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Table of Contents Vision Statement Growing Choices Why I am A Royal Arch Mason From the Editor Humor Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation News Bulletin-CMMRF Scholarships Contact Information Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons ........ Grand Recorder ............................................. Website .......... ............................................. Officers Grand Council Cryptic Masons California Pictures Pictures from the Award Ceremony And And the BIG Gathering in Portland Annual Pilgrimage Battalion & Belles Saturday, September 23

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Growing Companions, Pacific Council No. 37 Eureka; has been busy this past spring and summer with recruitment of new members. We were able to attract three new people in time to attend the Chapter Degrees in Comptche during the latter part of June. Then we set out to learn and re-learn the Council Degrees to confer them here in Eureka as we were able to do in the past. A couple new cast members picked it up very quickly and so we conferred the Royal Master Degree on three new candidates on August 30th. We are scheduled to confer the Select Master Degree on September 26th at Humboldt Lodge in Eureka. Our York Rite Bodies are small in number thus it becomes very difficult for the same dozen people to learn and be proficient in the Royal Arch, Council and the Commandery Degrees ourselves. Our cast just isn’t big enough and all the members are very active with Blue Lodge and Concordant bodies as well. However, since the Council Degrees only require a small cast we are able to do those. It isn’t that difficult Companions; it just takes a decision (commitment) to do them, then set out on practicing the floor work a few times and VOILA! We have a few more petitions out and believe we will have 2 or 3 more very soon. Then we will start their scheduling for the various degrees. Below are photos of Pacific Council’s three newest Royal Masters; Fred Lumbert, Jim Widdoes and Buster Garrison. Welcome Companions! Also, the cast (minus a few cherubim who apparently flew away) is proudly shown. The cast did a very fine job on the degree and we are looking forward to the Select Master Degree in September. Sincerely & Fraternally, Right Illustrious Companion Bill Dann, KYCH Deputy Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California

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Choices This article started with me like a thunderbolt and only one word, choices. I’ve been talking with several people lately that have all had one common thread of thought with all, what decision will you make. It got me to thinking that I may have something to share that I would like to express. Note to all who think they cannot write anything, write what’s on your mind and make it coherent. These are the thoughts on my mind as I write. As the Grand Steward of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons I understand that I must begin to travel to receptions, Councils within a certain reasonable distance, and whenever the “Most” travels to my ‘reasonable distance’, to be there for him. At first I felt the obligation to travel to be somewhat of an additional demand on my time when I have so many other obligations as Master of my Lodge, Illustrious Master of my Council, etc. But after going to the initial events as the Grand Steward I’ve come to realize how important it is to be a part of the progressive line in the Grand Council to meet new Companions and go to new locations to meetings. Not only are these benefits rewarding to me but also to be with the other Grand Companions and present ourselves as a team to advance the ideals of the Grand Council very satisfying. Having said that let me tie this all up to say that the choices we make are important to recognize as something that we do personally and that these choices are my way of directing my actions through life. Masonry has a huge influence for me in making my choices and by the influence of the lessons of Masonry I feel very good about myself and the decisions I need to make every day. “Do or do not, there is no maybe.” Yoda put into words how I make my decisions and Masonry gives me the right road to take. I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can and we can talk more with each other then. Sincerely & Fraternally, Right Illustrious Companion Guy M. Chalmers, KYCH Grand Steward Cryptic Masons of California

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Why I am A Royal Arch Mason Companions, While I was in Portland for the General Grand Council I met companions from all over the world. At a Bar-B-Q dinner I sat with Bruce Colburn Grand Scribe of Maryland. We exchanged business cards and I was impressed with his card and I will share his great idea with you. On the back of his card was written: Way I Am A Royal Arch Mason I’ve learned the True Word of a Master Mason I know how to receive my Wages from the Senior Warden I’m a member of the Oldest Rite in Freemasonry I went on to complete the story of the Third Degree I didn’t stop at the story incomplete I wanted to learn All the Secrets of Freemasonry I read the first three chapters I wanted to finish the book I’ve made many new friends from other local lodges I’ve participated in some of the most beautiful Ritual in Masonry If we use something like this, once we get them in the York Rite, we then need to expand their knowledge and interest in our Rite. Use your imagination to keep our young members coming and our current members back into the fold. I’m the Northern California Ambassador for the General Grand Council International and the current Grand Director of Ritual and I’m offering my help. I will be holding 6 SOIs this year and part of these schools is to generate more knowledge than Ritual. Dates, times and places will be posted soon.

William E. Price KYGCH, MIPGM Grand Director of Ritual

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From the Editor A Monitor found useful for Cryptic Masonry: Digitized by Google MONITORIAL INSTRUCTIONS IN THE DEGREES OF ROYAL AND SELECT MASTER. WITH AN ADDITIONAL SECTION ON SUPEREXCELLENT MASTER'S DEGREE. BY ALBERT G. MACKEY, M.D., AUTHOR OF A "LEXICON OF FREEMASON ", "MANUAL OF THE LODGE", "BOOK OF THE CHAPTER", "THE RITUALIST", ETC., NEW YORK: Maynard, Merrill, & Co., 29, 31, and 33 East Nineteenth Street. 1897.

For a little while we will talk about Education since Elvis, Time, and Ritual have left the building and will they ever return? I will answer this in form of a Tear Drop: Time, Elvis, and Ritual are Dead. For your reading enjoyment & education, please read the Workman, especially the article by Most Excellent Companion Randy Downey, KYGCH, Grand High Priest, Royal Arch Masons California. THE NINE ARCHES Of all the superstitious notions which prevailed among the ancient philosophers, there was none more prevalent than that which attributed a mystical meaning and a divine virtue to numbers. Nor did the idea die with antiquity. It was a favorite theory of many of the Christian Fathers, and even as late as the sixteenth century we find Cornelius Agrippa asserting that there lies wonderful efficacy and virtue in numbers, as well for good as for evil. The doctrine was especially taught in the school of Pythagoras and afterwards by the Cabbalists, whence it has evidently descended to Freemasonry, of whose symbolical science it constitutes an interesting portion. But the numeral symbolism of Masonry very materially differs from that of the Pythagoreans as well as the Cabbalists. With the Masons, odd numbers alone are considered mystical, which was according to the ancient doctrine, where it was taught that odd numbers were pleasing to the gods. Hence three, five, seven, and nine, are deemed Masonic numbers. Three is the foundation of the Masonic symbolism of numbers, because it is the first odd number after unity, and it is particularly applicable to the lower degrees. When we ascend to the higher grades, nine comes into play as the square of three, and twenty-seven, which is the cube of three, and lastly eighty-one which is the square of nine. The number nine is the sacred number of the Select degree, which, however, also refers to twenty-seven, simply because that is the product of nine multiplied by three. Nine was called by the Pythagoreans tejeios, or the number of completion, and as such it is appropriate to that degree which professes to complete the circle of Masonic science. But the lecture of the Select Master teaches us that the number nine alludes to the nine attributes of the Deity, which are said to be         

Beauty Wisdom Power Eternity Infinity Omniscience Justice Mercy Perfection

That was last month’s editorial article but let’s return to Cryptic Tear Drop or better known as Time, Elvis, and Ritual are Dead; and let’s not contain nor relate this “tear drop” to only Cryptic Masons, it is quite relevant to Royal Arch and Knights Templar. We can honestly take a look at our surroundings and know in our hearts that during the 2019 or 2020 Grand York Rite Sessions we will have to raise the per-capita to cover expenses. It does not matter the number of new Companions the York Rites of San Jose, Van Nuys, or San Diego bring to the table, our numbers are going down. Our records show we had 5,027 Knights Templar in 2003 and 3,033 Knights Templar in 2015 and again for almost the same period of time our records for Council show in 2004 we had 5,154 Cryptic Masons and 3,660 Cryptic Masons in 2013. Can we lay all the blame on lack of Ritual-NO; lack of Teaching-NO; lack of Programs-NO; lack of communications & getting people involved-NO; blame all of the above-well, except for a very few York Rites, we do not do any of the above. Sword & Trowel

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Communications, vital for any entity, we lack; for example, to my knowledge only San Bernardino, Van Nuys, San Jose, Oakland, and Auburn produce a newsletter. (Very similar to Randy’s article) Today’s people want to be involved and want to receive communications about the entity they joined and to be able to communicate with others. Today’s Companions want to be involved or they lose interest in the organization and disappear. It is not uncommon to look on the web site and see the same person as Inspector of …, as Inspector of …, as Assistant Director of Ritual, and additionally is an Officer in the progressive line and many of these are also a Blue Lodge Inspector-WOW-wonder if they are married. Again, I have commented on this subject in the past, why do we not teach? Blue Lodge Inspectors hold monthly School of Instructions and since this is a Grand Council Newsletter, we never hold School of Instructions. Can the primary reason be we hold all these titles and we do not have time?

Humor My Brothers and Sisters were sitting around our large dining room table talking about our families. As we got around to talking about our Sons and Daughters we got to wondering about our parents & even their parents, how they kept from being bored since they did not have Internet. We went on to another subject as all Ten of us could not come up with an answer. Husbands will eventually say that if it were not for their wives, they would have become more successful in their work, or would have pursued some other career path entirely. This other path typically involves music or writing. Virtually every man believes that he had the potential to be a rock star or a famous writer if only his wife had truly believed in him. Wives will say that their husbands had unrealistic expectations of what success in music or writing entails, and besides, they will say, if they are being truly honest, “He really wasn’t that great in his music (or his writing), but I just didn’t have the heart to tell him.” Most couples who have been married for more than 40 years are rarely, if ever, having sex. This should be welcome news to their children, who would rather not think about this anyhow.

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

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News Bulletin-CMMRF

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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.

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 The following pictures are from the Van Nuys 4 way reception Most Illustrious Companion Lee Whelan, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons California

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Most Illustrious Companion Lee Whelan KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons California Sir Knight Carlos Gonzalez, KYGCH Past Grand Commander California

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Pictures from the Award Ceremony

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And the BIG Gathering in Portland

Most Puissant General Grand Master of Cryptic Masons International, David Grindle Most Excellent Companion Jerrold A. Wohlfarth, DSM-B, KYGCH, PGHP Grand Treasurer Royal Arch Masons

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Our very own Most Illustrious Companion Lee Whelan, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California

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And the Ground shakes with all the Grand Illustrious Companions

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

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

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Most Puissant General Grand Master of Cryptic Masons International, David Grindle

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The Gathering

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Most Excellent Companion Randy Downey, KYGCH Grand High Priest Royal Arch Masons California

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Annual Pilgrimage

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Battalion & Belles Saturday, September 23

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