Columbia Lodge #38 is pleased to sponsor a series of group bursaries to public service student organizations at Windermere Zone schools.

The Climate Action Club from David Thompson Secondary School promotes awareness of climate issues and actively seeks community and school-based solutions to climate challenges.

The Club’s initiatives have included collecting and distributing plants in school for better indoor air quality and atmosphere, a waste-free lunch initiative, mentorship for elementary students, representing youth at Columbia Basin Trust community meetings promoting environmental education, participating in the Canadian Rockies Youth Network, collaborating with Wildsight Invermere on waste reduction initiatives, and advocating to local government on climate issues affecting youth.

Currently, the Climate Action Club is partnering with Wildsight to raise awareness and seek solutions for improved local public transit.

The Masons and Shriners, their more visible affiliate, have long been active in the area of community support, and the Masonic Lodge in Invermere is pleased to continue this benevolent tradition.

Freemason Greg Constable says he became involved when he inherited his grandfather’s roll-top desk at age 18 and discovered a Masonic apron in one of the drawers.  Since he admired his grandfather greatly, once he settled down into his teaching career he applied to the local lodge — 45 years ago.