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S.K. THOMAS X. TSIRIMOKOS
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts/Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont
The son of an Air Force officer and native of Manchester, New Hampshire, S.K. Tsirimokos spent his formative years in California, Greece, France, Germany and other locales where his father's assignments took them. Graduating a National Merit Scholar from Munich American High School in 1969, he entered Dartmouth College, receiving his A.B. cum laude in 1973, returning to Munich to work for U. S. Army Special Services. In 1975, he entered Emory University a graduate fellow in the joint-degree program of the School of Law and the School of Business. Elected to the Moot Court Society, he received his J.D. and M.B.A. in 1978.
S.K. Tsirimokos began his legal career with Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia, his practice concentrating in Government contracts.
Returning to his native Granite State in 1982, he joined Sanders Associates, Inc. as Senior Contract Administrator with responsibilities expanded to encompass commercial and international transactions. In 1987, he joined the Sanders Legal Department as Senior Attorney, expanding his practice to include real estate, environmental and employment law, and litigation. He also served as Director of Business Practices and assisted the Government in prosecuting a Sanders supplier for delivery of defective goods and obtaining the first conviction for federal procurement fraud in New Hampshire. After Sanders became part of Lockheed Martin Corporation, he chaired the Lockheed Martin Contracts Practice Group and organized several professional conferences for its members. He joined BAE Systems in 2000 and is currently Counsel for BAE Systems Electronic Systems in Nashua, New Hampshire. S.K. Tsirimokos is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and Virginia.
Raised in Washington Lodge No. 61, Manchester, New Hampshire, he served as Master in 1990. He is also a member and Past Master of Anniversary Lodge of Research No. 175, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
He was exalted in Mount Horeb Chapter No. 11, greeted in Adoniram Council No. 3, and knighted in Trinity Commandery No. 1, all in Manchester, New Hampshire. A Past Eminent Commander of Trinity Commandery, he is currently Prelate. Appointed to the Grand Commandery Line by Sir Knight Charles J. Kennedy, he was elected Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of New Hampshire for 2002-2003. He served as Grand Recorder in 2008-2009. He is The Grand Representative to Iowa near the Grand Commandery of New Hampshire and a member of St. George Commandery No. 76, Lima, Ohio.
S.K. Tsirimokos was appointed to the Committee on Templar Jurisprudence of the Grand Encampment in 2006 and became Chairman three years later, in which post he continues to serve.
An Eagle Scout and Arrowman, he is active in Scouting at the unit level and is Chairman of the Massabesic District, Daniel Webster Council. He is a Legal Officer in the Greater Nashua Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, with the rank of Captain. S.K. Tsirimokos resides in Manchester with his Lady, Virginia, and children, George and Stephanie.
S.K. JEFFREY GLEN BURCHAM
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia
Jeffrey Glen Burcham was born May 13, 1959, at Winchester, Virginia, and was educated in the Winchester and Frederick County school systems, and earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and political science from the George Washington University in 1981, and a Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1985. He is a member of the West Virginia State Bar (active), California State Bar (associate), and the Virginia State Bar (inactive). His offices are located at Martinsburg, West Virginia, where he is engaged in general civil and criminal litigation, with an emphasis on the practice of divorce domestic relations law.
Sir Knight Burcham and his wife, Tammy, are the proud parents of three daughters. He is a member of the Braddock Street United Methodist Church, the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and is an Admiral of the Cherry River (WV) Navy.
Sir Knight Burcham is a Senior DeMolay and Past Master Councilor of C. Vernon Eddy Chapter at Winchester, Virginia, and holds the Past Master Councilor's Meritorious Service Award and the Blue Honor Key. In 2001, he was decorated with the Legion of Honor (active) by the International Supreme Council.
Sir Knight Burcham is a life member and Past Master of Winchester Hiram Lodge No. 21 in 1993, and Lodge Historian since 1988; life member and Fellow of Virginia Research Lodge No. 1777; honorary member of Unity Lodge No. 146 in Front Royal, Virginia; and has held several District offices. He is a Past High Priest, honorary member and current Secretary of John Dove Chapter No. 21, Past High Priest and honorary member of Hiram Chapter No. 45, and an honorary member of several other Virginia Royal Arch Chapters. He also holds life membership in Virginia Research Royal Arch Chapter No. 1753 and William R. Singleton Chapter No. 4 in Washington, DC. Sir Knight Burcham served as Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia in 2000-2001 and serves as District Lecturer for the 15th Capitular District and Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Virginia near the Grand Council of France.
Sir Knight Burcham is a Past Illustrious Master of Triangle Council No. 3, Cryptic Masons, and served as Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons in DC in 2011-2012. He holds the Order of Ish Sodi and serves as Grand Representative to several sister Grand Councils.
Sir Knight Burcham was knighted in Winchester Commandery No. 12, and subsequently served as Commander on three occasions. He is an honorary member of Luray Commandery No. 19. He served as Right Eminent Grand Commander of Knights Templar in Virginia in 2008-2009 and has been decorated a Knight Commander of the Temple by the Grand Encampment and the Charles A. Grice Merit Award by the Grand Commandery of Virginia. He presently serves as Grand Representative to the Grand Commandery of California near the Grand Commandery of Virginia.
S.K. HOWARD T. BURGESS
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida
Howard Taft "Ted" Burgess was born on March 19, 1949, in Belton, SC, the oldest child of 4 boys and 2 girls born to the late Louise and the late J.N. Burgess. He was educated in the public school system of Williamston, SC, and graduated from Tri-County Technical College with an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics. He married the former Mary E. Waters of Belton, SC, on July 26, 1968. They have been members of Whitefield Baptist Church since before they married. Ted and Mary have a daughter, Teresa, and a son, Teddy. They are the proud grandparents of four granddaughters, Jordan and Bailey Burgess, and Mackenzie and Peyton Blackmon, and two grandsons, Joseph Contois and Tucker Blackmon.
SK Burgess retired in 2012, after over 41 years, from the Torrington Company which was acquired by Koyo Bearings in Greenville, SC, in 2010.
RW Brother Burgess began his Masonic journey by being raised to a Master Mason on September 19, 1970, in Hoyt Lodge No. 322 A.F.M, where he is a Life Member. He was elected Worshipful Master in 1976, and then Secretary from 1977-2011. He served the MW Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons as D.D.G.M. for the 14th Masonic District in 1997-1999, M.S.A. Committeeman in 1999-2001; Grand Marshall in 2001, and is the M.E.C. for the 14th, 15th, and 16th Districts in 2004-2009. He is a member of the S.C. Masonic Research Society.
Honorable Brother Burgess joined the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in 1975 in the Valley of Greenville, SC where he is a life member. He was invested with the rank and decoration of K.C.C.H. at the 200th anniversary of A.A.S.R. in Charleston, SC, in 2001. He served as Venerable Master of the Greenville Lodge of Perfection in 2005.
E. Companion Burgess was exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Burning Bush Chapter No. 7 in 1995. He was elected High Priest in 1997, elected Secretary in 2000, and is still serving in this office. He was anointed to the Holy Order of High Priests in 1999. Ted served as the E. Grand Principal Sojourner of the Grand Chapter of South Carolina in 2002.
R.I. Companion Burgess was greeted as a Royal and Select Master in Wynne Council No. 4 in 1995 and received the Super Excellent Master's degree in 1998. He was elected Illustrious Master in 1997, elected Recorder in 2000, and is still serving in this office. He was made a Thrice Illustrious Master in 1999. Ted served as R.I. District Deputy Grand Master in 1998 and I. Grand Marshal in 2001 of the Grand Council of South Carolina. He was presented with the Ish Sodi award in 2002 by M.I. Companion Hal Gregory and in 2012 by M.I. Companion Joe Parnell.
SK Burgess was dubbed and created a Knight Templar in Anderson Commandery No. 11, K.T. in 1995. He was elected Eminent Commander in 1999, elected Recorder in 2000, and is still serving in this office. He was dubbed a Knight Crusader of the Cross in 1999. Ted served as E. 3rd District Representative in 2000 for the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of South Carolina. He is currently serving as the Grand Representative of the Grand Commandery of Nevada near the Grand Commandery of South Carolina. He is a Life Sponsor of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation and received the honor of Knight Commander of The Temple from the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the USA in 2006. Ted was elected to the office of E. Grand Captain General in 2003, E. Grand Generalissimo in 2004; Very Eminent Deputy Grand Commander in 2005, and on March 14, 2006 he was elected the Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of South Carolina.
SK Burgess' memberships in other Appendant Bodies include Past Patron of Belton Chapter No. 105 O.E.S.; Royal Order of Scotland; Past Sovereign Master of S.A. Bannister Allied Masonic Degrees Council No. 336; past Governor of Piedmont York Rite College No. 84 and was awarded the Order of the Purple Cross in 2005; Palmetto Priory No. 54 KYCH; Carolina Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine; Samuel H. J. Womack Council No. 20 Knight Masons; Hejaz Temple A.A.O.N.M.S.; the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis College of South Carolina; and Cana Tabernacle No. XLIX Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests.
Sir Knight Burgess was appointed Department Commander of the Southeastern Department by Sir Knight David Dixon Goodwin, Most Eminent Grand Master, at the 65th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment August 15th, 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia.
S.K. LARRY W. BROWN
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
EAST CENTRAL DEPARTMENT
Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio
Larry W. Brown born June 23, 1947 to Donald E. Brown and Waneta M. (Kean) Brown. He was born in Bluffton, Indiana and graduated from Bluffton High School. In 1966 he joined the US Air Force as a military police officer. After leaving the Air Force, he moved to Muncie, Indiana and became a Muncie Police Officer where he met his wife, Suanna. He retired from the Muncie Police Force after 30 years, advancing to the position of Deputy Police Chief. Larry and Suanna have 5 children; and 7 grandchildren. Larry and Suanna are active members of New Burlington United Methodist Church.
Larry has a degree in Building Construction. He is a Real Estate Professional and an Indiana Venture Capitalist He also graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1993. He attended North Western University for Budgeting and Administration. In pursuit of a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, he attended Ball State University for 2 years and also took classes at Northwestern University, University of Louisville and the University of Virginia. Larry served 8 years as an elected official for Delaware County. He is a past board member of Big Brothers & Big Sisters and of the Mental Health Association. He also was an Explorer Scout Advisor.
Larry's Masonic career started in April 1962 receiving the DeMolay Degree. Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason in 1986 at Whitney Lodge #229, New Burlington, IN serving as Worshipful Master in 1995; duel member of Parker Lodge #630 currently serving as Worshipful Master. He was exalted a Royal Arch Mason in Muncie Chapter #30, and served as Excellent High Priest in 2000. He was greeted a Cryptic Mason in Muncie Council #16 and served as Illustrious Master in 1998. He was created a Knight Templar at Muncie's Commandery #18 and served as Eminent Commander in 1998 and 1999. Larry is now affiliated with the Anderson York Rite, where he served as Eminent Commander in 2005. Larry was elected Grand Commander of Indiana for 2009-2010 and received the Knight Commander of the Temple.
He joined the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in 1987 and is a duel member with the Valleys of Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne; currently serving as Junior Warden Darius Council Princes of Jerusalem and a Knight of St. Andrew. Larry is a Past Governor of Fort Wayne York Rite College #55 receiving the Order of the Purple Cross in 2005. He is also a Past Indiana Deputy Grand Governor.
Larry is also a member of Knight York Cross of Honor with a duel membership with Ft Wayne Priory #8 and J. Herbert Nichols #76. Also belonging to Yeoman of York, Indianapolis Preceptory #4; Allied Masonic Degrees, Willard M. Avery #409; Red Cross of Constantine, St. Basil Conclave; Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Gennesaret Tabernacle XVII; Royal Order of Scotland; the Indianapolis Murat Shrine; Order of the Secret Monitor; Order of the Cork; Order of the Bath..
S.K. LAUREN RAOUL HANDELAND
R.E. DEPARTMEMT COMMANDER
NORTH CENTRAL DEPARTMENT
Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota,South Dakota, and Wisconsin
Born April 14, 1939, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin attended and graduated from the Milwaukee Public School System. Currently living in Waukesha, Wisconsin Served in the U.S. Army 1957- 1960 with 28 months in Germany. Owner operator Handeland Installation Service. Married to Sharon Mary Holmes and have two children, Randall and Sandra, five Grandchildren and six Great Grandchildren.
Symbolic Lodge: Raised to Sublime Degree of Master Mason on 9-29-80 at Wauwatosa Lodge 267, F&A.M. Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Served as Worshipful Master in 1991. Served as Trustee 1992-1995. Plural member of Day Lite Lodge 358 and served as Worshipful Master 2011.
Capitular Degrees: Exalted a Royal Arch Mason 4-29-89 in Wauwatosa Chapter who merged with Kilbourn Chapter # 1 Served as High Priest 1995- 97- 98. Plural member Recharam Chapter No. 117, Waukesha Chapter No. 37 and Burlington Chapter 91 Royal Arch Mason. Received Honorary Degree High Priesthood June 1996.
Cryptic Degrees: Greeted a Royal and Select Master 4-29-89 Kilbourn Council No. 9 Plural Member Waukesha Council No. 29 where I served as Thrice Ill. Master in 1997 and Burlington No. 45. Received Super Excellent Master and Honorary Degree of Thrice Ill. Master and Ish-sodi.
Chivalric Orders: Created a Knight Templar at Ivanhoe Commandery No. 24 on 5-20-89. Served as Commander in 1998. Served as Trustee of Ivanhoe Commandery. Plural Member Wisconsin Commandery No. 1, Installed as Commander in 2000 and 2001. Served as Trustee Wisconsin Commandery No. 1. Plural member Waukesha No. 23 serving as Recorder- Treasurer 2002 to present. Commander in 2006. Plural member Marinette Commandery No.26 and Burlington Commandery No. 50. Installed as Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Wisconsin June, 2008. Received Knight Commander of the Temple June 2007. Serving as Grand Trustee of the Grand Commandery State of Wisconsin.
Other Masonic Organizations: Member and Past Governor of York Rite College No. 21 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Received the Order of The Royal Purple Cross in 2004. Member of Wisconsin Priory No. 16, Knights of York Cross of Honour. Member and Past Excellent Chief of Crown and Cork No. 44 Knight Masons, Member of Great Lakes Council, Allied Masonic Degrees No. 273. Member and Past Eminent Preceptor Of Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests No. LIX, Madison, Wisconsin. Member of Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine , Nicolet Conclave Green Bay, Wisconsin. Other Memberships: National Sojurners Chapter No. 27, Paul Revere Camp Heroes of 76, Wauwatosa Chapter Eastern Star No. 219. Past President of Wisconsin York Rite Association. Wisconsin York Rite Grand Sessions Chairman from 2007 to present.
S.K. T. MICHAEL FEGAN
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
SOUTH CENTRAL DEPARTMENT
Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas
T. Michael "Mike" Fegan was born February 9, 1949, the son of Thomas B. and Patricia Eisenhower Fegan, into a telephone pioneering family that has lived and worked in Kansas for three generations. He was raised in Junction City, a small northeast Kansas town on the threshold of historic Fort. Riley. He began his Masonic career while still in High School through his active membership in Central Chapter Order of DeMolay in Junction City. Mike was entered, passed and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Union Lodge #7 AF & AM in Junction City and served in several chairs being installed as Master in 1991. He served also as Treasurer of the Lodge for several years. Mike is currently the President of the Union Masonic Building Company. Mike continued his quest for Masonic light through the Scottish Rite bodies in Salina, was invested with the 32nd Degree K.C.C.H. in 1991 and received his 33rd Degree in Scottish Rite in 1995. He is also a member of the York Rite bodies of Junction City, Chapter Number 17, Royal Arch Masons; Council number 22, Royal and Select Masters, and Commandery Number 43, Knights Templar. He was admitted into St. David's Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine and other appendant orders at Salina, Kansas in 1989 and Kansas Council No. 53 Knight Masons. He was appointed as Grand Standard Bearer by Sir Knight Don Kelly, R:. E:. Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Kansas in 2001. This started his progression through the Grand Commandery line serving in the position of Grand Commander in 2007. In 2008, M:. I:. Allan D. Jackson appointed him as Grand Conductor of the Council of the Grand Council of Kansas. This provided the opportunity to progress through the Grand Council Line to become M:. I:. Grand Master in 2012.
He was appointed Grand Senior Deacon by M:. W:. E. Dean Osborn in 1994 and served as M:. W:. Grand Master of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Kansas in 1998. Along with his other Masonic affiliations, Mike is a member of ISIS Shrine Temple, the ISIS Engineers, and the Junction City/Fort Riley Shrine Club, of which he has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer. Additionally, Mike is a member of Melita Chapter No. 116, Order of the Eastern Star, a Senior DeMolay, an active member of the DeMolay Legion of Honor, Chevalier, a Lifetime member of the DeMolay Alumni Association, a member of the Philalethes Society and the Scottish Rite Research Society. He is a member of Scottish Rite (A.A.S.R.S.J.) Bodies of Salina, served as Personal Representative to the SGIG of the Supreme Council in Kansas. Mike became Potentate of ISIS Shrine of Salina in 2004, Sovereign Master of the Allied Masonic Degrees in 2004. Mike was also inducted into the Royal Order of Scotland in 1999. In June 2009, at the United Imperial Council Session, then Grand Sovereign Erwin O'Dell, appointed Mike as the Intendent General for the Division of Kansas, and he continues to serve in this position. In July 2011, Joe E. Manning, Jr., Governor General for the York Rite Sovereign College of North America, appointed him to the office of Grand Governor for the State of Kansas to fill the unexpired term of our Grand Governor Christopher D. Tomlinson, due to his untimely death. Mike has been reappointed to this position.
Sir Knight T. Michael Fegan was appointed Department Commander of the South Central Department by Sir Knight David Dixon Goodwin, Most Eminent Grand Master, at the 65th Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment August 15th, 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia.
S.K. STEVEN L. GUFFY
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming
Steven L. Guffy, was born 11-09-1956 in New Castle, Indiana
Received the Degrees of Masonry in William H. Jett Lodge No. 285 F&AM in 1991.
LODGES OF MEMBERSHIP AND OFFICES HELD
Riverside Lodge, No. 112 F&AM, Wenatchee, WA, Life Member & Master in 2000,
William H. Jett Lodge, No. 285 F&AM, Wenatchee, WA, Life Member & Master 1996, 2006,
Zarthan Lodge, No. 148 F&AM, Leavenworth, WA, Hermanos Del Artes Lodge No. 314 F&AM, Brewster,
Honorary Member Prince Charles No. 153, Kelowna, BC, Honorary Life Member of Pacific Rim Lodge No. 12, Vladivostok, Russia
Lodge Offices held: Junior & Senior Steward, Junior and Senior Deacon, Junior Warden, Senior Warden, Master
Secretary for fourteen years, Webmaster, Editor & publisher Wenatchee Masonic Family News for last ten years.
GRAND LODGE APPOINTMENTS
Produced the Grand Lodge Team Poster 1995-2002, Youth Committee 1997, Arrangements Committee Chairman 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, Grand Standard Bearer 2001, Junior Grand Steward 2000 & 2010, District Deputy No. 21 for 2001-02. Grand Representative to Amazon Brazil 1999-present. Long Range Planning 2010, Public Schools Chairman 2011-2012 Chairman.
Proficiency in Lodge Management 1997, Grand Master's Meritorious Achievement Award 1999, 33 Inspector General Honorary 2005,Grand Master's Award for Dist. No. 21 in 2006, Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouting Award 2007, Grand Lodge Secretary of the year for 2011, Gold Honor Award 2010, Order of the Purple Cross 2011, York Rite Sovereign College of North America, General Grand Council Adult Youth Leadership Award, 1996, General Grand Council Cryptic Mason of the Year for Washington 2010, Knights Templar Cross of Honor in 1998, Knight Commander of the Temple 2003, Knights York Grand Cross of Honor 2004.
MASONIC AFFILIATIONS, OFFICES HELD AND HONORS
Past Grand Commander for Washington State 2003, Grand Encampment, Knights Templar, USA as Washington Coordinator and on the Electronic Media Committee 2009-2012.
Royal Order of Scotland, Thistle Clan, Valley of Wenatchee, Scottish Rite, SMJ, Past Venerable Master,
Grand Chapter as Grand Royal Arch Captain & Past Dist. Dep. Grand High Priest No. 10.
Master of Arch No. 7 for two years, Deputy Instructor District No. 6 Knights Templar of Washington in 1997,
Evergreen State Priory No. 41 KYCH, Kamiakin York Rite College No. 28, Desert Council No. 26 Allied Masonic Degrees, Immaculate Tabernacle No. XXXIX, Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priest. Life Member of all the York Rite Bodies in Anchorage, Alaska. Wenatchee Court No. 11, Order of the Amaranth, Grand Court of Washington's Grand Prelate in 2000 & Webmaster. Harmony Chapter No. 56, Order of the Eastern Star Waterville, White Shrine of Jerusalem No. 19.
Married to a supportive Masonic wife Lana for 38 years and we have three adult sons. Two of my sons Charles and Ryan belong to Jett Lodge as well as my Father Charles Guffy.
Attended Ball State University, New York Institute of Photography, U.S. School of Screen Printing. Professional Photographer and Graphic Designer, Self Employed for over 30 years, Executive Director Wenatchee Masonic Center 15 years, Eastmont Youth Baseball Board Member for 10 years, Cub Scouts Family Scouting Award. Boy Scout Master 10 years. Apple City Amateur Radio Club member and Officer, Habitat for Humanity's photographer for 5 years, Hospitality House for homeless Men, Help start the Masonic Fall Ball Instructional Baseball League in 1997 and continues to serve on its board. Received from the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2003 the Commission and title of Kentucky Colonel.
S.K. DAVID JOSEPH KUSSMAN, KTCH, KCT, KYGCH
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
Arizona, California, Mexico, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah
Sir Knight David Joseph Kussman was born on Easter Sunday morning, April 5, 1953 in Houston, Texas. His parents, Frederick Joseph Kussman Jr. and Hazel Evelyn Kussman, were active in the Masonic fraternity in Houston, and also in Southern California, where they moved in 1955. Sir Knight Kussman was raised in Anaheim, California, where he attended public schools and graduated from Loara High School in 1971.
Sir Knight Kussman began working for the Anaheim Police Department in November 1971 while also attending Fullerton College and August Vollemer University pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. He retired from the City of Anaheim as a Police Sergeant in July 2004. He remained working as a Consultant for the Police Department, coordinating the Reserve Unit and Police Chaplains until July 2005.
Sir Knight Kussman met the former Kimberly Ann Schmidt, while she worked at the Police Department and they were married on June 18, 1988. The Kussman's were blessed with three children, Jennifer (21), Stephanie (19) and David Jr. (15). The Kussman Family fellowships at Plaza Bible Church in Orange, California, where Sir Knight Kussman has served as an Elder and two terms on the Church Council. Sir Knight Kussman is currently attending Cottonwood Leadership College, School of Ministry.
In the Symbolic Blue Lodge, Sir Knight Kussman was Initiated, Passed and Raised in Mother Colony Lodge No. 750, Free and Accepted Masons. His Lodge consolidated in 1991 where he served as Worshipful Master. He now holds membership in Anaheim Lodge No 207. He is a member of the Southern California Past Masters Association, Southern California Research Lodge, Orange County Research Lodge and Texas Lodge of Research.
In York Rite, Capitular Masonry, Sir Knight Kussman was Exalted in Fullerton Chapter No. 90, Royal Arch Masons and served as High Priest and Treasurer. He was Consecrated into the Order of High Priesthood. His service to the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of California includes, Ritual Instructor and Inspector. Sir Knight Kussman was honored by the Grand Chapter Of California with the Meritorious Service Award and the Distinguished Service Award.
In York Rite, Cryptic Masonry, Sir Knight Kussman was Greeted in Santa Ana Council No. 14, Cryptic Masons and served as Illustrious Master and Treasurer. He was received as a Thrice Illustrious Master, and served as the Thrice Illustrious Master in the Order of the Silver Trowel. His service to the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of California includes, Ritual Instructor, Inspector and Assistant Director of Ritual. Sir Knight Kussman was honored by the Grand Council of California with the Ish Sodi Award.
In York Rite, Chivalric Masonry, Sir Knight Kussman was Knighted in Fullerton Commandery No. 55 Knights Templar and served as Commander and Treasurer. He joined the Drill Team in Golden West Commandery No. 43 and became a life member. He was Captain of the Drill Teams of Fullerton Commandery, now Orange County Commandery No. 36 for seventeen years and was honored with the distinction of Drill Captain Emeritus. He is also a member of Los Angeles' Commandery No. 9 award winning Triennial Drill Team. Sir Knight Kussman was received into the California Past Commanders Association, and served a Virtual Past Commander and Recorder. His service to the Grand Commandery of California includes, Ritual Instructor, Inspector, Assistant Director of Ritual, Committee on Competitive Drill, Committee on Uniforms and Jewels, Committee on Finance and Committee on Time and Place. He is the Representative to the Grand Commandery of Texas. Sir Knight Kussman was honored by the Grand Commandery with the Meritorious Service Medal and by The Grand Encampment with the Knight Templar Cross of Honor and Knight Commander of the Temple.
Sir Knight Kussman received the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the Orient of California, Valley of Santa Ana. He served as Master of Kadosh in 2008 and was selected as a Fellow by the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction for the term 2008-2010. Sir Knight Kussman was invested with the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honour.
His membership in appendant and invitational orders includes:
Ordained a Knight Priest in Saint John the Baptist Tabernacle LXVI, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests. He served as Preceptor and was ordained a Knight Commander; He is currently serving as the Grand Prelate of the Grand College of America, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests.
Initiated into Southern California York Rite College No. 110 where he served as Governor. He was elevated to the Rank of Associate Regent (Order of the Purple Cross) by the York Rite Sovereign College of North America and is currently serving as Deputy Grand Governor for California.
Sir Knight Kussman is a life member of Los Angeles Priory No. 26 and Fresno Priory No 71. Knights of the York Cross of Honor. He is currently serving as Prior in Fresno Priory.
Invited and initiated into Saint Croix Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. He is a Past Puissant Sovereign and was appointed Intendant General for the Division of Southern California,
Sir Knight Kussman was Received and Admitted a IV Grade in California College, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis.
Sir Knight Kussman is a member of Brian Boru Council No. 38 Knight Masons, where he has served as Excellent Chief. He was honored with the Order of Brian's Harp.
Sir Knight Kussman is a member of Orange Coast Council, Allied Masonic Degrees, where he has served as Sovereign Master and received the Knight Commander Red Branch of Eri.
Sir Knight Kussman is a member of Lone Star Chapel No. 45 Commemorative Order of St. Thomas of Acon.
Sir Knight Kussman was advanced and promoted a Knight Companion of the Royal Order of Scotland, and is a member of the Robert the Bruce Association of California.
Sir Knight Kussman is a member of Ami-Tai Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.
Sir Knight Kussman was elected President of the Grand York Rite of California, Inc. on April 25, 2010.
Sir Knight Kussman was elected and installed Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of California on April 28, 2010. He was appointed as the Chairman for the newly created West Coast Easter Observance Committee. Sir Knight Kussman was installed as the Southwest Department Commander of the Grand Encampment Knights Templar of the United States of America on August 16, 2012.
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
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 15, 2012, he was installed Department Commander for the Far East during the 65th Triennial of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
Sir Knight Emilio Attinà was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy on August 31, 1960. After receiving a degree in Agricultural Science, he became a university researcher in the Department of Agriculture, and is a professor of soil chemistry, plant physiology, and molecular biology. In 1991, he was initiated in La Concordia No. 1038 in the Orient of Reggio, Calabria Italy. In 1996 he was exalted into Reghion Davide Pelaia No. 37 of the Grand Chapter of Free Masons of Royal Arch and since 2003 has served as Excellent Grand Scribe.
He was among the founders of Enzo Di Vece Council in Reggio Calabria, and the Alessandro Amarelli Commandery of Knights. He served as Secretary of the College of the District of Venerable Masters in Calabria and as Assistant Grand Treasurer of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar in Italy.
He has served as the Ancient Master in La Concordia No. 1038 and was the Secretary of the Ancient Master Council in the Orient of Reggio Calabria. He was exalted in the High Order of Grand Priesthood and served as Eminent Commander of Alessandro Amarelli Commandery. He served as Deputy Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Italy and as Illustrious Master of Enzo Di Vece Council. He has received the Order of the Silver Trowel and served as Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Italy.
He serves as Grand Deputy of Grande Orient of Italy for the State of Delaware and is a member of the Committee on Dispensations and Charters of the Grand Encampment. He was initiated into The Grand College of America, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests and Knights of the York Cross of Honour.
He was awarded the Knight Commander of the Temple and is Jurisdictional Deputy for Italy of the Grand Encampment College Of Honors. He was elected High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Free Masons of Royal Arch in Italy and also very Eminent Preceptor Tabernacles Cristoforo Colombo of Italy.
He is a member of Thurman Pace Jr No.1 of the Societas Rosicruciana in Lusitanea Colégio Metropolitano Colégio and an Honorary Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar in Portugal and Romania.
S.K. EDWARD R. TROSIN, KGC
R.E. DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
Brother Edward R. Trosin was born in Tonawanda, N.Y. He was the first of five children born to Edward R. Trosin, Sr. and Lillian H. (Holtz) Trosin.
Edward was educated in the Tonawanda school system, where he distinguished himself both as a student and an athlete, receiving varsity letters in three sports. Upon graduation, he attended Syracuse University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1961. While at Syracuse, he was a member of the varsity swimming team, and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
In May 1964, Sir Knight Trosin married Barbara J. Ingram of Campbellford, Ontario, Canada. They were blessed with two daughters, Heather and Rhonda, and four grandchildren, Miranda, Eric, Lauren, and Claire.
He was employed by Bell Aerospace Textron. He held numerous positions in the Data Processing field, and served as Manager of Information Technology prior to retirement.
He is a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Tonawanda, and has served as a Deacon, as well as a member of several committees.
Ed and Barbara have been Corporate Members of the Oakfield Recreation Club since 1979.
In Freemasonry, Brother Trosin has an impressive resume of service, which will be only briefly highlighted here.
In Symbolic Masonry, he was raised in Tonawanda Lodge 247 in 1972, and served as Master 1981. Tonawanda Lodge merged with Master Builder lodge 911 forming Ken-Ton Lodge 1186.
He has served Grand Lodge as Grand Representative of Hawaii, Grand Representative of Tennessee, Junior Grand Deacon, Senior Grand Deacon, Deputy Grand Marshal, Grand Marshal, and was elected Deputy Grand Master in 2002.
Most Worshipful Brother Trosin was elected Grand Master of Masons in New York for the term 2004 - 2006.
He is the recipient of the Received Chancellor Livingston Medal, the Grand Lodge of Finland Grand Cross of Merit, the Grand Orient of Italy Order of Giordano Bruno, and was made an Honorary Member of Grand Orient of Haiti in 2006.
In 2009, the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory honored him by naming their Auditorium at after him.
He has also served on numerous Grand Lodge Committees and Foundations.
In Capitular Masonry, he is a member of Tonawanda Keystone Chapter 71, and served as High Priest 1977, 1978, and 1983.
Most Excellent Companion Trosin served as Grand High Priest in 1993.
He has been a Director of Royal Arch Medical Research Foundation since 1994, and has served as President since 2005.
He is the recipient of Ezra Ames Silver Medal, and a Charter Member of the Zerubbabel Society.
In Cryptic Masonry, he is a Past Illustrious Master of Hamburg Council 91, was Assistant Grand Lecturer of the 9th Cryptic District, and is a recipient of the Ish Sodi Award of the Grand Council.
Sir Knight Trosin is a member of Tonawanda Commandery 78, and served as Commander in 1978-79.
Sir Knight Trosin served as Right Eminent Grand Commander in 1987.
He was Chairman of Trustees of the Grand Commandery 1992 - 2002.
He was made a Knight Commander of the Temple in 1992
He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Temple in 2004.
In the Scottish Rite, he is a member of the Valley of Buffalo, and a Past Sovereign Prince.
He was Coroneted 33° in 1992.
Ill. Brother Trosin was Crowned 33° Active Member of Supreme Council in 2005, and elected an Active Emeritus Member of Supreme Council 2010. He served as Grand Representative of the Supreme Council of Germany, and on several committees.
In Related Organizations, he is a Past Sovereign of St. Mark's Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, a member of Empire State Priory No. 46, Knights, York Cross of Honour, where he has been honored as a Knight Grand Cross with 3 Quadrants, Past Preceptor of Good Shepherd Tabernacle No. XXX H.R.A.K.T.P., Past Master of Sylvanus F. Nye Council 37, Allied Masonic Degrees, where he was accorded the Red Branch of Eri, Niagara Frontier York Rite College 77. a recipient of the Order of the Purple Cross, New York College SCRIF, Royal Order of Scotland, Ismailia Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S., Richmond Forest. 66, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Honorary DeMolay Legion of Honor, Zuleika Grotto, Knickerbocker Chapter - National Sojourners, and past Patron of Sirius Chapter 301, Order of the Eastern Star.