Community Organizations Form Partnership to Beautify Tenley Circle

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Masonic Lodge in D.C.'s Tenleytown neighborhood engages in green initiatives.

Our planning committee has been reaching out to several other community organizations including the American University Chapters of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Alpha Epsilon Pi, and Pi Kappa Phi; Saint Anne’s Church; and Cleveland Park Congregational Church to make this a true community event.

Community organizations from across the District are coming together to help beautify the Tenleytown neighborhood. William R. Singleton-Hope-Lebanon Masonic Lodge and Casey Trees, a non-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the tree canopy in Washington, D.C., are leading an initiative to transform two basic, grass-covered city blocks into a vibrant urban oasis for all to share in.

On Saturday, December 6, 2008, starting at 9 a.m., more than 50 volunteers will assemble at 4441 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, to plant nearly 30 new trees in the park adjacent to Tenley Circle.

“Our hope with this project is to use the natural beauty of trees to transform two city blocks into a welcoming area for all members of the community to embrace,” commented Mike Reid, chairperson of the event. “Our planning committee has been reaching out to several other community organizations including the American University Chapters of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Alpha Epsilon Pi, and Pi Kappa Phi; Saint Anne’s Church; and Cleveland Park Congregational Church to make this a true community event.”

The trees, tools, and technical support for the planting are being provided by Casey Trees as part of their Community Tree Planting program to support neighborhood re-greening.        

William R. Singleton - Hope Lebanon Lodge #7 is a lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, under the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia that has resided in Tenleytown for more than 90 years. This tree planting is the centerpiece of the Lodge's community service projects in 2008. For more information, please visit http://www.singletonlodge.org.

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