Bro. Ernette served as the 112th Grand Master of
Pennsylvania Masons in 1998 and 1999. He served as
Worshipful Master of Westmoreland Lodge No. 518,
Greensburg, in 1980 and as District Deputy Grand Master
of the 30th Masonic District from 1987 through 1991. In
addition to the years served as Junior and Senior Grand
Wardens and Deputy Grand Master, he had served Grand
Lodge in the appointed office of Senior Grand Deacon. He
served as President of The Pennsylvania Masonic
Foundation for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Among Children, now The Pennsylvania Masonic Foundation
for Children, and on the Board of Directors of the
National Masonic Foundation for Children. As R.W. Grand
Master, he introduced the very successful Grand Lodge
Matching Charity Grants Program.
In York Rite Masonry, he is a member of Valley Royal
Arch Chapter No. 289; Oliver Council No. 13, Royal and
Select Masters; Kendron Commandery No. 18, Knights
Templar; Constans Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine,
Johnstown; York Rite College, Golden Triangle No. 32,
Pittsburgh; and Excelsior Mark Lodge No. 216,
He is a member of the Scottish Rite bodies in the Valley
of Pittsburgh, including Gourgas Lodge of Perfection,
Pennsylvania Council of Princes of Jerusalem, Pittsburgh
Chapter of Rose Croix, and Pennsylvania Consistory. He
was coroneted a 33º Mason in 1996.
He is a Shriner in Syria Temple, Pittsburgh; a member of
Caravan Eight, A.A.O.N.M.S.; and The Royal Order of
Jesters, Pittsburgh Court No. 2. He is a member of the
PIN Club, Pittsburgh, L.A.M.A.S. Club in Latrobe.
He is the Provincial Deputy Grand Master of the Royal
Order of Scotland, Provincial Grand Lodge of the U.S. In
1987, he was the Grand Tall Cedar of Westmoreland Forest
No. 77, and is a member of Islam Grotto, M.O.V.P.E.R.,
He was awarded the Honorary Legion of Honor from the
Order of DeMolay. He also is a member of the National
Sojourners No. 130, Carlisle; Allied Masonic Degrees;
and Grand Masters Council "A."
Bro. Ernette is the Owner and President of Unity
Printing Co., Latrobe. He was a Pennsylvania State
Police Trooper from 1967 to 1984. He is a graduate of
Hempfield Area Senior High School; Point Park College,
Pittsburgh; and the Pennsylvania State Police Academy.
He and his wife, Brenda (Smith) have a daughter Lisa,
the wife of Joseph Frederick, who served as the Grand
Sword Bearer during Bro. Ernette's tenure as Grand
Master. There are two grandchildren, Ashley and Cole
Frederick. The Ernettes are members of The Charter Oak
United Methodist Church, Greensburg.