YMCA Cornerstone Dedicated in Ceremonies

Masons dedicate the cornerstone of the new YMCA Aquatic Center Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Masons dedicate the cornerstone of the new YMCA Aquatic Center Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Pat Blair)

In ceremonies that are rooted in 1340, the cornerstone for the YMCA Aquatic Center was dedicated Saturday afternoon.

Masons from across Wyoming attended the event, as well as Sen. Mike Enzi, who's also a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Enzi told those gathered at the event that Sheridan has always been a special community for him and his wife, Diane.

Enzi said 1340 is the time of the first recorded cornerstone ceremony. He noted that George Washington presided over ceremonies both for the cornerstone of the Capitol and for the White House in Washington D.C.

Ceremonies included the scattering of corn and pouring of wine and oil to consecrate the cornerstone.

Also during the program, recognition was given to Tim Belton of Malone, Belton, Abel, architects for the aquatic center, and to Fletcher Construction, contractor for the project.

Other speakers included Jake Hazman, president of the YMCA board of directors, and Elizabeth Cassiday, who's the YMCA executive director.

Cassiday said the new pool is zero entry, which means that each swimmer gets to start at a depth in the pool where he or she is comfortable. She said besides the pool itself, the Y staff is excited about the new locker rooms.

She said she's also excited about the space that will be vacated, because when the new aquatic center is finished, the old pool will be decommissioned, along with a younger pool. She said the old pool is more than 60 years old, and the younger one is about 35 years old.

Children in the Sheridan County Cadets and the Y Kids singers provided musical entertainment during the ceremonies, and the new aquatic center was thrown open to tours afterward.

Masons from across Wyoming attended the event. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Masons from across Wyoming attended the event. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The colors are brought into the ceremonies. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The colors are brought into the ceremonies. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Speakers included Sen. Mike Enzi, who is a Mason. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Speakers included Sen. Mike Enzi, who is a Mason. (Photo by Pat Blair)
SheridanWyoming.com

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