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Table of Contents Vision Statement ..... Charter Presentation ..... Ceremony of Constitution ..... Sword and Trowel Council No. 65 ..... An Historic Event, a Pleasurable Event and a “Foolish” Event All in One Day Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation ..... Scholarships ..... Humor ..... Cryptic History ..... How High is the Water, It’s Four Feet High and Rising Contact Information ..... Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons ........ 10 Grand Recorder ................................................. 10 Editor ............. ............................................. 10 Website .......... ............................................. 10 Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Officers ..... Pictures ..... East Bay York Rite

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Vision Statement

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Charter Presentation Companions, This has been a special and exciting month. The highlight of the month occurred when I had the honor to dedicate and consecrate our new Council. On Saturday morning, August 27th, 2016, Sword & Trowel Council No. 65 was consecrated and the officers of this new Council were installed. There were 70 plus in attendance to see this momentous occasion, including Most Illustrious Companion Brett McDonald KYGCH, MIPGM who signed the new charter. The founder of this Council, Illustrious Companion Edgar Fentum KYGCH, PGHP, received the charter and was installed the first Illustrious Master. Most Illustrious Companion Robert A. L. Whitfield KYGCH, MIPGM, Grand Treasurer and Grand Recorder Pro Tem, read the charter and presented the charter to Illustrious Companion Fentum. Right Illustrious Jordon Yelinek, Grand Orator gave an outstanding and inspiring Oration in honor of this event. His oration is printed in this month’s publication and is a must read. Right Illustrious Mark Harris Grand Soloist sang his heart out with an amazing rendition of “One Moment In Time”. Following the Charter Ceremony and after a wonderful lunch we attended an incredible conferral of the Super Excellent Master Degree. There were 51 Candidates and 100 plus in attendance including Cast and Support Staff (sound, lighting and Stage Crew). The Degree was made even more special with Music. Assistant Grand Organist Christopher A. Putnam, Grand Lodge of California added powerful support with his talented play. We also had songs by Right Illustrious Companion Mark Harris and Illustrious Companion Alberto Chavez, KYCH. Many thanks go to all who helped make this event so special. There are many to list in this article but I do have to thank two special people; Right Illustrious Companion Mark Harris and Illustrious Companion Bill Ellison KYCH were the organizers of this event. Their tireless efforts in the organization for the consecration of Sword and Trowel Council No. 65 and Super Excellent Master Degree made this day go smoothly. These two Companions are a shining example to all Masons and their work in the Craft has no bounds. When you have a moment, thank them for their work (past, present and future) in our Gentle Craft. Once again Lady Janet and I traveled the state representing Companions for the Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California. We attended receptions in Fairfield, Alameda, South San Francisco, Eureka, Yuba City, and Sacramento. We had the occasion to attend a special event at the Scottish Rite in San Diego, with Most Excellent Companion Rick Baskin KYGCH, Grand High Priest Royal Arch Masons of California and Venerable Master of San Diego Scottish Rite and Lady Barb. The dinner was in honor of the York Rite and was a wonderful display of how Unity is the strength in Masonry. After the Scottish Rite Event in San Diego; we left for Arizona to represent you and the Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California at the Arizona Grand York Rite Sessions. Yes, this was a special month and a perfect example of Masonic Communication and Unity.

Hope to see all ya’ll soon. God Bless, William E. Price KYGCH Most Illustrious Grand Master

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Ceremony of Constitution Sword and Trowel Council No. 65 Saturday 27 August 2016 A.D., 3016 A. Dep. Jordan T. Yelinek, PIM 2016-2017 Grand Orator

Grand Master The origin of the Cryptic degrees is shrouded in obscurity, and has given rise to much controversy. Some contend that the degrees of Royal and Select Master were conferred as early as 1766 in Albany, NY. We know that the Cryptic degrees were introduced in 1783 to Charleston, SC, where they were declared to have their origin in Europe and were side degrees of the Rite of Perfection – which later grew, in South Carolina, into the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite that we know today. Cryptic Masonry, as a coherent and connected system, commences with the year 1818, and that it owes its present existence to the zeal of Jeremy L. Cross. Cross received the degree of Select Mason from Philip P. Eckle at Baltimore in May of 1817, and sometime in 1818 received the Royal Master Mason from Thomas Lownds and his associates, crafting a new system called Royal and Select Masters (which name came into existence sometime between May and August of 1818 based on letters patent issued by Cross). Jeremy Ladd Cross was a traveling ritualist and contemporary of Thomas Smith Webb, from whose work we derive the Blue Lodge degrees as practiced in most of the United States as a modification of the Prestonian Lectures. Cross was a native of Connecticut, and an active and influential figure in that Grand Lodge, but particular in early New England Masonry. From his influence the first Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters were set up in Connecticut in 1819. Earlier this year, I was privileged to attend the awarding of a 50 year pin to a Brother of a Lodge in Connecticut, and in the ceremony it said: “Each Mason gives of his substance; many give also of their time; while others add loyalty and steadfast devotion. But to all of us, our gentle Craft gives far more than we could give it in a lifetime of service. Today we pay tribute to the Fraternity which opened its portals to each of us, and made it possible for each of us to build our lives on the sublime principles it inculcates.” Let us celebrate that Fraternity now. In this room there are Councils that take every shape and form. There are social Councils, there are philanthropic and service oriented Councils, there are academically bent Councils and there are family oriented Councils. There are Councils built to fit each and every one of us. Though what causes us to rise beyond being a simple grouping of men into something greater, something beyond ourselves, is our ritual, it is our common connection to the past, and though it, to the future. There was an additional line from that 50 year ceremony in Connecticut that personally touched me: “May the joy of this moment abide with you always, and may you ever stand as you once stood in the northeast corner -- a just and upright Mason, worthy to be known as a son of God.” It is a striking charge that calls us forward, to be above reproach, to act so that we have no cause to be ashamed of ourselves. Let us, each one of us, commit in our hearts to being an agent of profound

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change in the world, through the collective actions our Craft and our own endeavors, and hold ourselves to that charge. In the years that follow, when this Council is called together and we have each long passed the mortal veil, may those who follow us gather here again, having committed ourselves today to making a profound difference in the world around us, that they may say we were are all worthy to be known as sons of God.

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An Historic Event, a Pleasurable Event and a “Foolish” Event All in One Day Companions, at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in San Francisco this past Saturday, August 27th, I had the great honor and pleasure of witnessing and participating in the presentation of the Charter and the Installation of Officers of our newest Council, the “Sword and Trowel Council” of Union City. This is truly a great thing and those who stepped forward to make this happen, from conception to its culmination on Saturday, are worthy of our commendations. The officers of the new council are very capable and are committed to its success. Wouldn’t it be good to have others follow! Thank you again MEC Edgar Fentum. On that same day, I also had the pleasure (I think) of not only being a candidate for, and thus watching the Super Excellent Master Degree, but also participating in the degree. I was tasked with entertaining the King. There was no script for that particular part so I had to wing it and try to come up with something that might work for the circumstance. I ultimately decided on a comedic part rather than some serious recitation or song. Thus I made a “fool” of myself in the performance of a “Jester”. It took a couple days to find/ edit/ revise/compose the script (lyrics) which I used from various musicals, recitations, movies, etc. regarding court jesters of old. Anyway, it came together the night before, thus my apologies for the “cheat sheet”. But I hope I delivered it in such a manner that the cheat sheet didn’t detract from the delivery, and that everyone enjoyed it. It was just a small part (thank God) and, after the fact, I think I enjoyed it too. Upon reflection during the drive home, I decided that I too must echo the accolades conferred at the time upon the cast and crew(s) responsible for putting together such a production, and perhaps a good venue in which to get the word out to more companions is the Sword and Trowel publication. So, for the administration and production, Companions Mark Harris, Bill Ellison, Dave Glass, Tom Krummel and Edgar Fentum, to name a few, deserve a huge THANK YOU. Please forgive me as I probably left some of you out, but not knowing all involved, these people were more visible and readily came to mind. For the many other companions in the cast, Thank You for your commitment to take on the respective parts, memorize the work, participate in practices and deliver it as you did Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed it. We all know what kind of overall effort and tremendous detail it takes to do a production such as this. Well done, good and faithful servants! Very Respectfully, Bill Dann Grand Principal Conductor of the Work I was thrilled to be a part of this event.

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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 Humour is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours, controlled human health and emotion. People of all ages and cultures respond to humour. Most people are able to experience humour—be amused, smile or laugh at something funny. Now I know why I hear all the chuckles on the sidelines when I do ritual. Please remember, no matter where we are or where we have been, we always leave a little of us behind and they will always remember, there goes a Mason, maybe if I go more places, I will lose weight.

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Cryptic History Albert G. Mackey, M.D. in 1897. Comment: To give our Council Members the knowledge and better understanding of our degrees, Royal Master and Select Master and on occasion the Super Excellent Master Degree, we retreat to our ancient brethren for their knowledge and understanding. We now have the knowledge that the Council Degrees should come before the Chapter Degrees if we were conferring our degrees chronologically but as we all know that does not happen nor should it happen. Through knowledge, the great object of Masonic Study we expand our knowing of our Ancient Craft and become better than we were yesterday. It is hoped, with these articles and the use of our School of Instructions we do not attempt to become better than everyone else, but to become better than we were yesterday. Apron: (1860) “The apron of a Royal Master is black, lined and edged with red, triangular in form in allusion to the sacred delta”. Note: It is not until we examine the 1900 ritual for the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Intl, where in an optional apron lecture for the Select Master

The Triple Triangle: The triple triangle is one of the oldest symbols of mystical science. It is perhaps better known as the Pentalpha, from the Greek “pente”, “five", and “Alpha”, the first letter of the Greek alphabet, whose form is precisely that of the English letter “A”. It is so called because its peculiar configuration presents the appearance of that letter in five different positions. In the school of Pythagoras it was adopted as the symbol of health, and each of the five salient points was represented by one of the five letters of the Greek word YTEIA "health." Hence the Pythagoreans placed it at the beginning of their epistles as a form of salutation. The early Christians referred it to the five wounds of the Saviour, because, when properly inscribed upon the representation of a human body, the five points will respectively extend to and touch the side, the two hands, and the two feet. Among the Druids the figure of the pentalpha was worn on the shoes as a symbol of the Deity, and they esteemed it as a sign of safety, It was drawn on cradles, thresholds, and especially on stable doors, in order to keep away wizards and witches, and has been used even at the present day as a protection against demoniacal powers, and is probably the origin of the well-known superstition of the horseshoe among the lower orders. Thus Aubrey, the antiquary, says that “it is a thing very common to nail horseshoes on the thresholds of doors, which is to hinder the power of witches that enter into the house.” The mediaeval Freemasons considered it a symbol of deep wisdom, and it is found among the architectural ornaments of most of the ecclesiastical edifices of the middle ages. It is, in Masonic symbology, sometimes called the “Shield of David” and sometimes the "Seal of Solomon” and is said to have been inscribed, with the tetragraramaton in the center, upon the celebrated Stone of Foundation. But as a Masonic symbol it peculiarly claims attention from the fact that it forms the outlines of the five-pointed star, which is typical of the bond of brotherly love that unites the whole fraternity, and alludes, therefore, to the five points of fellowship. It is in this view that the pentalpha or triple triangle is referred to in the Royal Master's degree, as representing the intimate union that existed between our three Ancient Grand Masters, and which is commemorated by the living pentalpha at the closing of every Royal Arch Chapter.

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The Broken Square: the Square, containing four equal sides and four equal angles, is the most perfect figure in geometry. Hence in Masonry it is the universally acknowledged symbol of perfection. And as that condition of perfection was so pre-eminently exhibited in the mystical union of our three Grand Masters, whose Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty devised, erected, and adorned the temple, so the Broken Square, by the dismemberment of the perfect figure, is emblematic of that imperfection and loss which ensued upon the untimely death of one of the three. If, therefore, the Triple Triangle is peculiarly appropriate to the Royal Arch, as symbolic of the perfect union of the Illustrious Three, so is the Broken Square equally appropriate to the Royal Master, as symbolic of the unhappy dissolution of that union by death. The Broken Square is preeminently the symbol of this degree.

How High is the Water, It’s Four Feet High and Rising By now you have heard or watched the news about the flooding in the area in and around Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Baton Rouge Scottish Rite had over four feet of water. Most of the masonic lodges in the area have suffered flooding. They have brothers who are without homes, cars, clothes, food, work places, churches and do not know what today or tomorrow will bring - many have lost almost everything. As the water begins to go down slowly, we need to remember who we are as masons. Caring for each other, offering assistance and stretching forth that hand of charity. The Supreme Council is placing an appeal nation-wide that will very likely result in financial contributions and offers to assist in many ways. This is an appeal from me to our members in California to help, aid and assist. All donations (small or large) should be made payable and sent to the Louisiana Scottish Rite Foundation, PO Box 64 in Shreveport, LA 71161 and that it is noted for "Flood Relief. If you know of any brothers living in the Baton Rouge area that may need assistance - let me know and I will pass the name(s) to them. Thanks in advance for your assistance. Frank Loui Sovereign Grand Inspector General in California Supreme Council, 33º | Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ, USA 2850 19th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94132-1602 (415) 664-6401 office (415) 664-6402 fax (415) 609-8839 mobile frankloui@aol.com

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Contact Information Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons: Most Illustrious Companion, William E. Price, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California (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, please call upon us.

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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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Pictures The following are pictures of our new Council, Sword and Trowel Council No. 65

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Super Excellent Master Degree, Saturday, August 27, 2016

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Sacramento/Auburn/Folsom/Alameda Reception

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Ish Sodi award to Michael Johnson Butt #50 Illustrious Master of the Year Dept. #4

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Yuba City/Sutter York Rite reception

Northern California York Rite Assoc. 8/19/2016 in Eureka

Arizona Grand York Rite sessions

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San Diego Scottish dinner honors the York Rite

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Peninsula/San Francisco/Palo Alto York Rite picnic/ reception

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Alameda York Rite Reception

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Fairfield Reception

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A monthly publication by the Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California