Sahib Shrine 2011 Oriental Guide
Connie is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He served our country with the U.S. Navy for six years. While in Washington, he attended the University of Washington. Following his military service, Connie returned to St. Louis to spend ten years with the county police department which overlapped with his employment at Anheuser-Busch, Inc. retiring as maintenance superintendent in resident engineering. His responsibilities included hiring and training the employees under his supervision; during this time, he also served as safety chairman. Following his retirement from Anheuser-Busch, Inc., he was area manager of refrigeration/heating for Sears.
Connie was raised a Master Mason in Meridian Lodge No. 2, St. Louis, in 1968. He was elected class secretary, Scottish Rite in the Valley of St. Louis the same year. He has been a York Rite Mason in Keystone Chapter, Jeremiah Council and Ascalon Commander for thirteen years.
Connie is a twenty-five year veteran Shriner. He began in Moolah Shrine, St. Louis, where he was circus novelty co-chairman, bingo co-chairman and caller for weekly bingo, director and president of the Sound Unit, Gateway 500 Pit Boss and Potentate’s Personal Aide. While at Moolah Shrine, Connie was a member of the Daniel Boone Shrine Club, the Ecmo Shrine Club, South County Shrine Club and Tiger Shrine Club. He held honorary membership in the Guides, Air Patrol, Clowns, Arab Patrol, Drum Corps, Chanters and Yomo unit.
Connie received three lifetime appointments. They were from Moolah Sound Unit (Director Emeritus), Aide Emeritus and Ambassador Emeritus. He is also a charter member of the Ainad Shrine Mounted Patrol, East St. Louis, Illinois.
For the past ten years, Connie has been a member of Sahib Shriners and a member of the Mariners, Directors’ Staff, Hillbillies, King Pins, Venice Shrine Club, Gulf Shrine Club, North Port Shrine Club and Manatee Shrine Club. He is a past president of Manatee Shrine Club and served for five years supervising the first base concession stand at the ballpark for Pirates spring training games.
Connie’s bingo expertise from Moolah was brought to us as he co-chaired with Ed Luff the “start up” of our very successful bingo program.
Connie served as personal aide for Imperial Sir Douglas E. Maxwell for the year 2009. He is currently president of a men’s fraternal organization, past president of a men’s international fraternal organization, member of Moose, Elks and Eagle clubs and he has been active with the American Legion.
Connie has been married to Deanie for forty-four years; they have two grown children, Connie and Gordon and four grandchildren. Deanie has been very supportive through the years of Connie’s Masonic and Shrine dedicated service. She is also active here with the Bingo program, pancake breakfast and many Shrine activities. They are active in their church and Connie was chief usher for seventeen years.
Connie is a welcome addition to our Divan as they continue to provide excellent leadership to Sahib.
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