M.W. Calvin K. Keyler

Grand Senior Warden

Brother Calvin K. (Cal) Keyler was born February 21, 1937 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, the son of Fay and Jennie Keyler of Bloomfield, New Jersey. He was educated in the local elementary schools and graduated from Bloomfield High School as Vice President of his class in 1955. He entered Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and majored in English Literature and Creative Writing. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1959.
Brother Keyler was active in the sport of Track and Field and was elected Captain or Co-Captain of his teams in both high school and college. He has been the holder of several records and in 1991 was inducted into the Bloomfield, New Jersey Athletic Hall of Fame.

Brother Cal served his country by entering the United States Navy in 1959 and progressed to the rank of Lieutenant. His duty at sea included operations in the Red Sea, the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean and at "The Bay of Pigs" invasion in 1961. Following his active duty he returned to New Jersey and joined O. S. Tyson Company, Inc. an advertising agency in New York City where he was later named a Vice President.

In March of 1960, Cal married Joanne Eckert of Bloomfield, New Jersey at the United States Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia. They have two daughters; Karen Jean Price of Sharon, Vermont and Laura Jane Hallett of Brunswick, New York. They are proud grandparents of Joseph Marchese, Jeanne Marie Hallett and Caroline Fay Price.

In 1972 the Keylers moved from New Jersey to Sharon, Vermont where they became the owners and operators of The Columns Motor Lodge and Gift Shop. Brother Cal's grandmother, Jennie May Fay, was born in Sharon and his great grandfather, Luther C. Fay fought with the Vermont Volunteers in the Civil War.

Brother Keyler has been active in the community and served in many capacities. He served as Justice of the Peace for more than twenty years, as a member and chairman of the Sharon School Board for fourteen years and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chester Downer Endowment Fund for thirty years. He has also served as a Trustee of the Pine Hill Cemetery Association, as President of the Sharon 'Old Home Day' Association and as Vice President of the Sharon Cable TV Association. Brother Keyler is a member of the Sharon Congregational Church, The Sharon Historical Society and the Sharon Republican Committee.

In other civic activities Brother Keyler is a member and Past Commander of the Military Order of World Wars. He also is a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Mayflower Descendants Society.

In Freemasonry, Brother Cal was raised to the degree of a Master Mason on November 26, 1961 in Bloomfield Lodge, No. 40, Bloomfield, New Jersey. He joined Sharon Lodge, No. 105, Sharon, Vermont on February 3, 1975. He served as Master in 1980 and 1981 and currently is Secretary having served continually for thirty one years. In other areas of the Masonic Family, Brother Cal is a member of The Scottish Rite where he was coroneted a 33° Mason in August, 2007, The York Rite, Cairo Shriners, The Order of the Eastern Star; serving as Past Patron of Forest-Unity Chapter, No. 82 in Sharon and Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of Vermont in 1997. In 2000 he was appointed to serve General Grand Chapter on the Eastern Star Journal Committee and from 2000 to 2003 he was chairman of the National Vision Committee team.  He also holds membership in the Edward J. Wildblood, Jr. Vermont Lodge of Research. Brother Cal is a Past President of the Green Mountain Chapter of the National Sojourners, Inc. and is a Past Commander of the John Stark Camp, Heroes of '76. Brother Cal has received the DeMolay Legion of Honor and serves as Treasurer of the Vermont Preceptory. He is also a recipient of the Grand Cross of Color from Vermont Rainbow and is a member of the Order of the Sword of Bunker Hill.

In Grand Lodge, Brother Cal served as District Deputy Grand Master, District No. 1 in 1992-93, was elected Grand Senior Deacon in 1994 and served as Grand Marshal during 1995 and 1996. From 1997 to 1998 he served as Grand Sword Bearer. Brother Cal has served the Grand Lodge of Vermont on many committees, principle among them; the general committee of the Grand Lodge Bi-Centennial in 1994 as Chairman of Public Relations, the Committee on Internal Communications and Public Relations and as co-chair of Vermont's first Grand Master's One-Day Class in 2001. He was the recipient of the Vermont John Barney Medal in 1998 and The Vermont Philip C. Tucker Medal in 2009.

In June, 1999, Brother Cal was appointed Grand Lecturer by then Grand Master, Brother Earl J. Washburn. He has subsequently been elected as Grand Junior Warden, Grand Senior Warden and, on June 15th, 2005, was elected and installed as the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Vermont. In 2008 he served as Chairman of the Time and Place Committee at the National Conference of Grand Masters and Grand Secretaries held in Louisville, Kentucky.

On June 13, 2007, he was elected and installed as the 82nd Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Vermont, F&AM. During his term as Grand Master he was the recipient of the Christopher Champlin Medal for outstanding Masonic Achievement from The Grand Lodge of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and the Daniel Coxe Medal from The Grand Lodge of New Jersey for distinguished service to the craft. He also was awarded an honorary membership in African Lodge #459, F & AM of The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. From 2009 to 2012 Brother Keyler served on the Board of Trustees of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

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