Do Nice Guys Really Finish Last? 

Masonry and the True Meaning of Being a Man

Watch our new video Nice Guys, and take part in an interactive Livestream discussion on how Masonry informs our identity as men in society. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm EDT
Free. Online. Open to all Freemasons.

Watch our new video Nice Guys that explores what it means to be first, and how Freemasonry helps us inform our masculine identity in society.

Then join an interactive discussion about what it means for us, as men and as Freemasons, to "be first."

Register here

Is being a “nice guy” a complement or a curse? Our culture is full of examples of less-than-nice guys rising to the top and succeeding. Or do they? What does it really mean for a man to “be first”?

  • How do you define being first?
  • What does it means to win?
  • What is true strength?
  • How does Freemasonry’s values, tenets, and teachings help a man define that for himself?


George T. Taylor, IV, 32°, Moderator, Director of Membership

Many NMJ members know Brother Taylor as he travels far and wide throughout the jurisdiction meeting members and working on areas of growth, retention, and service. Bro. Taylor is a fourth generation Master Mason. His role within the Supreme Council is informed by the positive impact he has seen Freemasonry have on members, families, and the community. He continues to traveling the country on behalf of the NMJ building relationships in the Scottish Rite Valleys.

Bro Taylor was raised in St. John's Lodge #2, New Castle, Delaware. He is a Senior DeMolay from Delaware where he is a member of Newport Chapter and a founding member of Wilmington Chapter. He was a Jurisdictional Officer, received his Chevalier Degree, PMC-MSA, and Blue Honor Key during his time as an active member. He received the degrees of the Scottish Rite in 2017, and is a member of the Valley of Wilmington.

Ill. Douglas N. Kaylor, 33°, Deputy for Ohio

Ill. Brother Doug Kaylor comes from a long line of Freemasons, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He was raised in Alpha Lodge, No. 729, on June 2, 1987. He served as Worshipful Master in 1996. He later served three years as a District Education Officer and two years as District Deputy Grand Master. In 2009, he was appointed Junior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Ohio by Most Worshipful Brother Terry W. Posey. He progressed through the line until elected Grand Master in 2016.

Ill. Brother Kaylor joined the Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton in 1988 and served the Valley in various offices including Thrice Potent Master of Gabriel Lodge of Perfection. He also served for many years on the board of governors of the Dayton Children’s Dyslexia Center. In August 2007 he was coroneted a 33° and in 2010, he was crowned an Active Member of the Supreme Council, and elected to the board of the Scottish Rite Museum and Library in Lexington, Mass. In 2014, he was elected Deputy of the Supreme Council for Ohio, and as such, is Commander-in-Chief of the Ohio Council of Deliberation.

Brother Kaylor is a member of Victory Chapter, R.A.M, Adoniram Council, R. & S.M., and Reed Commandery, K.T. He belongs to Antioch Shrine and is a member of its Past Master’s Club and the Arabic Club. He is a member of Belmont Chapter, O.E.S. He is a past sovereign master of Thomas Smith Webb Council, Allied Masonic Degrees. He is a member of Holy Grail Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. He is also a member of the Royal Order of Scotland as well as Irish Council, Knight Masons, USA. He is an honorary member of the Cleveland Chapter of National Sojourners, and he has received the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor. He is an honorary member of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio. Always interested in learning, he is a member of the Ohio Lodge of Research, QCCC Correspondence Circle, and the Philalethes Society. He also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

A library administrator by profession, Ill. Brother. Kaylor enjoyed a successful career in higher education. He served in various positions in the libraries at Wright State University and then spent eleven years as library director at Sinclair Community College. During his career, he chaired various national, state, and local library and professional society programs and projects. He is now the Program Coordinator for the Grand Lodge of Ohio.

Ill. William “Sandy” Karstens, 33°, Valley of Burlington

Ill. Brother Karstens was raised a Master Mason in Washington Lodge #3 in Williston, VT in 2004, and served as Master from 2008-2011. He currently serves as the Grand Lecturer for the Grand Lodge of Vermont. Sandy joined the Scottish Rite, Valley of Burlington, and received his 32° in April of 2004. He was coroneted with the 33° degree in 2010 in Philadelphia, PA, and has served as a Deputy’s Representative. He is presently the Membership Chair for Vermont Council of Deliberation.

In his professional life, Ill. Brother Karstens is a full professor in the Department of Physics at Saint Michael’s College, and served two terms as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics.

Wayne Spooner, 32°, Valley of Chicago

Right Worshipful Brother Wayne Spooner has been a Master Mason for more than 25 years and is a Past Master of Hesperia Lodge No. 411 in Chicago, IL. He is the Grand Lodge of Illinois Grand Chaplain and Membership Committee Chairman. Within Scottish Rite Freemasonry, Brother Spooner is the Illinois Council of Deliberation Membership Committee Chairman, and an officer of the Chicago Council, Princes of Jerusalem in the Valley of Chicago.

Professionally, Brother Spooner is a retired insurance industry executive who is actively following his passion to help people and organizations achieve success as the Founder and Managing Director of Enlightened Research, Training and Consulting, LLC. He is a highly-regarded trainer, coach, consultant and inspirational speaker.

You asked for more. More Masonic education. More ways to go deeper into the degrees and teachings.

As part of The Path Forward focus on membership service, 32° Scottish Rite Freemasonry, NMJ has launched live, interactive Masonic education programming.

Led by seasoned Masonic educators and mentors, these events explore the impact of being a Mason and the value it adds to daily life as well as how we can share the experience with other men looking to improve themselves.

Reserve your spot today. This online event is free and open to all Freemasons in good standing.