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Saturday, October 27, 2012


Members of Operative Lodge #308 in Polk City made almost 300 pizza's for the fall pizza fundraiser. Over a dozen brothers helped make the pizzas Saturday morning and even a couple of ladies helped out, too!

The Lodge uses the proceeds from the sale to fund their scholarship program. In addition, North Polk elementary music students earned money for each pizza they sold.

Enjoy the slide show of pictures below from this fall's sale.

Pizza prep Friday Night

Isn't he a little young to be a Mason? Yes, but not to eat pizza! Check out Operative Lodge #308 Polk City, IA on Facebook for more pics of this fall's pizza making.

Friday, October 26, 2012


Operative Lodge #308 holds its semi-annual Pizza Sale this weekend. Proceeds from the sale go to help fund the Lodge scholarship program. Each year, the Polk City Lodge awards a scholarship to a graduating senior of the North Polk School District.

Look for more pics of this fall's pizza making fun later this weekend!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Scottish Rite Reunion is underway!

The first weekend of the 2012 Lyle C. Smith, 33° Fall Memorial Reunion is underway! The new class was welcomed Friday night with a pork chop dinner followed by the opening ceremonies complete with bagpipes. Four degrees were performed Friday evening and over the course of this two weekend Reunion,  the class will see twenty seven of the twenty nine Scottish Rite degrees.

I was able to see many old friends and make some new ones. I assisted the president of my class from two years ago, Danny Beyer, with the opening ceremony as a member of the Des Moines chapter of the  Knights of Saint Andrew. One of the reasons we have reunions is to reconnect with those Brothers we may not see often as a part of our other Masonic activities. I enjoyed visiting with Danny and hope to catch up with other members of my class tomorrow.

The reunion continues with the eighth through eighteenth degrees on Saturday. Following the degree work, please join the class for a social in the fourth floor Billiards room.

Saturday Schedule
8:00 - 8th Degree
9:00 - 9th/10th Degree
9:50 - 11th Degree
10:40 - 12th Degree
11:25 - 13th Degree
11:50 LUNCH
12:45 - 14th Degree
1:45 - 15th Degree
2:45 - 16th Degree
3:40 - 17th Degree
5:00 - 18th Degree
6:10 Social Hour

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Entered Apprentices at Operative Lodge

Welcome to Operative Lodge's two newest Entered Apprentices: Jason Salts and George Storm! Jason and George were initiated as Entered Apprentices on October 15, 2012 and for at least the evening, were the newest Freemasons in the state of Iowa.

Right Worshipful Wade Sheeler and Worshipful Lane Shaver gave the second lecture in question and answer form followed by Most Worshipful D. Dean Johnson who gave a slide lecture. Pictured with Jason and George are Worshipful Master Darrell Fremont and Past Master Lee Preuniger

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Thank a firefighter this coming week!

The Polk City Fire Department hosted a pancake breakfast on Saturday, October 6 to mark the beginning of fire prevention week. My son and I enjoyed pancakes, sausage, and even a ride in a fire truck! Today's PCFD trucks are much different than the truck purchased by the department pictured below. Operative Lodge #308 is in the background and Past Master Harvey Moeckly is also pictured.

Thursday, October 4, 2012