Saturday, April 26, 2008

World conference of Masonic grand lodges to be held

From a press release from Grand Lodge of Free And Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia:
April 25, 2008 — For the first time ever, the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia will play host to a historic and grand event, the 9th World Conference of Masonic Grand Lodges, at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, May 7th, 2008 through May 10th, 2008.

This conference will bring together international Masonic leaders comprised of high-level officials in government, business and civic service. Specifically, large delegations from Africa, Latin America and Europe are expected to be in attendance. Masonic leaders will discuss how the Society of Freemasonry can utilize its position to promote universal understanding, enlightened ideas, and goodwill globally.

Members of the press are invited to cover keynote speakers, banquets, the World War II Memorial wreath-laying and Masonic award ceremonies. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) is to be honored at a reception on Thursday, May 8th in the Cannon Caucus Room on Capitol Hill for his lifetime dedication to civil rights. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) will be honored during the May 10th banquet with Freemasonry's Medal of Freedom for his commitment to preserving freedom and liberty across the globe. A number of educational scholarships will also be presented at the May 10th closing banquet, with college scholarships being awarded to 15 D.C. public high school graduating seniors as well as two current American University students.

On May 10th, at 11:00 a.m., a public wreath laying ceremony will be held at the National World War II Memorial to recognize all Freemasons killed during World War II.

As the world's oldest and largest fraternal society with more than half of its membership in the United States, Freemasonry has a rich history of involvement in the founding of America and her development for over two centuries. The 9th World Conference of Masonic Grand Lodges will be the largest international public gathering of Freemasons in Washington D.C. since the laying of the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol building by President and Freemason George Washington on September 18, 1793.

For more information about all events please contact 202-686-1811. Media must RSVP due to security.

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  1. A news release said:
    Masonic leaders will discuss how the Society of Freemasonry can utilize its position to promote universal understanding, enlightened ideas, and goodwill globally.

    But what about individual character building?

    Justa Mason

  2. It's refreshing to see an agenda that is talking about the relevance of our Craft applied. These topics are all about individual character building. They are all about connecting to the issues that are important to humanity just as Masons of the past that we so often point to as lights of the fraternity once did. We are an initiatic tradition of an applied philosophy. Our Lodge rooms are models of the real world where we are taught tools, symbols, critical thinking (hopefully) and the importance of applying our ideals both inside and outside of Lodge. I wish I could attend!

  3. Let us pray that the Wisdom of Solomon may be imparted on all who attend.

    May Logic and Reason rule the day!

  4. Makes little difference what is said at that meeting of the "minds..."

    What more important is that two have learned this important lesson:

  5. 05-07-08 Pictures of the World Conference of Masonic Grand Lodges reception held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Va. There were about 600 registered Grand Masters and their entourage from around the World. They came by the bus load, about 10 buses all together, they also arrived in Limousines. A few also had bodyguards, and with how they had speakerphone earpieces and how they talked up their jacket sleeve into a microphone, it made me feel like I was with the president of the United States and his Secret Service Agents! And several different languages were being spoken. I was not able to take pictures of all 600 because they arrived in groups and separated throughout the building, but here are 72 pictures for you to enjoy.

    Even though I was only there to take pictures for Most Worshipful Ed Cohen the Grand Master of Virginia, and I did not have an earpieces in my ear, nor talked up my jacket sleeve, “I had his back”, i.e. I doubled as his bodyguard! :-) LOL.

    As an added bonus, never before seen pictures of the newest Masonic exhibit at the GWMM, they had just placed the Plexiglas covers on the displays around 4pm today and you could still smell the fresh paint.

    William J. Baumbach II

  6. I don't like those Masons because they have rare customs one of them is taking big quantities of generic viagra without needing it.


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