Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD

What keeps you in Sioux Falls? I have family and friends in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. I was away for 14 years while in the military and always knew that I would come back.

Who was your Masonic sponsor, when did you join, and why did you become a Master Mason? My Masonic sponsor was John Bayer. I became a master Mason in 2018. I became a Master Mason at the urging of John Bayer and several relatives who are also Master Masons.

Who was your Shrine sponsor, when did you join, and why did you become a Shriner? My Shrine sponsor was also John Bayer. I became a Shriner in 2018 to help the children and be a part of a organization that dose great things.

What is your favorite part of being a Masonic Shriner? The philanthropic aspect is my favorite part of the Shrine. I love hearing the stories of how the Shriners have helped children and their families. Also the comrade and friendships I have made since being a Shriner.

What units and clubs have you been and/or currently are a member? I am currently a member of the Motor Corps and the Blast & Cast units.

Tell us about when and how you were chosen for your new role with the Shrine Venue: I retired in June of 2021 and was looking for something to do when I saw that the Shrine was seeking a part time maintenance person. I talked to Past Potentate Les Kruse about the position one Wednesday night. I told him that I might be interested. A few weeks later he called and said that I had the Job. That was in September of 2021.

What is your actual new Shrine title? Building Maintenance. (and whatever else is needed)

What has been your experience this far? Surprises? Exciting incidents? My experience this far has been nothing but great. The biggest surprise I have had is how welcome everyone has made me feel. This has turned into one of those jobs that a person likes coming to work.

What committees and roles have you been a part of over the years? And what was your favorite memory? I am a member at Large for the Blast and Cast unit. I was recently on the committee for the Cabin Fever event that was held in February. It is an awesome feeling to work with other members to plan an event and see it turn out great.

What has been your involvement with the shrine and its units/committees meant to you? My whole adult life has been about helping others in my careers in both the military and fire department. So the shrine is a great fit for me. I like helping people that need it

Describe El Riad Shrine in five words: Rewarding, Fellowship, Friendship, Caring, Fun

What would you tell shriners and their families about joining our family, fraternity and philanthropy? Don’t wait!! Do it NOW you will absolutely love it. It’s one of the best things you will ever do.

What else would you like to share with our Cactus readers? Support, Support, Support. We as Shriners can and do make a difference for a lot of children and their families. We all come together for one cause helping!!

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