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Monday, July 24, 2017

SR Express - Passing of a Brother

July 24, 2017  

Announcing the passing of
                Brother Terry R. Smith, 33° 

It is with regret, we announce the passing of Terry R. Smith, 33°, Past Master of Kadosh.
He passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017.  Terry was born October 9, 1941, in Des Moines, to Ralph and Wilma (Zimmerli) Smith. He graduated from North High School in 1960 and married Carol R. Latimer on August 2, 1963, in Des Moines. Terry started his career in floor coverings at the family business, Ralph N. Smith, Inc. as an ap­prentice/installer. He worked there until 1999 when he retired as Vice President.
Terry was a member of Alverson Chapter Order of DeMolay, a member of several Masonic Lodges and Past Master of Moingona Lodge #633, Des Moines Scottish Rite and a member of Des Moines Court #46 Royal Order of Jesters. He was a member of The Inter­national Supreme Council Order of DeMolay and held the DeMolay Legion of Honor.
Terry joined Des Moines Scottish Rite in March of 1969.  He was an officer in the Lodge of Perfection, served on the Kitchen Krew, Membership, Ritual, & Building Committees, and in the Double Eagle Chorus.  He was Invested with the Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 1983 and was Coroneted a 33rd Degree Honorary Inspector General in 1997.
Terry is survived by his children, Kevin Smith, 32° KCCH and Kimberly Smith, and granddaughter, Caitlin Smith, all of Urbandale. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Carol.
Masonic and Christian services will be held on Thursday, July 27th at Iles-Westover Chapel at 3pm, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Des Moines Consistory Building Trust, 519 - Park St. DM, IA 50309. Online condolences will be welcomed at

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SR Express - One Day Reunion on July 22, 2017

July 11, 2017

The 2017 Summer Reunion will honor two members of the Knight Commander Court of Honour, James E. Cook and 
Floyd W. Nesbit.

This reunion will be a One Day event on Saturday, July 22nd and will feature the 4th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 30th, &; 32nd degrees.  This shortened reunion format will allow a Master Mason to complete his journey through the Scottish Rite in just one day, yet still receive many of the great lessons and lectures of our degrees.   It will also include the new version of the 8thDegree, Intendent of the Building.

The cost to join Scottish Rite is $325 ($275 if less than 31 years of age).  Candidates will receive all meals, a copy of the book "A Bridge to Light", the 14th Degree Pyramid, a 32nd degree pin, Patent of Membership, Class picture, and 2 tickets to 2017 Double Eagle Gala on November 11th.
 Click link below for Scottish Rite Petition

Saturday, July 22, 2017

7:30 am          Class Assembles
8:00 am          Opening of Reunion & Receive Class
8:20 am          4th Degree - Secret Master
9:05 am          8th Degree - Intendant of the Building
10:00 am        13th Degree - Royal Arch of Solomon
10:40 am        14th Degree - Perfect Elu
11:30 am        Class Picture 
11:40 am        Reunion Luncheon
12:25 pm        18th Degree - Knight Rose Croix
1:45 pm          21st Degree - Noachite or Prussian Knight
2:55 pm          30th Degree - Knight Kadosh
4:10 pm          32nd Degree - Master of the Royal Secret
6:15 pm          Social Hour/Steak Fry

We call our degree conferrals "Reunions" because the brethren come together to share the special lessons of the Scottish Rite degrees with a new class of candidates.  As we meet to witness and perform these degrees, the teachings of the Scottish Rite are exemplified to our new brothers and reinforced in us anew. 
We have a reunion coming up soon.  It will be a special one day reunion and will feature 8 of the Scottish Rite degrees.
We hope you will show your enthusiasm for Masonry by joining the Scottish Rite this spring.  The degrees are ancient but the lessons of the degrees are as meaningful and important today as they have always been.