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Jeffrey L. Sowder

Jeffrey L. Sowder

Jeffrey L. Sowder of Toronto, Kansas, is serving his 12th year as a member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children. He was named Junior Past Imperial Potentate, which affords him a seat  on the Shriners Hospitals for Children Board of Trustees, in Tampa, Florida, on July 11, 2020. He served as Imperial Potentate in 2019–2020.

Fraternities and Philanthropy

  • Master Mason, Toronto Woodson Lodge #121, 1975
  • Worshipful Master, Toronto Woodson Lodge #121, 1981, 1983, 1991, 1992
  • Grand Junior Warden, 1994
  • Grand Master of Kansas, 1997
  • District Deputy Grand Master, Area Deputy Grand Master, Chairman of the Grand Lodge Membership Committee, and other Grand Lodge appointments
  • Appointive Grand Officer, three times
  • Member, Board of the Kansas Masonic Foundation, 25 years
  • President, Board of the Kansas Masonic Foundation, 2004–2011
  • Personal representative, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Wichita, 2006–2009
  • Midian Shriners, Wichita, Kansas, 1988
  • Potentate, Midian Shriners, 2004
  • Member, Imperial committees including Pilot Implementation Team, Executive Membership Committee, and the Building and Equipment, East/West Shrine Game, Strategic Planning, Donor Relations and  TRAC Committees and Ritual and Leadership Training and Education Seminars
  • Presenter, Imperial Membership, Oriental Guide and Assistant Rabban seminars

Professional and Personal

Sowder was born and raised on a ranch in Kansas. He operates four agricultural-related corporations — a 1,000-head cow/calf operation, a retail feed business serving ranchers throughout the Flint Hills of Kansas, a wholesale cattle mineral business with distribution in four states, and a multifaceted agricultural wholesale/retail business in Wichita.

Sowder and his wife, Cheryl, have been married for 46 years and have two daughters, Stephanie and Lindsay. Stephanie and her husband, Jamie Nelson, live near Toronto, Kansas, with their children, Corinne, Sutton and Reid. Lindsay is married to John Hill, and they live in Fort Scott, Kansas, with their sons, JJ and Hudson.