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Brother Keith T. Cleare

Bro. Keith T. Cleare personifies the true essence and spirit of fraternalism and service. Bro. Keith T. Cleare has been a member of the Elks for more than forty five (45) years. He was born and raised in the inner city of New Providence a community that was an integral part of the Elks historic development. He joined Curfew Junior Herd No. 273 and the Arthur A. Perpall Youth Club in 1972.

He rose through the ranks of Elkdom over the years and was the first Exalted Ruler of Freedom Lodge No. 1749 at Hatchet Bay Eleuthera, where he served with distinction from 1989 to 1992.  
Bro. Cleare is a member in good standing of Reuben G. Knowles Lodge No. 1760  and has conducted training seminar for officers, new member orientation, leadership and historical workshops. He serves as Chairman of the Membership Committee, Director of Special Programs, former Esteemed Leading Knight and has been a beacon of leadership and fraternalism to the Lodge and the wider Bahamas State Association.  He has served the Bahamas State Association in many capacities of the years. He is a former State Historian, Assistant Director of Education, Civil Liberties, and Special Deputy at Large for New Providence. He also held the rank of Major in the Eleuthera Company, Antlered Guard Department. In addition, Bro. Cleare served  as Vice Chief Antler of the Ivan E. Wallace Past Exalted Ruler’s Council No. 108 and the Acting Esteemed President of the George W. Bullard Past State President‘s Council. In 1990 he joined the Past Active Exalted Rulers Council and was also was elevated to the degree of Past Exalted Ruler. During the State Convention of 1992 he was received as a member of the Past State President Council.

Bro. Keith T. Cleare is one of our success stories and a product of the Elk Youth training and development. He was nominated to receive the honors of Past Grand Exalted Ruler on May 1st, 2012 during a regular meeting of the Reuben G. Knowles Lodge No.1670. During the Grand Lodge Session of 2013 held in New Orleans, La.  the Past Grand Exalted Rulers convened on August 4th, 2013 and bestowed upon him the Royal Degree of PAST GRAND EXALTED RULER the highest honor for brothers of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World.  Bro. Cleare is a lifelong learner and former educator. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Biological Science from Florida Memorial College, a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, a Texas State Teacher Certification and an array of certifications in Healthcare Management, Labour Relations, Human Resources, Training and Development.