Saturday, September 29, 2012

173rd Illinois Grand Lodge Communication

Grand Lodge 2012
The “Countdown to October” has begun! Make your plans now for "Grand Lodge"!
Friday and Saturday, October 5th and 6th, should marked on your calendar. It's the 173rd Annual Communication of our Grand Lodge. The venue once again will be Prairie Capital Convention Center, located at 8th & Adams in Springfield.
Please plan to be registered and in your seats by 8:00 AM for the opening ceremonies.
All lodges should have by now received the invitation letter, necessary credentials and forms to assist you with hotel and meal reservations.
PDF copies of the invitation letter, accommodations application and meal ticket order form are available and downloadable below. Formats other than PDF may be available upon request.

PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINES. The deadlines for submission: September 7th for the accommodations application, September 30th for the meal ticket order form.
With the September 7th deadline having passed, here is the accommodations update made on September 12th:
The four hotels in the downtown area of Springfield are already completely booked. To check accommodations at other hotels in Springfield, you may go to: Most hotels outside the downtown area are within 15 minutes drive of the convention center.
IMPORTANT: If you have booked your room at one of the downtown hotels via the Grand Secretary’s office and need to cancel, please do so through the Grand Secretary’s office. If you cancel with the hotel directly, the room is then made available to anyone. Cancelling through the Grand Secretary’s office will enable us to hold the room for another member of the fraternity wishing to attend Grand Lodge.
Also note the peripheral activities surrounding this year’s session, such as the Masonic Secretaries Dinner at Maldaner's Restaurant on the Thursday evening prior to this year’s communication. A PDF information sheet and ticket order form is available here. This also holds true of informational documents on the Friday evening Grotto Hospitality Suite and the Grotto Luncheon on Saturday. Just scroll down.
For information on any other activities that may be scheduled concurrent with, or close to the time of Grand Lodge, please contact the appendant body that will be conducting that particular event. If you need their contact information, please get in touch with our Grand Lodge main office, or send an email to
We’ll see you at the 173rd

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