Grand Master's Biography
Most Worshipful Brother Eric R. Schau (aka Rick) was born in Marietta, Ohio on February 2, 1947 to the late Betty Jean (Abicht) and Lester B. Schau. He lived in Marietta until age 9 when his family moved to Elyria.  He graduated from Elyria High School in 1965.  He worked at Ford Motor Company until joining the Navy in June of 1966.  Rick married Linda Gayle Alley on April 5, 1969.   He received his BA from Columbia College in 1976 and a Master of Education from Cleveland State University in 1983.  Rick completed a 36 year career in education in 2014 having served as Director with Vanguard-Sentinel Career Centers.  He proudly served in the Navy and Naval Reserve having completed 20 years of service.  Linda is a homemaker, having raised their two daughters, Lisa (Judd) Patterson and Amy (Jim) Kelly.  They are blessed with five grandchildren: Alexandra (Dylan) Baker, Jackson, Molly, Mitchell and Avery.  Linda and Rick are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Elyria.  They enjoy traveling, playing golf and spending time with their family and friends.  Rick and Linda currently make their home in Wakeman.

Most Worshipful Brother Schau is a member of Elyria Lodge No. 787 in the 22nd District and Gibson Lodge No. 301 in the 16th District, serving Elyria Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1982, 1994 & 1995 and also was Treasurer, Trustee and a member and president of the Temple Board Committee.  He is an Honorary Member of Columbus Lodge No. 30, Mid-Century Lodge No. 725, Stonington Lodge No. 503, Wellington Lodge No. 127, Pleasant Valley No. 531 and The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio. 

Most Worshipful Brother Schau is a Thirty-Third Degree Mason of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Cleveland, having been coroneted in 2006 and a plural member of the Valley of The Firelands serving as Commander-in-Chief, of Lake Erie Consistory from 2004-2006.  He has served as President of the Lorain County Scottish Rite Society and as a member of the Valley of Cleveland Children's Learning Center Board of Governors since its inception serving as Chairman for four years.  He was recently awarded Emeritus by the Learning Center Board. Rick also currently serves as the 1st Vice President of the Cleveland Masonic Library and Museum Board.

He is a member of Marshal Chapter No. 47 Royal Arch Masons, Elyria Council No. 86 Royal & Select Masons, Elyria Commandery No. 60, Al Koran Shrine, ROJ Court 14, El Rey Grotto, and National Sojourners Chapter No. 23.  He and Linda are members of Stone City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.  Rick is a Past Sovereign Master of North Central Council No. 223 Allied Masonic Degrees, Knight Companion of St. Benedict Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine, Ohio College of the SRICF and is a recipient of the Honorary Legion of Honor, Order of DeMolay.

Rick is a life member of VFW, Post 1079 in Elyria and AMVETS, Post 22 in Vermilion.  He is also a member of The American Legion, Post 11 in Elyria, and The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 4354 in Wakeman.

Most Worshipful Brother Schau has served the Grand Lodge of Ohio as District Education Officer, a District Deputy Grand Master and Chairman of the Grand Lodge Committee for Education and Information.  He was appointed Junior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Ohio by MWB Bradford A. Goebel for the 2010-2011 Masonic year.   He was subsequently appointed as Senior Grand Deacon, Grand Marshal, Grand Orator and was elected Junior Grand Warden in Cincinnati in 2014, Senior Grand Warden in Columbus in 2015, Deputy Grand Master in Sandusky in 2016 and he was elected to serve the Brethren of the Great State of Ohio as Grand Master, being Installed in Dayton on October 21, 2017.