Earl J. Hockenberry
Commander in Chief
Evan R. Watters
1st Lt. Commander
David E. Dodson, Jr.
2nd Lt. Commander
Benjamin P. Watters
Phillip J. Mentzer
Master of Ceremonies
Engineer & Seneschal
Jack H. Speece
Captain of the Guard
19°-32° Degree Summaries
Along the Oregon Trail in 1840, one pioneer lives up to his sacred obligation to care for his brother. Philosophy: A Mason’s word is good as gold anyplace in the world where a man’s word still counts for something. Core Values: Reverence for God & Integrity.
Benedict Arnold seeks pardon for his treason. Philosophy: Treason is a crime over which Masonry casts no mantle of charity. Core Values: Devotion to Country & Integrity.
Knights and Nobles come together to punish crime, reward virtue, protect the innocent, and provide aid to the needy. Philosophy: Freemasonry is not a shield for evildoing. Core Values: Justice.
A brother is introduced to wood cutters who test his willingness to put aside his rank and status. Philosophy: Honest work is honorable and noble in the sight of God and man. Core Values: Service.
Based on a true incident during World War II and the heroic actions of Four Chaplains. Philosophy: This degree teaches us that faith in God will find expression in love for our fellow man, even to the ultimate personal sacrifice. Core Values: Reverence for God, Toleration, Devotion to Country & Service.
A Native American petitions for membership in a colonial symbolic lodge. Philosophy: The importance of toleration, and Freemasonry is a universal brotherhood. Core Values: Toleration.
Industriousness is shown through the life of Brother Benjamin Franklin. Philosophy: The wages of a Mason are earned and paid in their dealing with one another. Core Values: Devotion to Country & Service.
Two officers, while on opposite sides of the Civil War, maintain their Masonic principles. Philosophy: Masonic unity and harmony transcend conflict. Core Values: Devotion to Country & Integrity.
An historic clash between Pope Honorius III and Emperor Frederick II. Philosophy: When tensions arise between church and state, one must be governed by his own conscience. Core Value: Toleration.
Masonry’s transformation from an operative guild to speculative moral fraternity. Philosophy: The working tools of the builders’ art are used to express unique qualities of moral instruction. Core Values: Integrity.
An incident in the long wars between Islam and Christianity in Europe is resolved by Masonic teachings and toleration. Philosophy: No one religion has a monopoly on truth. Core Value: Toleration.
A fourteenth century trial in the English civil court during the reign of Edward II is conducted. Philosophy: To be attentive, impartial, and equitable in judging others. Core Values: Justice.
While attending St. Andrew’s Lodge at the Green Dragon Tavern, Brothers Warren and Dawes come to the aid of an injured brother. Philosophy: The degree reinforces our call to service in the fraternity. Core Values: Integrity & Service.
The degree dramatically teaches us to choose between personal advancement and service to humanity. Philosophy: The degree represents the victory of the spiritual over the human in man. Core Values: Devotion to Country & Service.
Past Commander in Chiefs
2019 – 2021 David A. Blackner, 33°
2017 – 2019 A. Brady Appleman, 33° MSA
2015 – 2017 William W. Hellier, 33° MSA
2013 – 2015 John D. Kline II, 33°
2011 – 2013 Ryan H. Speece, 33°
2009 – 2011 Randy E. Smith, 33°
2007 – 2009 Vernon S. Gutshall, 33°
2005 – 2007 Stephen J. Rynkewitz, 33°
2003 – 2005 John G. Myers, 33°
2001 – 2003 Lloyd C. Sorge, 33°
1999 – 2001 Robert W. Bradley, 33°
1997 – 1999 William J. Harris, 33°
1995 – 1997 John R. Biddle, 33°
1993 – 1995 Arthur L. Rankin, 33°
1991 – 1993 Walter B. Stitzer, 33°
1989 – 1991 J. David Kline, 33°
1987 – 1989 Jack H. Speece, 33°, HGA
1985 – 1987 Richard D. Gunsallas, 33°
1983 – 1985 Ronald R. Yoder, 33°
1981 – 1983 Theodore R. Bolger, 33°
1979 – 1981 Howard H. Speece, 33°
1977 – 1979 Lester L. Keller, 32°
1975 – 1977 S. Blair Sponeybarger, 33°
1972 – 1975 Reno A. Lepley, 33°
1969 – 1972 Eugene F. Yoder, 33°
1966 – 1969 Ernest Dejaiffe, 33° MSA
1963 – 1966 Harry W. Gerlock, 33°
1960 – 1963 Harry F. Hostetler, 33°
1957 – 1960 Robert E. Dively, 33°
1953 – 1957 George E. Brehman, 33° MSA