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                   SPECIAL SESSION ISSUE APRIL 2012

Greetings Ladies,

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to Billings, the largest city in
Montana, which thrives on Western Hospitality. The 146th Annual Communication for the
Grand Lodge AF & AM of Montana will be held at the Crowne Plaza, downtown Billings,
which will allow for great shopping and sightseeing! I will be providing more detailed
information in the registration packets.

The events for the Annual Communication will kick off on Thursday, June 21st with a Vesper
Service at 5:00 P.M. followed by a no host social at 6:00 P.M. and the Grand Master
(invitation) Banquet at 7:00 P.M. Dress for this event is formal.

The ladies luncheon will be held on Friday, June 22nd, in the Sky View Room of the Crowne Plaza. A room
with a spectacular view of Billings and the rim rocks, which are a significant land formation that defines the
“Magic City”. We will enjoy a hat show presentation by Lorraine Marsh, featuring feathered hats, keeping with
the theme of the luncheon. Lorraine’s hat shows are famous in the area. Her first hat show, in 1986, was to
support the Shriner’s Hospital and she continues the hat shows to raise money for children. She has over 1000
hats and has almost as many hat boxes to preserve the hats. After the luncheon, you may want to get started
discovering Billings (shopping or sight seeing) or simply relax in the hospitality room visiting or concentrating
on a jigsaw puzzle (or two), which will be set up during the session.

The Master Masons Banquet will be held on the evening of Friday, June 22nd. The dress for this event is
western attire, so shine up your cowboy boots and join us. Featured speaker for the Master Masons Banquet
will be Ronald A. Seale, 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander, AASR- Southern Jurisdiction.

On Saturday, June 23rd, there is a breakfast at 7:00 A.M. for those registered. After breakfast, you will be free to
discover Billings while shopping at Lou Taubert’s Western Wear, Cricket, Gainan’s, Cactus Rose, Yesteryears
Antique Mall, or sightseeing at the Yellowstone Art Museum, the Moss Mansion, Heritage Museum, relaxing at
the Sage Spa, or if you prefer, venture to the west end of Billings for shopping at the Rimrock Mall, and the
many stores in the surrounding area. There are several great places to have lunch downtown as well as on the
west end of Billings. The hospitality room will be open from 7:30 A.M. until 11:30 A.M.

Don’t forget to return to the Crowne Plaza by 4:00 P.M. in preparation for Installation of incoming Grand
Master and the Grand Lodge officers for 2012-2013 starting at 5:00 p.m. Immediately following Installation
will be a reception for the newly installed Grand Master and Officers.

We look forward to seeing you in Billings, Montana in June! Be sure to contact me at (406) 749-6280 or email:, if you have any questions!

Happy Trails       Carla Lawrence-Alexander, First Lady

                   Special Guest Speaker: This year we have the

                   pleasure to welcome Ronald A. Seale, 33°, Sovereign
                   Grand Commander, Supreme Council Scottish Rite of
                   Freemasonry Southern Jurisdiction.

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