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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Scottish Rite Express

It is with regret we announce the passing of H.A. "Al"Dunlap.  He passed away peacefully July 26, 2014 at the Scottish Rite Park Care Center in Des Moines.

Al was born on August 29, 1924 in Hardy, Arkansas to William and Eva Dunlap. After graduating from high school Al moved to Bartlesville, OK and worked for Phillips Petroleum where he met his future wife Joanne. Al and Joanne were married July 1, 1948.

After several work-related moves they settled in Urbandale, Iowa where they made their home and raised their two children. In 2010 they moved to Scottish Rite Park. Al was a proud employee of Phillips Petroleum Co. for 50 years.  Al was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Capital Lodge #110 AF & AM, Des Moines Consistory, Des MoinesYork Rite Bodies, Za Ga Zig Shrine, High Twelve Club, Shrine Past Masters Club

Al was very active in Scottish Rite and was a 50 year member receiving the 32nd Degree in 1963.  He chaired the mail crew for many years.  Al performed as Adolph the Saxon in the 21st degree as well as doing parts in the 20th, 30th, 31st and 32nd degrees.  Al was director of the ritual for the Council of Kadosh.  He served as Commander of the Council of Kadosh1985-1987 and was Master of Kadosh in 1988.  Al was invested a Knight Commander Court of Honour in 1981 and with the 33rd and last degree in 1989.  He was a Past Master of Capital Lodge #110 and received his District Lecturer Certificate in 1961.

Al is survived by his daughter Diane (Al Hohrmann) Dunlap of Des Moines; son Bruce (Ann) Dunlap of Iowa City; and grandchildren Ian Dunlap and Ellen Dunlap. Al was preceded in death by his wife Joanne; his parents; his seven siblings; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, July 31 at 1:30 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Urbandale. Visitation will be at Iles Westover Chapel from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 with his Masonic service performed at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Private interment will take place at Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines.

Contributions may be made to the Scottish Rite Consistory Preservation Trust, 519 Park Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Scottish Rite Express,

2014 Fall Reunion

Master of Kadosh Steven F. Jacobsen, 32° KCCH has chosen Charles W. Iles, 32° KCCH  as the honoree for the 2014 Fall Reunion. 

Brother Iles joined the Des Moines Consistory in 1964.  Chuck was an officer in the Lodge of Perfection line and served as Master of Kadosh of the Des Moines Consistory in 1987.  He was a member of Acanthus Lodge #632 and Panora Lodge #121 as well as Za Ga Zig Shrine.

This is a very special reunion for our Valley as for the first time ever we will be conferring in full form all 29 of the Scottish Rite Degrees.  This has been a long term goal for our Valley and many hours of hard work have gone into the accomplishment of this task.  The reunion will be in a slightly different format to accommodate the performance of all the degrees. The schedule is outlined in detail below.

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.

Following the degree work will be our annual Double Eagle Gala featuring Slipstream.  The Double Eagle Gala is our premier Scottish Rite event of the year and is open to SR Masons, wives, and guests.

Watch the SR Express for more information and updates as they become available.
Charles W. Iles, 32° KCCH Reunion Schedule
September 26/27, October 17, and October 31/November 1
5:00 PM              DINNER BUFFET ($10)
6:00 PM              RECEIVE ILES CLASS
6:20 PM              4th Degree Secret Master
7:10 PM              5th Degree Perfect Master
7:55 PM              6th Degree Confidential Secretary
8:35 PM              7th Degree Provost and Judge
9:10 PM              8th Degree Intendant of the Building
9:45 PM              DISMISSAL

7:45 AM              ILES CLASS ASSEMBLES
8:00 AM              9th Degree Elu of the Nine
                        10th Degree Elu of the Fifteen
8:50 AM             11th Degree Elu of the Twelve
9:40 AM             12th Degree Master Architect
10:25 AM           13th Degree Royal Arch of Solomon
11:10 AM           14th Degree Perfect Elu
12:00 PM            LUNCH
1:00 PM            15th Degree Knight of the East
2:00 PM            16th Degree Prince of Jerusalem
3:00 PM            17th Degree Knight of the East & West
4:15 PM            18th Degree Knight Rose Croix
5:30 PM            SOCIAL HOUR
5:00 PM              DINNER
6:00 PM              19th Degree Grand Pontiff
6:50 PM              20th Degree Master of the Symbolic Lodge
7:50 PM              21st Degree Noachite or Prussian Knight
9:05 PM              22nd Degree Knight of the Royal Axe
9:45 PM              SOCIAL HOUR

5:00 PM             DINNER
5:45 PM             ILES CLASS ASSEMBLES
6:00 PM             23rd Degree Chief of the Tabernacle
6:35 PM             24th Degree Prince of the Tabernacle
7:30 PM             25th Degree Knight of the Brazen Serpent
8:15 PM             26th Degree Prince of Mercy
8:40 PM             DIMISSAL

8:30 AM             ILES CLASS ASSEMBLES
8:45 AM             27th Degree Knight of the Sun
9:45 AM             28th Degree Knight Commander of Temple
10:40AM            29th Degree Scottish Knight of St. Andrew
11:10 AM           CLASS PICTURES
11:25 AM           LUNCH
12:15 PM           30th Degree Knight Kadosh
1:40 PM            31st Degree Inspector Inquisitor
2:45 PM            32nd Degree Master of the Royal Secret
                       (1st Section)
3:35 PM            32nd Degree Master of the Royal Secret
                       (2nd Section)
4:40 PM            SOCIAL HOUR

 Scottish Rite Temple Des Moines 
Merit Badge 

Doug Clabaugh brought this badge to a recent Scottish Rite event. After asking around, we are still unsure about what it was given out for. If anyone has any information about this badge or knows someone who might please let us know. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Save the Date!

2014 Double Eagle Gala

The 2014 Double Eagle Gala will be held on Saturday November 1, 2014 at the Scottish Rite
Consistory 6th Ave. and Park St., Des Moines,IA.
  Music will be performed by the Central Iowa Band,

Food, Fun, Flags, 
Fireworks & Scottish Rite was a great success, our attendance was well over 250!  We enjoyed tasty food, an entertaining band and watched spectacular fireworks from the Top of  the Tower put on by both the
Capitol Building and the Iowa Cubs. 
Thanks  to all that came, we can't wait
 for next year.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Food, Fun, Fireworks, Flags, & Scottish Rite

WOW, what an event!  Tonight the Des Moines Scottish Rite hosted a patriotic event to kickoff 4th of July celebrations.  Gathering on the top floor of the Holiday Inn- Mercy Campus, we had beautiful views of downtown Des Moines, Shrine clowns making balloon animals and other creations, the 34th Army Band's Scrap Metal Group (which was outstanding!, and featured our own Bro. Brian Pappaducas, 33).  There were burgers, hot dogs, brats, chips, and drinks for all ages.  Lots of fun for the whole family!

Just before the fireworks started downtown (of which we had one of the best views of anywhere, Bro. John Clearman, 33, gave the lost lecture of the flag from the 30th degree.  Bro. Ron Lindhart led the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Chantors and the Des Moines Scottish Rite's Double-Eagle Chorus in a sing-a-long of patriotic tunes, and then it was time for fireworks.

What a perfect way for families to get together to celebrate the birth of our nation.  Well done to all that organized the event, and especially to Scrap Metal for their excellent performance!