Masons donate bikes to county children

In an effort to become more transparent in the community and give back, Mountain Lodge #187 donated 14 bicycles to local schools as part of their Masonic Bicycle Attendance Program on November 11.

“For years now, Masons have kind of hid before our doors and walls and we haven’t been real visible. We’re trying to get out in communities more and this is just one way we’re going to do it,” said lodge member Clinton Mays. “We do this to help the community.”

Two bicycles will go to each county elementary school, to one boy and girl with good attendance. Representatives from Central Elementary School were at the Saturday meeting to accept their two bicycles. The remainder will be distributed by lodge members in the upcoming weeks.

Currently, schools cannot spend money on attendance incentives. These bicycle donations are one way for the lodge to help encourage students to attend school throughout the year.

Over the past few years, Lodge #187 has donated approximately 30 bicycles to the county school system. The Masons of the Commonwealth of Kentucky have donated over 1,200 bicycles total.

This year, preparation for the bicycle giveaway started back in the summer for Lodge #187. In an effort to grow the program, lodge members got the community involved.

“We started back in the summer going to local businesses and county officials and they were gracious enough to donate money toward our bicycles,” continued Mays.

Lodge #187 does not stop with their bicycle drive, either.

“We have some other things we’re going to do. We do scholarships and angel trees,” said Mays. “This is just a good way for us to not only help the community but it helps us as well.”

Mountain Lodge #187 meets the second Saturday and fourth Monday at 7:30 p.m. The Lodge is located at Payne’s Creek Road on Highway 1304.