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Grand Master 2007-2008

Brother Smith was born in Providence, Rhode Island on October 10, 1952, the second child and son of the late Freeman L. and Mildred H. (Wurtz) Smith. He grew up in Riverside, Rhode Island and was educated in the public school system graduating from East Providence Senior High School in 1971. He continued his education in the Pre-Medical program at Providence College and received a Bachelor of Science Degree with a concentration in Business Management in 1975.

He entered Government Service in 1978 working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of registration as an investigator in the enforcement side of the Licensing Division and retired as Supervisor of Investigators for the Office of Investigations.

On October 23, 1982 he was married to Grace Ann Mastropietro of Revere, Massachusetts who is also employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. They presently reside in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

He is currently a member of the Arnold Mills United Methodist Church of Cumberland and has served on various church committees including Trustee/Treasurer. While residing in Cumberland, Rhode Island he served as a member and Past President of the Arnolds’ Mills Community House. He is a member of the Civil War Re-enactors and Historical preservation group, Battery B, 1st RI Light Artillery.

Masonically, brother Smith petitioned Lafayette Lodge No. 47 in 1993, raised a Master Mason in June of 1994 and signed the By-laws in September 1994. He served as Master of Lafayette Lodge No. 47 from 1998 to 1999. He is a member of St. John's Lodge No. 1, Providence and Civil War Research Lodge No. 1865 of Virginia.

He as appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Southern District in 2000 by Most Worshipful Benjamin A. Phillips. He served in the Northern, East Bay and Metro Districts. He was elected Junior Grand Warden in 2003, Senior Grand Warden in 2004, Deputy Grand Master in 2005 and Grand Master Elect in November 2006.

Brother Smith is a member of Providence Chapter No.1 and Pawtucket Chapter No. 4, Royal Arch Masons and served as High Priest of Pawtucket Chapter in 1999 and 2004. He has served on various Grand Chapter Committees and as Grand Chaplin from 2003 to 2005. he is a member of the Convention of Anointed High Priests and the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter, International.

In Cryptic Masonry, he is a member of Providence Council No. 1 and Pawtucket Council No. 2, Royal and Select Master serving as Thrice Illustrious Master of Pawtucket Council in 2000. He served the Grand Council of Rhode Island as Grand Marshal in 2001, Grand Chaplin in 2003 and Grand Lecturer in 2006. he is the recipient of the Ishe Sodi award. He is the Grand Representative for the state of Louisiana and is a member of the order of the Silver Trowel Council of Anointed Kings.

In Chivalric Masonry he was knighted in Holy Sepulchre Commandery No. 8 in 1996 and served as Commander in 2000 to 2001. He is a member of Calvary Commandery No. 13. He has served on various Grand Commandery committees and is a member of the Grand Commandery Exemplification Team. He is a Past President of the Presiding Council’s Club and is a member and Past Preceptor of the Sovereign Order of Knights Preceptor, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapter.

In the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite he is a member of the Valley of Providence and served as Sovereign Prince of the Council of the Princes of Jerusalem from 2005 to 2007. He was coroneted an Honorary Member Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33rd Degree in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2005. He is a member of the Royal Order of Scotland.

He is a member of the Rhode Island Shriners, Ancient Arabic order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and serves on the ceremonial degree team and is a member of Providence Court No. 71, Royal Order of Jesters. He is a member of Moslem Grotto, Mystic Order of the Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm and is presently serving as Marshal.

Other Masonic service includes membership in Plantations Conclave No. 30, Red Cross of Constantine serving as Orator. He is a member of Roger Williams Priory No. 48, Knights Cross of Honor serving as Herald. He is a member of What Cheer York Rite College serving as Chancellor. He is presently Senior Warden of Colonial Council No. 19, Knight Masons of New England. He is currently Secretary of Renaissance Council No. 429, Allied Masonic Degrees. He is a member and past Registrar of Damascus Tabernacle No. 26, Holy Royal Arch Templar Priests and is presently serving as Seventh Pillar.

Brother Smith is also a member of Narragansett Bay Chapter No. 14, National Sojourners. He is a member of Massasoit Forest No. 91, Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He is a member of Woonsocket Chapter No. 3, Order of Eastern Star. He is a member of Gaspee Order No. 99 Swords of Bunker Hill. He is a member of the Ancient Order of Cork, the Masonic Order of Bath and the Grand College of Rites.

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