Masonic Education

Speakers’ Bureau

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania offers a Speakers’ Bureau with a variety of presentations for your Lodge meeting. Below, you will find a list of speakers and topics available to you.

Name Topic(s) Contact Info Additional Info
Yasser Al-Khatib Volunteering opportunities and resources; Freemasonry: a School of Leadership; Managing Mental Illness: The Act of 1976; The Opioid Epidemic in PA; Symbolism and Ritual topics, such as Golden Fleece, Hiram Abiff, Chibolleth, the Past Master Jewel, etc; Irregular Freemasonry; Freemasonry in the Middle East; The Religious Symbolism in Freemasonry; Constructing Masonic Research Papers for Publication
  • Notice Required: 1 month
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Flexible
  • Reimbursement: Honorarium or a donation to a Masonic Body or Charity of the speaker’s choice.
Thomas Anke Why are We Blue?; The Medicine Wheel and Native American Freemasonry; The Festive Board and Freemasonry; Traditional Observance Freemasonry; Ruffians Among Us; The Axis Mundi; The Saints John; Who are the Sons of the Widow?; The Missing ***dess; Epicurus and the Science of Balance; Diligence-Prudence-Temperance-Discretion; Brother Washington’s take on Masonic Behavior; Noah’s Place in Freemasonry; The Missing Working Tools; The Significance of the Cabletow; Who was Jephthah?; The Immortal Memory of Brother Robert Burns; The Symbolism of the Beehive; The Black Ball
  • Notice Required: Yes
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 100 miles (longer trips will require overnight accommodations)
  • Reimbursement: Voluntary contribution to the Lodge Ad Lucem Almoner’s Fund.
Leonard Bezar Five Star General Hap Arnold, 33° Mason and Architect of the U.S. Air Force; King Solomon’s Seals; Freemasonry During the Holocaust; Patriotic Flag programs by National Sojourners; Ben Franklin Chapter
  • Notice Required: 6 to 8 weeks
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 40-60 miles
  • Reimbursement: Charitable donation requested, please contact the speaker directly.
William L. Britton Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: An Initiatic Experience; The Massachusetts Statehouse Cornerstone; Reflections of a Newly Made Mason – A Daily Perspective; Our Masonic Pathway; Modes of Recognition: Signs, Tokens and Passwords
  • Notice Required: 4 weeks minimum
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 50 miles
  • Reimbursement: Left to the discretion of the Lodge, but not required.
Craig Brody How Benjamin Franklin lived his life according to Masonic Principles and how he sets an example for us as Freemasons today
  • Notice Required: 6 to 8 weeks
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Philadelphia and Suburbs
  • Reimbursement: NA
    Any donation, if possible, to Shriners Hospital would be much appreciated!
Alexander Cabot Financial Planning; Investments and Investment Fraud; Psychology of Decision-making; Human Behavior
  • Notice Required: A few weeks is ideal, but I may be able to present on very short notice.
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 50 miles from Phoenixville, PA
  • Reimbursement: If the brethren so choose, a donation to a Masonic charity is always appreciated!
Craig “Buzz” Conroy

Amazing Black Boxes: Story of Why Planes Arrive Safely or Not; Aviation; Andrew Johnson 17th President: Past Master, President and Patriot; Famous Magicians & Freemasonry: The Parallels and the Practical Ties.

Four Amazing Women: ideal for a Ladies night or a Banquet.

  • Notice Required: 30 days at minimum
  • Distance Willing to Travel: State-wide and nationally
  • Reimbursement: Yes, please contact speaker directly.
M. Vincent Cruciani Freemasonry and Israel; The Seven Liberal Arts; The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; The Knight Kadosh; Royal Arch Freemasonry; Robert Burns the Freemason; The Anti-Masonic Period in the United States; Knight of St. Andrew; Holy Saint John
  • Notice Required: At least 1 month
  • Distance Willing to Travel: State-wide and nationally
  • Reimbursement: Dependent on distance traveled, contact speaker.
Anthony J. Dintino III Hermeticism and Freemasonry; Boaz and Jachin: Principle of Polarity; Freemasonry is Spiritual Alchemy; Modern Look at the Emerald Tablet of Hermes; Four Chapter Veils and Four Cardinal Points (for a RA Chapter); Alchemical Symbolism
  • Notice Required: Flexible (earlier the better).
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Flexible
  • Reimbursement: Travel for 40+ miles or donation to charity. Contact speaker directly.
Moises I. Gomez Remembrance: My 9/11 Experience; Freemasonry and the Underground Railroad; Freemasonry and the Civil Rights Movement; Freemasonry in Cuba: Revolution, Independence and Democracy; Freemasonry Reimagined; History of Royal Arch; History of the Mark Mason Degree
  • Notice Required: Contact speaker
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Contact speaker
  • Reimbursement: Contact speaker
Jerry Hamilton Freemasonry
  • Notice Required: 15 days
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 100 miles
  • Reimbursement: Charitable donation requested, please contact the speaker directly.
Brendan Hickey Defenses of the craft:
Freemasonry, Illuminati, and psychology of conspiracy theories;
Manslaughter, Rivals and Anti-Masons, and Benjamin Franklin: Modern lessons for protecting the craft;
Taxil Hoax;
Religious objections to Freemasonry;
Courage as a Core Value in Freemasonry.
  • Notice Required: 1 Monty
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Flexible
  • Reimbursement: Donation to Children’s Dyslexia Centers for shorter trips, partial fuel reimbursement (negotiatble) for longer trips.
R. Keith Hite Perry County Gunmakers and Their Guns . . . an interactive PowerPoint presentation featuring a display of Pennsylvania rifles made in Perry County from the beginning of the 1800’s thru the Civil War.
  • Notice Required: Three weeks (Only available May through December).
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 25-30 miles
  • Reimbursement: None.
Hilary Kaufman Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals.
  • Notice Required: 1 Month.
  • Distance Willing to Travel: The Philadelphia Metro Area: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and West Chester counties.
  • Reimbursement: Donation to Lulu Hospital Transportation Fund.
Glenn R. Kurzenknabe Harry Truman: President and Mason; Masonic Vice-Presidents; Installation Night at the Celestial Lodge Above; National Sojourners: An Overview
  • Notice Required: 2 months
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 50 miles
  • Reimbursement: None
Thomas R. Labagh

100 Years of the Order of DeMolay: The New Untold History (PowerPoint photo/slides) – 45 minutes; A Hedgehog, A Chunk of I.C.E., A Missing Tooth, A Calliope and a Rubber Chicken (Why ALL Masons should join the Scottish Rite) – 20 minutes; Round Up the Usual Suspects (history of the classic Bogart-Bergman movie, “Casablanca,” including video clips and interactive audience participation) Best for a Ladies’ Night program – 40 minutes; New Jersey Freemasonry – Ritual and Customs as They Compare to Pennsylvania (I was Raised in a NJ Lodge) For Lodges only – 30 minutes; A History of the Top Hat (not as boring as you might think!) – 20 minutes; The Unvarnished Robert Burns – 30 minutes; A Legacy of Masonic Art: A Visual Review of Past and Present Masonic Art, Trends, and Why it Matters – 25 minutes; The Story of Barrington Bunny: A Christmas Program (a performance-reading of the classic story, presented in a Masonic context for Masons and their Ladies) – 20 minutes.

Many other topics. Contact for a current list.

  • Notice Required: 4 weeks minimum
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Reimbursement: None required. This is Masonic service. A donation to the PA Masonic Youth Foundation or the Scottish Rite Children’s Dyslexia Centers would be appreciated.
Michael E. Ludwig Esoteric Freemasonry: Myth and Meaning; Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism: Ludibrium or Logic?; The Psychology of Freemasonry: A Contemporary Inquiry
  • Notice Required: 3 months
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 50 miles
  • Reimbursement: Standard Speakers Honorarium
Scott T. Matincheck The Ancient Mysteries and their Influence on Masonic Ritual
  • Notice Required: 1 month
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 100 miles
  • Reimbursement: Not Applicable
Matthew J. McGovern A Revolutionary Fraternity: Freemasons and the Global Struggles for Liberty in the 18th and 19th Centuries, Virtue, Silence, Love: Freemasonry in Philadelphia in the 18th Century
  • Notice Required: 1 month
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Dependent; please contact speaker.
  • Reimbursement: Please contact Speaker directly.
W. Scott Muller Cerneau Rite
  • Notice Required: 60 days preferred
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 100 miles
  • Reimbursement: Accommodation for lodges over an hour away (could be a guest room at a Brother’s home) and a coin from the host lodge.
Andrew M. Nechetsky Freemasonry in Early America (Revolutionary Era thru the Civil War); Masonic Military Leaders
  • Notice Required: 4 Months Minimum
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 40-50 miles (if further, may be flexible, please call)
  • Reimbursement: Charitable Donation to a Charity of the Speaker’s Choice.
Barry Oppenheim Entertaining subjects, such as: Things That Aren’t There Anymore; Products That Succeeded in Failing; and Hollywood’s Vision of the American Cowboy.
  • Notice Required: 1 to 2 weeks
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 40 to 50 miles
  • Reimbursement: Charitable donation requested, please contact the speaker directly.
Michael Perry The Masonic Secrets Encoded in Psalm 127; Circumventing the Lodge Room within the Cube of Space a Qabbalistic Study of Freemasonry; Metaverses, Masonry and Minecraft – The Future of Lodges; Tarot and Freemasonry
  • Notice Required: 1 month
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Flexible
  • Reimbursement: Please contact the speaker directly.
Jerome J. Phillips Origin of the Lewis Jewel; Scouting and Freemasonry; Masonic Journeys; upon request, willing to research individual topics and review with requesting Lodge before the presentation
  • Notice Required: 60 days preferred
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Distance and schedule will dictate; please be courteous.
  • Reimbursement: 75-mile radius of the Lehigh Valley; further upon request.
Timothy Reigle Making Good Men Better
  • Notice Required: 1 month
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 100 miles
  • Reimbursement: Mileage
John Rigione Organ Donation – The Gift of Life
  • Notice Required: 2 months
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 100 Miles from Lehigh Valley Area
  • Reimbursement: None Required
Austin Shifrin Principles, Philosophy and History of Freemasonry (happy to entertain requests/discuss specifics)
  • Notice Required: 1 month for 50 mile distance; 3 months for greater distance.
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Within 50 miles of Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center; greater distance subject to advance discussion.
  • Reimbursement: $100 donation to Lodge Ad Lucem No. 812; greater than 50 miles, add gas; greater than 150 miles, subject to negotiation.
Robert C. Snyder II How Many Freemasons Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?
  • Notice Required: 1 month
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 100 miles; if further, please call.
  • Reimbursement: NA
Jack Speece Truth: A look at what Truth is, its importance and how to find it.
  • Notice Required: 3 weeks
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Flexible
  • Reimbursement: None required.
George Stephens Dramatic interpretation of famous Freemasons (Theodore Roosevelt, John Philip Sousa, J.C. Penney, Francis Scott Key, Franklin Roosevelt, General Douglas MacArthur, Col. Harland Sanders – Kentucky Fried Chicken)
  • Notice Required: At least one month, but can be flexible in emergency situations
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 50-75 miles
  • Reimbursement: Please contact the speaker directly.
Edward Stumm Brother Harry Truman; Masonic Children’s Home; Fun and Fellowship of Being a Mason; Children’s Dyslexia Centers
  • Notice Required: 5 months
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 75 miles
  • Reimbursement: Please contact the speaker directly.
Theodore H. Wallace The Life of Theodore Roosevelt
  • Notice Required: 3 months
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 100 miles
  • Reimbursement: NA
Richard L. Wenner The Quintessential Freemason: Duty, Honor and Fraternity; Audie Murphy: An American and Masonic Hero; Who Do They Say We Are?; George Washington’s Rules of Civility
  • Notice Required: 3 months
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 40 miles
  • Reimbursement: NA

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