Congratulations Grand Master Dietz from the Presiding Officers of the Valley of Pittsburgh
Most of us—if not all of us—were introduced to Freemasonry by our father, grandfather, brother, uncle, or other family member. If not, then it was most likely by someone close to us who we consider to be a “family” member.
Freemasonry has a long, rich, and storied history of family. As members we address each other as Brothers. And we indeed are Brothers—fraternal Brothers. We are all very different men, we share different ideas, we lead separate lives, we may even disagree. But we have a common belief, and a common bond, and a common love for one another. It is a different love than what we have for our mother, our spouse, and our children.
How do we define this love? How do we describe it? How do we explain it?
Raymond T. Dietz, Right Worshipful Grand Master, explains how he was introduced to the Craft—“by witnessing the fraternal love between my father and my ‘uncle’ Ray. Both men could not have been more different, be it in their political ideals, their field of employ, or their chosen paths in life. And yet they were truly the best of friends—even more so—they were the best of Brothers whose admiration and compassion and love for one another was unyielding.”
“Uncle” Ray was not a relative in the traditional sense of the word—he was not blood—but instead a man so esteemed by the father of Brother Dietz, that he named his son in his honor.
The Scottish Rite, too, puts a strong emphasis on family. Each of us, as members of the Valley of Pittsburgh, has created deep bonds with our brothers in Scottish Rite. They too are everlasting and hard to describe.
“You’ve got to find some way to say it without saying it.”—Brother Edward “Duke” Ellington, Entertainer
On December 28, 2015, in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brother Raymond T. Dietz, 33?, was installed as the 121st Right Worshipful Grand Master, of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. Brother Dietz is a 23-year member of the Valley of Pittsburgh, past officer, and was coroneted a Deputy Member of the Supreme Council of the Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the Thirty-Third and Last Degree of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America in 2006.
Brother Dietz is our friend. He is a true leader in our Valley and our Fraternity. He is a part of our family. We beam with pride and pledge our support and loyalty to his new ideas, concepts, and solutions for our ever-evolving Fraternity. He is dedicated to making our Fraternity better. He is dedicated to serving with passion, with love, and with a new vision. He is dedicated to helping those in need and advancing our Fraternity as a place of hope and compassion for others.
“What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us; what we have done for others and the world, remains and is immortal.”—Brother Albert Pike, Pioneer and Explorer
As officers and members of this great Valley, we heartily congratulate Illustrious Brother Dietz on this auspicious occasion. We look forward to your inspiration and leadership as we chart a new course over the next two years!