SK Stuart K. Drost
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
NORTHEASTERN DEPTARTMENT, CT, ME, MA/RI, NH, NJ, NY, PA, and VT
Stuart is a Connecticut native who has followed closely in his father's footsteps in education, employment, marksmanship, the fraternity and marrying gals from the Bluegrass State. Stuart and his wife Marlene have been married for 25 years and have two children; Kyle, a senior at Virginia Tech and Rachel, a freshman at the University of Delaware.
Stuart has been employed at Sikorsky Aircraft for 31 years where he was previously the Lead Acoustics Engineer and Manager of the NVH Research Laboratory. In this capacity, Stuart accumulated more than 3000 hours of flight test experience and was awarded six US Patents. Stuart is currently employed as the Chief Engineer for the H-60N Blackhawk which is utilized by the Marine Corps for Executive Transport. Inclusive in his duties is that of Air Accident Investigator. Stuart is the recognized Subject Matter Expert for Sound Spectrum Analysis of the black boxes recovered from crashed helicopters. Results of his work can be seen by watching E6S2-#3 of "Why Planes Crash - Chopper Down".
Stuart is in his 10th season as a youth football coach. When he is not out on the gridiron, he might be on a winding road on the Harley or cruising SusieQ up on the lake. Stuart has carried on the family tradition of competitive marksmanship. He has been NCOIC of the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry of the North-South Skirmish Association and has a Civil War Parrot Gun that he has competed with in the American Artillery Association. His true penchant for shooting lies in Conventional Pistol. He holds a Master classification for both Indoor and Outdoor Pistol and has placed 4th nationwide during Sectional competition. He holds Distinguished Pistol Badge #1251. He has been Cub Master of Pack 27, Committee Member of Troop 27 and founding member/technical advisor for Venturing Crew #22.
On August 22 2018 he was installed Department Commander for the NORTHEASTERN DEPARTMENT during the 68th Triennial of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America
SK William F. Reinhold
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
MID-ATLANTIC DEPARTMENT, DE, DC, MD, NC, VA, and WV
Sir Knight William F. "Bill" Reinhold was born in New York City on Independence Day in 1951. He was baptized in St. John's Episcopal Church which, prior to completion of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in 1964, was right across from the Parade Field and Officers' Quarters of Fort Hamilton. General Robert E. Lee, as a Captain serving as Post Engineer at Fort Hamilton from 1841 to 1846, was a Vestryman of the Church. General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, as a Major while stationed at Fort Hamilton with his regiment from 1848 to 1850, was baptized at the Church on 29 April 1849. General Mathew B. Ridgeway, NATO Commander, was baptized at that Church in 1899. Due to these and a long history of other Flag Rank Officers attending Sunday worship services the Church was known as the "The Church of the Generals" prior to its closing in 2014.
Sir Knight Reinhold did not have the opportunity to know either of his grandfathers, both Master Masons, because they were deceased prior to his birth. His dad, a senior DeMolay, died about six months before Bill's tenth birthday. It was in the Church's Parish Hall on a Sunday morning about five years after his father's passing, where his mother, a member of the Order of Eastern Star until she died in 2009, prompted him to ask the nearby older boys about something called DeMolay. His Initiatory Degree was on the 22nd Anniversary of D-Day in Theodore Roosevelt Chapter at the Bay Ridge Masonic Temple, Brooklyn, NY. He enjoyed DeMolay and served his Chapter as Master Councilor. Years later, in the mid-1990s for his service to DeMolay, he was made a Chevalier in the Order of DeMolay. During this time his three sons became members of the Order of DeMolay. In 2000 his mother would have the pleasure to assist in Bill's investiture ceremony making him an active member of the DeMolay Legion of Honor for life.
Sir Knight Reinhold married the former Dolores Helms Whittemore on 21 December 2005 in the Charlottesville Masonic Temple during an open meeting of Charlottesville Commandery No. 3. The marriage ceremony was conducted by the late Sir Knight H. Arthur Dechent, Eminent Grand Prelate Emeritus, Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Virginia. Lady Dolores is a Past Worthy President of Fredericksburg Assembly No. 266, Social Order of the Beauceant. She was honored for distinguished services to Templary by being presented the Companion of the Temple award on 03 May 2014. Lady Dolores served as Supreme Director of Music for the Supreme Assembly, Social Order of the Beauceant, 2017-2018. Together Bill and Dolores have five adult children from previous marriages and seven grandchildren. His three sons, William, Charles, and James, are Senior DeMolay and have Life Membership in Widow's Sons' Lodge No. 60. Two of his sons are members of Commanderies in Virginia. His two grandsons are fourth generation members of the Order of DeMolay.
Sir Knight Reinhold attended public school, graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1969, received a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1973 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in United States Army Reserve in the Chapel of Saint Cornelius the Centurion on Governor's Island in New York Harbor. He received a Master of Engineering, Electrical Engineering, from the University of Virginia in 1978. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Signal and Civil Affairs Officer Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff Officer Course, Army Management Staff College, Joint Staff Officer Course, and the Department of Defense Emergency Officer Preparedness Course.
The majority of Sir Knight Reinhold's military service was in the Active Reserve during the Cold War. During the last eight of twenty eight years of service, Lieutenant Colonel Reinhold served as a Joint Operations Center Watch Officer in the Current Operations Division of United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM). Shortly after retirement from the Active Reserve he was recalled to Active Duty after 11 September 2001 by name in a letter from the Deputy Commander in Chief, USJFCOM to serve as the Liaison Officer for the Director of Operations to the Commanding General, Joint Task Force - Olympics, Salt Lake City, Utah. His military awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
During Sir Knight Reinhold's civilian career he worked for Raytheon Submarine Signal Division, Portsmouth, RI, as an Electronics Engineer and for Sperry Marine Systems Division, Charlottesville, VA, as a Senior Engineer, Electronics Design/Development. During the latter employment he invented a unique electronic circuit and was awarded U.S. Patent Number 4,141,002 on 20 February 1979. Over the next thirty plus years he worked in the Intelligence Community and retired from the
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in January 2014.
Sir Knight Reinhold has donated 103 pints of blood to the American Red Cross. He is a Benefactor Life Member of the National Rifle Association and enjoys Cowboy Action Shooting. His alias in the Single Action Shooting Society is Hollymead Kid. He and Lady Dolores attend New Journey Church in Midlothian, VA, in addition to Vespers at the Masonic Home of Virginia (MAHOVA). It is great to be able to grow old together in their Masonic Village Cottage where the best is yet to be.
Sir Knight Reinhold was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on 23 February 1973 in Sunset Lodge No. 936, F. & A.M., Brooklyn, New York. He was elected to membership in Widow's Sons' Lodge No. 60, A.F. & A.M., Charlottesville, VA, on 16 August 1993 and received a Demit from Kilwinning-Sunset Lodge No. 936 in September 1993. He served as Worshipful Master of Widow's Sons' Lodge No. 60 during its Bicentennial Year in 1999.
Sir Knight Reinhold was exalted as a Royal Arch Mason on 23 November 1974 in Aquidneck Royal Arch Chapter No. 9, Portsmouth RI. He was elected to membership in Keystone Royal Arch Chapter No. 58, Charlottesville, VA in 1995 and received the Council Degrees. He received a Demit from Aquidneck Royal Arch Chapter No. 9 in May 1998. He served as High Priest of Keystone Royal Arch Chapter in 2001-2002 and District Deputy Grand High Priest in 2006-2007. He became a charter member of Kents Store Royal Arch Chapter No. 86, Kents Store, VA, on 13 January 2001 and a member of Orange Royal Arch Chapter No. 47, Barboursville, VA, after these Chapters merged in 2007. He received a Demit from Orange Royal Arch Chapter No. 47 in 2011. He has received the Super Excellent Masters Degree, been anointed, consecrated, and set apart in the Holy Order of High Priesthood, and admitted to the Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters.
Sir Knight Reinhold was elected to membership in Charlottesville Commandery No. 3, Charlottesville, VA, and received the Orders of Knighthood on 01 March 1997. He served as Eminent Commander in 2001-2002, was initiated into the Sovereign Order of Knights Preceptor during the Grand Commandery Stated Conclave, Roanoke, VA, on 10 May 2001, and served as District Deputy Grand Commander in 2004-2005. He was elected and installed as Grand Warder, Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Virginia in May, 2008. He again served as Eminent Commander of Charlottesville Commandery No. 3 from 2009-2013. He was honored for distinguished services to Freemasonry by being presented the Knight Commander of the Temple award on 07 May 2011 by the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar. He was elected and installed as the Right Eminent Grand Commander, Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Virginia on 03 May 2014.
Sir Knight Reinhold was elected and became a member of Wilderness Road York Rite College No. 94, Blacksburg, VA, on 10 January 1998. He moved his membership to Commonwealth York Rite College No. 50 in 2007. He was elected and installed as Preeminent Governor of Commonwealth York Rite College No. 50 on 14 June 2014. He was duly elevated to the Distinguished Order of the Purple Cross of York at the 59th General Assembly, York Rite Sovereign College of North America, in 2016 at Vancouver, British Columbia.
Sir Knight Reinhold was elected to and received the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, USA, in Richmond, VA on 21 June 1997. He was also elected to ACCA Temple and received the degrees of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine in Richmond, VA, on 21 June 1997. He was immediately elected to membership and joined Piedmont Shrine Club, Charlottesville, VA. Shortly after relocating in 2018 to the Masonic Village, Richmond, VA, he was elected to membership in the Provost Guard of ACCA Temple and demitted from the Piedmont Shrine Club.
Sir Knight Reinhold was elected to membership and received the degrees in Valley Council No. 56, Allied Masonic Degrees, Waynesboro, VA, on 14 September 1998. He was elected as Sovereign Master of Valley Council and received the Installed Masters Degree on 14 December 2004. He served as Sovereign Master in 2005 and was elected to receive the Red Branch of Eri by Valley Council on 13 December 2005. He resigned from Valley Council on 14 December 2011 after being elected to membership in Hartley Carmichael Council No. 3 in December 2010. He has received the degrees in the Royal Order of Masonic Knights of the Scarlet Cord; the 1st Grade on 14 February 2009, the 2nd Grade on 11 Feb 2010, and the 3rd Grade and President's Ceremony on 13 February 2010. He was elected and installed as Sovereign Master, Hartley Carmichael Council No. 3, in December 2016.
Sir Knight Reinhold was elected to membership and received the degrees in King Darius Council No. 17, Knight Masons of the USA, on 31 October 1998 and served as Excellent Chief in 2007-2008.
Sir Knight Reinhold was elected to membership and received the degrees in Garden of Gethsemane Tabernacle No. 2, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests on 14 June 2003. He served as Very Eminent Preceptor in 2012-2013. He was elevated to the rank of Knight Commander by the Grand College of America, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests on 08 February 2013.
Sir Knight Reinhold was invited and inducted into Knight York Cross of Honour, Rose of Sharon Priory No. 2, in May 2004. He served as Eminent Prior, 2013 to 2014. He was presented with a certificate from Convert General, Knights of the York Cross of Honour, on 06 June 2014, conferring upon him the rank and title of Knight York Grand Cross of Honour with one Quadrant.
Sir Knight Reinhold was elected to membership and installed as a Knight of the Commemorative Order of Saint Thomas of Acon in the Trinity Chapel No. 12 on 12 February 2009 as Sir William of Hollymead. He became a Charter member of Old Dominion Chapel No. 87 on 11 February 2010 and is currently serving as the Worthy Master. Sir William of Hollymead was appointed by the Grand Preceptor, Grand Preceptor's Council in the Province of the United States of America, to the Office of Provincial Grand Cellarer from 2013 to 2015.
Sir Knight Reinhold was elected to membership and received the degrees in the Virginia College Masonic Societas Rosiccuriana In Civitatibus Foederatis on 14 June 2003. He has attained the VII Degree and was installed as Celebrant on 12 June 2018.
Sir Knight Reinhold is a life member of the Royal Order of Scotland. He was elected to membership and received the degrees on 01 September 2010.
Sir Knight Reinhold is also a member of the Grand College of Rites and a Life Member of Lodge Fraser No. 267 A.F. & A.M., Aberdeen, Scotland.
Sir Knight Reinhold was appointed as Mid-Atlantic Department Commander by Sir Knight Jeffrey N. Nelson, Most Eminent Grand Master at the 67th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 22, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN.
SK James C. McGee
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
SOUTHEASTERN DEPARTMENT, AL, FL, GA, MS, SC, and TN
James C. McGee was born July 18, 1961 in Vernon, Alabama. He graduated from the University of North Alabama. SK McGee served in the United State Marine Corps. SK McGee is married to Donna McGee.
SK McGee joined the Florence Chapter, Order of DeMolay as a charter member in 1977. He served as the Executive Officer in Alabama. In 1999 he was elected as Grand Master of the International Supreme Council of the Order of DeMolay. He served as the Grand Treasurer from 2002 to 2012.
SK McGee was raised a Master Mason in Florence Lodge #14 in 1982. He has served as Worshipful Master of Florence Lodge #14 and Greeno Lodge #598.
SK McGee received the Capitular Degrees in Cyrus Chapter #6 in 1996. In 2010, he was elected The Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter RAM's of Alabama.
SK McGee received the Cryptic Degrees in Florence Council #74 in 1996. In 2015, he was elected The Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council RSM's of Alabama.
SK McGee received the Chivalric Orders in Florence Commandery #39 in Florence, Alabama in 1996. He was presented the Knight Commander of the Temple and the Knight Templar Cross of Honor. In 2018 was elected Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Alabama.
SK McGee was coroneted an Honorary Inspector General, 33rd Degree in 2001.
SK McGee is a member of Emrys W. Johns York Rite College #179, served as Grand Governor and currently serves as the Grand Herald, honored with the KYCH in 2008, a member of the St. Dunstan Conclave, RCC, a Past Patron of the OES, a member of Vulcan Council #119 KM and was consecrated into the HRAKT Priests.
Sir Knight McGee was appointed Department Commander, Southeastern by Sir Knight Jeffrey N. Nelson Most Eminent Grand Master at the 68th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 22, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN.
SK Gerald G. Pugh
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
EAST CENTRAL DEPARTMENT, IN, IL, KY, MI, and OH
Sir Knight Gerald G. Pugh was born in Marietta, OH to Darrel & Nora Pugh on April 13, 1963. He attended Marietta High School and the Washington County Vocational School and Graduated in 1981. He also attended Washington State Community College. He has been in the Transportation Industry for 37 years and is proud of his accident free 3.1 million miles. He was the WV State Police Professional Driver of the Year. He is employed by Old Dominion Freight Lines as a Freight Planner/ Inbound Supervisor.
He married Cheryl Sellers on May 17, 1984. Cheryl is employed by the U.S. Treasury Department. They have two children, Son Cody Pugh of Westminster, MD and Daughter Lindsey Pugh of Marietta, OH. Cody is married to Jordon Pugh and they have given Jerry and Cheryl two beautiful grandchildren Hailey and Allison. Jerry and Cheryl attends Sandhill United Methodist Church.
He was raised a Master Mason in 1999 and was Worshipful Master of Aurelius Lodge No. 308 in 2003 &
Worshipful Master of Harmar Lodge No. 390 in 2008. He is a High Priest of American Union Chapter RAM and Thrice Illustrious Master of Marietta Council R&SM. He was knighted in Marietta Commandery and served as the Eminent Commander in 2002. He is a Past Grand Commander of Ohio 2015. He received his KCT in 2009.
SK Pugh is a 33rd Degree, Valley of Cambridge AASR, serving as Sovereign Prince, and serves on the Executive Board. He is treasurer and Past Governor of Ohio Valley York Rite College, received the Order of the Purple Cross in 2014. Member of Ohio Priory No. 18, officer of Lafayette Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine, member of Ohio College SRICF, Past Master American Union Council No. 445 AMD, Very Eminent Preceptor of Galilean Tabernacle No. XXIII HRAKTP, Past Master and secretary of American Union Chapel No.16 St. Thomas of Acon, Past Excellent Chief and treasurer of Donegal Council No. 94 Knight Masons, member of Marietta Chapter No. 59 Order of the Eastern Star.
Served on the parent board of the Ohio Masonic Home, and is President of the Marietta Masonic Temple Board. Sir Knight Pugh was appointed Department Commander, EAST CENTRAL DEPARTMENT by Sir Knight Jeffrey N. Nelson Most Eminent Grand Master at the 68th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 22, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN.
SK Daniel R. Sherry
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
NORTH CENTRAL DEPARTMENT,IA, MN, NE, ND, SD, and WI
SK Daniel R. Sherry was was born in Hinsdale, Illinois on 15 June 1947. My father Richard was a Mason and my mother Betty was in Eastern Star. I graduated from Cloquet High School in northeastern Minnesota in 1965 - captain of Region Seven Debate Champions and class graduation speaker. University Minnesota, Duluth biology major and chemistry minor, gradated with honors 1969, working each summer at Northwest Paper Company to pay my way thru school. Summer 1969 was employed by Univ Minnesota as foreman of bilogy undergrads doing white pine blister rust research, Ely.
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Medical School (1973), began my physician career which ended with retirement age 68 rom Mayo Clinic, primary care. In the interval, I was ren years on the Wisconsin Medical Society board of directors; past president and past Chairman of the Board Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, and American academy of Family Physicians voting delegate along with three years on national Commission on Finance and Insurance. I also served over a decade on the University of Minnesota Medical Alumni board of directors.
In 1977 I married Ellen Jane after she graduated with a BSN from Winona State University. Oldest daughter works for Medtroic in Boston (grandsons 5, 3); next daughter works for Univ Denver (grandson 9), and son works for AT&T in Madison (granddaughter 6 mo).
In my free time, I received the University of Minnesota, Duluth Distinguished Alumni Award, State Historical Society of Wisconsin Local History Award of Merit, Ellsworth Businessman of the Year, and Lions Melvin Jones and Lions Birch-Sturm Awards. I do Civil War re-enacting with the 1st Minnesota Infantry of Fort Snelling, and was in the movie Glory. I also shoot CW artillery, including at Gettysburg.
Worshipful Master twice, then past district deputy grand master; with OES past patron and treasurer; Past Commander Demascus #1 St. Paul then Past Grand commander Minnesota; past Chairman Patiotic and Civic Activites Committee GEKT; and Past Commander Association of Minnesota and other North Central states. I still have time for Knight Crusaders of the Cross, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Minnesota York Rite College, Universal Craftsman Council of Engineers, Minnesota Council Knight Masons, shrine go cart parade driver, Philalethes Society, Scottish Rite, and Order of the N.A.T.L.
I summary, I enjoy talking with people. I enjoy the sword drill in a group. I enjoy teaching DeMolay and boy scouts. I enjoy the Knight Templar life.
Sir Knight Sherry was appointed Department Commander, NORTH CENTRAL DEPARTMENT by Sir Knight Jeffrey N. Nelson Most Eminent Grand Master at the 68th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 22, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN
SK Jack M. Harper
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
SOUTH CENTRAL DEPARTMENT, AR, KS, LA, MO, OK, and TX
Jack Magee Harper II was born 19 November 1971, in Austin, Texas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration degrees, both from Texas Tech University, and from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program from Harvard University. He is serving as City Manager of Fulshear, Texas, one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.
Jack began his Masonic journey in 2003, and has served four times each as Worshipful Master (including Texas Lodge of Research), High Priest, Thrice Illustrious Master, and five times as Commander. He served as Grand Commander of Knights Templar in Texas from 2017-2018. He is a Scottish Rite 33°, Grand Superintendent for both Knight Masons and Allied Masonic Degrees, Chief Adept, IX° for Texas and Stella Sola Colleges SRICF, and Order of the Purple Cross. Further, he is a member of Red Cross of Constantine, HRAKTP, KYCH, National Sojourners, Heroes of '76, Masonic Order of Athelstan, Operatives, Scarlet Cord, Shrine, Grotto, and Eastern Star.
He has been in Boy Scouts since 1979, and served in many roles including Ranger at Philmont Scout Ranch, Cubmaster, and Scoutmaster. Jack is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member in Order of the Arrow, and recipient of the Silver Beaver and Founders Award.
Jack was recognized by the United States Navy as a Distinguished Visitor at Sea and completed an arrested landing and catapult assisted launch onboard the USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76. Jack is a Single Engine Land and Sea Plane private pilot, Extra Class licensee (WM5P), and an avid backpacker. He is attempting to hike the highest point in every state, and has summited forty highpoints.
Jack is married to his lovely wife, Julie; and they have one son, Jake- who will be a 5th grader.
On August 22 2018 he was installed Department Commander for the SOUTH CENTRAL DEPARTMENT during the 68th Triennial of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America
SK Benjamin Williams
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
NORTHWESTERN DEPARTMENT, AK, CO, ID, MT, OR, WA, and WY
Bro. Ben Williams was born in Washington D.C. on March 8, 1976, to the Hon. Diana Pritchard-Jack (nee Pritchard), daughter of Lord and Lady Pritchard of West Haddon, England, and David H. Williams, son of David B. Williams of the New York based, global advertising conglomerate, Interpublic Group. After his parents divorced, he moved back to England and attended school there. He was confirmed into the Church of England by the Bishop of Lincoln in 1990 at Eton College. After a somewhat adventuresome adolescence, he returned to the U.S. and attended the University of Maryland at College Park in 1995, graduating in the Summer of 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management with a focus on pedology - the genesis, morphology, and classification of soils. In 2012 he passed the Patent Bar and became a registered Patent Agent.
He moved to Telluride, CO, in the summer of 2002, fleeing the maelstrom of Las Vegas. Then to Norwood, CO, in 2004, and finally settled in Littleton, CO, in 2014 where he runs a boutique patent firm representing various inventors and a number of corporate clients. In September of 2015 he realized his greatest achievement, convincing Tiffany Seybert to marry him. They have a baby girl, Adelyn, and a Beagle, Warwick.
He was initiated an Entered Apprentice in Norwood Lodge No. 111, in Nucla, CO, on March 14, 2006 and raised in Delta Lodge by courtesy work on Nov. 11 the same year.
He is a Past Master of Norwood Lodge No. 111 and Telluride Lodge No. 56. He is a P.E.H.P. of Gunnison Chapter No. 16 R.A.M.; P.T.I.M. of Telluride Council No. 10; and P.E.C. of Montrose-Ouray Commandery No. 16. He currently serves as Secretary of Research Lodge of Colorado.
He serves the Grand Lodge of Colorado as the Chair of the Education Committee and was appointed Grand Orator in 2018.
In 2017 he was elected by the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Colorado to serve as Grand Commander.
In 2015 he was voted Colorado Mason of the Year. In 2016, at their Grand Sessions, he was made an honorary member of the Grand Lodge of Wyoming.
He serves the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America as a member of the editorial review committee for the Knight Templar Magazine.
In the Scottish Rite he is a Past Master of Kadosh of the Grand Junction Consistory, and currently serves the Denver Consistory as Senior Warden in the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Rose Croix. In 2015 he was humbled by his Brethren to receive the honorary degree of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor.
He is a member of the Allied Masonic Degrees (Black Canyon Council No. 318 and Front Range Council No. 288), the York Rite Sovereign College (Four Corners No. 171 and Centennial No. 87); Order of the Silver Trowel; Order of Anointed High Priests (where he serves as President); Past Commanders Association; Ish Sodi; Pikes Peak Priory No. 21, K.Y.C.H.; Kincora Council No. 8 of Knight Masons; Rocky Mountain Chapel No. 26, St. Thomas of Acon (charter member); St. Bernard Commandery No. 41; Crown of Thorns Tabernacle No. XXVIII, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests (serving as First Pillar); Colorado College, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis (past secretary and Third Herald in the High Council); and Mount of the Holy Cross Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine .
In 2017 he was initiated a Knight Kilwinning in the Royal Order of Scotland.
On August 22 2018 he was installed Department Commander for the NORTHWESTERN DEPARTMENT during the 68th Triennial of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America
SK Dean D. Rein
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
SOUTHWESTERN DEPARTMENT, AZ, CA, HI, NV, NM, and UT
Sir Knight Dean D. Rein was adopted by his loving parents Richard and Peggy Rein at the age of six weeks in August of 1959 in Orange County, California. He has a younger adopted sister Letitia and a half-sister Ardelle. He married his beautiful and affectionate bride Miss Edie Stringham on September 24, 2005 at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Salt Lake City, Utah. He serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of family-owned D&T Properties, Inc., which develops, owns and operates multifamily, industrial and storage properties in California and Utah.
Sir Knight Rein began his Masonic journey when he was initiated an Entered Apprentice on March 15, 1995; passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on April 19, 2015 and raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on April 29, 1995 in St. George Lodge No. 33, St. George, Utah. He served as their Worshipful Master in 1998 and 1999. He continues to serve as their Lodge Secretary since 2003. He is also a member of Twin Peaks Lodge No. 32 and Cedar City Lodge No. 35. He was appointed to the Grand Lodge of Utah in 1999. He had the honor of receiving the prestigious Hiram Award from the Grand Lodge of Utah in May 2004. He was elected to the office of Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Utah in 2007. He was subsequently elected as their Grand Treasurer and continues to serve in that office. He received that rank and decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in 2001 and Coronated an Inspector General Honorary, 33rd Degree, of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, in 2005. He is a member of El Kalah Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Salt Lake City, Utah, and served as a pilot in their Aviation Club for a number of years. He served as Worthy Patron of Silver Reef Chapter No. 26, Order of the Eastern Star and is a member of Mt. Olympus Chapter No. 23, Order of the Eastern Star. He was appointed Grand Chaplain of the Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star of Utah and served as Chairman of their Finance Committee. He is a proud member of Salt Lake Chapter No. 114, National Sojourners and a Hero of '76. He is also a member of the Utah College, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis.
Sir Knight Rein began his York Rite journey when he was Exalted as a Royal Arch Mason and Greeted as a Cryptic Mason on March 11, 2000; and Knighted as a Knight Templar on March 18, 2000, in the Salt Lake City York Rite Bodies. Subsequently, he affiliated with the Price York Rite Bodies, Midvale York Rite Bodies, St. George York Rite Bodies and Samuel Paul Honors Commandery No. 00. He was elected to the offices of Excellent High Priest of Solomon Chapter No. 3, Royal Arch Masons, Midvale, Utah; Illustrious Master, Daly Council No. 5, Cryptic Masons, Midvale, Utah; Eminent Commander, Malta Commandery No. 3, Knights Templar, Midvale, Utah; and currently holds the office of Treasurer of Samuel Paul Honors Commandery No. 00 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was elected to the office of Right Eminent Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Utah in 2012; Most Illustrious Grand Master of Cryptic Masons of Utah in 2013 and Most Excellent Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons of Utah in 2014. He currently serves on the Grand York Rite of Utah's Board of Trustees and is Chairman of the Jurisprudence Committee for the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Utah. He served as the Utah State Coordinator, Grand Encampment of Knights Templar; Utah State Ambassador, General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons for Utah; and currently serves as the Utah State Ambassador, General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons for Utah. He served as Most Excellent President, Order of Anointed High Priests of Melchizedek; a member of the Order of Thrice Illustrious Masters of the Silver Trowel and the Past Commanders Association of Utah. He served as Eminent Preceptor of Petra Tabernacle LXI, Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests. He is currently in the appointed officer line of Utah Priory No. 47, Knights of the York Cross of Honor. He is a Past Sovereign of Bonneville Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. He is a Past Grand Governor of Utah and an Associate Regent of the York Rite Sovereign College of North American. He is the recipient of the Cryptic Mason of the Year award from the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Utah; Order of the Secret Vault from the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons; Order of the Purple Cross from the York Rite Sovereign College of North American; the Knight Templar Cross of Honor and Knight Commander of the Temple from the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar. He has been invested with all Four Quadrants of the Knight York Grand Cross of Honor.
Sir Knight Rein was installed as the SOUTHWESTERN DEPARTMENT Commander by Sir Knight Jeffery N. Nelson, Most Eminent Grand Master, at the 68th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment on August 22, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN.
SK Evaristo Leviste
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
ASIA - PACIFIC
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 Jose Moreno,
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
Europe - Africa DEPARTMENT
SK Richard S. Butterfield
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
Latin America 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.
SK Sidney J. Leluan
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
SK Sid Leluan III - KCT-KYGCH was born to Sidney Jr and Patricia Leluan on 5 July 1959 at Ernest Harmon AFB in Stephenville, NF, Canada. He is a graduate of Salpointe Catholic High Scholl in 1977 and attended the University of Arizona. He is married to Debbie and they collectively have 4 sons and two granddaughters, so far.
Sid travelled the world, not only as a dependent child in the Air Force to foreign lands but also for his deep love and passion for Masonic Rites. He never interferes with the local custom nor does he try to impose the "American" way of doing things. "the local customs must be observed and respected while a guest in a foreign country", he says. Sid has a reasonable command of the Spanish language. He is very widely respected in the Latin and South American Countries where he shall serve the Grand Encampment as a co-Department Commander with his dear friend Dick Butterfield, for the Caribbean, Latin and South American countries. The largest contiguous region of the Grand Encampment.
Sid began his journey in Masonry in Marion McDaniel Lodge No. 56 "The Duke's Lodge" in 1981 when he was initiated, passed and raised along side his father, Sid Jr. He became it's 26th Master in 1986. He joined Adobe Lodge No. 41 in 1988 and became Master there in 1992. He joined the Scottish Rite (KCCH 2007 and serves as Director General of Ritual and Ceremonies) and Shrine (Serves as parliamentarian) in 1981 and York Rite in 1982. He has served his constituent Tucson York Rite bodies as well as being Grand High Priest (2009), Illustrious Grand Master (2013) and Grand Commander of Arizona (2014). He is a recipient of many awards and accolades which modesty prohibit listing here. He is a Past Patron of his Eastern Star Chapter, Past International President of the Association of High Twelve Clubs, Past Grand Governor of Arizona, York Rite Sovereign College of No. America, Past Prior - Arizona Priory KYCH, 9th Grade SRICF, 6th Grade - The Operatives, Past President So. AZ Chapter National Sojourners, Past Sovereign - Kachina Council AMD, Excellent Chief of Great Chief's Council No 0 Knight Masons, Past Monarch (2013-16) - Altan Kol Grotto.
Belongs also to the following concordant bodies: Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Trinity Chapel No. 12 St. Thomas of Acon, Yeoman of York, Order of the Scarlett Cord, DeMolay: Honorary Legion of Honor Past Chapter Dad and Chairman Advisory Council; Rainbow: Past Advisor and member of State Board; Royal Order of Scotland (1993); Royal Order of Jesters; Order of Athelstan; Sword of Bunker Hill; Masonic Order of the Bath; Life member - Philalethes Society; Has served on the National Boards of - Royal Arch Research Assistance (2011-2017) and Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation (2015 - 2017).
SK Sid is very proud to have been considered worthy of such a responsibility and enters it with full vigor and enthusiasm for the betterment of the Grand Encampment.