Semi-Annual Meeting, Philadelphia

The Masonic Society will hold its Semi-Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Date and Time

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Starts 9:00 AM Eastern Time
Concludes after the Banquet


The Union League of Philadelphia • The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dress: Men, Jacket and Tie or Comparable Business Attire. Women should wear comparable attire. Please see the Union League’s Dress Code for more information.

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Masonic Temple, 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Society requests that attendees follow the Union League dress code for this event.


Full Conference: $75 per person, includes all events: Grand Lodge of PA tour/lunch, speaker program, and social hour/banquet. TICKET SALES CLOSED 7/21/2012, SORRY.

Banquet Only: $60 per person, includes the social hour/banquet ONLY. TICKET SALES CLOSED 7/21/2012, SORRY.

Program Only: $25 per person, includes the Grand Lodge of PA tour/lunch and the Union League speaker program ONLY.

The registration page is found here. Deadline for registration is Saturday, July 21, 2012. We still have a few presale or walk-in registration tickets left, but only for the day program (including lunch at the Masonic Temple). No more full-program or banquet-only tickets are available. See the reservation page.

NOTICE: Registration for the conference does not include accommodations. See below.


Friday, July 27, 2012
An informal get-together will be held at a local watering hole, location to be determined. This event is open to anyone interested; no ticket required. No food or drink provided by the Society.

Saturday, July 28, 2012
All events are for registered, ticketed attendees only.

Time Event Full Conference
Banquet Only
Program Only
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Meet at the Masonic Temple, 1 North
Broad Street (about two blocks north
of the Union League).
Tour Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
Temple and Museum
Included No Included
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Luncheon at the Temple Included No Included
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Presentations at the Union League
by New Jersey Lodge of Research and
The Livingston Library (GL of NY)
Included No Included
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Free time n/a n/a n/a
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM No-host social hour at the Union League Included Included No
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Banquet and guest lecturer at
the Union League
Included Included No

Speakers for our afternoon session include

  • Thomas Savini, Director, Livingston Masonic Library Grand Lodge of New York – The Robert R. Livingston Library
  • Ben Hoff, PM, New Jersey Lodge of Research – The Original Ahiman Rezon
  • Howard Kanowitz, New Jersey Lodge of Research – Redemption at Gettysburg: A Study in Masonic Duty
  • Ray Thorne, current WM of the New Jersey Lodge of Research – Parallax, Transits and Geometry

Our Banquet speaker will be R. W. Thomas W. Jackson, Past Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, and Executive Secretary of the World Conference of Grand Lodges, who will speak on The Need for Masonic Education.


The following hotels are recommended:

The Inn at the Union League, $159/night. Contact the Union League directly for reservations at frontdesk@unionleague.org or 215-587-5570. LIMITED NUMBER OF ROOMS AVAILABLE. Note dress code.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia City Center, $149/night. This Hilton-branded hotel is about a block away from the Union League. A limited number of rooms have been set aside at this rate. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-222-8733 and giving the group name Masonic Society. We will also have an online reservation link shortly. Please note that the last day a reservation can be made under the group name is June 27, 2012. Reservations made after that date will be accepted based on hotel availability at the prevailing weekend rate.

Please do not contact the Masonic Society for additional hotel information or for reservations. All such contacts should be made with the appropriate hotel.