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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Scottish Rite Express


Valley of Des Moines
Orient of Iowa

February 2, 2016
Annual Meeting of Des Moines Consistory
Reminder: The annual meeting of the Des Moines Consistory is tomorrow, Wednesday February 3, 2016.  There will be a chili supper at 6:15 pm with the annual meeting at 7:00 pm.  There is no cost for dinner.  Dress for the meeting is coat, tie and Scottish Rite cap (if you have one).
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.

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