Regular Meeting – Saturday, March 7, 2020

Topic: Hannah Mather Crocker: Pioneer of American Women’s Freemasonry & The First Women’s Lodge

Hannah’s life was filled with enthralling twists of savviness for what we would consider normal for Colonial Elite women of her time – as a writer, the first leading American political theorist, and feminist on women’s roles and education. Hannah Mather Crocker was a direct descendant of the prominent Hutchinson family of Massachusetts and what she called the” Four-fold line of Mathers.” – All Ministers who believed in the education of women who homeschooled their own daughters. This presentation will explore the movement and regularity of Women’s Freemasonry pre-American Revolutionary War and thereafter.

Presenter:  Companion Cleola Bostic, MMRS Secretary

Cleola (Cleo) serves as the Secretary for her lodge, Emounah #34 located in Washington D.C and is a dual member of Universalis #21 in New York under the Women’s Grand Lodge of Belgium (GLFB). Although she has been a Freemason for 11 years, her love for history and research stems from her upbringing as a native Alexandria Virginian with deep family roots in America’s Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown. She enjoys traveling and being in fellowship with like-minded Freemasons worldwide. Cleola believes in the Masonic principles and education of unity through diversity. Cleola is a great resource on historical research societies and Information Technology.

Topic: Annie Besant and Freemasonry

Annie Besant was a feminist and with many Freemasons of her time shaped the International Order of Freemasonry, Le Droit Humain. She devoted all of her energies to the constitutional rights of women, equality and social justice for all. I will share some of the many twists and turns that her life took. 

Presenter:  Companion Anne-Marie Moody, P.P.

Anne-Marie is a founding member and Past Master of her Droit Humain Lodge, Louis Goaziou #1953 [Catonsville, MD], Past President of the MMRS, member of Orpheus #553 Lodge. She is active in Masonic research and is a 33rd Degree Mason.  She began her Masonic journey in France more than 48 years ago.  She is a wealth of Masonic knowledge and history and is passionate about sharing her ideas through fellowship and fraternity.

Meeting Location: Mount Hermon Lodge No. 179 A. F. &  A. M.

                                    4207 Gallatin St.

                                    Hyattsville, MD 20781

Directions available by clicking this link. Parking and Lodge entrance are located at the rear of the building.

Lunch at 12 noon: $20 payable at the door

Meeting and Presentation at 1 pm:
$5 donation payable at the door

RSVP:  Please contact the Secretary at or (571) 242-3403 to confirm your attendance and whether or not you would like to join us for lunch by March 3, 2020.

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