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International Women’s Contact invites to “Freemasonry”

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By Karin O’Flynn, President IWC The Hague

IWC Guest speaker Jan Willem de Savornin Lohman will introduce the concept of “freemasonry” and discuss questions such as “How free is freemasonry?” and “Is it a secret society or a brotherhood with a secret?”

Officially freemasonry was founded in the early 18th century in London and is closely connected to the Enlightenment. Informally however, it has its roots in the guilds of the Cathedral builders of the late Middle Ages. Famous freemasons were Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Winston Churchill, George Washington, John Wayne, Oscar Wilde, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in the Netherlands Pieter Jelles Troelstra, Frits Philips and Willem Dress Sr.

Guest speaker Jan Willem is chairman of the lodge ‘De Vriendschap’, which was originally founded in 1809 in Surabaya in the Dutch Indians. Freemasonry evokes many different reactions and interpretations, both friendly and hostile and if you are interested in finding out more about this topic, you are most welcome to attend this IWC event.

Monday, April 14th, 10 to 12 o’clock, at Crowne Plaza, The Hague.

Guests are requested to register via and to pay a guest fee of €5, contributing therewith to the charity fund of the club. This lecture is part of a large range of activities the International Women’s Contact is organising for its members. For more information, please consult our website


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