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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Scottish Rite Express

Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry
Southern Jurisdiction of the United State of America
Valley of Des Moines, Orient of Iowa

John W. Clearman, 33°
Master of Kadosh
519 Park Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309
515-288-8927 /

On behalf of the officers of the Des Moines Scottish Rite bodies, I would like to invite you to our Fall Scottish Rite Reunion and Double Eagle Gala in honor of Lyle C. Smith 33°.  This is our celebration of Scottish Rite Free Masonry.  I would love to have you join us for the festivities and be a part of this special day.  Your lady, friends and family are invited as well.
The Double Eagle Gala has become the signature event of the Consistory year and this year promises to no different.  The Gala will feature outstanding décor, excellent food by Great Caterers of Iowa, and music by Select Entertainment.  Our Gala will begin with social hour at 6:30 pm.  It will be followed by the Class Banquet and Gala at 7:00 pm.

The invitation below has all the details.  Should you have any questions feel free to contact our Secretary, Shane Harshbarger at the Scottish Rite office.

Sincerely and fraternally,
 John W. Clearman, 33º
Master of Kadosh 2012
Valley of Des Moines - Orient of Iowa

Print your RSVP form!
 Reunion Schedule

6:00 PM20th DegreeMaster of the Symbolic Lodge
7:10 PM21st DegreeNoachite or Prussian Knight
8:20 PM22nd DegreeKnight of the Royal Axe
8:00 AM23rd DegreeChief of the Tabernacle
8:40 AM24th DegreePrince of the Tabernacle
9:25 AM26th DegreePrince of Mercy
10:20 AM27th DegreeKnight of the Sun
11:25 AM28th DegreeKnight Commander of Temple
1:05 PM29th DegreeScottish Knight of St. Andrew
1:50 PM30th DegreeKnight Kadosh
3:05 PM31st DegreeInspector Inquisitor
4:15 PM32nd DegreeMaster of the Royal Secret(1st Section)
5:10 PM32nd DegreeMaster of the Royal Secret(2nd Section)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

First weekend of the Fall Reunion

The first weekend of the 2012 Lyle C. Smith, 33° Fall Memorial Reunion is in the books! The new class was welcomed Friday night with a pork chop dinner followed by opening ceremonies complete with bagpipes. Four degrees were performed Friday evening and eight on Saturday. Following the degree work Saturday evening, all at the Reunion enjoyed a social in the fourth floor Billiards room.

The Reunion continues November 2-3. Over the course of this two weekend Reunion, the class will see twenty-seven of the twenty-nine Scottish Rite degrees. If you’re a member of a recent class, come on down and reconnect with those you haven’t seen in a while; if you joined the Scottish Rite some time ago, you’ll see degrees you’ve never seen before! Take some time to relax and enjoy the food, fellowship, and the University of Freemasonry. (MM)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Fireside Chat with the SGC and SGIG

Today the Des Moines Valley had three special events, the first being a Fireside Chat with Sovereign Grand Commander Ron Seale, 33 GC and Sovereign Grand Inspector General for the Orient of Iowa Gary Sissel, 33 GC.

Topics ranged from membership, technology, education, and beyond.  Some memorable moments included the fine points presented, especially in that the job of being a Masonic leader is to teach the next generation how to lead, and that we must not be asking about the current class, but where the last class is?

Below are some pictures. (Photos by Tony Batcheller, 32)

Following the Fireside Chat and an excellent lunch, Capitol Lodge 110 AF&AM opened on the 3rd Degree for the purposes of performing courtesy work for Southgate Lodge 657 AF&AM in raising Bro. Leroy Porter to the sublime degree of a Master Mason.  There were many in attendance, with DeMolay's State Master Counselors conferring the first section, and the Grand Lodge officers performing the second section.

Below are some beautiful pictures by Tony Batcheller, 32 and Kurt Hoffmann, 32.

To finish the evening, the Des Moines Valley hosted the reception of Most Worshipful Bryce B. Hildreth, 33 as Grand Master of Masons in Iowa.  The program was fun, the food was great, and a great time was had by all.

Again, below are pictures by Tony Batcheller, 32.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Grand Commander's Visit

Illustrious Ronald A. Seale 33°
 Sovereign Grand Commander
Southern Jurisdiction, USA

Schedule of Activities
Saturday, October 13 - Scottish Rite Activities
10:00 am:  Coffee Social (Tapestry Lounge)
10:30 am: Welcome: Gary L. Sissel & William L Knoll
10:40 am: Program: "Showcasing Scottish Rite"
11:00 am: SGC Ronald A. Seale: "Fireside Chat"
11:45 am: Scottish Rite Luncheon
This catered luncheon will be held in the Tapestry Lounge
Cost is $12. per person
Reservations required by October 5th 
Coat, tie, and Scottish Rite cap.515-269-8927 or
 1:00 pm Scottish Rite program is concluded

Grand Master's Reception

Capital Lodge No 110 and Logic Lodge No 636
Cordially invite you and your lady to
Celebrate Freemasonry in Iowa and honor
Most Worshipful Brother
Bryce B. Hildreth
Grand Master of Masons in Iowa
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Des Moines Scottish Rite Masonic Center
519 Park Street, Des Moines, Iowa

2:30 P.M. Conferral of the third degree in the Auditorium
3:00 P.M. Ladies Program in Tapestry Lounge
4:15 P.M. Reception of Past and Present Grand Lodge Officers and Distinguished Guests
5:00 P.M. Social Hour in the Tapestry Lounge
6:00 P.M. Grand Banquet in the Banquet Hall

Featured Speaker:
Illustrious Brother Ronald A. Seale 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Southern Jurisdiction of the U.S.A.
Formal Attire Preferred     Cost: $30.00 per person
Please R.S.V.P before October 5, 2012 to:
Melvin L. Bancroft, Sec
Capital Lodge No. 110
519 Park St., Des Moines, IA 50309-1613
Email:                                Phone: 515-284-7356

Please make reservations for:______________________________
Meal Selection: __________Pork medallions   ______________Salmon
$30.00 per person               Checks payable to Capital Lodge No. 110