaster of the Year.”
In 1986, Jeff moved to Helena and began his career as a State Farm agent.
Over the years, he has been heavily involved in community service, including the Helena Lions Club where he is a past president, and several years on the Chamber of Commerce Sports Committee, and the Montana Governor’s Cup Marathon Committee. He is on the board of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center. A long time high school and college basketball referee, he has been honored to work several state tournaments, and once officiated 10 consecutive Frontier Conference NAIA championship games. Jeff also was the Pastor of Valier Lutheran Church from 2001-2010. He is currently the pastor at both the Lutheran and Presbyterian Churches in Jordan, Montana.
He began his Masonic journey in 1990 when he was initiated into Helena Lodge #3, where he served as WM. He also was WM for King Solomon #9 in Helena.
SK Jeff became a member of the Helena York Rite Bodies in 1998, eventually becoming High Priest, Illustrious Master, and Commander. He joined Big Sky York Rite College #74 and was awarded the Purple Cross in 2002, serving as Governor in 2008. He was Montana Grand Commander in 2013-2014, is presently Grand King in the Royal Arch, and Grand Sentinel in Council. He is a member of the Red Cross of Constantine, now the Senior General, as well as KYCH, and the usual honorary bodies. One of his goals is to get a college of SRICF established in Montana, having joined the Wyoming college earlier this year.
He has served as the presiding officer in all four Scottish Rite Bodies, and in 2003 was appointed as Personal Representative of the SGIG in Montana. In 2005 he was coroneted with the 33rd Degree, Honorary Inspector General in Washington DC.
For seven years he was a member of the Board of Governors at Shriners Hospital in Spokane, and was elected twice to three year terms as a trustee of the Montana Masonic Home Board. For several years he was the Algeria Shriners membership chairman, PR chairman, and editor of the Algeria Shrine newsletter. He also spent five years as an officer on the Divan.
He is a Past Grand Patron in Eastern Star. An ardent student of the art of leadership, motivation, and personal development, Jeff has presented several workshops and seminars, mostly for Masonic organizations, and for the 2006-2009 triennial served as the director of the leadership development program for the General Grand Chapter, OES.
He and his beautiful wife Jill like to spend as much time as they can at their ranch near Lewistown, where he enjoys reffing high school basketball and writing and performing cowboy poetry.
Sir Knight Sir Knight Bolstad was appointed Department Commander, Northwestern by Sir Knight Duane L. Vaught, Most Eminent Grand Master at the 66th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 12, 2015 in Buffalo, N. Y
SK William A. Garrard
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
SOUTHWESTERN DEPARTMENT, AZ, CA, HI, NV, NM, and UT
SK William Anderson Garrard Jr. was born June 16, 1946 in Pampa, Texas to the late Harriett Jane and William Anderson Garrard. He grew up in West Texas where he graduated from Monahans H.S. and Texas Tech University having attained double B.S. degrees in International Trade and Economics in 1969. He received his M.B.A. degree from the University of Phoenix in 1983.
S.K. Garrard served in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Officer Candidate School at Ft. Belvoir, VA in November 1970 as the Leadership Honor Graduate, was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in Army Intelligence. Following his training at Ft. Holabird, MD and Jungle Survival School in the Panama Canal Zone, Lt. Garrard was deployed to the Republic of Vietnam then on to Baumholder Germany. He retired from the Army in OCT 1973, returning to Phoenix, Arizona to pursue his graduate studies.
S.K. Garrard married Miss April Ross on June 5, 1971 just prior to his deployment to Jungle Survival School and Viet Nam. They have one son, Justin, who is also a Master Mason and married to Sarah Allison Shaw. It is notable that S.K. Garrard had the distinct privilege and honor to confer all 3 degrees in the Blue Lodge to his son Justin when he was Worshipful Master of Arizona Lodge No. 2. They currently reside in Phoenix, Arizona where they are members of Unity of Phoenix Church of Christ.
S.K. Garrard had a long and successful career in banking, serving as Ass't V.P. with the Arizona Bank, V.P. and Regional Director of Consumer Auto Leasing for Wells Fargo Credit Corporation, V.P. and founding officer of the first non-bank lending subsidiary for Valley National Bank in Arizona, V.P. and Director of Consumer Lending for MeraBank, responsible for the start-up of their first multi-state Consumer Lending Division. He served on the National Committee for Consumer Lending under the Federal Savings and Loan Association and was a National Speaker for Consumer Lending with that organization. He was Chief Operating Officer for the Western Federal Credit Union where he testified before the National Board of Federal Credit Unions in Washington, D.C. just prior to the merger of that organization. He was Director of Economic Development for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, also serving as a member of the Select Committee to rewrite Tribal Leasing Regulations for Indian Trust Lands under the Bureau of Indian Affairs from 2003-05.
S.K. Garrard's introduction into Masonry first occurred when he was initiated as a charter member of the Monahans (TX) DeMolay Chapter in 1960. He was initiated, passed and raised to the degree of a Master Mason in November 1996 at Arizona Lodge No. 2 in Phoenix. He served as Worshipful Master of that lodge in 2002. He is also a member of Sun City Lodge No. 72 and Globe White Mountain Lodge No. 3 where he also served as Worshipful Master in 2008. He is a member of and was Worshipful Master of Arizona Research Lodge No. 1 in 2008. S.K. Garrard has served the Grand Lodge of Arizona as a District Deputy Grand Master (2003-09), Chairman of the Charter & Bylaws Committee (2008-09), Trial Masters' Committee (2008-10), Co-Chair Masonic Education & Service Committee (2008-09) Chairman (2010-12). He has been a lecturer at the Conference of Grand Masters each year (2006-09). He was awarded the Arizona Distinguished Service Medal (2010). He was elected as Grand Master of the Arizona Grand Lodge (2013-14) and elected as a member of the Grand Lodge Trustees (2014-17).
S.K. Garrard was made a 32° Mason in the Scottish Rite, Phoenix Valley, Orient of Arizona in May, 1997. He was elected to and awarded his K.C.C.H. in November 2009. He served as Venerable Master of the Phoenix Lodge of Perfection in 2012. He is also an active member of El Zaribah Shrine and a member of the Grand Masters' Chapter #966, National Sojourners.
At a York Rite Festival on March 8, 1997 Sir Knight Garrard was exalted as a Royal Arch Mason in Arizona Chapter No. 1 and greeted as a Cryptic Mason in Arizona Council No. 4. On March 15, he was knighted as a Knight Templar in Phoenix Commandery No. 3. He served as Excellent High Priest of his home chapter 2003-04 and is a member of the Order of High Priests. He was elected as Illustrious Master of his home Council 2004-05, is a member of the Order of the Silver Trowel, serving as Thrice Illustrious Master in 2011-12. He was awarded Cryptic Mason of the Year in 2010. He was elected and served as Eminent Commander of Phoenix Commandery No. 3 (2005-06). He is also member of the Past Commanders' Association. In October 2006, S.K. Garrard was awarded the honor of K.Y.C.H. and received his 3rd Quadrant as a K.Y.G.C.H. in June 2013. On April 3, 2015 M.E.G.M. David D. Goodwin awarded S.K. Garrard the rank and dignity of Knight Commander of the Temple at the Western States Easter Observance in Tempe, Arizona. S.K. Garrard was elected Most Excellent Grand High Priest of Arizona 2010-11 and Grand Trustee 2011-13. He was elected and served as Right Eminent Grand Commander in Arizona 2011-12 and as a Grand Trustee 2012-14. He currently serves as the Right Illustrious Grand Principal Conductor of the Work 2014-15 for the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons in Arizona. S.K. Garrard's other York Rite affiliations include: Sahuaro Council #367, York Rite Allied Masonic Degrees, Knight Commander of the Red Branch of Erie 2004, Sovereign Master 2008; York Rite Regius College No. 86, York Rite Colleges of North America, Associate Regent Order of the Purple Cross 2009, Pre-Eminent Governor 2012-13; Red Cross of Constantine, Puissant Sovereign 2014, Secretary 2015 to present; and Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Wilderness Tabernacle LII (2010); DeMolay Legion of Honor (Active) 2014 and member of the DeMolay Foundation of Arizona.
S.K. Garrard was appointed as Southwestern Department Commander by Sir Knight Duane L. Vaught, Most Eminent Grand Master at the 66th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 12, 2015 in Buffalo, N. Y.
SK Evaristo Leviste
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
FAR EAST DEPARTMENT
Sir Knight Evaristo "Sonny" Leviste was born in Manila, Philippines on December 19, 1952 to Dr. Jacinto Leviste, Sr. and Mercedes Arceo. He graduated high school at the Holy Infant Academy in 1968, and attended the Mapua Institute of Technology where he finished a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1973. He then completed his training as a pilot at the Philippine Airlines Aviation School in 1975. His career as a commercial pilot started in 1976.
He married the late Maria Carmen Lecaros-Leviste in 1978 and was blessed with two daughters and a son, Patricia Cherisse (33), Katherine Jenina Leviste-Samia (27), and Franz-Josef Alexander (30), also a Senior DeMolay. His daughter, Katherine is married to Armando Miguel Samia (30). He has two grandchildren, Kylie Mikaela (9) and Armando Lorenzo (4).
He is currently employed at EVA Airways Corporation, a Taiwan based airline, as a B747 Instructor Pilot since 1993. Aside from flying, he uses his entrepreneurial skills to manage two Manila- based companies, as President of Southmart Corporation, and Trentsmart Corporation, both franchisees of Monterey Meats, a subsidiary of San Miguel Foods Corporation.
He is a Senior DeMolay of Jose Abad Santos Chapter in Manila, Philippines. He holds the Past Master Councilor's Meritorious Service Award, Blue Honor Key, Founder's Membership Award, Degree of Chevalier, Cross of Honor, and Legion of Honor. He is currently serving as Grand Master of the Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay of the Republic of the Philippines since 2006.
He became a Master Mason in 1983 at Saigon Lodge No. 188, and was Worshipful Master in 1987. In 1992, he became Charter Worshipful Master of Jacques DeMolay Memorial Lodge No. 305. He holds membership with Las Pinas Lodge No. 332, Escudo Lodge No. 371, Frank Reed Horton Memorial Lodge No. 379, and Grand Secretary Reynold S. Fajardo Memorial Lodge No. 383. He is an Honorary Member of Noli Me Tangere Lodge No. 42, and a Member of Sublime-Benicia Lodge No. 5, AF&AM in Benicia, CA. He is the Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of Colombia-Cartagena and a Past District Grand Lecturer (1997-98). In June 2012, the Grand Lodge of the State of Washington, during their 133rd Annual Communication, honored him with the Bill Paul Horn Memorial Masonic Medal "for his quiet, consistent and significant contribution to the promotion and success of the Fraternity."
He is a Past High Priest of Pilipinas Chapter No. 24 RAM, a Past Illustrious Master of Pilipinas Council No. 11, R&SM, and a Past Commander of Pilipinas Commandery No. 11, KT. He is an Honorary Member of Naval Chapter No. 35, RAM in Vallejo, CA. He was appointed Grand Representative to the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Michigan, the Grand Council of Royal & Select Masters of the State of Delaware, and the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
He received the General Grand Chapter's Meritorious Medal for Distinguished Service (1993), the General Grand Council's Cryptic Mason of the Year Award (1992), and the Knights Templar Cross of Honor in 1993. He is a Past President of the Order of High Priesthood and the Order of the Silver Trowel of Thrice Illustrious Masters.
He became Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of the Philippines (2001), Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the Philippines (2001), and Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the Philippines (2004). He is a holder of the Knight York Grand Cross of Honor with three Quadrants.
He received the rank and decoration of Knight Commander of the Temple, and commissioned Grand Inspector General for the Philippines by William Howard Koon II, Most Eminent Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar in 2009. He has been reappointed Jurisdictional Deputy for the College of Honors for the 66th Triennium.
He became Eminent Prior of Filipinas Priory No. 61, Knights of the York Cross of Honour (1999); Puissant Sovereign of Asoka Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine (2001); Pre-Eminent Governor of Manila York Rite College No. 170 (1998); Very Eminent Preceptor of Sea of Tiberias Tabernacle No. LXX (2005); Order of Knight Commander (2006); Illustrious Grand Marshal and Intendant General for Guam and Japan for the United Grand Imperial Council, Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine of the United States, Mexico and the Philippines (2011).
He received the Order of the Purple Cross of York in 2010 and currently serves as Grand Governor for the Philippines, York Rite Sovereign College of North America. He was elected Regent in 2011. He is a member of the Philippine Bodies A&ASR, Valley of Paco, Orient of Manila, elevated Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 1993,coroneted 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1998, and became Venerable Master of Lakandola Lodge of Perfection in 1999.
He is a member of the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Philippines of the Royal Order of Scotland; Honorary Life Member of the Provincial Grand Lodge of the United States of America of the Royal Order of Scotland; Permanent Life Member of Afifi Shriners of Tacoma WA; Associate Member of Mabuhay Shriners of Manila, Philippines; and Honorary Member of Asiya Shriners, San Francisco, CA. He serves as Charter Tlacuilo of Nahuiatl Teocalli No. 116, Order of Quetzalcoatl.
He is College Secretary of Pearl of the Orient College, SRICF and was elevated to Magus, IX° Grade, at Supreme Magus College SRICF, in February 2010.
He is a Past Sovereign Master of Filipinas Council No. 490, Allied Masonic Degrees, concurrently serving as its Worthy Supreme Ruler under the Grand Conclave of the Order of the Secret Monitor of the United States of America and Installed Worshipful Commander Noah, Royal Ark Mariners; became an Esquire of the Royal Order of the Red Branch of Eri (2011), and Knight Commander (2012); appointed Grand Superintendent for Guam and the Philippines of the Grand Council, Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States of America (2011); a Fellow of the Grand College of Rites; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Knights Occidental; Knight Preceptor, Sovereign Order of Knights Preceptor; a Fourth Grade Councillor of the Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord; Member of Trinity Chapel No. 12 , Commemorative Order of St. Thomas of Acon; a Court Master Mason of North Carolina Court No. 73, Masonic Order of Athelstan of the Province of the United States; a Fellow of the Masonic Society; a Knight of the Masonic Order of the Bath; a member of Ye Antiente Order of Corks; and a Life Member of the Knight Crusaders of the Cross. He was made a Knight Mason in St. Patrick's Council No.1, and became a Fellow of the Craft in The Worshipful Society of Free Masons (Operatives) at Solar White Quarry Assemblage, Monroe, NC. In other foreign Constitutions, he is a member of Shanghai Preceptory and Priory No. 195 E.C. (1995); Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 E.C. (2010); Lodge Perla Del Oriente No. 1034, S.C. (1992); a Mark Master Mason, and a member of Keystone Royal Arch Chapter No. 354, RAM under the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
On August 12, 2015, he was installed Department Commander for the Far East during the 66th Triennial of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America
SK Gabriel Gherasim
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
SK Gabriel was born on 27th of April 1960 in Bucharest, Romania and he is married with Corina for 25 years. They have a daughter Diana which is the 2nd year at Hotel Management University. Gabriel is engineer and Ph.D. in National Security and Defense and Corina is economist. They are owners of a security systems company and lives in the area of Bucharest, Romania.
SK Gabriel was raised in 2001 in Romanian Dignity Lodge #103, Bucharest, Romania and he served as Worshipful Master between 2005-2007. In the year of 2006 he was elected as Most Illustrious Sovereign of St. John the Baptist Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine.
Between 2007-2010 he served as Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masons of Romania. Between 2010-2012 he served as Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Romania.
Between 2012-2015 he served as Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Romania.
In the year of 2014 he was elected as Sovereign Grand Master of the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees of Romania. In the same year he was elected as Deputy Preceptor of the King Solomon Tabernacle #82 of the Holly Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests and Deputy Prior of Jaques de Molay Priory #85 of the Knights of the York Cross of Honor.
In the year of 2015 he was elected as Eminent Prior of the Constantin Brancoveanu Court #108 of the Masonic Order of Athelstan.
Gabriel is Honorary Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter, Honorary Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council and Honorary Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Italy and Honorary Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter, Honorary Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council and Honorary Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Portugal.
The Convent General of the United States of America gave him the Order of the Knight of the York Grand Cross of Honor with 3 Quadrants.
Sir Knight Gherasim was appointed Department Commander of the Europe by Sir Knight Duane L. Vaught, Most Eminent Grand Master at the 66th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 12, 2015 in Buffalo, N.Y.
SK Richard Butterfield
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
SOUTHERN AMERICAS DEPARTMENT
Richard S. Butterfield was born on June 8, 1941 to A. Stewart and Nancy E. Butterfield in the small farming community of North Branch, Michigan. He is the second of three children and has an older and younger sister. He graduated high school in 1959 and attended the University of Michigan. In January 1964 he enlisted in the Naval Aviation Cadet Program, and in November 1965 he was commissioned an Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator. After a twenty and a half year career, Richard retired from the Navy. Since retirement he has been employed in the lighter than air balloon industry.
He was initiated, passed, and raised a Master Mason in Albuquerque Lodge No. 60 in September, 1988. Enjoying the Craft, Richard was appointed to the line and was installed Master of the Lodge in 1997. Previous to that in 1995 he joined the York Rite and Scottish Rite. Following the path to increasing enlightenment, he served as Eminentb Commander of Pilgrim Commandery No. 3 in 2001 and as High Priest of Rio Grande Chapter No. 4 and Illustrious Master of Hiram Council No. 1 in 2002. Continuing in the side orders, he is a member and past head of the Order of High Priesthood, the Order of The Silver Trowel, and the Past Commander’s Association. He is a Past Eminent Prior of New Mexico Priory No. 29 Knights of the York Cross of Honor. He is the Past Governor of York Rite College No. 145, an Associate Regent of the York Rite Sovereign College, Past Deputy Grand Governor of New Mexico, and has received the Order of the Purple Cross. Richard is a Past Puissant Sovereign of Saint Sophia Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. In July 2007 he was appointed Intendant General of the division of New Mexico and continues to serve in this position. He is also a Past Excellent Chief of Enchantment Council No. 21 Knight Masons, a member of the Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, and a Life member of The Royal Order of Scotland. Being a retired military officer, Richard is a member and Past President of Kit Carson Chapter No. 447, National Sojourners and Past Camp Commander of Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright Camp of the Heroes of ’76.
In 2002 Richard S. Butterfield was appointed to the Grand Commandery officer line as Grand Sword Bearer by Right Eminent Grand Commander, Dickerson R. Watkins, Jr. and served as the Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of New Mexico for 2007 – 2008. Richard was honored by being created a Knight Commander of the Temple. After his year as Grand Commander, he was elected Grand Treasurer of the Grand Chapter, Grand Council, and Grand Commandery of New Mexico and continues to serve in this capacity.
Sir Knight Butterfield was appointed Department Commander of the SouthernAmericas by Sir Knight Duane L. Vaught, Most Eminent Grand Master at the 66th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 12, 2015 in Buffalo, N.Y.