Youth LeadershipINTERNATIONAL DEMOLAY CONGRESS
Avery L. Brinkley
Centennial International Master CouncilorAvery L. Brinkley was elected International Master Councilor in June of 2018. He completed his term as Southern California Jurisdiction Master Councilor on September 1, 2018. He was chosen to represent DeMolay in its centennial year by his peers who expressed their confidence in his vision for the future of DeMolay.
Avery began his DeMolay career at fourteen when his cousin introduced him to the organization. In a short time, he assumed the position of Master Councilor of Yorba Linda Chapter in 2014 at sixteen, just two years after joining. As his passion for DeMolay grew he soon became League President of Titan League, overseeing 7 chapters in his area. He was inspired by how deeply DeMolay affected him. He desired to spread DeMolay membership to every young man he could. He became Southern California Jurisdiction Congress Secretary in 2016. In 2017, he attended an International Congress Session for the first time. He was further inspired to assume a leadership role in the Congress because of what he witnessed. The Congress motivated him to pursue the position of Southern California Jurisdiction Master Councilor, and although he didn’t know it at the time, that in turn would inspire him to run for the position of International Master Councilor.
During his year as Southern California Congress Secretary, he implemented a biweekly newsletter that became a primary source of information to Chapters and Advisors. He also assisted with the implementation of a jurisdiction-wide Google™ calendar that informed his jurisdiction. It was for this effort that he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award. In addition to the Distinguished Service Award, Avery has earned the Lamp of Knowledge, Representative DeMolay, and the Founders Membership Award. He is a Knight of the Saint Bernard Priory. In 2016, he was created a Chevalier, the highest award that may be earned by an active member of DeMolay.
During his term as Jurisdictional Master Councilor, he improved social media and made it his goal to increase participation and oversaw five membership classes.
Andrew S. Buckwinkler
Centennial International Congress SecretaryAndrew Steven Buckwinkler of Illinois was installed as the Centennial International Congress Secretary of DeMolay International on June 23, 2018, at the 52nd Annual DeMolay Congress in Alexandria VA.
Andrew Buckwinkler was initiated on May 4th, 2014 into Bloomingdale Chapter in Illinois as one of the four founding members. He was elected to serve as the first Master Councilor and during his term, initiated 12 new members and earned their chapter charter.
Andrew was appointed as State Marshal to serve the jurisdiction of Illinois in the 2015-2016 term where he also served on the membership committee. That year, Illinois DeMolay attained positive membership growth. For the 2016-2017 term, Andrew was elected to serve as the Deputy State Master Councilor where he again served on the membership committee and again attained positive growth. Andrew was installed as the 92nd State Master Councilor of Illinois in 2017-2018. Throughout his term, he created advancements in the social media and giant leaps in membership. Illinois was #1 in the United States for new members in 2017. As he approached the conclusion of his term, Andrew was elected by his brothers to serve DeMolay International as the Centennial International Congress Secretary at the Annual Session in Alexandria, Virginia in June of 2018.
From his service in DeMolay, Andrew was named the DeMolay of the year and awarded the Chevalier. He also earned the Blue Honor Key for inducting ten new members and has been named an Ambassador for Illinois DeMolay. He also earned the PMC-MSA and is a Representative DeMolay. He is devoted to DeMolay as shown by his accomplishments and extended his horizon in our Masonic family by being raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason.
Andrew is currently attending Elgin Community College majoring in political science.
As the International Congress Secretary, Andrew brings his enthusiasm and energy to DeMolay International. His theme for this year is, “This is 100 years in the making.”
Adult LeadershipINTERNATIONAL SUPREME COUNCIL
M. Boyd Patterson, Jr. , GC
Centennial Grand MasterBoyd Patterson of Texas was installed as Grand Master of DeMolay International on June 23, 2018 at the 98th Annual Session in Alexandria, VA.
Boyd Patterson is a ninth generation Texan, his great, great, great, great grandfather having died as one of the defenders of the Alamo during the War for Texas Independence. The family remained in the state during the following generations and he continues that legacy to this day, having graduated from public school in Richardson in 1969 then receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern Methodist University in 1972 and his Juris Doctor from SMU in 1975. Professionally he spent the next eight years in private practice in the north Texas area until being appointed to the bench for life in 1983. Dad Patterson served as a judge for the next twenty-nine years, the last twenty-five of which as Chief Magistrate Judge for the Criminal District Courts (felony courts) in Dallas County. After his retirement in 2011 he was retained by Cisco Systems, Inc. as Senior Judicial Advisor for worldwide operations, which position he held until a second and final retirement in February of 2016.
His professional activities have included more than a dozen organizations including the Texas Youth Council, Dallas County Drug Treatment Task Force, Texas Criminal Justice Forum and Dallas County Criminal Justice Management Committee. In the community, he is a member of St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church and has served as an adult leader for the Boy Scouts of America at both the Cub and Boy Scout levels. He was President of the Diamond M Club (SMU Alumni), and active in Phi Alpha Theta (history honors society). Other activities have included the Dallas Opera Society, Dallas Museum of Art and Dallas Zoological Association among others.
Dad Patterson’s DeMolay history began in 1966 when he was initiated into Richardson Chapter. As an active DeMolay he earned the RD Award, PMC-MSA, PIKC-MSA and Chevalier. In addition to presiding at the Chapter and Priory level he was State Master Councilor of Texas in 1970-71. As an adult he has served as Chapter Chairman, Priory Advisor and Priory Chairman, District Governor, State Director of Adult Leadership, Conclave Director and State Registrar. As an Active Member of the Supreme Council he is most known for his tenure on the Jurisprudence and Legislation Committee of which he is currently Chairman. He is also a Past President of the DeMolay Foundation, Inc. In recognition of these works he has been presented with the Cross of Honor, Legion of Honor, three Eagle Awards and the Grand Cross.
In Freemasonry his career is a lengthy one. Among his accomplishments, he is a Past Master of his Lodge, Past High Priest in the Royal Arch Chapter, Past Master in the Council, Past Venerable Master in Scottish Rite, Past President of the Masters, Wardens and Secretaries Association, Past Governor in the York Rite College and Past Sovereign in the Red Cross of Constantine among many other offices. In 2003 he became the first Past State Master Councilor of Texas to serve as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas and in that same year was the first Texan to be elected as Chairman of the Conference of Grand Masters of North America. During these years he has been awarded memorials and medals from the Grand Lodges of Washington, Oklahoma, Sao Paulo in Brazil and the Kingdom of Morocco. In the United States he has been honored with the Order of the Purple Cross in York Rite, Knight Commander of the Temple in the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar, Thirty-Third Degree Honorary in Scottish Rite, Royal Order of Scotland, National Sojourners, and the IXth Grade in Masonic Rosicrucians.
Both he and his wife of 42 years – Susan – enjoy retirement time with their children and grandchildren, all of whom continue the family tradition of residing in the Lone Star State.
John W. Whitaker, GC
Centennial Grand Senior CouncilorJohn Whitaker of Tennessee was installed as Grand Senior Councilor of DeMolay International on June 23, 2018 at the 98th Annual Session in Alexandria, VA.
John Whitaker was initiated into Neale M. Rutland DeMolay Chapter in Nashville, Tennessee. Without any Masonic relatives, John joined DeMolay at the suggestion of his older brother, Pat, who was already a member of the chapter. He served as Master Councilor and State Master Councilor of the Tennessee State DeMolay Association (1973-1974). He earned his Representative DeMolay Award and was elected a Chevalier. Upon reaching his majority, John served as Chapter Advisor, Conclave Director, and District Governor. John has served as Executive Officer for DeMolay in Tennessee for 22 years. He has received three Eagle Awards as Executive Officer and was named Executive Officer of the Year. In recognition of his service, John has also received the Cross of Honor, Active Legion of Honor, Guild of the Leather Apron and the DeMolay Grand Cross (2016). As an Active Member of Supreme Council, John has served on the Youth Protection Committee, DeMolay International Board of Directors, and the DeMolay Foundation Board of Directors.
John is a member of Ionic Masonic Lodge #254 in Nashville, the Scottish Rite Valley of Nashville (KCCH), York Rite, Hendersonville #477 Order of the Eastern Star, Parthenon Court Order of the Amaranth, The Order of Quetzalcoatl and Al Menah Shrine. Because of his commitment to the Masonic Youth in Tennessee, John has also served on the Hendersonville # 3 International Order of the Rainbow for Girls Advisory Board and has received the Grand Cross of Color. In 2015, John assisted with the organization of the DeMolay Alumni Unit at Al Menah Shrine and was named Al Menah Shriner of the Year in 2016. In recognition of his dedicated service to Tennessee DeMolay, John received the York Rite Youth Medal.
A native Nashvillian, John graduated from Isaac Litton High School and Cumberland College. Professionally, John has been employed at Hermitage Lighting Gallery for over 40 years. He is currently Sales Manager with a concentration on customer development and management of the outside sales force. An active member of the Homebuilders Association for over 42 years, John has served on the Middle Tennessee and State Board of Level. John is a Past President of the Associates Council (2002), President of the Nashville-Metro Chapter (2005-present) and Tennessee Associates Council Chair (2016-2017). He was named Middle Tennessee Associate of the Year (2002 &2012) and Tennessee Associate of the Year (2016).
DeMolay has always been a part of the Whitaker family. John married his DeMolay Chapter Sweetheart, Claudia and they planned their first state conclave together before their first anniversary. They have two children, Austin and Whitney. Austin is a Past International Master Councilor and is married to Rachel, a past Tennessee State Sweetheart. He is a pediatrician with Heritage Pediatrics and is currently serving as State Officer Advisor. Whitney is a Past State Sweetheart, Past Grand Worthy Advisor and Past Acting Supreme Worthy Advisor. She works in the design center for Goodall Homes, a residential construction company and assists with the sweetheart program.
Marc B. Bohn
Centennial Grand Junior CouncilorMarc Bohn of Georgia was installed as Grand Junior Councilor of DeMolay International on June 23, 2018 at the 98th Annual Session in Alexandria, VA.
Marc Bohn comes from a family with a long Masonic History tracing back to his Great Grandfather. His step-father, also a Mason, introduced Marc to DeMolay. In March of 1976, Marc joined Bill Brown Chapter but immediately transferred to Ridge Council Chapter which was a little more active at the time. By the end of his 1st year in DeMolay, he had 1st line signed 5 petitions and received his Blue Honor Key just before his 2nd anniversary in DeMolay. Marc received the PMC-MSA in May of 1978. Later that year he and his family moved to Atlanta, GA where he affiliated with Tucker Chapter in Tucker, GA.
Marc served as Chapter Dad of Panthersville Chapter, Director of Communications, and State Chapter Dad before coming to his current position as Executive Officer of Georgia in 2001. In recognition of his service, Marc has received the York Rite Youth Medal, The Cross of Honor, Active Legion of Honor, Guild of the Leather Apron and an Eagle Award. As an Active Member of the Supreme Council, Marc has served as the Region III Representative, Chairman of the Executive Officers Conference, a member of the Youth Protection Committee, and the DeMolay International Board of Directors.
Marc joined Gate City Lodge #2 in Atlanta, GA in 1989 and served as Master of that lodge in 1997. He is also a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Atlanta (KCCH) where he served as Commander of the Scottish Rite Guard, a member of the Executive Committee, and Venerable Master of Kadosh of the Consistory. He is a member of Yaarab Shrine and a founding member of the new DeMolay Unit.
Although most of his high school education was in western New York, Marc graduated from Parkview High School in Lilburn, GA. He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in Business Administration – Marketing. He has worked in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur and is currently self employed as an independent insurance agent in property and casualty insurance.
Family and family traditions are very important to Marc. He married Jane over 35 years ago. Jane is a Past Beloved Queen of Alogna Triangle in Angola, NY. While they didn’t meet through DeMolay, they started dating when they were 16 and most of their dates were DeMolay or Triangle related. Jane has been a registered nurse for over 35 years and currently works as part of the emergency room department at Emory University Hospital. Jane and Marc are very proud of their 3 children, Stephen, Nicholas, and Heather. Stephen (PMC, PIKC) is married to Chelsea and have one son, Jonahs. Nicholas (PMC, PIKC) has finished his bachelor’s degree in information technology from Georgia State and became a Master Mason at Philologia Lodge #178 in Conyers, GA. Heather (PWA – Jonesboro Assembly IORG) is currently employed at Office Depot and is figuring out this whole “adulting” thing.
Marc and Jane consider themselves exceedingly blessed and look forward to continuing their DeMolay journey together.
Wesley (Wes) D. Thornton, PGM, GC
Centennial Grand TreasurerWes Thornton of New Mexico was reinstalled Grand Treasurer of DeMolay on June 23, 2018 at the 98th Annual Session in Alexandria, VA. Wes Thornton was first appointed Grand Treasurer in March of 2012, and elected in June of 2012.
Wesley D. Thornton is a Texan by birth, and a New Mexican by the grace of God. He graduated from Farmington High School, and began his DeMolay experience in Farmington Chapter (now James H. Gibson Chapter) in 1968. He was also a member of New Mexico Knighthood Priory in 1969, and he held the offices of Master Councilor and Illustrious Knight Commander simultaneously. His DeMolay Honors include the PMC-MSA, Blue Honor Key, Representative DeMolay Award, Chevalier, Legion of Honor, and Zerubbabel Key. Dad Thornton was elected as a Deputy Member of the Supreme Council at the 75th Anniversary in 1994, and Active Membership in 1998. He has served the New Mexico DeMolay Association as Director of Finance and Information and as Chairman of the Advisory Council of two different chapters, and has served on the Board of Directors of DeMolay International since 2004, the Region VII Representative for four years, and the elected line for three years and Chairman of the Executive Officer’s Conference. He served as Grand Master of DeMolay International in 2010-2011. Dad Thornton is also a past Executive Officer from New Mexico.
Wesley Thornton served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged. After the Air Force, he returned to college and graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University. He met and married Robin Graham while attending college. They have two sons, Andrew and Brian, both of whom are Past State Master Councilors of the New Mexico DeMolay Association.
In 1986, Dad Thornton was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and began Private Practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Wesley Thornton is a fourth generation Master Mason and is twice a past master. In 2002 he was appointed as the Charter Master of Edgewood Lodge No. 82 AF&AM. He is a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Santa Fe and the York Rite Bodies of Farmington. He is also a member of the Ballut Abyad Shrine Center in Albuquerque, where he served as Captain of the Shrine Mounted Patrol and Secretary/Treasurer. He is a Past District Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of New Mexico, Past Treasurer of two lodges and served the Grand Lodge of New Mexico AF&AM as Grand Treasurer from 2008-2014.
Dad Thornton became a member of the Scottish Rite in 1976, and received the 33° in 2003, and was elected Treasurer of Valley of Santa Fe Lodge of Perfection, a post he held until 2005. He was appointed by Sovereign Grand Commander Ron Seale as Deputy of the Supreme Council AASR, Orient of New Mexico in October of 2014.
He received the Red Cross of Constantine in 2009 from Saint Sophia Conclave, and is currently serving the Conclave as Viceroy.
Wesley Thornton is a past Chief Adept, Grade IX° from the New Mexico College Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis
He has served on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Appaloosa Horse Club, and is presently serving on the DeMolay Foundation of New Mexico Board of Directors as Secretary/Treasurer.
The Thornton’s are members of the Covenant United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Keith K. Klein, PGM ,GC
Centennial Grand SecretaryKeith Klein of Indiana was reinstalled Grand Secretary of DeMolay International on June 23, 2018 at the 98th Annual Session in Alexandria, VA. Keith Keith was first elected Grand Secretary in June of 2014.
Keith Klein became a member of Steel City Chapter in Gary, Indiana, on May 22, 1956. He is a PMC of Steel City Chapter. Keith Klein is a Representative DeMolay; He has completed the LCC numerous times and holds a BHK with three stars. He is a Chevalier and holds the Cross of Honor, Legion of Honor, and the Guild of the Leather Apron. He was also the first recipient of the Indiana York Rite Youth Service Award. Keith Klein spent two summers at DI’s Headquarters office in Kansas City where he wrote materials for and Directed LTC’s throughout the country. He was a staff member and/or Directed LTC’s for several years. He served on the Executive Officer’s Staff as Athletics Director and numerous administrative positions in Indiana DeMolay including District Governor, State Chapter Dad, and Assistant Executive Officer. Keith Klein was Executive Officer of Indiana, from 1997 – 2003.
While EO of Indiana, the jurisdiction initiated, at least, one more member each year than the previous year, and the jurisdiction experienced net growth each year. He was honored with Grand Master’s Eagle Award for ISC Member of the Year in 1993, and received “The Builders Award for Membership Supremacy” in 2003. He also is a recipient of the Grand Master’s Award and he is a Frank S. Land Fellow. Keith Klein was DeMolay Congress Advisor from 1988 – 1990. He has been Chairman of the Advisory Council, and has served on a number of DeMolay International Committees. Keith Klein has written and produced the Hall of Fame induction videos for the last 20 years. He has also served as Chapter Advisor for Steel City Chapter for several years. Keith Klein has served as the Region 4 Representative on the Board of Director’s twice. Additionally, he has been Director of numerous DeMolay L.T.C.’s and has chaired several DI Committees. Keith Klein has been a frequent Conclave guest and presenter around the country. Keith is now serving his second four year term as a member of his local school board and he was honored by the Board for his three year service as Board President. He is also the recipient of the Bloomington, Indiana, Mae Cassidy Volunteer of the Year Award for his over thirty years as emcee of the Fourth of July Parade and the annual lighting of the Canopy of Lights kicking off the holidays the day after Thanksgiving. Keith is a recipient of the Golden Whistle Award for 50 years of High School officiating. He is recipient of the Ivy Tech Community College Chancellor’s Award for Community Service and he was designated a Distinguished Hoosier by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.
Keith Klein was elected Grand Junior Councilor of DeMolay International in 2004, and he was elected Grand Master in Seattle, Washington on June 17, 2006. He served as Grand Master 2006 – 2007.
Board of Directors
The following slate of officers and directors were unanimously elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 term:
** Denotes non-voting employee that has a direct report to the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of the following: one Class 1 member as a representative from each of the DeMolay regions; and the Grand Master, Grand Senior Councilor, Grand Junior Councilor, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer, a representative selected from the Executive Officers’ Conference, and two Class 6 members of DeMolay International. The Chairman of the Jurisprudence and Legislation Committee, the Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee and the General Counsel shall be members without a vote.
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