Deputy Grand Master
R∴W∴ Richard (Rick) G. Hoover was born in Williamsport Pennsylvania. He attended and graduated from Williamsport High School, and worked in his father’s construction business until moving to St. Petersburg, Florida. Rick returned to Williamsport to marry his high school sweetheart, Robyn. Togther, they have two sons and one daughter.
Since moving to Florida he has been employed in the Pest Control Industry. He has worked with several of the largest firms in the Nation in management with duties including technician training, customer relation and retention. In 1988, Rick & Bobby incorporated All R’s Pest Management to give the type of service prospective customers look for, a company who cares. This business has been successfully serving customers for over 25 years.
R∴W∴ Hoover received the three symbolic degrees of Freemasonry as a member of Nitram Lodge No 188 in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1994. He served his Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1998, and also as secretary from 2004 thru 2013. He served his district in various committee chairmanships from 1997 thru 2008. He has served as District Deputy Grand Master for M∴W∴ John R. Givens in 2003, District Instructor in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2013. He was the Grand Standard Bearer in 2007 for M∴W∴ Robert P. Harry. He has also served on the Jurisprudence committee for 5 years and in the following capacities: Zone Chairman FA-100 in 2004, Public Relations & Publicity in 2008, Public Education & Citizenship in 2012, State Chairman of Public Relations & Publicity 2009, State Chairman of Masonic Leadership Training 2010, 2011. R∴W∴ Hoover was given the Life Time Appointment of being the Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of Arizona for the Grand Lodge of Florida. This was bestowed upon him by M∴W∴ Dale I. Goehrig in 2010. He was elected to the office of Junior Grand Warden on May 26th, 2014 at the 185th Annual Grand Communication.
R∴W∴ Hoover is a 33° Scottish Rite Mason, being Coronated in November 2013. He served as Master of Kadosh in 2008 and has served on various committees in the Valley of Tampa and continues to be an active supporter of the Rite. He is also a proud member of the St. Petersburg York Rite Bodies and Sunshine Commandery, Selama Grotto, Egypt Temple AAONMS, Past President of the Suncoast Masters & Wardens Association, Past President of the Past Master Unit, Past President of the Past Master Organization, member of the Royal Order of Scotland, Maxwell Clan.
In his spare time, he enjoys umpiring youth baseball, something he has been doing for over 35 years. He also contributes time to the Skyway Trap & Skeet as a board member in charge of by-laws and charter issues. He also enjoys golf, trap & skeet, bowling, and collecting Masonic paraphernalia.
First let me say that it is an honor and privilege to serve you as your Deputy Grand Master. I thank you for the confidence you placed in me at our 187th Annual Grand Communication. You have spoken and I promise to continue to listen. During my travels across the state, you shared with me your thoughts and concerns. My commitment to you is to continue listening.
There are some who still have questions, please ask them. There are some who have good thoughts and ideas, please make them known. There are others who have concerns; we want to hear them, all of them. We can make a difference by working together.
I have many to thank for this privilege, but foremost I want to thank my wife, Bobby, for standing with me. Your love and support mean the world to me. To the others across the state who supported me, I offer you my sincerest appreciation. You placed your trust in me and for that I am eternally grateful.
Richard G. Hoover
Deputy Grand Master