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The Sword and Trowel is a monthly Newsletter by the Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California and provides information to all Companions of Grand York Rite of California.


Table of Contents Vision Statement ..... Installation Ceremonies ..... Secretary/Recorder Essentials ..... Department Grand Officers ..... Assistant Director of Ritual ..... Inspector ..... Editor’s Ramblings ..... ScholarShips ..... 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 ....................................... Grand York Rite Sessions Reservation Form Sessions Ad Order Form ......................... Redding ........ ......................................... San Bernardino....................................... San Diego ..... ......................................... General Grand Council Cryptic Masons International

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Vision Statement

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Installation Ceremonies

Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of California Eduardo Estrada, Grand Master of Cryptic Masons-California Dear Companions All,

The month of January was bursting with Installation Ceremonies. I personally attended seven: Four Councils, two Blue Lodges, a Chapter, and a Commandery. I would like to congratulate all masons who stepped up to serve our great fraternity. I love Installations because it gives us an opportunity to celebrate the progressive attainments of our fellow masons. It also communicates to us the multitude of duties and responsibilities incumbent upon each officer in a most instructive and enlightening manner. When you think about the time and effort each officer must contribute to the fraternity to fulfill these expectations, you just can’t help yourself to admire and appreciate them. Looking to the immediate future, we arrive at the month of February. It comes from the Latin word februa, which means “to cleanse.” The month was named after the Roman Februalia, which was a monthlong festival of purification and atonement. It’s a good thing that our Grand Officer’s Conference is held during this reverent month. We must atone for our shortcomings and failings, but also celebrate our gains and successes. Let us all weigh our proverbial shekels and determine if we earned our wages. During the Grand Officer’s Conference this past March 2019, your Grand Officers approved a new and improved Illustrious Master of the Year award program. This enhancement was predicated on Grand Commandery’s Cross and Crown Award. We had decided to adopt a similar award program, albeit with some modifications, and attached it to our Illustrious Master of the Year Award. This innovation provided the much lacking measurable metrics to the award and it also helped us determine who is most deserving. We named it, “The Illustrious Master of the Year-Report Card.” The intent of The Illustrious Master of the Year-Report Card is to encourage our Illustrious Masters to assist their respective Councils to develop certain proficiencies, and to engage in activities that will produce an enhanced membership experience, which in turn will promote greater participation, increased membership, and reduced attrition. As with all programs, it will need to be revisited, evaluated, and updated periodically based upon feedback and performance. Our first opportunity to do so will be at our upcoming Grand Officer’s Conference on February 8, 2020. Another purpose of the report card is to serve as a barometer to help us assess the health of our Councils. And now for something completely different: By the time you read this article, Super Bowl LIV will have already played out in Miami, Florida. After several years of playing in an indoor stadium (domed), the game will once again be played outdoors. Did you know that only 34 out of 53 games were played in an outdoor stadium? All but one of these were held in “warm weather” cities. The exception was Super Bowl 2014, held in the “cold weather” city of Rutherford, New Jersey (MetLife Stadium). Luckily, the weather was mild for that location with a game time temperature of 49 degrees (F). But get this, 8 inches of snow fell the very next day! Sincerely and Fraternally,

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

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Secretary/Recorder Essentials Forms and Documents, you will need are located at the Grand York Rite website: Grand York Rite of California. 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%2 0Rev1.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 High Priest and Past High Priests’ 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 website.

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Department Grand Officers

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Assistant Director of Ritual

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Inspector

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Editor’s Ramblings November 13, 2013, CM 1860 was the first publication of our beloved Sword and Trowel, 7 Years in the making of a fine Newsletter, worthy of publication. Our first publication had articles, even if one liners’, from our beloved Illustrious Grand Master, our Deputy Grand Master, our Principal Conductor of the Work, our Grand Captain of the Guard, and our Grand Director of Ritual. I found a book (on-line Google) by Charles W. Moore, editor of the Freemasons’ Monthly Magazine, 1868 – wow 152 years old. “This work was originally prepared by order of the National Masonic Convention, held at Baltimore, MD, in 1843”. 199 years before I was born and in true Masonic fashion it only took 25 years to react. “The degrees of Royal and Select Master are intimately connected with the Royal Arch Degree, of which they are, in some measure, explanatory. They are generally conferred in Councils, which exist under separate and independent organizations. In some of the States, however, they are conferred in, and under the authority of, Chapters of Royal Arch Masons.” Select Master’s Degree “It is said, and perhaps with much truth, that without a knowledge of this degree, that of the Royal Arch can neither be fully understood nor justly appreciated. It rationally accounts for the concealment and preservation of many essentials of the Craft, that were discovered and brought to light at the building of the second Temple, after they had laid buried in darkness for four hundred and seventy years. Several interesting particulars relative to the completion of the Temple, and the select few, who, for their superior skill and fidelity, were chosen to perform certain parts of the works, are given and explained. A beautiful exemplification of that justice and mercy for which King Solomon who distinguished is also presented in the course of the ceremonies.” The officers of a Council of Select Masters are as follows: Thrice Illustrious Master (Editor’s Note: please understand my belief we should discuss and possibly go back to our original degrees and ritual. Thrice Illustrious Master implies you have worn the “Top Hat” three (Thrice) times; Lodge, Royal Arch, and Select Master.) Right Illustrious Master (Deputy Master). Illustrious Master (Principal Conductor of the Work) Treasurer Recorder Captain of the Guards Conductor of the Council Marshal Steward Skipping around the book, I came across the questions which are asked of every (Thrice) Illustrious Master. ❖ Do you solemnly promise that you will use your upmost endeavors to correct the vices and purify the morals of your Brethren; and to promote the peace, happiness, and prosperity of your Council? ❖ Current Version: Do you solemnly promise that you will redouble your endeavors to correct the vices, purify the morals, and promote the happiness of those of your Companions who have attained this Select Degree? ❖ That you will not suffer your Select Council to be opened, when there are less than nine, or more than Twenty-seven Select Master Present? ❖ Current Version: That you will never suffer your Council to be opened unless there be present nine regular Select Masters? ❖ That you will not suffer any person to pass the Circle of Perfection in your Council, in whose integrity, fervency, and zeal you have not entire confidence? ❖ Current Version: That you will not suffer any one to pass the Circle of Perfection in your Council, in whose integrity, fervency and zeal you have not entire confidence. More next month

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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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Contacts Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons: Most Illustrious Companion, Eduardo Estrada, KYGCH Lady 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 Lady 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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Grand York Rite Sessions Reservation Form

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For your convenience attached is the PDF format of the Reservation Form

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Sessions Ad Order Form

For your convenience attached is the PDF format of the Ad Order Form

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We are three months away from the Grand York Rite Sessions and less than TWO months away from the registration deadlines. At the time this article is written, there are less than 10 registration forms submitted and NO Ad Request forms. This is quite a concern for your Executive Committee. Please remember that the Sessions are earlier this year: May 2nd to May 6th. Which brings our deadlines earlier: For your hotel room, the block of rooms is locked when the reservations are full or March 25 – whichever comes first! We still have the special room rate of $95 plus taxes ($29 less than their regular room rate). The next deadline is April 1st for the Souvenir Program Ads. The program is a vital source of income to help pay for costs of the Sessions: like your name tags, audio rental, some snacks for the Hospitality Room, etc. Without this income, your annual assessment would need to be raised. The final deadline date is April 20th for your meal reservations. We have to provide the hotel with our final guarantee to allow them to procure and prepare the meals. Therefore, is it most imperative to prepare early! You will see the forms elsewhere in this publication or on www.ca-gyrs.org Activities at the Sessions: • • • • • •

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The Grand York Rite of CA Corporation Meeting The Battalion and Belles Brunch The Drill Team Competition (I will be bringing my Black & Decker, Makita and DeWalt – oops, not that kind of Drill) The Vespers Service The Grand Banquet where representatives of our Masonic Youth Orders will speak and the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in California is the keynote speaker. Conducting the business of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar in CA, the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in CA, Most Illustrious Grand Council of Cryptic Masons in CA and their respective Installation of Officers. The Golden State Research Chapter meeting. The Past Commanders Association, Order of High Priesthood Degree and the Thrice Illustrious Master Degree for current and past Presiding Officers We are offering some workshops this year: “How to do Ritual”, “Leadership”, “Membership” and for the Ladies “All the mysteries of the York Rite Titles”. We also have a couple of the Secretary/Recorder MMS Workshops for any new Sec/Rec’s or just if you need a refresher course. Details of these Workshops are on the back of the Reservation Form. We are bringing back the “Royal Arch Widows” Degree. This is a “Fun” Degree for our Ladies which will be after the Grand Banquet.

We must include the immeasurable fellowship and hospitality that is part of these sessions. Finally, we need some help at the sessions itself: •

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The Registration table – open to the Companions / Sir Knights and the Ladies. This committee is responsible for checking in the attendees and issuing their registration packet. We need people there every day. This is separate from the Credentials Committee that is assigned by the M.E. Grand High Priest, the M.I. Grand Master and the Grand Commander. We need a few volunteers to be part of the Set Up Committee. They are responsible for setting up the paraphernalia for each Grand Session. Also, a couple of volunteers to check people in for each breakfast and lunch.

To sign up for a committee, please visit the volunteer page at www.ca-gyrs.org or contact GYRS Executive Director Randy Downey at executivedirector@ca-gyrs.org or calling him at (408) 674-8341 All of the forms for the Grand York Rite Sessions are found at our website: www.ca-gyrs.org

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Redding

Brand new Cryptic Masons in Northern California. Thank you Pacific Council #37 from Eureka for Traveling to Redding and giving the Royal and Select Master degrees in exemplary fashion.

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San Bernardino

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San Diego

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General Grand Council Cryptic Masons International

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Profile for Richard E. Thornton

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Monthly Newsletter published by Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California

Sword and Trowel - February 2020  

Monthly Newsletter published by Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California

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