Paul W. Adkins
Timothy K. Anthony
Weylan R. Arnold
Elliott M. "Buzz" Berg
George H. Cheney
Gary B. Corell
James R. Darrell
Dock F. Dixon, Jr.
Brett L. Doyle
H. Nelson Dunn
John R. Dunn
Joe O. Estlack
Tom T. Fenley Jr.
Jesus “Jesse” A. Garza
Ronald C. Gehring
Sam W. Green, Jr.
Sam W. Green, III
E. B. Harris
Reese L. Harrison, Jr.
Chris T. Henry
Mauricio G. Hernandez
Harold E. Jacobs
Robert L. Jett
Merlin O. Krueger
Benjamin F. Linduff
Charles W. Lloyd
Harold “Red” Lohman
Al Machts, Jr.
Robert C. Madison
Clinton M. M. McKenzie
Ralph A. McLeod
Monty R. McMinn
Eugene A. Meyer, Jr.
Willis "Paco" Moore
Harry J. Moosegian
Thomas A. Mote Jr.
William S. Mullins
Gerald F. Nowotny
Edward V. O'Banion
Jimmy H. Pomroy
Andrew A. Pool
Jack W. Pool Sr.
Joe Ramirez, Jr.
Nick R. Ramos
Robert D. Riley
Carl Armond Rodriguez
James A. Rodriguez
Keith E. Rollins
Daniel Kermit Schauer
Robert J. Schero Jr.
Ernest Alexander Sessums, Jr.
William B. Sessums
Stuart H. Simms
Ernest C. Skipper
Leland T. “Tom” Smith
Christopher Tarnava Jr.
Ralph B. Tarnava
Rowland L. Tessier
Dr. James W. Todd
William J. Viner
Matthew G. Virden
Ehrenfried S. Wagner
Charles E. Weimer, Jr.
Charles A. Young
Tom G. Young
|Flight Commander||William D. Jones, 32° KCCH|
|Flight Leader||Max M. Charleswell, Jr., 32°|
|Chief Quacker||Harold R. Lohmann, 32° KCCH|
|Chief Hatcher||Albert L. Putnam, 32° KCCH|
|Quill Driver||Ralph A. McLeod, 32° KSA|
|Sky Pilot||William D. Viner, 32° KCCH|
|Ancient High Flying Birds (ex officio)||Reese L. Harrison, Jr., 33°
Gerald F. Nowotny, 33°
|Grand Observing Birds (ex officio)||
Robert L. Jett, 33°
|Approval Status||Chairman of Executive Committee
Reese L. Harrison, Jr., 33°
|Kenneth C. Askin, 33°||1986-1993|
|William J. Henry, 33°||1993-1996|
|Ehrenfried S. Wagner, 32° KCCH||1996-1999|
|Order in Repose||November 1999-2008|
|Nick Raul Ramos, 32°||2009-2011|
|Robert C. Madison, 33°||2011-2012|
|Ralph A. McLeod, 32° KCCH||2012-2013|
|H. Nelson Dunn, 32° KCCH||2013-2014|
January 2, 2006
The Royal Order of the Duck origin was in Dallas in the early '50s. I cannot recall the Order organizer's name but his picture is hanging backstage along with other past Stage Directors. Dallas became Flight No. 1 followed by Fort Worth, Houston and Waco.
[Editor's Note: The Bluebill Flight, Royal Order of the Duck was chartered in February, 1944. The Mother Chapter is located at the Dallas Scottish Rite Bodies of Dallas, Texas. The members of this organization are commonly referred to as "The Ducks." The purpose of the Order is to provide services related to the staging of the degrees, assisting the organized degree teams in the communication and exemplification of degrees, and such other duties as may be desired by proper authority, thereby enhancing the proficiency, cooperation, fellowship and harmony of the Scottish Rite.]
I was "hatched" in Houston in 1956. The Flight was somewhat of an elite group, had our own Dining Room separate from the insufferable Degree Teams and the riff-raff that comprised the rest of the membership. Joe Kramer was Stage Director. Joe was also Business Manager of the Motion Picture Operators Local Union. The Union had space on the second floor of a building one block distant from the old Scottish Rite building. They had an open Bar, game tables, etc. made available to "Duck" members. There was a waiting list and a two year probationary period for "Duck" membership. Membership included Judges, Fire Chief, City Councilmen, Manager of Jesse Jones Properties and other notables. Reunions were attended by many members just to watch the Degrees.
In 1986, I began promoting a
possible San Antonio Flight. Interest was almost 100% with only Phil
Kauffman who wanted Audio/Visual committee separate from Stage workers----He
later caved when his committeemen all became members.
I went to Houston and met with the SGIG Chandler who
okayed the forming of a San Antonio Flight. Back to San Antonio for
then Chairman Robert B. O'Connor's enthusiastic blessing. General Secretary
John E."Jack" Kelly,
wrote a letter authorizing the organization.
At our first meeting, I presented a copy of By-laws (pilfered from
We voted to open a Bank Account at Broadway National
Bank for - "Royal Order of the Duck" W. J. Henry Secretary & Treasurer.
We established a Telephone Committee ------Headed up by "Tommy" Levine
We established a Membership Committee --------Gary Correll
We voted to adopt the Royal Order of the Duck, Greenhead
Flight No. 5 Membership Certificate. With----
Within the year, Wm. "Bill" Tate developed
Pancreatic Cancer and soon passed. Art Aders was asked to join us and
act as "Quacker".
In 1993 Kenneth "Ken" Askin passed away. He
had served long and well.
Robert B. O'Connor resigned or retired as Personal Representative.
In 1996- John E. "Jack" Kelly asked me to take
on several assignments with the status of Executive Vice President
- Operations. I accepted the mission, but asked to be relieved of Stage
Ehrenfried S. Wagner was named Stage Manager (17 years of backstage experience and quite possibly the best Stage Manager ever in San Antonio).
He thus became Flight Commander. He served well until
November 1999 when he underwent Prostate surgery. Something went wrong
and he has never recovered.
We waited for Wagners recovery too long and the once
mighty high flying Flight No. 5 Royal Order Of the Duck membership
dwindled down as we spent our time reminiscing and testing our Corn
At our final meeting, we voted to purchase, with our remaining funds one of the Glass Display Cases (presently in the Hall of Honors) We closed the account and shut out the lights.
We had a good run----If I can be of assistance in organizing the Hatching of a flock, let me know.
Some Royal Order of the Duck, Greenhead Flight No. 5 Activities:
Application for Membership
Purchased & Sold Logo Embroidered Caps
The above plus dues is how we were able to:
Purchase a Leaf on the Tree of Life ---$ 1,000.00 donation
to Cathedral Endowment Fund.
Purchased the materials for two of the large Display
Cases in the Museum Room. Labor to build the cases was donated by James
Condrey--- construction of the Cases was in the Cabinet Shop of Better
Built Enterprises. -though not Masons, the owners of the shop donated
the space and Mill equipment. Delivery to the Scottish Rite Building
was by Condrey and Henry---We drafted the able bodied candidates during
a break to carry the Cases up stairs.
We tried to have a Dinner Meeting( Dutch) every two months----we always arranged for a guest speaker or some form of entertainment.
The Flight had no overhead cost with the exception of Postage and Guests meals.
The objective was camaraderie. The Ladies attended all of our Dinner
One of the Glass cases in the Hall of Honors was the last action.
Section 1 - Name
Section 2 - Object of the Organization
Section 1 - Officers. Powers and duties
Officers of the organization will be as follows:
The working supervision of this organization will be vested
in the stage director, his assistants, and the chairmen of the various
committees. The business management of this organization will be vested
in an advisory council to be composed of the following:
Three committee chairmen to be appointed to the advisory
council by the chairman.
Section 2 - Terms of Officers
Section 3 - Duties of Officers
Section 4 - Chairman Pro-Tem.
Section 5 - Quill Driver
In case of his absence, inability to Act or to perform
any of the duties of his office, such duties may be performed by any member
so directed by the chairman or Advisory Council.
Section 6 - Dues
Each associate member shall pay $10.00 initiation fee and
annual dues of $10.00 payable as above.
There shall be no initiation fee and annual dues for honorary members.
Section 7 - Duties and Powers of the Advisory Council
Section 8 - Committees
The chairman of each committee will be proposed and kept
up to full force by the chairman of that committee. It will be the committee
chairman's duty to have the necessary personnel at all sessions of the
Reunion and he will present to the Stage Director a complete schedule of
workers and time of work for each individual at the meeting immediately
preceding any Reunion. The necessity of making any changes in this schedule
due to unforeseen circumstances will be the responsibility of the Committee
Chairmen and must be reported to the Stage Director before the opening
of any session of the Reunion wherein a personnel change is made.
Section 1 - Qualifications for Membership
Section 2 - Membership Classifications
A majority vote of the active membership in attendance at any business meeting will be necessary to elect a probationary candidate to active membership.
To retain active status, a member must take part in 3 out of the 11 sessions of each reunion or be excused by his committee chairman for good cause.
Associate Members - Any active Reunion worker outside the membership of committees listed for active members may be elected as an associate member by a majority vote of the members in attendance at any business meeting.
Section 3 - Application for Membership
Application for Associate membership must bear the signatures of at least two active members.
Nomination for Honorary Membership must bear the signatures of two Active Members and one Associate Member.
Section 4 - Continuation of Membership
Associate Members must be paid up in dues and remain in
active contact with Reunion work.
A regular meeting shall be held at a convenient time and
place prior to each Scottish Rite Reunion, not to exceed two per year.
Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Flight Commander and/or Advisory Council. An advance notice to membership one week prior to meeting date shall be sent on all meetings.
The meeting shall be called to order at the appointed hour.
The business shall be proceeded with in the manner prescibed in the order of business.
Any Duck wishing to make a motion, deliver his opinion,
or speak upon any subject, shall respectfully address the chair. He shall
confine himself to the question under discussion and avoid personalities.
If two or more members speak at the same time, the Chairman shall decide
who shall speak first.
No Duck shall interrupt another in his remarks,
unless to call him to order for words spoken. No member shall speak more
than once on the same subject, until all members wishing to speak have
A member while speaking being called to order
by another, shall cease speaking until the question of order is determined.
No motion shall be subject to action until seconded
and stated by the chair.
A motion to adjourn shall be in order, except when a member is speaking or a vote is being taken. A motion to adjourn failing of passage, cannot be renewed until some other proposition is made or business transacted.
When a motion has been passed, it shall be in order for any member voting in the majority to move for a reconsideration thereof at the same or next meeting.
The By-Laws, after adoption, shall not be suspended, altered,
amended, or repealed except by a vote of two-thirds of the membership.
Nominations, elections, and installations shall be held at the Fall meeting.