Fall 2010 Trip to Washington, D.C.

You’ve found DeKalb Lodge’s central, online page for all things related to our September 2010 Masonic trip to Washington, D.C. be sure to bookmark this page and visit it often — it will be updated frequently with new tours, things to do and announcements related to our trip.

Feb. 24th: For those who can make it, we’re meeting this Sunday, February 28th, at the DeKalb Masonic Temple at 10 a.m. for breakfast and also to discuss the trip, give info to Jim regarding security checks, answering questions, etc.

What, When & Where
This September (leaving Sept. 1st and returning Sept. 5th), Masons from DeKalb Lodge and their guests will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to visit Masonic and other American historic landmarks in our capital city.

Airfare is currently approximately $225 per person, roundtrip. Lodging is approximately $135 per night (four nights), based on double occupancy. The total cost for two people — airfare and hotel — is about $990, based on being in the first group who have reservations.

NOTE: I have four additional plane tickets currently being reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost to reserve these tickets is $50 each (refundable) until July 3rd, when each ticket must be paid for in full.

If there is enough interest, we can arrange additional seats on the plane, though the cost may be slightly more (depending on how close to the departure date you book). The hotel’s daily cost ($135 based on double occupancy, includes continental breakfast and the cost also includes taxes) is likely to remain constant to within one month of departure.

Meals, Tour Costs, etc.
All extra and your actual expense as incurred. Most Masonic landmarks will be free admission for you and your guest with a current, valid dues card.

We are staying at the Marriott Courtyard on Connecticut Avenue, right next to the National Zoo and a couple of miles from the National Mall. It is close to the Scottish Rite Temple and Order of the Eastern Star Headquarters (both destinations). I have stayed in this hotel before and it is a wonderful location with very helpful staff.

How Are We Getting Around
Primarily via Washington’s Metra system which is both subway and buses. There is a station right by the hotel and we have easy access to almost everywhere we will be going. We may take taxis as needed.

Who’s Going?
Currently, this is the list of who is coming along:

  • Jim & Debbie Tome
  • Niki DeRuyck (Jim & Debbie’s daughter)
  • Dean & Christy Clark (driving there)
  • Brian & Kathy Minick
  • Joe Pinion & wife
  • Dean & Jane Quarnstrom
  • Eric Jones & wife (flying on their own earlier)
  • Eric Stice & wife (flying on their own earlier)
  • Eric Stice’s inlaws (meeting them there)
  • Eric & Rebecca Nelson
  • Erik Calmeyer
  • Jamie Janiak
  • Scott & Melissa Bellis
  • Rich & Julie Spahn

Remember, we currently have an additional four plane tickets “on hold” at this time for the locked-in price of approximately $225 per person round trip. We can book additional seats — as available — after these are gone but at likely higher prices.

Planned Schedule
Wednesday, Sept. 1st
Leaving Chicago-O’Hare at 8 a.m., arrives Ronald Reagan Airport 11 a.m. (airport to hotel is approx. 15 minutes)
2 p.m.: Possible private tour of the U.S. Capitol Building by someone from Sen. Durbin’s office

Thursday, Sept. 2nd
10 a.m.: Tour of the Scottish Rite House of the Temple
2 p.m.: Possible private White House tour by someone from Sen. Durbin’s office
6:30 p.m.: Dinner at Naval Lodge No. 4 (meeting thereafter)

Friday, Sept. 3rd
9 a.m.: Tour of the Eastern Star National HQ
1 p.m.: Tour of the Geo. Washington National Masonic Museum
3 p.m. Open Lodge at the Geo. Washington National Masonic Museum

Saturday, Sept. 4th
All day: Washington Monument & National Mall
Evening: Potomoc River Dinner Cruise (not sure about this — the cost is a bit high (about $115 per person))

Sunday, Sept. 5th
Currently nothing scheduled
Flight leaves Washington, D.C. at approx. 4:30 p.m., back in Chicago at approx. 6 p.m.


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