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155th Most Illustrious Companion Brett A. Mac Donald, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons

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Table of Contents Cryptic Masons Vision Statement ..... Department Grand Officers Meeting ..... Itinerary ..... Leadership, Leadership ..... Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation ..... Scholarships ..... Humor ..... Cryptic History ..... Open Letter to All ..... Contact Information ..... Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons ........... Grand Recorder .. ............................................. Editor................. ............................................. Website .............. ............................................. Officers, Grand Council Cryptic Masons ..... San Bernardino York Rite Degrees Sacramento Royal Arch Degrees Sacramento Council Degrees Sacramento Knights Templar Orders Mark Master Degree - Anaheim Grand York Rite Reception (Sonora/Modesto/Stockton) - Stockton Masonic Grand York Rite Sessions

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Cryptic Masons Vision Statement Cryptic Masons of California will be the preeminent York Rite Body in the nation, comprised of active and passionate companions recognized by all. As Cryptic Masons, we support the research dedicated to eliminate heart disease and diabetes. Cryptic Masons of California will progress to new heights through teamwork and the exemplification of the teachings of our Masonic Values.

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Department Grand Officers Meeting Companions, The February/March issue of the California Freemason is interesting. It recaps 2014-2015 in regards to membership 52,808; degrees conferred 3,001 and 842 new Master Masons. Yes that means in simple terms there are 842 new prospective candidates for the York Rite. I also found the sections on gifts held some great information. Total donations by 5,000 members, family and friends were over 7.8 million dollars. Of that amount nearly 6.7 million dollars was from trusts and bequests. When you make out your will consider adding a gift to your York Rite bodies or one of their charities. I recently discovered an easy method to leave donations to several organizations. Rather than leaving a set specific amount it was easier to designate a percentage of the estate. This month your Department Grand Officers will meet in Bakersfield. We will be recapping this past year, discussing proposed legislation, the budget for next year, deciding on the award recipients and hearing Bill Price's vision on where our Grand Council should go next year. I look forward to seeing many of you at our Grand Sessions in May. Please get your reservations in promptly. The form is available, along with schedule, links, and other information. Warmest Fraternal Regards, 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 March 11, 2016 Grand Officer Conference, Bakersfield Department G.O. only Saturday – March 26 – Stockton Masonic Temple 3 Way Reception Contact: David Studley 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

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Leadership, Leadership Companions, Leadership is easy to define but hard to implement. Leadership is defined, as we find in the dictionary as: noun 1. the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group: He managed to maintain his leadership of the party despite heavy opposition. Synonyms: administration, management, directorship, control, governorship, stewardship, hegemony. 2. ability to lead: As early as sixth grade she displayed remarkable leadership potential. Synonyms: authoritativeness, influence, command, effectiveness; sway, clout. 3. an act or instance of leading; guidance; direction: They prospered under his strong leadership. 4. the leaders of a group: The union leadership agreed to arbitrate. As you can see from the above definitions of a Leader; there aren’t any instructions on how to become a leader. In the above definitions it does not tell anybody the work and dedication it takes to be a leader or the sacrifices and difficult decisions that have to be made to make an organization prosper and grow. To paraphrase a quote of Helen Keller’s on her blindness; “It’s sad that some people have sight but no vision.” We as Grand Council have a vision or mission statement and we need to continue to fulfill this statement with continued action. We have a Leadership Training Program and we, as leaders, need to take advantage of this elite program by sending our members, young and old, to this program. We have to stop the thinking “I’m too old to contribute” or “He’s too young for a leadership role”. All our companions can contribute in some way and grow with experience. It is up to the leaders we have now to cultivate every aspect of our membership. I am going to continue to write and talk about Leadership and encourage all our membership to bring in new, vibrant, and dynamic companions from our Craft Lodges (our base). We have our Masonic teachings for encouragement and a tool to instruct new and current members on how to better communicate Craft. Remember communication and unity go hand in hand with leadership. I hope to see many companions in the coming year. May God Bless You All, Fraternally, William E. Price KYCH Deputy Grand Master

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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.

Fred J. ‘Tiny’ Potter, MIPGM Chairman, CMMRF (California) 345 Otono Court 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.

Humor Leadership and what is Leadership, making “hard” decisions, making “easy” decisions, putting a sign on your desk “the buck stops here”, or working with people to realize their potential. Humor is one of the best methods of laughing at ourselves On April 12th, 1945, Harry Truman was summoned to the White House. Ushered into Eleanor Roosevelt’s sitting room, the vice president was gently informed that President Roosevelt had died. “Is there anything I can do for you?” Truman asked after a moment’s reflection. “Is there anything we can do for you?” Eleanor replied. “You’re the one in trouble now!”

Cryptic History Ish Sodi This expression is composed of the two Hebrew words, ISH, and SOD. The first of these words, ISH, means a man, and SOD signifies primarily a couch on which one reclines. Hence ISH SODI would mean, first, a man of my couch, one who reclines with me on the same seat, an indication of great familiarity and confidence. Thence followed the secondary meaning given to SOD of familiar intercourse, consultation, or intimacy. Job (xix. 19) applies it in this sense when, using MATI, a word synonymous with ISH, he speaks of MATI SODI in the passage which the common version has translated thus: “all my inward friends abhorred me," but which the marginal interpretation has more correctly rendered, “all the men of my secret." Ish Sodi, therefore, in this degree very clearly means, a man of my intimate counsel, a man of my choice, one selected to share with me a secret task or labor. Such was the position of every Select Master to King Solomon, and in this view those are not wrong who have interpreted Ish Sodi as meaning a Select-Master. The Nine Arches Of all the superstitious notions which prevailed among the ancient philosophers, there was none more prevalent than that which attributed a mystical meaning and a divine virtue to numbers. Nor did the idea die with antiquity. It was a favorite theory of many of the Christian Fathers, and even as late as the sixteenth century we find Cornelius Agrippa asserting that "there lies wonderful efficacy and virtue in numbers, as well for good as for evil." The doctrine was especially taught in the school of Pythagoras, and afterwards by the Cabbalists, whence it has evidently descended to Freemasonry, of whose symbolical science it constitutes an interesting portion. But the numeral symbolism of Masonry very materially differs from that of the Pythagoreans as well as the Cabbalists. With the Masons, odd numbers alone are considered mystical, which was according to the ancient doctrine, where it was taught that odd numbers were pleasing to the gods. Hence three, five, seven, and nine, are deemed Masonic numbers. Three is the foundation of the Masonic symbolism of numbers, because it is the first odd number after unity, and it is particularly applicable to the lower degrees. When we ascend to the higher grades, nine comes into play as the square of three, and Sword & Trowel

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twenty-seven, which is the cube of three, and lastly eighty-one which is the square of nine. The number nine is the sacred number of the Select degree, which, however, also refers to twenty-seven, simply because that is the product of nine multiplied by three. Nine was called by the Pythagoreans “teieios”, or the number of completion, and as such it is appropriate to that degree which professes to complete the circle of Masonic science. But the lecture of the Select Master teaches us that the number nine alludes to the nine attributes of the Deity, which are said to be: 1. Beauty. 2. "Wisdom. 3. Power. 4. Eternity. 5. Infinity. 6. Omniscience. 7. Justice. 8. Mercy. 9. Perfection. Source: New York: Matnaed, Merrill, & Co. 29, 31, and 33 East Nineteenth Street, 1897

Open Letter to All GRAND YORK RITE SESSIONS 2016 Sunday, May 22nd Monday, May 23rd Tuesday, May 24th Wednesday, May 25th

Grand York Rite Banquet Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons Annual Convocation Order of High Priesthood in the afternoon Grand Council Cryptic Masons Annual Assembly Thrice Illustrious Master Degree in the afternoon Grand Commandery Knights Templar Annual Conclave Past Commander’s Association in the afternoon Bakersfield DoubleTree Hotel 3100 Camino Del Rio Ct. Bakersfield CA 93308 Reservations: 661-323-7111

Be sure to tell them you are registering for the Grand York Rite to obtain special room rates. If you are having any trouble making hotel reservations, please JIM BAUM at 760-885-0256 Please make your hotel reservations and fill out the Registration Form and mail it in ASAP. The registration form is attached. S&F Kenneth G. Hope Grand Secretary - Recorder

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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 East Artesia Blvd, Suite 13 Artesia, CA 90701-3872 (562) 924-6500 (W) (562) 484-1611(C) Editor: Richard 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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Officers, Grand Council Cryptic Masons 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 & Genie 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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