Meet the Officers of the Lodge
Jefferson County Lodge has eleven elected and appointed officers in total. Below are the three principal officers -- the Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens -- and the Treasurer and Secretary of the Lodge.
Paul Larson was born in Wisconsin Rapids and raised in Green Bay and Wales, Wisconsin. After graduating from Kettle Moraine High School, Paul has spent his adult years living in southeastern Wisconsin and the past 15 years in Johnson Creek. Paul worked as a tool grinder, machinist, CNC programmer, quoting and inside sales manager, and as co-owner of a granite counter top manufacturer. Currently he is the Applications Specialist for Threading Tools at Guhring Inc. in Brookfield.
Paul didn't know much about Masonry before joining a regular Lodge in 2017, but was "curious" about the mystery that surrounded the craft. He has since found a community of Brothers and friends that are unlike anything he has had prior. "Making good men better is an accurate tag line for Freemasonry because the statement is 100% true!"
Paul is married to Kim Larson and they have five children between them. Kim is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and always willing to help with the Lodge.
Paul is an active member of several Masonic organizations in addition to Jefferson County Lodge #9: Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Madison; DeMolay International, Godfrey de Boullion Chapter; and Martha Chapter #66 Order of the Eastern Star.
Timothy Smillie has been a Mason and member of Jefferson County Lodge #9 since 2013. Presently the Senior Warden, he has also been Worshipful Master, Junior Warden, Senior Deacon and Trustee of the Lodge. He is also active in several other Masonic organizations, including Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Jurisdiction; Martha Chapter #66 Order of the Eastern Star; and
Zor Shrine, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
Professionally, he is a Quality Lab Manager.
Jim Grenz was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He lived in Hartland, Waukesha, and Sussex in Wisconsin, along with a few years in Dacono, Colorado, until moving to Delafield, Wisconsin, in 1987. Jim attended and graduated from the Kettle Moraine School District in Wales, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin Madison until transferring to Milwaukee Area Technical College to persue the family business. He graduated with Honors in 1999 with both an Associate degree and Technical diploma in HVAC and Refrigeration technology.
Jim married his high school sweetheart, Shauna, in 1999, and they have two children, a son and a daughter. He has lived in the Johnson Creek and Watertown area for the last 16 years. He owns and runs with his father Grenz Service Company, a highly successful 5-star HVAC and refrigeration company in Delafield. Jim strives for three things every day to be successful: treat others as you want to be treated in business and in life, learn at least one thing each day to make it successful, and don’t become complacent (anyone can be replaced).
Jim is also a member of Tri-County Chapter #11 Royal Arch Masonry (RAM). Jim’s Masonic journey may have started just three years ago, but it took root as a kid. His grandfather, Samuel Lapp, was an active Mason in Milwaukee and Missouri during Jim’s younger days. The Shriner circus was a staple every year and implanted a desire for knowledge of what his grandfather found in Masonry. The sky is the limit as long as one dares to dream and strive to achieve it.
Ralph was born and raised in Watertown, Wisconsin. His family moved to Lorain, Ohio, when he was 17 years old, where he graduated from High School and immediately moved back to Watertown, close to his friends and girlfriend, Michele “Mitch”. He lived with his grandmother and worked at 7-Up Company.
Ralph has had work experiences in 7-Up delivery, carpentry, welding at Milwaukee Rail Road, surgical instrument repair, and fuel oil delivery. His interests are hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle, playing cards, golf, and spending time with his family, who refer to him as "techno grampa!" He enjoys micro-brewed beer, single malt scotch, a good cigar, and Hershey’s chocolate.
Ralph was raised to Master Mason in 1974 in Watertown Lodge #49 F & AM. He is very proud of his Masonic heritage and family; his grandfather, father, son, two brothers, nephews, and two sons-in-law are all Masons. He is very active in the Scottish Rite and York Rite bodies.