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.

 

Community Service

Kathryn Jones

Topic(s): S.P.E.A.K.(Staying Positive Equals Amazing Kids) is a nonprofit organization that provides educational information and opportunities for young adults, preparing them to enter society as productive, responsible members of their community. Focus areas: Drug prevention education, shadowing, cooking class, community service.

Contact Information:
Region: Philadelphia, PA
Email: jtslockout@aol.com
Phone: 215- 843-1987

  • Notice Required: 3 weeks
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Outside of Philadelphia
  • Reimbursement: Charitable donation requested, please contact the speaker directly

Yasser Al-Khatib

Topic(s): 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

Contact Information:
Region:
Philadelphia, PA
Email: yasser_kb@hotmail.com
Phone: 484-557-0520

  • Notice Required: 1 month
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Flexible
  • Reimbursement: Donation to a Masonic Body or Charity of the speakers choice

Mark R. Kurzenknabe

Topic(s): The Masonic Children’s Home at Elizabethtown

Contact Information:
Region:
Masonic Children’s Home, Elizabethtown, PA
Email: mkurzenk@masonicvillages.org
Phone: 717-367-1121 extension 33389

  • Notice Required: 2 months
  • Distance Willing to Travel: In Pennsylvania
  • Reimbursement: None

Education

Steven Lane

Topic(s):

Living On the Square:  What’s Your Hypotenuse?

Contact Information:
Region: Pittsburgh, PA
Email: w3srl@yahoo.com
Phone: 412-292-1444

  • Notice Required: 1 month
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Flexible
  • Reimbursement: None required. Suggest an honorarium to the Valley of Pittsburgh Children’s Dyslexia Center.

Thomas R. Labagh

Topic(s):

YOUTH TOPICS
The Programs of the PA Masonic Youth Foundation (general overview presentation), Patton Campus—from School to Conference Center: A history (Powerpoint Photo/Slides), The Scholarship Program of the PA Masonic Youth Foundation, LifeSkills Conferences: Teaching Masonic principles to youth, The Masonic Youth Groups: DeMolay, Rainbow and Job’s Daughters, Frank S. Land and the Founding of the Order of DeMolay.

OTHER FRATERNAL TOPICS
The Master’s Hat: A History of the Top Hat; The Case AGAINST Using Robert Burns as a Poster Boy for Freemasonry; ADVENTURES IN SCOTTISH RITE: A Hedgehog, A Chunk of I.C.E., A Missing Tooth, A Calliope, A Babysitter and a Rubber Chicken; The Story of Barrington Bunny- A Christmas Program (Performance of the classic story, presented in a Masonic context for Masons); “A History of the DeMolay Legion of Honor” (mostly designed for DeMolay audiences); I Was Raised in a New Jersey Lodge– The Ritual & Customs, as they compare to Pennsylvania; THE MASTER’S HAT– A History of the Top Hat; Masonic Jeopardy” – just like the TV show, personalized to your Lodge.

BANQUET ENTERTAINMENTS
CASABLANCA–A Film For the Ages (A history of the classic Bogart-Bergman movie, CASABLANCA, including video clips and interactive audience participation) (BEST FOR A LADIES NIGHT PROGRAM- about 40 minutes).

CHARACTER PORTRAYALS
Abraham Lincoln visiting a Lodge during his second campaign for the Presidency (NOTE: President Lincoln is not a Mason, but will speak in a Lodge on recess, or at a banquet).

General George E. Pickett, C.S.A., reflecting on his life and the infamous charge across the field at Gettysburg. NOTE: General Pickett will not wear an Apron over his uniform, but will speak in a Lodge on recess, or at a banquet.

Contact Information:
Region: Elizabethtown, PA
Email: trlabagh@pademolay.net
Phone: 800-266-8424

  • Notice Required: As much as possible
  • Distance Willing to Travel:Anywhere in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Reimbursement: A contribution to the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation would be appreciated, but is not required.

Yasser Al-Khatib

Topic(s): 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

Contact Information:
Region:
Philadelphia, PA
Email: yasser_kb@hotmail.com
Phone: 484-557-0520

  • Notice Required: 1 month
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Flexible
  • Reimbursement: Donation to a Masonic Body or Charity of the speakers choice

Kathryn Jones

Topic(s):  S.P.E.A.K.(Staying Positive Equals Amazing Kids) is a nonprofit organization that provides educational information and opportunities for young adults, preparing them to enter society as productive, responsible members of their community. Focus areas: Drug prevention education, shadowing, cooking class, community service.

Contact Information:
Region: Philadelphia, PA
Email: jtslockout@aol.com
Phone: 215-843-1987

  • Notice Required: 3 weeks
  • Distance Willing to Travel: Outside of Philadelphia
  • Reimbursement: Charitable donation requested, please contact the speaker directly

Financial Planning and Investment

Alexander Cabot

Topic(s): Financial planning, investments and investment fraud, psychology of decision-making, human behavior

Contact Information:
Region: Phoenixville, PA
Email: afcabot@gmail.com
Phone: 484-459-4681

  • 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! 

Freemasonry

William L. Britton

Topic(s):  Dickens A Christmas Carol and It’s Possible Masonic Relationship, The Massachusetts Statehouse Cornerstone, Reflections of a Newly Made Mason – A Daily Perspective

Contact Information:
Region: Region 2
Email: wlb1006@comcast.net 
Phone: 717-448-2543

  • Notice Required: 2 weeks
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 100 miles
  • Reimbursement: NA

Thomas Anke

Topic(s):  Why are we Blue?, The Medicine Wheel and Native American Freemasonry, The Festive Board, Traditional Observance Freemasonry, Ruffians among us, The Axis Mundi, The Saints John, Who are the Sons of the Widow?, Epicurus and the science of balance, Dilligence-Prudence-Temperance-Discretion, The immortal memory of Brother Robert Burns, The Symbolism of the Beehive, and The Black Ball.

Contact Information:
Region: Jeannette, PA
Email: thomasmason812@gmail.com 
Phone: 724-244-4163

  • Notice Required: At least one month
  • Distance Willing to Travel: 100 miles (longer trips will require overnight accommodations)
  • Reimbursement: Voluntary contribution to the Lodge Ad Lucem Apron Fund

Bill Trushel

Topic(s): Explaining the reason for taking all mineral and metallic substance from the candidate, Exploring the Hidden Symbolism of the 24 inch Gauge, An Explanation for the Mysterious Spelling of the Left Hand Pillar, Masonic Etiquette—part 1, Masonic Etiquette—part 2, Approaching the Altar in the Fellowcraft Degree, What Did You Expect?, Benjamin Franklin—Freemason, From Darkness to Light. Acquiring True Enlightenment, Curious Masonic Words, The Washington Monument, The Masonic Funeral Service—Your Final Duty to a Brother, An Explanation of Why the Burial is a Cabletow’s Length From Shore, A Fiery Silent Summons, Guarding the West Gate, The Altar, Why Is It Called “Blue Lodge?”, The Trowel, The Holy Bible, Do You Have A Degree?, More Ancient than the Roman Eagle and More Honorable Than the Star and Garter, The Masonic Significance of Ornan the Jebusite and His Threshing Floor, The Importance of the Legend of Hiram Abiff, Piercing the Veil of Allegory of the Legend of Hiram Abiff, Improper and Proper Solicitation of New Members, Exploring Jurisdictional Differences (Canada & Pennsylvania), The Ontario, Canada Entered Apprentice Apron Lecture

Contact Information:
Region: Pittsburgh, PA
Email:billtrushel@gmail.com
Phone: 412-366-7182