The Sopris Sun

See what the Masons built

Dear Editor:
I’m writing this letter to encourage your readers to attend the Glenwood Masonic Lodge’s 130th Anniversary Celebration.
The Glenwood Masonic Lodge is the oldest non-profit in the R.F.V. and has done countless charitable deeds over our history. The Glenwood schools have used our building numerous times. As a classroom in the ‘60s, a gymnasium in the ‘80s and a daycare starting in October. The Salvation Army used it for a time when they were relocating. The Center for the Arts used it for dance classes after their building got flooded in June 2016. The Boy Scouts have used it for their pinewood derby and blue and gold dinner. We offer annual scholarships to high school seniors in the R.F.V.
The Glenwood Masonic Lodge is truly a community driven grassroots organization. We have members from every walk of life, every race and every financial situation. Over the last 130 years in Glenwood it have survived from membership dues and donations from our members. And recently from rental of our ballroom. We receive no government money! We only have one modestly paid position, that’s our property manager. The rest of the thing we do is done by volunteers.
The Masonic Fraternity is worldwide with multiple non-profit organizations. Most notably the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Who run 22 hospitals in North America. And provide service to children at no cost. The Masonic family of non-profits give away on average 4 million dollars a day in charitable works nationwide.
At the 130th Anniversary Celebration we will be giving tours of our building including our meeting hall which is usually not open to the public. We will have artifacts from the now defunct Aspen and Carbondale Lodges, as well as Glenwood on display. A Shriner will be performing in his clown attire and making balloon animals for the kids. There will be FREE hamburgers and hotdogs! ALL ARE WELCOME! This Saturday noon-3, 901 Colorado Ave. across from the post office. For more info about Freemasonry or to rent our ballroom go to www.gwsfreemasons.com.
Wayne L. Horak
Carbondale