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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Scottish Rite Express

Scottish Rite Express

Valley of Des Moines
Orient of Iowa

January 8, 2015

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Scottish Rite

January 17th:
Symbolic Lodge Breakfast, University of Freemasonry and the Annual Cribbage Tournament

March 13/14th:
Spring Reunion: 
1st Weekend

March 27/28th:
Spring Reunion 
2nd Weekend

Des Moines 
Bryce B. Hildreth  33° 
Master of Kadosh
Des Moines Consistory

W. Charles Smithson 32° KCCH
Venerable Master
Lodge of Perfection

Gregory L. Andersen 33°
Wise Master
Chapter Rose Croix

Gregory R. Spooner  32° 
Council of Kadosh

Shane A. Harshbarger 33°

Join us for the 2015 Symbolic Lodge Breakfast and University of Freemasonry



This is the 15th annual breakfast hosted by the Des Moines Scottish Rite.  It is an opportunity to meet members from the various lodges in Central Iowa, enjoy a great breakfast, and learn more about Freemasonry. 
The breakfast is free to all Masons with a reservation. It will begin at 8:00 am on Saturday, January 17 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center (519 Park Street).   Please reserve by January 14th by calling 515-288-8927 or via email
At our annual Symbolic Lodge Breakfast, Ron Lindhart, 33° will present a program on the William Morgan Affair.  The disappearance of Morgan had far-reaching effects, in the Northeast most lodges and many Grand Lodges ceased operations, the anti-Masonic political party was born, and our lodges changed forever.  
Following the breakfast will be the University of Freemasonry program and then our Annual Cribbage Tournament at 9:30 am.  Anyone can play in the cribbage tournament.


The Knight of the Double Eagle is an award to recognize efforts in growing and supporting the Des Moines Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.  It is available for any member of the Valley, regardless of age, length of membership, other honors, or offices held. 

Section #1 - Required achievements:
(must accomplish each achievement)

  • Serve as a member of a committee or a degree team for the Spring & Fall Reunions
  • Top-line sign one petition for the Scottish Rite
  • Complete the Scottish Rite Master Craftsman I program
  • Attend at least 3 Valley events during the calendar year not used in Section #2

Section #2 - Category achievements:
(must accomplish one achievement  from each area)

  • Participate in Meals from Heartland event
  • Golf or volunteer at the Scottish Rite Golf Outing
  • Donate $100 to the Friends of the Des Moines Consistory
  • Donate $100 to the Iowa Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation

  • Attend two University of Freemasonry events
  • Complete the Scottish Rite Master Craftsman II or Symbolic Lodge Edition program
  • Watch or perform in a degree from each of the 4 bodies of the Scottish Rite
  • Write a paper for publication by the Des Moines Valley

  • Bring a Scottish Rite prospect to the Spring Reunion Kick-off or Membership Appreciation Dinner
  • Bring a Scottish Rite prospect to the Fall Reunion Kick-off
  • Top line sign an additional petition to the requirement listed in Section #1
  • Bring the Master or one of the Wardens of your Symbolic Lodge to the Blue Lodge Breakfast

  • Serve as an officer in your Symbolic lodge
  • Bring a prospect for Freemasonry to a kick-off event
  • Top line sign a new member into your Symbolic Lodge
  • Assist with a degree conferral at a Symbolic Lodge other than your own

Upon successful completion, the recipient shall receive a certificate recognizing him as a Knight of the Double Eagle, a Knight of the Double Eagle jewel to be worn along with his Scottish Rite cap, his name listed on the Valley website, and his name upon a Knight of the Double Eagle plaque in the Des Moines Valley library.
All areas must be complete prior to December 31, 2015.  Contact Shane Harshbarger for additional details.

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