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Sword and Trowel December 2014



Most Illustrious Companion David L. Chesebro, KYGCH 154th Grand Master Cryptic Masons


Table of Contents Busy Month Itinerary Planning Retreat Blessing’s Encompasser Far & Wide Communications Medical Research Foundation CMMRF Scholarships Masonic Humor 4 Contact Information

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Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons .... 5 Grand Recorder ............................................ 5 Editor .............. ............................................ 5 Website ........... ............................................ 5

Pictures Grand Council Cryptic Masons Officers Leadership Seminar Modesto Grand York Rite Reception Sessions Information & Forms


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Busy Month Companions, November has been a very busy month for Cryptic Masonry and your Grand Council. November began with the Grand Council in Ontario, CA with the General Grand Council Southwest Regional Conference, followed by the Bay Area York Rite conferral of the Super Excellent Master degree on over eighty candidates in Oakland. Grand Council held its second annual Strategic Planning Retreat in Covina, and the York Rite Leadership Training Committee provided the fourth California York Rite Leadership Seminar of the year in Red Bluff. The Southwest Regional actually started on October 31st, but seems more like a November event. There was some good information distributed by the General Grand Council officers, but the best part of the weekend was meeting and Sword & Trowel

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visiting with our Companions from other states and jurisdictions, with Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Hawaii, and, of course, California, just to mention a few. We all have much to learn from each other, and regional conventions are a great place to accomplish that end. The Bay Area York Rite conferred the Super Excellent Master degree on November 10th, at the Oakland Scottish Rite. This beautiful but complex degree was masterfully performed by a cast of dozens under the direction of Assistant Director of Ritual and Grand Soloist, Mark Harris. There were over eighty candidates present from as far north as Eureka and as far south as San Luis Obispo. All were very impressed, not only by the beauty and lessons of the degree, but also by the quality of the ritual itself. I hope it makes all of us want to go back to our Councils and participate in conferring our wonderful ritual. Over the weekend of November 14, 15, and 16, your Grand Council Officers in the progressive line and other elected Grand Council officers met at the Masonic Homes in Covina for a working retreat; discussing the direction California Cryptic Masonry will be led in the next several years. We discussed a number of subjects; including leadership selection, department realignment, and Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation, (CMMRF), just to name a few. We also expressed our individual visions of how Cryptic Masonry can improve and develop in the future, both short term and long term. All of this effort is expected to provide a continuity of leadership direction for Cryptic Masonry in California. One of the most interesting segments of the weekend was a presentation by Ill. Companion Art Walton on “Branding Cryptic Masonry.” Although the program is in its early development stages, it will likely be a very important method for us to communicate to both our members and potential members about CMMRF and Cryptic Masonry. This program will be rolled out to the Councils in April or May of next year. On November 22nd, A York Rite Leadership Seminar was presented in Red Bluff. This was the fourth of five seminars put on by the joint York Rite Leadership Development Committee, consisting of Bud Ramsey, Randy Downey, Greg Hall, Lee Whelan, and Bill McBroome. Bud, Randy and Greg should be commended for their dedication, not only to the development and improvement of their presentation of materials, but also for their commitment to attend and present every single one of the four seminars put Volume 2 No. 7

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on this year. They will put on one more seminar in Vista, California on January 31, 2015. If you haven’t attended one yet, this will be your last chance until sometime next year, and from what I hear, next year’s seminars will be a new experience for us all. I can’t wait. As you can see, November has been a busy month for Cryptic Masonry. Now it’s time to take a step back and reflect on the last year. It’s also a time to anticipate the coming holiday season when we can enjoy our friends and families. Have a great December, no matter what Holiday you are observing and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Sincerely and Fraternally, David Chesebro, Grand Master

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December: Various Councils and Council Installations Friday, December 5 Omega Council No. 11 Installation Sunday, December 14, San Jose Council No. 20 Installation

For the latest schedule details:

Planning Retreat Companions, December, already? Seems like just a couple months ago our Councils were holding their installations. I hope each of our outgoing officers I hope you had a successful Cryptic year and accomplished your goals. For next year’s officers I hope your plans are in place to move your Council forward in 2015. Last month your Grand officers met at the Covina Masonic Home for our second planning retreat. We went over the plans which were made last year. Discussed how we have progressed in seeing them implemented. A major change for next year will be realignment of our Departments and Cryptic Arches. We are increasing the number of Assistant Directors of Ritual and reducing the number of Councils that an Inspector oversees. It is hoped that this will improve our ritual and get more participation in schools of instruction. There will also be two schools of instruction conducted by our Grand Director of Ritual. All the schools will concentrate on the presentation of our degrees. All ADRs, Inspectors and Officer Coaches Sword & Trowel

Speaking of our recent per-capita increase we have already had an expected expense. The General Grand Council raised their per-capita to $1.00 at the recent triennial and it will increase to $2.50 by the next triennial. These increases will nearly negate our increase of last year. Over the next two years this will be a central discussion for our Budget Committee. We will need to see where we can cut our already lean budget to make up for this greatly increased expense.

Sincerely and Fraternally, Brett Mac Donald, Deputy Grand Master

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will be invited to attend these sessions and take the information back to their Councils. We are able to conduct these schools due to the increase in per-capita you approved at our last Grand Sessions.

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Blessing’s Companions, As we count our blessings this holiday season, let us think what we can do to give others a blessing. We have, as Cryptic Masons, a chance to help millions with our charity, Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation. Helen Keller was once asked her opinion on being blind and she answered” The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision”. The doctors and researchers have the vision to help people with vascular disorders & have made huge advances in stem cell research. Now we need to have the vision to support this research with the gift of a donation. If each member of our Grand Council gave only $20 we could raise over $70,000. I know several people this research would help, even in my own family. Think of your friends and family you may know with vascular disease or diabetes that can be helped by the advance of this research. A gift of life the greatest gift you can give to someone you love. We learn from the start of our Masonic teachings that charity is an act of love. This is the season that exemplifies love and peace on earth, solet us remember what Scrooge learned at Christmas time and how Tiny Tim survived by an act of charity. This might seem corny but so true what one person can do. As Tiny Tim said “May God bless us everyone”. May you all have a wonderful Holiday, a Merry Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.

May God Bless You All, William E. Price, KYCH Volume 2 No. 7

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Grand Principal Conductor of the Work

Encompasser Do you read & know about the Encompasser a quarterly publication of the Grand York Rite of California. It had been available by subscription which covered mailing, but is now available on line.

donations need to be in by December 26, 2014 so that I may process the proper receipts and mail all donations to Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation in Nashville, Indiana. Please take a few minutes and think about our charity. Listed on the Grand York Rite Website

is the websites with all the information to help you in your decision.

Go to York Rite of California: & on left of the home page, click ENCOMPASSER. Then click the big green ENCOMPASSER PUBLICATIONS

Fred J. ‘Tiny’ Potter, Chairman of CMMRF in California 345 Otono Ct. Camarillo, CA 93012-6822

Far & Wide Communications


Far & Wide Communications is vital in assisting those seeking further light in Masonry.

Scholarships are offered by the Masonic Family of Freemasons in California.

Resolve to Act: 1) Broadcast the “Encompasser” far & wide through your York Rite Bodies;

Companions, you should consider these scholarships for our Masonic youth groups & your children & grandchildren.

2) Broadcast “Workman” far & wide through your York Rite Bodies; 3) Broadcast “Sword & Trowel” far & wide through your York Rite Bodies & 4) Broadcast Grand York Rite Web Site far & wide through your York Rite Bodies “”

Medical Research Foundation Through the basic & clinical research, conducted by Indiana Center for Vascular Biology & Medicine, (ICVBM) & supported by Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation, (CMMRF), advancements are being made to discover cures for many of today's health problems, prevent major diseases, & finally, to save lives. We have the opportunity to improve the human condition for those most dear to us & ourselves. We invite you to become a part of this team & join our partnership in discovery. Let's do something great together! Link:

Companions, your children & grandchildren if they desire, may get financial help for attending school. After opening up Scholarship Center website, have them go to bottom of page & find the Scholarship Manual in (PDF format – 450KB) to download. There they will find instructions for filling out the forms. Here is the link: .

It will take you to the public Grand Lodge web page on scholarships. All the information you need should be right there. This is a complete manual that you can download that talk about all of the scholarships available from the California Masonic Foundation as well as the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Eastern Star, High Twelve, DeMolay, Job’s Daughters & Rainbow for Girls.

Masonic Humor

CMMRF Companions, It is the season for remembering those who need of our help in many ways. It is the time to give to those charities that mean to most to use personally. To me it is our charity, Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation. If you have not given this year now is the time to do so. All Sword & Trowel

The scholarship forms are available to students to fill out. Make sure that they get them in on time or they will not be considered.

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Caving, also traditionally known as spelunking; a Caver decided one day to investigate some above ground caves. He came across a very narrow cave and went down it. When he reached the end he found a skeleton which had a sword in its hand. Turning a corner he passed through a doorway into a large cavern. He found this cavern contained a great many skeletons. Being a mason Volume 2 No. 7

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he realized that the skeletons were positioned as a Masonic Lodge. Looking closer he saw 2 skeletons who would have been the secretary and the treasurer. One of them has a piece of paper in his hand; He removed the paper and read "If someone doesn’t prompt the Worshipful Master soon we'll be here all night.

Contact Information Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons: Most Illustrious Companion, David L. Chesebro, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California – (805) 459-2618

Grand Recorder: Ken Hope 11428 E. Artesia Blvd, #13 Artesia, CA 90701-3872 (562) 924-6500 (W) (562) 484-1611(C)

Companion David Shull

Editor: Richard E. Thornton (209) 747-9518 (C)


Pictures Grand Council Activities

Companion Edgar Fentum

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Grand Council Ladies

Companion Teddy Gardner A line of Jackets for our York Rite bodies continues to be available: MP.ENTERPRISES. The price for red and blue is great -- $75.00 plus tax and shipping, for sizes 34 to 49 in short, regular and tall; and $87.00 plus tax and shipping for sizes 50 to 60, also in short, regular, and tall. Purple Jackets are little more expensive at $95.00 for the smaller and $107.00 for the larger. Also available are Men’s and ladies’ vests, tuxedos and shirts, pins, patches, and flags, and OES T-Shirts. Contact Max Luy at (510) 502-3224; or at his website:; or directly to his email at Have you gone to our Grand Council website lately? Do you know that there you can find rosters of officers, forms that you need, and a complete copy of the Officers Guide. The Officers guide helps you plan and know what is expected you.

Companion Kevin Keen

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Grand Council Cryptic Masons Officers We, the officers of Grand Council of Cryptic Masons, are here to assist you, Please call upon us. 154th MOST ILLUSTRIOUS GRAND MASTER David L. Chesebro, KYGCH & Sarah San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 C.M. DEPUTY GRAND MASTER Brett A. MacDonald & Donna Shekinah Council No. 35 C.M.

GRAND PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR OF THE WORK William E. Price & Janet California Council No. 2 C.M.

GRAND TREASURER Frederick J. “Tiny” Potter, MIPGM & Donna Ventura Council No. 15 C.M.

GRAND RECORDER Kenneth G. Hope, HMIPGM & Sonny Shekinah Council No. 35 C.M.

GRAND DIRECTOR OF RITUAL Kenneth G. Nagel & Kathy San Jose Council No. 20 C.M.

GRAND CHAPLAIN (North) Richard A. Wilson & Kitty Sacramento Council No. 1 C.M.

GRAND CHAPLAIN (South) Paul D. Erickson & JoAnn San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 C.M.

GRAND CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD Lee P. Whelan & Teresa Riverside Council No. 59 C.M.

GRAND CONDUCTOR OF THE COUNCIL William S. Dann & Anne Pacific Council No. 37 C.M.

GRAND STEWARD Eduardo Estrada & Natasha Omega Council No. 11 C.M.

GRAND SENTINEL Robert A. Morrison & Pauline Butte Council No. 50 C.M.

GRAND ORATOR William J. Miklos III & Angelica Amador Council No. 31 C.M.

GRAND MARSHAL (North) Guy M. Chalmers & Jeanne Redwood Empire Council No. 46 C.M.

GRAND MARSHAL (South) Rees W. Padfield & Elaine Ventura Council No. 15 C.M.

GRAND SOLOIST K. Mark Harris Oakland Council No. 12 C.M.

GRAND MUSICIAN John A. Gonsalves & Saralu Shasta Council No. 6 C.M.

GRAND BIBLE BEARER Richard J. Jolley & Carol Sierra Nevada Council No. 44 C.M.

GRAND STANDARD BEARER David P. Glass & Kathy Gateway Council No. 13 C.M.

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