Last week, the heavy rains that inundated Colorado hit the offices of The Masonry Society in Longmont. In a recent report, Phillip Samblanet, the Society’s executive director, assured members and industry associates that the flooding did not affect his family or home. And he thanked everyone for the calls, emails, and wishes he has thus received. My family is safe, though we know many who have suffered damage to their homes,” reported Samblanet.

Samblanet reported that on Sunday September 15, much of the Longmont was under water and closed to the public. Earlier this week, the TMS staff was able to return to the office. They discovered that there had been about 12-inches of water in the work and storage areas.

Fortunately Samblanet reports that the Society’s computer backup system and most of our computers are ok. But the Society did experience significant losses. Much of the office furniture was damaged beyond repair, book inventory ruined, and society records lost.

Samblanet is working the building’s owner to restore the office. But he anticipates that it will take about two weeks to have the office to return to the new normal. While the office is closed, Samblenat will try to monitor Society business from his laptop as time permits.

Due to the flooding problems, The Masonry Society has extended registration for next month’s Annual Meeting until Sept. 30. But Samblanet advises potential attendees that rooms at the hotel are limited, and ask that make their reservations soon.

The Masonry Society is an international gathering of people interested in the art and science of masonry. TMS is a professional, technical, and educational association dedicated to the advancement of knowledge on masonry. Founded in 1977, it has approximately members worldwide who help support the Society in its mission to advance the knowledge of masonry.

To learn how you can help TMS recover, you can email Samblanet at or to call him at 303-939-9700.