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Friday, August 5, 2011

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August 5, 2011
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DSM Valley Officers
Shane Harshbarger 33°
Master of Kadosh
Des Moines Consistory

Steven F. Jacobsen 32° KCCH
Venerable Master
Lodge of Perfection

Dan Hobson 32° KCCH
Wise Master
Chapter Rose Croix

John W. Clearman 33°
Council of Kadosh
2011 Calendar
August 24 - Shepherd's Tavern Society
August 27 - AASR - One Day Reunion Honoring Richard Noyce 32° KCCH / Ivan Johnson 32° KCCH
September 7 - University of Free Masonry Portrayal of the Scottish Rite 3rd Degree
September 14 - Quarterly Meeting & Elections
September 15 - 17 - Grand Lodge of Iowa (Davenport)
September 22 - Fall Reunion Kick - off
October 26 - Shepherd's Tavern Society
Oct. 28/29 - AASR Fall Reunion (1st Weekend) Ellis Monk 33° Memorial Class
Nov. 11/12 - AASR Fall Reunion (2nd Weekend) Double Eagle Gala
November 30 - University of Free Masonry
December 14 - Quarterly Meeting, Installation, Holiday Party with York Rite
December 27 - KSA Knighting Ceremony
In Memoriam
Donald D. Benson, 32º    
 Robert T. Sherwood, 32º  
Ray M. Merritt, 32º 
Clair J. Peterson, 32° KCCH 
Kenneth L. Lane 
Donald W. Peterson 
Frederick W. Koch 
Robert B. Brown 

AASR Supreme Council honors 3 members of theDes Moines Valley with election to receive 33rd Degree
Every other year the Scottish Rite Supreme Council bestows honors on those members of the Rite who have distinguished themselves through their support, efforts and dedication to the principles of Scottish Rite Masonry. 2011 is one of those years. The Advisory Conference is pleased to announce the Supreme Council has elected 3 members of the Des Moines Valley to be coroneted with the 33rd degree (Inspector General Honorary).

Daniel R. Hobson - Waveland Park Lodge #654
Donald L. Jones - Daylight Lodge #660
Cecil W. Mease - Waveland Park Lodge #654

Election to the membership of the Inspector General Honorary is by unanimous ballot of the 33 Active Members of the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry. They will be coroneted with the 33rd degree on October 15th in a private ceremony.
In addition to those above who were elected to receive the 33rd degree, eight Masters of the Royal Secret were elected to be invested with the rank and decoration of the Knight Commander Court of Honour. The KCCH is a designation conceived by Albert Pike to honor men of outstanding ability and commitment. Unlike the 33rd, the KCCH is not a degree. It is not conferred upon a brother; he is invested with it.

The following brothers have been elected to receive the Knight Commander Court of Honour. 
Cecil L. Goettsch II
Stephen J. Hall
Ronald C. Hicks 
Rick A. Hubbell
Michael J. Miller
James Peterson
Jeremy J. Phillips     
Kevin R. Smith

Election to receive the KCCH is by unanimous ballot of the 33 Active Members of the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry. They will be invested on November 17th in a private ceremony.
Member Appreciation and Awards Dinner
Over 175 Scottish Rite Masons and their prospects gathered on July 27th for the Scottish Rite Member Appreciation & Awards Dinner.
The Kitchen Krew, Membership committee and officer's of the Scottish Rite were charged with creating a fun and festive atmosphere to recognize some of our hardest workers and introduce potential new Masons and Scottish Rite Masons to our great fraternity. In a word, the event was INCREDIBLE! Our membership committee was hard at work this summer and over 40 prospective members were in attendance. The steaks and Iowa sweet corn that were prepared by the Kitchen Krew were top notch. But most of all, the room was alive. In many years of attending events, I have never seen as much cameraderie and enthusiasm. Congrats and thanks to all who attended and participated. Special thanks to Jay Cole Simser who took these pictures to share.  
Steve Jacobsen
Steve Jacobsen, Venerable Master presents the PIP award to Al Martindale

Alvin Martindale 32° of East Gate Lodge #650 received the "PRIMUS INTER PARES", a Latin phrase meaning "first among equals". It is given to someone who works behind the scenes to help make our reunions a success. Don Jones 33° elect of Daylight Lodge #660 received the The Loring Parker Award. It is given for outstanding degree or ritual work. Adam Clemons 32° of Clarion was awarded the Blosser award for his membership recruitment efforts. The outstanding new member awards are given to a Scottish Rite Masons who has been a member less than 18 months and have contributed in an outstanding manner. The following new members were recognized.   

  • Daniel Beyer of Waveland Park Lodge #654
  • Doc Calkin of Ashlar Lodge #111
  • Nathan Hedin Schmidt of Mt Vernon #112
  • Craig Luchtel of Signet #264
  • Tony Batcheller of Gnemeth #577
  • Stevin Dahl & Russ Saffell of Acanthus #632
One Day Reunion August 27
We call our degree conferrals "Reunions" because the brethren come together to share the special lessons of the Scottish Rite degrees with a new class of candidates. As we meet to witness and perform these degrees, the teachings of the Scottish Rite are exemplified to our new brothers and reinforced in us anew.

We have a reunion coming up soon. It will be a full 1 day reunion and will feature 8 of the Scottish Rite degrees (4th, 6th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 23rd, 30th, and 32nd). This Reunion will honor Ivan L. Johnson 32° KCCH and Richard J. Noyce, 32° KCCH and will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011. By having 8 Degrees portrayed we should give our new members a good taste of Scottish Rite and yet still allow them to complete their Scottish Rite journey in one day. The degree work will take place in the Blue Lodge Room and Tapestry Room since those spaces are air conditioned. The dress code for the day is business casual, polo or dress shirt and slacks. Coat and tie is not necessary.

We will be receiving petitions throughout the month of August and will have balloting on August 17th. Should you need a petition, please contact the office or download one at 

Shepherd's Tavern
The Shepheard's Tavern Society is a chance for Scottish Rite Masons & their friends to enjoy the company and fellowship of Masonry. We are pleased to invite you to enjoy a libation with us as your schedule allows. The next meeting will be on August 24th from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. 
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