The Glen Rose Chapter No. 171 of the Order of the Eastern Star will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a community dinner Saturday at the Somervell County Citizens Center.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. A short program will follow and live entertainment will be provided by Don McCoy of the Unreal McCoys band.

Everyone is invited. Cristi and Brad Nickels, the chapterís current executive officers, will host the event.

In 1880, five years after Glen Rose became the Somervell County seat, a fraternity known as Freemasonry arrived and a Masonic Lodge chapter was granted on Dec. 11 of that year. The lodge occupied the upper portion of the building that housed Lairdís Electric. At first the Masonic Lodge was a fraternal meeting place for men only.

However, an additional fraternity open to both women and men was organized a few years after the turn of the century. Glen Roseís chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, operating under the authority of a special dispensation from the Grand Chapter of Texas, first met above Lairdís Electric on Oct. 11, 1911.

ďSo 100 years later, we celebrate and want the community to help us celebrate this vital and historic part of our community,Ē the chapter said in its invitation.

The local chapter supports various charities and offers service to the community. For example, it provides Christmas baskets for the needy and elderly, funds scholarships for Glen Rose students and proudly supports the young womenís organization known as the International Order of Rainbow for Girls.

For more information, contact Jo Ann Davidson at 254-898-1622.