Grand Master’s Reception honors Greenier

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Over 100 people attended the Grand Master’s Reception on April 14 in honor of Most Worshipful W. Louis Greenier II, Grand Master of Masons in Maine. Attending the reception included Greenier, left center, and his wife Judith Greenier, as well as District Deputy Grand Master Right Worshipful Neal R. Haines and his wife, Elaine Haines.

By Natalie Bazinet
Staff Writer

CARIBOU — During the 45 years W. Louis Greenier II has been a Freemason, about half that time’s been spent holding various offices within the Grand Lodge of Maine — but none higher than his current title.

Since May of 2010, Greenier has served as the Grand Master of Masons in Maine, a position he was elected into and one he’ll pass along on May 2 when his term concludes.

Greenier is the first Grand Master of Masons in Maine from Caribou since the Grand Lodge of Maine was first enacted in 1820, and only the third Grand Master of Masons in Maine from Aroostook County.

To honor Greenier’s dedicated volunteerism and service to the organization during his tenure as Grand Master, over 100 individuals attended the Grand Master’s Reception on April 14 at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center.

“People come from all over the state, even from New Brunswick,” said District Deputy Grand Master Right Worshipful Neal R. Haines. With guest speakers, entertainment and plenty of good company, attendees agree that it was a great evening honoring Greenier’s work for the organization.

“He’s traveled up and down the highways multiple times; in fact, he’s even leaving again tomorrow,” Haines said on Monday, referencing a charitable meeting in Holden Greenier was scheduled to attend.

As District Deputy Grand Master, it’s been Haines’ job to manage Masonic goings-on in Aroostook County under the auspice of Greenier; as Grand Master of Maine, it’s Greenier’s job to manage Masonic activities throughout the state — all of Maine’s 24 districts and 185 Lodges. It’s also been his job to meet and collaborate with Grand Masters from other states.

“You get to meet a lot of great people,” Greenier said, adding that the Masonic history extends back to 1617 and is currently the largest charitable organization in the world.

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Brother Donald L. Belyea was recognized for being a 70-year member of the Caribou Masonic Lodge 170 AM & FM during the Grand Master’s Reception on April 14 at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center. Belyea first joined the lodge on April 2, 1942.

“It’s a great organization,” he said. “We do a lot [like the CHIPS and Bikes for Books programs] and it’s very rewarding.”

Greenier said that his entrepreneurial experience with the Caribou-based Greenier’s Auto Parts (from which he’s since retired) was helpful during his duties leading the Maine Freemasons.

While the position kept him plenty busy — Greenier commented that he’d amassed roughly 150,000 miles on his odometer since becoming the Grand Master of Masons in Maine — he also said that the experience was very rewarding.

“It’s a lot of hours, and we know this when we take these jobs, but we enjoy doing it and we feel that we can leave something to the craft,” Greenier said, describing the bittersweet nature of the impending May 2 transition from Grand Master of Masons in Maine to Former Grand Master.

“[The workload] gets pretty intense, it particularly builds up in the last few months, but when you’re done you hate to see it go,” he added.

May 2 is also the day that Haines term concludes as District Deputy Grand Master.

When asked what they’ll do on May 3, both men chuckled.

“Take a breath,” said Haines.

True to the organization’s charitable nature, proceeds generated from tickets to the reception will be added to the Masters and Wardens Association and will be used toward a matching grant for the Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp.

Haines said the organization traditionally provides $2,000 annually to the positive summer program.

“We hope to give that, if not more, again this year,” Greenier added.

The Grand Master’s Reception honored the work Greenier did as Grand Master of Masons in Maine, like move the Grand Lodge of Maine from Portland to Holden.

“It was an easy decision, but a hard task,” Greenier said.

During the reception, Masons also honored Brother Donald L. Belyea, a 70-year member of the Caribou Lodge. Belyea, now 91, joined the fraternal organization on April 2, 1942.