May 17, 2016
Scottish Rite Trivia
Albert Pike is one of the most famous Scottish Rite Masons and is probably the most responsible formaking Scottish Rite the largest Masonic organization in the United States. He became a member of the Scottish Rite in 1853 and became the first elected Sovereign Grand Commander in 1859. In addition to writing and updating the Scottish Rite rituals, he also restructured the Scottish Rite in many ways.
It was Pike who changed the number of active Supreme Council members from 9 to 33. He is the one who promoted T.S. Parvin to SGIG for Iowa. Under his administration, the Council of Princes of Jerusalem were eliminated as a separate body and folded into the Chapter of Rose Croix. He created the Knight Commander of the Court of Honour and the Grand Cross. Pike also changed the title of the 32nd degree from Prince of the Royal Secret to Master of the Royal Secret. He wrote the famous book "Morals and Dogma" as well as many others to give a member a deeper understanding of our degrees and lessons. Additionally, Pike wrote the Scottish Rite installation ceremony, the constitution of the new Scottish Rite bodies ceremonies as well as Scottish Rite funeral services.
So your question for this issue of the Scottish Rite Express is:
"On what date did Albert Pike receive the 33rd Degree and where did he received the degree?"
Respond with answers to Shane Harshbarger firstname.lastname@example.org
You and your lady are invited to join us for a special
Des Moines Valley version of Celebrating the Craft.
Celebrating the Craft is the annual fund-raiser for the House of the Temple in Washington D.C.
Thursday ♦ May 19, 2016
5:30 pm ♦ Social Hour & Libations
6:15 pm ♦ Hors de Ouevres Buffet
Featuring Smoked Beef Brisket
7:00 pm ♦ Program
An update on Des Moines RiteCare
by George Eichhorn, 32° KCCH
& special House of the Temple Tour
$25 per person donation is requested
(50% to the Ia Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation
& 50% to the House of the Temple)
Donations are tax-deductible
All activities are at Des Moines Scottish Rite
519 Park Street
Dress is business casual
The 2016 Summer Reunion will honor three members of the Knight Commander Court of Honour, Charles V. Carpenter, James "Scotty" McDonald Jr., and Robert J. Mickle.
This reunion will begin with dinner on Friday evening, June 24th and will feature the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th degrees. On Saturday, June 25th we will confer the 15th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 29th, 30th, and 32nd degrees. This shortened reunion format will allow a Master Mason to complete his journey through the Scottish Rite in just one weekend, yet still receive many of the great lessons and lectures of our degrees.
The cost to join Scottish Rite is $325 ($275 if less than 31 years of age) and includes the 2016 dues. Candidates will receive all meals, a copy of the book "A Bridge to Light", the 14th Degree Pyramid, and a 32nd degree pin, Patent of Membership, and Class picture.
May 19th Celebrating the Craft Fundraiser
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