John C. Green was recently elected and installed as the Grand Master the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario for the next two years. Freemasonry is the oldest fraternity known to man encouraging goodwill and charity to all mankind and has memberships from virtually every occupation and profession.
As Grand Master, Mr. Green is responsible for overseeing the activities of Grand Lodge in serving the approximately 40,000 Masons in 543 lodges in the province of Ontario.
Mr. Green is a member of Conestogo Lodge No. 295 where he served as Worshipful Master in 1983 and again in 2005. He also holds membership in several other lodges. He was elected District Deputy Grand Master in 1998 and subsequently served on the Board of General Purposes of Grand Lodge commencing in 2003, including three years as a member of the Management Committee. He was elected Deputy Grand Master in July 2013.
Mr. Green has been active in municipal politics, having held elected positions for 36 years, including 22 years as Mayor. He has served as Warden of Wellington County and has been a member of the Police Commission, Board of Health and the Advisory Committee on Rural Planning for the Provincial Ministry of Food and Agriculture. He was also elected to the Board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
Mr. Green has also been active in other aspects of the community. After serving as local president, Deputy Governor, District Governor and National President of the Kinsmen, he was honoured with a Life Membership. He has served on the hospital Board for over 40 years and was founding chairman of Drayton Entertainment which now operates seven theatres across Southwestern Ontario.
In response to his active contribution to community, Mr. Green was made a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary, and was awarded a Provincial Citation for contribution to the arts in Ontario, a Provincial Long Service Award for over 25 years in elected municipal politics, recognition for 40 years of service at Palmerston District Hospital, all culminating in being awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003.
Mr. Green and his wife Barb live in Drayton where they attend Drayton United Church. They have one daughter in Ottawa and another daughter who lives in Australia with her husband and three daughters.