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Dietz Couple

Bro. Raymond T. Dietz, Right Worshipful Grand Master
Mrs. Lynn Dietz, First Lady

Bro. Raymond T. Dietz joined Davage Lodge No. 374 in 1973. He is a member and Past Master of Avalon Lodge No. 657, Pittsburgh, and a member of Lodge No. 45, Pittsburgh. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 55th Masonic District, 2004-2009. He served as a member of the Grand Lodge Committee on Finance since 2005, as well as on the Committee on Landmarks, Trustee of the Masonic Charities Fund, Director of The Masonic Library & Museum and Masonic Villages’ Board of Directors.

A lifelong resident of Allegheny County, Bro. Ray graduated from North Hills Senior High School in 1970 and Robert Morris University with a bachelor of science in business administration. He has been employed as Vice President of Union Home Mortgage since 2011, when the company purchased Allstate Financial, which he founded in 1989 and had served as President. He was previously employed by Bell Federal Savings and Loan for 18 years in various capacities including Senior Vice President.

Bro. Ray served on the Finance Committee for Northmont Presbyterian Church and as director on the foundation board for Allegheny General Hospital, Suburban Campus. He also served as the Director, Treasurer and House Chairman for Shannopin Country Club. He is President of Newport Condominium Association, Bahamas.

Bro. Ray has been married to Lynn for 37 years, and they have two daughters, Jennifer Kelley and Jessica Pfansteil. Jennifer is employed by the Attorney General’s Office and volunteers in Search and Rescue. Jessica Pfanstiel is married to Chris Pfanstiel, a member of Dallas Lodge. She has a master’s degree in Child Life.

In his spare time, Bro. Ray enjoys fishing, golf, and racquet ball. He and Lynn both enjoy gardening and scuba diving.

A member of the Valley of Pittsburgh, A.A.S.R., Bro. Ray is an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council, 33°, and he served as Director of the valley’s Children’s Dyslexia Center. He is a member of Hiram’s Scottish Riders; Golden Triangle York Rite College; Royal Order of Scotland; Zerubbabel-Duquesne Royal Arch Chapter No. 162; Mt. Moriah Council No. 2; Pittsburgh Commandery No. 1; Syria Shrine; Naco Caravan No. 19; U.S. Premier Conclave; Red Cross of Constantine; Royal Order of Jesters, Court No. 2; Islam Grotto; Tall Cedars of Lebanon and PA Lodge of Research. He is a charter member of the Sewickley High Twelve Club and a member of Masonic Veterans of Western PA. He was awarded the DeMolay Legion of Honor in 2011.

The Grand Master’s Medallion

R.W. Grand Master of Pennsylvania Raymond T. Dietz’s 2016-2017 Medallion honors the two men who most influenced his life and led him to Freemasonry: his father, Fredrick Dietz, Sr., and his “Uncle” Raymond J. Loichinger, both members of Avalon Lodge No. 657, Pittsburgh. Having witnessed their lifelong fraternal friendship and their respectable, ethical character since his youth, Bro. Ray has striven to emulate these great men and the strong values they represent.

dietz grand master's medallion and pin

The Grand Master’s Award

Bro. Dietz has chosen to continue the Grand Master’s Award Program, which recognizes Lodges for excellence in programming. Any Pennsylvania Lodge may apply for the award which rates the applicant in several different areas, such as membership, attendance, charitable giving, and community involvement. It should be the goal of every Pennsylvania Lodge to earn this award!

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Grand Master’s Initiatives

Social and Educational Programs

Haven’t been to Lodge in a while? Or, maybe it’s your first time. Well, rest assured that you will be greeted by your Junior Warden or another officer, who will make sure you’re introduced to other Brethren who will share their experience with you. Quality programming is extremely important. Your Grand Lodge has been working hard to make sure your Lodge has access to programs that are sure to be of interest, including new programs for honoring first responders in May and veterans
in November.

It’s all about building relationships, right? Lodges may continue to open and close the prescribed short way to minimize the length of the meetings and ensure there’s time for socialization. Speaking of fun, why not broaden your circle? All Lodges will be coordinating district-wide social events open to members and their ladies, and in some cases, to families and friends.

Rebranding the Fraternity

It has been many, many years since the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania has updated our “look” or our “brand.” Our commitment to making good men better, based on our cardinal values of brotherly love, charity and truth, will never change. It’s vital that we remember our roots and focus, as Brothers, on taking care of one another and our families.

At the same time, as we strive to bring more members into our great fraternity, we must listen and HEAR what is important to them as well as to our existing membership. To continue to grow and impact our communities, we must focus on some fundamental goals:

  • Helping Distressed Members
  • Encouraging Member Involvement
  • Attracting New Members
  • Raising Awareness in the Community

Let’s let our fellow Brethren, their families and our communities know that Pennsylvania Masons are thriving in modern day society. Let’s let them know we HEAR what is important and are here to continue supporting one another and making our world a better place!

New Technology

Our Grand Lodge website has been redesigned to provide useful, easily accessible information for our Brethren. It is designed to appeal to all Brothers and aid in attracting new members. It also promotes the fraternity and educates the community about our values.

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