Peter John Samiec (b. 1947)
Sovereign Grand Commander, 2021-Present
Ill. Brother Samiec was raised a Master Mason at St. Patrick’s Lodge No. 4 in Johnstown, New York in 1982, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1991, the year of the lodge’s 225th anniversary. He affiliated with Gloversville Lodge No. 429 in 1985, serving as Master for two terms. He is also a member of Amsterdam Lodge No. 84 and Kosciuszko Lodge #1085.
On November 6, 1982, he was created a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret in Sigma Consistory, Valley of Schenectady, New York, where he served as Commander-in-Chief for Sigma Consistory from 1995-1997. In 1991, he received the Meritorious Service Award at the NYS Council of Deliberation. He has served on numerous Valley committees and was Deputy for New York from 2008-13.
Ill. Brother Samiec was coroneted a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33° Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 29, 1998. He was crowned an Active Member of Supreme Council in 2003. He has served as Grand Lieutenant Commander under both Commander John William McNaughton and Commander David A. Glattly. He has served as the Grand Almoner since 2015. Ill. Brother Samiec was installed as Sovereign Grand Commander in Cleveland on August 31, 2021.
In addition to Ill. Brother Samiec’s active service to the Scottish Rite, NMJ and Supreme Council, he is a member of York Rite, as well as several Masonic Lodges of Research.
Illustrious Bro. Peter J. Samiec, 33°, was born and raised in the great state of New York. He was educated in the Batavia City School System and graduated with a Regents Diploma. He then went on to the State University College at Buffalo, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He also holds a master’s degree in Educational Philosophy and Clinical Educational Supervision from the State University College at Oneonta, New York.
Ill. Brother Samiec and his lovely wife, Gail P. Randall, have been married for 53 years and they are the proud parents of Dr. Carrie B. Samiec and also have a grandson, Nathan.
Brother Samiec, 33°, served as a technology education instructor at the Gloversville Enlarged School System in Gloversville, New York. He served as part of the middle school technology team for 22 years, where he developed a program that integrated the teaching of reading into the technology curriculum, providing reinforcement of reading skills in a nontraditional environment.
In 1990, Ill. Brother Samiec was transferred to the high school level, teaching technical mathematics and automotive technology. He was appointed department chair in 1991, serving in that capacity until his retirement in June of 2001. He was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2001 by the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Technology Teachers Association and New York State Technology Educators Association. He also served as an adjunct professor in the Communications Technology Department at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
After his retirement, Ill. Bro. Samiec devoted his time to the operation of his business, Subcontracting Services Co., specializing in installing and servicing residential electrical, lighting, and communications systems.
He enjoys 1960s-era automotive technology, collecting diecast auto replicas, landscape and wildlife photography, and Buffalo Bills football.