2013 - Norman J. Mick
Most Worshipful Brother Mick was born in Hamilton, Ohio on December 23, 1945. He received a strong religious family upbringing from his parents, Elmer N. and Anna Mick. He attended St. Ann’s parochial school in his formative years. He later graduated from Hamilton Catholic High School. His family’s strong religious background led him to attend St. Gregory Seminary to search out his vocational calling. Later he went on to study Business Administration and Accounting at Xavier University.
His vocational path encompassed business and financial ventures for several years. He is currently winding down his career after spending over thirty-five years with Dubois Chemicals of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Norman met Lois G. Miller through mutual friends and they married in November of 1966. They have three children, Anna (Ronald) Herrmann, Elizabeth (Tom) Feller and Christopher Mick. This resulted in six grandchildren, Kyle Covert, Kristin Covert, Tyler Mick, Evelyn Herrmann, Holly Herrmann and Anthony Herrmann. Norman and Lois currently attend St. John the Baptist Church in Harrison, Ohio. In previous Parishes, he served when needed as liturgist and on various committees and served as Fall Festival Chairman for many years. He spent several years in the Taylor Creek Youth Organization coaching soccer and softball for his children and served five years as the Boys Soccer Coordinator.
It was while working at Dubois Chemicals that he became associated with several Masons, which led to his joining Hoffner Lodge No. 253 in the fall of 1982. He also holds plural membership in Cincinnati-Lafayette Lodge No. 483 and is proud to have received many Honorary Memberships. His thirst for Masonic knowledge led him to join the York Rite and Scottish Rite in 1983. He became immediately involved with the Lodge and served as Worshipful Master in 1986, Lodge Trustee, Lodge Education Officer and then Secretary from 2001-2005. He served Cumminsville Chapter No. 158 R.A.M. as High Priest in 1987 and 1994. He was appointed to serve as District Deputy Grand High Priest in 1991, 1992 and 1993. MEC Terry Meyers appointed him as Grand Guard for Grand Chapter R.A.M. in 1998. He was Illustrious Master of Cincinnati Council No. 1 R.S.M. in 1994 and served one year on the Education Committee for Grand Council R.S.M. He then served as Eminent Commander of Cincinnati Commandery No. 3 K.T. in 1996. This service culminated in his receiving the Knight York Cross of Honour in Ohio Priory No. 18 in November, 1996.
Most Worshipful Brother Mick was appointed to serve the Scottish Rite by Illustrious Brother Terry Meyers in 1994 and served as Most Wise Master of Cincinnati Chapter Rose Croix, Valley of Cincinnati, A.A.S.R. from 2002-2004. While advancing in that line, he served four years as co-chairman of the Scottish Rite Family Life Program. He was coronated a Thirty-Third Degree Mason of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in September, 2003 at their annual session in St. Louis, Missouri.
Most Worshipful Brother Mick also served as President of the Fourth Capitular R.A.M. in 1990 and President of the First Masonic District in 1992, as well as President of the Society of Past Masters of Cincinnati and Vicinity. He is a past Sovereign Master of Seven Hills Council, Allied Masonic Degrees, a current officer in Miami Valley York Rite College and member of St. Columba Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. He and Lois served the Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star as Worthy Patron and Worthy Matron of Marion Chapter No. 318 in 1991 and are current members of Marvin Chapter No. 376.
While serving in the First Masonic District officer line, he was asked, as a Shriner, to join a committee to reorganize a yearly pre-game event with the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team and Syrian Shrine Temple. He worked with Illustrious Sir Charles Settles as co-chairman from 1998 and eventually became Chairman of the event in 1996 and 2014 marks his 25th year of involvement.
He served the Grand Lodge of Ohio as District Deputy Grand Master 2005-2006. Most Worshipful Brother Michael A. Himes appointed him as Junior Grand Deacon in October, 2006. He was subsequently appointed Senior Grand Deacon, Grand Marshall, and Grand Orator and was sequentially elected Junior Grand Warden, Senior Grand Warden and Deputy Grand Master. The Brethren of the Grand Jurisdiction of Ohio elected him as their Grand Master on October 18, 2013, and he was regularly installed in that office on October 19, 2013.
Most Worshipful Brother Mick considers the opportunities that he has experienced in his life to be true Treasures. His sincere wish for his Brethren is that they realize in their lives the significance of his theme – “Freemasonry…A Timeless Treasure.”