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Table of Contents Table of Contents ..... Vision Statement ..... Being Sentimental ..... Papal Bull by William J. Miklos III ..... Answers ......... ............................................. Editor Notes ..... Humour ......... ............................................. Scholarships ..... Done but Overdue ..... Contacts ..... Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons: ..... Grand Secretary/Recorder: ........................... Assistant Secretary/Recorder: ....................... Website .......... ............................................. Officers: Grand Council Cryptic Masons California .. Grand Sessions .....

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Vision Statement

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Being Sentimental

Most Illustrious Companion William S. (Bill) Dann, KTCH, KYGCH Grand Master Cryptic Masons California

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Papal Bull by William J. Miklos III

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Answers

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Editor Notes We recently celebrated Veterans Day which happens on 11th Month, 11th day and it is also the address of our Grand Lodge: Grand Lodge of California, 1111 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. The “1111� meaning is 11th Month and 11th Day and this year Veterans Day fell on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Here is just one of the many reasons November 11th is important.

And now onward to Xmas Day, Nooooooo, onward to Holidays, Noooooooooooooooooo, onward to Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all and tip my bottle, my cup of Moonshine, wow, my cup of Makers Mark to all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to One and All. Please remember Christmas is a Family celebration when we get together to eat, talk, and eat but more important Christmas is the celebration of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins. May the Blessings of Heaven Rest Upon You and all your Loves Ones. And look at this, you got this far in reading the Sword and Trowel and no mention of Council and you thought you had it made. The reason I write about Council but more importantly York Rite in general is I love and respect these degrees and the people who wrote them. But also, important, I can write a bunch of bull-shit because no one reads the Sword and Trowel. November, December, January, and February are for elections and installations. It is that time of the year we elevate our non-certified Illustrious Masters and Officers to their stations. I wish to publish pictures of your installation, if you would be so kind as to send me pictures, they will be published in the Sword and Trowel and Encompasser. Sword & Trowel

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This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC

And now my favorite picture

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Richard E. Thornton

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Humour

This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND

I had to show a picture of this Prime Rib, I got stuck with this instead of the traditional Turkey. Oh Well in everyone’s life a little “pain” must fall and my slice was thicker.

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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.

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Done but Overdue

Pictured, left to right, top: William E. Price, James G. Baum, William S. Dann, Stephen E. Alderete bottom: Stephen A. Balke, William Snyder, David A. Grindle, Reginald V. Talbert, and Bernard Roberts, Jr. Photo by Ashley Balke

Cooperative work within the Ninth Arch recently resulted in an historic moment for our Craft. Thanks to the efforts of your General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons, International and the General Conference of Grand Councils Royal & Select Masters PHA U.S.A, and Bahamas Inc., more Cryptic Masons than at any previous point in the history of our orders may now engage in the preservation traditions and enablement of Masonic unity. With many Companions and Sir Knights, we initiated and experienced a very significant event in the life of Cryptic Masons throughout the United States and the World. At the Southwest York Rite Conference Banquet on Friday, November 2, 2018, a mutual exchange of Recognition was put in place by our two bodies. Most Illustrious Companion Reginald V. Talbert Grand Conference Thrice Illustrious Grand Master presented a mutually signed agreement which is in the process of being sealed by their organization and representing the Trustees of the General Grand Council, I presented the following to his delegation:

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PROCLAMATION RECOGNITION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF GRAND COUNCILS ROYAL & SELECT MASTERS PHA U.S.A. AND BAHAMAS INC. The Most Puissant General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons, International By action of its Board of Trustees Hereby Recognizes The General Conference of Grand Council Royal Select Masters PHA, U.S.A. & Bahamas Inc.

Plaque presented to the General Conference of Grand Councils Photo by David A. Grindle

WHEREAS, the General Conference of Grand Councils Royal & Select Masters PHA (Prince Hall Affiliated) U.S.A. and Bahamas Inc. (General Conference PHA) has Cryptic jurisdiction over PHA Grand Councils within its jurisdiction that is concurrent with the general Sword & Trowel

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jurisdiction of the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons, International (General Grand Council); and, WHEREAS, a majority of the jurisdictions recognized by, chartered by, or affiliated with the General Grand Council are within the jurisdiction of Grand Lodges that have mutual fraternal recognition protocols including visitation by written invitation with their PHA counterpart Grand Lodges; and, WHEREAS, it is mutually advantageous for all governing bodies of the Cryptic Rite to extend mutual fraternal recognition and interaction protocols for the benefit of the Ancient Craft and the Cryptic Rite and to promote peace and harmony in all Masonic endeavors; and, WHEREAS, this proclamation is not intended to and specifically does not authorize nor permit, (1) dual membership, (2) members of either of the named General Grand Council or General Conference to transfer membership to the other, nor (3) recognition and visitation between any appendant or concordant bodies unless so specified by those Masonic Bodies or Grand Lodges, and, WHEREAS, all Masons of the Cryptic Rite, acting in reliance upon this Proclamation, are expected and advised to govern their actions in accordance with the conditions set by the Grand Lodge of the jurisdiction within which they are residing or sojourning, it is hereby Proclaimed by action of the Board of Trustees of the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons, International, that the General Grand Council does hereby fraternally recognize the General Conference PHA for the purposes of invited attendance and fraternal interaction between the General Grand Council and the General Conference PHA at their General Sessions and sanctions the invited attendance and fraternal interaction between any Grand Councils recognized, chartered or affiliated with the General Grand Council and their Grand Council counterparts operating under the jurisdiction of the General Conference PHA. This recognition includes the following: 1. Any Companion of the General Grand Council may have Royal & Select Masters or Cryptic communication with any person who is a member or holds allegiance to The General Conference of Grand Council Royal Select Masters PHA, which has been chartered by or holds allegiance to The General Conference of Grand Council Royal Select Masters PHA, with the herein stated exceptions: a. While in any state, territory or country outside the United States America, a Companion shall not have Grand Council of Royal Select Masters or Grand Council of Cryptic communication with any person who is a member of a General Conference of Grand Royal Select Council or Grand Cryptic Council which has been chartered by, or holds allegiance to, the Most Illustrious Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International, unless the Grand Cryptic Council which is recognized with jurisdiction over that State, Territory or Country recognizes the Most Illustrious Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International or the General Conference PHA. b. A Companion of the General Grand Council or General Conference PHA may have Grand Council of Royal Select Masters / Grand Council of Cryptic Masons communication with any person legally present at the tiled meeting of a Grand Council of Royal Select Masters / Grand Council of Cryptic Masons within the world Sword & Trowel

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which has been chartered by, or holds allegiance to, the Most Illustrious Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International or the General Conference PHA. A Companion may have Grand Council of Royal Select Masters / Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International with any person legally present at the tiled meetings of the Most Illustrious Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International. During such a tiled meeting, a Companion may have Grand Council of Royal Select Masters / Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International communication with any person legally present even though such a person is not a member of a Grand Council of Royal Select Masters chartered by or holding allegiance to a Grand Council of Royal Select Masters. This exception applies only during such tiled meeting and at no other time. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED THAT it is mutually agreed that the Cryptic Rite and all of its Royal & Select Masters throughout the world will dwell together in Peace and Harmony, and the General Grand Council and the General Conference PHA hereafter extend Fraternal Recognition to the other as duly constituted Cryptic jurisdictions, and do, in the true spirit of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, hereby accord to the other rights of Visitation by written invitation, wheresoever assembled, subject always to the Rights, Powers and Authority of the Grand Lodges of specific jurisdictions. For the Board of Trustees David A. Grindle General Grand Master

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James G. Baum, David A. Grindle, Reginald V. Talbert, Stephen E. Alderete Photo by Ashley Balke

This noble occasion would not have been possible without the effort and dedication of the following California Cryptic Masons: ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪

Most Illustrious Companion Bernard Roberts, Jr. Past Most Illustrious Grand Thrice Illustrious Master Illustrious Prince Hall Grand Council Royal and Select Masters Jurisdiction of California Right Puissant Companion James G. Baum Southwest Regional Deputy General Grand Master Past Grand Master, Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of California Most Illustrious Companion William E. Price General Grand Ambassador to California North Past Grand Master, Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of California Most Illustrious Companion Brett A. McDonald General Grand Ambassador to California South Past Grand Master, Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of California Most Illustrious Companion William S. Dann, Grand Master Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of California

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Father Stephen E. Aldrete Grand Treasurer Past Grand Commander, Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of California

This recognition was welcomed, and congratulations were extended by Sir Knight Jeffery Norman Nelson, Most Eminent Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America, and Right Excellent Companion Teko A. Foly, General Grand Scribe of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, International. I would again like to thank all of those who assisted in this endeavor.

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Contacts Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons: Most Illustrious Companion, William S. Dann, KTCH, KYGCH Pacific Council No. 37 Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California Grand Secretary/Recorder: Philip Hardiman, OSV, KYGCH, PGHP Grand Secretary Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons California, Grand Recorder, Grand Council Cryptic Masons California, & Grand Recorder, Grand Commandery Knights Templar California 1123 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814 E-mail: sec-rec@yorkriteofcalifornia.org Assistant Secretary/Recorder: Thomas Krummell, KCT, KYCH 1123 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814 e-mail: assistant-sec-rec@yorkriteofcalifornia.org Website: Grand York Rite of California Note: Hyperlinks or links to other pages or web sites are prevalent throughout the document.

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Officers: Grand Council Cryptic Masons California Most Illustrious Companion William S. Dann, KTCH, KYGCH & Anne 158th Grand Master Cryptic Masons Pacific Council No. 37 Right Illustrious Companion Eduardo Estrada, KYCH & Natasha Deputy Grand Master Omega Council No. 11 Most Illustrious Companion Robert Whitfield, KYGCH, MIPGM & Genie GRAND TREASURER Oakland Council No. 12

Right Illustrious Companion Robert A. Morrison, KYCH & Pauline Grand Principal Conductor of the Work Butte Council No. 50 Most Illustrious Companion Philip Hardiman, KYGCH, PGHP & Nancy Grand Recorder Sacramento Council No. 1

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

Right Illustrious Companion John Edward Bickerstaff & Jennifer GRAND CHAPLAIN (SOUTH) H.Edward Barr's Oasis Council No.64

Right Illustrious Companion Peter G. Champion, KYCH & Janice Grand Captain of the Guard San Luis Obispo Council No. 38

Right Illustrious Companion Guy M. Chalmers, KYCH & Jeanne GRAND CONDUCTOR OF THE COUNCIL Redwood Empire Council No. 46

Right Illustrious Companion Michael T. Sherman, KYCH GRAND STEWARD Helix Council No. 58 Right Illustrious Companion William Miklos III, KYCH & Angelica GRAND ORATOR Amador Council No. 31 Right Illustrious Companion Efren D. Prado, KYCH GRAND MARSHAL (North) King Solomon's Council No. 29 Right Illustrious Companion K. Mark Harris GRAND SOLOIST/MUSICIAN Oakland Council No. 12

Right Illustrious Companion Jeffrey A. White, KYCH & Lisa GRAND SENTINEL Pacific Council No. 37 Right Illustrious Companion Thomas A. Krummell, KCT, KYCH & Marcia ASSISTANT GRAND RECORDER Gateway Council No. 13 Right Illustrious Companion Ronald W. Alcorn III, KYCH GRAND MARSHAL (South) Alhambra Council No. 25 Right Illustrious Companion Andrew B. Pippin, KYCH & Julia GRAND BIBLE BEARER Ventura Council No. 15

Right Illustrious Companion Gary Richard Quintrell, KYCH & Heidi GRAND STANDARD BEARER Pacific Council No. 37 Sword & Trowel

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Grand Sessions

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Sword and Trowel - December 2018  

A monthly Newsletter publication created by Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California

Sword and Trowel - December 2018  

A monthly Newsletter publication created by Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California

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