to our Most Worshipful Grand Master
Br. Wyman P. Hallstrom III
our 159th Grand Master
for the Grand Lodge
of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society
of Free and Accepted Masons
for the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Brother Hallstrom was born on December 20, 1970 the son of Wyman P. and Mildred L. Hallstrom Jr. After living for a short time in Central Falls, the family moved to Pawtucket, where our Brother still resides and was educated in the Pawtucket School System and graduated with Honors from Shea High School in 1988, a member of the city’s first Advanced Standing Program.
Brother Hallstrom was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Advent until its closing and served as Chief Acolyte.
As a young man, Chip was involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Life Scout, before leaving Troop 3 of Pawtucket.
Chip entered the workforce in the Circulation Department at The Times Newspaper while in High School, performing various facets of customer retention and delivery until being promoted to District Manager in 1992. It was during this period that Chip met Diane Cayer and in 1992 they were married.
The following years saw employment opportunities in other sales and delivery positions at Globe Printing, Astro Automotive, and Cooper-Lewis, until 2005, when Brother Hallstrom joined the team at A.B. Munroe Dairy as a Route Sales Person, also known as a milkman. He has delivered milk to hundreds of homes in the Wakefield area since 2006, and has one of the most successful routes in the Dairy.
His Masonic career began by joining Pawtucket Chapter, Order of DeMolay. He took on roles as a Preceptor and Jacques DeMolay, and was the Senior Councilor when Pawtucket Chapter was closed. Brother Hallstrom was inducted into the DeMolay Legion of Honor in 2013.
Our brother made application to Roger Williams Lodge #32 and was initiated in January of 1992 and was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason by his father in May of 1992. He accepted an appointment in line and became Worship Master. He served his lodge as Master twice, first in 2000 and then in 2004. In 2000 he oversaw the merger of Temple Lodge #18 of Greenville into Roger Williams Lodge #32. He also served his lodge as Treasurer for two years and as the Master of Ceremonies for four years. He also holds membership in St. John’s Lodge #1 Providence.
In 1998 Most Worshipful Ronald W. Simpson appointed our brother as Worship Grand Master of Ceremonies for the Itinerant District Deputy, his father Wyman P. Hallstrom Jr. He continued as Wor. Grand Master of Ceremonies for the Districts and served with his father as the Right Worshipful Grand Marshall in 2005. In 2006, Most Worshipful Carl B. Willi appointed brother Chip as District Deputy Grand Master for the Southern Masonic District. As District Deputy Grand Master he continued to serve all the Masonic Districts and was elected Junior Grand Warden in 2010, Senior Grand Warden in 2011, Deputy Grand Master in 2012 and in November of 2013 was elected the 159th Grand Master of our Grand Lodge.
He holds membership in Providence Royal Chapter No.1, Providence Council No.1 and Calvary Commandary No. 13. He is a member of the Ancient and Accept Scottish Rite, Valley of Providence and is a Past Thrice Potent Master of Solomon’s Lodge of Perfection and is presently serving as an officer in the Rhode Island Consistory. Our Brother was coroneted an honorary member of the Supreme Council 33rd degree in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2010. As a Rhode Island Shriner he joined the Motor Corps and served as the units’ treasurer for several years. He is a member of the International Police Square Club and the Swords of Bunker Hill Gaspee Order No.99.