Iowa Freemasonry is a personal journal of a Freemason in central Iowa. This blog documents my Masonic research interests, experiences, and reflections. Welcome!

Friday, December 14, 2018

Officer Installation Jan. 13 2:00 PM

Operative Lodge #308 in Polk City will hold it's 2019 Officer Installation on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2:00 PM. The Installation is open to the public.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2019 Officers at Polk City Masonic Lodge


Operative Lodge #308 held its elections for 2019 officers last month with the following results:

Worshipful Master:  Erik Brincks
Senior Warden: Gabe Whitaker
Junior Warden: Stephen Klein

Treasurer: Robert Koss
Secretary: Mike Miller
Trustee: Jack Matthews

Congratulations Brothers!

Polk City Square Lighting


Over 70 people walked through the doors of Operative Lodge #308 in Polk City last night for the Square Lighting. Our Lodge was on the event's "punch card" in which folks go from business to business along the square to get their punch card marked. There were about 20 businesses (and organizations!) listed on the card and each had their own ink stamp to mark on the card of visitors who stopped by. At the end of the night, the completed punch cards are deposited in a box and winners are drawn for prizes including a TV, tablet, and a drone.

We had a lot of questions about Freemasonry, our Lodge, and even heard comments like "I've lived here since the 1970's and this is the first time I've ever been in this building."

Mission accomplished.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


Carleton College Northfield, MN
There's a Japanese-style garden behind my dorm at Carleton College. I'm staying here for the week for an Advanced Placement Teachers Institute to learn about the redesign of the AP course I teach: AP Government and Politics US. The garden has been a peaceful place and perfect for me to practice parts of the First degree. I'm going back over it to refresh my memory.

I passed my examination and wrote it about it on this blog, and it's coming back. I have used much of what I've learned in memorizing the Entered Apprentice degree, but it's helpful for me to go back over all of it, in order.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Finished: Third degree test is in the books!






Today, I finished my Third degree test to complete my Masonic Instructor requirements. My friend, RW Brother Darrell Fremont has mentored me throughout this long (too long!) journey and I owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Thank you, Darrell, for sticking with me and encouraging me to finish. I needed all of your assistance!

And it was fitting that my 3rd degree test was proctored by Harvey Woody at Star Lodge in Madrid, Harvey's mentor was Don Sardeson, who tested me on the 2nd degree. And Star Lodge is the mother Lodge of my Lodge: Operative Lodge #308 in Polk City, Iowa.

Now, it's back to the 1st and the 2nd degrees to prove that I still know the ritual!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Congratulations to Bryan Bever, the Worshipful Master for 2018 at Operative Lodge #308 in Polk City! RW Darrell Fremont is seen here fulfilling his duties as Installing Master. WM Bryan is also a member of the Des Moines York Rite and the Des Moines York Rite College.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Operative Lodge #308 new web page

Polk City's Masonic Lodge, Operative Lodge #308, has a new web page thanks to the efforts of brothers Ed Baker and Scott Nemmers. You can find information about the Lodge, Freemasonry in general, Operative's North Polk Schools Scholarship program, and even our pizza sale! Trestle Boards are also available on the site.

Thanks Ed and Scott for your work in updating our presence on the web.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Des Moines York Rite Meeting

The Des Moines York Rite met January 20 to install its officers for the 2016 year. Eminent Commander Stevin Dahl will lead the group and he announced several upcoming events.

The Des Moines York Rite Festival will be on Saturday, March 12; three of my Blue Lodge brothers petitioned to join so that will make the Festival especially exciting for me. When a Mason joins the York Rite, at least here in Central Iowa, they go through a series of degrees and typically join three groups: the Royal Arch Masons, the Royal and Select Masters, and the Knights Templar. Brothers who join the Royal Arch and Royal and Select Masters are called "companions," and those who become Knights Templar are called "Sir Knights." All of the new Companions and Sir Knights will have an immediate opportunity to learn more about the degrees on Saturday, March 19 when the Des Moines York Rite Bodies host a York Rite school.

Check out the Des Moines York Rite website for more information.