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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Scottish Rite Express Valley of Des Moines - Orient of Iowa December 21, 2016

Celebrate the Birthday of Albert Pike 

Albert Pike was the longest serving Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction. Joining the Scottish Rite in 1853, he was instrumental in making Scottish Rite what it is today. During his 32 years as Grand Commander, he took an obscure Masonic organization begun in Charleston, South Carolina and made it into the largest most well known appendant
5:30 pm Social Hour        body of Freemasonry.   
6:30 pm Dinner & Program
All activities are at Buzzard Billy's

On Thursday, December 29th, we will celebrate and pay tribute to his legacy. As Pike began his Scottish Rite career in New Orleans, we thought a cajun flavored affair would be a fun way to celebrate. This special event will take place at Buzzard Billy's (615 3rd Street - Des Moines) and will be similar in nature to our Royal Mile event each summer. 

Our program will share some little known facts and trivia about the life of Albert Pike. In addition to his Masonic career, Pike was an explorer, attorney, Indian agent, author, Civil War General (CSA), historian, poet, and philosopher. 

This event is open only to Master Masons and is limited to the first 45 reservations (due to space constraints).
Cost is $20 per person and advance payment is required by calling the AASR officer 515-288-8927 or

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Scottish Rite Express ~Valley of Des Moines ----- Orient of Iowa

 13, 2016
Announcing the passing of
            Brother Terry L. Hudik, 32° KCCH 

We are saddened to report the passing of Terry L. Hudik, 32° KCCH. His funeral will begin at 10 a.m., Friday, at Merle Hay Funeral Home with burial to follow at Pleasant Corners Cemetery near Eddyville. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home with a Masonic and Knights Templar service at 7 p.m.

Terry Lee, the son of Frank and Mamie (Rada) Hudik, was born October 6, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He proudly served in the U.S.Army. Terry had a long career with the Chicago Police Department, and another long career as a criminal justice analyst for the State of Iowa.

Terry had co-owned American Central Airlines with his brother and American Ambulance with his wife. He was an active Mason, as a member and Past Master of Gnemeth Lodge #577 and Past Grand Commander of York Rite. He enjoyed reading, playing poker, and spending time in his RV. He also was a big fan of the Chicago Bears and NASCAR.

Terry joined the Des Moines Scottish Rite and received his 32° in November of 2005.  He received his Knight Commander Court of Honour in November of 2009. He also served as Chairman of the Electric Technicians. 
Keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely and Fraternally,

Shane A. Harshbarger

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Scottish Rite Express ~ Valley of Des Moines -- Orient of Iowa

December 7, 2016
Scottish Rite Holiday PartyEagles

Gregory L. Andersen, Master of Kadosh &;  W. Charles Smithson, Master of Kadosh elect cordially invite you and your lady to the 2016 Installation of Officers and Scottish Rite Holiday Party
December 14, 2016

5:45 pm  Quarterly Meeting
(Scottish Rite Masons only)
6:15 pm   Installation of Officers
(SR Members & Guests)
7:00 pm   Holiday Party
(SR Members & Guests)

Shrimp Cocktail, Cheese &  Vegetable Trays
Stuffed Mushrooms, Ravioli, Italian Meatballs, 
Champagne Salad, Brown Sugar Glazed Baked Ham, Cheesy Potatoes

There is no cost to attend but a reservation prior to December 9th will assist  
us with planning.  

515-288-8927 or