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Table of Contents Vision Statement Communication & Unity Grand Gibberish Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation Scholarships Contact Information Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons ........ Grand Recorder ............................................. Website ........... ................................................. Grand Council of Cryptic Masons Officers Pictures Humor CMMRF News Bulletin Sessions Time

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Vision Statement

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Communication & Unity Companions, Only two months to go before I leave office and move on to other endeavors. I had hoped I could have made a greater impact on the Craft, but I honestly did my best but ran out of time. We have done a great deal and I am truly confident that the officers to follow will do a great job and continue what we have started with your cooperation. Communication and unity is vital to our organization and our current social media is a great way to keep in touch and disseminate information to all the companions. This newsletter needs tons more articles and information. Remember this is our newsletter not mine. Campion Richard does a great job with what he receives and I know there is far more we can do to help make to the best newsletter in America. Articles, papers, pictures, fliers or nay contribution you may think of. Send them in we will look them over. As for Inspectors, ADRs and Department Grand Officers, promote this newsletter to the councils under your care, the more information the better. Invite local lodges to dinner or functions; invite other councils to join in degrees, dinner or functions. Remember we are all brothers, companions and sir knights. Don’t forget our web site, this is a fountain of information. For council officers, especially recorders, go to forms & documents for all the information you need to run your council and all the proper paperwork you need to submit to the Grand office. Go to the information bar and peruse the wealth of information on this site. You can also post your events on the web site such as flyers, degrees specials meetings, etc. I mentioned visits by our grand officers and ritual staff. This is one area we need to work on. Our companions have to know who we are and when we appear at our councils they know we care, especially if we make our visits meaningful. When we visit bring information with you, talk about our history, promote our charity but don’t come empty handed. Continue to improve and make this 300th year of Masonry a starting point for our growth to greater heights. Hope to see ya’ll soon. God Bless, William E. Price KYGCH Most Illustrious Grand Master

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Grand “Behold how good and great it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” I would add ‘Harmony’. Spreading “brotherly love, unity, and harmony is a great goal that we ought to share with all our masonic brethren. I had the great opportunity to accompany, Most Illustrious Grand Master, Bill Price and Right Illustrious Grand Steward Peter Champion on March 18th to attend the “Most Illustrious Prince Hall Cryptic Council Grand Assembly. We were there as California Cryptic Masons to extend official recognition to Prince Hall Cryptic Masons. We were welcomed warmly and received officially. I was deeply moved when the Prince Hall Cryptic Council Masons unanimously voted to recognize California Cryptic Masons. This was a great day for Cryptic Masonry! The lessons and wisdom of Cryptic Masonry, exemplified by the example of our three Most Excellent Grand Masters is being applied. I had the great privilege and honor to represent California Cryptic Masons in my official capacity as Grand Soloist. I sang two songs that I felt were befitting the occasion. The first song was, “One Moment In Time” and the second was “People.”

Gibberish Conversation: “You are right and as you know I am trying to shake the Grand Council and create a newold Grand Council. We have to do something or York Rite will disappear. We must begin to bring back the 3-legged stool, i.e., ritual, programs, and activities. Using Van Nuys as an example; they have the 3-legged stool and more: Ritual & drill team, feeding homeless, & dinner prior to meetings. They also participate in the 4th of July Parade in Newhall. We (York Rite) are down to less than 4,000 Companions and Sir Knights; and pretty soon 3,000 and then 2,000 and then we raise per-capita again. Specifically, in 2001 we had 5,687 Companions / Sir Knights; ending in 2011 we had 3,821, by this rate we will hit 2,000 soon. (These are the last reported council figures; the last reported Commandery figures for 2015 was 3,033 Sir Knights). Many Councils hold four (4) meetings a year and this is not conducive to growth and development of leadership. Statement made by the Grand Recorder in 2001 “Even with 4 meetings per year, 30% of our Councils are having trouble generating enough qualified officers to serve as Illustrious Masters. This is not a healthy trend and must be reversed.” Sword & Trowel

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We must begin with our progressive line Grand Officers; we must get them out of their “safe” zones and into Councils, within their Departments & outside of their Departments. Sonora will soon fold which will be finalized by Sessions and Modesto will probably follow. All progressive Grand Officers must become well known within Cryptic Masonry of California, very few Companions know who in the hell who are the Grand Officers. When first appointed to the Grand Line, with assistance, I made a list of all the Council’s to visit within the first year, then the following year, & so forth. Make a Plan, any Plan, a one line plan, but a plan and then act upon it. We, the Dias Officers & all Companions must show Cryptic Masonry is “worth” the effort, has something to offer to York Rite. Currently we read from a book, if we have enough Companions to open, listen to the minutes, pay our bills, and go home. What I really have trouble with, nobody knows the ritual, not the memorization part but knowing the ritual and this has been stated by Ritual Directors for the last 8 years. Ritual is fun, establishing a meaning behind the ritual is fun. “I find the number three times nine”; actually have a couple of meanings. We only have nine arches and only three could work on an arch, thus twenty-seven (currently we have fourteen arches). Another meaning, historically, a council could only consist of twenty-seven Companions, currently we have problems getting enough Companions to open a Council of Cryptic Masons. If each of us would make an effort to participate in our Council gatherings, a gathering before or after our assembly, maybe with a speaker or a companion rises and talks about what he does or his favorite subject. During the assembly, makes an effort to participate, learn the ritual, notice how and what the officers are doing and be prepared to step into the line. You do not have to know the ritual word for word, remember, your brain works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, never, ever goes off-line except during ritual. The reason God created me is to have a laugh every now and then, especially when I attempt to do ritual and God I am good at making Him laugh. These questions are tough question but many of our Councils do not meet often and ritual is lacking; you as Grand Officer, Assistant Director of Ritual, Inspector are needed on the Front Line. Do not sit back in the Officers Lounge dusting crumbs off of your Apron saying back in our day … Volume 4 No. 11

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1. When was the last time you, as Department Grand Officer assisted in organizing a School of Instruction and/or visited all the Councils within your Department? 2. When was the last time you, as Assistant Director of Ritual assisted in organizing a School of Instruction and/or visited all the Councils with your Cryptic Arch? 3. When was the last time you, as Inspector held a School of Instruction or visited all the Councils in your Cryptic Arch? With permission from Illustrious Grand Master William Price, KYGCH when requesting articles for our newsletter, Sword and Trowel and this request was made not to embarrass you but too diversify the articles contained in the Sword and Trowel. It was desired to widen our scope but more importantly widen our reach of access to Companions. The primary purpose of the Sword and Trowel is a Communication vehicle from Grand Officers to Companions. The past several years of publication we have received articles from the Illustrious Grand Master with very little and the emphasis here is very, very, very, very little communication from other Grand Officers of Cryptic Masons. Why the change, I have asked who will be the next Illustrious Grand Master and complete silence. To make it easier, name any Grand Officer and the name Bill Price was mention and another name Bob Whitfield. To be blunt, nobody knows who in the hell you are.

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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, greatgrandchildren 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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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? 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

Prince Hall Grand Sessions recognizing Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California. Pictured are, from left to right Right Illustrious Companion K. Mark Harris, Most Illustrious Grand Thrice Illustrious Master Bernard Roberts, Most Illustrious Grand Master Bill Price, and Right Illustrious Grand Steward Peter Champion

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Masonic Service Bureau Los Angeles, March 2017

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Grand Officers Cryptic Masonry Conference in Bakersfield

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And the Ladies – Conference in Bakersfield

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Kilbourn Council No. 9 Wisconsin and they are smiling

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Humor On their way to get married, a young Catholic couple is involved in a fatal car accident. The couple found themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates waiting for St. Peter to process them into Heaven and we know this can take some time and if they have a power outage the backlog will be months. While waiting, they began to wonder: Could they possibly get married in Heaven? When St. Peter showed up, they asked him. “Could we get married in Heaven?” St. Peter said, “I don’t know. This is the first time anyone has asked. Let me go find out” and he left. The couple sat and waited, and waited. Several months passed and the couple was still waiting. While waiting, they began to wonder what would happen if it didn’t work out; a divorce, does Heaven allow Divorces? After yet another month, St. Peter finally returned, looking somewhat bedraggled. “Yes,” he informed the couple, “You can get married in Heaven.” “Great!” said the couple, “But we were just wondering, what if things don’t work out? Could we also get a divorce in Heaven?” St. Peter, red-faced with anger, slammed his clipboard onto the ground. “What’s wrong?” asked the frightened couple. “OH, COME ON!” St. Peter shouted, “It took me over six months to find a priest up here! Do you have any idea how long it’ll take me to find a lawyer?” Yea, I know this is corny

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CMMRF News Bulletin

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