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THE MONTANA FREEMASON

                                                                   SPECIAL SESSION ISSUE APRIL 2012

                                           From The Grand East

                                    My Brothers:

                                    Please accept my personal invitation to you and your ladies to attend the
                                146th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and
                                Accepted Masons of Montana on June 21, 22 and 23, 2012, in Billings.
                                We believe we will have something of interest for everyone.

                                    For voting delegates: We will be voting on six Grand Master’s
                                recommendations, one holdover constitutional change from last year, two
                                resolutions submitted from Lodges, and the budget and per capita for next year.
Several of these items concern the financial health of your Lodges and the Grand Lodge, and are of extreme
importance to the Craft. We will also hold a Silent Auction to support the George Washington Masonic
Memorial.

   For the visitors: Billings is the largest city in Montana. The city is experiencing rapid growth and a
strong economy; it has had and is continuing to have the largest growth of any city in Montana. Billings was
nicknamed the Magic City because of its rapid growth from its founding as a railroad town in 1882. The city
is named for Frederick H. Billings, a former president of the Northern Pacific Railroad. With one of the
largest trade areas in the United States, Billings is the trade and distribution center for most of Montana,
Northern Wyoming and western portions of North Dakota and South Dakota. Billings is also the retail
destination for much of the same area. With more hotel accommodations than any area within a five state
region, the city hosts a variety of conventions, concerts, sporting events and other rallies.

   Area attractions include -Yellowstone National Park, Pompey's Pillar, Little Bighorn Battlefield National
Monument, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Pictograph Cave, Chief Plenty Coups State
Park, Zoo Montana, Yellowstone Art Museum, Red Lodge Mountain Resort and the Beartooth Highway.

   For all: There will be adequate time for socializing with brothers and ladies from around the state, as
well as from other jurisdictions. During the Master Mason’s banquet, we will have a guest speaker, Ronald
A. Seale, 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander, Supreme Council, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern
Jurisdiction.

   Finally, brethren, I want to thank you all for your support during this past year. I ask that you continue
that support by attending the Grand Lodge Communication. It will give me a chance to see you again, and
thank you in person.

SEE YOU ALL IN BILLINGS!

                                                                              William L. Alexander, II, Grand Master

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