Elected Imperial Potentate of Shriners International
TAMPA, Fla. – Jeffrey L. Sowder of Toronto, was elected Imperial Potentate of Shriners International, part of the 12-member body that helps govern the Shriners fraternity, during the Shriners’ 2019 Imperial Session held in Nashville, Tenn., June 30 - July 4. As Imperial Potentate, Sowder will be the highest-ranking Shriner in the world, and serve as President of the Board of Directors of Shriners International and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shriners Hospitals for Children® .
Sowder was raised a Master Mason in 1975 at Toronto Woodson Lodge #121. He served as Master of his lodge in 1981, 1983, 1991 and 1992. After many Grand Lodge appointments, including District Deputy Grand Master, Area Deputy Grand Master, and Chairman of the Grand Lodge Membership Committee, and serving as an appointive Grand Officer on three separate occasions, he was elected Grand Junior Warden in 1994, and served as Grand Master of Kansas in 1997. Sowder is the first Past Grand Master to ever serve as Imperial Potentate.
Sowder became a member of Midian Shriners in Wichita, in 1988 and served as the temple’s Potentate in 2004. He is a member of several clubs and units at Midian including the Greenwood County Three Wheeler Shrine Club.
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