Since 2010 when MW Br. Jeffrey D. Russell brought Glover Park Day to the attention of Singleton Lodge and asked them to spearhead running a CHIPS Booth the lodge has been actively engaging with this event. As technology advanced, the need for running a CHIPS booth has pretty much disappeared. But, the Singleton Community Service Committee brainstormed some different ideas about how to stay engaged with Glover Park Day. Br. Bailey Wood suggested, “What about a bouncy house? Or sno-cones?” The lodge consulted with the Glover Park Day Organizing committee who was very positive of the idea. Price quotes were obtained and Worshipful Brother Dustin Rawlins (the Master at that time) greenlighted the idea.
Now on our fourth year in a row providing the sno-cones and bouncy house, it was not without some difficulty. Our original date in June saw one of the worst weather weekends in Washington, DC and forced a rain delay to September 15. The week leading up to the rescheduled Glover Park day presented a unique challenge with Hurricane Florence, but after a flurry of emails and weather updates that would make Waffle House jealous, and a change in the storm track, we were set to go!
Glover Park Day proved to be another amazing success with over 750 sno-cones served to a whole variety of neighbors and over 200 children enjoying the bouncy house. Special thanks to Br. Jeff Hawn, Br. Jason Lebowitz, W. Br. Amid Kasamani, Br. Andrew Uhlman, Mr. Norman Chao, and Mr. Chris Renneker. Without their able assistance, we wouldn’t have been able to make so many kids smile.
Parents too, were overjoyed at having a free treat for their children, as well as being able to remember their own childhoods. We also had brothers from Justice Columbia, Albert Pike, and a few alumnae from Rainbow, and Masonic spouses stop by and enjoy the day. Former President Teddy Roosevelt from the Washington Nationals even stopped by!
We look forward to 2019 when we will be celebrating our 10th year of volunteering with Glover Park Day!