2019-20 Grand Master

 

James Coleman

I was born in Flint, Michigan, to Edward and Barbra Coleman on July 8, 1963.  I attended Flint Community Schools and graduated from Flint Central High School, as did my two younger brothers, Steven and Jeffery.  After high school, I attended Lincoln Technical School, studying auto repair. In 1984, I met my wife Audrey Herriman, and we were married in October of 1986.  In 1989 we took over my family’s business, Colberg’s Radiator, which has been in business since 1937 and was passed down from my grandfather to my father, then from my father to me. 

In 1990, we were blessed with the first of our two sons, Vernon Edward.  Two years later, our second son, Timothy James, came into our lives, adding another blessing.  When Vernon was in 2nd grade, he wanted to join the Cub Scouts at Potter School, but there were no leaders to take on the role.  I offered to take over until another adult came in. I stayed in the role of Cub Scout Master until two years after my youngest son, Tim, crossed over into the Boy Scouts.  Both of our sons went on to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Scout Organization. They both also became members of Vernor Lodge #400 when they turned 18.  We have a beautiful grandson, Braden, who is now five and has started kindergarten.

I joined the Oddfellow Organization in 2004.  Progressing to Noble Grand of the Vernor Lodge #400 in 2008.  After my year as the Noble Grand, I became the lodge treasurer.  In 2009, I became a member of the Tall Oaks Camp board, and in 2018, I joined the Ardell Rebecca Lodge #214.