The Masonic Society Semi-Annual Meeting will be held in Philadelphia July 27th and 28th, 2012. The hotel will be the DoubleTree City Center, 237 S Broad St Philadelphia PA. The rate we have negotiated is $149 per night, however if you book on Expedia now and pay-in-advance, the rate is $146 per night. The conference cost will be $75 per person (all inclusive) and $60 for banquet and dinner speaker only. The conference will be split between the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Temple and the Union League (http://www.unionleague.org/). The following is the conference schedule as of today (dependent on ongoing negotiations):
Friday evening, July 27: Meet up at a local Philadelphia watering hole. We are considering McGillin’s Olde Ale House (http://www.mcgillins.com/), if it is not too small for our enjoyment.
Saturday, July 28
Breakfast - (on own)
9:00 AM - Noon - Tour Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Temple and museum
Noon - 1:00 PM - Lunch in the Temple
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Presentations at the Union League by the New Jersey Lodge of Masonic Research and Education No. 1786 (NJ LOR) and The Livingston Library (GL of NY)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - (on own - TMS Board to meet for about an hour, with call in by those not present)6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - No host social hour at Union League
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Buffet supper and guest lecturer
Afternoon speakers will be:
Thomas Savini, Director Livingston Masonic Library Grand Lodge of New York
(http://www.nymasoniclibrary.org/) - Presentation of the Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Library
Ben Hoff, PM NJ LOR (http://njlore1786.org/) - a paper on the original Ahiman Rezon
Howard Kanowitz NJ LOR - a very unique presentation on the Battle of Gettysburg
Ray Thorne, current WM of NJ LOR - has a work in progress suitable to our Pennsylvania audiance
Dinner speaker - Thomas W. Jackson, PGS Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and Exec. Sec. of the World Conference of Grand Lodges
Space will be limited to 50 for afternoon speakers series and to 100 for the banquet and dinner speaker. Please note that the Union League has a strict dress code, which we will have to abide by.
For reservations go to: http://tmssemiannual2012.eventbrite.com/
You need not be a member to attend the program, but please consider joining the Masonic Society today!