R∴W∴ Rudin “Rudy” Boatright was born in Savannah, Georgia; the youngest of a set of twins. His twin brother served seven years as the District Deputy Grand Master Chairman for District 1 in The Grand Lodge of Georgia.
R∴W∴ Rudy served 22 years in the US Navy obtaining the rank of Master Chief (E-9) and retired in 1982 with an Honorable Discharge. He was then employed by a military training contractor and served as the Director of the Accounting, Personnel, and Supply Departments, and retired after 18 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University.
R∴W∴ Rudy was Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on January 23, 1995, and served as Worshipful Master of Orange Park Lodge No. 267 in 1999. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master by M∴W∴ Robert Harry, Jr., in 2007 for the 12th Masonic District. He was appointed W∴ Grand Tyler for M∴W∴ J. Dick Martinez in 2010; W∴ Grand Marshal for M∴W∴ Danny R. Griffith in 2013; and also served on the Corporate Board in 2013. He was elected Grand Treasurer in May 2018 and continues in that office today. He has held a Grand Lodge Appointment every year since 2004.
R∴W∴ Rudy is the Past High Priest of Jacksonville Chapter No. 12, of the York Rite Royal Arch Masons. He’s an active member of the Valley of Jacksonville Scottish Rite; Morocco Shrine; Allied Masonic Degrees; York Rite College; and the Red Cross of Constantine. He served twice as the Worthy Patron of Orange Park Chapter No. 226, OES, and as an Executive Board Member of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls. He also served as the Chairman of the Advisory Board Committees for both the Rainbow for Girls and the DeMolay for Boys (He is a 50-year Senior DeMolay).
I would like to thank each one of you for continuing to show confidence in me by allowing me to represent the Grand Lodge as your Grand Treasurer again this Masonic Year. I am excited about this position which I take very seriously and will perform all the duties of Grand Treasurer to the best of my ability.
The Grand Master has also asked me to serve as the Chairman for the History and Museum Committee. I would like to invite all the Brothers to stop by the Grand Lodge Building in Jacksonville for a tour of the Masonic Museum and the Grand Lodge Offices.
The Grand Secretary has asked me to update The Grand Lodge of Florida F.&A.M. History books This has been a significant challenge but with the help of the office staff and Masonic Brothers I hope to have them updated this year.
I look forward to seeing all of you, especially during the Grand Master’s Official Visits. Please take the time to speak with me and allow me to shake your hand.