Congratulations to my friend and brother, MWBro. John L. Cook, Jr. on his election as the newest Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota.
MWBro. Cook was raised at Tusler-Summit Lodge # 263, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1999. He is a member of the St. Paul Valley of the Scottish Rite, as well as the Carmel chapter of the Eastern Star. He served on the Leadership Committee that designed the Master’s notebook for Minnesota, and has chaired the State Fair Kids ID program.
John has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University Ithaca, NY, and served in the U.S. Army in Viet Nam. In 2006 he retired from Ford Motor Credit after 35 years, and currently is the Customer Service Manager for Medstat Systems. He is divorced, with a daughter and an 8 month old granddaughter.
And three cheers to RWBro. Thomas G. McCarthy for his outstanding year as GM. His blog has been a great source this year for information about the activities in Minnesota.