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in 1998 and as Secretary from 2004
through 2013. He served as District
Deputy Grand Master in 2003 and
District Instructor in 2001, 2002,
2005, 2006, and 2013. He was appointed Grand Standard Bearer in
2007 and has also served on multiple grand lodge committees. MW
Hoover was elected and installed
Grand Master of Masons in Florida
on his 65th Birthday on May 31, 2017.
Ill. Hoover was coroneted a 33°
in November 2013. He served as
Master of Kadosh in 2008 and on
various committees in the Scottish
Rite Valley of Tampa and continues
to be an active supporter of the Rite.
He is also a member of the St. Petersburg York Rite Bodies and Sunshine Commandery; Selama Grotto;
Egypt Temple Shriners; Bethlehem
Chapter No. 169, Order of the Eastern Star; and the Royal Order of
Scotland, Maxwell Clan.
In his spare time, he enjoys umpiring youth baseball games, something
he has been doing for over thirty-five
years. He also contributes time to
the Skyway Trap & Skeet as a board
member and enjoys golf, trap & skeet,
bowling, and collecting Masonic paraphernalia and memorabilia.
In the Current Interest article,
“Sacramento Celebrates Tishri and Ten (!)
50-year Members,” the January-February
2018 issue of
Rite Journal, we
failed to list Bro.
Ted T. Narasaki,
32°, sixth from
the left, dark
jacket and red
tie. We regret
Double-headed Eagles Awarded in Valley of Salina
On January 16, 2018, the Valley of Salina awarded thirteen Knights of the Dou- ble Eagle medals to their energetic members. This program was adopted by the
Orient of Kansas in 2017 for the purpose of recognizing the activity of members in addition to the Honors Program. The Valley of Salina is proud to be the first in Kansas to
initiate this new program with great response from our Ill. Hugh W. Gill III, 33°, SGIG
in Kansas. We owe it all to our Personal Rep., Ill. John Reynolds, 33°.
—Submitted by James C. Winn, 33°, Exec. Secretary, Valley of Salina
New Knights of the Double Eagle in the Valley of Salina, KS
A Tribute Dinner (& Cake!) for a Dedicated Brother
On January 26, 2018, a tribute dinner was
held by members of Friendship Lodge No. 53, Fellowship, FL, for Illustrious and
Right Worshipful Brother
Ralph R. Shollenberger, 33°.
RWBro Bill McKay, KCCH,
of Friendship Lodge and
the Valley of Ocala, served
as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
The meal was served with the assistance
of the local Rainbow Girls. The dinner
was held to recognize his many accomplishments over the years as well as to
celebrate his personal dedication to the Masonic fraternity.
RWBro Shollenberger (r.) has
been a member of Friendship
Lodge No. 53 since 1982, serv-
ing as Worshipful Master in 1988
and 1989. Additionally, he was
appointed District Deputy Grand Master
in 1989; served as Secretary of the District
Masters and Wardens Association; served
as Secretary of Friendship Lodge No. 53
for over twenty-five years and is still serv-
ing as such, served as General Secretary of
the Valley of Ocala, Ancient and Accepted
Scottish Rite from 2001–2006, and again
from 2009 to the present. He was coro-
neted a 33°, Inspector General Honorary in
1997 in recognition of his service and dedi-
cation to the Valley of Ocala, the Orient of
Florida, and Freemasonry.
Under his guidance and leadership,
the Valley of Ocala raised over
$100,000 in support of the
Scottish Rite Foundation of
Florida to assist the foundation
in funding the fourteen speech,
language and learning clinics
There are few who have served Freemasonry with so much distinction, dedication and selflessness, as Ralph. He
is the definition of what a Freemason
strives to be. Ralph married Theresa
Rocchino in 1970, and they have two
children and two grandchildren.
—Submitted by Bob Moynihan, KCCH,