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Most Illustrious Grand Master: Robert C. St. John, Jr.

Robert St. JohnCompanions, welcome to the Grand Council section of our website. I hope you will find the information provided here valuable and interesting.

First, I wish to express my gratitude in being given the opportunity to serve this Grand Council this term. I am here for the sole purpose of supporting Cryptic Masonry in Florida and I pledge to do my best to make our fraternity stronger. I firmly believe that well-structured organizations and well-trained leaders are the key to success. During this year, I will be working closely with those following me to prepare each officer for his next step up the line.

My theme this year is “Asking the Right Question”. As my District Deputies visit your Councils, they will share the details of this theme. For now, let me pose a general question: What is the moral principal of our venerable fraternity, and are we living up to that standard? Take the time to reflect on the Illustrious Master’s closing prayer and the profound implications of those words.
I look forward to visiting every district and every constituent Council in Florida, and having the opportunity to share my vision for our future and to seek input from you on methods which can assure future success.

M.I. Robert St. John, Jr.

Grand Master, Grand Council of Royal & Select Masons of Florida

Grand Officers

Grand OfficersPresenting the Grand Council Officers for 2017 – 2018:

Most Illustrious Grand Master
Robert C. St. John, Jr.

Right Illustrious Deputy Grand Master
Glenn E. Chandler, Sr., MEPGHP

Right Illustrious Grand Principal Conductor of Work
John D. Pickford

Most Illustrious Grand Treasurer
Carl E. Gilmore

Right Illustrious Grand Recorder
L. Edward Villiaume III

Illustrious Grand Chaplain
J. Michael Hartman

Illustrious Grand Captain of the Guard
Thomas J. Rawsthorne

Illustrious Grand Conductor of the Council
Wm Allen Sorbie

Illustrious Grand Marshal
Scott McAlister

Illustrious Grand Steward
Gene A. Lance

Illustrious Grand Sentinel
James L. Record

Illustrious Grand Organist
David R. Meade

  Presenting the Grand Council District Deputy Grand Masters for 2017-2018:

District No. 1 (10,17, 24, 44)
James C. Gregory, Jr.

District No. 2 (9, 25, 41, 45)
A. W. “Butch” Thurman

District No. 3 (8, 14, 34)
John E. Drewett

District No. 4 (4, 11, 40, 42, 43)
Charles J. Pesola

District No. 5 (1, 5, 20, 28, 37)
David M. Rosenthal

District No. 6 (13, 36, 38)
John Paniccia

District No. 7 (3, 15, 18, 46)
Robert C. Gagnon

District No. 8 (22, 27, 35, 39)
Stuart “Don” D. Zolonz

District No. 9 (26, 30, 31)
John B. Winfee, Jr.

District No. 10 (7, 29, 33)
Frederic L. Pryor

 

 

 

 

Living Past Grand Illustrious Masters

1992 – Robert E. Burleson

1996 – Paul Friend

2000 – Richard S. Agster

2001 – Charles L. Hollinger

2003 – Stephen H. Clark

2005 – Donald T. Harriott

2006 – Louis A. King

2007 – George E. Malone

2008 – Dencel R. (Denny) Smith

2009 – Carl E. Gilmore

2011 – M. Daniel Fullwood

2012 – Larry R Gillespie

2013 – Dayle L Schrock

2014 – H. Warren Almand

2015 – John L. Horne, Jr.

2016 – Benjamin J. Holland

Members of the Grand Council of Florida who have served Sister Grand Jurisdictions as Most Illustrious Grand Master

G. Gordon Goodman – Michigan – 1982

Ronald B. Blaisdell – Michigan – 1998

Charles W. Wagner – District of Columbia – 2010-2011

Charles Sipes – Utah – 2012-2013

 

 

 

Committees for 2017-2018

Committee Chairman Members
Audit John D. Pickford Robert St. John, Glenn E. Chandler
Budget & Finance Glenn E. Chandler John Pickford, Thomas Rawsthorne
Constitution Review John D. Pickford Eilliam A. Sorbie, Gene Lance
Convention Board Robert St. John, Jr.  Ronald Newton, Anthony Griffon
Convention Hotel Coordinator Ed Villiaume III Robert St. John, Jr.
Convention Program John M. Lewis Arthur “AJ” Ahrens III, Jack Maulden
CMMRF Dayle L. Schrock Paul W. Friend, Glenn E. Chandler
Distinguished Guests Steven Q. Steele  (Chapter Rep), (Commandery Rep)
Fraternal Relations Thomas Rawsthorne
Grand Reps Donald T. Harriott
Grand Master’s Advisory Dayle L. Schrock Larry Gillespie, M. Daniel Fullwood
Homecoming Scott McAlister Members of District 3
Investment Advisory John D. “Jud” Powell Charles L. Hollinger
Jurisprudence Daniel Fullwood All MIPGMs, Ed Villiaume III
Legal Advisor Alan Rosenthal  Richard S. Agster (Emeritus)
Lodge Representative Benjamin J. Holland  All DDGMs
Masonic Youth William  A. Sorbie All DDGMs
Membership Dev. Training & Ed. Thomas J. Rawsthorne  All DDGMs
Mentor’s/Instructor’s Manuals William A. Sorbie  All DDGMs
Necrology Ed Villiaume III  Thomas Rawsthorme, J. Michael Hartman
Per Diem Carl Gilmore  Ed Villiaume III, Rob St. John, Jr.
Photography Richard Wolfe  Corbin Elliott
Perpetual Membership Gene Lance All DDGMs
Registration, Returns & Credits James Gregory  (Chapter Rep), (Commandery Rep)
Thanks James Record
Time & Place Glenn E. Chandler  Harry V. Eisenberg, James T. Mason
Unfinished Business Benjamin Holland C. Robert Cooper, Frederic Gerdon
Work Charles L. Hollinger Rusty Ludlan, John Gray

 

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