Synopsis: Is civility dead? M:.W:. Russ Charvonia shares why we seem to be losing our sense of it… and how we can get it back… and why we need it to solve the big problems of the world, particularly in the shadow of a global pandemic.
About the Speaker: Most Worshipful Russ Charvonia was raised in Phoenix Arizona, and moved to California in 1987. He was raised a Master Mason in 1992 in San Buenaventura Lodge No. 214 (now Channel Islands Lodge No. 214) in Ventura and served as Master in 1996. He served his lodge as Treasurer for eight years and in 2002 he was presented with the Hiram Award.
His service to California Freemasonry began in 1995 with his appointment to the Grand Lodge Committee on Finance, during which he served seven terms, including two as chairman. He served 13 terms on the Committee on Investments, including seven as chairman. He also served on the Audit Committee and the special Committee of Twenty. In 2006 he was appointed director of the Nob Hill Masonic Center Inc., and served as president of that board. He was also a member of the boards of the California Masonic Foundation, Masonic Homes of California and Acacia Creek.
Russ served as Grand Orator in 2009 under Most Worshipful Larry Adamson and served two terms as Inspector-at-Large for Division V. He served as Grand Master of Masons for the Sate of California in 2015.
He is a 33° Inspector General Honorary of the Valley of Ventura Scottish Rite Bodies. He is a member of the Ventura Chapter No. 50 Royal Arch Masons and Ventura Council No. 15 Cryptic Masons and the Al Malaikah Shriners in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Lodge of the Holy Land, No. 50 in Israel, Kona Lodge in Hawaii, Tanana Lodge No. 3 in Fairbanks, Alaska and Internet Lodge No. 9659. He received the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor in August 2012 and is a Certified Adult Volunteer for all three Masonic Youth Orders, DeMolay, Job’s Daughters and Rainbow for Girls.
Russ has been in the financial services industry since 1980. He is a founding partner and owner of Channel Islands Financial Group in Ventura, providing financial planning and investment services. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Ventura College of Law in 2003 and was admitted to the California Bar in 2004. He is a founding partner of Channel Islands Law Group, specializing in estate planning, including the drafting of wills and trusts along with charitable and wealth planning.
Russ is active in his community, and has spent many years volunteering his professional services with non-profit organizations, particularly those focused on protecting senior citizens from financial abuse. Russ is a member of Temple Beth Torah in Ventura where he served a two-year term as president of the Board of Directors. He serves as advisory board member for the Rubicon Theatre and V was a Director on the Board of The Midnight Mission. He also volunteers for Channel Islands Restoration where he is helping to restore Anacapa Island back to its native condition.
Russ lives in Ventura with his wife of 22 years, Linda, who is a Past Honored Queen and recipient of the Degree of Royal Purple in Bethel 89, Ventura. He has a daughter, Alissa; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Kendall; and grandsons, Tanner and Hudson. His father-in-law, Most Worshipful Harry L. Maynard, served as the 117th Grand Master of Masons of California and Hawaii in 1982-83.