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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Scottish Rite Express



Valley of Des Moines
Orient of Iowa

January 21, 2016
Come one, come all, to the 2016 Scottish Rite Reunions.

On behalf of the officers and members of the Des Moines Scottish Rite, we would like to invite you to our 2016 Scottish Rite reunions.  This year will feature a variety of reunion types for you to enjoy and for our candidates for the Scottish Rite. 
We will begin the year by offering two of the Lodge of Perfection degrees, the 4th degree, Secret Master and the 14th degree, Perfect Elu on the evening of February 18th.  These degrees are open to any Master Mason who wishes to begin his Scottish Rite experience by joining the Des Moines Lodge of Perfection on a Thursday evening.  We will begin with candidate orientation at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:00 pm, begin the degree work at 6:45 pm, and wrap up by 9:00 pm with dessert.

On April 8th & 9th, we will host our first ever Multi-state Scottish Rite Reunion.  This reunion will honor Sovereign Grand Inspector General Emeritus, Harry S. Barrows, 33° and will feature degree teams from all over the Midwest.  Throughout the weekend we will have performances from degree teams from: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sioux City, Iowa, Omaha, Nebraska, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Kansas City and St. Joseph, Missouri.  This special weekend will offer an opportunity to see different interpretations of our Scottish Rite degrees but it is also a chance to meet Scottish Rite Masons from other Valleys, and share our Scottish Rite lessons with a new class of candidates.  This reunion is designed to allow a candidate to become a Master of the Royal Secret in one weekend.  The members of the Valley of Cedar Rapids will kick off the reunion with the 4th degree at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 8th.  The reunion will conclude on Saturday, April 9th with the 32nd degree and will be followed by a special Spring Gala in honor of Illustrious Brother Barrows.

This Fall we will have a three Saturday reunion.  It will begin on October 15th (4th to 14th degrees), October 29th (15th to 22nd degrees) and complete on Saturday, November 12th (23rd to 32nd).  The 2016 Double Eagle Gala will be held following the 32nd degree on November 12th.
The cost to join the Scottish Rite is $325.00.  Candidates receive all of the reunion meals, the 14th degree pyramid, Bridge to Light book, Scottish Rite pin, Patent of Membership, Class picture, and two tickets to the Gala for the initiation fee.

Saturday, January 30th 8:00 AM

You and all members of you lodge are invited to the annual Blue Lodge Breakfast hosted by the Des Moines Scottish Rite Masons.


This is an excellent chance to meet the new officers from each area lodge, enjoy a great breakfast, and renew old friendships. There will be a short Masonic education program, followed by a cribbage tournament for those who wish to play.

Reservations requested by January 25, 2016
515-288-8927 or
519 Park Street  Des Moines IA 50309


Masonic Education Conference

In February, our Scottish Rite Foundation has partnered with the Grand Lodge of Iowa and theMasonic Education Corporation to host the 2016 Masonic Education Conference.  This conference will be held in Des Moines on February 27th.  It will feature guest speakers on the Old Charges, the development of the Masonic ritual, and a presentation on current Masonic membership trends.  That evening will be the presentation of the Entered Apprentice Degree by members of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana.  Louisiana Masonic ritual is quite different that ours in Iowa.  As Louisiana was previously a French colony, there were French Lodges, Spanish Lodges, and British Lodges. Therefore, when Louisiana became a part of the United States, their lodges did as well.  The Grand Lodge of Louisiana recognizes several Masonic rituals.  One of which is a "Scottish Rite" version.  The brothers will be Eagleexemplifying this version of the Entered Apprentice degree.


Saturday, February 27th

9:00 am     Registration/Coffee
10:00 am   Morning Sessions
12:00 pm   Lunch
1:00 pm     Afternoon Sessions
4:00 pm     Social Hour
5:00 pm     Festive Board
                   (Prime Rib)
6:00 pm     EA Degree by GL of LA

Where:      Scottish Rite - Des Moines IA
Cost:         $35.00 per attendee

RSVP by February 15, 2016 to the Grand Lodge of Iowa in Cedar Rapids:
Kevin Smith
PO Box 279
Cedar Rapids IA 52406-0279
Make checks payable to the Grand Lodge of Iowa.



January 30th     Blue Lodge Breakfast
February 3rd     SR Annual Meeting
February 18th   Lodge of Perfection Degrees
February 27th   AASR/GL Education Conf.
March 2nd        Barrow's Reunion Kick-off
March 24th       Maundy Thursday
April 8th/9th   Multi-State Reunion
           honoring IIL. Harry S. Barrows, 33 
                          SGIG Emeritus
April 27th         U of FM - Prince Adept
May 11th           SR Quarterly Meeting
May 16th           KSA Knighting
June 10th           AASR Golf Outing
June 24th/25th   Summer AASR Reunion
June 28th/29th   U of FM - Royal Mile
July 25th            AASR Honor's Banquet
August 18th       University of Freemasonry
August 31st       Worker's Dinner/Kick-off
September 14th  SR Quarterly Meeting
October 15th      1st Saturday (4° - 14°)
October 29th      2nd Saturday (15° - 22°)
November 12th  3rd Saturday (23° - 32°)
December 7th     SR Meeting/Holiday Party

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