Divan

2018 Chief Rabban Ernest Palmer This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Illustrious Potentate

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 Cig-Car 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.


ELECTED DIVAN

2018 Assistant Rabban William NeederChief Rabban

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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.


2018 High Priest & Prophet Tony FuscoAssistant Rabban

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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.

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.


2018 Oriental Guide Jay FisherHigh Priest & Prophet

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Oriental Guide R. Jay Fisher was born and raised in Baltimore. He graduated from Baltimore City College and later received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Baltimore.

Upon graduation, he joined the Baltimore Police Department where he rose to the rank of detective lieutenant before retiring after 33 years of service. During his time with Baltimore City, Jay earned numerous commendations and awards, served six years in the Executive Protection Unit for Mayor William Donald Schaefer, and retired as operations commander of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force, the nationally acclaimed unit responsible for serving violent felony warrants throughout Maryland.

Jay successfully ran for Baltimore County Sheriff in 2002 and is serving in his fourth term. He is an active member of the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association, serving as president in 2008 and 2015; the Maryland Sheriffs’ Institute, serving as president in 2006; the National Sheriffs’ Institute, the Major Counties Sheriffs’ Association, and the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, among others.

Jay began his Masonic affiliation in 1973 when he joined his father’s Blue Lodge, Liberty-Pickering Lodge #219. When he became a member of Boumi in 1974, he joined the Provost Guard. He is also a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

Jay was appointed to the Divan in 2016. He is a plural member of Crescent Lodge #240, and a member of the Motor Corps, the Ambassadors, and Baltimore Court #82 Royal Order of Jesters, as well as several other clubs and units at Boumi.


2018 1st Ceremonial Master Joseph BairdOriental Guide

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First Ceremonial Master Joseph F. Baird was born in Baltimore and attended St. Stephen’s Bradshaw High School. Joe worked for the State of Maryland as a highway engineer for 33 years. After retirement, Joe owned and operated Essco Engineering and Supply Co.

Joe married his wife Eileen on June 22, 1968. They have two daughters, Stacy and Denise, and three grandchildren.

Joe is a first-generation Mason/Shriner. He is a charter member of Dr. John Coats Memorial Lodge #1787, as well as a member of Warren Lodge #51, Crescent Lodge #240, and Scottish Rite 32°.

He became a member of Boumi Shriners in June 1999 and has been director of the Clowns for two years, president of the Hamilton Shrine Club, and Past Camaxtli. He served as a Boumi Financial Advisor for six years, was appointed as Captain of the Guard four times, and was appointed to the Divan as Marshal in 2016.

Joe has successfully run the Boumi Beer Brigade at the Maryland State Fair for 20 years, raising in excess of $400,000 for Boumi Shriners.


2017 Treasurer Charles Needer

Treasurer

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Noble Charles W. Needer Jr. was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1949. His grew up in the Belair-Edison area of Northeast Baltimore, and his high school years were spent at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute engineering program. Upon graduation in 1967, he proceeded into college. He received his Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in 1972 and his M.B.A. degree in 1979 from the University of Baltimore, where he also worked as a part-time undergraduate instructor in advanced accounting.

Charles passed the CPA exam in 1972, became a CPA in 1973, and started his own accounting firm in 1974. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Society of Accounting, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Maryland Association of Accountants, and the American College of Forensic Examiners. He is also a diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Accountants.

In 1975, Charles met Dorothy Hanft, R.N., of Accident, Md., and they subsequently married on April 18, 1976 and May 15, 1976. The Needers lived in Reisterstown until 1985, when they moved to their present home in Timonium.

While living in Reisterstown, Charles entered Mt. Moriah Lodge #116, where he was raised a Master Mason on Oct. 4, 1977. He received his 32nd Degree from the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Baltimore, Orient of Maryland on Sept. 28, 1991. Then on Dec. 7, 1991, he became a Boumi Shriner.

As a Shriner, he has served as chairman of the endowment, wills and gifts committee; president of the Feeddayes; director of the Magic Carpets (Rug Rats); Ambassadors of Boumi Temple; and vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2001. He was appointed to the Divan in 2002 by Illustrious Sir John A. Dunnigan Sr., P.P., he served as potentate in 2008, and he was elected treasurer in 2010, a position to which he has been re-elected each subsequent year.

Charles and Dorothy have two daughters, Teresa and Laurie, and two sons, Ryan and Kevin, both of whom are also Shrine Masons.


Recorder

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Noble Harry M. Harger was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and moved to Baltimore in 1955. Harry attended Baltimore County Public Schools, received his bachelor’s degree from Towson University, and did his post-graduate work at Johns Hopkins University and Loyola College.

Harry spent 36 years as an educator for elementary and middle school children. He also maintained a Maryland Home Improvement License and created Harger Home Improvements. He retired in 2011 and enjoys his family and traveling. Harry and his wife Catherine have twin daughters, Jennifer and Laura, and three grandchildren.

Harry became a Master Mason in 2011 and was very active as a trustee in his Blue Lodge – Mt. Ararat #44. In 2012, he joined Boumi Shriners, the Scottish Rite and the York Rite; and he is a Scottish Rite Knight Commander of the Court of Honour.

He has been a Boumi Shepherd since 2012 and is the 2019 director. Since 2014, he has been involved in the Boumi Beer Brigade at the Maryland State Fair with nobles Wayne Snyder and Joe Baird, and is the 2019 chairman. In addition to his election to Boumi Shriners Recorder, Harry will continue to serve as a Shepherd driving children to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia.


APPOINTED DIVAN

2018 Marshal Robert Creech1st Ceremonial Master

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Marshal Robert B. Creech was born and raised in Annapolis, Md., where he graduated from high school. He then attended Anne Arundel Community College and received an associate degree in law enforcement and criminal justice.

In 1990 he became a police officer in the Anne Arundel County Police Department, where he spent 15 years. He retired in 2005 after he was injured in the line of duty. In 2008 Robert went back to work as a background investigator for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Robert followed in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great grandfather when he joined Glen Burnie Lodge #213 in 1995. He was appointed to the line in 1997 and served as worshipful master in 2002 and secretary from 2005–2010. He was a Grand Inspector for the Grand Lodge of Maryland from 2004–2010, serving the last year as vice president of the Board of Grand Inspectors for the Baltimore South region.

He also belongs to the York Rite bodies, the Scottish Rite and is a Past Patron of Marlboro #61 Order of the Eastern Star. In 2006, he was the Grand Sentinel of the Grand Chapter of Maryland Order of the Eastern Star.

In 2009, after he saw firsthand what the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia did for his best friend’s daughter, Robert became a member of Boumi Shriners. He is a Past Commander of the Provost Guard and is a member of the Gun Club, the Ambassadors, and the Knights of Mecca. He is currently the Lieutenant Colonel of the MASA Provost Guard and is due to become Colonel in September 2018. He was appointed to the Divan in 2017 as the director of the temple and in 2018 as the Marshal.

Robert and his wife Jennifer have two sons and live in Glen Burnie.


2nd Ceremonial Master

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Noble Thomas C. Napper, was born in Wilton, Ohio, and moved to Harford County, Maryland, in 1962. After attending Bel Air High School, he completed a five-year apprenticeship in York, Pa., for his tool & dye making certification.

After working in the fabrication and prototype field for 27 years, Tom changed career fields and, in 2008, joined HP White Laboratory Inc., a ballistic and personal protective equipment laboratory where he manages day-to-day production and facility operations.

Tom married his wife, Victoria-Marie, in July of 1982.

Tom is a certified Hunter Safety Instructor for Maryland and a Range Safety Officer. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, Izaak Walton League, the Scottish Rite and the Harford County Farm Bureau.

Tom joined Oriental Lodge #158 in 1990, served as Worshipful Master in 1995, and is again serving as Worshipful Master in 2019. Recently, Tom was also appointed to the position of Grand Inspector of Union Lodge #48. Since joining Boumi Shriners in 2017, Tom has joined the Camel Wheels and the Scimeter Club and he serves on the SOS Committee.


Marshal

Ralph B. Warehime Jr.

Noble Ralph B. Warehime Jr. was born and raised in Baltimore. He graduated from Overlea High School in 1970 and then spent six years in the 135th Airlift Group of the Maryland Air National Guard.

Ralph has been a police officer for Northrop Grumman for more than 38 years. He spent the first 23 years as a K-9 officer. Ralph has two daughters and three grandchildren.

Ralph’s Masonic career began in 1975 at Mt. Moriah Lodge #116 where he became Worshipful Master in 1984. He also joined the Scottish Rite and Boumi Shriners.

He is a member of the Provost Guard, where he was Commander in 1989, the Harem, and the Clowns, where he was secretary in 2005. He was also the transportation chairman for the 2005 Imperial Convention in Baltimore.


Director of the Temple: Wayne L. Snyder

Captain of the Guard: Edward DeWaters III

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Inner Guard: John F. Friskey

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