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Hurricane Irma hit Florida with the "longest-lasting powerful hurricane or typhoon ever recorded, worldwide," according to National Public Radio. More than 60% of the state was without power. Widespread flooding, depleted grocery shelves, fuel shortages, lack of fresh water, and damage from high winds have made life miserable for many.

The GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA has now requested a "Disaster Appeal" through the Masonic Service Association (MSA) to care for the many Brethren who live in Florida, and we need to remember that many Ohio Brethren and Families have relocated and reside in that southern state as well! While the damage is still being assessed, the certainty of many months of recovery is expected.

Following the disaster in Texas, The Grand Lodge of Ohio has stepped up again and will make a contribution to the Masonic Service Association for the Grand Lodge of Florida. Donations can be made online at When remitting by check, please mark clearly that you wish the funds to go to the Florida Disaster Appeal.

Please forward any donations you feel appropriate to help our devastated Brothers and their families to MSA.  Please make checks payable to MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send to 3905 National Drive, STE 280, Burtonsville, MD 20866.

MSA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

It has been reported that Brethren from all across the nation are truly making a difference in providing much needed "Disaster Relief" to our Masonic Family in Texas. Now we hear the call again, and I urge each of you to consider coming to the aid of our distressed Brothers, their wives and children in Florida. It is what we do... it's "Freemasonry…A Brotherhood Of Values!!"

Very truly yours, fraternally,

C. Michael Watson, Grand Secretary