The June 2000 Quarterly Communication was held under a tent on the grounds of the Elysburg Fire Company in the home-town of R. W. Grand Master Robert L. Dluge, Jr. It was an eye-opener to those who had never spent anytime in the beautiful landscapes of central Pennsylvania, and the weekend schedule included plenty of time to explore and enjoy the great outdoors.
A golf tournament, skeet shooting, train rides, mine explorations, a great day at Knoebel's Grove Amusement Park, and a concert by Blood, Sweat and Tears and the Shangi-La's all made for an unforgettable family weekend of "fun, food and fantasy!"
The Grand Master took time to inspect a new D.A.R.E. Van, refurbished by the Lodges of Masonic District D using their combined Matching Grants. The tent can be seen in the background.
Over 350 members and Lodge officers attended the meeting on Saturday morning to hear the reports and business of the Grand Lodge, followed by a luncheon in the Elysburg Fire Hall.

The Grand Master presented a Grand Master's Service Award to Bro. Nathaniel Gilchrist of Lodge No. 43 in Lancaster, for his outstanding contributions of time and energy in service to the community and numerous charities, on behalf of the Masonic fraternity. Bro. Gilchrist was surprised by the award, having been nominated by District Deputy Grand Master of District 1, Bro. Douglas Wiker.
Members and advisors of Reading, Noble, and Elizabethtown Chapters of DeMolay assisted the Grand Lodge by setting up and taking down the chairs for the program.
The tie-dye shirts were easy to see all over Knoebel's Grove, and later in the evening at the concert they were at the gate taking tickets and assisting where needed.
Everyone had a great time at the concert as the Shangri-La's and Blood, Sweat and Tears brought back memories of great music from the Sixties!

Grand Master and Mrs. Dluge spent some time back-stage with The Shangri-La's
David Clayton Thomas, lead-singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears, belted out many favorites with his powerful voice.

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