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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Scottish Rite Express

SR Express
August 17, 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 33° Elect
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
September 7 - Quarterly Meeting & Elections32° KCCH
September 7 - University of Free Masonry Portrayal of the Scottish Rite 3rd Degree
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 

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. 
One Day Reunion August 27
Our One-Day Summer reunion will be here in just a few days.  This special class will honor Ivan L. Johnson 32° KCCH and Richard J. Noyce, 32° KCCH, two outstanding Scottish Rite Masons.   It will be held on Saturday, August 27th. 

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.  Consider joining us for all or part of the day.

The reunion will feature 8 of the Scottish Rite degrees (4th, 6th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 23rd, 30th, and 32nd).  These are some great degrees with excellent lessons.  The 6th reminds us not to be too quick with our judgment, the 13th discovers the lost word of the Symbolic Lodge, and the 32nd recaps the entire Scottish Rite story. 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 final balloting on August 24th. Should you need a petition, please contact the office or download one at

Schedule Update
The quarterly meeting and elections for the Des Moines Consistory and Council of Kadosh will be held on Wednesday, September 7th. In addition to the quarterly meeting, there will be a special University of Freemasonry program on the Scottish Rite versions of the Symbolic Lodge degrees. These degrees were written in the 1870's by Albert Pike and were meant to supplement the teachings in the craft degrees. They utilize symbolism, lectures, and ceremonies from early French, Scottish, English, and German sources. One of the characters featured in these degrees is the "Terrible Brother" come join us to learn more about him and others.

The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with dinner ($8) followed by the quarterly meeting and University of Freemasonry program at 7:30 pm.  This event is for Scottish Rite Masons only.  Please RSVP for dinner, or 515-288-8927.
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