Focus - June 2010
3rd International Conference on the History of Freemasonry
27th – 29th May 2011 -- The George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia
From the beginning the ICHF was always a truly open “International” conference, due to the diversity of countries represented at each of the conferences in 2007 and 2009. The 2011 conference to be held in Alexandria, Virginia marks a milestone in the growth of the International Conference by not only attracting participants from across the world but also, for the first time, the conference will be held outside Europe.
The 2011 conference will be held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia over the weekend of 27-29 May 2011 with optional social activities on 26th and 30th May.
Alexandria and its environs is a place where Scots played an important part in the early development of the region, as indeed they did in many other areas of America. It has been suggested therefore that one theme of the 2011 conference might be 'Early Scottish Freemasons in North America’ and proposals for papers on that topic will be especially welcome.
Following the huge success of the first two conferences, this, the third International Conference, will see the conference achieve a level of maturity that was hoped for by the organizers and is indicative of the tremendous amount of interest in the subject of Freemasonry, in all its aspects. This is the only International Conference at which academics, members of the public and of course Freemasons, gather together to discuss this much under-estimated social phenomenon.
(For more information please visit the Conference website at www.ichfonline.org)
Mark Twain Award
Why is it called Mark Twain Award?
The Award borrows Brother Mark Twain’s identity as a lively, innovative communicator whose work consistently challenged his listeners and readers to think and act responsibly, to ask questions, and to seek enlightenment. Decades later, we remain aware of Twain’s intellect and productivity.
Do we need to consider both internal and external work by our lodge?
Excellence in both internal and external Masonic Awareness is essential to winning a Twain Award. The Twain Award emphasizes that it is equally important to Masonic Awareness to stimulate the quality of the Lodge experience and to raise awareness among the community about Freemasonry’s history and value to the community.
What will our lodge gain by participating?
Lodges gain additional knowledge of the fraternity and they learn more about their own strengths, assets, needs and community.
The Masonic Information Center invites Lodges to enter the 2010 Mark Twain Award for Excellence in Masonic Awareness competition!
Recognizing Outstanding Performance in Masonic Awareness within the Lodge and throughout the greater community.
Winning Lodges Evidence Understanding of Freemasonry with…
Building Masonic Awareness
Please go to www.msana.com Enter the homepage – click on Twain Award. You will find the Lodge Submission Form which you must complete fully and then click submit and it will automatically go to the MSA email address. A message will come up that it was successfully sent. The final due date for lodge submissions has been extended to August 1, 2010.
MIC looks forward to welcoming your lodge into the 2010 Twain Award Program!
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