Along the main street in his hometown there is an etched wooden sign shaped much like a coat of arms that proclaims "Robert L. Dluge, Jr., Attorney-at-Law." Set back about the length of a football field is a rustic log cabin. Inside, amid modern office furnishings and appointments, are the comfortable law offices.
Bro. Dluge is an attorney, practicing law in Elysburg since 1976. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and through the years served as an officer, committee chairman, and Zone Governor of the Young Lawyer's Division. He also is a member of the Northumberland County Bar Association where he is a committee chairman and a past director.
He is among the most active leaders in his community. The fire call radio is always buzzing in his office, or the pager is always active on his belt. For many years, he has been a mainstay of the Elysburg Fire Co. He is the Assistant Chief and commands the department's well-equipped mobile Emergency Command Center. He is active in the Northumberland County Fire Chiefs Association.
The list of his community, area, and state civic involvements, past and present, is lengthy. Notably, he is a former Director of the State Board of the American Heart Association. He is a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Elysburg and the Elysburg Lutheran Parish, where he served as President of the Church Council and in a number of other positions. Despite being busy at his profession, in his Masonic activities, and his community involvement, he is an avid railroad buff and model train enthusiast.
He has been active in the Boy Scouts of America ever since his youthful days in Cub Pack 3247. He was a member of Elysburg Troop 247, achieving all ranks, earning 40 merit badges and that of Eagle Scout with three palms. He was a member of the Susquehanna Council contingent attending the Valley Forge National Jamboree in 1964 and Philmont Scout Ranch in 1965. In 1968, he was a member of the Region Three contingent attending the World Jamboree, Cour de lane, Idaho. From 1965 to 1968, he served as a staff member at Camp Karoondinha successively as Scout Craft Director, Assistant Program Director, and Commissioner. He was an Explorer in Elysburg Post 2247 and attended the U. S. Explorer Conference at the U. S. Naval Academy, serving on the Planning and Steering Committee in 1965 to 1967. He is a Vigil Member of the Order of the Arrow and was a District Chief, District Dance Team Chief, Lodge Vice Chief, Chief of the Hill, and held all ceremonial positions. As an adult, he was a college Scouter, then served as a Merit Badge counselor, District Committee member, and Explorer Post Committee member.
His involvement with youth has been recognized among the Family of Freemasonry. Rainbow for Girls presented him with the Grand Cross of Color and The Order of DeMolay conferred the Honorary Legion of Honor Degree.
Bro. Dluge served as Worshipful Master of Elysburg Lodge No. 414 in 1978 and as the District Deputy Grand Master for the 58th Masonic District from 1986 through 1992. He served as R.W. Junior Grand Warden in 1994 and 1995 and the succeeding Grand Lodge line offices until his installation this Dec. 27.
He is a Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Bloomsburg where he was Commander-in-Chief of Caldwell Consistory in 1993 and 1994. He also is a Past Sovereign Prince of Zerubbabel Council, Princes of Jerusalem. He serves the Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation as a member of the Jurisprudence Committee. In 1991, he was coroneted a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33º. He is the Deputy's Representative for the Valley of Bloomsburg.
In York Rite, he served as High Priest of Shamokin Royal Arch Chapter No. 264 in 1983; Thrice Illustrious Master of Shamokin Council No. 68 in 1985; and Eminent Commander of Shamokin Commandery, Knights Templar in 1986 and 1987. He is a member of St. James Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine; Penn Priory No. 6, Knights of the York Cross of Honor; Pennsylvania Council of Anointed Kings; Pennsylvania York Rite College No. 11; Gallicantu Tabernacle No. 75, Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, serving as Very Eminent Preceptor in 1998; Gen. John J. Sullivan Council No. 84, Allied Masonic Degrees, now serving as Sovereign Master; and Past Commanders and Line Officers, Division 14, Knights Templar of Pennsylvania; and Excelsior Mark Lodge No. 216, Philadelphia. In 1998, he was honored by the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar with the designation of Knight Commander of the Temple. Bro. Dluge is a Shriner in Irem Temple; a member of the Royal Order of Scotland; and Carlisle Chapter No. 130, National Sojourners.
He was born in Danville in 1950, the son of Bro. Robert L. Dluge, Sr., and Bernice M. Dluge. He was educated in the public schools of Rapho Township (now part of the Southern Columbia Area) and Shamokin Area School District. He was graduated from Lycoming College in 1971 with a B.A. degree in Political Science and Pre-law, did post-graduate work at Bloomsburg University in business and accounting, and was graduated from the Widener University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1975.
Bro. Dluge is married to the former Debra A. Ford and the couple has three daughters: Dawn, Jennifer, and Stephanie.