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Great Lakes Shrine Association - Melham Award Honoree
The Past Imperial Potentate Thomas W. Melham
Award Honoree for 2013-2014 is awarded to:
Illustrious Sir Harry Sterling, Past Potentate 2003
Syrian Shrine Temple - Cincinnati, Ohio
Biography of Illustrious Sir Harry Sterling, PP - Syrian Shrine
Born on May 3, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Graduated from Woodward High School in 1960
Graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1965. Received BBA degree with a major in Marketing
Business: 1965-1966 Worked in New York City as a Purchasing Agent for Squibb Pharmaceuticals. 1966 Completed Alexander Hamilton Institute graduate course in Business Management.
Military: 1966 Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Attended Officers Candidates School
Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1967 and assigned duty as a Hawk missile officer
at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona
Released from active duty in 1969 and discharged from USMC with a rank of Captain
Business: 1969 Hired by IBM as a Marketing Representative in Cincinnati, Ohio. 1971 Left IBM and founded H. Sterling & Associates, Inc., Manufacturers Rep Agency. Still active as President and CEO of this agency.
Church: During the intermediate years was a Deacon at Mt. Washington Baptist Church, and later a Vestryman at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.
Family: 1992 Was lucky enough to marry Deborah W. Sterling. Between us we have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. We celebrated our 20th anniversary last year. 1994 Started my Masonic career, and as they say, “The rest is history”.

Fraternal: Member Lodge:

1994- elevated to Master Mason at Edenton Lodge # 332

1995- Joined Montgomery Lodge #94

Member Scottish Rite
1994- Joined Valley of Cincinnati
Member Council, Chapter, Consistory - York Rite:
2008- Member Milford Chapter No. 35 - Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons
2008- Member John H. Campbell Council No. 147 - Grand Council Royal & Select Masons of Ohio
2009- Member Cincinnati Commandery No.3 - Knights Templar
Member Shrine:
1995 Joined Syrian Shriners
1996- Elected Third Lt. Cmdr of Legion of Honor
1997- Appointed Director of Legion of Honor
1998- Elected to Syrian Divan as Oriental Guide
2003- Elected Potentate of Syrian Shriners
2004- Elected 4th V.P. of Great Lakes Shrine Association
2007- Elected Treasurer of Syrian Shriners Paint Horse Patrol
Member Shrine Association:
2008- Elected President of Great Lakes Shrine Association, Established relationships with City of Lebanon, Great Wolf Lodge, Kings Island Amusement Park.
2012- Assisted organization of GLSA Convention in Warren County, OH, Coordinated with Lebanon officials setting up parade
2013- Assisting in coordinating with Lebanon officials on parade.


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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