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Table of Contents Vision Statement ..... In Memory of: Most Illustrious Companion William “Bill” Price, KCT, KYGCH Warm Fuzzies vs Cold Pricklies Part II ..... Right Illustrious Companion Mark Harris, KYCH, Grand Director of Ritual Grand Lecturer Grand Chapter ..... Scholarships ..... Editor’s Thoughts ..... Secretary/Recorder Essentials ..... Contacts ..... Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons: Grand Secretary/Recorder: ..................... Assistant Secretary/Recorder: ................. Website: ........ ......................................... Officers: Grand Council Cryptic Masons California Happenings in our State & Beyond ..... Grand Sessions ....................................... Adoniram-Whittier Council ..................... East Bay ....... ......................................... Omega Council No. 11............................. Orange County Council No. 14 ................ Red Bluff ....... ......................................... Sacramento Sierra York Rite Association. Santa Monica Bay York Rite Bodies......... San Diego...... ......................................... Sebastopol .... ......................................... Stockton ....... .........................................

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Vision Statement

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In Memory of: Most Illustrious Companion William “Bill� Price KCT, KYGCH Past Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California Last night we all took a pause in our lives to celebrate life and say goodbye to our good friend Bill Price. It was not a surprise at all to see so many there. Several drove for many hours from the furthest reaches of our state because it was Bill, a dear friend first and foremost. Bill knew that the road ahead was tough fight against cancer, and yet he had this very positive attitude. This picture shows us that smiling face we will always keep close to our Heart

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Warm Fuzzies vs Cold Pricklies Part II

Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of California Eduardo Estrada, Grand Master of Cryptic Masons-California Dear Companions All, This past month of September was marked by the sudden passing of our very own Most Illustrious Companion William E. Price-aka “Bill,” He was a prolific contributor to masonry, as most of you probably already know, or will come to know. If his extensive masonic biography has not been shared with you yet, it will be soon enough. Although it tells us all about his masonic accomplishments, we must look deeper to appreciate the intrinsic qualities that enabled him to be the masonic brother and companion we have come to know. I had the blessed privilege to know Bill over the past several years, and I have learned about the following qualities that were inherent to his conduct. He led by example. He didn’t tell you how to live or do things. He simply showed you proof through his lifestyle. He didn’t strive to be the leader, but we were drawn to him by the way he lived his life. He didn’t take promises lightly. He gave priority to his promises and made sure he kept them. Whenever he needed to resolve a difficult issue, even when things have gone bad, he kept believing, planning and strategizing, and he never quit. He took his assignments seriously. He knew that nothing great can be accomplished without hard work. So when it was time for business, he got busy. He was polite, respectful, considerate and attentive to the needs of those around him, but he also knew when to bring out that toughness and set boundaries and expectations. His celebration of life, held on September 21st, was well attended, and by all accounts there was not a dry eye to be found. It was a great opportunity to come together and provide support to Lady Janet and to each other. Bill was a mason’s mason and we will miss him dearly. In stark contrast to September, the month of October will be an extensive action-packed travel month. On October 12, we will be attending a Grand Reception in Sebastopol hosted by Redwood Empire Council #46, Grand Communications-San Francisco from October 18th-20th, a Grand Reception in Sacramento on October 20th, hosted by the Sacramento York Rite Association, a Grand Reception on October 26th, hosted by the Stockton York Rite Bodies, and finally we will be in Las Vegas starting on October 31st, to attend the Southwest York Rite Conference. But wait, there’s more. On November 3rd, while on our way home from the Southwest Conference, we will be stopping in Santa Monica to attend a Grand Reception hosted by Alpha Council # 39. I hope everyone had a wonderful summer filled with social, cultural, and external masonic activities. Remember my three Ps: Participation, Purposefulness, and Passion, and that masonic families that play together, stay together. Sincerely and Fraternally,

Eduardo Estrada Grand Master Cryptic Masons of California estrada.exe@gmail.com

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Addendum It gives me great pleasure to announce that I have appointed Right Illustrious Companion Mark Harris KYCH to the position of Grand Director of Ritual for the remainder of the current cryptic year. I have selected him not only because of his qualifications relative to his leadership skills and knowledge of our ritual, but also because of the passion, energy, and motivational spirit he brings to our organization. Here is his Biography: Mark Harris' Masonic journey, accomplishments, honors, awards and titles.

Right Illustrious Companion Mark Harris, KYCH Grand Director of Ritual Mark Harris' Masonic journey, accomplishments, honors, awards and titles. Mark Harris was born on July 18, 1963 in San Francisco California. He graduated from Washington High School. He studied music privately and in the Bachelors of Music program at San Francisco State University. He is an American singer of romantic jazz, popular standards, show tunes and classical songs. For over 40 years his rich tenor voice has graced stages around the world on land and at sea. Mark has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and has toured all over Europe. He has performed in Notre Dame Cathedral Paris France, Watford Town Hall London England. He has had performances in Rome Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Spain. Mark has performed for his guests at sea and on land for over the last 15 years. He has given shows on over 30 cruises, entertaining thousands of guest that have sailed all over the Caribbean and Mexico. Early Interests 1981 - Boy Scout Troup 14 in San Francisco, earned the Rank of Eagle Scout. DeMolay 1984 - San Francisco Chapter Order of DeMolay Served as Master Councilor. 1985 - San Francisco Chapter Order of DeMolay received the Chevalier award. Blue Lodge History 1988 - Oriental Lodge 144 San Francisco was Initiated, Passed and Raised. 1994 - Oriental Lodge 144 San Francisco Served as Master 2001 - Phoenix Lodge 144 San Francisco, was the “Founding” Master. 2002 - to present - Phoenix Lodge 144 is serving as Organist. 2002 - to present - Golden Gate Master’s and Past Master as Soloist. 2004 - Recipient of the Hiram Award from Phoenix Lodge 144 2016 to Present - Serving as Organist in Pythagoras Lodge, 862 York Rite Masonry 2006 - Served the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons as Grand Soloist. 2008 - Oakland Council 12 Served with distention as Illustrious Master 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016 - Was the director of the work in the “Super Excellent Master Degree”. 2008 - Recipient of the Most Illustrious Grand Master Ish-Sodi Award. 2009 to present - Serving the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons as Grand Soloist. 2009 to present - Serving Oakland Council No. 12 as Soloist. 2011 to 2012 Served the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons as Inspector. 2013 - Served California Chapter No. 1 Royal Arch Masons as High Priest. 2013 to Present - Serving the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons as Assistant Director of Ritual. 2018 - Served as Commander in California Commandery No. 1 Knights Templar. 2019 - Recipient Knight York Cross of Honor. 2019 - to present - Serving Grand Chapter Royal Arch as Inspector. 2019 - Honoree 51st David M. Shull East Bay Pilgrimage. Other Masonic Bodies 2010 - Recipient of the Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, San Francisco Scottish Rite. 2010 - Served as Sovereign Master in Mosebell Council 238 Allied Masonic Degrees 2014 - Served as The Excellent Chief in Clanna Ruid Ruide Knight Masons. 2016 - Was Knighted into the “Royal Order of Scotland” Mark is humbled, serving on the level and in harmony in California Masonry as one of the 1st African Americans' to obtain these many prestigious honors, awards and titles.

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Grand Lecturer Grand Chapter Companions All This coming weekend is the Grand Chapter Ritual Conference in Visalia. We will be standardizing some new Chapter ritual with the ritual staff and Executive Committee for use in the remainder of this year. Stay tuned after this meeting for updates to our presentation of the ritual from your ritual staff and to include these updates in the reprinted ritual books that we will make available to you afterwards. We will also finalize the questions for the upcoming installation of new officers in 2020. It is an exciting time to be involved in CA Royal Arch Masonry! Your Most Humble Grand Lecturer – Steve.

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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Editor’s Thoughts I am on the Internet a lot and in fact I have a twitter account, Instagram Account and a couple of others. A lot of my involvement on the Internet is because I edit and publish the Sword and Trowel, Encompasser, Lodi Lodge No. 256 Facebook page, Grand York Rite of California web presence, and Grand York Rite Facebook page and I enjoy the activity. For relaxation I still visit Azeroth a fictional place in Wonderful World of Warcraft. In all these facets Freemasonry is alive and well. What do you mean Freemasonry is alive and well on Wonderful World of Warcraft? Well it is, when I actually listen/read to some conversations, I will read, “I just signed on for a minute to tell all I cannot play tonight, I have a lodge meeting” or “I cannot play tomorrow night as that is lodge night”. WOW. I talked to some of these players and many were back on the East Coast or in other countries. One was from Australia and we talked for some time. It took some time for him to become a Master Mason as they are required to accomplish specific items and he said in America, as he understood, one day you are an Entered Apprentice and next day you are a Master Mason. Well, what about the Internet? England is very active on the Internet, from announcing Lodge Meetings, to presentation of money, to Dinning. Currently New Jersey, Kansas, Florida, and Texas are very active mostly for Lodge but some York Rite. Shriners Hospital for Children is very active on Twitter and Instagram. It’s all about Communication, do not let anyone fool you. This month, September, our primary hits for Grand York Rite Web Presence was Location Page, the three primaries, Chapter, Council, Commandery, Event Page, Documents page and our primary reference or source was Google. Now I know each of you are asking yourself, why the deep analysis of our Web Site. I want you to become involved, involved on Twitter, on Instagram, even on our site. If you visit Twitter, you will see Modesto Lodge No. 206 very active, from announcing events to announcing Lodge Meetings. Does this help, sure as Hell can’t hurt. They held an event at a gun range, where an expert came in an explained Guns, handling of guns, and firing. This event was filled to capacity. In all this discussion I did not mention York Rite, only England and Texas mention York Rite, seldom. Communication helps: It is now Friday, 1800 hours and I am working on the Sword and Trowel, Stockton has a meeting tomorrow beginning at 0800 hours with Breakfast, 0900 hours Chapter Convocation, and approximately 1000 hours Council Assembly and No Communication, none, zilch. Please find someone in your group with knowledge of Internet, create a Twitter account or an Instagram Account or a Facebook Account and begin announcing your meetings, your events, your special gatherings. Have someone begin a history page of your organization and let’s get it posted as Ken Hope did for Golden West Commandery No. 43 One additional item that is close to my heart and may see me drummed out of York Rite. We need more people working in York Rite, please do not double dip or triple dip. If you are an Inspector for Grand Chapter do not accept to be an Inspector in Council or Commandery. If you are offered an Assistant Director of Ritual in any of the three bodies and accept please discontinue your Inspector position. If you are offered and accept a position in the progressive Grand Line and accept please resign from your ADR or Inspector position, you will be busy.

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Secretary/Recorder Essentials Forms and Documents you will need are located at the Grand York Rite website: www.yorkriteofcalifornia.org. Scroll down and click on "York Rite Forms and Documents. “Then click on the appropriate logo. A window opens where you enter the userid, which is "cagyr" and the password, which is "brio" Scroll down to Officers Manual, which has information for the Secretary, and print that out. Many concepts in the Grand Chapter manual are relevant to the Councils and Commanderies. Priorities are as follows: 1. Dues Collection: You should send out dues notices no later than October, with payments from members due by December 31st. 2. Membership control: Especially important is the very last item, “Royal Arch Monthly Report.” This is relevant to you as a Secretary/Recorder if you do not yet have a userid for access to MMS – Masonic Membership Solutions. If you fill the paper report out each month, whenever you encounter changes to the membership, you will find it much easier at the end of the year to produce the year-end report, which is used to compute the amount of per capita the Chapter needs to pay. That payment is due by Jan 15th each year. Important changes to your membership include new members, demits, remits and deaths. Maintain e-mail addresses for members and you can easily then forward the monthly newsletter, The WORKMAN & Sword and Trowel, to them. 3. Do not cavalierly suspend members for non-payment of dues. There is a Constitutional process that should be followed rigorously in order that members, who may have moved and not received your dues notice, are treated fairly. See the following sections of the relevant Constitution in order to learn about this process: Chapter: Section 201 in the Constitution at http://www.yorkriteusa.org/cagyr/forms/Chapter/ROYAL%20ARCH%20Constitution%202018%20Rev1.pdf Council: See Section 30-10 in the Constitution at http://www.yorkriteusa.org/cagyr/forms/Council/Grand%20Council%20Constitution%202018%20Rev1.pdf Commandery: See Section 347 in the Constitution at http://www.yorkriteusa.org/cagyr/forms/Commandery/GRAND%20COMMANDERY%20Constitution%202018%20 Rev1.pdf 4. Per Capita: Per Capita payment, due each Jan 15th, does not require action by the Chapter to be paid. You will need good, up-to-date membership data in order to compute the end-of-year number of active members that is crucial to computing your per capita payment. Without good data you will most likely overpay your per capita requirement. It is sensible to begin your process near the end of the CY, as soon as possible. It is also sensible, if you have access to the Grand Lodge database, to check each member to see if they are still alive. But most important is getting a userid to utilize MMS. 5. Insurance: Insurance payment, due each July 15th, does not require action by the Chapter, Council or Commandery to be paid. You will be billed for the payment by the Grand Secretary-Recorder. 6. Lodge Book of Marks: Maintain this up-to-date, or perhaps arrange for a PHP to take on the responsibility of maintaining. 7. Minutes: Take good minutes, but don’t over-do it by trying to capture everything that is said. Focus on having a clear representation of motions made and the vote count by which they passed or failed. In addition to keeping petitions in a separate file, it is good practice to replicate the basic petitioner information in the minutes. It is also a good practice to keep the names of attendees at each meeting in the minutes. If conferring a degree, keep a copy of the cast members and the candidate(s). 8. Grand Sessions: Before April meeting, remind Dais officers they are responsible to attend, and arrange a stipend if your Chapter, Council or Commandery can afford it. Remind members who expect to attend to be sure to take their dues cards. If Dais Officers of Chapter and Council cannot attend, they may issue a proxy, or they may elect a representative. This is true also for Commanderies, whose members cannot issue proxies. Appropriate forms can be obtained on Grand York Rite website: Scroll to "Elected Representative and Proxy Credentials." 9. Order of High Priesthood – Be sure the current HP and PHPs know they are eligible to receive this Order. In fact, it is a Constitutional requirement! Share the petition with them and send to the Grand Secretary. This requirement does not appear to be true for the Thrice Illustrious Master Degree or the Past Commander’s Association. Petitions for all three bodies are available at the secure website.

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Contacts Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons: Most Illustrious Companion, Eduardo Estrada, KYGCH & Natasha Grand Master Grand Council Cryptic Masons Omega Council No. 11

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 Eduardo Estrada, KYGCH & Natasha Grand Master Grand Council Cryptic Masons Omega Council No. 11 Right Illustrious Companion Robert A. Morrison, KYCH, & Lady Pauline Deputy Grand Master Grand Council Cryptic Masons Butte Council No. 50 Most Illustrious Companion Robert Whitfield, KCT, KYGCH, MIPGM, Columbian Medal & Lady Genie Grand Treasurer Grand Council Cryptic Masons Oakland Council No. 12 Right Illustrious Companion K. Mark Harris, KYCH Grand Director of Ritual Grand Council Cryptic Masons Oakland Council No. 12 Right Illustrious Companion Jonathan H. Prestage KYCH & Lady Hanna K Grand Chaplain (North) Grand Council Cryptic Masons Sword and Trowel Council No. 65 Right Illustrious Companion Guy M. Chalmers, KYCH, & Lady Jeanne Grand Captain of the Guard Grand Council Cryptic Masons Redwood Empire Council No. 46 Right Illustrious Companion Jeffrey A. White, KYCH & Lady Lisa Grand Steward Grand Council Cryptic Masons Pacific Council No. 37

Right Illustrious Companion Peter G. Champion, KYCH, & Lady Janice Grand Principle Conductor of the Work Grand Council Cryptic Masons San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 Right Illustrious Companion Philip Hardiman, KYGCH, PGHP, & Lady Nancy Grand Recorder Grand Council Cryptic Masons Sacramento Council No. 1 Right Illustrious Companion Thomas A. Krummell KCT, KYCH, & Lady Marcia Assistant Grand Recorder Grand Council Cryptic Masons Gateway Council No. 13 Right Illustrious Companion Eric Bertolli Grand Chaplain (South) Grand Council Cryptic Masons Omega Council No. 11 Right Illustrious Companion Michael T. Sherman, KYCH Grand Conductor of the Council Grand Council Cryptic Masons Helix Council No. 58 Right Illustrious Companion Andrew B. Pippin, KYCH, & Lady Juli Grand Sentinel Grand Council Cryptic Masons Pacific Council No. 37

Right Illustrious Companion James M. Sunseri, KYCH Grand Orator Grand Council Cryptic Masons Orange County Council No. 14 Right Illustrious Companion William J. Miklos III, KYCH & Lady Angelica Grand Marshal (North) Grand Council Cryptic Masons Amador Council No. 31 Right Illustrious Companion K. Mark Harris, KYCH Grand Soloist Grand Council Cryptic Masons Oakland Council No. 12 Right Illustrious Companion Bruce Ewald, KYCH, & Lady Ruth Grand Standard Bearer Grand Council Cryptic Masons Omega Council No. 11

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Right Illustrious Companion Michael Miller, & Lady Martha Grand Marshal (South) Grand Council Cryptic Masons Alpha Council No. 39 Right Illustrious Companion Ron Presser, & Lady Kathleen T (Kate) Grand Bible Bearer Grand Council Cryptic Masons Omega Council No. 11 Right Illustrious Companion Merrick R. Hamer Grand Organist Grand Council Cryptic Masons Alpha Council No. 39

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Happenings in our State & Beyond Grand Sessions

GRAND SESSIONS 2020 Dates for the 2020 California Grand York Rite Monday, May 4, 2020 – Grand Commandery Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – Grand Chapter Wednesday, May 6, 2020 – Grand Council

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Adoniram-Whittier Council Adoniram-Whittier Council was proud to put on the degrees and bring more members into our Cryptic craft. My special thanks to those that helped put on the degrees...great job everyone!

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East Bay

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Omega Council No. 11

Omega Council #11's Degree Conferral held on September 23rd

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Orange County Council No. 14 Congratulations and greetings to our newest Council members Nathan Aguon and Nick De Simone who were greeted last night at Orange County Council No. 14. Very pleased to have both of you on board! Your first Council stated meeting will be on October 14th!

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Red Bluff

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Sacramento Sierra York Rite Association

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Santa Monica Bay York Rite Bodies

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San Diego HORNBLOWER CRUISE Having attended in the past, I wanted to personally invite you to our 7th Annual Holiday Dinner Cruise. The cruise will be on November 16th this year. Your meal choices are Whiskey Braised Short Ribs, Oven Roasted Scottish Salmon, or Elmer's Best Roasted Vegetable Timpano. Attached is the flier which lists pricing for this year and further details. When you RSVP, please include your name, how many are in your party, and what each person would like to eat in your party. Please remember that your check is your reservation. All checks need to be received by 30 October. Companion and Sir Knight Austin Swank Recorder, San Diego Commandery #25

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Sebastopol

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Stockton

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Profile for Richard E. Thornton

Sword and Trowel - October 2019  

A Monthly Newsletter published by Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California

Sword and Trowel - October 2019  

A Monthly Newsletter published by Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California

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