National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons

Electronic Newsletter, April, 2005



DATE: APRIL 5, 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 April 15, 2005 luncheon in Philadelphia, the April 16, 2005 dinner in Washington, DC and reports on the February New York City Reception and the February Philadelphia Commonwealth Celebration.

 Topics: New Information ***

***Philadelphia Luncheon - April 15, 2005 - Philadelphia Club - Subscription Information
***DC Reception and Dinner
- April 16, 2005  - University Club - Subscription Information
***Chancellor's Remarks 2004 - Text and Video
***Report on the New York City Reception and  - February, 2005
***Report on the Philadelphia Commonwealth Celebration - February, 2005
***Participation in State Divisions
***Tour Program - 2006 - Future Planning
- Please send new email addresses
Thank you
Potential Members

Philadelphia Luncheon - April 15, 2005 - at the Philadelphia Club - We have additional space if you would like to attend. It is not too late to send your subscription - please call our office to let us know you are coming.

The National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons will hold a luncheon - Friday, April 15, 2005 - at the Philadelphia Club, reception at 11:45am, luncheon at 12:15pm. The cost for the luncheon is $30.00 with a cash bar. 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 luncheon are welcome. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet with Mr. Tim Guy who will be the speaker at our Washington dinner.

Washington DC Dinner - April 16, 2005 - at the University Club - We have additional space if you would like to attend. It is not too late to send your subscription - please call our office to let us know you are coming.

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.

Since Mr. Guy will return to England on Sunday morning we will not hold an additional luncheon in Washington, however, we encourage participation in our Friday luncheon in Philadelphia for those of our members and guests who might be interested in the Exhibit visiting their area of the Country. The 2007 Magna Charta Exhibit will also travel to other venues within the United States in addition to Virginia Beach.

Chancellor's Remarks 2004

We have included on our website the video and text of remarks by Lewis L. Neilson, Jr., Chancellor, at the dinner held in Washington DC in April, 2004.

Report on the New York City Reception  - February 16, 2005

We were pleased that  a number of our members attended the 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 New York Division of our Society is planning an additional event later this year. If  you would like to be on the list for the event please let me know and I will forward your name to Dr. Lucas, Regent, and Mr. Hilliard, Vice-Regent.

Report on the Philadelphia Commonwealth 2005 Celebration - February 20, 2005

The Commonwealth 2005 celebration was an outstanding success with approximately 200 participating in the dinner and dance on Sunday February 20, 2005 at the Union League of Philadelphia. The proceeds were donated to Save the Children Tsunami Relief Fund. Our Society had a table and we had the opportunity to explain our mission and to share information about out activities. We look forward to future programs involving the organizations participating in the Celebration. Details about the event were explained in our Electronic Newsletter in January, 2005.

Participation in State Divisions and New Divisions

Most of our State Division Regents now have email and we are considering including the email addresses on a listing to facilitate contact by members who would like to participate in Division or local programs. While the discussion continues, I will forward email from members to the Regent in their area.

Future Tour Planning 2006

We have presented some outstanding tours for the past several years which have been prepared by excellent travel professionals. While those who have participated have been enthusiastic we have not had enough people sign up to make the recent tours economical. Some of our members have traveled individually and one of our members from California informed me that she had met and shaken hands with the Queen at a reception in Windsor; however, we need more participation for tours to be presented by our Society. If our members would be interested in an educational tour, please let me know and we will undertake to work with the travel professionals to develop one.

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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