National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons
Electronic Newsletter, March, 2010
TO MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL SOCIETY MAGNA CHARTA DAMES AND BARONS, POTENTIAL MEMBERS AND THOSE WHO SHARE OUR INTEREST IN THE PRINCIPLES OF CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTY
FROM LEWIS L. NEILSON JR., CHANCELLOR
DATE: March 11, 2010
If this is the first Electronic Newsletter that you have received from our Society, please read the paragraph OUR E-MAIL LIST below. The link to the Newsletter on the Website is: http://www.magnacharta.org/Enews/enews032010.htm The link to the Website is: http://www.magnacharta.org.
Topics: New Information ***
Greetings - Please send new email
***Annual Dinner in Washington DC - Saturday, April 17, 2010
***Preparing for 2015 (the 800th Anniversary of Magna Charta)
***Report from Centennial Dinner - 2009
***Significant Increase in Communication
***Magna Charta Partners
***1215 Magna Carta Tour – Overview – New Video To Be Added
***Magna Carta Lecture June 2010
***News From Brookfield Publishing
Reissue of Magna Charta in 2015 - 800th Anniversary – Reminder
Participation in State Divisions and New Divisions
***OUR E-MAIL LIST
I wish all of our Divisions Colonies and Chapters well with your programs and meetings.
If you are a member of our Society with email you should have received an email with the username and password (case sensitive) for the “Members Only” section of our website. If you are a member and did not receive the username and password please let us know.
If you are not a member you may be receiving this Electronic Newsletter because you expressed interest or because you were referred to us. You may keep our records up to date by providing your full name and current address. We encourage you to consider joining or becoming a partner.
Since constitutional liberty is or should be of interest to all members of the lineage community we encourage you to send us the email addresses of members of the lineage community who are not on our lists. These addresses will be used for the purpose of distribution of our Electronic Newsletter. Since we are reaching out to the lineage community we would welcome responsible articles which could be included in the Electronic Newsletter.
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 and 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.
We continue to be pleased with the response from our members to update addresses and provide new addresses for those who have been lost. Many members who were eligible to do so have appointed successors. 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 nineteen 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!
The Texas Division, organized March 19, 1960, celebrated its 50th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of the Society this past weekend and I attended my twenty first consecutive Parliament of the Division. When I reviewed the early minutes and reports, I was reminded of the service of all our past leaders who have given so much to our Society. We can honor their memory by continuing their passion for our Society and its purposes. I welcome and encourage emerging leaders who share that passion. All our members embrace our purposes. It is the special few, whose interest in those purposes and their implementation becomes their personal passion, who provide inspiration for their leadership roles. I enjoy working with those who share my passion for and commitment to our Society as we strive to implement our purposes and to accomplish our mission of developing awareness of the Magna Charta.
At the National level, we have embraced technology where appropriate and that approach has attracted new members, many who are new to lineage organizations. The focus on our purposes as worthy and relevant is an important factor in that growth as younger people especially recognize that the good life is not an entitlement but involves responsible participation as well as enterprising work. The families of our soldiers, especially, are learning that freedom really isn’t free. By using technology to enhance our mission of developing awareness of the Magna Charta we are providing a way to articulate that individual liberty and the rule of law are especially important to the United States and that we wish to share that message with all peoples.
Our Divisions, Colonies, and Chapters have a special role in our Society, enabling our members throughout the United States to participate in educational programs with friendship and fellowship. We continue to look to our Divisions, Colonies, and Chapters to encourage membership development and to provide educational content for our web presence. If you share our passion for the purposes of our Society and wish to start a Division, Colony, or Chapter, please let us know.
Annual Dinner in
Washington DC - Saturday, April 17, 20 10 - Subscriptions and Patrons
10 - Subscriptions and Patrons Welcome
The content for our 2010 dinner presentation will be provided by you. We would like your ideas for the celebration of the 800th Anniversary of Magna Charta during the year 2015. We have already talked about a contest for a contemporary Magna Charta - the fundamental content remains but the articulation should be creative. Others are formulating their own ideas, for example, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, according to the Press, wishes to create a UK constitution in recognition of the 800th Anniversary. This 800th Anniversary is an extraordinarily import event and provides an opportunity to remind all people of the importance of Magna Charta and its message. We anticipate that many people and groups will join in the celebration. How do you think we as a Society should celebrate 800 Years of Magna Charta?
We encourage our members and non members to send us their written ideas and visions for the celebration of the 800th. We will summarize the ideas in a report at the dinner and if there are exceptionally creative ideas or exceptionally prominent advocates for the Celebration (with creative ideas) we plan to invite their presentation. We are mindful of time limitations for presentations, but we also provide a reminder that the audience for the dinner is far beyond the lucky few who subscribe to the dinner. Thanks to the internet, it extends worldwide and into the future.
Subscribe - The reception and dinner will be held at at the University Club, Washington, DC. The cost per person, cash bar, is $100.00 and subscriptions may be sent payable to the National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons, PO Box 4222, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Contributions, especially Patron contributions, are welcome and encouraged.
You will observe a response form on the website, link from “what’s new”.
Patron support of our Dinner is very helpful. We encourage Patron support this year, even if you are unable to attend the dinner. We will recognize our Patron supporters at the Dinner.
Please give us your thoughts.
From the 2009 Centennial Dinner in Washington DC - April 18, 2009
View video from our
Centennial Dinner on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the University
Club. Our speaker was Francis Webb Neate, Esquire, with his talk entitled
“Magna Carta Within the Rule of Law” (history of the concept of the Rule of Law
and the place of Magna Carta in its development). Mr. Neate is the Chair of the
Rule of Law Action Group of the International Bar Association, an initiative he
pioneered as the main focus of his presidency during his term in 2005 and 2006.
In his presidency he encouraged Bar Associations and heads of state to respect
the Rule of Law. You can view the exceptional talk and his forthright
responses to some challenging questions on our website.
You can view the exceptional talk and his forthright responses to some challenging questions on our website.
Significant Increase in Communication with Members / Potential Members / Potential Partners
Those who are members of our Society and who have provided their email address have noted that we have sent several emails to members during last year, one of which included the full name of the member and her or his current address according to our records. When a member responded, we then updated the address, identified the successor member (or primary member) and asked for their email address also. The response has been excellent and we are still updating the records and adding Successor or Primary information. We encourage our members to provide their email address and to inform us of changes. We included the username and password for the member section.
We have added to our regular database those potential members and supporters who provide their addresses using email. We sent an email to each of them, including the address they provided, and requested updates. We requested that those who sent email without including an address consider joining or becoming a partner. The response has been very significant and will result in many new members.
There are additional potential members or partners whose email address has been sent to us by our members. They will continue to receive the electronic newsletter unless they advise to the contrary in which case they will be promptly removed from our email list. Please recommend your friends and those you believe support our purposes by sending us their email address.
Magna Charta Partners
We are initiating Magna Charta Partners for
those who share interest in our purposes but are not members. We plan for an
Advisory Council. You may be a MC Partner by application, either by explaining
your service in support of our purposes or by including a contribution. There is
detailed information on our website. While we have grown to over 17,000 members,
I am still surprised at the number of people who are proposed for membership but
have not completed the lineage forms as well as the number of people, who have responded to our “lost members” pages but have not taken
the next step to become members. We would like you to participate as Magna
Charta Partners in support of our Society and our purposes. Please look at what's
Please look at what's new.
1215 Magna Carta Tour – Overview – New Video To Be Added
We attended the Magna Charta Exhibit of the 1215 Magna Charta at Fraunces Tavern which was hosted by the New York Society Sons of the Revolution on September 14, 2009 and we recorded the press portion which we plan to add to our website.
There can be a number of additional Exhibit opportunities leading up the 800th anniversary in 1215 and I would welcome suggestions.
The Magna Carta Lecture is planned for June 18, 2010 at Lincoln Cathedral. If any of our members are interested in attending please let us know so that invitations can be requested. In addition, we may be able to schedule additional events or programs related to Magna Charta depending on the number interested. Information about this Lecture will also be available from the Cathedral website.
News From Brookfield Publishing
Additional information continues to be added to the Brookfield Publishing
Additional information continues to be added to the Brookfield Publishing Web Site.
A Lineage Form has been added which can be completed by computer and then printed out and mailed with supporting documentation. Original signatures are needed for the application and the supporting documentation needs to be included.
Reissue of Magna Charta in 2015 - 800th Anniversary - Reminder
We are continuing with planning for the Reissue and welcome interest in a Committee to be established for this purpose.
Participation in State Divisions and New Divisions
We will be sending lists of new members to most of the State Division Regents or local Regents. If you are a member and wish to participate at the State or local level, please let us know. The "members only" section of our website includes contact information for our State Divisions. Please be reminded that it is necessary to first be a member of the National Society in order to participate in State Divisions or Chapters of Colonies.
Several of our members have expressed interest in forming new Divisions. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to assisting with this effort.
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 800th Anniversary of the sealing of Magna Charta. We hope you will consider contributions, including contributions of appreciated securities. Our Society is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
OUR E-MAIL LIST
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 the 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. We particularly wish to includ those who are members of lineage societies and/or those who 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: http://www.magnacharta.org/enews032009.htm The link to the Website is: http://www.magnacharta.org.
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, 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. Chancellor@magnacharta.org
Lewis L. "Ted" Neilson, Jr.
National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons
Mailing Address: PO Box 4222, Phila., PA 19144
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