Nominated for Junior Grand Warden:
I was initiated as an Entered Apprentice in January 2013, passed to the degree of Fellow Craft in February 2013, and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in April 2013 all in Unity Lodge #130. I have served my Lodge as the Senior and Junior Deacon, Senior and Junior Warden, and the Worshipful Master. I am the current Secretary of Unity #130.
I am currently serving as the Senior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge under Most Worshipful Grand Master Harold Ireland. In 2018, I was appointed the Senior Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge by MWB DaNiel Wood.
I have been very active in Masonry and the appendant bodies to which I belong. I have assisted the Grand Lodge Committee on Public Awareness in sponsoring, organizing, and executing Masonic Days with the Sioux Falls Canaries. For the Masonic Bodies in Sioux Falls, I have created opportunities for our Masonic Families to grow and serve our community. As part of the planning committee, I have assisted in bringing families together through our Sioux Falls Masonic Picnics. For the past four years, I have led the Lodges in Sioux Falls in participating in the annual Rake the Town service project through the Center for Active Generations. This program serves elderly and disabled members of our community in cleaning and preparing their property for winter through leaf and debris removal.
Since 2017, I have served as the Chair of Unity Lodge’s Scholarship Committee which provides up to $2500 annually to scholars pursuing higher education across the state. In 2018, I was honored to receive the Unity #130 Mason of the Year Award from RWB Dan Nace. We diligently work on ways to include all our Brothers in Blue Lodge events and to create positive, relationship building opportunities to strengthen bonds across Lodges and within our own. A Masonic passion of mine is to assist in bring new Brothers into our Fraternity through meaningful and impactful degree work. I have traveled across to the state to participate in providing the Degrees of Masonry for Lodges bringing in new Brothers. In 2018, I had the unique experience of sitting in the East during the Entered Apprentice Degree as my youngest brother Wyatt was initiated into Masonry. It was an honor and an experience I will always value.
Outside of Unity Lodge, I serve as Treasurer of the Sioux Falls Masonic Building Association. This has been a challenging and rewarding role. In the last three years, I have completely reorganized building’s financial state. This included creating from scratch a financial record keeping system and bringing the building back from the brink of financial insolvency. Through prudent spending cuts and additional rental income, we have created a balanced budget and now have a plan for restoring and preserving our building. These were not easy decisions to make, but through principled discussion, negotiation, and hope in our future, the board was able to work together to tackle difficult problems. In the past week alone, we have completed a major roof replacement project and created an endowment so future generations may enjoy the benefits and brotherhood of the Masonic Fraternity.
I am a member of the Sioux Falls York Rite bodies (Sioux Falls #2 RAM, Alpha Council #1, and Cyrene Commandery #2). I am also a member of the Sioux Falls Scottish Rite Bodies. In both, I have continued to be an active and supportive Brother.
My wife and I live in Sioux Falls, with our newborn daughter Amelia, our corgi Dakota, and our cat Luna. I received my bachelor’s degree in Government from Augustana College and my Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Villanova University. I work for the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society at the Director of Development for the Communities of Sioux Falls. Just recently, I recently earned my Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation and Change Management Specialist (CMS) designation. I have a passion for baseball, hunting and the outdoors, and a good cup of coffee.
As part of my dedication to serving and growing Lodges across our state, I want to express my deep gratitude to the Brothers of Pierre Lodge #27, Tin City Lodge #112, Unity Lodge #130, Hartford Lodge #136, and Mount Rushmore Lodge #220 for your nominations, thank you.