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Brethren:

As I write this message, our country has just suffered the most outrageous invasion to its sovereignty and security by faceless and nameless cowards who are willing to pervert ancient religious principles to justify their ultimate goal of anarchy and chaos. We, as the greatest proponents of freedom, equality, and toleration worldwide, cannot allow this type of activity to pervade our lives and overtake our being.

We have received communications in many different forms from brethren worldwide expressing outrage and decrying those reprehensible acts. It is amazing how Freemasons "where so ever disbursed" are truly the band of brothers we often say we are. I am honored to say that I have come to know many of those individuals and their greatness is not just saying the words, but practicing the principles of our Fraternity in their lives.

The effects of those tragic acts no doubt will cause us to be more concerned in our lives and if you need help in getting through these difficult times, please contact our Outreach office at the Masonic Homes: 1 (800) 462-7664. That staff can assist you in obtaining the necessary services to give you help, plus their counseling services are available should you need someone to talk to.

They also are performing an invaluable service in marshalling our resources by gathering the names of our members and/or their family members who are engaged in the providing of emergency services, be it police, fire, rescue, or emergency medical services. Although we may not be called on for the current events, we would like to establish a database that can be utilized if ever necessary. The emergency services community is yet a different type of fraternity and, for those of us who participate in it, it also is a different "way of life." This was typified best by those who gave their lives in the service of saving others.

We encourage your use of the Safety Program pamphlets previously given to all lodges. The information in that series of excellent programs is especially topical now. They are suitable for presentation at lodge meetings, to family gatherings after the meetings, and to the public generally. They give you the information necessary to be more aware of your surroundings, your personal safety and the safety of others around you. If you need additional copies, please contact the Masonic Education Office in Philadelphia.

By this time, you have received a communication indicating that we are reactivating a program created by R.W.P.G.M. W. Scott Stoner, "Pennsylvania Freemasons, Keeping the Promise of America." In light of all that has occurred, this program has taken on a new and expanded meaning. We hope that it will instill pride in you as a Pennsylvania Freemason and American. Perhaps our greatest strength, which others cannot seem to understand, is that, despite our diverse backgrounds, we are all AMERICANS AND PROUD OF IT. Like the Three Musketeers, "One for all and All for One." My brethren, we look forward to serving you for the remainder of this administration and, if there is anything that we can do to assist you in any way, please let us know.

God Bless America!

Robert L. Dluge, Jr.,
R.W. Grand Master

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