I want to thank everyone for this wonderful opportunity to be your Grand Monarch for 2022 – 2023.
I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I have lived all of my life. I am 65 years old and married to my supporting and loving Wife Tammy for 26+ years.
I retired from Dollar Bank after having worked there 35 years in Pittsburgh as a Project Manager for their Computer Systems.
Tammy and I regularly attend Covenant Community Presbyterian Church where I have served in the past as Deacon, Elder and President of the Trustees.
*** Blue Lodge ***
Raised to a Master Mason in 1997 at Crafton Lodge #653 and became Worshipful Master in 2002. I am currently serving as a Trustee for Crafton / Guyasuta Lodge #513 since 2003 and became Chairman in 2010. I also served as Treasurer for the Ingram Masonic Hall Association where our lodge meets. I have served as Secretary for the Pittsburgh School of Instruction for Blue Lodges from 2004 to 2013
*** Grotto ***
Joined Islam Grotto in 1999 and became Monarch in 2007 which I served as Secretary for 10 years. I am a dual member of Aut Mori Grotto. Served as President of the Ohio Grotto Association in 2012 and also, served as Secretary. I also belong to the International Grotto Secretaries / Treasurers Association where I was President in 2015. I served as the General Chairman of the 2010 Supreme Council Session in Pittsburgh. I served on the Supreme Council Contest Committee.
*** Other Masonic Affiliations ***
Crafton Royal Arch Chapter #312 – High Priest 2006 and 2007, Allegheny Council #38 – Thrice Illustrious Master 2012-2013, Chartiers Commandery #78 – Eminent Commander 2008 – 2009 and 2013 – 2014. Served as Secretary for many years, Knight York Cross of Honor – 2014, Eastern Star – Guyasuta Chapter #6 – Worthy Patron 1999 – 2000, Scottish Rite of Pittsburgh – Serving as a cast member in the Reunions, Gateway to the West Council No. 5 Knight Masons, Tall Cedars of Lebanon – Past Grand Tall Cedar 2015, Syria Shrine and several Caravans and Masonic Vets
I see a bright future for the Grottoes and want to continue the Fun and Good Fellowship around the Realm and keep the Grottoes Strong and Growing!
Be safe and healthy and will see you around the Realm.
Michael Joseph Tomascin
2022 - 2023