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Scheduled events for "Masonic Week"
Allied Masonic Bodies & Other Masonic Meetings
February 7-10, 2007, in Washington, D.C.

Note: The information on this webpage is based on past events, and it might be changed from year to year. Everyone is encouraged to contact the organizations that are having meetings to obtain the best schedule information about each one.

"Masonic Weekend" or "Masonic Week" is a term given to a series of meetings of various Masonic groups -- sometimes called "Allied Masonic Bodies" or "AMD" or other names -- that takes place each year in Washington, D.C., in February, around the time of George Washington's birthday. Some of these meetings are open to all Masons, some to everyone Mason or not, and some only to those Masons who meet certain qualifications.

For many of the events listed, if you want to attend you either have to be a member of the organization indicated, or in some cases you can join at the time of, or just before the meeting. In some cases Masons who are members in good standing of Royal Arch Chapters are eligible to join, but some groups have more restrictive membership policies. For some events, such as the banquets, you have to purchase a ticket to attend, and in some cases you have to purchase these tickets before Masonic weekend begins.

For more details, or if you have any questions, check with the specific organizations or contact other Masons who might have more information to give you.

Almost all of the following meetings are held in the Hotel Washington, located in Washington, D.C., at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 15th Street, NW (515 - 15th Street NW). Most of the meetings are held in the ballroom on the top floor of the hotel, but some events, such as banquets, are held in the ballroom on the basement level of the hotel. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-800-424-9540 or 202-638-5900.

If anyone wants to send me email, especially if any of the information on this chart is not correct and you want me to correct it, you can send me (Paul M. Bessel) email by clicking on the following: paulb'at'bessel.org 

Date & Time

Event

Comments

 
Thursday, February 8, 2007
8am Trinity Chapel #12, St. Thomas of Acon  
10am Marvin E. Fowler Commandery #7  
10am Grand Preceptors Council of the Commemorative Order of St. Thomas of Acon in the Province of the United States of America  
12:30pm Festive Board - Trinity Chapel  
2pm The High Council Masonic Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis (MSRCF)

Exemplify Theoricus Degree, II Grade

I have been told the following:
Masonic Rosicrucians
organization, membership by invitation, limited number. Its Constitution says it is for Christian Masons, but some say there are some non-Christian members. The Supreme Magus College is said to be for those recommended from states or countries where no College exists.
4:30pm Sovereign Order of Knights Preceptor  
7pm The Annual Banquet of the HIgh Council MSRICF in the Hotel Washington Ballroom

All Welcome (including ladies)

I have been told the following:
Masonic Rosicrucians
organization, membership by invitation, limited number. Its Constitution says it is for Christian Masons, but some say there are some non-Christian members.
All are welcome to this Banquet - tickets will be available in the Sky Room of the Hotel Washington.
 
Friday, February 9, 2007
7am Convent General - KYCH Breakfast I have been told the following: KYCH is for those who have presided in the East over a Masonic Lodge, a Royal Arch Chapter, a Cryptic Council, and a Knights Templar Commandery, and is by invitation even for those who meet these requirements. All are invited to this breakfast - tickets are available at the door

8:30am

Grand Council,  Knight Masons, U.S.A. & Great Chief's Council #0

Knight Masons is an invitation-only Masonic organization - for more information you can go to http://bessel.org/univcoun.htm and view the links there

11am

Society of Blue Friars

All Masons Welcome

Blue Friars is an invitation-only organization for Masonic authors - all Masons are welcome at this meeting where you usually can hear an excellent paper by the latest Brother invited to become a Blue Friar
12pm

Lunch - on your own

1:30pm Grand College  of America HRAKTP & Grand Preceptor's Tabernacle "A" I have been told the following:
Knight Templar Priests
organization, membership by invitation, for Past Commanders of Knights Templar only, numbers limited
3:30pm Installed Sovereign Master
Supreme Ruler Chair Degree
Worshipful Commander Noah
 

5pm

CBCS - Knights
Bienfaisants de la Cite
Sainte

I have been told the following: Membership in this organization is by invitation only, limited to 2 per state

6pm

Royal Society of Knights Occidental

All Masons are Welcome - Tickets in the Sky Room

I have been told the following: This is an informal group of those who have Friday as a "free night." It started about 9 years ago, and has met in the Hotel Washington in the Sky Room, with about 65 for dinner, with a cash bar. Dinner is usually Filet Mignon, plus hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment (a tasteful belly dancer) for usually around $65. Reservations need to be made in advance (usually the deadline is noon Friday). It is open to anyone who wishes to attend, but there are a few strict rules that must be adhered to: NO dues, NO fees, NO lengthy introductions, NO lengthy dissertations and NO arguing. The highest award is the GCO (Grand Cross Occidental) which is awarded to anyone who attends 5 annual Convivials (meetings), or anyone else that the organizers think should have it. For information and reservations, contact Bill Koon at lords@wcoil.com or purchase tickets at the Sky Room of the Hotel Washington.

7pm Philalethes Society Feast and Assembly Tickets are needed for this dinner, which will be followed by a talk. Ladies are invited.
There is a Lecturer, plus Executive Board Reports - Open Questions Concerning Freemasonry
The Lecturer is scheduled to be MW Floyd E. Bagwell, Grand Master, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Connecticut
The cost is $65, which included a collectable "Firing Glass"
Tickets are available in advance (preferable) or in the hotel lobby
Order online at
http://freemasonry.org
9pm "Snipe Degree" There have been "funny degrees" for the past several years, and this "degree" is in keeping with those of the past. Proceeds will be donated to masonic charities.
10pm Masonic Order of the Bath  
 
Saturday, February 10, 2007
7am AMD Breakfast
All Welcome (including ladies)
Tickets available in the Sky Room
AMD - Allied Masonic Degrees organization
8:30am Grand College of Rites of the USA This organization attempts to preserve and demonstrate Masonic degrees that have fallen into disuse
I believe any Master Mason can join this organization at or just before this meeting
10am Nine Muses Council #13 AMD - Allied Masonic Degrees organization, all Masons may attend, paper presented
11am Grand Master's Council AMD AMD - Allied Masonic Degrees organization.  AMD is an organization for Royal Arch Masons, usually by invitation only (except for the Grand Masters Council).
12pm

Lunch on your own

2pm Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States of America AMD - Allied Masonic Degrees organization.  AMD is an organization for Royal Arch Masons, usually by invitation only (except for the Grand Masters Council).
6pm Grand Council AMD Annual Banquet AMD - Allied Masonic Degrees organization.    AMD is an organization for Royal Arch Masons, usually by invitation only (except for the Grand Masters Council).
Anyone can attend this banquet, including ladies, there is usually a keynote speaker - tickets available in the Sky Room of the Hotel Washington
9pm Ye Antiente Order of Corks This is a fun degree and organization, which is open to members of any AMD Council
 

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