Deputy Grand Master
R∴W∴ John Elias Karroum was born in Damascus Syria. He attended and graduated from College de Peres Lazaristes and Damascus University Medical School and then graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1974.
R∴W∴ Karroum received the Three Symbolic Degrees of Freemasonry as a member of Zahle Lodge No 1047, Chartered by The Grand Lodge of Scotland in Zahle, Lebanon, in 1977. He is a life member of his mother Lodge. He then immigrated to Venezuela, where his family lived and where he worked as a General Practitioner for two years. In 1979 he moved to the United States to pursue a higher education in Medicine. He became Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and in Dermatopathology. He practices his specialty and has been the Medical Director of Broward Medical Lab in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, since 1997.
R∴W∴ Karroum joined Boynton Lodge No 236, F. & A.M., in 2001 and served as Junior Steward, Senior Deacon, Senior Warden, and as Worshipful Master. He also served as Secretary of his Lodge from 2007 through 2015. He has served his District in various Committee Chairmanships from 2004 through 2014. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for M∴W∴ Jim J Harris in 2011 and as District Instructor in 2007. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Masonic Home for five years. He served as Admissions and Relief Committee Chairman for one year and Chairman of the Budget Committee of the Masonic Home for the past three years. He was elected to the Office of Junior Grand Warden on May 26, 2015 at the 186th Annual Grand Communication.
R∴W∴ Karroum is a 32° KCCH Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Lake Worth, Lake Worth, Florida, and continues to be an active supporter of the Scottish Rite. He is also a proud member of the Palm Beach York Rite Bodies, Mahi Shriners, AAONMS, and is a member of the Royal Order of Scotland. He is Gold Card Perpetual Member of Boynton Lodge No. 236 F. & A.M. and Apalachicola Lodge No. 76 F. & A.M.
I want to thank you for the vote of confidence in electing me your Deputy Grand Master for the ensuing year.
Our Grand Lodge has a system of Masonic Education second to none. We need to use it and educate every Brother in our Craft. Let’s start with Master Mason Exams I, II, and III, then take the Masonic Leadership Training Course and finally Lodge Officers Training Courses I, II, and III. Of course our education does not stop here. Please get with the Masonic Education Chairman in your Lodge and/or District to take these courses.
If you wish to serve Grand Lodge in my year as Grand Master (2018), I have a small requirement. Every Brother should have taken these courses before any consideration for any position. In addition, all District Instructors should already have their Blue Proficiency card.
My Brothers, I remind you of the second question you were asked in the EA Degree Proficiency. Let’s all of us improve ourselves in Masonry. An Educated Mason is a Dedicated Mason. And I quote “knowledge is power” by Sir Francis Bacon.
I look forward to seeing everyone in our future travels, may God Bless each and every one of you, may God Bless our Fraternity, and May God Bless the United States of America and all who serve it.
John E. Karroum
Deputy Grand Master