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Monday, July 24, 2017

SR Express - Passing of a Brother

July 24, 2017  

Announcing the passing of
                Brother Terry R. Smith, 33° 

It is with regret, we announce the passing of Terry R. Smith, 33°, Past Master of Kadosh.
He passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017.  Terry was born October 9, 1941, in Des Moines, to Ralph and Wilma (Zimmerli) Smith. He graduated from North High School in 1960 and married Carol R. Latimer on August 2, 1963, in Des Moines. Terry started his career in floor coverings at the family business, Ralph N. Smith, Inc. as an ap­prentice/installer. He worked there until 1999 when he retired as Vice President.
Terry was a member of Alverson Chapter Order of DeMolay, a member of several Masonic Lodges and Past Master of Moingona Lodge #633, Des Moines Scottish Rite and a member of Des Moines Court #46 Royal Order of Jesters. He was a member of The Inter­national Supreme Council Order of DeMolay and held the DeMolay Legion of Honor.
Terry joined Des Moines Scottish Rite in March of 1969.  He was an officer in the Lodge of Perfection, served on the Kitchen Krew, Membership, Ritual, & Building Committees, and in the Double Eagle Chorus.  He was Invested with the Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 1983 and was Coroneted a 33rd Degree Honorary Inspector General in 1997.
Terry is survived by his children, Kevin Smith, 32° KCCH and Kimberly Smith, and granddaughter, Caitlin Smith, all of Urbandale. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Carol.
Masonic and Christian services will be held on Thursday, July 27th at Iles-Westover Chapel at 3pm, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Des Moines Consistory Building Trust, 519 - Park St. DM, IA 50309. Online condolences will be welcomed at

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SR Express - One Day Reunion on July 22, 2017

July 11, 2017

The 2017 Summer Reunion will honor two members of the Knight Commander Court of Honour, James E. Cook and 
Floyd W. Nesbit.

This reunion will be a One Day event on Saturday, July 22nd and will feature the 4th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 30th, &; 32nd degrees.  This shortened reunion format will allow a Master Mason to complete his journey through the Scottish Rite in just one day, yet still receive many of the great lessons and lectures of our degrees.   It will also include the new version of the 8thDegree, Intendent of the Building.

The cost to join Scottish Rite is $325 ($275 if less than 31 years of age).  Candidates will receive all meals, a copy of the book "A Bridge to Light", the 14th Degree Pyramid, a 32nd degree pin, Patent of Membership, Class picture, and 2 tickets to 2017 Double Eagle Gala on November 11th.
 Click link below for Scottish Rite Petition

Saturday, July 22, 2017

7:30 am          Class Assembles
8:00 am          Opening of Reunion & Receive Class
8:20 am          4th Degree - Secret Master
9:05 am          8th Degree - Intendant of the Building
10:00 am        13th Degree - Royal Arch of Solomon
10:40 am        14th Degree - Perfect Elu
11:30 am        Class Picture 
11:40 am        Reunion Luncheon
12:25 pm        18th Degree - Knight Rose Croix
1:45 pm          21st Degree - Noachite or Prussian Knight
2:55 pm          30th Degree - Knight Kadosh
4:10 pm          32nd Degree - Master of the Royal Secret
6:15 pm          Social Hour/Steak Fry

We call our degree conferrals "Reunions" because the brethren come together to share the special lessons of the Scottish Rite degrees with a new class of candidates.  As we meet to witness and perform these degrees, the teachings of the Scottish Rite are exemplified to our new brothers and reinforced in us anew. 
We have a reunion coming up soon.  It will be a special one day reunion and will feature 8 of the Scottish Rite degrees.
We hope you will show your enthusiasm for Masonry by joining the Scottish Rite this spring.  The degrees are ancient but the lessons of the degrees are as meaningful and important today as they have always been. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

SR Express - One Day Reunion on July 22, 2017

June 30, 2017
I want to remind you that the Des Moines Scottish Rite is offering a one-day opportunity for Master Masons to join the Scottish Rite.  The one-day reunion will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017.
If you have a Masonic friend who might be interested in joining the Scottish Rite but does not have the time on his schedule to participate in a full Scottish Rite Reunion, please contact him and encourage him to take advantage of this opportunity to join the Scottish Rite.  You don't want your friend to miss the experience and benefits of being a Scottish Rite Mason.
If you have any questions or need petitions for membership, please contact the Consistory office at 515-288-8927.
Sam Wise 33°
Des Moines Scottish Rite
Membership Chairman

Saturday, July 22, 2017

7:30 am          Class Assembles
8:00 am          Opening of Reunion & Receive Class
8:20 am          4th Degree - Secret Master
9:00 am          8th Degree - Intendant of the Building
10:00 am        13th Degree - Royal Arch of Solomon
10:40 am        14th Degree - Perfect Elu
11:30 am         Reunion Luncheon
12:30 pm        18th Degree - Knight Rose Croix
1:55 pm          28th Degree - Knight Commander of the 
2:45 pm          30th Degree - Knight Kadosh
4:05 pm          32nd Degree - Master of the Royal Secret
6:00 pm          Social Hour
6:30 pm          Consistory Steak Fry

Thursday, June 29, 2017

SR Express - Passing of a Brother

June 29, 2017

Announcing the passing of

 Brother William O. Cook, 32° 
It is with a heavy heart that I write to you to inform you of the passing of William O. Cook, 32°.   
William O. Cook, 63, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, with his family by his side. Family will receive friends at Iles Grandview Park Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 30th with a 7 p.m. Masonic Service with an additional service to follow.

Bill was born September 23, 1953 in Des Moines to William and Shirley (Dobberthein) Cook. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local Union 234 where he worked as a heavy equipment operator. After retirement he worked for Hedberg and Son. 

He was a member of Daylight Masonic Lodge No. 660, Za Ga Zig Shrine and the Shrine Ambassadors Unit. 

Bill was an avid Chicago Bears fan and also enjoyed NASCAR, cruising Saylorville Lake on his pontoon boat and spending time with friends and family.

Bill received his Master of the Royal Secret (32°) on June 25, 2016.

Keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely and Fraternally,

Shane A. Harshbarger

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SR Express - Food, Fun, Fireworks, Flags & Scottish Rite - July 3rd

June 27, 2017
Food, Fun, Fireworks, Flags, 
& Scottish Rite - July 3rd
Please join us at our "indoor picnic" on July 3rd!
This patriotic event will be held at the Top of the Tower at the Holiday Inn Downtown.
There will be a choice of hamburger or hot dogs, plus popcorn and chips.  The Iowa 34th Army Band brass band assemble will be providing tunes to liven up the party. 
The Holiday Inn, Top of the Tower, will also provide a great view to watch fireworks at the State Capital and after the Iowa Cubs Game at Principal Park.  It is air conditioned, no mosquitoes, and you don't have to bring a lawn chair.
Who:       Scottish Rite Masons, their friends, and families.

What:      Food, Fun, Flags,
               Fireworks, & Scottish Rite

Where:    Holiday Inn - Downtown
              1050 6th Ave. Des Moines

When:     July 3rd at 6:30 pm

Cost:        Picnic Dinner
($15 adults or $10 for children)

RSVP required by June 29:
SR Office 515-288-8927 or