Colin McInnes was born in Scotland in 1943 and graduated from high school in 1960. He started a career in shipbuilding design that spanned 40 years and took him several countries. He married Maureen, a young lass from his original homeland, in July 1969. They have been together for 50 years. They have two adult children, Graeme and Caryn, and are proud Grandparents of two girls, Kyla and Lakin.
Colin entered Masonry in 1966 before leaving Scotland. His Mother Lodge, where he is a Life Member, is Lodge “Kelvin” Patrick #1207 F&AM, Glasgow Scotland. He is a Mark Master Mason and previously served as Senior Steward. In 1996, he affiliated to Black Mountain Lodge # 845. As a Charter Member, he served as Asst. Secretary for one year and Treasurer for almost 10 years. He was honored by BML in 2003, when he received the Hiram Award. He demitted from BML in 2011, and joined his present lodge, San Diego Lodge No.35 the same year. In April of 2011, he joined the Scottish Rite, Valley of San Diego of which he is a life member. He joined the Knights of St. Andrew in 2011 and became their Chieftain in 2015. During his time with the Knights, he was responsible for updating their Constitution and rewrote their bylaws to comply with today’s environment. In 2012, he was appointed an Officer in the Chapter of Rose Croix and held the position of Wise Master in 2018, a title he was honored to hold.
Colin is a committee member of many organizations, such as the Lodge Ambassadors, Tiler’s group, VMAP, JROTC/ROTC, Awards Banquet and numerous others. He has been a Volunteer at the San Diego Ritecare Childhood Language Center for the past 7 years. He is the Chairman of other programs/committees within the Scottish Rite, such as Greeters, New Member Orientation, Knights of the Double Eagle (KDEA) and the Robert Burns Supper event.
In 2015, he was honored to be asked to become a member of the Royal Order of Scotland, an elite group of Masons. Colin is a member of the Royal Arch Masons, Al Bahr Shrine and the Peace Officers Club. He is a recipient of the 50 years Golden Veterans Award (2016), and Knight Commander of the Court of Honor (2017). He has had numerous articles published both nationally and here in San Diego. He recently completed a publication that provides a history of the Knights of St. Andrew here in San Diego titled, “Its Beginning to Present Times”
Richard began his career in computer support/maintenance/implementation in 1977. He is the Project Management leader for implementation of the Omega Group Crime View Dashboard for the department at inception and updating Backgrounds Tracking Systems. Richard has trained approximately 600 Patrol Officers in conjunction with The Omega Group Corporate trainer and is the coordinator of San Diego Police Department Website.
Richard is a US Navy Veteran with six years of service and 5 years as a Civilian Contractor, where he taught Naval Tactical Data Systems throughout the Sixth Fleet. During his time in the navy, Richard was instrumental in development of the prototype for the US Navy “Tiger Team” for Computer Systems training, operation and support.
Edward R. (Ed) Collins was born and raised in Rockingham, N. C., in a family with a long Masonic history. He is married to his lovely wife, Sharon, and they have four children and four grandchildren. His passion for flying led to his flying lessons in high school and appointment to the U.S. Air Force Pilot Cadet program while in college. His aviation career would span some 60 years, retiring from Active Duty Air Force and Reserves as a Lt. Colonel, and a long career with American Airlines as a Chief Pilot, Instructor, and International Captain. He earned his Juris Doctor Degree and concentrated his law practice in the field of Aviation Law.
Ed’s Masonic career started with San Diego 35 Masonic Lodge and continued with several organizations, including the San Diego Scottish Rite where he holds the 33º Degree and is Past Venerable Master; and Al Bahr Shriners where he is a Past Potentate. He is currently a Director of the California Scottish Rite Foundation, which is the parent organization of the RiteCare Childhood Language Centers in California; and Vice Chairman Los Angeles Shrine Hospital Board of Governors, Pediatric Specialty Hospitals of Shriners International.
James (Jim) McGrath was born in San Antonio, Texas and moved to California. He was raised in the Yorba Linda Lodge in 1987. He affiliated with the Temecula Catalina Island Lodge in Temecula, California in 1990, and became Master in 1994 and again in 2004, 2006, and 2008. Jim received the Hiram award in 2009. He joined the York Rite Bodies in 2007 and is a member of Tyre 130 Escondido (2007), Helix 58 Escondido (2007), and Commandery 25 San Diego (2007). Jim joined Al Bahr Shrine in 2007 and is active in the RV club and was a Tin Lizzie. He joined the Scottish Rite in May 2015 and has been active in the Knights of St. Andrews, and volunteers at the RiteCare Language Center.
Jim worked as a salesman until 1997, traveling Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. He was also active in local theaters in La Habra, Brea, Yorba Linda, and Temecula. He worked small parts in television and movies. He graduated from El Rancho High School in Rivera, California, Fullerton College in Fullerton, California, and attended law school in Riverside, California, which is where he met Sheila. He married Sheila McGrath in 1999. Jim retired to travel the country in his motor home, and has been to all 50 states. He is supported by real estate investments. Jim has four grown children from a first marriage, 13 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.