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Lodge of Perfection

The Lodge of Perfection confers the Ineffable Degrees, from the 4th to the 14th inclusive. They are called “Ineffable” because they are concerned with the ineffable or unutterable Name of God and with man’s eager quest for the true Name. In these eleven degrees there is a profound unveiling of the character and purposes of God, “that high and holy One who inhabits eternity but dwells with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit.”


In formal ritual and in drama, ten of these degrees, based upon Old Testament Scripture and legends from the era of King Solomon, elaborate the teachings of Symbolic Masonry and apply them to practical situations which are faced in everyday life. The Fourteenth Degree summarizes what has been taught and is a moral and philosophical climax.

Important practical lessons are taught in the eleven Ineffable Degrees: secrecy and silence in all confidential relationships; reverence and obedience to God; faithfulness to family and country; justice tempered by mercy; universal brotherhood; honesty in business relations; forgiveness of past injustices; and perseverance in overcoming the difficulties encountered in our progress toward Perfection. The honor of Masonry is placed in the hands of those who seek Perfection in character and who reverence the Ineffable Name of God.


Officers - 2018-2019

Position Member Name Spouse Primary Lodge
Thrice Potent Master Andrew L. Baker, SMA Connie Whitehall #761
Deputy Master Timothy S. Wheeland Kim University #631
Senior Warden Gregory Brewer Diana Capital City #656
Junior Warden Kenji C. Prince Stephanie Triangle #748
Master of Ceremonies Henry K. Kauffman Jr. NM Baltimore #475
Hospitaler David M. Gizzo Barbara York #563
Orator David M. Leffingwell Nicole Capital City #656
Captain of the Guard Michael W. Emery Lelia Blendon # 339


Past Thrice Potent Masters

Member Name Spouse Years Served
* Ill. Wm. M. Cunningham 1877
* Ill. Benjamin F. Rees 1877 to 1882
* Henry O'Kane 1882 to 1884
* Ill. David N. Kinsman 1884 to 1910
* Ill. Wm. L. Van Sickle 1910 to 1931
* Ill. Allen W. Williams 1931 to 1944
* Ill. Robert H. Pausch 1944 to 1952
* Ill. Henry P. Howe 1952 to 1955
* Ill. Henry L. Scarlett 1955 to 1958
* Ill. Robert S. SchoedingerSue1958 to 1961
* Ill. Robert M. Sterrett 1961 to 1963
* Ill. Joseph M. Harter 1963 to 1965
* Ill. Eugene C. McGuire 1965 to 1968
* Ill. John Q. BrownDoris1968 to 1971
* Ill. James W. Phillips 1971 to 1974
* Ill. Walter H. KroppLucille1974 to 1976
Ill. James C. PacePat1976 to 1979
Ill. W. Robinson WattersLois1979 to 1982
Ill. David S. SchoedingerJeannie1982 to 1985
* Ill. Ralph A. Welch 1985 to 1987
Ill. William H. GuyCheri1987 to 1989
* Ill. M.H. "Harry" ReissigMarty1989 to 1991
Ill. Thomas E. WorkmanPam1991 to 1993
Ill. Robert C. RauSara1993 to 1995
Ill. Owen E. JohnsonJoyce1995 to 1997
Ill. Roger L. AlbrechtDianne1997 to 1999
Ill. Carl J. Aschinger, Jr.Belva1999 to 2001
Ill. Ward L. WeberLisa2001 to 2003
* Ill. Dennis L. Young 2003 to 2005
Ill. Walter B. KroppKathleen2005 to 2007
Ill. Jim L. JonesDarlene2007 to 2009
Ill. Elbridge H. BrewerMareetta2009 to 2011
Ill. Christopher CombsLaura2011 to 2013
William G. GuyLisa2013 to 2015
Jeffrey T. GarvinKaren2015 to 2017

* Indicates Deceased

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