2023 Triennial Crest

James Bard, Candidate for CMMRF Trustee

James W. Bard

To the members of General Grand Council Greetings,

I am James W. Bard and I am hereby stating my intent to be a candidate for the position of Trustee at Large for the Board of Trustees of the Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation (CMMRF). I am a Past Most Illustrious Grand Master from the state of Georgia. I have served for the last 9 months as an alternate on the Board. In this time as an alternate on the board I have submitted 2 short articles for publication in the “Decryption”.

My career was as a Registered Nurse for 50 years, the last 35 years of that was as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in the Emory Healthcare system in Atlanta, Ga. During my career as a CRNA, I authored two articles that were subsequently published in a peer-reviewed journal.

I became Chairman of the Grand Council CMMRF committee before becoming a Grand officer of the Grand Council. In my tenure as a Grand Officer, I was Chairman of the CMMRF committee for 4 years, during that time our donations from Georgia to CMMRF went from about $2500 per year to about $12,000 per year and Georgia was consistently in the top for donations.

I think my career makes me uniquely qualified for this position and I ask for the support of the General Council. If elected will serve with zeal and enthusiasm for the betterment of our Charity

Sincerely and Fraternally

James W. Bard

Masonic Bio

Born March 3, 1951
Bedford, Ohio
Graduated High School 1969, Kenston High School, Chagrin Falls, OH
National Honor Society
Associate Degree in nursing Cuyahoga Community College
Bachelor of Science Old Dominion University, Summa Cum Laude
Nurse Anesthesia Training, Medical Center Hospitals, Norfolk, VA.

Joined April, 1965
Master Councilor, 1967-68, Earned Past Master Councilors Meritorious Service Award
Degree of Chevalier, 1969
Served as an advisor for Samuel S. Lawrence Chapter, Marietta, GA. 2000-2011
Served as Director of State Events for Georgia DeMolay 2001-2009
Guild of the Leather Apron for Advisor of the Year 2002
Active Legion of Honor 2003
Deputy Member of the International Supreme Council 2007-2010

Blue Lodge

Initiated, Passed, and Raised in Kennesaw Lodge #33, 2000
Dual member Samuel S. Lawrence Lodge #721, 2003
Past Master Samuel S. Lawrence Lodge, 2013
Grand Lodge of GA. Youth Council Committee, 2008-2011

Scottish Rite
Joined at Fall Reunion, 2000
KCCH, 2007
Coroneted 33° Inspector General Honorary 2021
Past President Cobb Co. Scottish Association, 2010
Past Commander KCCH, 2014
Past Preceptor Council of Kadosh, 2015
Chairman of Double Eagle Program Committee, Valley of Atlanta2009-Present
Past member of the 4th, 31st, and 32nd degree teams, various years
Life Member

York Rite
Joined Cherokee Chapter #13, Marietta Council #74, Constantine Commandery #26 December 2000
Past High Priest Cherokee Chapter #13 2013
Past Illustrious Master Marietta Council #74 2011
Past Eminent Commander Constantine Commandery 2016-2017
Elected to Grand Council line 2015, MIPGM 2021, Currently serving as Grand Orator.
Grand Council CMMRF Chairman 2015-2018, 2020
Grand Council Public Relations Committee Chairman 2019
Chairman of the Grand Council Long Range Planning Committee, currently
Past Thrice Illustrious Master of the Order of the Silver Trowel
Recipient of the General Grand Council Youth Leadership Award 2008
Cryptic Mason of the Year 2020
Companion of the Secret Vault 2021
Authored two articles for “The Decryption” about CMMRF related topics.
Presented at the Grand Masters “Fireside Chat” in June 2022

Member of North Atlanta Council #313 Allied Masonic Degrees, 2010
Past Sovereign Master. 2016

KYCH Cherokee Rose Prior #56, 2017

Luther G. Palmer York Rite College #123

Member of Carl S. Lester Council #64 Knight Masons, 2014
Currently Junior Warden

Member of Fidelity Court #6 Order of Amaranth
Past Royal Patron 2014, 2020, 2021
Grand Representative to Ohio 2105
Grand Representative to Missouri 2016
Grand Representative to Alaska 2021
Grand Representative to Missouri 2022
Grand Prelate 2023

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