2024 Grand Warden Election Results

By Robert Huke |

At the December 13, 2023 Grand Lodge Quarterly Communication, the Masters, Wardens, and Members of Grand Lodge elected R.W. William E. Yanakakis (John T. Heard Lodge, Ipswich) and R.W. Christopher A. Tonini (Wisdom Lodge, West Stockbridge) as Senior and Junior Grand Warden, respectively.

William E. Yanakakis, 2024 Senior Grand Warden

Brother Yanakakis was raised to the degree of Master Mason on September 3, 2003. He served as John T. Heard Lodge’s Worshipful Master in 2010. He was also Master of Budleigh Lodge (Beverly) in 2014 and 2016. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the 10th Masonic District for 2012-2013. In 2014, he was elected to the Grand Lodge Board of Directors to fill the remainder of a vacated three-year term. Brother Yanakakis was elected to serve a full term on the Board of Directors between 2017 and 2019, and re-elected for a second term for 2020-2022. He has belonged to the Grand Lodge Membership Committee since 2008, serving as Chair between 2014 and 2022. He also served on the Grand Lodge Receivership Committee from 2012-2018. Brother Yanakakis received the Joseph Warren Medal for Distinguished Service in 2011.

Christopher A. Tonini, 2024 Junior Grand Warden

Brother Tonini was made a Mason on May 11, 1995. He served as Master of Wisdom Lodge in 2001, 2010-2011, and 2016. M.W. Donald G. Hicks Jr, Grand Master, appointed him Grand Steward in 2004, his first Grand Lodge position. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 31st Masonic District from 2017 through 2019. He has belonged to the  Membership Committee since 2019, serving as Chair of the Golden Gavel Committee in 2022, and the current Chair of the Affinity Club subcommittee. Bro. Tonini is in the second year of a three-year term as Memorial Ambassador for the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA. He was presented the Joseph Warren Medal for Distinguished Service in 2020. Exactly 40 years apart, Brother Tonini will be following in the footsteps of his father, R.W. Lawrence D. Tonini, who was installed as Junior Grand Warden in 1983.

The Grand Wardens, as well as the rest of the 2024 Grand Lodge Officers, will be installed on December 27, 2023 at