TO: Division III and IV Masons
RE: Disaster in Southern California
The devastating fires which have afflicted Southern California in the past two days cannot have escaped your notice. It is too early to know of any losses sustained by our members and our lodges, but we will be surveying our lodges soon to determine what assistance might be needed. In the meantime, this is an opportunity to truly demonstrate the meaning of Brotherly Love as Masons.
Undoubtedly many of you are already helping in any way that you can, perhaps through making your home available to refugees, or working with community relief groups who are helping those temporarily displaced by the fires. If you have not yet done so, why not offer your help to the local agencies who are responding to the disaster? In the early stages of a disaster people are needed more than money. And as Masons we can offer our personal help now. As Grand Master of Masons in California I call upon each of you to do what you can to respond to this emergency, and to demonstrate that we truly understand the meaning of Brotherly Love when it is most needed.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Richard Wakefield Hopper