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Great Lakes Shrine Association - Melham Award Honoree
The Past Imperial Potentate Thomas W. Melham
Award Honoree for 2017-2018 is awarded to:
Illustrious Sir Larry L. Chapel, Past Potentate 2008
Mizpah Shrine Temple - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Biography of Illustrious Larry L. Chapel P.P. Mizpah Shriners
Wife Mary Geneva Chapel (Jenny)
5 Children and 12 grandchildren

Member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Alexandria, IN
Eucharistic Minister, Reader, Assist with Maintenance, and Count Collection

Fairmount High School, Fairmount, Indiana 1966
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN A.B. Mathematics, 1970
Ball State University, Muncie, IN M.A.E. Mathematics, 1976

Masonic Background
Master Mason Fairmount Lodge #635 F. & A.M. Fairmount, IN 1-28-1970
Entered Apprentice 12-20-69
Fellow Craft 1-21-70
Master Mason 1-28-70
Scottish Rite Fort Wayne Valley, Fort Wayne, IN 5-3-1997
Shrine Mizpah Shriners, Fort Wayne, IN 5-3-1997
Worshipful Master 1974
Secretary 1975-76 and 1988-2002 (16 years)
Grand Lodge Secretary of the Year 1999-2000
President, Mizmur Scooter Patrol 2001
President, Mizmur Shrine Club 2002
Area Representative 2003, 2004
Potentate, Mizpah Shriners 2008
MSA Fort Wayne Valley 2009
Treasurer, Mizpah Shriners 2009 - 2012
Thrice Potent Master, Lodge of Perfection, Fort Wayne Valley AASR 2014-15
GLSA Secretary/Treasurer 2012-current
GLSA Thomas W. Melham Award 2018
Thirty Third, AASR 2019

Work Experience
1970-1974 Yorktown High School Math and Science Teacher
Taught Algebra I, II, Geometry, and General Science
Served as Athletic Ticket Manager for two years. Handled all Football, Basketball Season tickets and sectional tickets.

1974-1976 Yorktown High School Athletic Director
Handled scheduling for 16 varsity sports. Scheduling for Some sports were five years out along with officials 2-3 years out. Hosted Conference, County, and Sectional events in several sports, including hosting the Girls State Golf Meet. Wrote a student athlete manual and helped rewrite the athletic program manual for YHS. Helped move school from ask for basis to planning basis for uniforms and equipment. Redid schedules as YHS moved from one conference to a new conference.

1976-1980 Yorktown Middle School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director
Handled most of the discipline for the school. Created the master schedule and scheduled all 450 students by hand. Students all had individual schedules. Handled all of the scheduling for the athletic program for 6th - 8th grades. Served as the Due Process Hearing Officer for the High School. Re wrote the Due Process Manual for the School Corporation to standardize all forms and provide step by step instructions to insure due process requirements were met.

1980-1982 Shenandoah Middle School Principal and Athletic Director
Served as only administrator in the building. Handled all discipline, athletics, staff evaluation, and scheduling. Wrote a Student Due Process Manual for Shenandoah schools and served as the hearing officer for the corporation. Moved the school from a block schedule to an individual schedule for students. Instituted an Honor Roll and recognition of Academic performance by the students.

1982-1988 Alexandria Middle School Math & Computer Teacher
Taught math and basic computer language to 7th and 8th graders.

1988-1992 Alexandria Middle School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director
Handled most of the discipline for the school. Created the master schedule and scheduled all students by hand. Handled all of the scheduling for the athletic
program for 6th - 8th grades. Hosted several county tournaments and helped organize a Madison County Junior High School Athletic Council. Served as the Due Process Hearing Officer for the High School.

1992-1998 Orestes Elementary School Principal
Served as sole administrator for the school. Handled all discipline, scheduling, staff evaluation, and other duties for the school. During these 6 years also served the corporation as hearing officer, Title 1 Director, Migrant Education Director, and served as editor for the corporation newsletter. As Title Director, handled $400,000 budget each year. Title 1 involved a $100,000 budget each year. Over saw and planned all expenditures of those funds. Collected material from other administrators and edited and published a newsletter that was sent to every in our corporation.

1998-2003 Alexandria High School Math & Computer Teacher
Taught General Math, Algebra 1, and several computer courses including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Web Pages. I was also responsible for the corporation website, and the school newspaper and yearbook.

Served as a USS certified level 3 swimming Judge for six years.
Worked 1992 Olympic trials in Indianapolis.
Earned Master Ritualist pin.
Woodworking - Building and repairing items for the family. Christmas gifts for grandchildren. Making gavels for Masonic Leaders.



Illustrious Sir Harry Sterling - 2013-2014

Illustrious Sir Kurt R. Grosse - 2014-2015
Illustrious Sir Doug Sorrell - 2015-2016 Illustrious Sir Larry Chapel - 2017-2018
Imperial Sir John Cinotto - 2017-2018  
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