2017-2018 Grand Lodge Officers
Most Worshipful Grand Master
M.W.B. W. Myles McMillan was born January 1952 in Corvallis, Ore. to a family of five, where he was raised with three older sisters. The family moved to Southern California in 1956, but returned to Salem, Ore. where he resided until moving to Detroit, Ore. in spring 1965. At 17, Myles worked for a local logging and road building company where he drove a dump truck, the occasional log truck, dynamited stumps, ran the log skidder, and set chokers behind the Cat.
Myles attended the brand new Chemeketa Community College, but then transferred to Oregon State University after his first term. After graduation, Myles returned to wood products but now in a startup sawmill. Still under construction, he worked his way through the jobs, from pond monkey to superintendent. After 19 years in wood products production, he left the security of wood products to start their own business.
About the age of 15, Myles met his wife, Sue, and they continued to date while in school. Myles graduated in 1970 and continued to work in the woods during the summers. In July 1972, Myles was involved in a logging accident while operating a yarder. At that time, Sue figured she better get serious with this guy before she lost him, so in September 1972, they were married. After 16 years in the hardware and equipment rental business for both Myles and Sue, and Sue’s 19 years in the floral business, they retired. Together, they have a successful family of two daughters and three grandchildren.
Myles was active in the Stayton-Sublimity Chamber of Commerce where he was president. He spent many years with the Aumsville Volunteer Fire Department, until firemen were not allowed to have facial hair due to the sealing requirements of air masks.
Now, Myles is a member of Pearl Lodge No. 66, having served as Worshipful Master in 2005 and 2010; Victoria No. 76, Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Patron three times; and Salem York Rite bodies where he served the chairs through High Priest, Illustrious Master and Commander. He is a member of the Scottish Rite Salem Valley, Al Kader Shrine and Santiam Shrine Club, as well as a few other Masonic organizations.
And still after all these years, “There’s nothing better than a walk in the woods.” – M.W.B. W. Myles McMillan