THE CALIFORNIA ENCOMPASSER IS THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE GRAND YORK RITE BODIES OF CALIFORNIA AND IS PUBLISHED QUARTERLY TO PROVIDE AN INFORMATION VEHICLE FOR THE MEMBERSHIP
TABLE OF CONTENTS RIGHT EXCELLENT FRED KLEYN, RIP
MOST EXCELLENT HERBERT E. NEELY, RIP
GRAND SESSIONS, 2017 AND 2018
COMPANION ADEPT OF THE TEMPLE
EDITOR’S MESSAGE + TRIP TO ISRAEL
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GOLDEN STATE RESEARCH CHAPTER
RECEPTIONS AND FESTIVALS
GRAND YORK RITE CONTACTS
GRAND SESSIONS RESULTS
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communications, had ship command and taught at Annapolis, among other Navy schools. He retired from active duty in 1991 with the rank of Captain and moved to San Diego, California where he taught mathematics at San Diego City College and worked in real estate. He Was an active docent on the USS Midway and an active member of the Methodist Church.
In Memoriam Right Excellent Companion Fred G. Kleyn
Right Excellent Companion Fred Kleyn, Past Grand Lecturer, passed away on May 24th, the day after the last Grand Chapter Convocation. He served many Masonic bodies, most recently as Grand Recorder for the United Grand Imperial Council of the Red Cross of Constantine. He also served this Grand Chapter for five years as Grand Lecturer and participated in the Order of High Priesthood. Here’s the tribute given by the Grand Sovereign, M. W. R. Steven Doan: “Fred was born on May 30, 1939 and grew up in Jackson, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1962 with a B.A. Degree In Speech (Radio and Television). He then entered active duty with the Navy as an Ensign. During his naval career, he served in Page 2 of 20
“Fred was made a Mason in 1960 in Jackson Lodge #17 in his hometown. He affiliated with Hiram Lodge #819, Ludwigsburg, Germany, and was installed its Master in 1975. He subsequently was Master of a lodge in Maryland and two in San Diego. He served as Senior Grand Deacon of the American Canadian Grand Lodge 1978-1979 and as Grand Pursuivant of the Grand Lodge of California 1997-98. He belonged to more than thirty Masonic groups and had received more than ninety degrees or orders. He was a 330 Scottish Rite Mason, received the Order of the Purple Cross and had the Knight York Cross of Honor. He was installed as our Grand Sovereign in 2007 and served as Grand Recorder from 2009 until last December. “Fred generously gave of his time as a secretary, candidate's coach and mentor. He ended his Allocution as Grand Sovereign with the following: ‘I owe so much in my life to Freemasonry; what it's taught me, the experiences it has afforded me, the brethren with whom I've had the privilege to work. You're all part of that and lam unspeakably grateful to each of you.’ “ My brother, we are unspeakably grateful to you.” Rest In Peace, Fred.
years for two car dealers, after which he owned and operated Herb Neely Motors for forty years.
In Memoriam Most Excellent Companion HERBERT E. NEELY
Born 11-18-23 in Putnam, Oklahoma to Charles and Ruth Neely, Herb was raised and schooled in Missouri and Colorado. He attended Goodman High School in Goodman, Missouri, was apprenticed as a Heat Treater and Auto Mechanic in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Hadley Vocational School. Herb was the fourth generation of his family to enter Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, the oldest infantry base west of the Mississippi River. He served 2 years and 2months in Europe, including Northern Ireland, England, France, Belgium and Germany. He met and married Edythe McKee in Northern Ireland. He and Edythe raised five children, four girls and one boy. The girls are all Past Worthy Advisors of Rainbow for Girls and two received Grand Appointments. The boy is an ex-Green Beret. Herb finished his apprenticeship in St. Louis and moved to Eureka, California where his parents lived, He worked four
Most Excellent Companion Neely petitioned Humboldt Lodge No. 79, F. & A. M. in 1954, serving that Lodge as Master in 1973 and, again, in 1989. He was a Candidates' Coach for forty years and received the Hiram Award in 1991. He also served the Grand Lodge of California as a Masonic Homes Committeeman from 1975 to 1989. Herb petitioned Humboldt Chapter No. 52, R. A. M. in 1957, being exalted at Martin Legerinni's ranch near Santa Rosa. He was appointed to the officers' line as Captain of the Host in 1959 and served his Chapter as High Priest in 1964 and 1965. Herb received the Order of High Priesthood in 1964 in Pasadena. He worked on all of the degree teams and received the Grand Chapter Meritorious Service Award in 1991. He was a Grand Chapter Inspector from 1965 to 1970 and Deputy Grand Lecture for District 2A from 1992 to 1995. He was appointed Grand Royal Arch Captain in 1995 and was installed on May 3, 2000 as the 146th Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of California. He petitioned and received the Cryptic degrees in Pacific Council No. 37, C. M. in 1962, receiving the Super Excellent Degree in 1963, He worked on two degree teams and served as Illustrious Master in 1975. He petitioned Eureka Commandery No. 35, K. T. in 1964, and worked on all degree teams and served as Commander in 1969. In 1976, he was inducted into San Francisco Priory No. 38, K. Y. C. H., where, for many years, he gave the Symbolic Lodge Lecture. He was appointed to the Priory line in 1986 and served as Prior in 1990. Herb has also worked with the Masonic Youth groups, primarily Rainbow for Girls.
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He served as Rainbow Dad for two terms and received the Grand Cross of Color from Rainbow Assembly No. 216. In addition, he is a member of Sacramento Valley York Rite College, Eureka Exchange Club, V. F. W. Post #1872, Redwood Gun Club and the U. S. A. Water Ski Association. He is a member of the Royal Order of Scotland and St. Francis Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine.
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KNIGHT OF THE YORK GRAND CROSS OF HONOUR Grand High Priest (2000-01), Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of California; Called from labor on April 29, 2017
CALENDARS OF PRESIDING OFFICERS The itineraries can be found at the Grand York Rite website. Hold down the CTRL key and click on the line below. For M.E.C. Randy Downey go to: http://www.yorkriteofcalifornia.org/royalarch/ ghpcalendar.html
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Royal Arch Scholarship Fund, c/o Grand Secretary, 11428 Artesia Blvd., Suite 13, Artesia, CA 90701-3872
For M.I.G.M Lee Whelan go to: http://yorkriteofcalifornia.org/council/calend ar.html
GRAND SESSIONS 2018
For R.E.G.C. Tom Thomas go to: http://yorkriteofcalifornia.org/commandery/iti nerary.html
Results of the 2017 Grand Sessions are to be found at the end of this edition. Dates for the 2018 California Grand York Rite
TRIP TO ISRAEL
Monday, May 22, 2017 – Grand Commandery Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Grand Chapter Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – Grand Council
Most Excellent Companion Randy Downey writes:
COMPANION ADEPT OF THE TEMPLE
The York Rite Sovereign College has developed a self-study educational program, similar in concept to the Scottish Rite’s Master Craftsman Program, for the York Rite bodies. It is available to any York Rite Mason by enrollment through
“Have you ever imagined yourself traveling to Jerusalem, and visiting the place which is so significant in the history and symbology of York Rite Masonry? Here is your opportunity. In April of 2018, join my wife, Micki, and me, as the Grand Chapter of California will sponsor a trip to Israel, with an optional excursion to Jordon and magnificent Petra. “We will visit the ancient port of Joppa, so significant to Masons, and see the Templar city
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of Acco. We will stay at the Sea of Galilee, visit Tel Dan in the north, source of the River Jordan, and taste wine in the Golan Heights. We will see Bethlehem, swim in the Dead Sea, and spend three days in Jerusalem. “In Jerusalem, we will visit Temple Mount, site of the first and second temples, and headquarters of the Knights Templar in Jerusalem. We will see the Western Wall, and explore the Western Wall Tunnels, an ongoing excavation, reaching to the foundation of the Temple Mount retaining wall, and will be as close as possible to the original site of the Sanctum Sanctorum. Also while in Jerusalem, we will visit King Solomon's quarries, tour the old Jewish Quarter, and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
interest in our brethren of pursuing further light.
SCHOLARSHIPS The Masonic Family has a large number of scholarships available to our youth, but how many of those in need of assistance really "KNOW" they are available? California Royal requirements:
A member of the Masonic Family (ie: Rainbow, Jobs Daughter or Demolay) A US Citizen A California Resident A 3.0 Grade Point Average
“This is but a sampling of what we will see and do on what may be a profound, and in some cases a life-altering journey. Further details are provided on pages 16-17 below.”
Deadline to apply: To be determined
Do you know a Rainbow Girl, Job's Daughter or DeMolay that could benefit by knowing this information? What are you waiting for - make that call!
As mentioned in previous editions of the Encompasser, communications are vital to assist those seeking further light in Masonry. So resolve now to ACT: 1) broadcast this publication far and wide, and encourage each of your York Rite bodies to buy a 2-year subscription; 2) broadcast the monthly Workman to the leaders of all your bodies; 3) access the following websites, and see that your Companions are aware of their existence and how to access them: www.yorkriteofcalifornia.org www.goldenstatechapter.org www.yorkrite.org And as you continue into this York Rite year, make every effort you can to continually remind your membership of the Colorado River Fall Festival this October. Confer the Mark Master as often as you can and build
Once chosen, the award of $1,000 is renewable for a total of 4 years, as long as the requirements are maintained.
COMPTCHE OUTDOOR DEGREES COMPTCHE 2017 The Comptche Outdoor Festival this year was the occasion for some excellent ritual performances, especially by our Grand Lecturer as High Priest, our Grand High Priest as Principal Sojourner, and our Grand King as Captain of the Host, in the Royal Arch Degree. Six candidates were exalted.
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Candidates are in the green vests: from left to right, Leon, Buster, Fred, Clyde, Tom, and Jim. They are receiving the Preview Lecture from EC Joseph Dongo to start the dayâ€™s conferrals. Here they are just after the Mark Master Degree:
Following is the Tunzi branch of the River Jordan, so prominent in the Royal Arch Degree.
The next picture is of the cook shack where the fish fry on Friday night and the Bar-beQue on Saturday night are prepared:
Tom, Clyde, Buster, Leon, Jim, and Fred. And here they are after the Royal Arch Degree, along with the cast:
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Next is the crew that makes this Festival happen:
GOLDEN STATE RESEARCH CHAPTER Fourth from left is the owner of the ranch, Larry Tunzi, whose hospitality is incomparable. He was present when this festival was started 45 years ago by his father, Frank, as a lad of 11! And about 50 feet away is the costume shack, also fitted with a shower, and separate commodes for men and women.
Our goal for June 23, 2018 is at least 18 candidates for the 46th Annual Festival. So plan now to help make this happen. Bring candidates – and bring your families! Larry Tunzi allows the use of the ranch for two days before and two days after the Festival, so bring your RVs, trailers, and so forth and camp on the grounds – at no cost!!
Companions, I hope you when you receive this message, you are in good spirits and in good health. This year at our annual sessions in Bakersfield, I was honored by our members by being elected to the office of High Priest for 2017-2018 for our Golden State Research Chapter. I’m very excited for this opportunity and I would like to make my goal for this year is to be in better touch with our current members and future members. Our annual meeting in Bakersfield was lightly attended and I want that to improve. Let’s use attendance at our annual meeting at the Grand York Rite Annual Session (in Visalia for 2018) and our Semi-Annual meeting at the Grand Lodge Annual Communication in San Francisco on October 14th at 12:15pm as a way to see how affective we are of keeping you informed. All Companions are invited and encouraged to attend. Did you know we have a website? If you didn’t, here is the link: https://www.goldenstatechapter.org . Special thanks to Companion Casey Latham for putting this together and his dedication to the York rite in California. Casey recently
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moved to Arizona but I want to acknowledge Casey for his contribution in assisting our Research Chapter. If you visit the website, you will find a library filled with Masonic material and research papers. My hope is this liberty will grow and you see this a source to use and share with your companions in your chapters.
RECEPTIONS AND FESTIVALS
The mission of the Golden State Chapter of Research is to stimulate interest among Royal Arch Masons by expanding their knowledge of Royal Arch Masonry through research leading to the publication of educational materials that expand the understanding
July 4 July 14 July 15 Aug 5 Aug 6 Aug 19 Oct 1518 Nov 2-3
Parade 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception Colorado River Fall Festival Southwest Regional Conference 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception Grand York Rite
of Royal Arch Masons in their history, traditions, and symbolism. Congratulations to the officers elected this year to serve Golden State Research Chapter: High Priest: King: Scribe: Treasurer: Secretary:
RE Anthony Yuson EC John “Dusty” Deryck EC Jonathan Prestage ME Phil Hardiman EC Bob Morrison
Feb 9 Feb 17 May 1924
San Fernando Valley Santa Clarita Sacramento San Jose Alameda San Carlos Riverside Laughlin, NV Las Vegas, NV
Santa Rosa San Diego Visalia
If you would like to attend any of these events and need to know particulars about where and when and cost, please call any of the contact numbers below.
I plan to submit an article to the publisher of the Workman every month and hopefully we can stay a little better connected. Be safe and I hope I can see you in my travels. Fraternally Anthony “Tony” Yuson, KYCH High Priest, Golden State Chapter
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GRAND YORK RITE Grand Secretary: CONTACT INFORMATION
Most Excellent Grand High Priest: Randy R. Downey, KCT, KYGCH (408) 674-8341 (Cellular) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Hope 11428 E. Artesia Blvd, #13 Artesia, CA 90701-3872 (562) 924-6500(Work) (562) 484-1611(Cellular) email@example.com Editor: Phil Hardiman, KYGCH (916) 712-4814 (Cellular) firstname.lastname@example.org
Most Illustrious Grand Master: Lee P. Whelan, KYGCH (951) 830-1295 (Cellular) email@example.com
Websites: www.yorkriteofcalifornia.org If you need access to the confidential features of the website, contact one of the officers above for userid and password.
Right Eminent Grand Commander WWW.GOLDENSTATECHAPTER www.goldenstatechapter.org
Thomas N. Thomas, KCT (562) 618-4714 (Cellular) TomHoytAuto@aol.com
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