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Friday, December 31, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Jerry Marsengill Christmas Dinner

For the 26th year the Masons of Central Iowa have sponsored the Jerry Marsengill Christmas Dinner.  It is a free Christmas Dinner for anyone who wishes to have one.  You can either come to the Temple or they will bring the dinners out to you.  They will even pick you up and bring you to the dinner.  It is a great project named for a great Mason.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Knights of St. Andrew

Our Knights of St. Andrew Chapter will be having their knighting of new members on December 27th. It will be at 7 pm followed by light snacks and libations. This event is open to everyone, including your lady or significant other. The knighting will take place in the Consistory auditorium.

Knights of St. Andrew is a service organization of the Des Moines Scottish Rite and is open to Masters of the Royal Secret (32°). The Knights coordinate a number of events and activities for our Valley and perform the 28th degree at our reunions. You will also see them providing hospitality at many of our functions. If you are interested in joining KSA, please contact Steve Hall, Commander (515-201-3900) or the Scottish Rite office.

Scottish Rite Charitable Activities

Scottish Rite Charity: Meals from the Heartland
The Des Moines Valley, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite members, family and friends spent most of Sunday packing 20,000 meals into boxes for our first-ever Meals from the Heartland project. These meals will be distributed to those most in need throughout Iowa and around the world. Over 100 volunteers were on hand for the project, including the Grand Master of Masons in Iowa, Craig L. Davis. In addition to many Scottish Rite Masons and their families, we had student volunteers from Roosevelt, Lincoln and East High Schools.

Sunday began with unloading the bulk food from the truck and setting up of the production line. After a brief hiatus for lunch provided by our Scottish Rite "kitchen krew", the work began. Our Master of Kadosh, Shane Harshbarger, welcomed everyone and thanked them for giving their time to assist with the endeavor. Scott Brunscheen of Meals from the Heartland provided an overview of how the food would be utilized and gave instructions on how to package 20,000 meals in just an afternoon. Our volunteer enthusiasm was spectacular. From Declan Phillips, age 5, to Cecil Brewton Jr., age 84, our people made it happen. While the packaging was a big part of the job, there were bins to refill, boxes to make, a truck to be loaded, and clean up to be done. In just a few short hours the work was completed and the spirit of charity was felt by all.

This project was made possible by a grant made to the Des Moines Valley by the Iowa Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation. Meals from the Heartland was selected as one of the charities by our advisory conference.

Meals from the Heartland

Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Party and Installation of Officers

Holiday Party and Installation

You're invited!  This Wednesday, December 8th is the annual Scottish Rite Holiday Party and Installation of Officers.  Both of these events are open to all, so invite your lady, significant other, or potential AASR member to a great evening featuring a spectacular buffet, live music, and some special Holiday libations. 

6:00 PM   Quarterly Meeting - Consistory Classroom (Members only)

6:30 PM   Installation of Officers - Consistory Auditorium
7:00 PM   Holiday Party -  Tapestry Lounge

Roasted Pork Lion, Shrimp Cocktail, Rosemary Potatoes, Bacon wrapped Beef Kabobs, Puff Pastry Hors D'oeuvres, European Cheese Display, Romaine Salad with Cranberries & Feta Cheese

The Des Moines Consistory Double Eagle Chorus and a special "T'was the Night before Christmas"

There is no cost to attend, so please join us.