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Montana Freemason  RMMC Special Issue                     August 2013  Volume 88             Number 4

   We were fortunate enough                                  The Tizer Botanic Garden and Arboretum is an
to have as our guest speaker                              official test and demonstration garden for the Denver
Brother Bob Cooper, the                                   Botanic Garden and Colorado State University’s ‘Plant
Curator of the Grand Lodge of                             Select’. The ladies enjoyed a lunch in the gardens. See
Scotland Museum and Library.                              page 9.
Author and Historian. Bro.
Bob’s topic was the ‘Impact                                  We also enjoyed the opportunity to open our
of Scottish Freemasonry on                                Grand Lodge building and conduct a tour of the
Masonry in the USA’.                                      Montana Masonic Museum and Library and the
                                                          Grand Secretary,s office.
   We received requests from some
other Masonic organizations to present                       Also on Friday at the completion of the Conference
during our Conference, however,                           many attendees and ladies enjoyed the Last Chance
we have decided vendors or other                          Tour Train and experienced Helena’s colorful past
“Masonic” related presentations are not                   with a ride through the “Queen City of the Rockies”,
in keeping with the goal and purpose                      with a tour around Helena and its historic sites,
of the Conference. Vendor space could                     including the Atlas Block, the Montana Club, and the
be made available outside the meeting                     old governor’s mansion. See page 19.
room if prior arrangements were
requested through our Grand Lodge
office. Another traditional aspect of our Conference
that we followed is that the dress would be casual, and
the No Tie rule enforced.

   Taking into consideration the great travel distances
that many of the member jurisdictions have and costs,
this year we did not charge a registration fee, and all
events were optional, thus making the cost to attend
more affordable to an increased number of attendees.

   Thursday night allowed for the opportunity to          Thom Chisholm,
enjoy a taste of Montana by going on the Last Chance      Grand Master /President RMMC 2013
Wagon Ride Dinner, experiencing a memorable
evening of good food and good times, traveling
back in time via horse-drawn wagons through high
mountain forest, where we enjoyed a gourmet meal
of prime rib, fresh garden salad, hot from the oven
rolls, potatoes du jour, and Grizzly Gulch succotash;
topped off with huckleberry cheesecake and cowboy
coffee all served family style. After dinner we enjoyed
live western entertainment, featuring Montana’s
own Bruce Anfinson. Round trip transportation
was provided from the Hotel. A wagon ride to and
from the Moose Mountain Cabin in custom-made
covered wagons pulled by teams of draft horses create
a memorable evening. See page 34-35.

   On Friday, the ladies were treated to a tour of Tizer
Botanic Gardens and Arboretum, located at an altitude
of 6,000 feet in the heart of the Elkhorn Mountains,
straddling Prickly Pear Creek near Jefferson City,
Montana. Winding paths lead to thousands of high
altitude plants, which include annuals, roses, wild
flowers, herbs, vegetables, perennials and bulbs in
some of the most amazing settings.

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