On Saturday, January 18th, 2020, the Grand Lodge Corporate Board met in Montgomery to administer the business of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Alabama. During this meeting, Most Worshipful Past Grand Master Ron Andress informed the board of some recent medical procedures he has endured and as a result of this and his several additional Fraternal commitments, he felt it necessary to tender his resignation as the Grand Treasurer of our Grand Lodge. It was with a sincere heavy heart that we accepted his resignation. MW Brother Andress has faithfully served our Grand Lodge in many capacities over the years but his time as Grand Treasurer has been truly remarkable. During his tenure, our Grand Lodge has remained financially sound and our Charitable Endowment is one of the most solvent in the nation. I have often joked that MW Brother Ron treated the Grand Lodge finances like it was his own money. But Brethren, that is exactly what we want in a Grand Treasurer. We should always seek a person who will ensure that our finances are well-guarded and that the budgets approved by the Brethren are adhered to and not over-executed. MW Brother Andress has performed these duties in an exemplary manner and deserves the respect and admiration of each Brother in this State. On behalf of the Corporate Board and the Craft wherever dispersed, I offer MW Brother Ron Andress our sincere appreciation for a job Extremely Well-Done!
As Grand Master, it is my responsibility to appoint a well-qualified Brother to serve the remainder of MW Brother Andress’s term as Grand Treasurer. After much thought and consideration, and with the consent of the Corporate Board, I have appointed Brother Zachary Allen Holmes to serve as Grand Treasurer for the remainder of this Masonic Term of Office. I have known Brother Zach for several years and he has my complete trust, faith, and confidence. I have served with him as a District Lecturer and I know first-hand his dedication to our Fraternity and the Brethren of Alabama. He graduated from Auburn University in 2004 and has served as the Mayor of Loachapoka, Alabama where he has been responsible for the financial planning and budget execution for the municipality. He is active in the York Rite and is a 32 Degree KCCH Scottish Rite Mason in the Montgomery Valley. Based on his formal education and real-world fiscal experience, I am confident he will serve us well in this most important capacity. Please join me in congratulating Brother Zach Holmes on his appointment as the Right Worshipful Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Alabama.