140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Thursday, June 6, 2013

"Volunteer of the Year"

Masons Ahead

Everyone who’s driven down Highway 202 in Tehachapi, Calif. lately has noticed the same thing: Masons hard at work. 

Three years ago, Tehachapi Lodge No.313 decided to donate their time for a unique and important cause – the beautification of local roads. Members established the lodge’s Adopt A Highway program, and scheduled bi-monthly workdays. 

It’s a tradition that’s stuck. Twice a month since then, members and their families can be found picking up trash along two heavily-traveled miles in the Tehachapi Valley. The lodge wears Cal Trans orange vests with a special twist – each boasts a bold square and compass on the back. 

The community has noticed. “Many of the residents on the Highway 202 wave a thank you to our members,” says Junior Warden Ron Jones, P.M. 

Last week, members were praised by Cal Trans as well: The lodge was named a Cal Trans “Volunteer of the Year” for their efforts. 

Photo: Tehachapi Lodge No.313’s Adopt A Highway sign on Highway 202 in Tehachapi, Calif.
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