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Mark Hartz

Mark Hartz

Mark Hartz of Severn, Maryland, is currently serving his first year as a member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children. He was elected Imperial Outer Guard, part of the 12-member body that helps govern the Shriners fraternity, during the Shriners’ 2018 Imperial Session – held in Daytona Beach, Florida, July 15 – July 19.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Hartz moved to Maryland in 2003 and began his Masonic and Shriners journey. He has served the people his entire professional life, including through having tenure in local, state and now federal service, where he is employed with the federal judiciary in Washington, D.C.

Hartz is a Past Master of Solomon’s Lodge #121 in Savage, Maryland. He is also the chair of the Savage-Glen Burnie Chapter of DeMolay advisory board and he received the DeMolay International Legion of Honor in 2015.

Hartz has served the Grand Lodge of Maryland for many years in numerous chairs. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Stephen J. Ponzillo Jr. Memorial Library and Museum at the Grand Lodge, and has served as a member of the Grand Lodge Committee on Youth, and chairman of the Grand Lodge leadership program.

Hartz is a Past Associate Bethel Guardian for Bethel #16 of Job’s Daughters and a member of the Freestate Shield and Square Club Degree Team. He is a member of the Scottish Rite in Baltimore, as well as Concordia Chapter #1 RAM, Concordia Chapter #1 R&SM, Maryland Commandery #1, and Freestate Council Allied Masonic Degrees (where he served as Sovereign Master in 2016) of the York Rite. He is a member of the Order of Quetzalcoatl Ches-A-Peake Teocalli #100, and Baltimore Court #82 of the Royal Order of Jesters.

Hartz’s affinity for Shriners International developed as a boy when two of his family members received care from Shriners Hospitals for Children. After being raised to the degree of Master Mason and completing his catechism, Hartz became a member of Boumi Shriners in 2006.

As a Shriner, Hartz is a member of Annapolis Shrine Club, Ambassadors, Amateur Radio Club, and Motor Corps where he served as treasurer. Hartz is also a member of several units and clubs at Boumi Shriners.

Hartz served as a member of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Buildings and Equipment committee’s subcommittee on Safety and Security, where he provided his professional expertise to benefit the Shriners Hospitals system.

Hartz has been a volunteer firefighter and EMT for more than 30 years, and continues to serve as the president of the Jessup Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors.

Hartz and his lady, Kathy, have been married since 2005, and they are both members of the Order of the Eastern Star Esther Chapter #47.

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