Eric Diamond has been a Freemason since 1999 and is a Past Master his mother lodge, Oriental Lodge No.33, Chicago’s oldest Masonic Lodge. He is a 32º Scottish Rite Mason and has participated and directed several degrees in the Scottish Rite. He is a Past Presiding in the York Rite in both Chapter and Council and is a Past Sovereign Master and Knight Commander of The Red Branch of Erie of Lux ex Oriente Council No. 379, Allied Masonic Degrees. He is proud to be a Founding Fellow of the Masonic Society.
While he finds Masonic history interesting (and has done primary historical research on his lodge), his real interest is in social research, exploring the issues and tools that will help revitalize Masonry in the 21st century. Masonry has something to give to society and it is needed now more than ever: not as a collection of pleasant social supper clubs but as a transformative influence on the world.
Eric holds a Master of Design from IIT Institute of Design, and a Master of Business Administration from the IIT Stuart School of Business. He works as a social media strategist for a large global advertising agency and specializes in design and innovation.
Jason Van Dyke was raised a Master Mason in Benjamin B. French Lodge, No. 15 in DC in 2006, and in 2009 he helped found The Colonial Lodge, No. 1821, a University Lodge affiliated with the George Washington University, where he was the founding Senior Warden and is a Past Master. Jason is a 32°, K.C.C.H. in the DC Scottish Rite, and a Frater of the SRCIF. In 2015, he was awarded the Valentine Reintzel Medal for meritorious service to the Grand Lodge of DC.
While historical studies initially attracted him to Freemasonry (he researched and produced a short documentary on the building of the House of the Temple in Washington, DC), today Jason is mostly interested in building and improving the initiatic experience for the new members of his Lodge. He is also interested in the deeper, psychological mechanics of Masonic ritual.
Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Communication (Magna Cum Laude) from the George Washington University and enjoys long walks on the beach and holding hands. And puppies. If you don’t love puppies, you’re a monster.