GRAND LODGE OF VIRGINIA OFFICERS 2016 to 2017

Elected Grand Lodge Officers

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Grand Master

MW Vernon Stuart Cook

GRAND MASTER OF VIRGINIA 2016 - 2017 172nd Grand Master of Masons in Virginia Most Worshipful Vernon Stuart Cook gm@glova.org It is my great privilege and honor to serve as…

GRAND MASTER OF VIRGINIA 2016 – 2017

172nd Grand Master of Masons in Virginia

Most Worshipful Vernon Stuart Cook
gm@glova.org

It is my great privilege and honor to serve as the 172nd Grand Master of Masons in Virginia in the 239th year of our Grand Lodge. In that role, I welcome you to our website.

Most Worshipful Vernon Stuart Cook

Good men are attracted to Freemasonry in their search for enlightenment and to become better men. Masons believe in a God, religious tolerance, freedom and equality. We teach and practice temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice. We express our brotherly love and respect for each other and practice charity. Masonic charity extends not just to members of our Fraternity and their families, but to all mankind. We take seriously our duties to our God, our country, our neighbors, and our Fraternity. The charity of Masons and appendant groups composed of Masons is well-known worldwide.

Freemasons are great supporters of young people, recognizing the rare and precious opportunity given to responsible adults to attempt to lead, guide, and mentor them in paths of good citizenship. This Grand Lodge and Masonic Lodges in Virginia and elsewhere give vast numbers of scholarships to deserving students. There are also character-building and leadership organizations for young people that are sponsored and supported by Masons. We hope to assist and support these young people in ways that will benefit everyone’s future.

Although much of our ritual has a scriptural basis, we are a Fraternity, not a religion. Our symbols and teachings are largely based on the operative art of ancient stone masons, who worked in quarries and used hand tools and knowledge they had earned to build cathedrals and other magnificent works of architecture. Even the term “Worshipful” used as part of the title of the Master does not reference a religious characteristic. It is a remnant of our long history, documented in writing from the early 1700s in England when “your worship” was an honorary title of respect.

We pride ourselves on doing what is right, treating others as we ourselves would like to be treated, and striving for excellence in all we say and do. An added benefit is that we can travel in this country and around the world, and in almost every place we can be with a Brother in Freemasonry. That is the “Free” part of Freemasonry: free to travel among Masons and to practice our –now symbolic- craft as did Masons of the past after they had completed their apprenticeships and other training.

You also are “free” to roam the pages of our website. Find the Lodge in Virginia nearest to your home and learn who to contact there. Learn about our Grand Lodge Officers and programs, the things we do as a Fraternity, our publications and some of the benefits of being a Mason in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are delighted to offer you more information about our gentle Craft.

You can contact the Grand Master through the Grand Secretary

Most Worshipful Vernon Stuart Cook was born in Richmond, Virginia on April 9, and has been a life-long resident of the Richmond area having spent the last fifty years in Hanover County. He was educated in the public schools in the City of Richmond and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Administration of Justice and Public Safety. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy. Colonel Cook joined the Richmond Bureau of Police in June 1965, and worked his way through the promotional system to the rank of Major. During his twenty-five years with the Richmond Bureau of Police, he worked in every Division and served as Deputy Chief of Investigative Operations for twelve years. On August 1990, Colonel Cook was appointed Sheriff of Hanover County by Judge Richard H. C. Taylor and throughout his career, unanimously won re-election five times. Under his watch, this agency achieved its first international and state accreditation. He retired on September 16, 2010. In addition to his law enforcement career, he served as an adjunct faculty member at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Brother Cook was made a Master Mason in Metropolitan Lodge No. 11 on March 17, 1966. He is a 50-Year Masonic Veteran and a Life Member in Perpetuity and served as its Worshipful Master in 2009. He affiliated with Washington and Henry Lodge No. 344 on December 13, 2004, where he is also a Life Member in Perpetuity and served as its Worshipful Master in 2008. He was District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District 15C in 2010. He has served on the Grand Lodge Committee on Finance and the Grand Lodge Committee on Security. Also, he was a member of the Commission on Background Investigation of Candidates. He was elected Grand Junior Deacon in November 2011 and was elected to the Office of Grand Master on November 12, 2016.
Brother Cook is a member of the Valley of Richmond, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and was invested Knight Commander Court of Honour in 2011 and coroneted a 33°Inspector General Honorary in 2015. He served as Venerable Master in 2013 and was appointed Personal Representative to the Sovereign Grand Inspector General in 2014. He is the President of the Richmond Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center. He holds membership in Washington Royal Arch Chapter No. 9, St. Polycarp Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, Acca Shrine Center, Richmond Court No. 16, Royal Order of Jesters, and Fort Lee-Chapter No. 72, National Sojourners.

 

His professional and community involvement includes service on the Advisory Board for Curriculum Development at the Community College for the Criminal Justice Program, the Board of Directors at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy, and the Board of Directors for the Hanover Adult Care Center, where he currently is a member on the Honorary Board. He is a member of the Mechanicsville Businessmen’s Association. He is also an active member of Enon United Methodist Church.

Brother Cook is married to the former Barbara Tyler, and they have three grown children, who were raised and educated in Hanover County, and they keep active with their six grandsons.

 

Deputy Grand Master

RW Gary Wallace Taylor

Gary Wallace Taylor was born in Norfolk, Virginia on July 17, the youngest of three children of Armand Milton and Evelyn Taylor, Sr. He graduated from Granby High School in…

Gary Wallace Taylor was born in Norfolk, Virginia on July 17, the youngest of three children of Armand Milton and Evelyn Taylor, Sr. He graduated from Granby High School in 1965. He is a graduate of Bluefield College with a Bachelors Degree in Management of Human Resources and obtained a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. He attended a one-year program at the Northwestern University Traffic Institute on Police Administration. He worked as an Installer Repairman with the C & P Telephone Company in Norfolk before beginning his career in 1966 with the Virginia State Police, where he was involved with the State Police Academy in Richmond, Area 19 of the 3rd Division, Area 64 of the Safety Division, Headquarters of the 2nd Division, and Headquarters of the 4th Division before retiring as a Field lieutenant with thirty-seven years of service. He is a veteran of the Army National Guard.

Brother Taylor was made a Master Mason in King Solomon’s Lodge No. 194 on March 1, 1977. He affiliated with Wytheville Fraternal Lodge No. 82 on October 2, 1989, where he is a Life Member in Perpetuity and served as its Worshipful Master in 2007 and 2010 and is currently the Treasurer. He was District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District 42 in 2011. He serves as the Child ID Coordinator for Masonic District 42. He was elected Grand Junior Deacon in November 2012.

He is a member of the Valley of Roanoke, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. Also, he is a Life Member of Kazim Shrine Center and a member of the Provost Guard and the New River Valley Shrine Club. He is a member of Wythe Royal Arch Chapter No. 51 and a charter member of the Widows Sons Masonic R.A. Sojourners Chapter.

He is a recipient of the Grand Master’s 2011 Award of Excellence and the Legion of Honor from the International Order of DeMolay.

He is also an active member and Deacon of Wytheville Baptist Church. He is married to the former Billie Lynn Blankenbaker, and they have a son, Todd Milton Taylor, daughter-in-law, Amy Parrish Taylor, and two grandchildren.

Grand Senior Warden

RW William Edward Hershey, Jr.

Right Worshipful William Edward "Bill" Hershey, Jr. was elected as the Grand Junior Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Virginia on Saturday, November 8, 2014. William Edward Hershey, Jr., was…

Right Worshipful William Edward “Bill” Hershey, Jr. was elected as the Grand Junior Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Virginia on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

William Edward Hershey, Jr., was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 3. He graduated from Peabody High School in 1961 and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1962 and in 1966, applied for and was accepted into Officer Candidate School, where he graduated and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in January 1967. Immediately upon graduation, he was deployed to Vietnam where he served with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Subsequent to his Vietnam tour of duty, he served in a number of both Command and Staff positions. After 23 ½ years of military service, he retired in May 1986 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is the recipient of numerous military decorations including the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit. Upon retirement from the military, he began a second career in the field of Information Technology and Information Assurance, initially employed by the Quest Research Corporation where he was served as a Program Manager. He later joined CACI in 1998 as a Program Manager, where he worked until January 2008 when he retired.

Brother Hershey was raised a Master Mason in Hay Market Lodge No. 313 on January 30, 1976 and served as its Worshipful Master in 1986 and as Secretary from 2003 to 2010, and is also a Life Member in Perpetuity, honorary member and Secretary Emeritus. He holds membership in Edward H. Cann Daylight Lodge No. 1752, where he has served as Secretary since 2012. He was District Deputy Grand Master for Masonic District 58 in 1991, when he was honored with the Outstanding District Deputy Award. He served as Masonic Home Ambassador from 1987 to 1989 and again in 1994. He was Administrative Assistant to the Grand Master in 1999 and is currently the Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of India, near Virginia. He was appointed to the Grand Lodge Committee on Jurisprudence in 1992, the Grand Lodge Committee on Membership in 2008 as its Chairman, and the Grand Lodge Committee on Strategic Planning and Implementation in 2014 as its Chairman. He was elected Grand Junior Deacon in 2014.

Right Worshipful Brother Hershey is a member of the Valley of Alexandria, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and was invested Knight Commander Court of Honour in 2009 and is active in the Blue Ridge Scottish Rite Club . He is a member of Walter Reed Chapter No. 303 and James Monroe Chapter No. 549, National Sojourners and Light Horse Harry Lee Camp, Heroes of ’76. He holds membership in Acca Shrine Center, where he is a member of the Directors Staff; and previously was active in Kena Shrine Center as President and Secretary of the Oriental Band, Chief of the Kena Aide Corporation and Trustee. Brother Hershey received the John Blair, Jr. Medal from the Grand Lodge of Virginia in 2008.

Brother Hershey is married to former Margaret Michele Arlof. They are the proud parents of three daughters, Margaret Louise Petrizza, Michele Rene Hershey, and Theresa Lynne Lewis. They have two grandsons, three granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. They make their home in North Chesterfield, Virginia.

Grand Junior Warden

RW Douglas Vernon Jones

Douglas Vernon Jones was born in Richmond, Virginia, on October 4. He graduated from Deep Creek High School and attended courses at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.…

Douglas Vernon Jones was born in Richmond, Virginia, on October 4. He graduated from Deep Creek High School and attended courses at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He started his professional career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and held several professional support positions in field office operations at the FBI Headquarters and the Columbia, Norfolk and Richmond Divisions and temporary assignments in Tampa, Florida, Jackson, Mississippi and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was the recipient of numerous awards and recognition and retired in 2010 with thirty-five years of service. Since his retirement, Brother Jones has worked part-time for The Bennett Funeral Homes.

Brother Jones was made a Master Mason in Metropolitan Lodge No. 11 on April 2, 2002, where he is a Life Member in Perpetuity and served as its Worshipful Master in 2007 and as Treasurer from 2010 to 2014. He is a member of Washington and Henry Lodge No. 344. He was District Deputy Grand Master in Masonic District No. 15A in 2013. He served on the Grand Lodge Committee on Membership and Committee on Security and currently is the Lodge Services Representative for Masonic District 15A. He received the Grand Master’s Award of Excellence in 2013. He was elected Grand Senior Deacon in November 2015.

He is a member of the Valley of Richmond, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and was invested Knight Commander Court of Honour in 2009. He is Past Commander of the Richmond Council Knights Kadosh and is currently an officer in the Lodge of Perfection. He is a 1st Lieutenant in the Scottish Rite Guard and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center since 2010. He is a past director of the Scottish Rite Foundation Board. He holds membership in Acca Shrine Center, where he is a member of the Past Masters Club, and Richmond Court No. 16, Royal Order of Jesters.

Brother Jones has also been very active in the community. He is a Past President of the Norfolk Jaycees. Within the Virginia Jaycees he served as District Director and Community Development Vice-President. He is a Life Member in the Virginia Jaycees and a Jaycee International Senator, and United States Jaycee Ambassador. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and a former member of the International Azalea Festival Committee, the City of Norfolk’s salute to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Columbia Rotary Club. In 1981, he was listed among the Outstanding Young Men of America.

Brother Jones is married to the former Frances Elizabeth Cullison. They are active members of First Baptist Church in Richmond. In his leisure time, Brother Jones is an avid reader and enjoys research and writing on various topics.

Grand Senior Deacon

RW James Winfield Golladay, Jr.

James Winfield Golladay, Jr. was born in Winchester, Virginia, on September 1. He graduated from James Wood High School in 1963 and completed post-graduate work at Randolph-Macon Academy in 1964.…

James Winfield Golladay, Jr. was born in Winchester, Virginia, on September 1. He graduated from James Wood High School in 1963 and completed post-graduate work at Randolph-Macon Academy in 1964. He graduated from Ferrum Junior College in 1966 with an Associate of Arts Degree and later attended the University of Richmond, School of Business until returning to Stephens City to manage the family retail lumber business. Following his father’s passing, he became President of the business and operated it until 1993. He is now engaged in the Real Estate business as Property Manager for Crum Realty, Inc. in Winchester.

Brother Golladay was made a Master Mason in Winchester Hiram Lodge No. 21 on March 5, 1968, where he is an honorary member and served as its Worshipful Master in 1976 and as Secretary since 2005. He was District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 3 in 2008. He was the Grand Purveyor in 2014. He served on the Board of Governors of the Masonic Home of Virginia for six years. He was elected Grand Junior Deacon in November 2015.

Brother Golladay served as Worshipful Master of Spurmont Lodge No. 98 in 2011 and holds membership in Eureka Lodge No. 195, Virginia Research Lodge No. 1777, Civil War Research Lodge No. 1865, and A. Douglas Smith, Jr. Research Lodge No. 1949. He is a member of the Valley of Martinsburg, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and was invested Knight Commander Court of Honour in 2004 and coroneted a 33° Inspector General Honorary in 2009. He is a Past High Priest of John Dove Royal Arch Chapter No. 21 and Past District Deputy Grand High Priest of Capitular District 15; Past Illustrious Master of Triangle Council No. 3 and Past Illustrious Grand Master, District of Columbia, Cryptic Masons; Past Commander of Winchester Commandery No. 12, Past District Deputy Grand Commander of Chivalric District 4, Department Commander, Mid-Atlantic Department (2015-2018), Grand Encampment, Knights Templar; Past Governor of Commonwealth York College No. 50, Past Preceptor of Robert V. Hines Chapter (DC) and Virginia Chapter, Sovereign Order of Knight Preceptor; Past Puissant Sovereign of Shenandoah Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine; Past Excellent Chief of Virginia Council No 12 and King Darius Council No. 17, Knight Masons; Past Sovereign Master of Hartley Carmichael Council No. 3, George Washington Council No. 106, Martinsburg Council No. 359, and HAFOVA Council No. 442, Allied Masonic Degrees; and Life Member of Old Dominion Chapter No. 364, National Sojourners. He holds membership in the Virginia College Societas Rosicruciana, the Royal Order of Scotland and numerous other Appendant Masonic Bodies. He was a recipient of the Outstanding District Deputy Grand Master Award in 2007 – 2008, the Order of the Purple Cross from the York Rite Sovereign College of North America and the Charles Augustus Grice Merit Award from the Grand Commandery of Virginia. Brother Golladay is a Past Master Councilor of C. Vernon Eddy Chapter and a fifty two member and the recipient of the Order of Chevalier, Legion of Honor, Distinguished Service and Representative DeMolay Awards.

Brother Golladay has also been very active in the community. Within Frederick County, he is a Past Chairman of the Frederick County Planning Commission and the Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission. He is an active member of the Winchester Shawnee Lions Club, the Historical Societies of Winchester-Frederick County and Berkley County, West Virginia and the American Philatelic Society. He is a life member of Stephens City United Methodist Church, where he has served as Chairman, Board of Trustees.

Brother Golladay is married to the former Susan McIntosh Porterfield of Charles Town, West Virginia, and they have two daughters, Anna McIntosh and Mary Isabelle and a son, James W. III, and two granddaughters.

Grand Junior Deacon

RW Donald Ellis Strehle

Donald Ellis Strehle was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, March 28. He is the third son of the late Frank E. Strehle and the late Thelma G. Strehle. Brother Strehle…

Donald Ellis Strehle was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, March 28. He is the third son of the late Frank E. Strehle and the late Thelma G. Strehle. Brother Strehle moved to Newport News, Virginia at age 7 and graduated from Denbigh High School in 1974. He graduated from Radford University in 1978 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. He moved to Arlington, Virginia where he began his banking career in 1979 with Continental Federal Savings Bank and attended Commercial Lending School at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. His last position with Continental Federal, now SunTrust Bank, was Senior Vice President in charge of commercial and consumer lending. Later, he held the management position of Executive Vice President with F&M Bank Northern Virginia. In 2005 he was named Regional President for BB&T, administratively responsible for 600 employees, 80 financial centers, $6 billion in deposits and 140,000 client households in Northern Virginia. He currently is the Managing Director for the Washington, D.C. office of Sterling Capital Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T).

Brother Strehle was made a Master Mason in Cherrydale Lodge No. 42, Arlington, Virginia, October 19, 1996, where he is a Life Member in Perpetuity. He served as Worshipful Master in 2001. He has been Cherrydale’s Treasurer and Lodge Trustee since 2002. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District No. 54 in 2008. He served as Grand Senior Steward in 2012 and also served on the Grand Lodge Committee on Finance for eleven years. He is the Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of the State of Bahia, Brazil, near Virginia. Brother Strehle was elected Grand Junior Deacon in November 2016.

Brother Strehle is a member of the Valley of Alexandria, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. He holds membership in Cherrydale Royal Arch Chapter No. 35 and Kena Shrine Center. He is a Past Patron and current Trustee of Unity Chapter No. 201, Order of the Eastern Star, Falls Church, Virginia. He served as Treasurer of the OES Home Board of Governors from 2009 to 2015, and currently serves as the Associate Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of Virginia, Order of the Eastern Star. He is a Past Associate Guardian of Bethel No. 1, Arlington, Virginia. He served as Grand Chaplain, 2006-2007 and Associate Grand Guardian of Virginia, Job’s Daughters International, 2013-2014. He has served as the Treasurer of the Masters’ and Wardens’ Association for Masonic District 54 for the past 16 years and is Vice-President of the DeMolay Foundation of Virginia. Brother Strehle is also the recipient of the DeMolay Legion of Honor.

Brother Strehle has also been very active in the community. Within Northern Virginia, he is a Board Member, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia; President, Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation; Member, Radford University President’s Business and Economic Advisory Council; Member, Bailey Crossroads Rotary Club; Life Member, Prince William Chapter/Northern Virginia Building Industry Association; Past Member, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors; Past member of Arlington Jaycees, Past Chairman of the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern Virginia, former Vice-Chairman of Capital Hospice and served on the Foundation Board for INOVA Health System. He is an active member of Cherrydale United Methodist Church, serving in many capacities and presently a Trustee and Chairman of the Finance Committee. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing golf at Washington Golf and Country Club where he is a member.

Brother Strehle is married to the former Mary Lee Dodge of Arlington. They have three daughters, Sara Strehle Duke, Laura Ellen, and Lee Anne, all Past Honored Queens of Bethel No. 1, Job’s Daughters International, Arlington, Virginia. He also has a son-in-law, Dr. Kevin W. Duke and one grandson, Thomas W. Duke.

Grand Treasurer

MW John Mason Chambliss, Jr.

Most Worshipful John Mason Chambliss, Jr. was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina on October 6. He graduated from Central of Lunenburg in Victoria, Virginia and earned his Bachelor of…

Most Worshipful John Mason Chambliss, Jr. was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina on October 6. He graduated from Central of Lunenburg in Victoria, Virginia and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from National College of Business and Technology in Roanoke, Virginia. He began his career with the County of Roanoke in 1973 as Assistant Finance Officer. He served in other management roles including Director of Finance, Assistant County Administrator, and served as the Interim County Administrator from July 2008 through March 2009. He retired in July 2009 with over 38 years of public service.

In his community, Brother Chambliss has served as President and Captain of the Cave Spring Volunteer Fire Department; Vice-Chairman of the Western Virginia Regional Jail Authority; Past Chair and member of the Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Commission; and Past Director of the Salem- Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce.

Brother Chambliss was raised as a Master Mason in Lakeland Lodge No. 190 on May 2, 1977, and served as Worshipful Master in 1989 and 1990. He also holds membership in Cave Spring Lodge No. 230 and Peyton Randolph Lodge of Research No. 1774. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for Masonic District No. 22 in 1992 and as Grand Purveyor in 1993. He was appointed to the Grand Lodge Committee on Finance in 1992 and served as its Chair from 1998 – 2006. He served on the Board of Governors of the Masonic Home of Virginia from 2004 – 2006. He was elected Grand Senior Deacon in 2006 and serves as the Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of Minas Gerais, Brazil near Virginia. He served as Grand Master of Masons in Virginia in 2011 and was elected to the Office of Grand Treasurer in November 2011.

Most Worshipful Brother Chambliss is a member of the Valley of Roanoke, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and was invested Knight Commander Court of Honor in 1993 and coroneted a 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1999. He is Past High Priest of Murray Chapter No. 22, Royal Arch Masons; Past Commander and Drill Team member of Bayard Commandery No. 15, Knights Templar; Knight York Cross of Honor; Past Governor of Wilderness Road York Rite College No. 94 and recipient of the Order of the Purple Cross; a member of the Divan of Kazim Shrine, A.A.O.N.M.S.; Royal Order of Jesters Court No. 59; and Past Chief of the South Atlantic Shrine Provost Association.

Brother Chambliss is married to the former Judy Tomlinson. They are the parents of a son, John Mason Chambliss, III, and wife, Melissa, of Roanoke; and a daughter, Michelle Allen, and her husband, Chris, of Manassas. They have two grandchildren, Abby Allen and Emily Allen. Brother Chambliss serves as Moderator and a Deacon at Rosalind Hills Baptist Church. They make their home in Roanoke, Virginia.

Grand Secretary

MW Alan Wayne Adkins

Most Worshipful Alan Wayne Adkins was born in Stuart, Virginia, on January 30. He graduated from Stuart High School, received an A.A. Degree in Business Administration from Ferrum College and…

Most Worshipful Alan Wayne Adkins was born in Stuart, Virginia, on January 30. He graduated from Stuart High School, received an A.A. Degree in Business Administration from Ferrum College and a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He was employed by R. J. Reynolds – Patrick County Memorial Hospital from January 1973, as Assistant Administrator-Chief Financial Officer then Administrator until his election as Grand Secretary November 1997. He is a veteran of the United States Army.

Brother Adkins was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on September 11, 1971, in Mountain Home Lodge No. 263. He is a Life Member in Perpetuity and Honorary member and served as its Worshipful Master in 1977 and as Secretary from 1978 to 1991. He is currently the Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of California, near Virginia. He served as Grand Master of Masons in Virginia in 1997.

Brother Adkins holds honorary membership in Westhampton Lodge No. 302, where he is currently serving as Secretary, and holds honorary membership in seven other Lodges. He is a member of the Valleys of Danville and Richmond, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and was invested Knight Commander Court of Honour in 1995, coroneted a 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1999 and awarded the Grand Cross in 2011. He holds membership in Lynchburg Royal Arch Chapter No. 10; Bayard Commandery No. 15; William T. Buckner Council No. 130, Allied Masonic Degrees; Saint Polycarp Conclave, Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine; Virginia College Societas Rosicruiciana; Commonwealth York Rite College No. 50; King Darius Council No. 17, Knight Masons; Virginia Chapter of the Philalethes Society; Kazim Shrine Center; Roanoke Court No. 59, Royal Order of Jesters; Royal Order of Scotland and the National Sojourners, Richmond-Fort Lee Chapter. He is a Past Patron of Stuart Chapter No. 25, Order of Eastern Star. He is a recipient of the Honorary Legion of Honor from DeMolay International, the Christopher Champlin Medal from the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, the Phillip C. Tucker Medal from the Grand Lodge of Vermont, the Order of the Purple Cross from the York Rite Sovereign College of North America, and the George Washington Distinguished Service Medal from the Grand Lodge of Virginia.

He was married to the former Gerri Stone (now deceased) for almost thirty-nine years. They have a daughter, Amanda, who lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband, Ryan, and a son, Robert, who lives in Henrico, Virginia, with his wife, Linsey, and daughter, Brooklyn. He is an active member, Deacon and Moderator in Mechanicsville Baptist Church.

Appointed Grand Lodge Officers

Administrative Assistant to the Grand Master
Wor. J. Thomas Wadkins, III
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Grand Marshal
Bro. Thomas Alexander Clark
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Grand Chaplain
RW Barrye Lane Absher

Grand Lecturer
RW Hoen McGuire Edwards, Jr.
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Assistant Grand Lecturer
RW Doyle Lee Miller

Grand Provost
Wor. Paul Alan Miller
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Grand Pursuivant
RW Thomas Edward Lasher

Grand Purveyor
RW Samuel Emmett Dunn

Grand Senior Steward
RW Linwood Ray Spears

Grand Junior Steward
RW Jack Kayle Lewis

Grand Organist
Bro. Donald Francis Moro, Jr.

Grand Physician
Wor. Samuel Moseley Jones

Grand Tiler
Wor. George Sanchez Alcaraz