Valley Echoes

Valley Echoes

2016 Membership Bootcamp


Bro. John M. Hinck, from San Diego, CA, retired US Army Colonel and Past International Master Councilor of DeMolay



C-I-C Ken Beard and Bro. Tim Devine practiced their recruitment skills to illustrate how to connect with potential members.





The skit about member retention was presented by a group of volunteer players with just one read-through, and showed of their versatility, as well as the lessons of the day. From left to right, Tom Matincheck, Henry Federowicz, Greg Pappas, Monte Kemmler, and Danny Crawford. Not pictured, Bro. Dick Auchey and Tom Labagh.





Recruiting New Members with Strength and Honor!

That was the message brought to 74 members, officers and committee chairmen of the Valley of Harrisburg on Saturday, April 2nd at the Consistory building. Bro. John M. Hinck, a retired US Army Colonel, Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of California and nationally known speaker on the topics of leadership and membership recruitment and retention, lead us through a discussion of finding our personal authenticity to set up an understanding of why people join and stay in organizations, and finally, to help us honestly recruit Masons to join the Scottish Rite. We also witnessed a fun and instructive skit that taught several great lessons about new member retention and the duties of leadership. An insightful SWOT evaluation of our Valley (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) brought some important insights to the officers, and we will build upon this at the upcoming Spring Reunion. To close out the day, the county membership committees had a chance to meet and make some preliminary recruitment plans for the fall one day class.


150th Anniversary Reunion & Banquet

150th Anniversary Reunion & Banquet

Honoring: Sovereign Grand Commander

Illustrious Brother John William McNaughton, 33°

Golf 2015

Patriots Camp


Patriots Camp 2015 pictures are the slide show above.

A note from our Director of Work,  Thomas R. Labagh about our Patriots Camp:

2014 was the fifth consecutive year of our support of the Patriots Camp program, which strives to teach children ages 6-12 about the Founding Fathers, the principles that started and sustained our great country, and the freedoms which must be preserved and protected. 

The camps started 5 years ago, and has grown with the cooperation and support of the Constitutional Champions Foundation. The co-founder of the camp, Deb Seneca, extended an invitation through her husband, Bro. Jim Capp, to the Valley of Harrisburg to provide costumed brethren to portray the Founding Fathers and other American patriots over the years.  We started supporting just one camp, in Paxtang, for three years and have now grown to support three camps.

In the pasts 5 years we have had 36 different members learn about a character and then improvise their performances based on their knowledge and creativity. This is infinitely harder than learning and reciting lines in a degree.  They must be able to answer questions and speak with knowledge while maintaining the illusion that they ARE the character at all times.  Some of these brethren are very experienced stage workers but improvisation is an entirely different skill.  What they have done is nothing short of amazing!

The following members have participated in this program also recognizing the number of camps they have worked: 

One Year

Andrew Sterling, Art Dinger, Chad Hopple, Dave Wolf, David Labagh, Frank Davila, Gene Albright, Greg Pappas, Ivan Arnold, Jim High, Jim Knepp, Ken Beard, Ken Meloy, Merrill Shaffer, Randy Knapp, Ted Shumaker, and Tim Settlemyer (a member of the Valley of Williamsport).

Two Years

Dick Wenner, Darwin Chilcote, Drew DeWalt, John Austin, John, Mickle, Richard Suter, Tim Devine and Teddy Sizemore.

Three Years

Dave Berry, David Gui, Frank DeStefano, Bud Baker and Larry Wolford.

Four Years

Dave Willard, Drew Bitner, Jeff Piccola, and Jim Capp.

Five Years

Gene Herritt

Six Years

Dick Auchey

We have also had the participation of 6 non-members, to help portray a total of 27 different characters over the years, including 2 females (played by female volunteers!)
Two of our members, S Eugene Herritt and Dick Auchey, have portrayed characters during ALL FIVE of those years!  Three of our members have each portrayed three different characters– Jeff Piccola, Jim Capp and Dick Auchey.George Washington has been played by 5 different actors. James Madison, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and Sam Adams have each been played by 4 actors. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams have been played by 3 actors.Our late Bro. Rick Gillardy, Bro. Randy Knapp, Bro. Tracy Bitner and Bro. Paul Mummert have also been instrumental in providing continual support for the program by organizing and dressing the actors and even providing morning Dunkin’ Donuts and coffee.These brethren all have gone well beyond the call of duty to serve youth and our fraternity. 
Thomas R. Labagh
Director of Work

Abbott Scholarships

Named for Leon M. Abbott, Sovereign Grand Commander from 1921 to 1932, the Scholarship Program provides financial support for the continuing education of young men and women from Scottish Rite families and Masonic-related youth groups. Since 1951, more than $3 million has been awarded to students from each state of the Northern Jurisdiction.  For more information, download the scholarship form.

Scottish Rite Clubs

Scottish Rite Clubs Contact Guide

Local Scottish Rite Clubs are a vital part of the Valley of Harrisburg. Here is a list for 32° Masons who wish to contact our local clubs. Geographic descriptions are for informational purposes only. Clubs are not based on exclusive geographic areas. A Brother may join whatever club is most convenient to him. You are also welcome to join more than one club if you so desire. Each club holds periodic dinner meetings with short programs. Many clubs offer annual or semi-annual events in which ladies are invited as well.

Shippensburg Scottish Rite Club
Secretary/Treasurer: Brian K. Van Scyoc
Cell: (717) 658-3767

Red Lion Scottish Rite Club
(York County)
Secretary-Treasurer: Charles J. Wilson

Greater Lebanon Area Scottish Rite Club
Secretary: Thomas J. Wiest, 33º

Somerset County Scottish Rite Club
Secretary-Treasurer: David M. Krentz

Bedford County Scottish Rite Club
President: John C. Wilson
Secretary/Treasurer: Erle W. Sipe

Mifflin-Juniata Counties Scottish Rite Club
Secretary- Steven G. Ramsay
Treasurer – Frederick C. Powell, 33º

Snyder-Northumberland Counties Scottish Rite Club
Secretary: Henry E. Moyer

Huntingdon County Scottish Rite Club
Secretary – Kenneth R. House, 33°

Fulton County Scottish Rite Club
(McConnellsburg Area)
Secretary – Jack D. Fields, 33°

Lancaster County Scottish Rite Club
Secretary – Peter W. Null, 33°

South Penn Scottish Rite Club
(Greater Waynesboro Area)
Secretary-Treasurer – Robert W. Nelson, Jr.

Central Penn Scottish Rite Club
(Hanover, Gettysburg, New Oxford Areas)
Secretary/Treasurer: David A. Auchey, 33°

White Rose Scottish Rite Club
(Greater York City)
Secretary – Robert B. Casbeer

Capital Area Scottish Rite Club
(Greater Harrisburg)
Secretary – Stanley E. Johnston Jr.

Aruba Scottish Rite Club
Club Rep – Bob Brightbill

Reunion Spring 2015

Reunion Fall 2014

Valley Activities