Personal Representative to the S.G.I.G.

Clyde E. Griffin, 33° IGH, PGM


Masonic  Background:

Raised as Master Mason in Thunderbolt Lodge No. 693 on October 24, 1972, Clyde served as Worshipful Master in 1978 and as District Master in 1989. Appointed to the Grand Lodge Line also in 1989, Clyde was elected and installed to the highest honor in Masonry, that of Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons, at the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Georgia in October of 1995. He went on to serve as Master of Solomon's Lodge No. I in 1999 and presently serves as Treasurer of Coastal Daylight Lodge No. 750 and is also a member of Bryan Lodge No. 303. Clyde has served as the first District Director of Leadership Development in the First Masonic District, on the Trial Commission and as the Grand Representative to Oklahoma. He has served on the Grand Lodge Endowment Fund Committee, Publications Committee, Masonic Home Board of Trustees, Youth Council, Appeals and Grievances Committee, Finance Committee and is presently serving on the General Welfare Committee as well as Chairman of the Jurisprudence Committee and Code Supplement Committee. He has also served for three years as a member of the Board of Directors of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. He is also a member of four Blue Lodges and an honorary member of numerous in-state Lodges and four out-of-state Lodges.

Receiving all the York Rite Degrees and Orders in 1973, Clyde presided as High Priest of both Georgia Chapter No. 3 and the First District Royal Arch Convention, twice as Illustrious Master of Georgia Council No. 2 R&SM and as Eminent Commander of Palestine Commandery No. 7, KT, as well as Prior of Georgia Priory No. 39, KYCH. He has now served through all York Rite Grand Lines.

Griffin joined the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Savannah in 1978 and has served as Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection, Wise Master of the Chapter Rose Croix and on the Executive Committee for twenty years before assuming the position of General Secretary. The Supreme Council for the Southern Jurisdiction, AASR, elected him to receive the rank and decoration of Knight Commander Court of Honor in 1985 and he was coroneted 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1991. He served fourteen years as General Secretary for the Valley of Savannah, and now is serving as Personal Representative for SGIG.

Named by Alee Shriners as the "Shriner of the Year" in 1991, Noble Griffin has also served as President of the Mobile Unit, Ritualistic Divan, Knights of Mecca and Southeastern Ritual Cast Association where he also served as Secretary for the last ten years of that organization’s existence. Clyde continues to perform with the Ritualistic Divan in the first section of every ceremonial alternating as the Potentate or Chief Rabban. He is also a member and Past Director of Savannah Court No. 134, Royal Order of Jesters.

A Charter member and Past Sovereign and present Secretary of both Georgia Council No. 304 and Savannah Council No. 328, Allied Masonic Degrees, Griffin is now serving as RV Grand Superintendent for Georgia. Also, a Charter member and holds the VII Grade in Georgia College of the Masonic Societal Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis and is a member of South Carolina Council No. 20 Knight Masons and the Royal Order of Scotland. He is a Past Worthy Master, Order of St. Thomas of Acon; 5°member Great Priory of America, CBCS. He is a Past President and MIP of Hunter Chapter No. 502 National Sojourners and Past Commander of Georgia Hussars Camp Heroes of '76.

Clyde has served and continues to serve on the Advisory Council of Cecil Cheves Chapter, Order of DeMolay and as a member of the DeMolay Foundation of Georgia, and has received the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor Award and the Cross of Honor. Clyde has also served on the Advisory Panel of the Savannah Assembly No. 1, Order of Rainbow for Girls and is a recipient of the Grand Cross of Color Award.

Active in community, church and Masonic affairs, Clyde serves on numerous committees, councils and local organizational programs in and around the Savannah area. He is a 48 year member of American Legion Post No. 184 and a 53 year member of the First Volunteer Regiment of Georgia. Clyde served on the Advisory Board for Candler General Hospital for five years and was an active representative for United Way for 16 years. He has supported the Salvation Army over the last 16 years by coordinating the Volunteer Bell Ringing Program with the Masonic groups in Savannah. His love for the outdoors finds him often on the golf course or out on the waterways in pursuit of his favorite food. Clyde also has a sideline business in his home, a trophy and engraving shop which keeps him busy when he has nothing else to do.