National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons

Electronic Newsletter, January, 2005



DATE: JANUARY 29, 2005

If this is the first Electronic Newsletter which you have received from our Society, please read the paragraph OUR E-MAIL LIST below.

This Electronic Newsletter features a reminder about the 2005 Educational Tour to England, the February 16, 2005 reception in New Your City, the February 20, 2005 Commonwealth 2005 celebration in Philadelphia  and our April 16, 2005 Washington DC dinner.

The link to the 2005 Tour Itinerary is: You will observe that the nine day land cost ranges from $2,800.00 for over 16 participants to $2,400.00 for over 30 participants.

If you are considering participating in our Tour, please contact Bill Bryan promptly at 601-919-0371. In order to obtain favorable rates, we need to meet certain deadlines. While enough people have expressed interest in the Tour, their deposits have not been received and we may need to change the pricing for the Tour. 

 Topics: New Information ***
***New York City Reception - February 16, 2005
***Philadelphia Commonwealth Celebration - February 20, 2005
DC Reception and Dinner - April 16, 2005  - University Club - Subscription Information
***Additional April Events - April 15, 2005 and April 17, 2005
***Tour Program - 2005 - Ascot will be held in York, June, 2005 - The Itinerary is ready
Greetings - Please send new email addresses
***Thank you
Potential Members

New York City Reception  - February 16, 2005

We are planning to encourage our New York area members to attend a reception on February 16, 2005 hosted by the New York Commandery, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States, in conjunction with the New York Conference of Patriotic and Hereditary Societies. The New York Division of our Society is a participant in the Conference. The Nineteenth Annual Presidents' Day Celebration will be held from 5:30 o'clock to 7:30 o'clock at the Portrait Gallery of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 122 East 58th Street, New York, NY. The dress is informal and individual decorations are optional. If you are interested in attending, please either contact our office in Philadelphia for subscription information or send your subscription directly to Attn: Mrs. Nancy Dale, New York Commandery, MOFW, 122 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022, including your check (payable to the MOFW) in the amount of $50.00 per person, all-inclusive. This should be an outstanding event and an opportunity to meet other members of our Society who could participate in the New York Division of the National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons. Please call our office with any suggestions.  If you are a New York member and wish to serve on a committee for our Society please let me know and I will forward your name to Dr. Lucas, Regent, and Mr. Hilliard, Vice-Regent.

Philadelphia Commonwealth 2005 Celebration - February 20, 2005

Our Society is a participant in a Commonwealth 2005 dinner and dance on Sunday February 20, 2005 at the Union League of Philadelphia. The "Lets get Global" Celebration will be held on Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 5:30 o'clock in the Lincoln Ballroom of the Union League for Buffet Dinner, Dessert, Music and Dancing, Cocktail Attire or National Dress. If you are interested in attending, please either contact our office in Philadelphia for subscription information or send your subscription directly to Commonwealth 2005, Susan J. Gerrity Agency, Inc., 130 West Lancaster Avenue, Suite 101, Wayne, PA 19087,  including your check (payable to the Commonwealth 2005) in the amount of $60.00 per person, cash bar.

People representing many of the 60 nations which comprise the British Commonwealth will celebrate their heritage in a spirit of friendship and understanding and will include people from the UK,  Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Pakistan, and Canada. Various Societies and other cultural organizations in the Greater Delaware Valley region will provide and share information on their activities. A silent auction will be held and all proceeds will be given to the Save the Children Tsunami Relief Fund.

Represented organizations include: Daughters of the British Empire in PA, The Society of the Sons of St. George, CC Morris Library at Haverford, BOCC Cricket Club, Welsh Society of Philadelphia, Oxford and Cambridge Society, , Australian Society, English Speaking Union of the United States, Philadelphia Branch, Royal Heritage Society of the Delaware Valley, British Officers’ Club of Philadelphia, The Scotch-Irish Society of the USA, The St. John’s Society, (Philadelphia), St. Andrews Society of Philadelphia and the National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons. Additional representation is from the Consulate of Canada, the Honorary Jamaican Consul and the Office of International Services at Temple University .

Washington DC Dinner - April 16, 2005 - at the University Club - We provide the date so that you can plan ahead - You can send your subscription and reserve now.

The National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons will hold our Washington DC Reception and Dinner - April 16, 2005 - at the University Club, reception at 5:45pm, dinner at 7:15pm. The cost for the reception alone is $25.00 and the cost for the reception and dinner is $80.00, each with a cash bar. Black tie is optional. Please let us know if you wish an invitation. Members may reserve space for themselves and their guests by sending the subscription (payable to the National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons) to the Society Office. Contributions in addition to the cost of the reception and dinner are welcome.

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Tim Guy, DiplAD FCSD FRSA will be our speaker this year. He is a Director of ABG and founder of Timothy Guy Design. A multi-disciplinary designer, he has taken a lead in the upcoming tour of the Lincoln Magna Charta to the United States in 2007. In 2001 he was invited by Historic Royal Palaces to develop a visitor management and signage communications strategy for the Historic Royal Palaces, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Palace and the Banqueting House Whitehall. His perspective in interpreting history will provide valuable perspective for our efforts to do so for the Magna Charta.

The 2007 Magna Charta Exhibit will also travel to other venues within the United States and we are planning to schedule an additional informal meeting during the weekend for those of our members and guests who might be interested in the Exhibit visiting their area of the Country. 

Other Potential Events in April, 2005

We are planning a luncheon on Friday, April 15, 2005 in Philadelphia with Mr. Tim Guy to talk about the possibilities that the Lincoln Magna Charta will visit Philadelphia in 2007. In addition, we are planning an informal luncheon in Washington DC on Sunday, April 17, 2005 for those of our members and guests who might be interested in the Exhibit visiting their area of the Country. For planning purposes, please let me know if you are interested in attending either event.

Tour Program - June  9 - 19, 2005 - You may sign up now.

We are pleased to have prepared an Itinerary for our June 2005 Educational Travel Program. The  nine night program includes London, Windsor, Lincoln and York. We are delighted that Dean Alec Knight, is planning our visit to Lincoln where we will have the opportunity to see one of the four originals of the 1215 Magna Charta. Since the cost is modest considering the exchange rate and the outstanding program I anticipate considerable interest. I urge you to make your deposit as soon as possible. An additional reason for prompt planning is that there are a limited number of vouchers for the Royal Enclosure. The Itinerary and Terns and Conditions are on the Website. The estimated individual cost (sharing a room) of the Tour including nine (9) nights is $2,800.00 based on 16 participants, $2,500.00 based on 25 participants and $2,400.00 based on 30 participants, not including air. A estimated cost of a single supplement is $350.00. 

The purpose of our educational tours is to visit locations of cultural and historical significance primarily relating to the Magna Charta. We are undertaking to reduce the cost while maintaining quality.


On behalf of the Officers and Council of the Society, I bring greetings with this Newsletter. We continue to develop awareness of Magna Charta and its message. We ask each of you to participate with us in continuing the long tradition of friendship and fellowship which has continued over many years. We need to increase the number of members and friends on our email listing. Please ask your relatives or friends to send us their E-mail address. Please also send us the E-mail addresses of friends who are interested either in lineage societies or in memorializing Magna Charta. For the future, please propose new members for our Society. Please also attend your local meetings and include your children and grandchildren. We have a very special organization and I hope that you will help us to maintain its traditions.

Thank You

Since last year we have received an extraordinary response from our members to update addresses and provide new addresses for those who have been lost. . Many members have appointed successors who were eligible to do so. Updated address lists will be sent to the State Divisions. I am, however, saddened to learn when our members are deceased. I and the Society are grateful for the time, dedicated effort and financial contributions that many of those members have given to our Society. As I update the deceased role with members who I have worked with and known during the past fifteen years, I am reminded that we need to express appreciation on an ongoing basis to all of those who are helping to make our Society a wonderful organization. Thank You!

Potential Members

If you are not a member of our Society and are eligible I hope that you will join. If you are not eligible but share our interest in history and genealogy we encourage you to remain on our Email list. We also welcome your participation in our ongoing genealogical research projects and our Tours. We welcome and encourage new members and remind those submitting lineage information to include copies of referenced material.

As mentioned in prior E-Newsletters, membership continues to be of vital importance to our Society. If you wish to speed up or facilitate the membership process, please include with the Proposal Form a well documented lineage (including copies of the documentation) to either a known ancestor or to one of the qualifying Barons. If you have sent lineage information without the copies you may also speed up the process by sending copies of the documentation. Lineage Forms are provided on the Website.


We rely on member contributions for our Society operations and we plan to build our endowment in connection with the 100th Anniversary of the founding our Society in 1909. We hope you will consider year end contributions, including contributions of appreciated securities. Our Society is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


We continue to significantly increase our e-mail list. To those of you who are new to our list we welcome you to receive our Electronic Newsletter and hope that you will find our Society and our mission to be interesting. Since a primary mission of our Society is to develop awareness of Magna Charta we wish to expand the circulation of our Electronic Newsletter by increasing our e-mail address list particularly including those who are members of lineage societies and/or who might share our interest in the principles of Constitutional Liberty. I would like to thank those who have shared their email lists since our last Electronic Newsletter.

We encourage you to check our Website regularly for new developments and information. The link to the Newsletter on the Website is:   The link to the Website is: Please also refer to OUR E-MAIL LIST at the end of this Newsletter.

Our E-mail list is made up of those who have sent us e-mail, of members and friends of the Society who have responded to our Newsletter request for E-mail addresses and others who we believe might be interested in our Society or mission. If you would prefer not to receive future Electronic Newsletters, however, please let us know. If you have friends who you believe might be interested in our Society, please forward this e-mail. If you have received this as a forwarded e-mail, please visit our Website at for more information about our Society. You may also contact our Society Office at 215-836-5022.

Do not hesitate to contact me with questions or suggestions. 

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