Volume LIXJanuary 2012Number 1

R. W. Grand Lodge Officers

Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master

Robert J. Bateman
and his wife, Joanne

Bro. Robert J. Bateman is a Past Master of Springfield-Hanby Lodge No. 767 and served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 36th Masonic District. He also has served as District Masonic Education Chairman, Representative in Grand Lodge and as an instructor in the School of Instruction.

He is a member of Howell Royal Arch Chapter No. 202; Allen Council Royal and Select Master Masons No. 23; Allen-Beauceant Commandery No. 20, Valley of Philadelphia; Excelsior Mark Lodge No. 216; Constantine Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine; J.M. Alter Council No. 446, Allied Masonic Degrees; Pennsylvania Lodge of Research; Lu Lu Shriners; and the Delaware County Shrine Club. He is a Past Most Wise Master and an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33°. He is also a member of the Masonic Veterans of Pennsylvania, Masonic Blood Donor Club, Pennsylvania Masonic Shield and Square Club, the International Masonic Literary Academy, Royal Order of Scotland and Academy of Masonic Knowledge. He was awarded the DeMolay Legion of Honor.

Bro. Bateman served in the U.S. Active Army Reserves. He retired from the Upper Darby School District after 35 years, last serving as Coordinator for Custodial Services.

Bro. Bateman became a volunteer firefighter at age 16 and is a life member of Upper Darby Fire Company Station 3. He is a member of American Legion Post 214 and the Chapel of the Four Chaplains. He coached both Youth Flag Football and Little League Baseball, and was Treasurer and later President of the Transport Workers Union Local 289 AFL/CIO.

Bro. Bateman and his wife, Joanne, live in Upper Darby, Pa. They have three children and four granddaughters. He is a member of Covenant United Methodist Church, where he serves as a consultant for custodial needs and chemical safety and as a member of the Life Center Feeding Program Team to serve the hungry.


Right Worshipful Senior Grand Warden

Raymond T. Dietz
and his wife, Lynn

Bro. Raymond T. Dietz is a Past Master of Avalon Lodge No. 657. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 55th Masonic District, 2004-2009, and on the Grand Lodge Committee on Finance since 2005.

A member of the Valley of Pittsburgh, Bro. Dietz is an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33°. He served as Director of the valley's Children's Dyslexia Center and is a member of Hiram's Scottish Riders. He also is a member of Zerubbabel-Duquesne Royal Arch Chapter No. 162; Mt. Moriah Council No. 2; Pittsburgh Commandery No. 1; Syria Shrine; Naco Caravan No. 19; Royal Order of Jesters, Court No. 2; and Islam Grotto. He is a charter member of the Sewickley High Twelve Club and a member of Masonic Veterans of Western PA. He was awarded the DeMolay Legion of Honor in 2011.

A lifelong resident of Allegheny County, Bro. Dietz graduated from North Hills Senior High School in 1970 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University, majoring in accounting. Bro. Dietz founded Allstate Financial, Pittsburgh, in 1989, and serves as President. He was previously employed by Bell Federal Savings and Loan for 18 years in various capacities including Senior Vice President.

He has served on the Finance Committee for Northmont Presbyterian Church; as director on the foundation board for Allegheny General Hospital, Suburban Campus; and Director, Treasurer and House Chairman for Shannopin Country Club. He is Director of Newport Condominium Association, Bahamas.

Bro. Dietz has been married for 30 years to the former Lynn Boucher and is the father of two daughters, Jennifer Kelley and Jessica Dietz.


Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden

S. Eugene Herritt
and his wife, Sally

Bro. S. Eugene Herritt will be presented as R. W. Junior Grand Warden to his lodge on Jan. 30, 2012, in Shippensburg. He is a Past Master of Cumberland Valley Lodge No. 315 and served as District Deputy Grand Master for District 3, 2006-2011; as a member of the Committee on Academy of Masonic Knowledge, 2007-2011; as a Representative in Grand Lodge, 1980-2005; and is a Past Lodge Chairman for the Masonic Culture Committee. Bro. Herritt is a member of George Washington Royal Arch Chapter No. 176, George Washington Council No. 66 and Continental Commandery No. 56. He is a Past Sovereign Prince of Harrisburg Council, Princes of Jerusalem of the Scottish Rite Valley of Harrisburg; a Past President of the Shippensburg Scottish Rite Club; and is a member of Zembo Shrine. He also belongs to the York Conclave, Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine; First Capital No. 156, York Rite College; Franklin County High Twelve Club No. 726; and Valley Forest No. 145, Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He is an officer of Constans Council No. 239, Allied Masonic Degrees; a member of the Worshipful Society of Freemasons, Rough Masons, Wallers, Slaters, Paviors, Plasterers and Bricklayers, Allentown; and served as Worshipful Master of the Pennsylvania Lodge of Research in 2011. He was coroneted an Honorary Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, on Aug. 31, 2010, in Philadelphia, and was awarded the DeMolay Legion of Honor.

Bro. Herritt graduated from Montoursville High School, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Clarion University and a Master of Education Degree from Shippensburg University. He is a sales executive with Fortney Packages and is an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Cooperative in Harrisburg.

He and his wife, Sally, live in Shippensburg and have a daughter, Andrea, and a grandson, Lyric.


Right Worshipful Grand Treasurer

Jeffrey W. Coy
and his wife, Jo Anne

Bro. Coy is a Past Master and past Trustee of Cumberland Valley Lodge No. 315. He has been the Choir Director for the Valley of Harrisburg A.A.S.R., and is an Active Member of the Supreme Council, 33?, for Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, George Washington Royal Arch Chapter No. 176, George Washington Council No. 66, Continental Commandery No. 56, the Royal Order of Scotland and Red Cross of Constantine.

Bro. Coy is a recipient of the DeMolay Legion of Honor. He also has served the Grand Lodge as the Grand Organist for the Central Pennsylvania area.

A graduate of Shippensburg University, Bro. Coy is a former Chairman of the Shippensburg University Board of Trustees. In 2004, Bro. Coy was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Bro. Coy served 11 terms as State Representative for the 89th Legislative District of Franklin and Cumberland counties, having been elected to his first two-year term in 1982. He is also Vice Chairman of the Orrstown Bank and is a member of many other community organizations.

Bro. Coy served nine years on the Chesapeake Bay Commission with representatives from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. For seven years, from 2004-2011, he served as a Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. He was installed as the R.W. Grand Treasurer on Dec. 27, 2003.

He and his wife, Jo Anne, live in Shippensburg. They are members of Memorial Lutheran Church, where he has been the organist for more than 30 years.


Right Worshipful Grand Secretary

Mark A. Haines
and his wife, Karen

Bro. Haines is a Past Master of Reading Lodge No. 549 and is a dual member of Teutonia Lodge No. 367. He served as District Deputy Grand Master for the 7th Masonic District and is a member of the Pennsylvania Lodge of Research. He is a Past Most Excellent High Priest of Reading Royal Arch Chapter No. 152 and is a member of Creigh Council No. 16, Royal and Select Masters; a member of Reading Commandery No. 9; a Past Puissant Sovereign of Constantine Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine; and a member of Excelsior Mark Lodge No. 216. Bro. Haines is a Past Thrice Potent Master and Trustee of Reading Lodge of Perfection, a member of the Valley of Reading and is an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33?. He is a Past President of the Director's Staff of Rajah Shrine and a member of Fellowship High Twelve Club No. 669.

An Advisor for the Reading Chapter, Order of DeMolay, Bro. Haines was awarded the DeMolay Legion of Honor. He also served as an Advisor for Reading Assembly, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

Bro. Haines graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Business Administration.

He was installed as the R. W. Grand Secretary on Dec. 27, 2005. Previously, he was employed as Deputy Grand Secretary and held various management positions within the insurance industry.

He and his wife, Karen, have five children and one granddaughter. They live in West Lawn and attend Peace Lutheran Church, where Bro. Haines is a member of the church choir and serves on the church council.


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