Scottish Rite Masons from throughout the world will converge on Washington this weekend to celebrate the 93rd Annual Session of 32nd and 334d Degree Masons.
The four-day meeting will begin Saturday at the Sheraton Park Hotel and Motor Inn, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW.
As in prior years, more than 1,000 Masons from the United States, Great Britain, Africa and Germany are expected to attend the business and fraternal meeting.
Highlights of the event will include banquets, an awards ceremony, a divine service and the elevation of more than 200 Masons from the 32nd Degree to the 33rd Degree, the highest rank obtainable in the organization. Thirty-five Masons from the Washington area will be among those honored.
The D.C. Order of Masons, the Jonathan Davis Consistory No. 1, 33rd Degrees, will host the event under the direction of Washingtonians Aubrey E. Ballard, deputy of the United Supreme Council in D.C., and Arthur White, commander-in-chief of the D.C. group. Both men are 33rd Degree Masons. The D.C. chapter has 1,700 members, including 153 Masons of the 33rd Degree.
Charles H. Davis, editor of the D.C. chapter's newsletter, said a major purpose of the annual meeting is to elevate members and discuss charity activities conducted during the year.