Ronald A. Aungst, Sr. - 116th Right Worshipful Grand Master
Bro. Ron returned to the Jersey Shore Area School District where he was employed for 35 years, serving first as a technical education instructor and then rising to the position of principal in three of the four elementary schools in the district. He implemented numerous innovative and progressive programs during his career, such as the district's full-day kindergarten and visual communication programs, the high school's Environthon Team and its national award-winning yearbook. He utilized the skills he gained as a champion high school wrestler to motivate student athletes for 10 years - eight at the high school as an assistant to his former wrestling coach, and concluding his coaching career when the high school team won the PIAA - AAA Team Championship in 1980 with two individual state champions. He retired at the end of this past June to focus on his role as Grand Master.
Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., was born in Jersey Shore, Pa., on Nov. 30, 1949, to the late Luther R. Aungst, Sr., and Dorothy K. Aungst-Carothers. He has two brothers: Tom, of Ephrata, Pa., and the late Luther Aungst Jr., with whom he received his first degrees in the Craft.
A graduate of California State College, California, Pa., with a bachelor's degree in Education, Bro. Ron continued his studies there and later at Penn State toward completing his master's in administration, as well as his Secondary Principal Certification, Elementary Principal Certification and Administration Certification.
LaBelle Vallee Lodge No. 232
Worshipful Master 1986
Masonic Temple Association President 1988 - 1994
Substitute Representative in Grand Lodge 1996 - 1997
Stewards Committee Chairman 1995 - 1998
18th Masonic District
Solomon II District Chairman 1988 - 1989
Masonic Education District Chairman 1993
Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
District Deputy Grand Master (District 18) 1998 - 1999
Aide to the Grand Master 1997
Regional 6 Masonic Education Chairman 1994 - 1997
District Chairman of Masonic Education 1993
Other Masonic Affiliated Bodies
Valley of Williamsport Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite
Lycoming Royal Arch Chapter No. 222
Baldwin Commandery No. 22
Adniram Council No. 26
Susquehanna Council No. 244 Allied Masonic Degrees
Red Cross of Constantine, Williamsport Conclave
Northeast York Rite College No. 102
Zafar Grotto Club
Excelsior Mark Lodge No. 216
LuLu and Irem Shriner
Pennsylvania Lodge of Research
Charter member of Pacific Rim Lodge No. 12,
Legion of Honor
York Rite Purple Cross (2006 - Arkansas)
As a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Jersey Shore, Bro. Ron has served as Chairman of the Finance Committee, Trustee, member of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee and the church choir, and assisted in other fundraising activities. He also assisted in the Major Contributors Building Fund Committee for a substantial building expansion for the church.
Active in his community, Bro. Ron was recently honored with the 2004 Community Leadership Award from the Susquehanna Council of Boy Scouts and was recognized for his accomplishments as a co-chairman of the local United Way for the Lycoming County Educators. He has been a Supervisor
in his township where he served as Zoning Officer, Chairman of the Board, Roadmaster and as Township Secretary/Treasurer. Additionally, he has been on the community's recreation board, coached the area Little League team and co-chaired the implementation of a recycling center for the Pine Creek Valley. Recently, Bro. Ron was elected to the Board of Directors of the Pinnacle Condominium Association.