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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Quarterly Meeting/Installation/Holiday Party

Mark Clark, 33° was installed as Master of Kadosh of the Des Moines Consistory and John Clearman, 33° was installed as Commander of the Council of Kadosh.

Following the Installation a Holiday Party was held in the Tapestry Loungue with a trio for dancing.
Click on the arrow to see some fancy footwork.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Degrees of the Scottish Rite

After the compilation of a short presentation on the degrees of the York Rite, one has been completed for the Scottish Rite, and is debuted below.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Installation and Holiday Party

This Wednesday is a night to have on your calendar as it will be a big night at Scottish Rite. We will be having our quarterly meeting, installation, and Holiday party.

The schedule is as follows:

6:00 pm – Scottish Rite Quarterly Meeting – 3rd Floor Classroom

6:00 pm – Holiday Cheer (Eggnog and snacks for the ladies) – 3rd Floor members lounge

6:30 pm – Installation of Officers – Consistory Auditorium

Mark Clark will be installed as Master of Kadosh

John Clearman will be installed as Commander of the Council of Kadosh

7:00 pm – Holiday Party – Tapestry Lounge


Prime Rib Sandwiches
Shrimp cocktail
Cheese and Meat tray
Relish Tray
Baby Cheesecakes

The installation and Holiday party are public events. Feel free to invite potential SR Masons and your family.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Coming Event - Wednesday December 10, 2008

6:00 PM
Scottish Rite Members
Quarterly Meeting
Third Floor Classroom

Friends and Guests
Holiday Cheer
Third Floor Auditorium Lounge

6:30 PM
Installation of Officers
Members and guests Welcome

7:00 PM
Hors d'ouervres in the Tapestry Room
Musical Entertainment

Monday, November 17, 2008

Jingle Bell Bash

Click on the logo above for details. December 4 - 7 at the Scottish Rite.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Reading of the 23rd Degree - University of Freemasonry

A very interesting session of the University of Freemasons was put on by the Knights of St. Andrew under the direction of W. Charles Smithson, Jr. Warden of the Lodge of Perfection.

The discussion following the reading was spirited and gave us all more to think about. The next degree reading will be in January.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Karl Henry Killinger, 32° KCCH

November 11, 2008

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Karl Henry Killinger, 32° KCCH. Karl was director of the Des Moines Consistory Band, co-founder of the Iowa Military Veterans Band and Director for 25 years of the Des Moines Municipal Band. He was inducted into the Iowa Hall of Pride in 2007.

There will be Masonic Services at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Westover Funeral Home, 6337 Hickman Road .

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines.

Karl passed to the Grand Lodge above on November 10, 2008.

Monday, November 10, 2008

University of Freemasonry - November 12, 2008

The Reading of the Twenty-Third Degree
Chief of the Tabernacle
November 12, 2008

The University of Freemasonry will hold another Degree Reading and Discussion on November 12 at 7:00 PM in the Blue Lodge Room

This degree teaches us to be devoted to the service of God and to constantly endeavor to promote the welfare of man. It also teaches us to act with proper subordination to your superiors. Among its lessons are the ideas that a simple faith is wiser than vain philosophy, that a society’s concept of the Deity and the universe are consistent with its development.

We begin the symbolic initiations into the Mysteries practiced by the ancients from whom Masonry has obtained her great truths. The ritual describes in great detail the tabernacle and the surrounding court of Moses found in Chapters 26 to 36 of Exodus.

The Lodge of the Chief of the Tabernacle is styled a Court and represents an encampment of the twelve tribes of Israel in the wilderness. The apron of the degree is white lined with scarlet and bordered with red, blue and purple ribbons. In the middle is the golden candelabrum with seven lights.. The colors have deep meanings: white, the infinite beneficence of god; blue, his profound and perfect wisdom; red his glory; and purple His power. The jewel is a small silver censer with a long handle reminding us to offer up unceasingly to God the incense of good deeds and charitable actions dictated by a pure and upright heart.

Jim Tresner writes of this Degree: “This Degree begins the exploration of the ancient mysteries. The Candidate here represents a young Levite, presenting himself for initiation into the first mysteries of the Hebrew priesthood. The mysteries represented a series of increasing purifications of the body and spirit, and an increasing awareness of one's own spiritual identity. It was not a single event but a process, not an act but a journey. The goal was self-discovery. It still is.”

W. Charles Smithson, Junior Warden of the Lodge of Perfection is in charge of the degree.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Double Eagle Gala - 2008

Click on the photo to be taken to an on-line Gallery of the pictures from the Gala

Monday, October 27, 2008

Fall Reunion – 2nd Weekend Notes

Friday (October 31st)

5:00 pm - BBQ Rib Dinner in the Tapestry Lounge for all SR Masons

6:00 pm - Galloway Class assembles in Classroom

6:15 pm – Degree work begins

The 20th Degree-Master of the Symbolic Lodge 6:15 PM

The 21st Degree-Noachite or Prussian Knight 7:20 PM

The 22nd Degree-Knight of the Royal Axe 8:50 PM

Dress for Friday night is business casual

The North Parking lot will be open at 5:40 pm

Saturday (November 1st)

8:00 am - The North Parking lot will be open.

8:00 am - Galloway Class assembles in Classroom.
8:45 am – Degree work begins

12:00 pm – Lunch in the Tapestry Lounge

4:30 pm – Gala Check at Entrance Level

~4:45 pm – Degree work concludes

5:00 pm – Double Eagle Gala Social Hour (Grand Banquet Room)

6:00 pm – Double Eagle Gala Banquet (Grand Banquet Room)

7:30 pm – Double Eagle Gala Dance and Ball (Grand Banquet Room)


If you have not made your reservation, please do so now. Reservation cut off is Tuesday, October 28th at 5:00 pm.

Please call the office at 515-288-8927 or email

Tickets are $25 each or a table of 8 for $200.

Gala Dress is Black Tie Optional

The American Republic Parking Ramp immediately east of the SR building will be open for Gala Parking

Advance Payment for Gala tickets is greatly appreciated, it will make check in go much faster.

If you reserved a table, there will be a specific table assigned to your group. There will be table ushers to escort you to your table.

There will be a Gala set up/d├ęcor party on Wednesday, October 29th. Any volunteer help would be greatly appreciated. The work begins at 5:30 pm. There will be chili and beverages for all volunteers. We will be setting tables, putting on chair covers, etc. You and your lady are invited to help out.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact the office at 515-288-8927. The Full Reunion Schedule is below.




The 20th Degree-Master of the Symbolic Lodge 6:15 PM
The 21st Degree-Noachite or Prussian Knight 7:20 PM
The 22nd Degree-Knight of the Royal Axe 8:50 PM




Communication of Degrees 19 - 27 8:15 AM
The 28th Degree-Knight of the Sun, Prince Adept 8:45 AM
The 29th Degree-Scottish Knight of St. Andrew 9:40 AM
The 30th Degree-Knight Kadosh 10:35 AM

LUNCH 12:00 PM


The 31st Degree-Inspector Inquisitor 1:05 PM
The 32nd Degree-The Royal Secret (1st Section) 2:20 PM
The 32nd Degree-The Royal Secret (2nd Section) 3:30 PM



Sunday, October 19, 2008




The feeling of an elegant Speakeasy is the setting for the Second Double Eagle Gala. Master of Kadosh, Brian Pappaducas reminds everyone that this wonderful event will be held the night of November 1 and will be a combination Banquet and Consistory Ball.

The Banquet will be a delicious Prime Rib Dinner served at 6:00 PM and will be followed by an "open to the Public" Ball. The 34th Army Band Rhythm Majors will perform and that portion of the evening will be open to the Public - Free of Charge.

The Banquet cost is $25.00 per person and for the first time you may reserve an entire table (8 places) by paying $200. This
guarantees that you and your special friends can sit together. Reserve your place by calling the Office. (515) 288-8927

The American Republic Company has graciously allowed us to use the parking ramp on the East side of the building.

(Of course if the degrees run a little late the schedule above will be "pushed back" accordingly.)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fall Reunion October 18 -

Under the Direction of W. Charles Smithson 32°, Junior Warden of the Lodge of Perfection the 12th Degree, Master Architect was impressively performed for the first time ever in the Des Moines Valley. The Knights of St. Andrew first performed this degree as a reading and discussion as a part of the University of Freemasonry. It was decided to add the degree to the repertoire of the Degrees. The class saw a first class presentation today.

In the degree Wisdom, Strength and Beauty are attributes of the Architect and the tools of the Master Architect are placed upon the Altar as symbols of the lessons of the degree. One part of the charge of the degree says: " In another aspect of this degree, the Chief of the Architects,...symbolizes the constitutional executive head or chief of a free government. It teaches us that no republican government can long endure when the people cease to select for their magistrates the best and the wisest of their statesmen. When selecting other than the small, the low, the ignoble, and the obscure, and into such hands for sordid interests, commit the country's destinies."

The rest of the pictures for today may be seen by clicking here.