Hometown: Brookings, SD
What keeps you in Sioux Falls? Sioux Falls is a great place to live, my family, my Shrine, and my workplace.
Who was your Masonic sponsor, when did you join, and why did you become a Master Mason? My Masonic Sponsor was Loren Eggebraaten PP, I had always heard that when you become a Mason it always makes you a better person, how true!
Who was your Shrine sponsor, when did you join, and why did you become a Shriner? My Shrine Sponsor was also Loren Eggebraaten PP. Loren was Potentate in 1980. I joined the Shrine in 1985. I seen all the great work they did with the hospitals and how much fun they had.
What is your favorite part of being a Masonic Shriner? I have enjoyed many new friendships over the years.
What units and clubs have you been and/or currently are a member? I belong to the Steel Drum Band, Oriental Band and The Classie Autos. Also I have served as president of those units.
What committees and roles have you been a part of over the years?
• Membership Co-Chair, 1994–1996
• Circus Chairman, 2011–2012
• MSA Committee, 1987, 2002, 2014
SCAFRA President, 2017 (Shrine Circus and
• SFA Shrine Fundraising Association, current
What has been your involvement with the shrine and its units/committees meant to you? The committee assignments that I’ve served on have been great to meet many Shriners and Masons as they’ve become lifetime friends.
How does your Lady feel about your Shrine involvement? The great part of being involved with the Shrine is my wife, Debbie, is that she’s totally committed.
Describe El Riad Shrine in five words: Best kept secret in Shrinedom.
What would you tell shriners and their families about joining our family, fraternity and philanthropy? Come down on Wednesday nights, see our Shrine, join our Shrine, and get involved in a Shrine Club or Unit. Support El Riad Shrine and visit a Shriners Hospitals for Children clinic or hospital when you can…it will make a believer out of you!!