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Operation – Adopt A Highway Initiative
What a remarkable turn out for our community service event this past Saturday, 04/17/2021. We completed our Adopt A Highway initiative this year, and via our AAH committee and the leadership of the chairman, Senior Warden Andrew D. White, Ecclesiastes 120 showed what it means to L.E.V.E.L. UP. We "L"ead all other organizations by being the first to confirm our date with ODOT for 2021. Senior Warden "E"ducated us on the safety measures and guidelines in which to adhere by while working along the highway. Along with the participation of our brothers of 120, we "E"ngaged our sister chapter Ecclesiastes 101, Eureka Lodge #52, Excelsior Lodge #11, and our pythagoreans joined in this effort. The multitude of participation sparked a "V"ision for other lodges and chapters to reach out to ODOT to secure their own stretch of the highway. This will show a strong presence in which Prince Hall Masons of Ohio supports the initiative in protecting and preserving our environment. As we ALL came together for this initiative, we "L"ifted our youth and our community by not just talking but showing them the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy environment.
Our assemble time was 8:30 am to pass out the safety vests, gloves, picker up pokers, bottle water, donuts and perform the safety briefing. We commenced our clean up at 9:00 am. Bro Gary Samuels delivered an inspiring prayer of devotion to get us started!
Experience taught us in the realm of efficiency to form three main groups. One at the entrance of the exit ramp of Lee Rd, one towards the middle and the latter on the opposite side of the overpass going towards Broadway. This proved beneficial as we were able to complete the task at hand and conclude our westbound clean up by 10 am!
ODOT set up safety cones and a sign designating clean-up crew that provided safety and sense prestige. In viewing the landscape, it was self-evident that a cleanup had not occurred in over a year. It was also disappointing to see the amount of debris especially when you consider the lockdown that was imposed, but nonetheless we were up for the challenge and we conquered.
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Cleveland, OH - (Lee and Harvard Exit 24)
Ecclesiastes Lodge #120
Ecclesiastes Chapter #101
Eureka Lodge #52
May 20, 2020
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