Most Worshipful Brother Walt began his journey to the Grand Masters Chair as a member of Grand Rapids Chapter, Order of DeMolay which he joined in 1970. He served as Master Councilor in 1973 and District Master C ouncilor of District #4 in 1974. He is a holder of the Representative DeMolay Award, and the degree of Chevalier. He is a Past Commander of the Great Lakes Court of Chevaliers. He is an Active member of the DeMolay Legion of Honor. He was a member of Capital Priory, Order of Knighthood. Most Worshipful Brother Walt also serves on the Advisory Council of Grand Rapids Chapter, and is a Past Chairman.
Brother Walt joined Grand River Lodge #34 (now Grand Rapids Lodge #34) in 1977. He& nbsp;served as Worshipful Master in 1985. He is a Past President of the Grand Rapids Past Masters Association and the Blue Lodge Board of Control. He also served for several years on the Grand Rapids Masonic Temple Association. He is an Honorary member of St. Albans Lodge #20, Kalamazoo-Anchor Lodge #22, Hastings Lodge #52, Buchanan Lodge #68, Livingston Lodge #76, Cornerstone Lodge #158, Middleville Lodge #231, Wabon Lodge #305, Doric Lodge #342, Lake City Lodge #408 and Montrose Lodge #428.
Most Worshipful Brother&n bsp;Walt and his wife Vickie are members of Peninsular Chapter #65 Order of the Eastern Star.
In the York Rite Most Worshipful brother Walt is a Past High Priest of Grand Rapids Chapter #7, Royal Arch Masons, and currently serves as an Officer in the Order of High Priesthood. He is a Past Commander of DeMolai Commandery #5 and a member of the Michigan Past Commanders Association. He is a member and Officer in Tyre Council #10, Royal and Select Masons. He is the Junior Warden of Mt. Moriah Council #128, Allied Masonic Degrees. He is also a member of West Michigan York Rite College #10, and St. Vincents Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine.
He is a member of the Furniture City High Twelve Club, as well as Saladin Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is a member of Grand Rapids Court #11, Royal Order of Jesters. He is an honorary member of Moslem Shrine Temple. He is a Life Member of the&n bsp;George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association. He is a holder of the Order of Rainbow for Girls Grand Cross of Color.
In the Scottish Rite he served as Sovereign Prince of Cyrus Council Princes of Jerusalem in 1994-95. He served as Commander-In-Chief of DeWitt Clinton Consistory in 2001-2002. He is currently an Officer in Moriah Lodge of Perfection. He was coroneted a 33rd degree mason in 1997 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has twice served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the West Michigan 32nd degree Learning Center for Children. He has also twice served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Valley of Grand Rapids. He is a Past President of the Grand Rapids Scottish Rite Club, and a holder of the Valley’s Thespian Award, for distinguished service in the degree work of the Valley.
Brother Walt married the former Vickie Reese in 1976. They met at a DeMolay Installation in 1972. At the time Vickie was a member of Job’s Daughters Bethel #67 in Grandville, Michigan. Vickie is a Past Honored Queen and also served in the Grand Bethel. Vickie and Walt have 3 sons, Andrew, Justin, and Tyler. They also have a Granddaughter Emma Grace who is the daughter of Andrew and his wife Sarah.
Most Worshipful Brother Walt is a partner in Spectrum Lanes, a bowling center, Woody’s Pressbox, a restaurant and sports bar, Wheaton Enterprises, a real estate holding company, BA Northouse and Sons, a trucking company and Wheaton Digital Solutions, a computer company all located in Wyoming Michigan.