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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

University of Freemasonry - Wallace House



Tonight was an excellent event in the ongoing University of Free Masonry series. The Scottish Rite has partnered with the Wallace House Foundation on their “Dialogue Dinner” series.

Brother Tade Sullivan 32°, presented a program on the Wallace family & Henry A. Wallace, in particular. He was the 33rd Vice President of the United States and a member of Des Moines Consistory. Bro. Sullivan serves as Vice Chair of the Wallace House Foundation. The Wallace family is one of the most prominent families in Iowa and throughout the United States for their impact and involvement in agriculture.

Scottish Rite Express


Scottish Rite Meet & Greet (April 1st)
Our next “meet and greet” is this Wednesday, April 1st. These events are a chance to stop in after work and share in the fellowship of Scottish Rite. We will have snacks and drinks available. It is also a time to bring prospective members so they can see some of what the Scottish Rite has to offer. If you know someone who would be a good addition to the fraternity, feel free to invite him. Stop in anytime from 4:30 pm to 7 pm on the following dates: April 1 / April 15
We will be meeting in the Consistory Library on 2nd Floor.
Maundy Thursday Observances
The Des Moines Scottish Rite will do the Maundy Thursday observance in Eldora at Montague Lodge and in Des Moines this spring. The extinguishing and relighting ceremonies as well as the 12 soliloquies will be done at both observances. The observance in Eldora will take place on April 8th and Des Moines on April 9th with a dinner prior to the ceremonies. These events are open to all Master Masons, their ladies, and guests.
Spring Reunion (Condensed)
A special condensed Scottish Rite Reunion will be held on April 17/18. By joining this condensed class, your candidate will receive the 4° ,14°, 18°, 21° , 22° , 30° , 31° , 32° in full form. The 21st Prussian Knight and 22nd Knight of the Royal Axe are particular favorites of the Master of Kadosh and are included in this special reunion honoring Ronald D. Kenyon 32° KCCH. Petitions are now being accepted. Balloting will take place on April 1st, 8th, and 15th. A petition is attached for your use.
Consistory Spring Fling
Following the completion of the degree work, the Des Moines Scottish Rite will be hosting our first ever Consistory Spring Fling. We invite you and your lady to join us for an evening of fine food, lively jazz, dancing, and merriment as we honor the Paul R. Knapp 33° & Ronald D. Kenyon 32°KCCH memorial classes. April 18, 2009 5:00 pm ò Social Hour 6:00 pm ò Memorial Class Banquet Spinach Salad Roasted Prime Rib of Beef Baby red potatoes with fresh garlic and chives Sautéed summer blend vegetables Fresh rolls and butter Triple layer chocolate cake w/ raspberry sauce Catered by Great Caterers of Iowa 7:30 pm ò Jazz by Mel Hubretz RSVP and payment required by April 13th. $25 per person, seating limited to 200 persons -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
May 13 Officer Mtg, Qtrly Mtg - Joint Ascension Service w/ York Rite
May 21 Univ of FM - 17° Degree Reading
June 5 SR Golf - Altoona
June 24 Univ of FM - Royal Mile, Grand Lodge of England
June 25 Univ of FM - Royal Mile, Grand Lodge of England
July 22nd Univ of FM - 20° Degree Reading
July 29th Membership Appreciation Dinner
Aug 26th Univ of FM - 31° Degree Reading
Sept 9th Quarterly Meeting, Elections, Officer Mtg.
Sept 23 Fall Kickoff - Membership Night
October 7th Univ of FM - 26° Degree Reading
October 16th / 17th Fall Reunion, (1st weekend) honoring George R. Carr 33° G.C.
October 30th / 31st Fall Reunion, (2nd weekend) honoring George R. Carr 33° G.C.
October 31st DOUBLE EAGLE GALA




Shane Harshbarger
Des Moines Scottish Rite
515-288-8927 (O)
515-865-4727 (Cell)
www.dmscottishrite.org
http://desmoinesconsistory.blogspot.com/

Saturday, March 28, 2009

First Week-end Pictures









Steve Hall reading the program between Degrees. This was the first week-end of the Scottish Rite Reunion.
The Des Moines Symphony had a fund raiser pajama party today. The kids saw a concert in the Banquet room and a peanut butter lunch in the Tapestry Longue. Here is a little film of them dancing.

Our Masonic Center is a very busy place.
video

Friday, March 27, 2009

The "Rite" Stuff


Over at the Illustrious Order of the Three Ruffians there is an interesting post on the Scottish Rite. I learned something, you may also. BTW. The counter at the bottom of our Blog has now gone over 10,000 hits. Thanks for Reading.

Paul R. Knapp 33° Spring 4 Day Reunion Begins

We have chosen Paul R. Knapp 33° to be the honoree for the 2009 Spring 4 day Reunion class.

PAUL R. KNAPP 33°

Paul was born in Detroit, MI. on December 18, 1927 and grew up in Allerton, Iowa. After graduating from AIB and serving in the Navy, he joined his brother and life long business partner Bill Knapp. He started as a salesman and soon became one of the top agents at Iowa Reality. Paul became General Sales Manger in 1970 and President of the Company in 1977. Paul was the president of the Des Moines Board of Realtors. He also served on the board of West Bank, Iowa Aviation Expo, American Institute of Business, Dowling Catholic School and Scottish Rite Park.

Paul was a life long avid golfer and enjoyed anything to do with aviation. He hosted an annual model air plane show at his farm for family and friends. Upon retirement Paul realized a life long goal of becoming an instrument rated pilot. Paul was honored by his brother with the dedication of a new facility on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center

Paul was a member of Acanthus Lodge #632 in Des Moines, Iowa. He became a Master of the Royal Secret on April 19, 1958. He received the honor of Knight Commander Court of Honor on October 18, 1993 and was Coroneted, 33° Inspector General Honorary, on December 6, 2003. Paul was a member of Za-Ga-Zig Shrine and also a member of The Royal Order of Jesters. Paul became a Fifty Year Member in the Des Moines Consistory on March 22, 2008. He was also a supporter of the Consistory Building Trust and the Iowa Scottish Rite Charitable and Education Foundation.
Paul passed to the Grand Lodge above on May 14, 2008.

The reunion continues tomorrow morning. The North parking lot will be open at 7:30 AM.

An extended one day Reunion will be held April 17 and 18.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wednesday Night Social Time

Some pictures from tonight's gathering at the Consistory Library. Some pool was played, some munchies were munched and a lot of conversation was enjoyed. We'll do it again next Wednesday. Remember the reunion starts Friday night.




Monday, March 23, 2009

Scottish Rite Updates

This will be a busy week at Scottish Rite with a number of degree rehearsals and reunion preparations taking place. Please take a couple of minutes to review the events and activities that are on the upcoming schedule.

Balloting on Petitions (March 25)
The 2009 Spring reunion begins in just 5 days! The final balloting on petitions will take place this Wednesday, March 25th at 5:00 pm in the 33rd degree room. So if you have petitions for the upcoming Paul Knapp memorial reunion (March 27/28 & April 17/18), please turn them in to the office as soon as possible. The fee to join AASR is $300 a petition and the spring reunion schedule is attached to this email. We can vote on petitions for the Kenyon class (April 17/18) as well. Please contact the office if you have any questions.

Scottish Rite Meet & Greet (March 25)
We had our first meet and greet last Wednesday, I think were about 20 attendees total, as some people came early and others later. Our next “meet and greet” is this Wednesday, March 25th. These events are a chance to stop in after work and share in the fellowship of Scottish Rite. We will have snacks and drinks available. It is also a time to bring prospective members so they can see some of what the Scottish Rite has to offer. If you know someone who would be a good addition to the fraternity, feel free to invite him.

Stop in anytime from 4:30 pm to 7 pm on the following dates: March 25 / April 1 / April 15
We will be meeting in the Consistory Library on 2nd Floor.

Spring Reunion (Full Reunion March 27/28 & April 17/18)
The 2009 Spring Scottish Rite reunion honoring Paul Knapp 33° is just 4 days away!!

Friday – March 27th
4:00 pm – Candidate Orientation (Consistory Classroom)
5:00 pm – Dinner (Members Lounge)
Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Coleslaw, Chips, Brownies ($7)
5:45 pm – Receive the Paul R. Knapp 33° memorial class (Consistory Auditorium)
6:20 pm – 4th Degree (Secret Master)
7:20 pm – 5th Degree (Perfect Master)
8:10 pm – 6th Degree (Confidential Secretary)
8:55 pm – 7th Degree (Provost and Judge)

University of Free Masonry (March 31)

As part of our ongoing University of Free Masonry series and we have partnered with the Wallace House Foundation on their “Dialogue Dinner” series. Brother Tade Sullivan 32°, will present a program on the Wallace family & Henry A. Wallace, in particular. He was the 33rd Vice President of the United States and a member of Des Moines Consistory. Bro. Sullivan serves as Vice Chair of the Wallace House Foundation. The Wallace family is one of the most prominent families in Iowa and throughout the United States for their impact and involvement in agriculture.

March 31, 2009 at 6:00 pm in the Scottish Rite Tapestry Lounge
$25 per person (ladies welcome)
Reservations required by March 25, 2009

Menu
Iowa Caesar Salad
Sesame Yeast Rolls
Templeton Rye Marinated Niman Ranch Pork Chop with Black Currant Sauce
Jasmine Rice Caraway Peas
Creamed French Green Beans
Roasted Roma Tomatoes
Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding with Templeton Rye
Hard Sauce & Clover Leaf Whipped Cream

Dinner by culinary artist: Cydney Mull

Spring Reunion (Condensed)
A special condensed Scottish Rite Reunion will be held on April 17/18. By joining this condensed class, your candidate will receive the 4° ,14°, 18°, 21° , 22° , 30° , 31° , 32° in full form. The 21st Prussian Knight and 22nd Knight of the Royal Axe are particular favorites of the Master of Kadosh and are included in this special reunion honoring Ronald D. Kenyon 32° KCCH.

Maundy Thursday Observances
The Des Moines Scottish Rite will do the Maundy Thursday observance in Eldora at Montague Lodge and in Des Moines this spring. The extinguishing and relighting ceremonies as well as the 12 soliloquies will be done at both observances. The observance in Eldora will take place on April 8th and Des Moines on April 9th with a dinner prior to the ceremonies. These events are open to all Master Masons, their ladies, and guests.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Scottish Rite Meet and Greet


The Des Moines Consistory will be hosting a series of social hours during the upcoming weeks. These events are a chance to stop in after work and share in the fellowship of Scottish Rite. We will have snacks and drinks available. This is an idea generated from a couple of our Knights of St. Andrew as they wanted a chance to visit with and meet other Scottish Rite Masons on a more informal basis. It is also a time to bring prospective members so they can see some of what the Scottish Rite has to offer. If you know someone who would be a good addition to the fraternity, feel free to invite him.

Stop in anytime from 4:30 pm to 7 pm on the following dates:
March 18
March 25
April 1
April 15

We will be meeting in the Consistory Library on 2nd Floor.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Scottish Rite Express

Spring Reunion (Full Reunion)
The 2009 Spring Scottish Rite reunion honoring Paul Knapp 33° is just 17 days away. The reunion will begin on Friday, March 27th with Candidate Orientation beginning at 4:00 pm in the Consistory Classroom. Dinner will be served at 5:00 pm ($10). We will receive the members of the Knapp class at 5:45 pm and the 4th degree will commence at 6:20 pm. The complete schedule for the Knapp Class is attached to this email. The cost to join is $300 ($200 Initiation fee & $100 dues). We will be balloting on petitions this Wednesday, March 11th and again on March 18th so if you have petitions please submit them to the office as soon as possible. A petition is attached to this email as well. Reunion dates are March 27/28 (4° - 18°) & April 17/18 (19° - 32°)

Spring Reunion (Condensed)
A special condensed Scottish Rite Reunion will be held on April 17/18. By joining this condensed class, your candidate will receive the 4° ,14°, 18°, 21° , 22° , 30° , 31° , 32° in full form. The 21st Prussian Knight and 22nd Knight of the Royal Axe are particular favorites of the Master of Kadosh and are included in this special reunion honoring Ronald D. Kenyon 32° KCCH.

(Note: Petitions and the schedule for the Reunions may be downloaded from the bar on the right.)

Maundy Thursday Observances
The Des Moines Scottish Rite will do the Maundy Thursday observance in Eldora at Montague Lodge and in Des Moines this spring. The extinguishing and relighting ceremonies as well as the 12 soliloquies will be done at both observances. The observance in Eldora will take place on April 8th and Des Moines on April 9th with a dinner prior to the ceremonies. These events are open to all Master Masons, their ladies, and guests.

Congratulations
Jay Cole Simser recently completed the Master Craftsman course of the Supreme Council. He joins Kurt Hoffmann, Charlie Smithson, Wade Sheeler, and Cecil Brewton Jr. as members of Des Moines Scottish Rite who have finished the 6 test course.



An item of note, Ila Champion will celebrate her 95th birthday with an open house on March 15th. Her husband, Doyle Champion 33°, was very active in the Des Moines Valley and with the Iowa Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation prior to his death.

Special Univerity of Freemasonry


As part of our ongoing University of Free Masonry series and we have partnered with the Wallace House Foundation on their “Dialogue Dinner” series. Brother Tade Sullivan 32°, will present a program on the Wallace family & Henry A. Wallace, in particular. He was the 33rd Vice President of the United States and a member of Des Moines Consistory. Bro. Sullivan serves as Vice Chair of the Wallace House Foundation. The Wallace family is one of the most prominent families in Iowa and throughout the United States for their impact and involvement in agriculture.

March 31, 2009 at 6:00 pm in the Scottish Rite Tapestry Lounge $25 per person Reservations required by March 25, 2009

Menu Iowa Caesar Salad
Sesame Yeast Rolls
Templeton Rye Marinated Niman Ranch Pork Chop
with Black Currant Sauce
Jasmine Rice Caraway Peas

Creamed French Green Beans

Roasted Roma Tomatoes
Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding with Templeton Rye
Hard Sauce & Clover Leaf Whipped Cream Dinner by culinary artist: Cydney Mull

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Coming Event

Coming to Montague Lodge # 117 in Eldora, Iowa
April 8, 2009
The Des Moines Scottish Rite Bodies
The 12 Soliloquies
&
The Extinguishing and the Relighting Ceremonies

This event is open to all Masons, their guests and the general public.

Today our way of life refers to the disappearance of truth and justice in the world. As the symbolic lights are extinguished, we reflect upon this loss. Let there be light. We reinforce our belief that we through off the mantle of sorrow and darkness and emulate those historical figures who have brought truth and knowledge to mankind. This Ceremonial is an important part of our commitment to a conscientious and enlightened life.

Place: Montague Lodge # 117 1305 23rd Avenue, Eldora, IA
Time: 6:00 PM
7:00 PM - the Extinguishing Ceremony followed by the Soliloquies and the Relighting Ceremony
Dinner Reservations are required by April 3, 2009
Dinner cost: $10/00
RSVP to ddriscoll@dmscottishrite.org
or by telephone - 515-288-8927

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Spring Kick Off Photos

An excellent eveining of Scottish Rite Fellowship and a good opportunity to visit and relax.


Charlie Smithson received his Master Craftsman award for completing the tests. He joins Kurt Hoffman and two others who have completed the course. The rest of the pictures are below.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Scottish Rite News

Spring Kick-off
The annual Spring Kick-off is fast approaching. In fact it is tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4th! The evening will be a great night of Scottish Rite fellowship and camaraderie. We will begin with social hour at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm. Since the weather is going to be so nice our Master Grillers will be outside cooking steaks to go along with baked potatoes, salad, vegetables, and dessert. The cost is $10 per person. There will be a short program on Scottish Rite and the SR caps we wear after dinner. This event is designed for you to bring prospective members for both the Blue Lodge and Scottish Rite. Cost is $10 per person and we would really appreciate it if you could RSVP today by calling or emailing the office (515-288-8927 / rsvp@dmscottishrite.org).

2009 Spring Reunion
The 2009 Spring reunion begins in just 24 days! Now is the time to turn in petitions to the office. We will do our 1st balloting next Wednesday, March 11th at the monthly officer’s meeting. The fee to join AASR is $300 a petition and the spring reunion schedule and a petition can be downloaded from links on the right.