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Thursday, March 16, 2017

SR Express - Scottish Rite 2017 Spring Reunion


2017 Spring Reunion is fast approaching!

Our Spring Reunion honoring Ted Miller, 33° & Don Tedrick, 32° KCCH is just around the corner, in fact it begins
Friday night (March 24) at 5:00 pm.This reunion will be held over two weekends and we will confer all 29 of the Scottish Rite Degrees.
The reunion dates are March 24/25 and April 7/8. Following the 32nd degree on April 8 will be our first ever "Cajun Low Country Boil".
Our first weekend will begin on Friday, March 24th. We will confer the 4th to 8th degrees. Dinner ($10) will be served at 5:00 pm in the WT and Edna Dahl Grand Banquet Room and will be Yankee Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes &; Gravy, Baby Carrots, Salad, and Cupcakes. Please make a reservation by calling the SR office (515-288-8927) or

The reunion opening will be at 6:00 pm. If you haven't been to a reunion in the past few years, please consider attending. It is important that our new Scottish Rite Masons see as many familiar faces as possible as they begin their Scottish Rite journey.

Saturday, March 25th will begin promptly at 8:00 am with the 9th Degree, Elu of the Nine. You might recall our old friends from the 3rd degree reappear. This is a great example of how the Scottish Rite expands on the drama of the Symbolic Lodge. We will portray all of the Lodge of Perfections and Chapter Rose Croix degrees and will finish the day with the 18th degree, Knight Rose Croix. Following the work, we will have a social hour for all in attendance.

The 2nd weekend will take place April 7/8 with the Council of Kadosh and Consistory Degrees. The 2nd Friday is always a great night with the 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd degrees. These degrees are always well performed and are fun to watch. We will  be having a tailgate party dinner with Buffalo Wings from Jethro's BBQ, Slider Sandwiches, and Chocolate Chip Cookies for dessert at 5:00 pm on April 7th.

Saturday, April 8th will be the culmination of our Reunion. We will begin with the 23rd degree, Chief of the Tabernacle at 7:45 am. The 23rd to 26th degrees are recent additions to our reunion schedule, each having been portrayed only a few times. they are the "religious" degrees of the Council of Kadosh and give insight into the early years of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. If you haven't seen them yet, you are always welcome to be a sideliner during a degree.

The end of the day will bring the 32nd degree, Master of the Royal Secret. This degree shares with our new brothers the Holy Doctrine and the Royal Secret. This degree shares with our new brothers the Holy Doctrine and the Royal Secret. It also gives a brief synopsis of all 32 Scottish Rite degrees.

After the 32nd degree, it will be time to celebrate. We are having a Cajun boil party. It will feature shrimp,andouille sausage, corn on the cob, crawfish, and blackened catfish. The event is a causal affair and should be a great party. This will be a stag event as we want you to bring your lady to the 300th anniversary party on June 24th.

Our party will begin at 6:00 pm. The cost is $26 per person. Due to the menu, we need your reservation in advance. Please make you reservation by March 30th by calling or emailing the Scottish Rite office. Advance payment is greatly appreciated.

Being a Scottish rite Mason is a special thing. If you know of a Master Mason who hasn't joined Scottish Rite, please invite him to be a part of this reunion.

Theodore H. Miller, 33° & Don L. Tidrick, 32° KCCH Memorial Reunion Schedule 
March 24/25 & April 7/8, 2017

FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017
5:00 PM      DINNER BUFFET ($10)
6:25 PM                 4th Degree             Secret Master
7:10 PM                 5th Degree             Perfect Master
7:55 PM                 6th Degree             Confidential Secretary
8:35 PM                 7th Degree             Provost and Judge
9:10 PM                 8th Degree             Intendant of the Building
9:45 PM       DISMISSAL
8:00 AM                 9th Degree             Elu of the Nine
                             10th Degree           Elu of the Fifteen
8:50 AM                 11th Degree           Elu of the Twelve
9:45 AM                 12th Degree           Master Architect
10:30 AM                13th Degree           Royal Arch of Solomon
11:15 AM                14th Degree           Perfect Elu
12:05 PM      LUNCH
1:00 PM                 15th Degree           Knight of the East
2:00 PM                 16th Degree           Prince of Jerusalem
3:00 PM                 17th Degree           Knight of the East & West
4:10 PM                 18th Degree           Knight Rose Croix
5:30 PM       SOCIAL HOUR
5:00 PM      DINNER
5:40 PM                 19th Degree           Grand Pontiff
6:45 PM                 20th Degree           Master of the Symbolic Lodge
7:40 PM                 21st Degree            Noachite or Prussian Knight
8:55 PM                 22nd Degree           Knight of the Royal Axe
9:45 PM      DISMISSAL
7:30 AM                 23rd Degree           Chief of the Tabernacle
8:05 AM                 24th Degree           Prince of the Tabernacle
8:55 AM                 25th Degree           Knight of the Brazen Serpent
9:35 AM                 26th Degree           Prince of Mercy
10:15 AM                27th Degree           Knight of the Sun
11:15 AM                28th Degree           Knight Commander of Temple
12:00 PM      LUNCH
12:35 PM                29th Degree           Scottish Knight of St. Andrew
1:25 PM                 30th Degree           Knight Kadosh
2:50 PM                 31st Degree            Inspector Inquisitor
4:00 PM                 32nd Degree           Master of the Royal Secret
(1st Section)
4:55 PM                 32nd Degree           Master of the Royal Secret 
(2nd Section)
Following the reunion on the evening of Saturday, April 8 will be our first ever Southern style Seafood Boil
Can you say "Zydeco"?


Monday, February 27, 2017

SR Express - Scottish Rite Showcase

February 27, 2017


Help us share with potential new members the excitement of Scottish Rite and the amazing members that we have in our fraternity.  Think about when you joined and saw a fully       costumed King Solomon or the Egyptian Court of the Dead for the first time.  Think about the power of music when the Double Eagle chorus sings and the pipe organ plays during our degrees.  This is our vision for the 
We also want your prospect to see Scottish Rite hospitality at its finest.  We want him to see that Scottish Rite is made up of great men from all walks of life. 

Lastly, we want both of you to be a part of this special evening.

March 2, 2017
5:30 pm
Social Hour
3rd Floor Lounge
6:15 pm
Scottish Rite
Consistory Auditorium
7:00 pm
Libations &;
Prime Rib
Tapestry Lounge

Sign Up
Prospects Free
with a Reservation
$15 for
SR Members
to 515-288-8927 or 
Business Casual
and Scottish Rite Cap

Friday, February 17, 2017

Scottish Rite Express Valley of Des Moines -- Orient of Iowa February 17, 2017

Next Thursday, February 23rd there will be a special 
  performance of the 4th Degree (Secret Master) and 14th Degree (Perfect Elu).  This will allow a candidate to begin his Scottish Rite journey on a Thursday evening rather than a weekend.  After receiving these degrees he will have the option of attending the full reunion March 24/25 & April 7/8 to see all 29 degrees in order with the full reunion class or he can return on Saturday, April 8th for a shortened reunion format 
consisting of the 18°,29°,30°,31°, & 32°. 

A candidate for the full reunion does not need to attend this evening unless he wants to do so.  Should you have questions or need a petition, please contact 
Shane Harshbarger at 515-288-8927 or
5:00p - Class Orientation
5:30p - Dinner
6:15p - Receive Class                       
6:30p - 4th Degree    
7:15p - 14th Degree 
8:15p - Social & Libations

Friday, February 10, 2017

Scottish Rite Express - Annual Meeting/Conferral of Lodge of Perfection

Full Form Consistory Opening
 and Annual Meeting

Sometimes it is easy to forget that the way we do things today are not the way things have always been done.  This is especially true in Scottish Rite.  When Scottish Rite was first formed the separation between the four bodies was more substantial than it is today.  Each of the four bodies met separately, had their own officers, meeting dates, elections, and installations.  Each body also had their own opening and closing ceremonies that were used for meetings and degree conferrals.
Master of Kadosh Smithson thought it would interesting to exhibit the old full form opening of the Consistory at our annual meeting on February 15th.  We will be using a modified Pike 1867 Ritualistic opening and closing with the original officer titles and room layout.  This opening will give you a feel of the formality that was a part of the older openings as well as revealing how the passwords and signs were used.  We will have the Consistory auditorium set with full properties plus sound and lighting. 
As the brethren in attendance will be giving the signs, passwords, and watchwords associated with this degree there will be instruction on those signs and words prior to the work commencing. 
Shane Harshbarger will give a brief educational program on some of the changes from the older versions of the degree and the 32nd degree we do today.  For example in 1867, the 32nd degree was known as the Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret instead of Master of the Royal Secret as it is today.
We will begin in the Consistory auditorium at 6:00 pm with the opening and Consistory annual meeting.  Following the annual meeting there will be hors de oeuvres and libations.  Please or at (515-288-8927).

Thursday, February 23rd-Special Conferral of the Lodge of Perfection 4th and 14th Degrees
This will allow a candidate to begin his Scottish Rite journey on a Thursday evening rather than a weekend.   After receiving these degrees he will have the option of attending the full reunion March 24/25 & April 7/8 to see all 29 degrees in order with the full reunion class or he can return on Saturday, April 8 for a shortened reunion consisting of the 18°,29°,30°,31°, & 32°.  A candidate for the full reunion does not need to attend this evening unless he wants to do so.  Should you have questions, please contact Shane Harshbarger 288-8927

5:30 pm - Dinner 
6:15 pm - Receive Class  
6:30 pm - 4th Degree 
7:15 pm - 14th Degree  
8:15 pm - Social & Libations