Hope all of you are looking forward to your time in Waco next week.
One final announcement — We had asked each chapter to bring their KOSA banner for the opening session on the floor of the Grand Lodge of Texas Saturday morning. We realized that some may not be able to bring your staff if you are flying in. However, we did not ask you to let us know and now…. one week out … we do not know how many will extra staffs and stands we will need to have on hand. Therefore, please email the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know (1) that you are bringing your KOSA banner and (2) if you need us to supply a staff (pole) and/or a stand.
As we approach the dates for the gathering, return here for any last minute instructions or information. With today’s smartphone technology, I doubt if any of you will have trouble finding us. The gathering will start Friday July 20th at noon at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, home to the Waco Scottish Rite Bodies. We suggest your use your GPS app, mapquest, or google maps (displayed below). The address is 2801 W. Waco Drive, Waco, TX. Participants may begin checking in as early as noon on Friday. Someone will be there to greet you until the Friday evening mixer begins at 5PM.
FOR EACH CHAPTER REPRESENTED — Please bring your KOSA banner if you can. For those driving in, we would appreciate your bringing the staff and stand also. We are going to “round up” several sets for those flying in that cannot bring a staff and stand and can only bring the banner in your checked baggage.
THE NEXT GATHERING: in the final afternoon session on Saturday we will offer the opportunity for any chapter to “give us a pitch” on why you should host the 2020 gathering. We intend to announce the 2020 gathering location at the banquet Saturday evening. If you want to “volunteer” to host, please ensure you have a good sales presentation (no more than 5 minutes per chapter…verbal, no powerpoints due to time limitations) AND ensure you have the support and/or approval of your Scottish Rite Valley.
GET YOUR ROOM RESERVED NOW: This may be our LAST WARNING on rooms. If you want the discounted rate at one of our three suggested hotels, it is very important that you make that reservation BEFORE 20 June.
DRESS COMBINATIONS DURING THE GATHERING: Several attendees have asked about dress options throughout the event. Our recommendation is that you come casual to Waco Friday and dress casual or “Texas country” for the Friday night Texas night. For the distinguished speaker presentations on Saturday, your KOSA regalia would be appropriate or at least a sports coat and tie. The banquet is designated as formal but formal is often in the eyes of the beholder. A tux or black suit would be appropriate and an evening gown for your lady but, again, we know many may want to stay in Scottish attire showing off your regalia and a plethora of kilts representing the different clans. Some have suggested dressing down Saturday afternoon for the breakout and closing session and the free time before changing for the banquet. I know our local KOSA chapter intends to dress in distinctive polo shirts Saturday afternoon. We do have locations to change clothes at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum so you will not have to return to your hotel room to change. Remember, it can get pretty hot in Texas in July (a fair warning to our Northern brothers).