Lodge Secretary, Dr. James Maertens was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason at Lake Harriet Lodge in June 2007 and appointed Lodge Education Officer in January 2008, in which role he served until 2011. He is a 32° Scottish Rite Master of the Royal Secret, having taken the full degree cycle of the Scottish Rite in Fall 2007 at Minneapolis Valley's Temple. He is also a Noble of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and member of the Zuhrah Shrine unit "The Chairmen."
Born in Minneapolis in 1960, Bro. Maertens has lived in Minnesota all his life except for a couple of short sojourns abroad. In 1983-84 he lived and studied in England as an undergraduate. In 1985, he received his baccalaureate degree summa cum laude at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He received his Master of Arts (1990) and Ph.D. (1993) in English language and literature at the University of Minnesota.
Bro. Maertens has been a teacher of English and Humanties for many years, but presently works as a writer and wood carver. He has published numerous articles and papers on a variety of philosophic and literary subjects. Currently he is writing a series of young adult adventure novels involving druids and a magical Yorkshire, the first of which is titled "House of Glass" and available on Amazon.com. Bro. James lives with his wife and daughter in Minneapolis and enjoys book collecting, reading, drawing, architecture, travel, hiking, gardening, yoga, films, theater, opera, concerts, models, wand carving,and peculiar hats.
James is also very proud and honored to have been named Grand Lodge of Minnesota Representative to the Grand Orient of the Netherlands and to the Regular Grand Lodge of Belgium for 2008. He expects in the future to travel to both of those bodies and to visit our brothers in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Though now serving as secretary of the lodge, Bro. Maertens continues to take an avid interest in Masonic education and the development of the Lake Harriet Lodge library, which is extensive.