Robert Cooper, MEGHP

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Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Florida

Most Excellent Grand High Priest: Robert Cooper

Thank you for visiting our website. We appreciate your interest in further light in Free Masonry. You will discover the degrees available in the Royal Arch add to your continuing Masonic education. They are the Mark Master, the Past Master, the Most Excellent Master and the Royal Arch. Each has a lesson that will add to your pursuit of lifelong learning experience.

As you were taught, the Master Mason Degree is the highest degree in Masonry. The York Rite does not provide higher degrees; it provides advanced Masonic education for those who seek its degrees. Now you are thinking, “More Memory Work” well not quite, the York Rite Degrees are demonstrated; there is NO MEMORY WORK REQUIRED!

I hope you have looked around our website and found the information you were looking for. If you have not or would like to talk to someone about your local Florida York Rite bodies, please see our contact area or contact any one of the Grand Chapter Officers and we will be glad to assist you in any way we can. We look forward to hearing from you

C. Robert (Bob) Cooper, M.E.G.H.P.

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Grand Chapter Officers

Grand Chapter Elected & Appointed OfficersPresenting the Grand Chapter Officers for 2016 – 2017

Most Excellent Grand High Priest
C. Robert Cooper

Right Excellent Grand King
Ronald C. Newton

Right Excellent Grand Scribe
Harry V. Eisenberg, MD

Right Excellent Grand Treasurer
Carl Gilmore

Right Excellent Grand Secretary
L. Edward Villiaume

Excellent Grand Chaplain
Robert W. Davis

Excellent Assistant Grand Chaplain
James Brown

Excellent Grand Historian
Glenn E. Chandler, MEPGHP

Excellent Grand Captain of the Host
James A. Green

Excellent Grand Principal Sojourner
Arthur “AJ” Ahrens III

Excellent Grand Royal Arch Captain
James F.”Robby” Robertson

Excellent Grand Master of the 3rd Veil
John I. Gray

Excellent Grand Master of the 2nd Veil
Henry A. Adams

Excellent Grand Master of the 1st Veil
Corey D. Kosciuszko

Excellent Grand Sentinel
C. Edward Constant

Excellent Grand Organist
Dave Meade

Grand Chapter Elected & Appointed OfficersPresenting the District Deputy Grand High Priests for 2016-2017

District No. 1 (11, 20, 24, 65)
James Schmidt

District No. 2 (18,35,50)
Kenneth A. McCoy

District No. 3 (3, 31, 45, 63)
Charles C. “Chuck” Osborne

District No. 4 (8, 16, 22, 29, 64)
Charles J. Pesola

District No. 5 (5,7,15,33)
Charles G. Harper II

District No. 6 (27, 28, 59)
Dustin A. Celestin

District No. 7 (9, 12, 17, 48, 49)
Thomas A. Olsen

District No. 8 (2, 13, 38, 62)
Steven E. Persinger

District No. 9 (1, 32, 39)
Thomas J. Rawsthorne

District No. 10 (6, 40, 57)
Frederick L. Pryor

Grand Chapter Elected & Appointed OfficersPresenting the Grand Chapter District Instructors for 2016 – 2017

District No. 1 (11, 20, 24, 65)
Solomon Goldenberg

District No. 2 (18,35,50,67)
Todd Meschelle

District No. 3 (3,31,45,63)
Scott McAllister

District No. 4 (8,16,22,29,64)
Jeffrey T. Sklet

District No. 5 (5, 7, 15, 33)
Edgar Ortiz

District No. 6 (27, 28, 59)
Wade A. Atchison

District No. 7 (9, 12, 17, 48, 49)
Charles Edward “Ed” Constant

District No. 8 (2, 13, 38, 62)
Rusty Ludlam

District No. 9 (1, 32, 39)
Randall B. Tyre

District No. 10 (6, 40, 57)
Dennis A. Barbarisi


Living Past Grand High Priests

1975 – Richard I. Lanier

1978 – Duane B. Young

1983 – William A. Cogburn

1985 – Floyd Zeigler

1986 – Gary Brent Cull

1989 – R. Earl Shiver

1991 – William G. Norrie

1993 – William L. Buck, Jr.

1995 – Harry R. Bob Davis

1996 – Harvey L. Ward, Sr.

2000 – Virgil P. Brown, Jr.

2001 – Wayne E. Parks

2002 – Steven Q. Steele

2003 – H. Warren Almand, Jr.

2004 – Glenn E. Chandler

2005 – William F. Wyllie

2006 – Michael A. Padron, Jr.

2009 – Darryl A. D’Angina

2010 – Anthony J. Marotta, Jr.

2011 – Robert G. Kirkpatrick

2012 – John Wermann

2013 – John Wermann

2014 – William Jacobs

2015 – Richard Wolfe

2016 – Richard Agster (Honorary)

Members of the Grand Chapter of Florida who have served Sister Grand Jurisdictions as Most Excellent Grand High Priest

G. Gordon Goodman – Michigan – 1976

Charles W. Wagner – Virginia – 2006-2007

Charles Sipes – Utah – 2011

Grand Chapter Committees for 2016-2017


Florida Royal Arch Mason History Research Committee

Committee Chairmain Members
Auditing Ron Newton Harry V. Eisenberg, Grand Treasurer, Grand Secretary
Benevolence James R. Robertson Cory Kosciuszko, James Brown
Grand High Priest Charity (RARA) Harry V. Eisenberg Jack Maulden, Richard Agster
Grand Convention Souvenir Program Arthur “AJ” Ahrens Jack Maulden, John Lewis, all DDGHP’s, DDIM’s, DDGC’s and DI’s
Masonic Relations & Blue Lodge Reps Ron Newton Cory Kosciuszko, Arthur “AJ” Ahrens
Membership Programs Henry Adams (Development) & James Robertson Sr. (Perpetual) All DDGHP’s and DI’s
Budget & Finance Richard Agster  Richard Foreman, Grand Treasurer, Grand Secretary
Committee On Work John Gray (Dist. 9 & 10) Paul Mast (Dist. 7 & 8), Dayle Schrock (Dist. 5 & 6), Larry Gillespie (Dist. 3 & 4), William Popham (Dist. 1 & 2)
Convention Board Charles R. “Bob” Cooper Ben Holland, Fred Gerdom, Steven Q. Steele (Manager)
Custodian of Ritualistic Material Arthur “AJ” Ahrens James Green, John Gray
Grand High Priest Award Charles R. “Bob” Cooper Grand Secretary (co-chairman), Richard Agster, Ron Newton, Grand YR Office, all DDGHP’s and DI’s
Investment Richard Foreman William Goldwire, William Popham, Grand Treasurer, Grand Secretary
Jurisprudence Warren Almand Glenn Chandler, Darryl D’Angina, Mike Padron Jr., Richard Wolfe, Legal Advisor
Patriotic/Civic/Religious Activities Richard Agster Corey Kosciuszko
Return Credentials & Registration James Gregory Luther Thompson, James Cheek, Dwight Ridgeway
Legal Advisor Richard Agster
Home Coming Darryl D’Angina Tom Olsen
Insurance Richard Foreman Wade Atchinson
Youth Committee Ronald Newton Michael Padron, Richard Wolfe
Royal Arch Mason History Research John Wermann, MEPGHP Harry V. Eisenberg, A.J. Ahrens III, John Miller

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