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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl Party
Sunday at the Scottish Rite,
4th Floor Pool Room, hosted by the Shrine YOSHI (young shriners) -
open to all/any Gentlemen,

· Pre-game begins @ 3 pm with kickoff @ 5

· Chili will be provided thanks again to Dutch

· Shane and Dan have arranged to have a second TV hooked up in the West Lounge

· Please try to bring a dish to share as this will be “potluck style”

· Beer & soft drinks will be a “free will offering” so come enjoy with your family and friends

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Scottish Rite Express

Upcoming Events for Prospective Members to attend with you

Consistro Bistro (February 6th)
As with any good Italian restaurant the menu changes from time to time, it is a way to try new things and bring back old favorites. Your Master of Kadosh Mark Clark along with our Scottish Rite Kitchen Krew is preparing a true Italian dinner for you and your lady. But your evening is not limited to just good food; upon arriving you will be greeted by red and white checkered table cloths, Italian Bistro music, anti-pasto appetizers, and Chianti available. This is your chance to invite your lady to a Scottish Rite event where she is the guest of honor. Your non-Masonic friends and family are invited to attend. The dinner is $13, but we ask that you please make reservations by calling the Scottish Rite office at 515-288-8927 or by Monday, February 2, 2009.

Winter Dance Party (February 21st)
The Scottish Rite will be rocking on February 21st at our winter dance party. This event is open to all SR Masons, their ladies, and guests. More details to follow, but mark your calendar now for a chance to dance the night away.

Spring Reunion Kickoff – March 4th
This is the last of three fun events scheduled prior to the Spring Reunion for you to invite prospective Masons to attend. The Spring Reunion Kick-off is coming up on March 4, 2009. This event is designed to build enthusiasm for the upcoming Spring Reunion and as a chance to invite potential SR Masons to a fun event to meet other Scottish Rite members. It will feature a steak dinner. And a special program introducing the Scottish Rite as well as building tours. Cost is $10 for SR Masons. However, Masonic candidates are free. If you bring a candidate with a signed & paid petition, your dinner is free as well. Prospects for the Blue Lodge are also welcome. This event is for men only. The spring reunion is not far away, now is the perfect time to approach that Master Mason who has been considering joining but hasn’t for one reason or another. If you plan to attend please contact the office (515-288-8927 or

Charlie Smithson and Wade Sheeler recently completed the Master Craftsman program sponsored by the Supreme Council. These open book tests take you through each of the Scottish Rite degrees, their history, lessons, and teachings. For more information on this program-

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Blue Lodge Breakfast and Cribbage Tournament

Central Iowa Blue Lodge Masons gathered at the Des Moines Consistory this morning for the Annual Blue Lodge Breakfast. It was a very nice turnout as the pictures below show

The breakfast was followed by the Cribbage Tournament. Also an annual event.

Addendum: Shane Sez -
"Thanks to all Masons who attended the Blue Lodge breakfast yesterday. There were over one hundred Masons who braved the cold to enjoy this festive event.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Meet Mark Clark, Master of Kadosh

Mark Clark was installed as Master of Kadosh of the Des Moines Consistory on December 10, 2008. Mark was born June 2, 1958. He attended the Des Moines schools and graduated from Des Moines East High School in 1976. He obtained a
Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Drake University – 1980

Mark was Raised to the Degree of a Master Mason in Capital Lodge #110 in the summer of 1976. He holds dual member with Moingona Lodge #633

Mark served as Senior Deacon of Capital Lodge in Mid-1980’s. Because of family and other commitments got in the way he had to drop out of the line. He figured he would go back and finish up when things eased up. (still the plan)

Mark joined the Des Moines Scottish Rite in November of 1976. He joined the Council of Kadosh Line and served in the following offices; 2nd Lt. Commander, 1999-2004; 1st Lt. Commander 2005-2008. He became Master of Kadosh for 2009. Mark received his KCCH – 10-16-1989 and his 33° -- 10/03/2001

(Interesting note, I think Bill Clark and Mark Clark are the first “two brothers” to both become Master of Kadosh, and Bill as a past Master of Kadosh, installed Mark Clark this December.)

Mark was a member of the Jerry Marsengill York Rite Class and remains a member of the Rite.

Other Masonic Bodies
Member Shrine – November 1976
Senior DeMolay
President, IA DeMolay Foundation
Member, IA Charitable Masonic Foundation (formerly SR Charitable and Ed Foundation)
Past Board of Director, Scottish Rite Park 1993-2008

Professional Life:

Mark has been involved with his family business during and after graduating from college, and currently serves as the President of Electronic Engineering Co., a wireless communications provider which sells and services two way radios, E911 consoles, Public safety equipment, pagers and cellular phones. Electronic Engineering has offices in a dozen cities, and employees 150 people.

Mark is divorced, and has three children,
Lydia Clark - 22, graduate of Denison University
Glenn Clark – 20, junior at Grinnell College
Wesley Clark – 16, sophomore, Roosevelt High School
Ms. Katie Roth is a very special friend.

Hobbies/ Travels
Mark enjoys volunteerism and his family. He enjoys an occasional barley/hops beverage with friends. He is active in Young President’s Organization (YPO); Region Chair for the Central United States. Past President of East High Alumni Association and EHS Foundation. He is also active in College Fraternity Alumni Assn, Phi Delta Theta.

Marks plans for 2009 include continuing the great works and plans of his predecessors. He wants to enhance communication and information provided to members. He wants to find the interests and passions of members, and match them with opportunities within and without the Scottish Rite.

Mark says:

At the Scottish Rite, we attempt to blend together pieces of philosophy with ritual, demonstrated by plays and stories; fraternity and brotherhood through fellowship; and better relationships with food, drink, and social gatherings.

As no man is an island, we recognize that we will be better men, fathers, sons, brothers, and husbands, as we associate with others, living, learning, sharing and growing together.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Annual Meeting

The Des Moines Consistory will hold its annual meeting on February 11th, 2009 at 7:30 pm in the Grand Banquet Room.
A dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Cost is $7 per person.
All committee chairs should be prepared to make a report. Reports need to be sent to the SR office for inclusion in the agenda packet by February 9th.
The Knights of St. Andrew will be officially invested and installed this evening in a brief ceremony.

Knights of St. Andrew Investiture

The Des Moines Valley's Knights of St. Andrew are to be invested on 11 Februrary at 7:30pm at the Consistory. All Knights will be officially knighted and receive their regalia. All Scottish Rite Masons are invited to attend.

This event will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting on February 11th, 2009 at 7:30 pm in the Grand Banquet Room.

A dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Cost is $7 per person.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

University of Freemasonry

The 2009 DSM Scottish Rite Unversity of Freemasonary Series will hold another Degree Reading and Discussion on Wednesday January 21st, at 7:00 PM in the 3rd Floor Classroom.
We will be reading and reviewing the 6th Degree, Confidential Secretary.

In this degree one should expand their knowledge of duty, charity and toleration. We are instructed to reshape ourselves and our thinking into charity, self-control, and success i.e. to be a peacemaker. The apron of the 6th degree is white and red, with Hebrew letters YOD HEH in the center and a small triangle containing the Hebrew letters (clockwise from top) BETH, NUN, and SHIN. The gold triangle with the same three letters inscribed is the jewel that represents this degree.

This event is free of charge and open to all Scottish Rire members. This is a great opportunity to discuss the meanings, philosophy, and teachings of the degrees of the Scottish Rite. Please consider coming and contact your fellow Scottish Rite members about the event.

Thanks to all.

Mark Clark
Master of Kadosh, 2009

Lodge Breakfast

All Masons are invited to the 9th annual Lodge Breakfast hosted by the Des Moines Scottish Rite, Council of Kadosh. It will be held at 8:00 AM on January 24.  There is no cost for the breakfast.  The morning will feature a full breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, cinnamon roll, juice and coffee.

The purpose of the breakfast is to thank all blue Lodge Masons and meet Brothers from throughout Central Iowa. The directory of area Masters and Wardens will be distributed. Following the breakfast, the annual cribbage tournament will be held. Reservations requested by January 20 - Des Moines Scottish Rite - 515-288-8927 or

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Scheduled events

York Rite Installation, Dinner & Meeting Wed. Jan 21st
5:15 PM, 6:00 P.M.
U of FM, 6° Reading Confidential Secretary Wed. Jan 21st
3rd Floor Classroom 7:00 PM;
Lodge Officer’s Breakfast Sat. Jan 24th
Grand Banquet Room - 8:00 AM
Cribbage Tournament Sat. Jan 24th
Tapestry Lounge 9:30 AM
Consistro Bistro – Italian Dinner Fri. Feb 6th
Tapestry Lounge 6:15 PM
Annual Meeting – DM Consistory Wed Feb 11th
Dinner, Meeting 6:30 PM, 7:30 PM

Friday, January 9, 2009

Consistory Library Treasures

Brothers Jay Simser and Kurt Hoffmann have been working diligently on our Consistory's Library. This includes reorganizing, and cataloging the Library's collection. In so doing, they have discovered a number of treasures, and share some with you below.

Next time you're at the Consistory, be sure to take a look at the library, yet keep in mind that it is still a work in progress!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Dan Hobson Installed as Master of Waveland Park # 564

- Daniel R. Hobson, 32° KCCH, Senior Warden of the Chapter of Rose Croix was installed as Master of Waveland Park Lodge # 564 by the following Installing officers.
Installing Master - Bryce Hildreth
Installing Chaplain - Jay Simser
Installing Secretary - Jim Spoerl
Installing Marshall - Shane Harshbarger
Installing Musician - Jim Windsor
All of them work with Dan in the Scottish Rite. - Congratulations Brother Dan, have a great year as Master.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Services set for Harry Cunningham 32°

Many of you may have already heard that Harry Cunningham 32° passed away on Thursday night after a long battle with cancer. Harry was very active in Scottish Rite and Waveland Park Lodge. Harry served as degree master for the 17th degree and was a ritualist in the 17th, 18th, and Maundy Thursday ceremonies. He joined the Scottish Rite in the Fall of 1999.

Harry was a member of the WDM Christian Church Choir for a brief time. In addition, Harry was elected to the WDMCC Board of Elders last summer, a position he was very proud of. Prior to that he had been a Deacon. He and his family were very active in the West Des Moines Christian Church. I know for a fact that Christian faith was very important to the Cunningham family and played an integral role for the family to work through the ups and downs of Harry's illness and treatments. To Harry's and Peggy's credit, the family has been "building memories" since the onset of Harry's cancer. Most recently, they spent extended time in Florida on vacation.

Visitation will be Thursday evening, January 8th, 2009 from 5 pm until 7 pm with the funeral service Friday morning, January 9th at 11:00 am;
all at the West Des Moines Christian Church located at 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa.

Shane Harshbarger
Des Moines Scottish Rite
515-288-8927 (O)
515-865-4727 (Cell)