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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Scottish Rite Express

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


"Celebrating the Craft"

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.

                     Friday, June 24, 2016
4:30 pm              Class Assembles
5:00 pm              Dinner
6:00 pm              Opening of Reunion & Receive 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              14th Degree - Perfect Elu
9:30 pm              Dismiss

                  Saturday, June 25, 2016
8:00 am              15th Degree - Knight of the East
9:10 am              16th Degree - Prince of Jerusalem
10:15 am            18th Degree - Knight Rose Croix
11:25 am            Class Picture
11:40 am            Reunion Honoree Luncheon
12:25 pm            20th Degree - Master of the Symbolic Lodge
1:20 pm              29th Degree - Knight of St. Andrew
2:15 pm              30th Degree - Knight Kadosh
3:35 pm              32nd Degree - Master of the Royal Secret
5:30 pm              Social Hour / Dismiss


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

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