Email: Richard Shields
Brother Richard Shields was born in York, Pennsylvania and resides in Monroe, North Carolina. He is an Eagle Scout and is still active in Union District in Central North Carolina Council. He has received the Silver Beaver Award and the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Award for his service to the Boy Scouts.
Richard graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina in 1973 with a degree in Political Science and served as Student Government President his senior year. For eleven years he worked for the Boy Scouts as a district executive and on the staff of the BSA Supply Division in Charlotte. He is the author of the history of the Boy Scouts in the Charlotte Area. Since 1980 he has owned the Carolina Trader which sells Boy Scout Memorabilia. He also promotes a number of military collector shows in Raleigh and Atlanta.
He is married to Esther who teaches at East Union Middle School near Monroe and he has one stepson.
Richard was raised a Master Mason in Derita Lodge No. 715 in Charlotte in 1983 and demitted to Waxhaw Lodge No. 562 in Waxhaw in 1993 where he served as Master in 1998. Since 1999 he has served as Secretary. Richard is also a member of the Civil War Lodge of Masonic Research No. 1865 of the Grand Lodge of Virginia and is a member of the Charlotte Valley of the Scottish Rite. In 1994, he wrote and published Befriend and Relieve Every Brother, a book on how Freemasons assisted and saved the lives of other Masons on the battle field. In 2014 he completed and published May Brotherly Love Prevail, a collection of more battlefield stories, and the story of Freemasonry in World War II.
Freemasonry During Wartime: Stories of how Homes and Lives were saved on the Battlefield through Masonic Intervention