Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons in Virginia
Soaring to New Heights
Grand Chapter
Royal Arch Masons in Virginia
Grand Chapter
Royal Arch Masons in Virginia

500 Masonic Lane, Suite C, Henrico, Virginia 23223‑5552 500 Masonic Lane, Suite C
Henrico, Virginia 23223-5552

Most Excellent Floyd Byron Goodwin

First, I want to thank God for the many blessings He has given me. If not for God’s blessings and my wonderful, loving and supportive family, I dare say, none of this would happen. So, I offer my sincerest appreciation and thank you to Mom, Pop, Karen and Shannon for all you have done to help, guide, and direct me.

As your 2018-2019 Grand High Priest, I am very humbled and honored by the confidence and faith that has been given to me by the companions across this Commonwealth. It seems only a few years ago that I was elected to the bottom of the line (Grand Master of the First Veil). Since then, time seems to have changed gears and increased its velocity or in simple engineering terms – accelerated!

I have been fortunate to meet and learn from many great companions, past and present. Our Grand Chapter has had many inspiring and enthusiastic Grand High Priests, Companions and themes over the years. “Soaring To New Heights” is our theme for 2018-2019 Capitular year. I believe it will encourage us all to become better Royal Arch Masons and continue to strengthen our knowledge and character, while exhibiting and encouraging our Lodge Brethren to seek to discover the hidden treasure of more light in Masonry through the Royal Arch. It could even encourage increased support for Alzheimer’s Research.

Also, remember our most important foundation is God & our family; from them, we derive spiritual strength, exceptional character and values. Our masonic family is a mere building block of our traditional family, in which we can become more educated, strengthen our character, reinforce our values and increase our family base.

As we journey through the capitular year, “Soaring To New Heights”, I challenge all (myself included) to sharpen our ritualistic skills, to broaden our knowledge, to promote the Royal Arch in the Symbolic Lodges, to actively participate in raising funds to benefit Alzheimer’s Research and to enjoy yourself this entire year. Remember, we are traveling this road together, or should I say “Soaring To New Heights” together.

I look forward to seeing each of you during the year.

Our enthusiasm will assist with our ability to strive for excellence,
which is cultivated over time through smart work.


Born on October 18, 1958, the second of two children, to Mary Sue and Floyd Goodwin. My wonderful sister is Karen G. Bradley, who is married to Shannon Bradley, the greatest brother-in-law anybody could hope for. Attended elementary school at Kings Fork (the old K.F.) and Mt. Zion. Then on to John F. Kennedy High School, graduated in 1977 and then to Ferrum College (graduated in June 1979).

Graduated from NC State on May 16, 1981 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and started June 1, 1981 with Westinghouse Electric Corporation as a Field Service Engineer working on Power Generation Equipment at Utility Power Plants, Textile Mills, Paper Mills and Division Headquarters. In 2003, I retired early with more than 25 years’ experience and started my own business, Goodwin Technical Services, Inc. in March 2005 to the present.

Purchased a 160-acre farm in Whaleyville, Va. in 1985, which has produced crops of peanuts, corn, cotton, soybeans and tobacco. In 1987, I was fortunate enough to purchase a smaller farm in NC, which has produced some of the same crops as well, except for tobacco.

Lifelong member of Bethlehem Christian Church-a church where my great-great-grandparents were charter members; and, I have served on the usher board for many years.

Inducted into the Inaugural Class at North Carolina State University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Hall of Fame in 2013.

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