2017 Ziyara Shriners Divan



Wayne E. Towne II

Noble Wayne Edward Towne II was born on August 21, 1966 in Rome, New York. He considers himself a life long Roman although throughout his childhood and teen years he migrated south to Florida along with his parents, Wayne and Marie Towne and his two sisters.

Chief Rabban

Michael T. Dunn

Illustrious Dale R. Roberts announced the appointment of Noble Michael T. Dunn to the office of Outer Guard of Ziyara Temple, at Ziyara’s annual meeting held on January 21, 2012.

Noble Dunn was born on November 17, 1958 in Tampa, Florida but has lived in central New York his entire life.

Assistant Rabban

Kenneth R. Williams

Noble Ken was born in New Hartford, New York on November 28, 1966, the son of Richard and Linda Williams. He was educated at Mount Markham Schools, graduating 1984. In 1988, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from SUNY Institute of Technology, graduating with honors.

High Priest and Prophet

Steven W. Armstrong

Steven W. Armstrong was born July 24th 1966, at Wurtsmiths AFB, Oscota Michigan the second son, the 7th of 8 children to John and Sheila Armstrong. He traveled with his military family around the country until 1971 when his father retired at Griffiss AFB. He was educated in Rome City Schools, graduating from Rome Free Academy in 1984. In 1986 Steven graduated from MVCC with an Associated degree in Human Services. He worked as a restaurant manager with Carrol's Corp (Burger King) were he hired a beautiful young lady who would later become his wife.

Oriental Guide

Michael P. Kelly

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Norm Jeche

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Paul Towne

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Harry Dapre Jr.

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1st Ceremonial Master

Jim Nagy

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2nd Ceremonial Master

Ross V. Stoltz

Noble Ross V. Stoltz, born in Rome in 1982, the son of Jack and Ellen Stoltz. He was educated in Camden Central Schools, graduating in 2000. In 2004, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.


Michael R. Wolzmuth

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Captain of the Guard

John P. Smith

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Outer Guard

Robert J Verdon II

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Director Emeritus

William R. Williams Sr.

Noble William R. Williams, Sr. was appointed Director of Ziyara Temple by Potentate John S. Friedel at the recommendation of the Director’s Staff in 1987.g.

Recorder Emeritus

Philip M. Schaeffer

To those Nobles who are not acquainted with Ziyara’s Recorder Emeritus, we present Philip Schaeffer, who was elected on June 15, 1996, to succeed Illustrious Sir William H. Griffith in this important office.