During his career, the newest elected line officer in Grand Lodge, R.W. Junior Grand Warden Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., has been an innovator and motivator in public education, a pillar in his church, a champion high school wrestler and coach, and a dynamic civic leader.
He is a native and life-long resident of Jersey Shore and a graduate of the Jersey Shore Area School District. He earned a Bachelor degree in Education from California (PA) State College, did post-graduate work there after it became California University of Pennsylvania and also at The Pennsylvania State University, receiving his Master's equivalency in 1975. He earned a Secondary Principal Certification in 1995, Elementary Principal Certification in 1997, and is currently enrolled in a Master of Education program in Education Administration at Penn State.
Bro. Aungst is the Elementary Principal at Nippenose Valley Elementary School of the Jersey Shore School District. In addition to being principal, he is responsible for the annual district-wide kindergarten orientation, which he originated, and as coordinator for the district's "Teacher Special and Classroom Aides." Prior to becoming an administrator, he taught in the secondary level as a technical education instructor for 27 years. During his years in the classroom, he developed a visual communication program, coordinated a Teacher Advisory Group and a student discipline program, chaired the Ways and Means Committee, was a class advisor, and established the high school's Environmental Team. He also served as the yearbook advisor for 24 years and served on the Board of the Pennsylvania State Press Association.
He was active in the school district's athletic program, both as a student and as an educator. He became the first undefeated junior high school wrestler with the introduction of interscholastic competition in 1963-64 and continued winning through the next three years accumulating numerous championships. Following high school, Bro. Aungst won additional honors, becoming the 106-lb. representative on the Pennsylvania State Junior World Olympic Team. Later, he coached wresting at all levels with the Jersey Shore School District.
In the community, he has been a township supervisor and served as the zoning officer, Chairman of the Board for six years, Road Master for eight years, and township secretary-treasurer for 14 years. He has been on the township's Recreation Board, coached the area Little League team, and co-chaired the implementation of a recycling center for the Pine Creek Valley. He has been recognized for his efforts as a co-chairman of United Way of Lycoming County Educators. He was an active member of the Jaycees and the Lions Club.
In Trinity United Methodist Church of Jersey Shore, he has served as Chairman of the Finance Committee, a trustee for two terms, a member of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, the choir, and currently is assisting the Major Contributions Building Fund Committee.
Bro. Aungst was made a Mason in LaBelle Vallee Lodge No. 232, Jersey Shore, and served as its Worshipful Master in 1986. He also served his Lodge as the Temple Association President and as the Stewards Chairman. He served as the 18th Masonic District Deputy Grand Master from 1997 until becoming the R.W. Junior Grand Warden. He had been both the District and Region Masonic Education Chairman. In York Rite, he is a member of Lycoming Royal Arch Chapter No. 222, Baldwin Commandery No. 22, and Adoniram Council No. 26. He is a Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Williamsport.
He is married to the former Norma J. Eddy. The couple has four children: Randall J. currently in a Doctoral program at Penn State majoring in Synthetic Organic Chemistry; Rachelle, recently graduated from Lock Haven University with a B.S. degree in Education; Renee, enrolled in the Bradley Art Academy, and Ryan is a senior in high school.