Friday, August 17, 2012

Officers of the 66th Triennium

Well, I checked out the Grand Encampment website and it has been updated with some new information, mostly regarding the new officers.  I did not seeing anything updating the Constitution of the Grand Encampment or any edicts on the future of the Rectified Scottish Rite.

As for the officers of the 66th Triennium, Sir Knight David D Goodwin is now the Most Eminent Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America.
David Dixon Goodwin was born on August 15, 1949, in Johnson City, New York, to the late Mary Isabel and John Walter Goodwin. He was raised in Binghamton, NY, and confirmed in Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church. He attended the Binghamton Public Schools and graduated from Binghamton Central High School in 1967. He attended Broome Community College and graduated from Union University, Albany (NY) College of Pharmacy in 1972 with a B.S. in Pharmacy.

Following his graduation he was employed by CVS Pharmacy in several locations. He was the owner of four retail pharmacies in the Binghamton area from 1977-1988. He was employed as a pharmacist at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY, from 1988 until his retirement in 2010. His memberships have included local, state, and national pharmaceutical societies as well as health related community organizations, and the Endicott Rotary Club. He is a commissioned Notary Public in the State of NY.  

He married Marci Lynn Sternberg on July 15, 1979. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Samantha. They currently reside in Vestal, NY.  

Right Worshipful Brother Goodwin was raised a Master Mason in Binghamton Lodge #177, F&AM, Binghamton, NY, in September of 1977. He served through the line as was elected Master in 1982. The following year he was elected Secretary, a position he held until 1999. He was named Mason of the Year by his Lodge in 1988. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Broome-Chenango District Masters Council, District Masonic Brotherhood Fund Chairman, and as a member of the Grand Lodge Committee on Related Organizations. He served as a director and president of the Masonic Youth Foundation of New York. He was commissioned as the Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of Austria near the Grand Lodge of New York in September of 2000.  

Right Excellent Companion Goodwin was a member of Binghamton Chapter #139, Royal Arch Masons, having served as High Priest and as Secretary for several years. He is now a member of Western Broome Chapter #332. He served the Grand Chapter of New York as an Assistant Grand Lecturer, District Deputy Grand High Priest, and a Custodian of the Work. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in Bronze by the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International in 2011.  

Right Illustrious Companion Goodwin was a member of Binghamton Council #24, Cryptic Masons where he served as Illustrious Master and treasurer. He is now a member of Ahwaga Council #30 following a merger. He is a member of St. George Council, Order of Anointed Kings of New York, where he served as the Thrice Illustrious Master. He was commissioned by the Grand Council of Delaware as their Grand Representative near the Grand Council of New York.  

Sir Knight Goodwin was Knighted in Malta Commandery #21, Knights Templar, stationed at Binghamton, now in Endicott, NY, where he served as Commander in 1988 and recorder for many years. He was Captain of the Zone Drill Team for ten years. He holds plural memberships in The Empire State Commandery #83, NY, St. George Commandery #76, Ohio, St. Bernard Commandery #41, CO, Blaney Commandery #5, IL, and Anchorage Commandery #2, AK. He is a member of the Sovereign Order of Knights Preceptor, the Knight Crusaders of the Cross, and Past Commander Associations in many jurisdictions. He holds Honorary Memberships in many Commanderies, Grand Commanderies, and Grand York Rite Bodies across the country.  

He served the Grand Commandery of New York as a Zone Commander, Grand Representative of the Grand Commandery of Kentucky near New York, and was elected Grand Warder in 1991. He served through the line and was elected and installed as the 149th Grand Commander at the 186th Annual Conclave at Suffern, NY, on September 18, 1999. Sir Knight James Morris Ward, Most Eminent Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America awarded him the rank and dignity of Knight Commander of the Temple in 1998.  

He was appointed Right Eminent Department Commander of the Northeastern Department by Sir Knight William Jackson Jones, Most Eminent Grand Master at the 61st Triennial Conclave in Nashville, TN in 2000. He was elected to the Line of the Grand Encampment as Right Eminent Grand Captain General at the 62nd Triennial Conclave in August 2003 in St. Louis, MO, and invested with the Knight Grand Cross of the Temple. He was elected as a Trustee of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. He was elected Right Eminent Grand Generalissimo at the 63rd Triennial Conclave in August 2006 in Houston, TX where he was also elected Vice President of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. He was advanced to Deputy Grand Master upon the resignation of SK Richard Burditt Baldwin, Most Eminent Grand Master in August of 2007, and reelected Deputy Grand Master at the 64th Triennial Conclave in Roanoke, VA in August of 2009.  

Illustrious Brother Goodwin is a member and past officer of Otseningo Bodies, Valley of Binghamton, NY, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, USA. He was coroneted a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, in Boston, MA in 2002. He is a dual member in the Valley of Toledo, OH.  

He was awarded the Honorary Legion of Honor from DeMolay International and is a member and Past Dean of the Central New York Preceptory, LOH. He was elected a Deputy Member of the International Supreme Council in Seattle, WA in 2006 and an Active Member in Louisville, KY in 2012. He served DeMolay International as its Grand First Preceptor 2008-9.  

He was a Charter Member of the Southern Tier York Rite College #126 and served as Governor. He was awarded the Order of the Purple Cross in 1993 from the York Rite Sovereign College of North America.   

He holds memberships in Christian Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, Past Sovereign; Charlemagne Conclave (hon), OH; Crusade Priory #57, Knights of the York Cross of Honor, holds KYGCH, 1 quadrant; Gen. Henry Knox Council #139, Allied Masonic Degrees, Past Sovereign Master, Red Branch of Eri; Charles Smith Council #324, AMD; The Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States of America, line officer; Royal Order of Scotland; Star of Bethlehem Tabernacle, No.V, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, created a Past Preceptor; Good Shepherd Tabernacle, No XXX (hon); Grand College of America, HRAKTP, line officer; Celtic Council No. XXV, Knight Masons; Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis, Long Island College, SRICF, IX°, The High Council SRICF, Junior Deputy Supreme Magus, KGC; Grand College of Rites of the USA, Grand Chancellor, 2009; Kalurah Shriners; Aahmes Grotto, MOVPER; Lafayette Chapter #340, Order of the Eastern Star; Pilgrim Chapel #11 and Novum Eboracum Chapel #51, St. Thomas of Acon, and Trinity Church Assemblage of the Operatives. He was a Masonic Supervisor of Endicott Triangle #43, Organization of Triangles, Inc., a Masonic youth organization for girls in New York for many years.
Something I was surprised to see is that the former Department Commander for the Northwest, Sir Knight Michael Johnson, was elected as Grand Captain General of the Grand Encampment. In his place Sir Knight Steve Guffy has taken over as the Northwest Department Commander. The list of officers is as follows:
Right Eminent Deputy Grand Master: Sir Knight Duane L. Vaught

Right Eminent Grand Generalissimo: Sir Knight Jeffrey N. Nelson

Right Eminent Grand Captain General: Sir Knight Michael Burke Johnson

Right Eminent Grand Treasurer: Sir Knight James McCrorry Willson

Right Eminent Grand Recorder: Sir Knight Lawrence E. Tucker

Right Eminent Grand Prelate: Reverend and Sir Knight William D. Hartman
The Department Commanders appointed for this Triennium are as follows:
Northeastern Deparment: Sir Knight Thomas Tsirimokos

Mid-Atlantic Department: Sir Knight Jeffrey Burcham

Southeastern Department: Sir Knight Howard T. Burgess

East Central Department: Sir Knight Larry Brown

North Central Department: Sir Knight Lauren Handeland

South Central Department: Sir Knight T. Michael Fegan

Northwestern Department: Sir Knight Steven Guffy

Southwestern Department: Sir Knight David Kussman

Far-East Department: Sir Knight Evaristo Leviste

Europe Department: Sir Knight Emilio Attina

Subordinates Department: Sir Knight Edward Trosin
As soon as I find out any more relevant information I will have it posted. Particularly the Constitution may take some time as they have to revise it according to what legislation passed.  For any news on the Rectified Scottish Rite, I'm sure we'll see an edict come forth from the Most Eminent Grand Master concerning this issue.

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