About ME !!!!

                                                                                          
 
 

I was born in the early 1960's in a little town just outside the Capital District of New York (and NO.... New York City is not the Capital, Albany is!!). In fact the town I grew up in is the oldest incorporated village in New York. President George Bush's great, great, great grandfather was married there in the early 1800's. You can see pictures I took there here. Those were taken during my trip there in early September of 2001.

It was a nice community of about 2,500 people, and it had it's own volunteer Fire Departments (3 in the village and 1 in the town) and Rescue Squad. We had a Union Free School District, (something that both residents and teachers were quite proud of), as well as a lower level parochial school. There were no less than 2 Roman Catholic churches, and a number of different protestant churches of different denominations. In so much that there was a rather strong religious presence, there were also a number of different community groups including both Cub and Boy Scouts as well as Brownies and Girl Scouts. We were a completely segregated community, as most people had been there for 2 or more generations and everyone who was anyone knew one another.

Here are a few pictures of my early scouting days (about the early 1970's)

                                                                                                                               

that's me in the middle missing a few teeth. 

     

A number of the adults were involved in the Volunteer Fire and Rescue services, as well as the Scouting programs. As if that were enough, the town also sported both American Legion as well as VFW posts. A number of adults were also involved in the local Masonic lodge, and there many athletic events for adults. There were many ethnic clubs for the adults as well. It was a very tightly knit community, where neighbor would look out for neighbor.

The biggest industries were General Electric, Mohawk Paper, Grand Union, Chris Craft, Robert Reis and the various blue collar manufacturing mills. Unfortunately, both hard economic times as well as New York's ability to tax, has meant the end of many of these businesses. (fatalities included Robert Reis, Chris Craft, and Grand Union, with large scale cutbacks by Mohawk and Hammer mill/International Paper, Bendix Corp., and Ford Motor.) Nothing has replaced the loss of these jobs or the economy.

In elementary school was introduced to cub scouts, and I appreciate the experience greatly, even to this day. The local scout troop was Troop #632 and sponsored by our local Roman Catholic Church. Scouts taught me all kinds of different skills and problem solving techniques, that no other situation could have taught me. Besides it was fun and the parent-leaders made it fun.

In 5th grade I was introduced to band, and I am grateful that I was allowed the opportunity to participate. Music classes taught me discipline, as well as the ability to appreciate all forms of music. I continued this discipline all the way through graduation to high school.  I was saddened to hear of my band teacher passing in mid 2000, as I considered him just not a teacher, but a mentor, a parent and a friend.

My first job was at the local McDonalds. This was a mile stone as it allowed me to utilize social skills outside my close knit community, as well as taught me about working as a team and with others. It was here that I decided to learn sign language, so I could communicate with one of our frequent customers. (A skill that would come in handy very often in the future).

I started my community service while still in high school, as I secured my parents permission to participate in the local Rescue Squad. This taught me a lot about my future career choice as well as my obligation to community service and social choices. (An activity that I will be returning to after retirement...see the retirement page.)

I continued my education in the State Capital, becoming a Registered Professional Nurse. I worked for a little over a year at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in the Coronary Care Unit. While attending school, I served on many different committees and social groups.

                                                                    

I had always contemplated Military Service, as I thought to truly appreciate the individual rights one has, one must defend those rights. When one has to place one's life on the line, one appreciates the basic intent and ideals that this country was founded upon. It also teaches people basic skills; like discipline, responsibility, and instills initiative, motivation; and leadership. Besides it gave me opportunities that most people never get...both of the physical and mental types. I answered my obligation in the early 80's, and it has been many lessons never to be forgotten. It has allowed me to develop many talents and leadership skills, as well as the growth that comes with being an Army Officer. I use many of these skills on a daily basis.

                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                              


                                                                                                                   

 

                                                                      I found a few of these pictures digging through some old photo albums 

                

             

   

  

  

   

 

 

 

   Here is a short complied video from multi-service training excersize at Fort Gordon, Georgia in 1990 {This was 2 weeks before the start of the 1st Gulf War} (hard to beleive that was 20 years ago!)

                                                                               

                                                                                                                

                                                                                                           

In the mid 80's, with a stagnant job market in New York, I moved to Florida, where I have been ever since. I am currently employed at the University of Florida Medical Center in their Surgical Intensive Care Unit / Trauma ICU. I currently sit as a staff member on the Department of Nursing's Budget and Finance Advisory Board, as well as Chair the Trauma ICU Performance Improvement Team. 

 

Never to shirk from my sense of Community, I have entered into many different professional, civic, and fraternal organizations

I am a Past President /Past Secretary of the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.   (Holder of the Meritorious Service Medal and the prestigious Color Guard Medal)

I am a life member of the Reserve Officer's Association, the Association of Military Surgeons of the US Sons of Colonial New England, and Military Officers Association of America.

I hold memberships in American Legion Post 400, the Army Nurse Corps Association, and AMVETS

I am a Past Master of Free  & Accepted Masons Lodge #41, Gainesville. (Perpetual Member)

I am the Past -President of North Central Florida Chapter #537 National Sojourners (MIP) and past Commander of Nathan Bedford Forest Camp of Heroes of '76.

I am a former Vice-Chairman of the 14th District Masters and Wardens Association, and a former Secretary of the 14th District Memorial Lodge, F. & A.M. In addition I have served as a former Masonic District Chairman for Citizenship and Public Education, a former District Chairman for FA-100, and a former District Chairman for the Masonic Child I.D. Program for the Grand Lodge of Florida. 

I am a Past Director of the Board of Directors of the Gainesville Charitable Foundation (still a member of the foundation); and a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Ocala ( Past-President of the Alachua County Scottish Rite Club), and a Charter Founding Member of the Scottish Rite Honor Society, The Knights of St. Andrew for the Valley of Ocala, as well as Past Expert in the Chapter of Rose Crois.  I also belong to all of the York Rite Bodies, including the Knight Templar Degree.

In 2006 I was honored and granted a Commission as an Honorary Kentucky Colonel.  (The highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky)

In addition, I remain an active card carrying member of a number of historical and preservation groups dealing with both the Revolutionary War as well as the War between the States. I have been involved with various youth activities and general community activities as well.

                                                                                           
 
 

My other interests include building computers, websites, bicycles, photography, and early American history/politics, and of course my MINI.

A few Henry Factoids:

Favorite Clothes: Pleated Dress Slacks, Argyll socks, French Cuffed Dress Shirts (all my shirts are French cuffed), and a tie ( paisley). If the occasion so warrants, my formalwear consists of  a 2 button Geoffrey Beene tuxedo, a Fumagalli White Dinner Jacket, or a Lord West Tailcoat.

Favorite Dress Accessory: Cuff links (and studs).  I have way too many.

Favorite Alcoholic Beverage: Single Malt Scotch Whisky. (Most brands will do except Bowmore, I just can't get used to that Islay),  Russian Standard Vodka, and surprisingly Absinthe (Lucid).

Favorite Fragrance: Aqua de Gio by Armani , Fahrenheit by Dior (with Herra 212; Joop; Escape for Men)

Favorite Color: Blue and Green (Both are winners) and Black

Favorite Foods: Thai Curry Pork/Beef, Sushi, Salmon Steaks, Eggplant Parmesan, Walker's Shortbread cookies, I don't think there is anything I won't try.

Favorite Music: A big mix of just about everything, new age or smooth jazz is ideal for driving.

Most unknown detail: Principles are everything. Selling out principles is both a great dishonor and shameful. Maybe that's why I can be rather headstrong, if not down right difficult at times!  {Doesn't that remind one of a basic Masonic Principle?} It should be balanced with tact and comprise. He whom works well together gets great things accomplished!

Least Favorite Question: "Why aren't you married, ...?"

In addition, life experiences have an opened mind a bit as well. I am a firm believer in ghosts and paranormal experiences. I have dealt with both living and  dying people for over the past 2 1/2 decades and there have been some pretty unnerving experiences and things that have occurred that science and common sense can not explain. I believe that there are ghosts  or other entities amongst us, that there are life forces here on this earth that we just can not explain, and that theology can not explain. Perhaps that's why Freemasonry seems to be such an important part of my life.  If life continues on this planet or goes elsewhere I can not say, nor do I venture to speculate, but I believe that life forces, not as we know them, are around, and interacting with us.  
 

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