David S. Collins
Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master
Right Worshipful Brother Collins was born in Colebrook, New Hampshire and attended local schools graduating from Colebrook Academy. David then continued his education and received a Degree in Business Management from Plymouth State University.
David has spent most of his adult life in the insurance business, following his father as the second generation of his family in insurance. David began his career starting a local insurance agency in Colebrook with his father and after the agency was on solid footing he moved to southern NH and worked for a large commercial insurance agency. David is presently employed by a national insurance agency distribution network as an agency development field specialist.
David has been active in his community serving as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and Fire Fighter with the Webster, NH Fire Dept. and the Penacook Rescue Squad. Presently he serves as on the Board of Trustees for Penacook Rescue. David helped to establish the Colebrook Area Historical Society of Colebrook, NH at the age of 21 and he still serves the organization to this day as its President.
David began his Masonic journey in Evening Star Lodge #37 in Colebrook, New Hampshire in January 1996 being one of the first candidates in Journeymen’s Lodge #1797 (a special Lodge for one year); passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft in February 1996, and was Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in May of 1996 in a special meeting held in the William Pitt Tavern in Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, NH; the home of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire. He was installed as Master of his Lodge in 2006 and again in 2007. In 2011 his Lodge bestowed upon him the Major General John Sullivan Distinguished Service Award in Bronze.
In Grand Lodge David was appointed as a District Education Officer in 2007 and 2008, District Deputy Grand Lecturer in 2009, and District Deputy Grand Master in 2010. In 2011 Brother Collins was appointed to the position of Junior Grand Deacon by Grand Master Paul M. Leary.
Brother Collins has been a member of the York Rite since 1997. He has served as High Priest of North Star Chapter #16 RAM, Thrice Illustrious Master of Evening Star Council #13 R&SM and as Eminent Commander of North Star St. Gerard Commandery #4. Brother Collins presently serves as a Grand officer in Grand Chapter, Grand Council, and Grand Commandery of New Hampshire. He was awarded the Knight Templar Cross of Honor by the Grand Commandery of NH in 2015 and the Distinguished Service Medal by the Grand Chapter of NH in 2016. Brother Collins is a member of the following Invitational and Honorary bodies of the York Rite: Granite State Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, John Harris Council #458 Allied Masonic Degrees, Palestine Tabernacle #XLI Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Profile York Rite College #100, Scenic Council #37- Knight Masons and NH Priory #58 Knight York Court of Honor. David is also a member of the New Hampshire College Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis.
Brother Collins has been a member of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Lancaster / Littleton since 1997. He has served as the Thrice Potent Master of the North Star Lodge of Perfection and Most Wise Master of the Littleton Chapter of Rose Croix. In November 2014 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Award for his work in the Valley. Brother Collins has been elected to receive the 33 Degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite – NMJ in Rochester, NY in August 2017.
Brother Collins is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. He received his Eastern Star Degrees in February 1997 in Eureka Chapter #2 of Colebrook; which has since merged with Mt. Eustis #37 of Littleton.
Brother Collins is a member of the Bektash Shrine. He was fezzed in 2005 and continues to be an active bugle player with the Bektash Shrine Drum & Bugle Corps.
David is happily married to wife Colleen. In his spare time David enjoys researching and documenting the local history of northern NH along with visiting local historical spots throughout the country.