Spring 2018 Truman Lecture Speaker Announced

The speaker at the Spring Truman Lecture, scheduled for June 9, 2018, was announced as John A. Bridegroom, KCT, OPC. From the website of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Indiana, Brother Bridegroom currently holds the offices of:

Deputy Grand Master – Grand Council Cryptic Masons of Indiana

General Grand Sentinel of the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International

Provincial Grand Secretary – Masonic Order of Athelstan
Provincial Grand Court of the United States of America

Grand Superintendent for Indiana – Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees

John graduated from Portage High School in 1992, and received his Associates Degree in Commercial Arts and Illustration from the American Academy of Art in Chicago Illinois. In 1996, he married Tammy C. Griffey. They are very proud of their two girls, Diva and Phoenix. During his career, John has worked for Frankel & Co. Advertising in Chicago, as Assistant Art Director for FASA Corporation, and several other companies before creating his own Design Company, VM Graphics, which he currently owns/operates.

John received his Masonic degrees in Porter Lodge #137, Valparaiso, IN during 2003-04, served as Worshipful Master in 2008, Secretary on 2013 and is currently serving as Secretary and Trustee. He joined the York Rite bodies in 2005 and in Hammond York Rite currently serves as High Priest in Chapter #117, Commander of Commandery #41 and is a Past Illustrious Master of Council #90. He is served as Director of Work of the Hammond York Rite 2009-2015.

He served the Grand Commandery of Indiana as a Deputy Battalion Commander 2014-16 and serves the Grand Encampment of the USA on the Bicentennial Committee.

He served at the state level with the Grand Council as Arch Officer for Arch 1 from 2009-2012 and is currenty the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons for the State of Indiana.

From 2014-2016 he also served the Grand Lodge of Indiana as the Public Relations and Marketing Director, and currently on several committees, including the Indiana Freemason Publication of which he was chairman 2014-16, Foreign Relations, Founders Day and the 200th Anniversary Committee.

At the National level, He currently serves as the General Grand Sentinel of the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International, The Public Relations Chairman for the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International, Grand Superintendent of Indiana for the Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees, and is the Provincial Grand Secretary for the Provincial Grand Court of the USA, of the Masonic Order of Athelstan in England, Wales and Provinces Overseas.

John is a member of the following Masonic Affiliated organizations:

  • Porter Lodge 137, Past Master 2008, Secretary 2013
  • Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research – Past Master 2015
  • Valparaiso (Hammond merged)  York Rite Bodies: Past High Priest (2012), Past Illustrious Master(2010), Past Commander (2012)
  • Knight York Cross of Honor, J. Herbert Nichols Priory 76- 2013, Deputy Prior
  • Orak Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S., Past Potentate – 2012
    • Royal Order of Jesters – April 2014
    • The Order of Quetzalcoatl, Teocalli 500 – 2010
  • St. Basil Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, Prelate 11/2011
  • Northwest Indiana York Rite College No. 73, Past Governor 2013-14
    • Award of Gold – 11/6/10, OPC 2014
  • Thespian Council #464 Allied Masonic Degrees, Past Sovereign Master, Charter Member
    • Knight Grand Cross- Red Branch of Eri – 2015
  • Imhotep Council No. 434 Allied Masonic Degrees, Dual member
  • St. Johns Council No. 541 – Honorary Member, Valparaiso Council No. 470 – Honorary Member
  • Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, Geneserate Tabernacle – 2014 – 1st Pillar
  • Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, South Bend Valley
  • Scottish Rectified Rite – August 2012 (Disbanded)
    • Willermoz Lodge No. 1
    • Lodge of St. Andrew
  • The August Order of Light – Garuda Temple No. 1, Halifax – 2013
    • Garuda Temple No. 5, Allentown PA, Guardian of the West
  • Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis VII°- Indiana College 2014 – Ist Ancient
  • Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia 2° – Woodman College No. 6 2014
  • Knight Masons Indiana Council No. 15, KCZ – 2012
    • Knight Masons F’irinne Council No. 115 Charter Member – 2014 – Past Excellent Chief
  • Masonic Order of Athelstan Regius Cordis Court No. 110, Past Master 2016 – Provincial Grand Secretary
  • Royal Order of Scotland
  • St. Thomas of Acon: INRI Chapter – 2013
  • Indiana Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters
  • Indiana Annointed High Priest
  • Indiana Past Commanders Association
  • Yeomen of York Preceptory No.1
  • Royal Order of Amaranth
  • The Masonic Society, Founding Member & Fellow – 2009
  • The Grand College of Rites of the USA
  • Levant Preceptory
  • Quatuor Coronati  (Correspondence Circle)
  • Collegium Alchemicum Council of Research No.0
  • Tall Cedars of Lebanon – Adoniram Forest #49 – Charter Member
  • Sahara Grotto – 2013
  • Knights of St Andrew – Valley of South Bend – Charter Member

John has received the following honors:

  • The Order of the Purple Cross, York Rite Sovereign College – 2014
  • Knight Commander of the Temple, Grand Encampment – 2012
  • Knight Commander of Zerrubabel – Grand Council of Knight Masons – 2012
  • Knight York Cross of Honor, J. Herbert Nichols Priory 76- 2013
  • Demolay Legion of Honor – Nov. 2014
  • General Grand Chapter Ritualist Award – 2012
  • Distinguished Companion Award – Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Indiana 2012
  • Cryptic Mason of the Year – 2011
  • Grand Council Leadership Award – 2011
  • Grand Masters Award with High Distinction – 2008
  • Grand Commandery Distinguished Service Award – 2010
  • Appointed Honorary Representative – New York, Livingston District. 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation of Service – Grand York Rite Bodies of Missouri – 2009
  • Companion of the Order of the Fluer de Lys, Johnston Company – 2013
  • Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash – 2016
  • Member of the Tennessee Squires
  • Member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels



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