Freemasonry

 have been interested in Freemasonry for some time. I am glad that i joined and I have met some interesting people & learned a lot along  the way.  

Blue Lodge Master Mason 

1st degree 8-25-2009

2nd  degree 9-18-2009

3rd degree 10-19-2009



 

I am a Mason, having been raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on October 19, 2009, at a Lodge, of Free and Accepted Masons, of the Grand Lodge of Iowa.






 Links to more education 

The College of the Consistory is a free self-study program for Scottish Rite Masons of all Orients.  The curriculum is facilitated by the Guthrie College and made available to all enrolled members.  The College distributes to its members a syllabus of each degree of the Rite, which will provide ideas for essays and research papers.  Each member can choose a topic from the syllabus, or is free to select a subject not included in the syllabus, provided that it represents a theme or topic concerning that degree.


http://www.guthriescottishrite.org/collegeintro.aspx




The Scottish Rite Master Craftsman (SRMC) program is an exciting by-mail correspondence course designed and administered by staff at the House of the Temple in Washington, D.C., under the guidance and leadership of the Supreme Council, 33°, of the A. & A. Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. Part I consists of six lessons, utilizing The Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor and Guide by Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, Grand Cross, and A Bridge to Light by Rex Hutchens, 33°, Grand Cross, as its textbooks. Part II returns to the texts from the first program in nine quizzes and re-explores the ritual on a deeper level, looking for the moral lesson imparted in each degree and then applying that lesson to one’s everyday life.



Joined Demolay sometime in the fall of 2007?


I joined Iowa Research Lodge #2 in Fall of 2014
A Research Lodge is a Masonic lodge that is devoted to Masonic research. It is a lodge, and as such has a charter from some Grand Lodge. However, it does not confer degrees, and restricts membership to Master Masons.



My  1st degree 8/25/15

This was quite a night.  We had a stated meeting.  We had 21 Masons in attendance.  We had a dinner.  We read a petition.  Oh yeah, we did three, that's right, THREE, Entered Apprentice Degrees.  So how did this all come about?

Well, the stated meeting is pretty standard. It was the night for that, after all.  But we had previously decided to hold an EA Degree along with that.  But Don Mosier got to talking with Rick Bowersox from Marion No. 6.  He indicated that Marion had an EA degree to do as well and had though about doing it the same night.  They decided to tell their respective WMs that they needed to combine the functions, which they did with positive results.  Then it turned out that Marion actually had two candidates.  So that made a total of three.

We opened Kingston Lodge at about 5:20 PM, with the following officers in the places and stations: (Some were from Kingston and some from Marion.  I will not distinguish here.)  WM: Don Mosier, SW: Jim Arnold, JW: Kenny Petersen, SD: Tom Bowersox, JD: George Zinser, Tyler: Rick Bowersox, Treas: Fred Madison, Sec: Randy Cejka. 

We then did the first section of the degree on Marion's candidate C Flynn.  Officers were:  WM: Rick Bowersox, SW: Jim Arnold, JW: Ken Petersen, Tr: Fred Madison, Sec: Randy Cejka, Chap: Jim Arnold, SD: Tom Bowersox, JD: George Zinser, SS: Don Mosier, JS: Randy Chapman, and Tyler Dale Roberge.

Following this work, the officers called to refreshment, and all enjoyed a dinner of hot roast beef sandwiches, mashed potatoes, gravy, and chocolate chip cookies.  After everyone was stuffed sufficiently, labor was resumed on the 1st Degree.  The first section was then conferred on Kingston's candidate, Mick Stockwell.  Officers for this section were:  WM: Don Mosier, SW: Dale Roberge, JW: James Kubalek, Tr: Fred Madison, Sec: Randy Cejka, Chap Bill Krueger, SD: Jim Arnold, JD: Cliff Weaver, SS: Rick Bowersox, JS: Randy Chapman, Ty: Doug Heath. 

There was then a cast change, and the first section was conferred on Marion's second candidate, Brad Bowser.  Officers were:  WM: Tom Bowersox, SW: Dale Roberge, JW: James Kubalek, Tr: Fred Madison, Sec: Randy Cejka, Chap: Bill Krueger, SD: Jim Arnold, JD: Cliff Weaver, SS: RIck Bowersox, JS: Randy Chapman, Ty: Doug Heath.   These same officers then stayed in place while the second section was conferred on all three candidates.  Don Mosier and Rick Bowersox exemplified the Explanatory Lecture.  Rick Bowersox performed the Charge.  The officers then called to refreshment for the purpose of taking pictures and opening Lodge on the MM Degree.  Pictures were taken (see below).  It was also determined to attempt to have the second degree on at least two of the candidates at Marion on September 23.

After the candidates retired, Lodge was declared open on the 3rd Degree.  A petition was read, with a committee appointed consisting of George Zinser, Don Mosier, and Randy Zinser.  Discussion of a possible "guys night out", the hosting of Blazing Star, and Grand Lodge were then held.  Lodge was then closed.

It was a long night.  But it was great to have a total of 21 brothers in attendance.  It was also great to see the brothers from two Lodges working together for a common purpose, and having a boatload of fun doing it.

3rd degree 10//19/09:  Kingston and Marion Lodge No. 6 finished this episode of their joint degree work by raising Brothers Chris Flynn and Mick Stockwell to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason.  Marion Lodge was opened on the 3rd Degree at 5:00 by a mixed corps of officers.  The first section was then conferred on Brother Flynn by the following cast:  WM: Mike Mosely, SW: Don Mosier, JW: Steve Elliott, SD: Elmer Hartgrave, JD: James Kubalek, SS: Kyle Martin, JS: Kenney Petersen, Tyler:  Rick Bowersox, and Chaplain: Norm Hammond.  The first section was then conferred on Brother Stockwell by:  WM: Don Mosier, SW: Mike Mosely, JW: Steve Elliott, SD: Elmer Hartgrave, JD: James Kubalek, SS: Don Stamy, JS: Kenney Petersen, Tyler:  Rick Bowersox, and Chaplain: Norm Hammond.  

Marion Lodge was then called from Labor to Refreshment by Brother Mosier.  A fine meal of Third Degree Chicken (first fried, then baked, then roasted), parsley potatoes, and bread was enjoyed by all.  Following a brief social time, Lodge was called from Refreshment to Labor by Brother Mosier.  The second section was then conferred on Brother Stockwell by:  KS:  Don Mosier, SGW: Don Stamy, JGW: James Kubalek, SD: Steve Nielsen, JD: Mike Mosely, SS: Dennis Herren, JS: Cliff Weaver, GndChap: Norm Hammond, GSec: Rick Bowersox, SC: Kenney Petersen, WFM: Cliff Weaver, 1R: Tom Bowersox, 2R: John Larison, 3R: Paul Nielsen, 1C: Maury Barnes, 2C: Bob King, 3C: Elmer Hartgrave.   The second section was then conferred on Brother Stockwell by:  KS:  Don Stamy, SGW: Don Mosier, JGW: Gary Smith, SD: Maury Barnes, JD: Mike Mosely, SS: Dennis Herren, JS: Cliff Weaver, GndChap: Norm Hammond, GSec: Rick Bowersox, SC: Kenney Petersen, WFM: Cliff Weaver, 1R: TJohn Larison, 2R: Tom Bowersox, 3R: Paul Nielsen, 1C: Steve Nielsen, 2C: Bob King, 3C: Elmer Hartgrave.   The Charge was then given to both new Master Masons by Brother Rick Bowersox.

Both Brothers were presented with Masonic Bibles by Brother Mike Mosely, and a 2009-2010 Grand Master's pin by Rick Bowersox.  Following comments and announcements, Lodge was closed with the brothers then in their places and stations.
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