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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Billy Joe Hildreth Funeral/Updates for Reunion Weekend

Scottish Rite Express


Valley of Des Moines
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Orient of Iowa


November 8, 2017
Services for Billy Joe Hildreth, 33°

Visitation: Thursday, November 9, 2017 5:00 pm 
to 8:00 pm
Masonic Service: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Ankeny Church of the Brethren
417 SE Grant St. Ankeny, Iowa 50021
 
Christian & Knights Templar Services:
November 10, 2017   11:00 am
Ankeny Church of the Brethren
417 SE Grant St. Ankeny, Iowa 50021
 
Interment will be at the Brethren Cemetery in Elkhart, Iowa

DOUBLE EAGLE GALA " A Night in London"

If you haven't made your reservation, please do so by calling 515-288-8927 or email to rsvp@dmscottishrite.org

Cost is $55 per person.  It is catered by Barratta's, meal choice of Salmon or Beef Tenderloin.  We have a great evening planned to honor our new Scottish Rite members and Past Master of Kadosh, James A. Spoerl, 33°.  There will be appetizers, libations, banquet, and a band.

 
Reunion Updates

This is just a quick update in preparation for the reunion this weekend.

The 2017 Fall Reunion in honor of Illustrious Brother James A. Spoerl, 33° will conclude this weekend.  The first weekend and extra Thursday was excellent and I am sure this weekend will be of equal fun and quality.

The class officers are President, Dustin Reed of Arcadia Lodge #249.  Class Secretary is Bill Dayton of Poweshiek #174 and Kevin Griggs of Mt. Olive Lodge #79 is the Orator.

We will kick things off with dinner Friday night in the Tapestry room at 5:15 pm.  The kitchen krew will be preparing a Mexican fiesta (tacos, salsa, rice, refried beans, and cinnamon ice cream).  Cost is $10 per person. 

The Degrees on Friday night are the Philosophical and Religious Degrees of the Council of Kadosh.  They are a serious and symbolic nature.  The 23rd, Chief of the Tabernacle begins at 6:00 pm, followed by 24th at 6:35 pm, 25th at 7:25 pm, 26th at 8:00 pm, and the 27th at 8:40 pm.  They are short degrees and are very profound.  The messages introduced in the 23rd are woven throughout this block of degrees, culminating in the 27th Knight of the Sun.  A bit of trivia, the 27th used to be a mandatory degree.

Feel free to sleep in a bit on Saturday morning as we are starting the 28th Degree, Knight Commander of the Temple at 10:00 am.  This begins the Chivalric (Templar) degrees of the Scottish Rite.  The 28th is a 
great degree with temptation, chivalry, and a great battle scene.  The 29th degree, Knight of St. Andrew, shares the vows and obligations of Knighthood and gives the history of the Knights Templar and their connection to Scottish Rite.

Lunch will be in the Tapestry room and will have be a build your own sandwich buffet.  Lunch begins at 11:40 am.  Cost is $8.

Then it will be back to the auditorium for the finality of the reunion.  The 30th degree, Knight Kadosh begins at 12:35 pm.  This will complete the Council of Kadosh degrees.  The Consistory degrees (31st & 32nd) are completely different in both form and substance.  The 31st degree takes us to Ancient Egypt for the Court of the Dead at 2:05 pm, while the 32nd Degree (3:15 pm) reveals the Royal Secret.

Following the degree work will be our celebration of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, the Double Eagle Gala.  Social hour begins at 5:30 pm.  Our Master of Kadosh, W. Charles Smithson will be your host for the evening as we welcome our new Masters of the Royal Secret and honor our 50 year members.  We have our SGIG Gary L. Sissel and his lady Carole as well as the family of our honoree James A. Spoel, 33rd degree joining us for the festivities. They will be our special guests for the evening.  Baratta's is catering with a choice of Beef Tenderloin or Salmon as the entrée.  Cost is $55 per person.

Our band for the Double Eagle Gala is "Beaver Creek Jazz".  It is a great band that is always popular with a wide range of songs and styles so bring your dancing shoes.

Reunion Schedule

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017

5:15 PM              DINNER (Tacos)
COUNCIL OF KADOSH DEGREES
6:00 PM              23rd Degree    Chief of the Tabernacle
6:35 PM              24th Degree    Prince of the Tabernacle
7:25 PM              25th Degree    Knight of the Brazen                                                        Serpent
8:00 PM              26th Degree    Prince of Mercy
8:40 PM              27th Degree    Knight of the Sun

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

9:45 AM             CLASS ASSEMBLES
10:00 AM           28th Degree     Knight Commander of                                                     Temple
10:55 AM           29th Degree     Scottish Knight of St.                                                      Andrew
11:25 AM          Class Picture
11:40 AM          LUNCH (Build your own sandwich)
12:35 PM          30th Degree       Knight Kadosh
CONSISTORY DEGREES
2:05 PM            31st Degree       Inspector Inquisitor
3:15 PM            32nd Degree      (1st) Master of the                                                          Royal Secret
4:05 PM            32nd Degree      (2nd) Master of the                                                        Royal Secret
5:30 PM            SOCIAL HOUR
6:30 PM            CLASS BANQUET & DOUBLE EAGLE GALA
 

Monday, November 6, 2017

SR Express - Passing of a Brother


November 6, 2017        

 Billy Joe Hildreth, 33° 
  

It is with regret, we announce the passing of
Illustrious Brother Billy Joe Hildreth 33º.
  
Billy Joe joined the Scottish Rite in the Fall of 1973 becoming a Master of the Royal Secret on October 27, 1973.  He served more than 20 years as Chairman of the Dining Room Committee and was an active ritualist.  He was the 2nd recipient of the Loring S. Parker award for outstanding ritual.  Illustrious Brother Hildreth was invested a Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 1981 and coroneted a 33º Inspector General Honorary in 1997. 
He served as Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery KT of Iowa in 2000 and Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter RAM of Iowa in 2012.  

Billy Joe was a major donor to Scottish Rite and Masonic Charities.  He was the father of Ill. Bryce B. Hildreth, PGM, and Personal Representative of the SGIG for the Des Moines Valley.


Memorials in his honor may be made to: The Iowa Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation (519 Park Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309) or the Knights Templar Eye Foundation (519 Park Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309)
Visitation: November 9, 2017 5p to 8p 
Ankeny Church of the Brethren
Christian &; Knights Templar Services:
November 10, 2017 11:00 am
Ankeny Church of the Brethren
Interment will be at the Brethren
Cemetery in Elkhart, Iowa
 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Double Eagle Gala Early Registration Ends Today!

November 3, 2017
Double Eagle Gala
An Evening in London
November 11, 2017
W. Charles Smithson, Master of Kadosh & the officers of the Des Moines Scottish Rite cordially invite you and your lady to the 2017 Double Eagle Gala

 5:30 pm - Social Hour
Hors de oeuvres & Libations

6:30 pm - Consistory Reunion Banquet

Honoring the James A. Spoerl, 33° Memorial Class
Special Guest: Sovereign Grand Inspector General of Iowa, Gary L. Sissel,  33°
Grand Secretary General of the Supreme Council

Menu:
Choice of Smoked Beef Tenderloin or Salmon with Lemon
Banquet by Baratta's Restaurant & Catering
8:00 pm - Double Eagle Gala
Dance Music provided by Beaver Creek Jazz 

Black Tie Optional
Tickets are $45 each prior to November 3rd 
& $55 each after.  
Payment necessary with reservation

Please mail RSVP and payment to:
Des Moines Consistory
519 Park St
Des Moines IA 50309
or call the office with Credit Card at 
515-288-8927





Reunion Schedule

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017

5:15 PM              DINNER (Tacos)
COUNCIL OF KADOSH DEGREES
6:00 PM              23rd Degree    Chief of the Tabernacle
6:35 PM              24th Degree    Prince of the Tabernacle
7:25 PM              25th Degree    Knight of the Brazen                                                        Serpent
8:00 PM              26th Degree    Prince of Mercy
8:40 PM              27th Degree    Knight of the Sun

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

9:45 AM             CLASS ASSEMBLES
10:00 AM           28th Degree     Knight Commander of                                                     Temple
10:55 AM           29th Degree     Scottish Knight of St.                                                      Andrew
11:25 AM          Class Picture
11:40 AM          LUNCH (Build your own sandwich)
12:35 PM          30th Degree       Knight Kadosh
CONSISTORY DEGREES
2:05 PM            31st Degree       Inspector Inquisitor
3:15 PM            32nd Degree      (1st) Master of the                                                          Royal Secret
4:05 PM            32nd Degree      (2nd) Master of the                                                        Royal Secret
5:30 PM            SOCIAL HOUR
6:30 PM            CLASS BANQUET & DOUBLE EAGLE GALA

Monday, October 30, 2017

SR Express - Fall Gala/Reunion Schedule

October 30, 2017
Double Eagle Gala
An Evening in London
November 11, 2017
W. Charles Smithson, Master of Kadosh & the officers of the Des Moines Scottish Rite cordially invite you and your lady to the 2017 Double Eagle Gala

 5:30 pm - Social Hour
Hors de oeuvres & Libations

6:30 pm - Consistory Reunion Banquet

Honoring the James A. Spoerl, 33° Memorial Class
Special Guest:
Sovereign Grand Inspector General of Iowa, Gary L. Sissel,  33°
Grand Secretary General of the Supreme Council

Menu:
Choice of Smoked Beef Tenderloin or Salmon with Lemon
Banquet by Baratta's Restaurant &; Catering
8:00 pm - Double Eagle Gala
Dance Music provided by Beaver Creek Jazz 

Black Tie Optional
Tickets are $45 each prior to November 3rd 
& $55 each after.  
Payment necessary with reservation

Please mail RSVP and payment to:
Des Moines Consistory
519 Park St
Des Moines IA 50309
or call the office with Credit Card at 
515-288-8927





Reunion Schedule

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017

5:15 PM              DINNER (Tacos)
COUNCIL OF KADOSH DEGREES
6:00 PM              23rd Degree    Chief of the Tabernacle
6:35 PM              24th Degree    Prince of the Tabernacle
7:25 PM              25th Degree    Knight of the Brazen                                                        Serpent
8:00 PM              26th Degree    Prince of Mercy
8:40 PM              27th Degree    Knight of the Sun

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

9:45 AM             CLASS ASSEMBLES
10:00 AM           28th Degree     Knight Commander of                                                     Temple
10:55 AM           29th Degree     Scottish Knight of St.                                                      Andrew
11:25 AM          Class Picture
11:40 AM          LUNCH (Build your own sandwich)
12:35 PM          30th Degree       Knight Kadosh
CONSISTORY DEGREES
2:05 PM            31st Degree       Inspector Inquisitor
3:15 PM            32nd Degree      (1st) Master of the                                                          Royal Secret
4:05 PM            32nd Degree      (2nd) Master of the                                                        Royal Secret
5:30 PM            SOCIAL HOUR
6:30 PM            CLASS BANQUET & DOUBLE EAGLE GALA

Monday, October 23, 2017

SR Express - Fall Reunion Schedule


October 23, 2017

Fall Reunion unites new members and old.

The Des Moines Valley of Scottish Rite kicked off 
the 1st weekend of the Fall Reunion honoring Ill. Brother JamesSpoerl, 33° on Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st.

On Friday evening the class was received and welcomed by Master of Kadosh, W. Charles Smithson, 33° and the ranking officers of the Lodge of Perfection, Chapter Rose Croix, and the Council of Kadosh of the Des Moines Scottish Rite.  

The members of the James A. Spoerl, 33° Memorial Class are:
Ryan C. Brodie
Waveland Park #654    
Topline Signer: Daniel R. Hobson, 33°

William R. Dayton   
Poweshiek #174     
Topline Signer: James T. McLaughlin, 32°

Al M. Fering          
Gnemeth #577         
Topline Signer: Thomas D. Cox, 32° KCCH

Kevin M. Griggs    
Mt. Olive #79           
Topline Signer: Gary F. Achenbach, 32°

Mitchell A. Petty   
Snow #44             
Topline Signer: Russell E. Saffell, 32°

Dustin T. Reed    
Arcadia #249        
Topline Signer: William R. Yungclas, 32° KCCH

Matthew W. Wagner  
Gnemeth #577    
Topline Signer: Richard Koch, Jr., 33°

Following the opening, the 4th through 8th Degrees were presented before adjourning for the evening. 
Labor resumed at 8am on Saturday morning, beginning with the 9th &; 10th Degrees and then followed by the 11th through 14th Degrees. An excellent steak sandwich lunch was prepared by the Kitchen Krew.  The afternoon picked up where we left off with the 15th through 18th Degrees being presented.  A social hour capped the day with light hors d'oeuvres, and libations being served by the Kitchen Krew and Knights of St. Andrew.
A very sincere thank you to all of committees who worked hard to receive in our new Scottish Rite Masons. We couldn't have done it without our Kitchen Krew, Class Marshals, Knights of St. Andrew, Lights & Sound, Stage Crew, Tylers, Wardrobe, Choir and of course the Ritualists.
Please put Thursday, Oct 26th on your calendar as we will be performing the 19th through 22nd degrees that evening beginning at 5:45pm. The 2nd weekend of the Reunion will be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11th with the 23rd through 32nd Degrees being performed followed the Des Moines Scottish Rite Gala, "A Night in London". 
 


Reunion Schedule

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017

5:00 PM              DINNER (Chili)
5:40 PM              CLASS ASSEMBLES
COUNCIL OF KADOSH DEGREES
5:45 PM              19th Degree    Grand Pontiff
6:40 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
9:40 PM             Homemade Pizza

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2017

5:15 PM              DINNER (Tacos)
COUNCIL OF KADOSH DEGREES
6:00 PM              23rd Degree    Chief of the Tabernacle
6:35 PM              24th Degree    Prince of the Tabernacle
7:25 PM              25th Degree    Knight of the Brazen                                                        Serpent
8:00 PM              26th Degree    Prince of Mercy
8:40 PM              27th Degree    Knight of the Sun

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

9:45 AM             CLASS ASSEMBLES
10:00 AM           28th Degree     Knight Commander of                                                     Temple
10:55 AM           29th Degree     Scottish Knight of St.                                                      Andrew
11:25 AM          Class Picture
11:40 AM          LUNCH (Build your own sandwich)
12:35 PM          30th Degree       Knight Kadosh
CONSISTORY DEGREES
2:05 PM            31st Degree       Inspector Inquisitor
3:15 PM            32nd Degree      (1st) Master of the                                                          Royal Secret
4:05 PM            32nd Degree      (2nd) Master of the                                                        Royal Secret
5:30 PM            SOCIAL HOUR
6:30 PM            CLASS BANQUET &; DOUBLE EAGLE GALA