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Table of Contents Vision Statement Important Dates Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation Scholarships Complacency? News from ENGLAND Orange County Council No. 14 Colorado River Festival, Laughlin, Nevada San Bernardino Cryptic Council Degrees Omega Council No. 11 Table Council Van Nuys Alpha Council No. 39 Cryptic Masons Alameda Southwest York Rite Conference Battalion & Belles Vera Harper Memorial Contact Information Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons ........ Grand Recorder ............................................. Website .......... ............................................. Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Officers

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Important Dates Companions, This month we have three very important dates to remember and celebrate. The first is on November 8th, Election Day. The reason we need to celebrate this day is to remember this is a day that is one of our rights. We should all vote to celebrate the right we have that other countries don’t have. We the people are the government and if we don’t vote we give up one of the most important rights we have. Do some study and vote your convictions for who you think is right for the job and what proposition is best. VOTE. The other two important dates are Friday, November 11th and Tuesday, November 22nd. They are Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day. They go hand in hand in many ways. We celebrate our veterans for giving their service to defending our country and the rights we enjoy. These men and women have been defending us from the beginning of our nation, some have died in this noble endeavor. When you see a Veteran or an active duty service person shake their hand and thank them for their service. On Thanksgiving Day, thank our maker for all the good things that we have, for your family, for the rights you enjoy and the Veterans who protect you and our rights. Send a check to your favorite charity (Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation) or work at a homeless shelter. Chose a way to show how thankful you are if only to pray for others. One of the things I’m thankful for this year is being allowed to be your Representative this year and to travel all over to meet my family in Masonry.

Hope to see all ya’ll soon. God Bless, 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.

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Complacency? We should not have to motivate any member to attend a Convocation, Assembly, and/or Conclave or to progress or participate in degrees. That shouldn't even be the issue. If you don't attend, why did you join? If you don't recognize anyone because you very seldom attend how do you call them Brother, Companion or Sir Knight? Keep our standards high as they always have been. We are not a club. It is and should be an honor to all of us to be part of this ancient and honorable Fraternity. The Sword and Trowel, a publication of Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California, has published articles about York Rite and its fantastic growth in the Great State of California, North, South, and the Great Central Valley has participated in this fantastic revival. Some of the articles included the “Last York Rite Mason” and “3-Legged Stool”. By the most thoughtful geniuses in our state, calculation of this fantastic spurt will come to an end, November 2042. That is when the General Grand Council will relieve the Last York Rite Mason the burden of paying per-capita. How did this happen; was it a Top to Bottom, Bottom to Top movement, combination, or just complacency? How about Top to Bottom! No, that is not true; over the years we have Illustrious Grand Masters doing marvelous things, Grand Council Officers doing marvelous things, an Inspectoral Corps that is next to nothing so it must be a Bottom to Top thing. Our Illustrious Grand Master, as those in the past and those in the future, will be all over the State attending various functions promoting Cryptic Masons. Our Grand Council Officers, as those in the past and those in the future, will be all over the State attending various functions promoting Cryptic Masons. Our Inspectoral Corps is outstanding in their field. State is divided into Departments, headed by an Assistant Director of Ritual, with each Department divided into Arches with its own Inspector. The Inspector is well known within his Cryptic Arch, as is the Assistant Director of Ritual within his Department, helping Councils becoming more outstanding in Ritual. So it must be a COMPLACENCY thing. Low Dues + Cheap Meals + Reading of Minutes + paying Bills + go home = COMPLACENCY. Every time on a discussion of raising dues, a statement will be made, well no one will come. At this point I have outstanding news, look around, no one is here now. Let’s analyze the first paragraph: We should not have to motivate any member to attend a Convocation, Assembly, and/or Conclave or to progress or participate in degrees. This is a conversational sentence, as some has attended degrees and some have only attended the ones they had to attend. How did this come about? We have some York Rite Bodies able to do the degrees, some with help and others; the leg has fallen off of the “3-legged stool”. To attend a degree or as we now call them “festivals”, some of us must travel great distances to see the Chapter and Council Degrees and them go home. We have to come back another day and time to see the Commandery Orders. A lot a traveling back and forth or the correct wording should be forth and back. I was one of the lucky ones, the Chapter, Council, and Commandery to which I became a member accomplished their own degrees and orders but what about Masons in Fresno or other parts of the state, they must travel, actually become a “traveling” man. If you don't attend, why did you join? Maybe, pleasure of stating “I am a Mason”; a “York Rite Mason”; part of this “Great” Fraternity; some great reasons. If you don't recognize anyone because you very seldom attend how do you call them Brothers, Companions or Sir Knights? Excellent question to which only you can answer. Keep our standards high as they always have been. We are not a club. Our standards should be high, not only because we are not a club but part of an ancient, honorable fraternity with ritual and traditions. It is and should be an honor to all of us to be part of this ancient and honorable Fraternity. It is an Honor, an Honor to be a member of York Rite, an Honor to be Shriner, an Honor to be a Mason. If any of the above makes you mad, well that is excellent, glad it did, now let’s do something to fix it. The High Priest, Illustrious Master, and Eminent Commander must be able to sit on the stool. We cannot become a giver of titles, we must earn those titles.

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News from ENGLAND The Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of England, Wales and its Districts and Councils Overseas is based in Mark Master Mason’s Hall, 56, St James St. London. Four Councils received their charters from the Grand Council of New York. However, in order to incorporate the Most Excellent Master Degree it was also necessary to have the authority of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of New York. The Constitution as a sovereign body occurred in 1873. There are over 300 Councils in the U.K. and in other parts of the world. I was received and greeted in Carnarvon Council No 5 at Havant, near Portsmouth, England. It is now part of the District of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight with 11 Council. The R:. I:. District Grand Master, equivalent to an AGL in California, presides over the District. He has a full line of assistant Officers including a District Grand Secretary and Treasurer. (I:. Comp. Mark Harris A. G. L. – eat your heart out!) Carnarvon Council No 5 meets three times a year, on a Saturday at 2 p.m. when a degree is conferred. There were no Festivals and I received my degrees as a single candidate over a period of two years. I lived on the Isle of Wight and it required a ferry crossing across the Solent (sometimes rough and stormy) and train journey to attend. There were just two residents of the Isle of Wight who were Royal and Select Masters and we journeyed together for six years. At the end of the Assembly at Carnarvon Council No 5 there was an Afternoon tea and I recall drinking Toasts and raising my cup of tea! The Fire given after the Toast is: (Traced with the forefinger in front of the body) Point. Square. Triangle. Circle then count aloud ‘One.’ & ‘Two.’ Then clap * *** *** ***. The Council had just over 25 enthusiastic members and had I remained in the U.K. it would have taken me another six to seven years to preside as the ‘Thrice Illustrious Master’. The essential difference between California and England is that there are four degrees in England and conferred in the following order: Select Master, Royal Master, Most Excellent Master and Super Excellent Master. This sequence was adopted to adhere to the Biblical chronological order. The rituals are almost identical but lack the glamor of costumes and dramatic presentation found in California. The Super Excellent Master Degree takes about 25 minutes and has five active participants. The drama portrayed in California is explained by way of a lecture! Edgar W. Fentum K.Y.G.C.H. Illustrious Master Sword and Trowel Council No 65

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Orange County Council No. 14

On Monday September 26, 2016 Orange County Council #14 held a Council Degree Festival with 8 new Royal Arch Masons who passed the 9th arch. Along with this accomplishment, Council #14 was honored to have many a Companion from San Bernardino Council #27 and Riverside Council #59 make pilgrimage to participate and support in bestowing our Mystic Cryptic Degrees. Furthermore we were honored with the presence and contributions of many Grand Officers and the Past Grand Illustrious Master. It was impressive to see our Companions, both new to Council and Seasoned Veterans, work so beautifully together, many for the first time, in such harmony and steadfast purpose of making an indelible impression on our New Cryptic Companions. A true example of Unity....we are all blessed to have such a significant and worthwhile cause such as York Rite Masonry! Council #14 would like to again to thank our Officers, Grand Officers, Local Councils and all Cryptic Masons wherever dispersed for your continued efforts and dedication to offering to all our Fraternal Brothers more Masonic Light. Robert Wellington, Illustrious Master Orange County Council #14 Sword & Trowel

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Colorado River Festival, Laughlin, Nevada

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San Bernardino Cryptic Council Degrees

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Omega Council No. 11 Table Council Van Nuys

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Alpha Council No. 39 Cryptic Masons

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Alameda

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Vera Harper Memorial

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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) 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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