2017 potentate mark hartz2017 Illustrious Potentate

Born and raised in upstate New York, Noble Mark Hartz moved to Maryland in 2003. He has served the people his entire professional life including tenure in local, state, and now federal service where he is employed with the federal judiciary in Washington, D.C. Mark and his wife Kathy have been married since 2005.

Mark is a Past Master of Solomon’s Lodge #121 in Savage where he continues to serve as treasurer. He is also the chair of the Savage Chapter of DeMolay advisory board, and he received the DeMolay International Legion of Honor in 2015. 

Mark has served the Grand Lodge of Maryland as Grand Tyler and as Grand Photographer. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Stephen J. Ponzillo Jr. Memorial Library and Museum at the Grand Lodge, and he has served as a member of the Grand Lodge Committee on Youth and as chairman of the Grand Lodge leadership program.

Mark is a Past Associate Bethel Guardian for Bethel #16 of Job’s Daughters, a member of the Freestate Shield and Square Club Degree Team, and a member of the Scottish Rite in Baltimore. Under the York Rite, he is a member of Concordia Chapter #1 RAM, Concordia Chapter #1 R&SM, Maryland Commandery #1, and Freestate Council Allied Masonic Degrees where he served as Sovereign Master in 2016.  

Mark and Kathy are also members of the Order of the Eastern Star Esther Chapter #47. 

Mark’s affinity for the Shrine developed as a boy when two of his family members received care from the Shriners Hospitals for Children. After being raised to the degree of Master Mason and completing his catechism, Mark became a member of Boumi Shrine in 2006.

As a Shriner, Mark is a member of Annapolis Shrine Club, Ambassadors, Amateur Radio Club, and Motor Corps where he served as treasurer. Mark is also a member of several other units and clubs at Boumi.

He is a member of the Order of Quetzalcoatl Ches-A-Peake Teocalli #100 and Baltimore Court #82 of the Royal Order of Jesters.  

Mark serves as a member of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Buildings and Equipment Committee’s Subcommittee on Safety and Security where he provides his professional expertise to benefit the Shriners Hospitals network.

Mark has been a volunteer firefighter and EMT for over 30 years and continues to serve as the president of the Jessup Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors and as a member of the board of directors for the Elmhurst Improvement Association.


2017 chief rabban everette cookChief Rabban

Everette Q. Cook

Everette Cook was born in DeLand, Fla., in 1930. In 1941, he moved to Maryland and attended Baltimore County elementary schools. An alumni of Kenwood High School, Everett enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the 29th Corps of Engineers Topographical Unit in the Philippine Islands. He was employed by Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point for 24 years before retiring in 1986.

Everette was married for 46 years and has one daughter.

Everette saw the light in Patapsco #183 in 1979 and became a Shriner in 1980. He was Motor Corps captain in 1986, 1991, and 1997, in addition to holding positions of Deputy Director, Outer Guard, Aide, bingo director, fundraising chairman, Scimeter Club treasurer for 10 years, Past Commander Past Unit Heads, Past Camaxtli, and Past Color Guard Captain in 2010.

2017 asst rabban ernest palmerAssistant Rabban

Ernest N. Palmer

Ernest Palmer was born on his grandparent’s farm in rural Voluntown, Conn., and worked as a young man on the family’s dairy farm. He met his wife, Kathleen, while attending Bridgeport University in Bridgeport, Conn. Ernest and Kathleen have been married since October 1979 and have two children: Eric, also a member of Boumi Shriners, and Shannon.

Ernest received his business management degree from the University of Maryland and served in the United States Army as an intelligence officer for eight years. During his time in service, he was stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas, Fort Devens in Massachusetts, Field Station Korea, Fifth Army Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, and at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade. In addition, he was temporarily assigned to George H.W. Bush’s Presidential Inaugural Committee in Washington, D.C. After the military, Ernest settled in Maryland and, for the past 12 years, has been the owner of The Right Mover, LLC.

Ernest began his Masonic affiliations early in life and is proud of his extensive Masonic background. He is a life member of Napatree Chapter Order of DeMolay in Westerly, Rhode Island, a Past Master and life member of Temple-Noyes-Cathedral Lodge #32 of Washington, D.C., and a life member of the following: William R. Singleton Chapter #4 Royal Arch Mason, The Kachina Klub, the Order of Eastern Star serving as the Worthy Patron for both Ruth Chapter #1 and Friendship Chapter #17, the Washington Commandery No. 1, Knights Templar of Washington D.C., the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., ANA Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, SJ, USA, and Almas Knights of Mecca.

Also, he is Past Chapter Advisor for DeMolay International – Tenley Chapter – Chevy Chase Order of DeMolay, member of the Royal Order of Coon Jesters of Tennessee, Past Director of the Royal Order of Jesters, Master Artisan of the Order of Quetzalcoatl Ches-A-Peake Teocalli, No. 100, Baltimore, Maryland, Member of the Baltimore Crabs – Claw #7, and a member of the George Washington Memorial Stamp Club.

Ernest has been a Shriner for almost 20 years providing service as a member of the Shepherds, Ambassadors, Camel Wheels, and Clowns, as well as numerous clubs, in addition to being a charter member of the Boumi Cigar Club.

Outside of Masonry, Ernest is a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Izaak Walton League of America and, for the past 14 years, is a member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

2017 high priest  prophet william neederHigh Priest & Prophet

William C. Needer

William Needer was born in Baltimore, Md. He graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Towson University. He also did graduate work at Towson University and George Washington University. After college, he found employment at the Division of Parole and Probation, State of Maryland. He retired in 2010 as a senior agent after 32 years of service.

Bill’s Masonic roots run deep with his brother, father, grandfather and great uncle being Masons. He joined the Masonic family in 1997 by becoming a member of Mt. Moriah Lodge #116. In 1999, he went and became a member of Scottish Rite and Boumi Shriners.

As a member of Boumi Shriners, he has been a member of Magic Carpets, the Camel Wheels, and the Provost Guard. He was elected Commander of Provost Guard in 2003. The Provost Guard selected him to represent them on the M.A.S.A. Provost Guard where he served as commander for 2007–2008.

Bill was appointed Marshal, Second Ceremonial Master, and First Ceremonial Master.

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Tony Fusco

Tony Fusco has been active in investment management and financial planning since 1985, and he founded Fusco Financial Associates, Inc. in 1990. He specializes in retirement, investment, education, and estate planning. He also holds a Masters Degree in Financial Services from the American College.

Born and raised in New York, Tony now resides in Monkton, Md., with his wife Deneice. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Tony became a Master Mason in November 2005, and soon after, he joined Boumi Shriners in June 2006. Tony is a member of Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 116 and Crescent Lodge No. 240. He is also a member of the Scottish Rite 32°, Hiram Council No. 5, Tuscan Royal Arch Chapter No. 42, Adoniram Royal Arch Chapter No. 21, and Monumental Commanderie No. 3. Additionally, he has raised $250,000 for the Shriners Hospitals for Children—Philadelphia.

Currently, Tony is the vice president of the Linwood School, which provides educational services for autistic children. He has also been the financial advisor for the Grand Lodge of Maryland Order of the Sons of Italy since 1991.

2017 treasurer charles needer from 2016Treasurer

Charles W. Needer Jr., P.P.









2017 recorder ray bosleyRecorder

Wm. Raymond Bosley Jr., P.P.

Born in Baltimore on Oct. 28, 1930, Noble Wm. Raymond Bosley Jr. graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1949. Retired from the State of Maryland as director of the Office of Real Estate, Ray received a J.D. from the University of Baltimore Law School in June 1954. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and served on active duty for two years before returning to the University of Baltimore to receive his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the School of Business in 1962. Ray remained in the Reserves, and retired as colonel in 1985.

Ray and his wife Anita have been married since Jan. 5, 1955, and have three daughters and eight grandchildren. He currently serves as a trustee of Parke Memorial United Methodist Church of Parkton.

Ray began his Masonic affiliation as a member of Tuscan Chapter DeMolay in 1944; he became a Senior DeMolay in 1951, and he was awarded the Legion of Honor in 2005.

He is a life member and Past Master of Pickering Lodge #146 where he served as secretary (1993-1994) and treasurer (2000-2001). Ray served as a Grand Inspector (1986-1990) and as the Right Worshipful Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Maryland (2002-2006). Ray is a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Baltimore and a member of Druid Royal Arch Chapter #28, Hiram Council #5 R&SM, and Monumental Commandery #3.

Ray is a very active life member of Baltimore Forest #45 Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He served as Grand Tall Cedar of Maryland in 1974 and Supreme Tall Cedar in 2005.

After becoming a member of Boumi in 1965, he joined the Knights of Mecca (president 2007) and the Legion of Honor (executive member 2009). Ray was appointed to the Divan in 2010. In addition, he is a member of several other units and clubs at Boumi. Ray is also a member of Baltimore Court # 82 Royal Order of Jesters and Ches-A-Peake Teocalli #100 Order of Quetzalcoatl.

In addition to his Masonic activities, Ray is a life member and past commander of Parkton American Legion Post #256, a life member of the Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association, the Reserve Officers Association, and the Military Officers Association.


2017 1st Ceremonial Master Jay Fisher 2017 2nd Ceremonial Master Joseph Baird

First Ceremonial Master

R. Jay Fisher

Second Ceremonial Master

Joseph F. Baird

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Director of the Temple

Robert Creech


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Captain of the Guard

Wayne Snyder

Outer Guard


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Colonel of the Units

Vince Poist

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Lieutenant Colonel

Stephen M. Glushakow







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Karl F. Ballwanz III

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