"IN LIGHT of the last few days, we need more bulwarks like this ... in our community," said Bennie G. Owens, Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Masons of Maryland, as he presided over the dedication Saturday of the cornerstone of the new Masonic Center and Odenton Lodge No. 209.
Nearly 100 Masons and friends gathered for the event at the building just off Sappington Station Road, between Routes 175 and 32.
Owens, assisted by the Grand Line of Officers of the Grand Lodge of Maryland, extolled the good works done by the Odenton lodge over the years, a strong center of Masonry for Odenton residents as well as people working at Fort Meade and the National Security Agency.
The cornerstone contains a copy of the lodge's charter, names of the lodge's members, newspaper clippings about the organization's activities and mementos from the lodge's old building, which is being converted into a museum by the Odenton Heritage Society.
The Masons are an international fraternal, philanthropic organization that runs community outreach programs out of local lodges.
Odenton's Worshipful Master, Charles Baillargeon, said his lodge has been active in such programs as blood drives and holiday baskets for the needy.
The lodge's role is to help where there is need, he said. "If there's something we can do to assist someone in distress, we do whatever we can."
Baillargeon said many Odenton lodge members also work with affiliated Masonic groups, such as the Shriners who help crippled children and provide support for burn victims.
County Executive Janet S. Owens sent the lodge a certificate of appreciation for Saturday's event, and Del. David Boschert donated a flag. County Council member Bill Burlison, a member of the lodge, also attended the ceremony.
For information about the lodge, call Bruce Morris, secretary, at 410-551-3474.
Four Seasons Women
The Four Seasons Women's Group will resume its monthly meetings with an open house at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Four Seasons Elementary School in Gambrills.
The club is a nonprofit organization, open to women with an interest in the Four Seasons community. Plans for the coming year include a bull and oyster roast, a trip to Lancaster, Pa., basket programs for the needy, a plant sale and a blood drive.
All funds raised by the club go back to the community. For more information, call club president Alberta Baker at 410-672-5219.
Crofton Area Retired Persons (CARP) has scheduled its monthly luncheon meeting at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Seton Parish Hall. In addition to a brief business meeting and luncheon, Jane Jackman will present a program on the Charles Carroll House in Annapolis. Jackman, curator of the building, will discuss the history of the house, its restoration and its use today.
Travel chairman Ed Kelly is planning a CARP trip to Three Bakers Dinner Theatre in Wilmington, Del., on Sept. 27, where the group will attend a performance of Evita. The cost of the trip will be $56. For details, call Kelly at 410-451-0029.
Membership in this organization is open to all area retirees 55 years old and older. Regular luncheon meetings are held at 10:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month, September through May. Annual dues are $10 and luncheon fees are $8. For more information, call Patrick Rubilotta at 410-721-2148.
Walk and Roll for Life
On Saturday, the Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Center will stage its 17th annual Walk and Roll for Life at Allen Pond in Bowie. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Walkers will raise funds, while the center will provide music, clowns and face painting. The Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council 2577 will operate a concession stand with all proceeds from the event benefiting the center.
For more information, call 301-805-8264.