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David C. Hamm (Imperial Outer Guard)

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David C. Hamm, of Tyler, Texas, is serving his first year as a member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Children’s™. He was elected Imperial Outer Guard, part of the 12-member body that helps govern the Shriners fraternity, during the Shriners 2023 Imperial Session held July 2-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Fraternities and Philanthropy

  • Master Mason, Montgomery Lodge #94, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1981
  • Member, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Gulfport, Mississippi, 1981
  • Member, Starr Lodge #118, Winona, Texas, 2004
  • Worshipful Master, Starr Lodge #118, 2007-2008
  • Treasurer, Starr Lodge #118, 2014–2022
  • District Deputy Grand Master, 16th Masonic District of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, 2013
  • Member, Bahia Shriners, Orlando, Florida, 1981
  • Member, Sharon Shriners, Tyler, Texas, 2004
  • Colonel, Jeep Patrol, Sharon Shriners, 2007
  • Ceremonial Cast Director, 2009-2019
  • Drill Captain, Sharon Shriners, 2013–2014 and 2016–2017
  • Ritualistic Potentate, Ceremonial cast, 2011–2019
  • Potentate, Sharon Shriners, 2012
  • Treasurer, Sharon Shriners, 2014–2021
  • President, Texas Shrine Association, 2011-2012
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Texas Shrine Directors Association, 2013
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Texas Shrine Shotgun Sports Association, 2019–2020
  • Chairman, Sharon Shriners Hospital Benefit (Paper Day), 2008–2011
  • Deputy Director General of the 2021 Imperial Session
  • Imperial Chaplain, 2020-2021


  • Scarlet Oaks Joint Vocational School, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1976
  • Madeira High School, Madeira, Ohio, 1976

Professional and Personal

Hamm enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school. He served for 20 years and is a qualified Submariner. The highlight of his career was serving as the Chief of the Boat or "COB" onboard the USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709). He retired in 1997 as a Senior Chief Machinist Mate (SS) while serving as the Production Supervisor of the Outside Machine Shop. Hamm was awarded three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, five Good Conduct Medals and various service and campaign awards. He is currently employed as the safety and compliance officer for Mitchell Welding Supply in Tyler, Texas.

Hamm is a second-generation Mason and Shriner, following in the footsteps of his father, Denver Hamm. Hamm has been married to his wife, Charlene, for 45 years. Charlene's father, Harold West, was also a Mason. The couple have a daughter, Kerri, who is married to Scott, and a son, Joshua, a Mason and Shriner who is married to Mariah. They have four grandchildren, Makaylah, Hailea, Mykaela and Denver, and a great-grandchild, Caroline.

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