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Tom Bartelt

Illustrious Grand Sentinel
Home 8166 S. U.S. 231 Huntingburg IN Cell Phone: (812) 661-0081


Tom was born on May 19, 1958 to Leroy and Carolyn Bartelt in Huntingburg, Indiana.  He has two sisters, Terri and Cathy.

He graduated from Southridge High School in 1976 and received an Associate’s Degree in Computer Programming Technology from Vincennes University.  He is currently employed as a Systems Administrator at CompuCom, Inc. in Louisville.  He also helps run the family farm in Huntingburg.

Tom received his Masonic degrees in Dubois Lodge #520, Huntingburg, IN, in 1985.  He has served as Master of his Lodge three times.  He joined the York Rite bodies in Huntingburg in 1986 and is a Past High Priest  of Slayton–Stephens Chapter #168, Past Illustrious Master of Homer McDaniel #108, and Past Commander of Wright Commandery #64.  He is a dual member of New Albany Chapter #39 and Indiana Council #1, where he currently is serving as the Principal Conductor of the Work.  He has also served the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons as an Arch Officer 1999-2004 and is currently serving as Illustrious Grand Sentinel.  He has also served the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons as Royal Arch Deputy in 2004-05 and Grand Master of the First Veil in 2005-06, and the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar as Deputy Battalion Commander in 1996-97 and Special Deputy to the Grand Commander in 1997-98.

Tom is a member of the following Masonic Affiliated Organizations:

  • Dubois Lodge #520, Past Master, former Secretary
  • Huntingburg York Rite bodies:  Past High Priest, Past Illustrious Master, Past Commander
  • New Albany Chapter #39, current Principal Sojourner
  • Indiana Council #1, current Principal Conductor of the Work
  • Scottish Rite, Valley of Evansville
  • Scottish Rite, Valley of George Rogers Clark (dual member), current Senior Warden of Gediliah Council, Princes of Jerusalem
  • Hadi Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S.
    • Hadi Hospital Staff
    • Dubois County Shrine Club, Past President
  • Evansville York Rite College, Past Governor, Award of Gold, OPC
  • Lincoln Heritage Council #334, Allied Masonic Degrees, Past Sovereign Master
  • St. Cyril Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, Past Sovereign
  • New Albany Yeomen Of York, Past Director General
  • Evansville Yeoman of York, dual member
  • Marvin Isley Priory, Knight York Cross of Honor
  • Huntingburg Chapter #108, Order of the Eastern Star (closed), Past Patron, former Grand Page
  • Birdseye Chapter #590, Order of the Eastern Star, member
  • Royal Order of Zanzibar
  • Swords of Bunker Hill


Tom has received the following honors

  • The Order of the Purple Cross, York Rite Sovereign College
  • Knight York Cross of Honor
  • Illustrious Master of the Year, Indiana Grand Council Cryptic Masons, 2002
  • Grand Lodge of Indiana, Master Ritualist

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