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Table of Contents Vision Statement I have some questions. School of Instruction From the Editor Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation Scholarships Contact Information Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons ......... Grand Recorder ............................................. Website .......... ............................................. Officers Grand Council Cryptic Masons California Pictures East Bay York Rite

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Vision Statement

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I have some questions. I believe that our Stated Assembly’s should contain something more than just the business of reading the minutes, paying the bills, and raising money. That’s essential business but there’s a part of me that wants to know more about what it is to be a Select Master, how I got to this point and where am I in the Masonic system of things. I was thrilled to discover the real Master’s Word in the Royal Arch. Now that I understand how it was preserved in the secret vault, found again and deciphered for us in this ‘future age’, what does it all mean? Now I have a Word but what do I do with it? How do I use it? When should it be spoken and do I have to assume this position whenever the Word is pronounced? In fact, this question has been on my mind since I heard it said, “a substitute for the ancient master’s Word.” Why was a substitute necessary? Did this Word have some magical powers or indicate some hidden knowledge? These questions have really bothered me since I have not gotten clear answers yet. There must be something very important to have been emphasized in so many of the degrees, even the object of a quest. Now, I understand that our Masonic teachings through the lectures, rituals, and practice have taught me to live a fuller and richer life, to be a better man in every way, and to remember that all my blessings have come from the Great Architect of the Universe and revealed to me in the Holy Writings. But I have not yet found the secret of the ancient master’s Word. I even feel as though incomplete as a Mason by this deficit. This would make for very informative discussions during our various Masonic gatherings and even increase the attendance at our meetings, as I’m sure others feel the same way. The discussions with my younger Brothers reveal that they are not getting this knowledge either but certainly would like to have it. The language of our rituals and lectures is full of allegories that need to be discussed and enlarged. Our Holy Writings are written with parables to teach a lesson but we certainly would benefit from a discussion of what those lessons are and how to use them in our lives. I’m asking for a block of time at every meeting where these questions and discussions can take place. Maybe some time during the business meeting and more after the meeting, on several occasions, would enliven the members and reinvigorate their participation. I’m sure that there is much to discuss as the meanings and number of topics has increased with every degree that we obligate ourselves to. Let’s find the answers together and increase the value of these timeless lessons given freely to us. I would like to start with the Word.

Right Illustrious Companion Guy M. Chalmers, KYCH Grand Steward, Cryptic Masons

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School of Instruction Companions, We will have School of Instruction this year! A busy fall season has made getting Schools of Instructions scheduled, with festivals, holidays, events, dinners, stated meetings and installations plus rentals. But we will get two southern SOI in this year. Saturday, November 25th SOI will be in San Bernardino and Saturday, December 2nd in San Luis Obispo. Both schools will begin at 9AM and will run until around Noon. Most Illustrious Lee and I will be at both schools. Officers are required to attend and companions interested in Ritual work and aspirations on being officers are encouraged to attend. I will also be attending the East Bay York Rite Council Degrees Saturday, October 7th. Registration for the Council Degrees will begin at 8:00am and Degrees will begin at 9:00am. Please remember that, even thou we are volunteers, when we take on the responsibility as officers and degree team members we must live up to our obligations. Our masonic teachings teach that this is the character of Masonic leadership and what we expect to convey to our members, young and old. We need, as Leaders, to teach, not only words, but also what these word mean. I will do the best I can to accomplish this and will offer, again, to help councils to spread York Rite in your area. Also contact your Department Grand officers, your ADRs and your Inspectors and formulate a plan to help recruit new members. Helen Keller said when ask about her blindness: “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision”. All of you probably know Most Ill. Ken Hope will step down at the end of this month after 26 years as our Grand Recorder. I wish him all good luck and health in his retirement. I can’t thank Ken enough for his dedication and for his help and friendship over the years. He is a shining example of what a Mason is and can become with dedication and devotion to our gentle craft. I will be his brother and friend forever. Please contact him with will wishes and thanks for a job well done. William E. Price KCGCH, MIPGM Grand Director of Ritual

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From the Editor Modesto York Rite died Monday, September 25, 2017 around 7:00pm, surrounded by Companions and Sir Knights. After a long illness of neglect, cause of death was listed as Loneliness. Modesto York Rite was lonely, no-one came to visit. After the Coroner observed the body it was found that lack of Ritual, lack of Programs, and lack of Activities caused death by Loneliness. Many outsiders (not associated with Modesto York Rite) came and attempted to give Modesto York Rite the techniques of lifesaving but to no avail, the heart could not be found. The techniques given were easily followed but Modesto York Rite was abandoned. For the past several issues and more recently, the Workman, a publication by the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of California, issues were identified. In the last issue of Sword and Trowel the following statement was made “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.” Do we (York Rite) want to disappear? In the Sword and Trowel, issues were discussed and solutions to these issues were discussed. A successful York Rite has Programs, Activities, and Ritual. The Three-legged Stool involves everyone – no one is left out, no one is bored “Opening, reading of minutes, paying bills, closing, going home. Why does anyone want to drive to a meeting, whether it be a Convocation, Assembly, or Conclave, listen to Officers read from a book, many times not knowing where to sit or stand and most of the time, lack an understanding of the Ritual? Is the editor of the Sword and Trowel, making this stuff up to increase the readership. Sorry, the editor, for a short period of time, was part of this “game”. The editor became a Past High Priest by opening and closing using cue cards; Illustrious Past Master by opening and closing using cue cards. Then came along Commandery; the editor studied hard with his Captain-General (Sir Knight Ioannis Patronas, PC) and both qualified, the editor as Commander and Sir Knight Ioannis Patronas, PC as Captain-General. Then with his mentor, Most Excellent Companion William Wine, KYGCH, (deceased) began studying both Royal Arch and Cryptic Mason ritual and has since qualified in Royal Arch and Cryptic Mason. Additionally, if you would access the Proceedings on the web site of Grand York Rite and Read the Grand Lecturer’s Report for Chapter, Council, and Commandery you will see statements as “if a Chapter cannot open or close without reading from the book, the Chapter should be closed”. Very bluntly, we do not do “Activities” nor do we do “Programs” and alas we have no “Ritual”. A very excellent Companion and Sir Knight Howard W. "Bud" Ramsey, KCT, KYGCH, PGC is conducting Leadership Development for York Rite and we all should attend this excellent course but what I offer is not the level of his Committee of developing leaders. I only offer a hand. Let’s work together, fun be it will. I am not an Inspector, nor am I an Assistant Director of Ritual, nor am I a progressive Line Officer, just a Companion-Sir Knight, a peon, stretching out a hand toward you. If you want help, such as to sit down and discuss, Ritual, Programs, and Activities, let’s sit down and talk. If you want Ritual help in Opening and Closing for Chapter, Council, or Commandery, I have three words, Let’s Work Together. And while down at the local Yogurt Bar, I overheard two Masons talking loudly, so I really was not listening in but overheard parts of their conservation, but only in part. Glory be, my knees got weak, we are going to have a, a, a, a, God my mind is numb, oh yea, Cryptic School of Instruction. They were talking about holding Cryptic School of Instruction in San Luis Obispo, Auburn, Bellflower, and they even mentioned Burlingame.

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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

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Victorville, not only do they have great, outstanding Job Daughters, but they also know how to look for clouds

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East Bay York Rite

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