James L. Ernette Installed 112th R.W. Grand Master

James L. Ernette, P.M., a member of Westmoreland Lodge No. 518, Greensburg, and a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the 30th Masonic District, was installed as the 112th Right Worshipful Grand Master of Freemasons in Pennsylvania during the Annual Grand Communication of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center on December 27.


William Slater II, R.W. Junior Grand Warden

William Slater II, P.M., Lodge No. 45, Pittsburgh, was installed December 27 as the R.W. Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

The 39-year-old Pittsburgh native and lifelong resident of Allegheny County is the Owner and President of Wm. Slater & Sons, Inc. and operates a series of mortuaries in the Pittsburgh area. He was graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1976; Thiel College in 1980; and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1980.

He served as Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 45 in 1987 and was the Representative to the Grand Lodge from 1987 to 1990. In 1992 and 1993, he served as Sword Bearer for R.W. Grand Master Edward H. Fowler, Jr.

In York Rite, Bro. Slater is a member of Royal Arch Chapter No. 268; Liberty Valley Council No. 50, Royal and Select Master Masons; and Duquesne Commandery No. 72, Knights Templar. He is serving the Valley of Pittsburgh, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, as 2nd Lt. Commander. Also, he is a member of Syria Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.; the Royal Order of Jesters, Pittsburgh Court No. 2; Islam Grotto; and President of the Cinosam Club.

He is involved in various professional and community activities, including: the National and Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Associations; Mount Washington Chamber of Commerce and Community Development Corp.; the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries; and the Green Tree Rotary Club where he is a Paul Harris Award recipient.

Bro. Slater is married to the former Maria D. Arena of Allison Park. The couple has a daughter, Sydney Arena Slater, age one. He is a member of Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, where he is a Deacon and former member of the Christian Education Committee.

Also installed to serve with the Grand Master as elected officers of the Grand Lodge are:

Dlu Cun Jac

R.W. Grand Treasurer

Marvin G. Speicher,

Williamson Lodge No. 307,


R.W. Grand Secretary

Thomas W. Jackson

Cumberland Valley Lodge No. 315,


R.W. Senior Grand Warden

Marvin A. Cunningham, Sr.,

Warren Lodge No. 310,


R.W. Deputy Grand Master

Robert L. Dluge, Jr.,

Elysburg Lodge No. 414,


Committee on Masonic Homes

Carl R. Flohr,

George Washington Lodge No. 143

William L. McCarrier,

Butler Lodge No. 272

Norman A. Fox,

William B. Hackenburg-Mount Moriah Lodge No. 155

Dean E. Vaughn,

Cumberland Star Lodge No. 197

D. William Roberts,

Avalon Lodge No. 657

Robert L. Engel,

Armstrong Lodge No. 239

Guy T. Matthews,

Tacony Lodge No. 600

James L. Ernette, Chairman,

R.W. Grand Master

Robert L. Dluge, Jr.,

R.W. Deputy Grand Master

Marvin A. Cunningham, Sr.,

R.W. Senior Grand Warden

William Slater II,

R.W. Junior Grand Warden

Marvin G. Speicher,

R.W. Grand Treasurer

Thomas W. Jackson,

R.W. Grand Secretary