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Friday, March 29, 2013

Maundy Thursday - Des Moines Scottish Rite

Des Moines Chapter Rose Croix

 The Des Moines Scottish Rite held its annual Maundy Thursday Observance.

It was preceded by a delicious dinner in the Main Dining room prepared and served by the Kitchen Krew.

Delicious Swiss Steak on a bed of rice with carrots, salad and a roll. With Peach Cobbler ala mode for desert.  As always it was wonderful and the company was great.

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 In the Scottish Rite, darkness often refers to the disappearance of truth and justice in the world.  As the symbolic lights are extinguished, we reflect upon this loss,  By relighting then, we reinforce our belief that as Knights Rose Croix it is our duty to throw off the mantle of sorrow and darkness and emulate those historical figures who have brought truth and knowledge to mankind.  This solemn ceremonial is an imortant part of the ritualistic work of the Chapter Rose Croix and expresses our commitment to the living of a conscientious and enlightened life.

 The Ceremonies of Extinguishing of the Symbolic Lights

Cecil L Goettsch II 32 K C C H Soloist

Robert M Speed 33 - Accompaniment

- Spiritual Arr. Burleigh

Wise Master  - Ronald D. Lindhart, 33
Senior Warden -
                      William R. Clark, Jr. 33
Junior Warden -
                           Daniel R. Hobson, 33
Almoner - Donald A. Driscoll, 33
Orator - Matthew A. Risberg, 32
Secretary - Allen E. Sells, 32
Treasurer - William J Vandivier, 32

 The Twelve Soliloquies

Thaddaeus - William L Knoll, 33
Andrew - Bryce B. Hildreth, 33
Simon - Donald L. Jones, 33
Peter - John W. Clearman, 33
Nathaniel - Michael B. Aves, Sr. 32 KCCH
Thomas - Donald D. Pierce 32
James - Shane A. Harshbarger, 33
Phillip - Brian D. Pappaducas, 33
James, the Lesser - Samuel G. Wise 33
Matthew - Richard Koch, Jr. 33
John - Mark A. Clark 33
Judas Iscariot - Michael W. Fletcher, 32 KCCH

Relighting of the Symbolic Lights
Wise Master  - Kurt M. Hoffmann 32
Senior Warden - William R. Clark, Jr. 33
Junior Warden - Daniel R. Hobson, 33
Almoner - Donald A. Driscoll, 33
Orator - Matthew A. Risberg, 32
Secretary - Allen E. Sells, 32
Treasurer - William J Vandivier, 32

The Lord Is My Shepherd - Tchaikovski

Arr - Maxwell and Feibel
Cecil L Goettsch II  32 K C C H Soloist
Robert M Speed 33 - Accompaniment

Lux e Tenebris

"The MOMENT when the word was received; when the Cubical Stone was changed into the Mystic Rose; when the Blazing Star re-appeared and the Working Tools of Masonry were restored; when the True Light dispelled the Darkness, and the New Law began to rule upo the earth."

Support and Technical Staff

Costumes - Duane J Wachter, 32 KCCH  - Robert B. West, 32
Dining Room - William J. Vandivier, 32 - Michael J. Miller, 32
Kitchen Krew - Richard W. Hudnall, 33
Make-up - John W. Clearman, 33
Lights - Terry L. Hudik 32 KCCH
Sound - Jeremy J. Phillips, 32 KCCH - Mark N. Cook, 32
Stage - Rusty L. Hill, 32 KCCH
Tyler - Wade E. Sheeler, 32 KCCH


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, March 28, 2013

6:15 pm Dinner

Salad Swiss Steak, Rice, Dessert

7:15 pm - Ceremonies

(Open to all Scottish Rite Masons, their families and guests)

Extinguishing the Lights

Twelve Soliloquies

Relighting the Lights

Cost for dinner is $9 for adults, and $5 for children under 14
Please make reservations by contacting the Scottish Rite Office

 The cost for dinner is $9 for adults and $5 for children under 14. This event is open to all. Please rsvp by calling 515-288-8927 or

Herbert M. Smith 33 Class Reunion Recap

What an amazing couple of weekends!  The members of the Herbert M. Smith, 33 Memorial Class experienced some of the best work and hospitality of the Des Moines Scottish Rite.

After spending nearly two full weekends drinking from the fire hose that is the Scottish Rite work, participating in 27 of the 29 degrees of the Southern Jurisdiction, the members of the class escaped to the islands.

As snow fell outside, members of the class donned their Hawaiian shirts, and joined their ladies and guests in the Grand Banquet room that had been transformed into a tropical paradise, complete with live fish on the tables, and palm trees adorning the room.

Upon enjoying a meal that was straight from the islands (pineapple, mango, sweet potatoes  macadamia nut ice cream, and more) the program began with the usual Masonic introductions, and then the officers of the Herbert M. Smith, 33 Memorial Class shared their reactions to they had just experienced.  Class President Dylan W. Rasmussen, 32 having just served as the active candidate in the 32nd degree, shared his thoughts, then introduced class Secretary/Treasurer Lee Roy W. Porter, Jr, 32 who presented a gift on behalf of the class to the Valley to assist in the building improvement endeavors.  David E. Funk, 32 as the class Orator gave an excellent talk on his reactions to the work, and the applicability of its lesson in the world at large.

Then the music started, and nearly everyone present found themselves on the dance floor at some point in the evening, as music provided by Absolute Music DJ kept everyone enjoying the evening.

An absolutely perfect finish to a great reunion!  Welcome members of the Herbert M. Smith  33 Memorial Class to your Scottish Rite!


Friday, March 22, 2013

Scottish Rite Express

The 2nd weekend of the Herb M. Smith, 33° Memorial Reunion starts tonight and it is shaping up to be a great weekend.   We have 19 candidates on their way to becoming Masters of the Royal Secret, many great degrees to perform and lessons to be learned, and a fabulous banquet and party to celebrate Scottish Rite.
To make your weekend a little easier, here are a few details.
Saturday, March 22nd

Degree work begins at 8 am in the auditorium with the 23rd Degree
Lunch on Saturday is at 11:55 am in the Tapestry Lounge
(Sausage Cavetelli, Salad, Garlic Bread) - $5
The Banquet and Party on Saturday is a "Trip to the Islands" Theme. Social hour at 6:15 pm, banquet at 7:00 pm, and Dance at 8:00 pm.
Please call if you have not registered as soon as possible. 515-288-8927. 

Dress is beach formal. Great Food, Music, Dancing. Cost is $32 per person.

We have arranged for a baby sitter from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm but we need advance notice if you would like to utilize this option. Call Dan Hobson for details 515-988-7605

Parking may be at a premium on both Friday and Saturday. The parking lot behind the Scottish Rite will be available but you will need to show your Scottish Rite dues card to our staff for access. Please do not drive over the curb.

Don't forget Maundy Thursday is next Thursday, March 28th. Dinner at 6:15 pm, Program at 7:15 pm

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Scottish Rite Express

19 New Members join the Herb M. Smith Reunion!
Our 2013 Herb M. Smith, 33° Memorial Reunion began this past Friday, March 8th with the work of the Lodge of Perfection and Chapter Rose Croix.  The evening began with an outstanding pork loin dinner prepared by Dick Hudnall, 33° and his amazing "Kitchen Krew". 

Following dinner was the opening of the reunion.  One of the highlights of the opening was Ron Husted, 32° and his bagpipes.  He piped in the Scottish Rite Officers and the members of the Advisory Conference escorted by the Knights of St. Andrew.  Class Marshal, Greg Van Vark, 32° KCCH then introduced us to the 19 members of the class.  Our opening consists of a new format and explanation of the Scottish Rite degrees prepared by our ritual directors, Brian Pappaducas, 33° and W. Charles Smithson, 32° KCCH.  If you haven't seen it, come check it out.  It is excellent.  The work began with the 4th Degree, Secret Master and concluded Friday evening with the 8th Degree, Intendant of the Building.

Saturday morning came quickly and the reunion started off a couple of minutes early with the 9th and 10th degree led by Degree Master, Craig L. Davis, 32° KCCH.  Saturday was a busy day as we performed the 9th through the 18th degrees.

Last fall we moved the location of the sound board to a new location in the balcony.  This March, we moved the lighting control board to this location as well.  Thanks to Mark Cook, 32°, Jeremy Phillips, 32° KCCH of the sound committee and Terry Hudik, 32° KCCH, Chairman of our lighting committee, for their effort in making this change.  The table and platform was built by John Clearman, 33°, Greg Spooner, 32° KCCH and  Bill Clark, 33°.

It takes hundreds of members to put on a reunion.  There were approximately 90 different Scottish Rite Masons doing ritual and over 25 members  in the Double Eagle Chorus  during the 1st weekend.  In addition to the committees already mentioned, it takes stage crew, wardrobe, tylers, dining room committee, and the mail crew to make a reunion happen.  Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 1st weekend reunion festivities.  It was a great start to our 2013 year.  See you on March 22nd for the 2nd weekend festivities.  
Be sure to check out the invitation to the  Scottish Rite Trip to the Islands Party!
                                 FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013
5:00 PM         DINNER

                             COUNCIL OF KADOSH DEGREES
6:00 PM         20th Degree     
7:10 PM         21st Degree      
8:20 PM         22nd Degree
9:00 PM         DISMISSAL

                                 SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2013
8:00 AM           23rd Degree     
8:40 AM           24th Degree     
9:15 AM           26th Degree     
10:10 AM         27th Degree     
11:10 AM         28th Degree     
11:55 PM         LUNCH
12:50 PM         29th Degree     
1:35 PM            30th Degree     

                                       CONSISTORY DEGREES
2:55 PM             31st Degree
4:10 PM             32nd Degree     (1st Section)
5:10 PM             32nd Degree     (2nd Section)    

                                            SCOTTISH RITE
                                  Trip to the Islands Party
6:15 PM           SOCIAL HOUR
7:00 PM           DINNER & PARTY
Herb M. Smith 33° Memorial Class

LodgeTop Line Signer
Chad C. AreyDaylight #660Ricky A. Hubbell
Joseph J. BartusekHarding #64Gregory L. Andersen
Grant W. BridgfordGnemeth #577Richard Koch, Jr.
Bryon A. BrowderSouth Gate #657Gene R. Hatfield
Christopher A. Coffman  Gnemeth #577Richard G. Terp
David E. FunkW Gate Adelphic #509E. Jay Coon
David G. GreenGnemeth #577Robert R. Meyer
Michael D. GreeneFaith #179Gene R. Hatfield
Cody M. Kesling King David #407Danny N. Middleton
Donnie D. McGee     East Gate #630  Gene R. Hatfield
Mark A. MullenPella #55Dante P. Vitullo III
Brian J. NelsonDaylight #660Ricky A. Hubbell
Deen C. OscarsonMahaska #644       Dante P. Vitullo III
LeeRoy W. Porter, Jr.South Gate #657Craig L. Davis
Dylan W. RasmussenSouth Gate #657Joshua L. Williams
Kenneth G. SobocinskiSouth Gate #657Gene R. Hatfield
Brian M. TruexHarding #649Steven F. Jacobsen
Dante P. Vitullo IIITri Council #644Chad J. Rohlfsen
Harvey N. WoodyLogic #636Kurt M. Hoffmann