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Table of Contents Vision Statement A New Beginning Appreciation And we have Medals Appearance Matters Change Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation Scholarships Contact Information Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons ........ Grand Recorder ............................................. Website .......... ............................................. Pictures Grand York Rite Session May 2017 ............... Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation Bunch of Flyers

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A New Beginning Companions, Grand York Rite Sessions for 2017 are finished, I am proud to have been elected and installed as your Illustrious Grand Master; I’m working on getting my feet under me and getting to work. Let’s take a look at where we are, where we are going and how we are going to get there. Membership development and retention has been and will always be our main focus. The making of quality companions should be the number one duty of every Council. In order for our fraternity to grow we must have interesting and informative activities and programs both in and outside of our Councils to keep the brothers that we have initiated. Constituent Councils must provide quality programs in order to keep our current members interested in attending. Educational programs that include Masonic and non-Masonic topics can be used to encourage our brothers to attend their Councils. The effect of losing members for non-payment of dues can offset any membership gains. NPD’s have been the difference between a gain in our membership and a net loss. With just a little effort by the members of the Council in speaking to those who are in risk of being suspended, we can make a difference. A phone call rather than a letter is a much more personal way of communication. The on-line Sword and Trowel Newsletter is published monthly to bring information and educational materials to you. Use it at your stated meetings under communications. Masonic ritual defines our values in relationship to God, our neighbor and our own nature. We are creatures of habit and all ritual is repetitive communication. Hearing the same words and seeing the same actions over and over gives us new insights and interpretations depending on our circumstances, moods or location at the time. The effort put into ritual is obvious to anyone seeing it. When candidates and companions see that effort, they realize they are seeing something important and will appreciate our beautiful York Rite. Do your best work Companions! Mentorship is vital. New candidates know there is something vital here and want to be a part of it. They may have not yet subdued the passion of pride, and be willing to ask questions or volunteer service. It is up to our more seasoned members to guide, encourage and inspire. This is what men want! This is your role! While they may be called Master Masons, they know they do not know it all, but may be unwilling to expose weakness or ignorance. Gently guide them you PIMs. The younger generation and your fraternity need you. Finally for this edition, I wish to thank all of my friends and companions up and down this great state for entrusting me with the leadership of our beloved Cryptic Masonry. I promise to do my duty to the absolute best of my ability. And look forward to making many new friendships and renewing many old ones. Sincerely & Fraternally, Most Illustrious Companion Lee P. Whelan, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California

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Appreciation Companions, If you were unable to attend Grand Sessions this year, you missed another successful one. I wish to again extend my appreciation to Most Illustrious Companion Bill Price, JUNIOR PAST ILLUSTRIOUS GRAND MASTER for his very successful year. Bill was fortunate to be able to preside over and accomplish several “firsts” and, unfortunately, had to resolve a couple unsavory issues which sometimes come with the job. Bill and his lovely Lady, Janet, were also able to travel to the Grand Sessions of many other states where they represented us very well. Well done good and faithful servant(s)……! I want to extend my congratulations and support to our new Grand Master, the Most Illustrious Lee Whelan. Lee is hard working, capable and will continue to carry the torch for the York Rite; and particularly for the “purple” people. We will again be well served and well represented. Lee, I stand ready to assist you to the best of my ability. However, I pray for your continued well-being and that you keep that Suburban in the proper lane during your travels; i.e. finish your term – I am absolutely in no rush…..haha! S & F, R.I. Bill Dann, Deputy Grand Master

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And we have Medals GENERAL GRAND COUNCIL CRYPTIC MASONS INTERNATIONAL AWARDS COMPANION OF THE SECRET VAULT Raymond D. Godeke Orange County Council No.14 Cleveland Valrey Oakland Council No. 12 Arthur H. Walton San Jose Council No. 20 CRYPTIC MASON OF THE YEAR Butte Council No. 50

Robert A. Morrison

ADULT LEADERSHIP AWARD Omega Council No. 11

David J. Williams

LADY OF THE COUNCIL Lady Susan Alderete GRAND COUNCIL CRYPTIC MASONS OF CALIFORNIA AWARDS GRAND MASTER OF ISH SODI AWARD Eric Bertolli Omega Council No. 11 John E. Bickerstaff H. Edward Barr’s Oasis Council No. 64 Scott R. Colcord Oakland Council No. 12 John L. “Dusty” Deryck Gateway Council No. 13 James D. Feezel San Diego Council No. 23 Michael D. Johnson Butte Council No. 50 Neal N. Leonard San Diego Council No. 23 Christian G. Marano San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 David W. Studley Sonora Council No. 5 Jordan T. Yelinek Sword and Trowel Council No. 65 Illustrious Master for the State

RECORDER OF THE YEAR Marysville Council No. 3

Tony G. Stone

DISTINGUISHED MEMBERSHIP AWARD Omega Council No. 11 Sacramento Council No. 1

Eric Bertolli Joseph K. Dongo

MEMBERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD H. Edward Barr’s Oasis Council No. 64 Omega Council No. 11

Enrique Moya Simon A. McIlroy Ritualist Ritualist Ritualist Ritualist Ritualist Ritualist Ritualist Ritualist Ritualist Ritualist

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RITUALIST OF Randy W. Billingsley Michael E. Biesen Anthony T. Yuson Brandon H. Duenas John “Dusty” Deryck George R. Lester Mike L. Szepfalvi Ron E. Presser Brandon M. Cook Stephen E. Alderete

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THE YEAR King Solomon’s Council No. 29 Pacific Council No. 37 King Solomon’s Council No. 29 San Jose Council No. 20 Gateway Council No. 13 Bakersfield Council No. 28 Bakersfield Council No. 28 Omega Council No. 11 Orange County Council No. 14 Valley Council No. 27

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Resolution Resolution Resolution Resolution Resolution

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RESOLUTIONS Bring uniformity to the ritual, installations & ceremonies Expand list of officers who can vouch for a candidate at a Festival Change the investigative protocol for an out-of-state Mason Change number of members to open Council to conduct business Suspend the charter of a Council for failure to pay Per Capita

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Emergent Resolutions End Grand Council’s membership in General Grand Council Amend Constitution regarding membership in Gen Gr Council

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Appearance Matters I had an unusual experience at the Grand Sessions in Bakersfield, mostly of my own making, that I’d like to share with you. As the date for Sessions was approaching I was busy being the Master of my lodge and other obligations to the York Rite bodies that I belong to. I had gathered the different color jackets and uniform paraphernalia of the three bodies to which I have dais officer duties and prepared to take it all. Then on the day of leaving, I realized that the diamond pin I was to present to the Most Illustrious Past Grand Master was still in the safe deposit box, where it had been stored for a year in safekeeping. Well, we’d just have to go out of our way to get it on our way, and then realized the bank was closed that day. A hundred solutions flashed through my mind, including driving back to the Bay Area from Bakersfield on Monday to get it. OK, but as a backup, I’d buy one on eBay or amazon as a replacement, but it didn’t arrive on time. Monday begins with the Grand Commandery and as an Inspector, I was asked to assist with the arch of steel for the public opening. Decision time; wear the purple coat for our introduction or the uniform for the arch of steel honors. Feeling a greater obligation to the Commandery at the time and considering that I would not be missed in a group of purple coats, I choose to wear my uniform with sword and chapeau. Turned out, I was bumped at the last minute from the arch detail but hadn’t enough time to run back to the room for my purple coat and sat and stewed over my decision, later to learn that my obligation to our Grand Line of Cryptic Officers was far more important than a temporary duty and in future I WILL be in purple jacket. Lesson learned. However, the 10-hour drive back and forth to the bay area to get the jewel from the safe deposit box was considered out of the question. Tuesday began with the Grand Chapter and Most Excellent Baskin held a fine session getting through the business in an orderly fashion. The hospitality rooms were lively and offered food and drink and good conversations for all who entered. I had certain duties to assist in the service of these rooms and felt proud that I had remembered to bring my custom apron along with my engraved corkscrew, gifts from ME Bill and Janet, and felt happy about that. Remember, my mindset was to bring everything I would need to these sessions and consider my choices. Finally, on Wednesday, our day of celebrating the color purple and watching our Grand Master Price, and my Masonic Dad, “illustrate the moral principles of our order and hold in due veneration the ancient Landmarks” had arrived. I was so anxious to perform my assigned duties as the Grand Sentinel before I realized that I would be sitting outside the Assembly guarding the door and would miss most of the business, such is the nature of the job. Right about this time I began to think about the installation and suddenly remembered that I didn’t bring my tuxedo among all of the clothing apparel I’d brought. More options flashing through my mind and while conferring with my wife, who had also forgot to pack a formal dress for the night, I remembered a saying my proficiency coach told me long ago, “It doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside, it’s what’s in your heart that matters.” But, just for appearances, I bought a purple bow tie. Now comes the time for presentations to the newly crowned PAST Grand Master Price, when his appointed ‘Son’ would present him with the diamond pin. Thinking that the ritual of presenting was important, I borrowed a MEPGM pin to symbolically give to my Masonic father, then afterward, returned it to the rightful owner. But what of this hollow feeling deep in my heart that I had failed, in my responsibility to the Grand Council, forgetting my tux, and not getting this very important symbol of my appreciation to my father, on his most important day, from the safe deposit box in advance. In conclusion, I had a very good time in Bakersfield among my Masonic Brothers, the sessions were fruitful, the food was good, and the conversations better, and I learned some pretty valuable lessons in life. Appearances are important to others and show respect, truthfulness is vital in everything we do, and the love in our hearts for our fellow man lives longer than any article of clothing. Sincerely & Fraternally, Right Illustrious Companion Guy M. Chalmers, KYCH Grand Steward, Cryptic Masons

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Change It was my pleasure to again meet and renew our friendship and brotherly love. I am happy to be Grand Chaplin of the North and will endeavor to do my best in representing Grand Council Cryptic Masonry of California. We, Cryptic Masonry, are important and represent some of the best degrees in Masonry. We tell of one, whom is important in Freemasonry, the day before his death. I have heard many phases attached to Cryptic Masonry and we are not a pass-through degree on our way in becoming a Knight Templar. Each Entity within the Structure of Freemasonry is important and stands on its own foundation; a foundation of rock, not of sand. Royal Arch Masonry is very important to the foundation of York Rite, as is Cryptic Masonry, and Knight Templars. If you look at the Degrees in an actual or chronological order, the order is completely different from the order in which we received our degrees, Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, Master Masons, and etc. The chronological order would be:        

Fellowcraft Mark Master Select Master Royal Master Master Mason two sections of the Royal Most Excellent Master Super Excellent Master Royal Arch Mason

-Philosophy of a Fellowcraft; -On being a Fellowcraft, Work on the Temple; -The three Grand Masters make the deposit; -The day prior to the death of Hiram Abif: -The death of Hiram Abif (The death of Hiram Abif takes place between the Master Degree.); -The completion and dedication of the Temple; -The destruction of the Temple/The fall of Judah; -The Return of the Jews to Jerusalem and etc.

Look and read again the above paragraph, we are not a pass though degree on the way in becoming a Knight Templar, we are primary in the Hiramic Legend. The Entrance or Entry or Opening to becoming a Cryptic Mason is though Royal Arch and on becoming a Cryptic Mason you can now open the door to Knight Templar, three Steps, Royal Arch, Cryptic Mason, and Knight Templar. During the next year I will again talk about the 3-legged stool and its benefits of ritual, programs, and activities. Chapter has made changes to its Ritual Staff and Commandery has passed significant changes in its ritual staff; all the positions of ADR’s was eliminated and Inspectors now report directly to the Inspector General. Why are these changes important? And the one word answer is “Ritual”. Read the Director of Ritual Report for the year 2016 and in part: “Much as in past years, the following factors are affecting the quality of ritual and tactics, statewide: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Declining membership and participation. (we now have less than 3,000 Knights in California) Commanderies holding only four or six meetings per year, with no additional practice time. Too many Sir Knights hold multiple roles in Masonic organizations, especially across York Rite Bodies. Many members of the Ritual Staff also hold multiple positions – many are on ritual staff for two or three of the York Rite Bodies, some are Grand Lodge Inspectors as well, and have not found the time to devote to teaching our ritual and tactics. 5. Many existing members are apathetic regarding the need for tactics and memory work to be done well, and about showing up for stated conclaves – even when they are officers in their Commandery. State of our Ritual and Tactics: Sir Knights, based upon the results of the recent Commandery Inspections, I must report, sadly, that we appear in significant trouble as a Grand Commandery, regarding our ritual and tactics. While many Commanderies did well in inspection, too many did very poorly, and several were not even able to meet for inspection. At least one Commandery actually did its inspection with all of the officers reading their parts. The quality of the conferral work being done is fair to good. The quality of the work seems to have stagnated as a whole, with fewer Commanderies showing improvement, and many getting worse.

What about Council, this is a Council Newsletter and nothing is being said about Council. Well, maybe Council will change and hopefully change is coming. Why is this Article under “Change” being so blunt. If we go and read the “Director of Ritual” report for Chapter, Council, and Commandery for the years 2016, 2015, Sword & Trowel

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2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, …, same words are used, sometimes arranged a little different. Gossip from around the Councils, well this is just a phase we are going though, all clubs are having problems, Elks, Rotary, Moose, …, all clubs may have problems, but we are not a club, we are a fraternity. How long does a phase last, we have been going downhill longer than a California drought. We must become a true extension of the “Blue Lodge”, do our Ritual Work from memory; our Councils must have activities (fun) and programs within the community to support. Blue Lodges have monthly School of Instruction where all officers must attend, why can we not: 1. Quarterly School of Instructions per Department and in many cases we can combine departments for School of Instruction. 2. Semi-annual School of Instructions: a. Southern California, b. Central California, and c. Northern California. Sincerely and Fraternally, Companion Richard E. Thornton, KCT, KYCH

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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. All donations to CMMRF should be addresses to either: Fred J. 'Tiny' Potter 345 Otono Ct. Camarillo, CA 93012-6822 OR: CMMRF P.O. Box 1489 Nashville, IN 47448-1489 Please do not send donations to Ken Hope Grand Council of California 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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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 157th Most Illustrious Companion Lee P. Whelan, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons Riverside Council No. 59 & Teresa Right Illustrious Companion William S. Dann, KYCH Deputy Grand Master Pacific Council No. 37 & Anne Most Illustrious Companion Robert A. L. Whitfield, MIPGM GRAND TREASURER Oakland Council No. 12 & Genie

Right Illustrious Companion Eduardo Estrada, KYCH Grand Principal Conductor of the Works Omega Council No. 11 & Natasha Most Illustrious Companion Kenneth G. Hope, HMIPGM GRAND RECORDER Shekinah Council No. 35 & Sonny

Most Illustrious Companion William E. Price, MIPGM GRAND DIRECTOR OF RITUAL California Council No. 2 & Janet Right Illustrious Companion Richard E. Thornton, KCT, KYCH GRAND CHAPLAIN (North) Stockton Council No. 5 & Cara

Right Illustrious Companion Bruce E. Hudson, KYCH GRAND CHAPLAIN (South) Omega Council No. 11

Right Illustrious Companion Robert A. Morrison, KYCH GRAND CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD Shasta Council No. 6 & Pauline

Right Illustrious Companion Peter G. Champion, KYCH GRAND CONDUCTOR OF THE COUNCIL San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 & Janice

Right Illustrious Companion Guy M. Chalmers, KYCH GRAND STEWARD Redwood Empire Council No. 46 & Jeanne Right Illustrious Companion Harold D. Kennedy, KYCH GRAND ORATOR Alhambra Council No. 25 Right Illustrious Companion Efren D. Prado, KYCH GRAND MARSHAL (North) King Solomon's Council No. 29 Right Illustrious Companion K. Mark Harris GRAND SOLOIST Oakland Council No. 12 Right Illustrious Companion Jeffrey A. White, KYCH GRAND BIBLE BEARER Pacific Council No. 37 & Lisa

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Right Illustrious Companion Michael T. Sherman, KYCH GRAND SENTINEL Helix Council No. 58 Right Illustrious Companion David J. Williams, KYCH ASSISTANT GRAND RECORDER Omega Council No. 11 & Nataly Right Illustrious Companion Ronald W. Alcorn III, KYCH GRAND MARSHAL (South) Alhambra Council No. 25 Right Illustrious Companion Arthur H. Walton, KYCH GRAND MUSICIAN San Jose Council No. 20 Right Illustrious Companion Robert Gibb, KYCH GRAND STANDARD BEARER Riverside Council No. 59 & Elizabeth

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Pictures The three BIG Amigo’s

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Grand York Rite Session May 2017

Most Illustrious Companions Past Grand Masters Cryptic Masons of California Robert Whitfield KYGCH, David Chesebro KYGCH, and William Price KYGCH

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Most Illustrious Companion W. Joseph Ryland Past Grand Master Cryptic Masons

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Most Illustrious Companion Brett A. MacDonald KYGCH, Past Grand Master Cryptic Masons Right Illustriou Companion Peter Champion KYCH, Grand Conductor of the Council Most Illustrious Companion Lee Whelan, KYGCH, Grand Master Cryptic Masons California Sword & Trowel

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? ? Past Grand Master California Frank Loui Most Illustrious Companion Raymond Godeke, KYGCH Past Grand Master Cryptic Masons

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Right Illustrious Companion Guy M. Chalmers, KYCH, Grand Sentinel Cryptic Masons Most Illustrious Companion Fred J. ‘Tiny’ Potter, MIPGM

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Excellent Companion Mariano A. Quinto, Jr. Grand Sentinel Right Excellent Companion Anthony T. Yuson KYCH, Grand King

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Most Illustrious Companion Robert Whitfield, KYGCH, Past Grand Master Cryptic Masons, Grand Treasurer & Genie

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Right Illustrious Companion Joseph K. Dongo, KYCH Grand Marshal (North), Cryptic Masons Right Illustrious Companion Eduardo Estrada, KYCH Grand Principle Conductor of the Work Cryptic Masons Most Illustrious Companion Brett A. MacDonald KYGCH, Past Grand Master Cryptic Masons

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Most Illustrious Companion Lee Whelan, KYGCH, Grand Master Cryptic Masons California Most Illustrious Companion William Price, KYGCH, Past Grand Master Cryptic Masons California

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Center: Most Illustrious Companion William Price, KYGCH, Past Grand Master Cryptic Masons California Most Illustrious Companion Robert Whitfield, KYGCH, Past Grand Master Cryptic Masons California

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