A Symbol of Philosophy and Vision

"Faith, Family, Fraternity, Community" encircling the Square and Compasses inscribed on a keystone overlaying an outline of the state on the 1998 Grand Master's Medallion relates R.W. Grand Master James L. Ernette's vision of the principles, direction and scope of Pennsylvania Freemasonry.

The Medallion is a bronze token designed at the direction of the Grand Master to identify his administration on one side and reflect his philosophy for the fraternity in the jurisdiction on the obverse. The Grand Master traditionally presents or awards the medallions at special ceremonies, visitations, recognitions, and to visiting dignitaries.

Grand Master Ernette defines the message on the obverse as:

"Faith" - A Mason believes and places his trust in a Supreme Being and maintains an abiding relationship in the brotherhood of man.

"Family" - A Mason's own family always comes first and should be a part of the fraternity's social activities. Likewise, there is a familial tie that binds among appendant bodies and organizations that make up the "Family of Freemasonry."

"Fraternity" - Every Mason needs to set the proud fraternal example at all times: act and live the principles of our fraternity, strive to make good men better, exude honesty in business and civic relationships, and practice moderation in recreation.

"Community" - The Masonic Lodge should be a viable force in its community, visible and active in community services and programs.

On the reverse of the medallion is the identification of "James L. Ernette, 1998, R.W. Grand Master of Masons, Pennsylvania" surrounding the seal of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.


The importance and vitality of the family is highlighted on the Grand Master's Medallion. (1) Jay and Brenda Ernette. (2) Daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Joseph Frederick, with their daughter, Ashley. Joseph, a member of Loyalhanna Lodge No. 275, Latrobe, will serve as Grand Sword Bearer. (3) Ashley enjoys a day at a parade with her grandfather. (4) Daughter Lisa works with her father at Unity Printing.


The fraternity encompasses the Family of Freemasonry. Grand Master Ernette is shown with: (1) Richard J. Stemmler, D.D.G.M., 30th Masonic District. (2) Robert O. Ralston, 33º, Sovereign Grand Commander, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. (3) C. DeForrest Trexler, 33º, Deputy for Pennsylvania, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. (4) David L. Kempfer, Right Eminent Grand Commander, Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar of Pennsylvania. (5) Errol T. Betzenberger, Most Puissant Grand Master, Grand Council of Royal and Select Master Masons of Pennsylvania. (6) Norman E. Flaherty, Most Excellent Grand High Priest, Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania. (7) Larry W. Budd, Monarch, Islam Grotto, Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm. (8) James A. Frye, soon-to-be Potentate of Syria Temple, Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.


Masons are leaders in their communities. Typical of concern for others, G.M. Ernette is shown: (1) ready to play ball with youth; (2) visiting with Rainbow Girls; and (3) being recognized by D.A.R.E. for dedication to the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse among children. (He is flanked by Jospeh W. Witte and Anthony J. Garvey at left, and PA Crime Prevention Program Manager Roy Willoughby, and D.A.R.E. mentor Sgt. Phil Bueki, right.)