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Most Illustrious Companion Brett A. Mac Donald, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons

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Table of Contents Honorees

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Itinerary

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Companion Richard Thornton – Grand Chaplin of the North .....

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Pictures

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Cherokee Legend

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Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation

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Cryptic Masonry 1870

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Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons ........... Grand Recorder .......................................................... Editor.................. .......................................................... Website ........... ................................................. Grand Council Cryptic Masons Officers

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Honorees Companions, Every two years Scottish Rite presents honors to their hardest working members. Each Scottish Rite Valley is allocated a specific number of awards depending on several factors such as total membership and number of new initiates. The local Valleys make nominations and they are approved by the Supreme Council. In Scottish Rite there are two levels of honors. Out of over 30,000 California Scottish Rite Masons less than 3% of members will be awarded the Knight Commander Court of Honor. Only about 1.5% rd rd will be coroneted with the 33 degree. In the Southern Jurisdiction in order to be considered for the 33 degree you must have been rd awarded the Knight Commander Court of Honor (KCCH) at least forty six months prior to your nomination. The 33 degree has Honorary and Active members. The thirty-three Active members are known as the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction. All other recipients are Honorary. As is the tradition there will be two honors ceremonies in California this year. The Honor ceremony in the north will be held at rd Oakland Scottish Rite and the Honor ceremony in the south will be at San Diego Scottish Rite. The 33 degree conferral is only open rd to candidates and those who have the 33 degree. The KCCH ceremony is in the afternoon and is open to the public. Many of this year’s honorees are also dedicated members of York Rite please make reservations and support our York Rite members. Reservation information: San Diego – September 19 – (619) 293-4888 Oakland – September 26 – (510) 451-1903 32°, Knight Commander Court of Honor - Elects 

Burlingame – Evan Wells Brewer, Membership Committee, California Council No.2

Burlingame – Gary Lee Stephens, Audit Committee, California Council No.2

Long Beach – Fred Eugene Cook

Long Beach – Gilbert Cuevas

Oakland – Kevin Jerald Keen, Past High Priest Doric Chapter No.66

Pasadena – Matthew Stephen Hyde, Scribe of Signet Chapter, member of Omega Council No.11

San Bernardino – Casey Michael Latham, Illustrious Master H. Edward Barr's Oasis Council No.64, Grand Chapter Grand Master of the First Veil. Chapter and Commandery Inspector, Secretary Golden State Research Chapter.

San Bernardino – Lee Patrick Whelan, Grand Principal Conductor of the Work. High Priest Riverside Chapter, Principal Conductor of the Work Riverside Council No.59

San Diego – Larry Benson Parker, High Priest Triangle Chapter

San Francisco – Antonio Garcia Cimarra, Illustrious Master California Council No.2, Grand Council Membership Committee, Inspector Grand Commandery

San Francisco – Melvin Stanley Clark, Very active in California Chapter No.1 and California Commandery No.1

San Jose – Gregg Allen Hall, Member of Grand Council Leadership Development Committee - Grand Captain General of Grand Commandery.

San Jose – Wolfgang Lochner, Generalissimo San Jose Commandery No.10

Santa Rosa – Jack Francis Le Fevre, Secretary Sebastopol Chapter No.117

Ventura – Frederick William Ervast, Jr., KYCH Very active in the Ventura Bodies

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33°, Inspectors General Honorary - Elects 

Burlingame – William Earl Price, KYCH, Right Illustrious Deputy Grand Master, Secretary King Solomon's Chapter, Recorder California Council No.2, and Golden Gate Commandery

Long Beach – Harold David Kennedy, KYCH, Inspector Cryptic Arch 11.

Pasadena – Rees William Padfield, Principal Conductor of the Work, Ventura Council No.15, Commander Ventura Commandery.

Sacramento – David Michael Anderson, Treasurer Solano Chapter, Recorder Vacaville Commandery

San Bernardino – Craig Flagtwet, KYCH, Assistant Director of Ritual Grand Commandery, Grand Council Audit and Review Committee

San Fernando Valley – Bruce Edmond Hudson, Grand Chapter, Grand Chaplain of the South and Chapter Inspector, Illustrious Master Alpha Council No.39

San Francisco – Froilan Acosta Ancheta, KYCH, Past High Priest and Master of the First Veil of California Chapter No.1, IPM of California Council No.2, Past Commander of California Commander No.1

San Jose – Harold D. Leister, King of Salinas Chapter

Sincerely and Fraternally, Brett MacDonald Illustrious Grand Master

Itinerary This year I will be emailing out a calendar monthly and if able to attend please make your reservations, in a timely manner. If you have any questions please feel free to call me (626) 991-6688. GRAND COUNCIL CALENDAR 2015-2016 Saturday – August 1, 2015 – Alameda Masonic Hall – 2312 Alameda Ave, Alameda 3 Way York Rite Reception Dress – Purple coat, apron & jewel Ladies – Mid-calf length dress 3:00 pm Social Hour 3:45 pm Dinner Reservations: (925) 596-3312 marion.rogers@comcast.net Cost: $20.00 Sunday - August 2, 2015 – Orange Park – Orange Park & Tennis Dr., South San Francisco 3 Way York Rite Reception Dress – Casual 11:00 am Social Hour aprox 1:00 pm Lunch Program after lunch Reservations: (650) 759-1120 nc46billprice@aol.com Cost: unknown Thursday August 20-22 - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson - Reid Park Arizona Grand Sessions Dress – Purple coat, apron & jewel Ladies – Mid-calf length dress Reservation Information: http://www.azyr.org/index.php/companions-sir-knights Rooms $77 per night deadline July 19. Saturday – November 7, 2015 3 Way York Rite Reception Dress – Purple coat, apron & jewel Ladies – Mid-calf length dress 3:00 pm Social Hour 3:45 pm Dinner Sword & Trowel

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March 11, 2016 – Grand Officer Conference, Bakersfield – Department GO only Sunday – May 22-25, 2016 – Doubletree Bakersfield Grand Sessions 5-22-16 SUNDAY GRAND BANQUET 5-23-16 MONDAY GRAND FAMILY BANQUET 5-24-16 TUESDAY GRAND COUNCIL

Companion Richard Thornton – Grand Chaplin of the North These are some of the activities enjoyed outside of the Blue Lodge. Grand Lodge of California  Masonic Properties Committee (2007 & 2008)  Investments Committee 2010 Job Daughters – Lodi Bethel No. 276  Treasurer: 2004 & 2005 Masonic Temple Association of Lodi  Treasurer: 2006, 2007, 2008 and  Secretary: 2010 to present York Rite

Royal Arch Masons  Signet Chapter No. 57, Van Nuys Masonic Center, Van Nuys, CA. Demitted in 2004  Stockton Chapter No. 28  High Priest: 2005  Stockton York Rite Bulletin – 2008 – 2010  Officer’s Coach: 2013 to present  Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons  Grand Marshal of the North: 2011-2012  Special Committee for review of Officers Manual  Distinguished Service Medal (2010) from Most Excellent Companion Philip Hardiman, Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons  Web Master: 2009 to present  Grand Convention Order of High Priesthood

Cryptic Masons  Omega Council No. 11, Van Nuys Masonic Center, Van Nuys, CA. Demitted in 2004  Stockton Council No. 10  Illustrious Master 2006  Stockton York Rite Bulletin – 2008 – 2010  Super Excellent Master, October 29, 2011, San Francisco Scottish Rite Temple.  Grand Council Cryptic Masons  Ish Sodi Award (2012) from Most Illustrious Companion Robert A. L. Whitfield, Grand Master of Cryptic Masons of California  Cryptic Mason of the Year (2015) Most Illustrious Companion David Chesebro Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California Sword & Trowel

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 Grand Chaplin of the North: 2015-2016  Web Master: 2009 to present  Sword and Trowel - Newsletter – 2014 to current  Grand Council Thrice Illustrious Master

Knights Templar  Los Angeles Commandery No. 9 K.T.  Stockton Commandery No. 8 K.T.  Commander: 2008 and 2009  Stockton York Rite Bulletin: 2008 – 2010  Meritorious Service Medal (2011) from Commander Don Murchison.  Grand Commandery Knights Templar  Credentials Committee Chairman  Knight Commander of the Temple (2014) from Sir Knight Myron A. Tisdel, KYGCH, 155 th Right Eminent Grand Commander, Grand Commandery Knights Templar of California  Knights of the York Cross of Honour  San Francisco Priory No. 38  Web Master: 2009 to present  California Past Commander’s Association Life member of the Holey Order of the Golden Poppy International Grand Lounge of the Royal Order of Zanzibar elevated to the Rank and Station of Good Knight. Allied Masonic Degree  Delta Council No. 216 Sovereign Master 2010 & 2011 National Sojourners Stockton Chapter No. 266  President 2014-2015  First Vice President: 2008-2009 & 2013-2014.  Second Vice President: 2012/2013.  Chief of Staff: (2008 & 2009, 2015) for Heroes of ’76 Peter Lassen Camp.  Sojourners Bi-Monthly Report: 2009-2010, 2015 Ancient Egyptian Order of Sciots Stockton Pyramid No. 5  Toparch: 2009-2010 Golden State College (Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis) Ben Ali Shrine Temple    

Secretary: Tokay Shrine Club 2011 Second Vice President: Tokay Shrine Club 2012 Tokay Shrine Club Bulletin: 2011 Regional Transportation Coordinator with Wife (San Joaquin County) for Shriners Hospital for Children – Sacramento (2010 – 2012) & (2014 – current)

I have a lovely wife of 51 years (married December 26, 1964) and we have three children. My oldest daughter is Kari Louisa, middle daughter is Kristina Lynn, and my son is Richard Timothy, and we are blessed with thirteen Grandchildren. My son Richard works in the Computer Environment, Kari works with special education for children, and Kristina is an Attorney. I enjoy retirement and involvement with our Fraternity.

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Pictures Several pictures were taken at the Grand York Rite Reception held in Alameda. If you have pictures of a reception held in your area or a reception that you attended, please send those pictures to me and they will be published.

This picture was fuzzy but shows part of over 100 companions and their wives that attended this reception

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Cherokee Legend Companions, Here is a Cherokee Legend I received from our Companions in Sonora Council #5. An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.” The boy thought about it and asked, Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.” This is a short but meaningful story, not unlike how our ritual is presented to us. In today’s world, we still face great evils, and some actions that are not as recognizable as evil. With Masonic teachings and study we learn how to better combat these evils. How we treat each other is a start. We need to help each other study our ritual and do our best to live as Masonry and our supreme being teach. This is how we should present ourselves to the world, leading by example. When we present Masons in this manner, Good men will want to join us. Peace and harmony in our Councils will also create an atmosphere where our companions will be willing to come because it will be the sanctuary it was intended to be. If we remember that Temple is Greek “for a place to find our way” we can find the best direction to go. Keeping Masonry alive, especially in our heart and lives, can honesty change this world? Fraternally, Bill Price Deputy Grand Master

Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation Our Charity (Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation) can really use your support with Dollars. Please send all donations to me, 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. This communication is going to all CMMRF State Chairmen known to Leah Jackson and me. This communication contains details regarding a CMMRF Symposium scheduled to be held in Indianapolis on Friday, September 25, 2015. As your Jurisdiction's State Chairmen for CMMRF please make this known through you state and encourage anyone with an interest in the research sponsored by CMMRF to attend. Below is the information you need to publicize. Please contact me directly with any questions or concerns. Thanks in advance for your support, Gary Wyne Executive Secretary, CMMRF CRYPTIC MASONS MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCEMENT INVITATION LIST: This Symposium is not restricted to State CMMRF Chairmen or Grand Officers. Anyone with an interest in the research sponsored, in part, by CMMRF is welcome and encouraged to attend. This Symposium is for YOU. WHAT: Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation Symposium WHO: Presented by Dr. Keith March, the Research Team at the Indiana Center for Vascular Biology and Medicine, and CMMRF. Sword & Trowel

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WHERE: The Indiana Center for Vascular Biology and Medicine, on the Campus of Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis Indiana WHEN: Friday, September 25, 2015, Morning and Afternoon WHY: CMMRF received multiple requests from Cryptic Masons of the General Grand Council Family to hosts such an event. HOTEL: Indianapolis Crown Plaza Airport http://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/indianapolis/indap/hoteldetail 2501 South High School Road Indianapolis, IN 46241 For Reservations Call: 317-244-6861 Reservation Code: Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation. Rate: $119 / night Rate Includes: • Free Airport Shuttle Service; • Free Parking, • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access in all Guestrooms, • Complimentary local and 1-800 access phone calls • Complimentary access to on-site fitness room • 2 complimentary breakfast buffet vouchers for up to 2 guests per room included with the $119 group rate. • Client will receive IHG Business Reward Points. Client will receive (3) three points for every $1 spent in overnight guestrooms, meeting room rental and banquet food and beverage, up to 60,000 points and points never expire! (requires IHG Business Rewards program enrollment). Round trip transportation will be provided from the hotel to Indiana University School of Medicine. Fred J. ‘Tiny’ Potter, MIPGM Chairman, CMMRF (California) 345 Otono Ct. Camarillo, CA 93012-6822

Scholarships Companions, your children, grandchildren, & for some, great-grandchildren may receive 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. This is the link which 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.

Cryptic Masonry 1870 Text Book of Cryptic Masonry (A Manual of Instructions in the Degrees of Royal Master, Select Master, and Super-Excellent Master) together with the ceremonies of Installing the Officers, Constituting, and Dedicating a Council, and Installing the Officers of a Grand Council By Jackson H. Chase, 33rd Grand Lecturer Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of the State of New York The thought is to give a little history behind the degrees. Sword & Trowel

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Super-Excellent Master This degree has no connection, either in symbolism or history with the degrees of Royal and Select Master. It refers to circumstances which occurred during the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuzaradan, Captain of the Guard of the King of Babylon. The ceremonies are intended to represent the final destruction of the temple and carry away of the captive Jews to Babylon and exemplify a part of the Royal Arch Degree. Royal Master Degree Researching the 1870 Historical Lecture and the current Historical Lecture used by Cryptic Masonry displayed several differences primarily in the structure. Research will continue but some basic observations. Both Historical Lectures begin the same “This degree originated in consequence of a conversation between Grand Master H. A. and Adoniram, just before the death of the former.” In the 1870 Historical Lecture describes Adoniram: “Adoniram was one of the * * *. He was also one of the * * *. Our current Historical Lecture: “After the Sanctum Sanctorum was completed, and a portion of the furniture deposited therein, Adoniram, on a certain day near high twelve, went there to deposit one of the holy vessels. At high twelve, when the Craft were called from labor to refreshment, Adoniram did not retire with the rest, but lingered behind with G.M. H.A. whose custom it was at that hour to enter the Sanctum Sanctorum and offer his devotions to Deity and to draw designs up the trestle board.” The 1870 Historical Lecture: “After the Sanctum Sanctorum was completed and a portion of the furniture deposited therein, Adoniram ***. At high twelve, when the craft were called from labor to refreshment ***. After the rest of the craftsmen had retired, Adoniram ***. This conversation having been related to King Solomon by Adoniram *** to which this is preparatory. The furniture of the Sanctum Sanctorum consisted of many holy vessels made of pure gold, but the most important there, was the Ark of the Convenant, called the glory of Israel, which was seated in the middle of the holy place, under the wings of the Cherubim.” Notice the sequence of the discussion of the furniture in the 1870 historical lecture and our current historical lecture. Note from 1870 Journal: When God refused David to build a temple to his name, Solomon was appointed in his stead, and tradition states, that on commencing the foundation he struck on a cavern in which were immense treasures of gold, silver and precious stones. Believing it to be the remains of some temple built before the flood, and fearing that is had been in the service of idolatry, he was informed by a dream that this place has been thrice devoted to God. It was the place whence Enoch as translated, where Abraham was about to offer up his son Isaac, and it was the place of the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, where David met and appeased the destroying angel. The treasures were collected and used in building the temple. On exploring the lowest recesses of the cavern they came upon an arched vault, in which they found a white marble pillar, on which, encrusted with precious stones, was a delta, and which was engraved the Grand Omnific Word the possession of which filled him with such wisdom and understanding that his name resounded throughout the earth, and has so continued to the present day. It was that enabled our three Grand Masters to erect such a magnificent structure, the life of which has not been before or since.

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Contact Information Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons: Most Illustrious Companion, Brett MacDonald, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California (626) 991-6688 © Grand Recorder: Ken Hope 11428 E. Artesia Blvd, #13 Artesia, CA 90701-3872 (562) 924-6500 (W) (562) 484-1611(C) Editor: Richard E. Thornton (209) 747-9518 (C) Website: Grand York Rite of California Note: Hyperlinks or links to other pages or web sites are prevalent throughout the document. Please notice the reference “Sword and Trowel; if you run your mouse over these names you will see “Ctrl + Click to follow link”. These are valid links to York Rite information.

Have you gone to our Grand Council website lately? www.yorkriteofcalifornia.org/ 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.

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Grand Council Cryptic Masons Officers We, Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Grand Officers, are here to assist you, we are here to help. 155th MOST ILLUSTRIOUS GRAND MASTER Brett A. MacDonald, KYGCH & Donna Shekinah Council No. 35 C.M. DEPUTY GRAND MASTER William E. Price & Janet California Council No. 2 C.M. GRAND TREASURER Robert A. L. Whitfield, MIPGM & Jeanne Oakland Council No. 12 C.M. GRAND DIRECTOR OF RITUAL David L. Chesebro, MIPGM & Sarah San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 C.M. GRAND CHAPLAIN (South) Mark A. Quinto & Trudy San Diego Council No. 23 C.M. GRAND CONDUCTOR OF THE COUNCIL Eduardo Estrada & Natasha Omega Council No. 11 C.M. GRAND SENTINEL Peter G. Champion & Jan San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 C.M.

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GRAND PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR OF THE WORK Lee P. Whelan & Teresa Riverside Council No. 59 C.M. GRAND RECORDER Kenneth G. Hope, HMIPGM & Sonny Shekinah Council No. 35 C.M. GRAND CHAPLAIN (North) Richard E. Thornton & Cara Stockton Council No. 10 C.M. GRAND CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD William S. Dann & Anne Pacific Council No. 37 C.M. GRAND STEWARD Robert A. Morrison & Pauline Shasta Council No. 6 C.M. GRAND ORATOR James M. Sunseri Orange County Council No. 14 C.M.

GRAND MARSHAL (North) Clive Moss & Betsy Modesto Council No. 61 C.M.

GRAND MARSHAL (South) Paul A. Clark & Cindy Pomona Council No. 21 C.M.

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

GRAND MUSICIAN Roderick E. Betham Marysville Council No. 3 C.M.

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