Plan to Be There on Aug. 18
Date Stone Ceremony, Scoreboard and Statue Unveiling
at 2001 Little League World Series

R.W. Grand Master Robert L. Dluge, Jr. with the scale model of the statue honoring the late Bro. Carl E. Stotz.

R.W. Grand Master Robert L. Dluge, Jr., and many, many Masons across Pennsylvania are looking forward to the Little League Baseball World Series games on Aug. 18 in South Williamsport and plan to be on hand for the date stone and dedication ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m. Later, the Grand Master will throw out the first pitch to begin the Little League World Series game at 1 p.m.

This is destined to be a great, fun-filled day for the Family of Freemasonry. Dress will be appropriately casual for the activities, except for the Grand Lodge brethren who will wear full regalia while participating in the ceremonies.

The Grand Master and the Grand Lodge officers will perform a date stone ceremony for the new stadium for the Little League, unveil a new scoreboard presented by the Freemasons of Pennsylvania, and then unveil a statue of the late Bro. Carl E. Stotz, founder of Little League Baseball.
Three days after he became Grand Master, Bro. Dluge presented a contribution of $500,000 on behalf of the Fraternity to provide the big league-style scoreboard for the new stadium. It is emblazoned, "In Memory of Carl E. Stotz - Presented by Pennsylvania Freemasons," and displays the square and compasses on the upper left and right.

The memorial statue of Bro. Stotz will be unveiled at the entrance to the stadium complex. It was created by John Hanna of Rock of Ages in Barre, VT. Bro. Stotz, who was a member of John F. Laedlein Lodge No. 707, Williamsport, laid the foundation for what Little League means to youth of the world today. He conceived the idea of organized baseball for young boys that resulted in founding the first program in 1939 with only three teams that today has grown to become the world's largest organized youth sports program.

In the evening, the Grand Master will host a family barbecue and concert. Details and reservation information for the evening were sent in a special mailing to the brethren.

The new, big league-style scoreboard in memory of the late Bro. Carl E. Stotz featuring the square and compasses will be unveiled prior to the date stone cermony.