A Message from the The Grand Master of Pennsylvania, Raymond T. Dietz, 33°
It’s been almost a year since I began my service as your Grand Master with Lady Lynn by my side.
As we have traveled throughout this beautiful Commonwealth, we have witnessed the steadfast commitment of our brethren and their ladies to our beloved fraternity.
Masonry is more than attending meetings and volunteering at fundraisers. It’s about caring for one another, our youth, our elderly, our communities and those in need. In essence, it’s about spreading the selfless type of love, integrity and compassion we see amplified during this holiday season – but commit-ting to it year-round, so that it is a part of who we are, not just what we do.
With your support, we have spearheaded many new efforts over the past year.
We updated our image with a more modern logo, website and magazine.
We developed a Lodge Almoner’s Fund that has blessed many of our brethren and their families during tough times.
We introduced a literacy program to provide underprivileged children and their parents with resources to succeed in learning to read.
We completed major renovations to the Masonic Temple/Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania to generate revenue and assist in the cost of maintaining the historic building by renting space for banquets, wedding receptions and other special events.
We continued successful programming, as well. I’m proud to report that we recently surpassed the $1 million donation mark in donations to Help for Our Heroes since R.W.Past Grand Master Steve Gardner began the Change for Our Troops program in 2001. And just a few weeks ago, at our One Day Masonic Journey, we welcomed over 950 men into our Grand Lodge fraternity and because of the Grand Lodge initiative we welcomed 1537 Master Masons into the Scottish Rite.
Looking forward to 2017, may we all resolve to renew our commitment to our Masonic family, support our Masonic Charities, give back to our communities, encourage our youth and assist our brethren and their families in their time of need.
Lynn and I wish each and every one of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
We give thanks for you, our Masonic family and ask God’s blessings on the future of our beloved fraternity.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Raymond T. Dietz
R.W. Grand Master