Fifty years of service to the community |

Fifty years of service to the community

Heidi RiceGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Special to the Post Independent/Mike Smith

For 81 years, William Dobbs-Scott of Glenwood Springs has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley, where he was born. For 50 of those years he’s been a member of the Masonic Lodge #65 in Glenwood Springs.Bill Wright, 71, also of Glenwood Springs, was originally from Milan, Ill., where he became a Mason when he was 21 years old.Both men were honored for their 50 years of service last month at a spaghetti dinner held at the Glenwood Springs Masonic Temple.”My father was a Mason and I just wanted to join because it’s a very charitable organization,” Dobbs-Scott said.

Dobbs-Scott was born in Rifle on the Fourth of July and worked a number of jobs in the valley and did a three-year stint in the Army. But it’s his volunteer work that stands out. Dobbs-Scott has been a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts for the past 50 years, involved with the Junior National Rifle Association, taught hunter safety classes and has done volunteer service on the sanitation board, the fire department and the sheriff’s department.”I think I’ve volunteered for everything in the county,” he said with a chuckle.When he’s not volunteering, he keeps busy gardening and taking care of his house.But he was proud to be honored by the Masons with a certificate and a pin.

“The 50-year pin made me feel real good,” Dobbs-Scott said. “It’s an honor.”That feeling was echoed by Wright, who also received commendation for his 50 years as a Mason. Wright joined the Eureka Lodge #69 in Milan, Ill. when he was just 21 years old. “My dad and three of my uncles were all Masons and I grew up in a very active Mason Lodge,” Wright said. “(Masons) do good work and have a high standard of living.”Wright describes the Masons as a “fraternal organization of men based on God, doing good, brotherhood and treating others like you wanted to be treated.”

The order is only open to men 21 and over and they must be invited to be a member. If accepted, they work their way through three levels to become a full member of the Masonic Lodge. Wright and his wife, Cheryl, moved to Colorado in 1970. He taught the farm and ranch management program at Colorado Mountain College for 11 years before going into real estate. The Wrights operated Glenwood Realty for nearly 20 years before retiring. Along with spending time with their kids and grandkids, they also like to travel.”We do the ‘S.K.I.’ program in Hawaii,” he joked. “Spend your Kid’s Inheritance.”Wright was also honored to be recognized by the Masons for his 50 years of service.”It was a nice turnout,” he said. “It’s an honor to be a member for so long.”

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