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Table of Contents Vision Statement ..... Inspirational Mentorship ..... Comptche Outdoor Degrees ..... Ramblings ..... Humor ..... Congratulations ..... Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation ..... Scholarships ..... Contact Information ..... Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons ........ Grand Recorder ............................................. Website .......... ............................................. Officers ..... Grand Council Cryptic Masons California ..... Pictures ..... Comptche Outdoor Degrees .......................... Ice Cream Social ..... San Jose Reception Saturday, July 15 ..... Awards, Saturday, July 15 ..... Northern CA York Rite Reception Saturday, July 22 . East Bay York Rite Reception Saturday, August 5 .... Annual Picnic & Reception Sunday, August 06 ..... Riverside Reception Saturday, August 19 ..... Annual Pilgrimage ..... Battalion & Belles Saturday, September 23 .....

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Inspirational Mentorship Companions, In June Issue of the Sword and Trowel I gave a broad overview of the issues and direction I would like to focus on this year. I intend to narrow the focus in the upcoming months and speak directly to each topic outlined. So, let’s talk about Inspirational Mentorship in this issue. I’ve previously said that pride may keep a young man from participating or committing himself to our lessons and culture. We need to overcome that pride by trust. Trust-that you as a mentor have the best intentions for his development and status. Yes status, everyone desires status, recognition and respect. We hear it in our Installation Ceremony. Its natural and everyone wants to be accepted as at least a peer, if not special. When a man completes our degrees, he sees a certain group of men organizing, performing ritual and taking control. He admires those men and aspires to be in that position. This is the time when his recommenders need to guide him and give him the straight story – there is no shortcut to respect. Respect is earned, over time, by achievement and results. This is Mentorship. We’ve all been let down by men for whom we’ve had high hopes. They’ve drifted away and become inactive. It’s tempting to lay the blame solely on them. They’re flakey, badge collecting magpies. They don’t commit. They require instant gratification. But Companions, I would posit that perhaps you should take some blame. Perhaps you are not inclusive enough, patient enough, trusting enough, clever enough. You’ve been burned before by pouring energy into a project man, and fate has wiped that effort away. You’ll just organize and perform as you’ve always done, counting only on yourself and those few who have your respect now. You’ll get the job done and maybe feel superior. This is lazy, weak and counterproductive. We are one fraternity on the level. No one of us is superior. Some of us are better trained, experienced and have been down productive paths. All with guidance. All with the advice of men we respected – Mentors. You must find ways to motivate, accommodate, and hopefully inspire in a thoughtful, considered and resolute manner. This is the example and impetus that our candidates need and deserve. Human beings learn and evolve by observation. At all times we should display the highest ideals of integrity and dedication. We should never gossip, complain, or cabal. Always positive–Always an example. If you do not develop the Leaders, Ritualists and Mentors of tomorrow – a part our fraternity will die when you do. We are the degrees of preservation. We are duty bound to preserve our excellent rite into the next generation. Sincerely & Fraternally, Most Illustrious Companion Lee P. Whelan, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California

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Comptche Outdoor Degrees Companions all: This letter is meant for the YR Bodies of the East Bay, but I am including a copy to Richard Thornton for the statewide bulletin: ______________ The 2017 Comptche Outdoor Degrees were very successful this year. I believe that we had a record number of Past Grand High Priests in attendance. We also were joined by several of the current Grand Chapter Officers, particularly Most Excellent Companion Randy Downey. Doric Chapter #66 had the responsibility of the Mark Master Degree, which was a opening hit with the several candidates in their later remarks. As you know, it takes a village to make a team come together. I would like to acknowledge the superb contributions of our High Priest Jose Larin (Master Overseer), his father-in-law Ernesto Lacayo (Junior Overseer), and Gerald Worgotter (Marshall). We had significant and outstanding support from one of our local Lodge Inspectors, EC Teddy Gardner, Jr. It helps to have blue chip performers like MEC Phil Hardiman, PGHP, EC Richard Wilson, & EC Joseph Dongo (all from Sacramento). MEC Steve Goad, our Grand Director of the Ritual, and EC Ray Broomfield drove up from Southern California to assist on this team. Finally, EC Ralph Nikolaus, the “Senior Warden”, joined us from Palo Alto. I was the degree director, and delivered the RW Master part of the degree. It all came together as well as I could have ever wished. Thank you, thank you, and thank you my Brothers and Companions. Ancient Chapter #36 (Pittsburg) delivered their usual unforgettable Royal Arch Degree. That was the culminating Degree of the day. The High Priest of the Ancient Chapter, EC Aaron Isaacson, should be proud of the performance of so many of his members, Tom Slivinski (3rd Veil), EC Teddy Gardner (Royal Arch Captain), Keith Parsons (his debut performance as 2nd Veil), REC Tony Yuson (Captain of the Host), EC Fred Baclig (Preview Lecture), and finally, the man himself, EC Lee Hasal, who delivered the looong Lecture. I was the Prompter for that Degree, and I can assure you that Lee did not miss or add one single word. We call him Frank Sinatra, because he makes a habit of these great performances, at 84 yrs young. Several Grand Chapter Officers were folded into the cast, with the Grand High Priest, Randy Downey, as Principle Sojourner, one of the most difficult roles of all Masonic degrees. Randy is one of the best ritualists in all of California, and I saw him have his anxiety moments prior to the start of this degree. His delivery, in the end, was superb, as usual. I wish each of you could experience Comptche. These degrees have been going on for 45 years. The setting is like no place else. You really need to mark this last weekend of June into your Calendar next year and join us. Most people tent, some bring RVs (a few), and others just sleep on the bed of their pickup. Some, this year, pitched a hammock between the trees. Many of the ladies opted to get a hotel room in Mendocino, 10 miles away next to the Ocean. You can get to the campsite in 20 minutes. You don’t need to pack any food or drinks, it is all there cooked and waiting for you at the various mealtimes. This is a good time to say ‘Thank-you’ to Guy & Jeannie Chalmers and Martin McKeay (& crew), who put in tremendous effort to clean, prepare, & cook everything during our weekend adventure. Most of all – Larry Tunzi – You make this happen my Brother. It all starts and ends with your generosity. I hope we continue to make your family, particularly your dad, looking down on us, proud that this tradition continues to his honor. One square mile of forestland privacy was all ours for the weekend. I have included some pictures for you to enjoy. Fraternally, Bob Whitfield, KYGCH East Bay York Rite PP

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Ramblings Rambling 1: I usually put bits and pieces of notes for articles on paper during the month(s) and try or attempt to try to put an article together using pieces of notes into a coherent piece that is both readable and understandable to a reader. Rambling 2: Is there a “Two-Legged Stool” no, and a Three-Legged Stool is a Farmer’s milking stool and I have also in my life picked Mississippi Cotton. Why a Two-Legged Stool, well it’s simple, I took a leg off of the Three-Legged Stool and threw it in the Trash; and the leg was “Ritual”. The three basic principles of “The Three-Legged Stool”; a) Ritual, b) Programs, and c) Activities; and looking at either a, b, or c, we ain’t very good at any one of them. Rambling 3: Elvis has left the building - “Yesterday I cried, Today I cried, and Tomorrow I will cry for I now know “ritual” has also left the building.” Rambling 4: A note from the past: I visited a Commandery holding its Conclave and in fact it was a Commandery I had not visited in several years. On this piece of paper I had several comments; “all the officers pulled out their book”; “officers did not know what to do”; etc. I talked to the Dias Officers and asked; you have been doing this for a while; you should at least be able to do the opening. The officer in the middle said and I quote “I do not have time for this ####, I am …” and continued for a time and I did not write down all that was said as I walked away. Rambling 5: Question: what would happen if during a blue lodge stated meeting, all the officers, Junior Deacon, Senior Deacon, Junior Warden, Senior Warden, and Master of the Lodge pulled out their “Blue Books” and read. Rambling 6: Is our Ship Sinking, No; is our Ship listing, Yea, is our Ship without a rudder and going helter skelter – Yea. Can this “going with the wind” be corrected, Yea. Rambling 7: Communications and Technology:   

Sword and Trowel is an attempt at Communications and to be honest we ain’t very good The web site of Grand York Rite of California is an attempt at technology and communications and again to be honest we ain’t very good. Example: secretaries & recorders should have the ability of online reporting and updating of Grand York Rite databases and we have nothing. Companions and Sir Knights should have the ability to communicate with another Companion or Sir Knight using their smart phone as attempts by our Grand Lodge and Ben Ali Shine Temple and again we have nothing.

Rambling 8: People are not interested in joining an organization because it is the right thing to do. Primary motivators are benefits for themselves, families, and the community in which they live. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves and want to make a difference and have a personal impact on it. Rambling 9: We must develop a plan of action to become an active member of our community. We need be more connected to our members and our communities with information of value, using whatever communication technology is available. We need to connect often and more transparently. We must learn how to communicate and how to plan. Rambling 10: Let’s be honest, our goal is to receive Knight York Cross of Honour. We must complete the 4 basic chairs of Master of our Lodge, High Priest, Illustrious Master, and Commander. If we are wearing purple, our goal is to become an Illustrious Past Grand Master so that we might have the “G” in our Knight York Grand Cross of Honour. Rambling 11: Many of our Inspectors are very busy; many are Blue Lodge Inspectors, which must have a monthly School of Instruction. It is not uncommon to have a Companion or Sir Knight, to be a Blue Lodge Inspector, an Inspector in Chapter, and/or Council and/or Commandery and additionally, wearing purple. How does he find the time to teach? “Elvis has company; Time & Ritual has also left the building”. We do not hold monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-annual, or annually School of Instruction. Enough Rambling’s: York Rite must step out from behind its Desk and become a viable Masonic member. We must become fluent in Ritual (I am sorry Ritual has left the building); establish programs relevant to our members and community, maybe working with several churches and establish a food pantry; chocolate and wine party, a trip, or … Sword & Trowel

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Maybe One More Rambling: We must fully embrace Technology: Currently, I am able to communicate with any Ben Ali Shriner having the Ben Ali App on their smart phone (166 Shriners). Maybe we could have a York Rite App for Southern California and a York Rite App for Northern California. WOW – Technologyain’t it great.

Humor "The Ears Have It" tells the story of Four Friends (Grand High Priest, Illustrious Grand Master, Grand Commander, and Newspaper Editor) that go deer hunting. All four friends shoot at the same buck, but the buck falls with only ONE bullet hole. The friends argue about who shot the buck. When a government official arrives, the official quickly identifies the Newspaper Editor as the person responsible for shooting the buck. When asked how he is sure, the official replies that it is because the bullet went in one ear and out the other.

Congratulations Companions, The Scottish Rite has just announced the honors for 2017 and here are the members who are active in the York Rite that have been nominated for the KCCH & 33rd honors. 33rd Degree     

Stephen E. Alderete, Past Grand Commander Charles B. Cowden, Royal Arch Masons Inspector Kenneth G. Hope, our beloved Grand Secretary/Recorder David J. Kussman. Past Grand Commander & Right Eminent Grand Captain-General Howard “Bud” Ramsey, Jr., Past Grand Commander

KCCH - Knights Commander Court of Honour        

Charles Schubert Jonathan Prestage, High Priest of Siminoff Daylight Chapter Robert A. Morrison, Grand Captain of the Guard Cryptic Masons Robert Gibb, Grand Standard Bearer Cryptic Masons Stephen D. Hale, Inspector Royal Arch Masons John E. Trauner David G. Rathgeber, Inspector Royal Arch Masons Martin W. Maxey, Inspector Cryptic Masons

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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, Lee P. Whelan,, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California 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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Officers Grand Council Cryptic Masons California 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

Copied off of Internet of two graceful people with a four place setting, with a four place setting and only two people, must be a Most Illustrious Past Grand Master Cryptic Masons California

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Comptche Outdoor Degrees

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Illustrious Companion Cleveland Valrey, a 2017 Companion of the Secret Vault and Member of the College of Preservation. Cleveland also was previously selected as Commander of the Year. Sword & Trowel

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Can’t get enough pictures of our Grand Officers and they are all smiling with the exception of two

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Sir Knight Steven Alderete, KYGCH Past Grand Commander Most Worshipful John Heisner, Grand Master of Masons California Most Illustrious Companion William Price, KYGCH Past Grand Master Cryptic Masons Most Excellent Companion Richard Baskin, KYGCH Past High Priest Royal Arch Masons And now for the Fake News that we hear about on our regular news station, I have it on very good authority, unverified, that someone is standing on a box to get into the picture and almost all the same height.

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Most Illustrious Baum, James Baum Past Grand Master Cryptic Masons California and his Grand Line

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The beautiful Grand Line of Ed Barr

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Ladies having fun but after analyzing the pictures actually believe they are waiting for food.

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And here we have Most Illustrious Companion Bill Price Grand Master Cryptic Masons California introducing the elected Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons California Lee Whelan

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Ice Cream Social

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San Jose Reception Saturday, July 15

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Awards, Saturday, July 15

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Northern CA York Rite Reception Saturday, July 22

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East Bay York Rite Reception Saturday, August 5

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Annual Picnic & Reception Sunday, August 06

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Riverside Reception Saturday, August 19

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Annual Pilgrimage

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Battalion & Belles Saturday, September 23

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