Donald Gardner Hicks Jr. of Leominster was named as president of the George Washington Masonic Memorial Association in a recent ceremony located in Alexandria, Va. Mr. Hicks, a Past Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts, will serve a two-year term as President.
The George Washington Masonic Memorial was built by more than 2 million American Freemasons who wished to honor the memory of both Washington the man and Mason. The memorial displays many artifacts from Washington and his family. It receives funding solely from private contributions.
As president, Mr. Hicks plans to promote several of the memorial’s existing programs during his term. These include the Grand Lodge of the Month program, which allows jurisdictions to use display space at the memorial; the Memorial Tree program, for individuals to dedicate a tree on the memorial’s grounds in honor of an individual or organization; and the $1 Per Member Campaign, where Grand Lodges have pledged to donate $1 per member per year to the memorial. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts joined this program in 2010.
Between 2002 and 2004, Mr. Hicks served as Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts. As Grand Master, he presided over 45,000 Masons and 250 lodges in the jurisdiction. He was the 84th Grand Master since the fraternity’s organization in Massachusetts in 1733. A Lowell native, Mr. Hicks attended Lowell State College and Lowell Commercial College, receiving a certificate in accounting. In 1959, while still in college, he began his banking career at the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lowell. He continued his education, attending the American Savings and Loan Institute where he earned a graduate diploma. In 1969, he accepted the position of controller at the Worcester North Savings Bank in Fitchburg, where he progressed to executive vice president and eventually director. After the merger of Worcester North Savings and Leominster Savings in 1986, he became executive vice president of Fitchburg Savings Bank. In 1993, he was elected to president, CEO and director of Reading Co-operative Bank in Reading, a position he held until his retirement in 2002.
Mr. Hicks’ professional affiliations include stints as president of the Savings Bank Forum of Massachusetts, president of the North Central Massachusetts Mental Health Association, and a position on the board of directors for the Fitchburg Art Museum. He also served as chairman of the Fitchburg United Way Campaign, and director of the Community Bank Leagues of New England, director of the Co-operative Central Bank and chairman of the Co-operative Banks Employee Retirement Association. He is a member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church UCC of Leominster, having served as a deacon, member of a pastoral search committee, trustee of the Endowment Fund and treasurer.
He is a 33 degree Scottish Rite Freemason from the Valley of Lowell and Massachusetts Consistory, located in Boston. He represents Massachusetts as an active member of the Supreme Council for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of Scottish Rite Freemasonry. He also belongs to several York Rite organizations, most notably Jerusalem Commandery No. 19 in Fitchburg and St. Bernard’s Commandery No. 12 in Boston. Mr. Hicks and his wife, Nancy, have lived in Leominster for the past 40 years. They have two children and three grandchildren.
(source: TelegramTowns, http://www.telegram.com/article/20130325/TOWNNEWS/303239998&TEMPLATE=TOWNPORTAL