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Table of Contents Cryptic Masons Vision Statement My Thanks to You Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation Scholarships Humor Lifetime Achievement Award Cryptic History Contact Information Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons ......... Grand Recorder ................................................. Editor ............. ............................................. Website ........... ................................................. Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Officers Sacramento Sierra York Rite Channel Islands York Rite Comptche Outdoor Royal Arch Degrees San Luis Obispo York Rite Napa Solano York Rite Peninsula York Rite East Bay York Rite Super Excellent Master Degree Sword and Trowel Charter Presentation East Bay York Rite

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Cryptic Masons Vision Statement

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My Thanks to You Companions, Thank you all for electing me to represent you as Most Illustrious Master of Cryptic Masons of California. This is an honor not taken lightly and I will try my utmost to fulfill my obligation to the Craft. Without you there is no us. You are the Grand Council and we are your representatives. If you have need of us for advice, help with a problem or to suggest a change please contact us. Without your input we can’t do our job. Most Ill. Ken Hope and Ill. David Williams need your help to complete their job and make it easier for you to have the material and information you need to run your Councils. Please send in the reports and per capita on time, well written and complete so they can get you the information you need. I will be traveling the state this year to see as many of you as possible and discussing my theme (Communication and Unity) with you and raising awareness for our charity (Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation). Remember to stay active in your Blue Lodges for this is our base to build a strong house. God Bless you all, Fraternally, William E. Price KYGCH Most Illustrious 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, Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation (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 Upon completion of his installation, an Illustrious Grand Master of Cryptic Masons and his Lady was taking a much needed vacation in the Holy Land, as they both wanted to walk in the same path as our Saviour. They were both enjoying themselves and on the 7th day, his wife suddenly died. A funeral director in the Holy Land, after much self-thought because he was also a Past Illustrious Grand Master, offered to bury his wife in the Holy Land for $300.00 or have his wife shipped home for a price of $5,000.00 and this was the best offer, with the cost of Airline tickets. The funeral director even offered to assist the Illustrious Grand Master of Cryptic Masons as much as he could. After a period of thinking the Illustrious Grand Master said he would pay the $5,000.00 to have his wife shipped home and buried in the Masonic Cemetery at home. The funeral director could not believe what the Illustrious Grand Master had stated and he repeated his offer of a burial, including the plot for $300.00. The Illustrious Grand Master stated his reason for wanting the ship his wife home and buried in the family plot at the Masonic Cemetery. “A long time ago, here in the Holy Land, a holy man was laid to rest and after three days, rose from the grave”. To be very honest with you Most Illustrious Past Grand Master, I do not want to take the chance, thank you for your offer.

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Lifetime Achievement Award Edgar Fentum, Knight of the York Grand Cross of Honour 2016 Grand York Rite Lifetime Achivement Award

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Cryptic History OPENING OF THE COUNCIL A Council of Royal Masters consists of the following eight officers: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Thrice Illustrious Grand Master, Illustrious Hiram of Tyre, Principal Conductor of the Works, Master of the Exchequer, Master of Finances, Captain of the Guards, Conductor of the Council, and Steward.

(Illustrious Master) (Deputy Master) (Principal Conductor of the Works) (Recorder) (Treasurer) (Captain of the Guard) (Conductor of the Council) (Steward)

Of these the first three represent, respectively, Solomon, King of Israel; Hiram, King of Tyre; and Adoniram, the Chief of the Fellow-Crafts, who, after the death of the Builder, was promoted to the position of Principal Conductor of the Works. The Thrice Illustrious Grand Master is seated on the throne in the East; the Illustrious Hiram of Tyre is on his right, seated at a triangular table, a similar table on the left being unoccupied. The Principal Conductor of the Works is in the West, the Master of the Exchequer in the South; the Master of Finances in the North; the Captain of the Guards in front and to the right of the throne; the Conductor of the Council on the right of the Principal Conductor of the Works; & the Steward, who acts as Tiler in the usual place of that officer. The symbolic colors of a Royal Master are black and red. The black is significant of the grief of the Craft for the loss of their Operative Grand Master, and the red, of his blood, which was shed in defense of his integrity. Hence the apron and collar of a Royal Master should be black, lined and edged with red. The apron must be triangular in form, in allusion to the sacred Delta. The place of meeting is called the “Council Chamber" and represents the private apartment of the King of Israel, in which he is said to have met his two colleagues during the erection of the temple, for the purpose of consultation on all matters relating to the craft. When a candidate is initiated, he is said to be “honored with the degree of Royal Master." Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1847, by A. G. MACKEY, in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States, District of South …

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Contact Information Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons: Most Illustrious Companion, William E. Price, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California +1 (650) 759-1120 © Grand Recorder: Ken Hope 11428 East Artesia Blvd, Suite 13 Artesia, CA 90701-3872 (562) 924-6500 (W) Editor: Richard Thornton (209) 747-9518 (Cell) 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 of Cryptic Masons Officers We are here to assist you.

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Most Illustrious Companion William E. Price, KYGCH, Grand Master Cryptic Masons & Janet California Council No. 2 C.M.

DEPUTY GRAND MASTER Lee P. Whelan & Teresa Riverside Council No. 59 Cryptic Masons GRAND TREASURER Robert A. L. Whitfield, MIPGM & Genie Oakland Council No. 12 Cryptic Masons

GRAND PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR OF THE WORK William S. Dann & Anne Pacific Council No. 37 Cryptic Masons GRAND RECORDER Kenneth G. Hope, HMIPGM & Sonny Shekinah Council No. 35 Cryptic Masons

GRAND DIRECTOR OF RITUAL David L. Chesebro, MIPGM & Sarah San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 Cryptic Masons GRAND CHAPLAIN (North) Morris H. Moriuchi California Council No. 2 Cryptic Masons

GRAND CHAPLAIN (South) Andrew B. Pippin Ventura Council No. 15 Cryptic Masons

GRAND CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD Eduardo Estrada & Natasha Omega Council No. 11 Cryptic Masons

GRAND CONDUCTOR OF THE COUNCIL Robert A. Morrison & Pauline Butte Council No. 50 Cryptic Masons

GRAND STEWARD Peter G. Champion & Jan San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 Cryptic Masons

GRAND SENTINEL Guy M. Chalmers Redwood Empire Council No. 46 Cryptic Masons

GRAND ORATOR Jordan T. Yelinek California Council No. 2 Cryptic Masons GRAND MARSHAL (North) Joseph K. Dongo Sacramento Council No. 1 Cryptic Masons

GRAND MARSHAL (South) Casey M. Latham H. Edward Barr’s Oasis Council No. 64 Cryptic Masons

GRAND SOLOIST K. Mark Harris Oakland Council No. 12 Cryptic Masons

GRAND MUSICIAN Arthur H. Walton San Jose Council No. 20 Cryptic Masons

Grand Bible Bearer Antonio Cimarra, Jr. California Council No. 2 Cryptic Masons

Grand Standard Bearer Michael T. Sherman Helix Council No. 258 Cryptic Masons

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