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Monday, August 23, 2010

Details of Masonic Society Semi-Annual Meeting in New Orleans 9/24-25

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Time is running out! Join us for the Masonic Society's 2010 semi-annual meeting in New Orleans Sept. 24th and 25th, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, right in the heart of the French Quarter! The cutoff for reservations at the hotel is this Friday, August 27th, so act now! (There is a Saints game in town that same weekend, so you need to reserve by the 27th, or lose the great rate).

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Because we have had a number of members desire to arrive early on Thursday the 23rd (taking advantage of even better rates), we may have the LA 2nd Circle put on a yet to be developed program or get together for the early arrivers, or everyone may just want to explore the French Quarter (our hotel is right on Bourbon Street!).

There will be a dedicated Masonic Society hospitality and media room near the lecture rooms where everyone can meet, enjoy good conversations and do some Masonic shopping. Mark Tabbert and I will be there with books, along with Mike Poll's Cornerstone Books, which is the most prolific Masonic publisher in the U.S. Michael Caine Seay, the U.S. representative of the Toye, Kenning, & Spencer, the world's oldest Masonic regalia manufacturer, will be there, as well. This will be a great opportunity to pick up some of the most beautiful Masonic regalia and jewels around.

I will be speaking at the semiannual, along with Mark Tabbert, Randy Williams, Michael Caine Seay, and Louisiana's own Marc Conrad (lecture schedule will be posted soon).

On Saturday Morning (Sept. 25th) at 10 am, we will move to the lodge hall of Etoile Polaire Lodge No. 1. Etoile Polaire will call a special meeting to host the Louisiana Lodge of Research's fall meeting. As part of the LLR's meeting, Bro. Michael Carpenter, Ph.D. will present a lecture on Scottish Rite discoveries. Lodge Etoile Polaire #1 will also demonstrate the EA degree using the Scottish Rite ritual, rarely seen in the U.S. outside of just 10 Louisiana lodges from the French period. This will be a tiled event by Etoile Polaire.

If this is not enough in the way of events, the New Orleans Valley of the Scottish Rite will be be having a fall reunion and it would be a perfect time for the members of the AASR to see the New Orleans Valley at work. The New Orleans Consistory is the oldest Scottish Rite Valley in existence today, and has a history and reputation as rich and varied as New Orleans itself.

To cap off the festivities, the Masonic Society banquet will hosted by the Royal Sonesta at 7 PM on Saturday the 25th. Coat and tie please. If you have ever eaten at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, you know what a true taste treat it is, not to mention one of the most elegant experiences around.

The banquet menu will be:

Soup: Chicken & Andouille Gumbo
Salad: Romaine Lettuce with Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese, Garlic Croutons & Creamy Caesar Dressing
Entrée (Your choice of)

1. Garlic Citrus Chicken
Chicken Breast Dressed in Garlic Cream & Citrus Salsa Fresca with Grilled Asparagus & Almond Rice Pilaf

2. Seared Pork tenderloin Served with Gratin Potatoes, Vegetable Ratatouille & Caraway Sauce
Dessert: Royal Sonesta Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce or White Chocolate

The banquet cost (which also covers the cost of all events) is $65.00. You can pay this (and send in your meal selection) by going to the semiannual meeting website here. The deadline for the banquet registration is September 18th. When you make your banquet reservation, please select the entrée you wish. We are sending e-mails to everyone who has already made reservations, if we don't hear from you, we will list you as the chicken entrée.

Ladies are invited to all non-tiled events. Masons who are not members of the Masonic Society are encouraged to be invited to all events - including the discounted hotel rooms. Please spread the word to any and all who may wish to attend. We hear that several non-TMS, offsite events are also being organized such as a river boat cruse and French Quarter tours. It will be a fantastic time. See you in new Orleans!

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