Right Worshipful Brother W. Harry Guinn was born and raised in Joplin Missouri. Harry resides here with his wife of 66 years, Doris Jean. Harry and Doris raised two sons, William H. Guinn Jr. and John Robert Guinn. Brother Guinn attended Joplin Schools until enlisting in the Marine Corp in 1948. After returning home Harry became a firefighter retiring as Chief of the department after 42 years of service. Harry and Doris Jean are faithful members the Park Plaza Christian Church where they teach Bible studies.
In 1971 Right Worshipful Brother Guinn was Initiated, Passed and Raised to Master Mason in Fellowship Lodge #345. In four short years, he was elected Master of the Lodge then in 2004, Harry was elected Secretary of the Lodge serving in that position for several years. W.B. Guinn joined the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Joplin, in October of 1971.
Right Worshipful Brother Guinn received the Knight Commander Court of Honor distinction October 17, 1977 and was Coronated an Inspector General Honorary 33° November 30, 1985.
Illustrious Brother Guinn served the Valley of Joplin as Personal Representative from 2008 until 2012. Brother Guinn received his York Rite degrees in 1980, serving as High Priest of Joplin Chapter #91 in 2009 and Illustrious Master of Jasper Council #30. Harry served the years of 2008-2009 as Eminent Commander, Ascension Commandry #39. In 2010, Brother Guinn was conferred the Order of High Priest and Order of the Silver Trowel. Harry was also a member of the Past Commander’s Association and Knight York Cross of Honor. Right Worshipful Brother Guinn is a member of the Red Cross of Constantine, St Andrews Conclave. Harry was awarded the Legion of Honor Honorary with Joplin Chapter DeMolay.
It is with great honor Right Worshipful Brother Guinn will serve this fraternity in the capacity of Grand Chaplin.