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Monday, February 27, 2012

Scottish Rite News

“Bring a Friend Night”
Spring Reunion Kick-off  March 22, 2012

The 2012 Spring Reunion is fast approaching, to start things off right we will have our annual reunion kickoff. Do you have a friend who you think would be a good Mason? Do you know a Mason who would enjoy membership in Scottish Rite? Our Spring Reunion Kick-off is designed just for them.

It is a chance for you to introduce someone to Masonry and the Scottish Rite. It will be held on Thursday, March 22 beginning with social hour at 6pm followed by a steak dinner and the program on Freemasonry. Now is the perfect time to approach someone who has been considering joining but hasn’t for one reason or another.

Dress for the event is business casual but we encourage you to wear a Masonic shirt or pin if you have one. This event is FREE for PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS for Blue Lodge or Scottish Rite with a reservation. 
Cost is $10 for Scottish Rite Masons. This event is for men only.

Please make your reservation by calling the SR office (515-288-8927) or via email

University of Free Masonry - Date Change

The University of Free Masonry program scheduled for February 28, 2012 has been postponed to March 28, 2012.

The program will feature the early history of the Des Moines Consistory as an organization and those members who built our beautiful Scottish Rite Building. Names like Sherman, Meredith, Nollen, and Koch that are well known in Des
Moines had a major impact on Scottish Rite as well. Learn about some of the men whose pictures hang in our 2nd floor hallway and Albert Pike room. Program begins at 7:00 pm with dessert following. This event is open to all.

Join us at Bistro 519
Candlelight, music, fine food and drink is what you can expect at the first ever Bistro 519. A new Master of Kadosh means a new menu and a new twist on our old favorite Constro Bistro. 

Bro. Clearman has been working with our head chef, Dick Hudnall to come up with an exciting menu for Bistro 519. There will be a variety of pastas, sauces and styles as well as wines, breads, appetizers and dessert.

This special event will be held on March 15 and it is your chance to invite your lady to a special night at Scottish Rite, where she is the guest of honor. Your non-Masonic friends and family are also invited to join in the fun and fellowship.

The cost is $14 per person please make a reservation by calling the SR office at 515-288-8927 or via email by Monday, March 12, 2012.
Bistro 519
6:30 - Social
7:30 - Dinner
$14 per person
RSVP by March 12

Master of Kadosh's Message

 Greetings Scottish Rite Brothers,

Many years ago I began my journey as an officer in the DSM Scottish Rite. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve as Master of Kadosh. The Des Moines Valley is fortunate to have a talented group of officers and committeemen who are working hard to make everyone’s experience in Scottish Rite rewarding.

Three reunions are scheduled for 2012. The first is April 20th/21st and May 4th/5th. At the conclusion of the reunion on May 5th we have a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta party planned, featuring “South of the Border” appetizers and beverages with traditional entrées for dinner. This reunion will honor 4 Knight Commanders of the Court of Honor; Howard T. “Pete” Coll, Larry E. Blom, Isadore J. Andriano, and Robert E. Steenrod.

On August 25th a one day reunion honoring Jerald E. Marsengill, 32° KCCH, John Harris Watts, 32° KCCH and Albert R Masters, Jr., 32° KCCH. will be held.

The third reunion honoring Lyle C. Smith 33º will be October 19th and 20th and November 2nd and 3rd. Our annual Fall Gala will be held on November 3rd. Mark your calendars for this signature event.

The Des Moines Scottish Rite Officers will present “The Scottish Rite Behind the Scenes” on Saturday May 19. This event is designed to offer new members an opportunity to see the Des Moines Scottish Rite in action “Behind the Scenes” and participate with committees you are interested in. All members are welcome to attend.

I would like to introduce our new membership Chairman, Chad Rohlfsen. Brother Rohlfsen is ready to provide you or prospective members with information about Scottish Rite. If you need a membership packet including brochures and a petition please email Chad at

We have many exciting events planned for this year. Current information and calendars are available at 

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Fraternally, John W. Clearman - Master of Kadosh 2012

Spring Reunion to honor “Committeemen”

Master of Kadosh, John W. Clearman, 33° has chosen to honor at our Spring Reunion: Howard T. “Pete” Coll 32° KCCH , Larry E. Blom 32° KCCH, Isadore J. Andriano 32° KCCH and Robert E. Steenrod 32°KCCH. Each of these men were very active in putting on our Scottish Rite Reunions in days gone by.

Brothers Coll, Blom, and Andriano were committeemen serving behind the scenes at our reunions. Pete served as Chairman of the Wardrobe committee for several years. Larry Blom was a member of both the Sound and Stage committee. While Brother Andriano served on our famous “Kitchen Krew”. Bob Steenrod was Adolph the Saxon in the Prussian Knight Degree for many years.

We recognize our departed Brothers by naming reunion classes in honor of them. It is then up to us to fill the auditorium with candidates at the reunion. We have several events coming up for you to invite potential Scottish Rite Masons to attend to help you in your recruitment efforts. Petitions are available by calling the SR office or on our website.

2012 Spring Reunion Honorees “The Committeemen”

Isadore Joseph Andriano, 32° KCCH

Isadore was born in Des Moines, Iowa on April 4, 1914. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He retired from John Deere May 1976 after 27 years of service. He was a member of Windsor Presbyterian Church and Izaak Walton League.
Isadore was raised a Master Mason in Acanthus Lodge # 632 in 1955. He became a Master of the Royal Secret on November 20, 1976. Isadore was a Co-Chairman of the Dining Room Committee for 10 years. He received the Knight Commander Court of Honour in 1989. He also belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star, and Za-Ga-Zig Shrine.

Isadore passed to the Grand Lodge above on January 3, 2007.

Larry Everett Blom, 32° KCCH
Larry was born in Newton, Iowa on May 14, 1936. Following his high school graduation in 1955 in Newton, he joined the Army and served from October 15, 1958 to October 14, 1960. Larry worked for the Department of Education for the State of Iowa for 33 years as a Data Processing Manager retiring in 1997.

Larry was very active in his community. He was on the PTA for Newton Community Schools of 15 years. He was a coach for YMCA Pee-Wee Basketball, YMCA Flag Football, and YMCA Soccer and an All Star coach for Newton Little League and Newton Babe Ruth League. Larry was also chairman of the Christmas Food Baskets and Children’s Party for the needy.

He became a Master Mason on April 24, 1970 in Newton Lodge #59. He served on the Lodge Service Committee, Grand Lodge of Iowa. He was a member of Jasper County Shrine Unit, White Shrine and York Rite. He joined Scottish Rite in 1989 and received the Knight Commander Court of Honour in 1997.

Larry passed to the Grand Lodge above on August 30, 2011.

Howard Teddy “Pete” Coll, 32° KCCH

Pete, as he was known, was born in Linden, Iowa February 20, 1926. Following High School, he joined the United States Navy, serving from 1944 to 1947. After serving our country, he went to work for John Deere, 1948 to 1953 and from there he went to work for Iowa Power & Light, retiring in 1985 after 30 years of service. He was a Peak Plant Operator.

He was raised as a Master Mason, in October 1955, in Union Park Lodge #658. He served as Master of the lodge twice, 1983 and 1997. He became a Master of the Royal Secret on April 7, 1979. He was Chairman of the Wardrobe Committee for many years. Pete received the honor of Knight Commander Court of Honour
on October 10, 1993.

Pete passed to the Grand Lodge above on August 4, 2008.

Robert E. Steenrod, 32° KCCH

Bob was born in Rochester, Minnesota May 25, 1942. He grew up in Iowa Falls, Iowa and graduated from Iowa Falls High School. Following graduation he attended the University of Iowa graduating with a major in Psychology in 1964. From 1969 to 1972 he was the public address announcer for the Hawkeye marching band and the Scottish Highlanders at Kinnick Stadium.
Following college he moved to Des Moines and worked for Bankers Life Company, now Principal Financial group from 1967 to 1996. He was certified as a Project Management Professional and a member of the Project Management Institute.

Bob was raised to the degree of a Master Mason in the spring of 1970 and joined Scottish Rite that fall. He was active in the 21° degree for over 20 years. Bob received the Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 2005. He was also an active member of the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine and was General Chairman of the Shrine
Circus in 1985.

Bob passed to the Grand Lodge above on October 25, 2005.

In Memoriam

Stuart Ames Martin 05/22/2011
Carl Raymond Blakley 07/03/2011
George Isaac Twining, Jr. 07/23/2011
William James Wiley 08/08/2011
Marion Duane Klaver 08/14/2011
Robert Dean Kellar, Jr. 08/16/2011
Gene Arthur Way 08/29/2011
Larry Everett Blom 08/30/2011
Nicholas G. Van Patten 09/17/2011
Lynn Douglas Moseley 09/22/2011
Glen Ellis Schaefer 09/30/2011
Albert Ross Masters, Jr. 09/30/2011
John B. Shepherd, Jr. 10/04/2011
Clayton L. Cochran 10/15/2011
Willard Avery Stewart 10/26/2011
John Harris Watts 11/11/2011
Dean Wade Mitchell 12/12/2011
Loren Walter Cartwright 12/15/2011
Orville Wagner 12/19/2011
Bobby Edward Rice 12/23/2011
Charles Waddell Iles, Jr. 12/25/2011
Robert Charles Jewett 01/09/2012
John Fred Reed, Jr. 01/09/2012
Clarence Junior Hoit 01/18/2012
Karl Reece Elliott 02/01/2012
Gene William Baker 02/18/2012

Now taking Tee Times “Fore”the Scottish Rite Golf Outing

It is time to plan for the annual
Scottish Rite Golf outing. This is your chance to take a Friday afternoon off and spend some time on the course. Our friends at Terrace Hills Golf Course in Altoona, have generously allowed us a Friday afternoon to have our outing. The cost is $80 per person. It will include 18 holes of golf (cart included), prizes, and a steak dinner following play. The event is an outing, so keep score if you want but the idea is to have fun. It is open to all. This might be a great chance to invite your non-Masonic golfing buddy along for a chance to see what we are all about.

When?   Friday June 29, 2012
Where?   Terrace Hills Golf Course, Altoona
How Much?   $80 (Fees, cart, dinner, & prizes)
Time?    Shot gun start at 12:45 PM.
Why?   To have fun and raise money for Rite Care & the Consistory Building Trust .
Please call the SR office (515-288-8927) to reserve your place or to be a sponsor.

2012 Committee Chairmen & Degree Masters

Americanism: David Dryer, 33°
Building: Greg Spooner, 32° KCCH
Class Marshals: Greg Van Vark, 32° KCCH
Dining Room : Mike Miller, 32° KCCH, Bill Vandivier, 32°
Kitchen Krew: Dick HudnaLl, 33°
Lights: Terry Hudik, 32° KCCH
Mail Crew: Ron Hicks, 32° KCCH
Membership: Chad Rohlfsen, 32°
Ritual: Brian Pappaducas, 33°, Charlie Smithson, 32° KCCH
Sound: Jeremy Phillips, 32° KCCH, Mark Cook, 32°
Stage: Rusty Hill, 32° KCCH
Tylers: Wade Sheeler, 32° KCCH
Wardrobe: Duane Wachter, 32° KCCH, Bob West, 32°
4th Degree: Ron Lindhart, 33°
5th Degree: Don Jones, 33°
6th Degree: Randy Simmons, 32° KCCH
7th Degree: David Dryer, 33°
8th Degree: Charlie Brinkerhoff, 33°
9th/10th Degree: Craig Davis, 32° KCCH
11th Degree: Pat Griffin, 32° KCCH
12th Degree: Charlie Smithson, 32° KCCH
13th Degree: Charlie Smithson, 32° KCCH
14th Degree: Steve Jacobsen, 32° KCCH
15th Degree: Michael Aves, 32° KCCH
16th Degree: Rusty Hill, 32° KCCH
17th Degree: Jim Spoerl, 33°
18th Degree: Dan Hobson, 33°
20th Degree: Hollie Smith, 32° KCCH
21st Degree: Mark Clark, 33°
22nd Degree: Ron Lindhart, 33°
23rd/24th: Charlie Smithson, 32° KCCH
27th Degree: Randy Simmons, 32° KCCH
28th Degree: Michael Taylor, 32°
29th Degree: Kevin Smith, 32° KCCH
30th Degree: Bryce Hildreth, 33°
31st Degree: John Clearman, 33°
32nd Degree: Jim Spoerl, 33°


FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
6:05 PM 4th Degree Secret Master
7:00 PM 5th Degree Perfect Master
7:50 PM 6th Degree Confidential Secretary
8:30 PM 7th Degree Provost and Judge

8:00 AM 8th Degree Intendant of the Building
9:00 AM 9th Degree Elu of the Nine
10th Degree Elu of the Fifteen
9:50 AM 11th Degree Elu of the Twelve
10:40 AM 12th Degree Master Architect
11:25 AM 13th Degree Royal Arch of Solomon
11:50 AM LUNCH
12:35 PM 14th Degree Perfect Elu
1:35 PM 15th Degree Knight of the East
2:35 PM 16th Degree Prince of Jerusalem
3:30 PM 17th Degree Knight of the East & West
4:50 PM 18th Degree Knight Rose Croix

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012
6:00 PM 20th Degree Master of the Symbolic Lodge
7:10 PM 21st Degree Noachite or Prussian Knight
8:20 PM 22nd Degree Knight of the Royal Axe

8:00 AM 23rd Degree Chief of the Tabernacle
8:45 AM 24th Degree Prince of the Tabernacle
9:30 AM 27th Degree Knight of the Sun, or Prince Adept
10:35 AM 28th Degree Knight Commander of the Temple
11:40 AM 29th Degree Scottish Knight of St. Andrew
12:10 PM LUNCH
1:10 PM 30th Degree Knight Kadosh
2:30 PM 31st Degree Inspector Inquisitor
3:45 PM 32nd Degree Master of the Royal Secret
(1st Section)
4:40 PM 32nd Degree Master of the Royal Secret
(2nd Section)


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