David A. Blackner
Commander in Chief
Alvin E. Just
1st Lt. Commander
Earl J. Hockenberry
2nd Lt. Commander
Evan R. Watters
Randolph J. Thompson
Joshua M. Kline
Master of Ceremonies
David E. Dodson, Jr.
Engineer & Seneschal
Lawrence J. Bilotto
K. Dwayne Kaufman
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
2017 – 2019 A. Brady Appleman, 33° MSA
2015 – 2019 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