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The Sword and Trowel is a monthly Newsletter published by Grand York Rite, Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California and provides information to all Brothers and their friends.

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What’s Inside Sword and Trowel WHAT’S INSIDE SWORD AND TROWEL ....................................................................................................................... 4 VISION STATEMENT .......................................................................................................................................................... 5 SPECIAL NOTE .................................................................................................................................................................... 6 GENERAL ORDER 2021-01 .................................................................................................................................................. 7 GENERAL ORDER NO 2021-02......................................................................................................................................... 10 AUTUMN IS UPON US ...................................................................................................................................................... 12 GRAND LECTURER’S ........................................................................................................................................................ 17 ROYAL ARCH & KNIGHTS TEMPLAR ........................................................................................................................... 17 CRYPTIC MASONS MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION ........................................................................................ 18 CMMRF ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 19 CMMRF SIX MONTH REPORT .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 22 CMMRF DISCUSSION ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 23 RECORDER ESSENTIALS.................................................................................................................................................. 25 SCHOLARSHIPS ................................................................................................................................................................. 27 CONTACTS ........................................................................................................................................................................ 27 ILLUSTRIOUS GRAND MASTER CRYPTIC MASONS: ......................................................................................................................................................... 27 GRAND SECRETARY/RECORDER: ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 27 ASSISTANT SECRETARY/RECORDER & GRAND TREASURER GRAND COUNCIL CRYPTIC MASONS: ....................................................................... 27 WEBSITE: .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 27 OFFICERS: GRAND COUNCIL CRYPTIC MASONS CALIFORNIA ............................................................................ 28 HAPPENINGS IN OUR STATE & IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR, AWAY .......................................................................... 30 ADONIRAM-WHITTIER COUNCIL ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 30 EAST BAY YORK RITE ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 31 SACRAMENTO ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 32 STOCKTON YORK RITE ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 33 GENERAL GRAND COUNCIL ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 34

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Vision Statement

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Special Note

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General Order 2021-01

Most Illustrious Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California Most Illustrious Peter G. Champion, KYGCH 161st Grand Master GENERAL ORDER 2021-01 RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) PANDEMIC Whereas, on March 5, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newson declared a state emergency in California due to COVID-19, Whereas, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, Whereas, on March 13, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency nationwide due to COVID-19, Whereas, on October 23, 2020, Most Worshipful Grand Master Arthur Weiss issued a directive prohibiting Masonic gatherings of any kind in California due to COVID-19 until further direction is received from the Grand Master, Whereas, on October 23, 2020, Most Worshipful Grand Master Arthur Weiss issued a directive allowing continued use of Zoom or other online platform to conduct virtual stated meetings, Whereas, on April 14, 2021, Most Worshipful Grand Master Arthur Weiss issued a reopening directive which allowed Masonic lodges to resume holding in-person meetings and events, as long as those meetings and events met the requirements imposed by the state and local health departments, and the Grand Lodge of California, Whereas, on June 2, 2021, Most Worshipful Grand Master Arthur Weiss issued Reopening Directive II addressing removal of state-imposed restrictions on meetings and events effective June 15, 2021 which will allow Masonic lodges, Masonic organizations, and youth orders to conduct in-person meetings and events in compliance with county and city restrictions, if any, but will also allow lodges to continue, at their discretion to hold virtual stated meetings, Whereas, use of electronic meeting software has allowed Companions to attend and participate in Council meetings despite the concerns with distance, transportation, or health status, Whereas, many Companions of the Council are unable to attend once in-person meetings resume due to distance, transportation concerns, advanced age, health status, or other valid reasons, Whereas, our Constitution in Section 10-1 defines the Grand Master’s duties as, “The Grand Master, during the interval between Annual Assemblies, has all the executive power of Grand Council, except the granting of Charters…”, I therefore issue this General Order in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic:

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1. VIRTUAL STATED ASSEMBLY. At the time called for the Stated Assembly of any Council for the purpose of conducting business, the Council may be opened in Ample Form as a tiled Assembly, using electronic meeting software, subject to the following restrictions: a. The software program must have a secure method of admittance, e.g., a password or private access emailed to members (and verified brothers from other Councils with approval of the Illustrious Master) by the Recorder b. The Ample Form opening and closing will be conducted by: i. The Inspector or ADR who has demonstrated proficiency in the same by his Department Grand Officer and certified by the Grand Director of Ritual, OR ii. A Grand Officer of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of California who is permitted to open in Ample Form pursuant to Section 18-3 of the Constitution c. The ADR or Inspector or authorized Grand Officer is online for the entire Stated Assembly and conducts both the opening and closing of the Stated Assembly d. The proper quorum and necessary officers are present e. The Order of Business is: i. Opening in Ample Form ii. Pledge of Allegiance iii. Recognition and Moment of Silence for Departed brother(s) iv. Reading of Minutes of prior Assembly or Assemblies v. Reading and acceptance of Petitions vi. Communications vii. Bills viii. Reports of Committees ix. Unfinished Business x. New Business xi. Elections xii. Recorder’s Announcements of coming events xiii. Closing in Ample Form f.

Balloting on Petitions is prohibited

g. Conferral of Degrees is prohibited h. Voting (other than Elections) may be done by voice vote or raising of hands or electronically, at the discretion of the Illustrious Master. 2. BLENDED STATED ASSEMBLY. At the time called for the Stated Assembly of any Council for the purpose of conducting business, the Council may conduct a tiled and blended in-person/virtual Assembly subject to the following restrictions: a. Opening and Closing Ritual i. A proper quorum of Companions and necessary officers meeting in person shall open the Assembly in Full Form prior to using an electronic meeting software and must end use of the electronic meeting software before closing the Assembly in Full Form OR ii. An ADR, Inspector, or authorized Grand Officer may open and close the Assembly in Ample Form, in accordance to restrictions noted above, either in-person or using an electronic meeting software b. Use of the software program must conform to the same security criteria noted above Sword & Trowel

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c. Due guards or signs should be given by Companion’s meeting in person only and out of camera view when electronic meeting software is in use d. Only Companions present in person may ballot on Petitions e. Conferral of Degrees is prohibited when using electronic meeting software Until further directions from me, this order is to remain in effect until my term as Grand Master ends.

Peter G. Champion Most Illustrious Grand Master, 2021-2022 (Original copy signed June 8, 2021)

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General Order No 2021-02

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Autumn is upon us Cryptic Companions, Autumn is upon us, and we see Masonic activities in full swing. As you may know, the Grand Master of Masons in California, Most Worshipful Arthur Weiss, has released his recommendation permitting virtual participation in stated meetings; this will be up for deliberation at the 172nd Annual Communication. However, Cryptic Councils in our jurisdiction already have provisions for hybrid meetings allowing virtual participation in stated assemblies. The companions should reference General Order 2021-01 for more details. Notwithstanding the benefit of virtual or hybrid meetings, we are seeing the return of in-person events including degree conferrals or festivals. To allow our Councils that are conducting virtual assemblies to ballot on petitions, I have released General Order 2021-02. Please review this directive in this newsletter and reach out to me if you have any questions. I am again including an article relevant to the history of Cryptic Masonry. The articles we included in preceding issues of the Sword and Trowel have been well received. Over the past several weeks, I continue to enjoy phone calls and correspondences about the articles and other topics from many of our companions. I am also very grateful for the lifetime membership certificates and other gifts from the various Councils in our jurisdiction. My only regret is not being able to attend in person the receptions and other gatherings owing to my health and the current pandemic. I am with you in spirit, and I enjoy hearing about all the fun and relevant work that you are all doing. Drop me a note at peterchampion5@gmail.com or a quick call at (805) 904-4334. You may also contact our Grand Steward, Right Illustrious Christian Marano, at cgmarano@gmail.com or (805) 712-9212 for more urgent matters; he will be certain to relay the information to me as my internet and phone connections can sometimes be problematic. For this helpful task, he has my appreciation. My thanks also go to our Deputy Grand Master, RI Guy Chalmers, and our other Grand Officers and Past Illustrious Grand Masters who have stepped up to represent our Grand Council in my behalf. This year is not what we had all intended. You supported me to advance to my position, and we are all doing our best regardless of the challenges with which we are presented. While my opportunity to travel is quite limited for now, I did enjoy an in-person event at King David’s Lodge in San Luis Obispo. On September 11th, the lodge unveiled a recently conserved 1870 portrait of George Washington with Masonic regalia, and we also enjoyed a dinner and presentation in observance of Constitution Month and commemoration of the events of 9/11. Nothing beats seeing brothers, companions, and friends, extending a friendly grip, and sharing fellowship to make up for lost time. I hope I will be able to see some of you soon. Cryptic Degrees The following contains excerpts from Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia and Bessell’s The Grand Councils of New York, Ohio, and Maryland. Tracing the origin and course of these degrees in the United States has been labeled “baffling” and caused in major part by the tendency of writers to refer to the two degrees jointly as though they have always constituted a pair. Another peculiarity is that there has long been a difference of Sword & Trowel

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opinion as to which of the two degrees should be conferred on the candidate first, and that they should both precede the Royal Arch, yet ARE often limited to Masons who are Royal Arch companions. Historically the degrees were conferred in Maryland before Royal Arch Masonry was established in the state. The Royal Master degree is mentioned in only a few scattered references prior to the year 1804, when it is claimed that Abram Jacobs went to New York and conferred the degree upon Thomas Lownds. In Gould's History of Freemasonry, (Scribner) Vol. I, p. 300, it is stated that the earliest authoritative account of the working of the degree occurs in the records of Columbian Council No. 1 of New York in 1807. For several years, prior to the adoption of the Select degree, that body conferred several other side degrees, such as the Order of the Garter, the Illustrious and Invincible Order of St George of Capidosia, and Knight of the Round Table. The ritual of only the last named of the three side degrees has been preserved. E. F. Schulz in History of Freemasonry in Maryland , Vol I, p.344, stated, “It is said that the Royal and Select degrees were conferred by Andrew Francken in Albany in 1769.” No evidence has ever been discovered that either of the degrees was conferred at Albany until long after that year. The Select Master degree, under the name, Select Masons of Twenty-seven, was conferred at Charleston, S.C. in 1783, and that is probably the earliest that either degree was worked in this country. One of the earliest investigations of the history of the degrees was made by a committee of the Grand Chapter R.A.M. of South Carolina to determine whether that body rightfully had the control over the degrees that it was then exercising. The report of the committee was dated February 26, 1829, and with it was found a note written by Moses Holbrook, chairman of the committee. The time of the investigation was late enough to permit the committee to fall into the common error of linking the two degrees together and thus to give Royal Master an apparent existence in the South earlier than facts warrant. Several theories exist as to the origins of “The American Rite,” including the Scots Degree Theory, the Berlin Theory, and the Baltimore Theory, and the Stuart Theory. The Stuart Theory advances the idea that the Cryptic Degrees were used as a cover under which the adherents of the House of Stuart could meet and plot to recover the Throne of Great Britain on behalf of that royal house. Under this theory, the Select Master Degree symbolizes the plan of Charles Edward Stuart, also known as the Young Pretender, under the title of James VI. He and Louis XVI, the current King of France are the two Kings represented by Solomon and Hiram of Tyre, together with the Earl of Mars and Nithsdale, and 23 others from Gaul forming the 27 that composed the Conclave. These were the men who were laying the foundations of the return and subsequent reign of the Young Pretender in secret. Remember that the word “select” was applied primarily to the individual Mason and not to the Degree itself -- it is the individual that is choice or select. The Select Masters were the true and tried Companions of the Young Pretender and his cause. About 1724, the Chevalier Andrew Michael Ramsay was selected by James III, the Old Pretender, to tutor his two sons, Charles Edward, also known as the Young Pretender, and Henry. Ramsay in 1737 as the Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of France delivered the celebrated oration which acted as the incentive for the multiplication of degrees that followed. In France alone several hundred such degrees sprang to life. According to the Stuart Theory, the Royal Master is the claimant to the throne of Great Britain. The Lost Word is the Lost Cause, the Secret Vault the Secret place in which they carried on their work for the revival of their cause. Within this vault, the Word, symbolizing the Cause and efforts for its revival, was to remain hidden until the time was ripe for it to be revealed. It may be interesting to note that there is evidence which indicates that the adoption by the Stuarts of the Bee-Hive as a symbol of their resurrection caused the Masons of England to drop the emblem, though its use is still retained in this country as a symbol of industry. The Scots Degree Theory seem to have sprung up about 1740 in parts of France. In 1741 we can find evidence of its reach as far as Berlin, Germany. The Chevalier de Bouneville in 1754 Sword & Trowel

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established a Chapter at Paris, France, in the Jesuit College of Clermont. The system of Freemasonry practiced by this Chapter became known as the Rite of Perfection or the Rite of Heredom. By the year 1758 the original seven degrees had grown to 25, and by 1801, were expanded to some 33 separate degrees of the Scottish Rite. During this expansion, the Select Degree was first included, then dropped, later reclaimed as a detached Degree, and finally dropped once again. One possible reason for the Rite of Perfection in dropping the Select Degree is that its substance is already contained in the 13th and 14th Degrees of that Rite. In 1802 the newly organized Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite issued a Manifesto solidifying the degrees over which it claimed jurisdiction, of which the detached Degree of Select Master was one. But the Royal Master is unmentioned. Bro. Mitchell, in his History of Freemasonry, Vol I, page 667, asserts that the Select Degree was formerly a part of the Royal Arch system. The General Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of the United States was slow in formation. In 1871, the Grand Council of Massachusetts took the initiative in calling a convention of representatives which met in New York City on June 12, 1872, with 14 Grand Councils represented. It was resolved that the Cryptic Degrees should be under the exclusive jurisdiction of Grand Councils and that no members should be recognized, except those who received the degrees in a Council of Royal and Select Masters or by authority of a Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite. This was seen as a harsh measure, for the degrees had been quite generally conferred by Royal Arch chapters, and, therefore, the resolution aroused considerable rancor, and operated to delay the ultimate objective. At a second convention in 1873, it was resolved that the degrees should be conferred in the order of Royal Master, Select Master, and that the Super Excellent should be optional. Other conventions were held in 1873 and 1874. At a convention in Detroit, Michigan, Aug. 23, 1880, a constitution was adopted for a General Grand Chapter to become effective when ratified by nine Grand Councils. Virginia and West Virginia had no Grand Councils, the degrees there always having been conferred in Royal Arch Chapters. The Grand Councils of North Carolina, Iowa, Nebraska, and Mississippi still retained the Chapter system, though all of them subsequently abandoned it. Wisconsin and Texas, though having Grand Councils, adopted systems peculiar to themselves in that the relations between councils and chapters were still intimate. In 1889, the General Grand Chapter ameliorated the harshness of the resolution of 1872 by authorizing each State Grand Council to determine the status of Royal and Select Masters in their several jurisdictions. At the next Sword and Trowel, we will list the figures who were instrumental in the spread of the Select Masters and Royal Master Degrees in America. Happy trails!

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A beautiful clock gifted to MIGM Peter Champion by the North Bay Cryptic Masons Sword & Trowel

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Grand Lecturer’s Royal Arch & Knights Templar Companions All This month finds us still challenged by the COVID pandemic. I am hearing anecdotes of infection rates approaching those of last winter in the general public especially among the unvaccinated. While hopefully most of us are vaccinated, breakthrough cases are on the rise as well! The primary concern is Safety! Face to face meetings are still a worry for many Chapters which is quite understandable and nothing unsafe should be done to practice our ritual even though I am fully committed to only doing ritual face to face and Not virtually. So as we take the situation day by day and region by region, please attempt to practice our ritual safely in small groups and in a cleared space! The festivals coming up both north and south this month need to pay attention to the conditions in their area and the fact that new Companions with their sponsors are traveling to these festivals from Outside their local areas! If it’s safe to conduct the ritual, please go ahead and do so, but if it’s questionable please fail safe for now and reschedule for later when conditions improve! Don’t forget that you can always get a dispensation by email to conduct Virtual stated Convocations if needed to gain a quorum to conduct business in the interim until conditions improve. This setback is hopefully temporary and we can resume our full schedule of events in the near future!? Until next time, Wear red and keep practicing! Best Regards -- Your Humble Grand Lecturer, Steve GRAND INSPECTOR GENERAL Sir Knights one and all -- From the world of Ritual October is here, the weather is changing to colder and festivals have started up again. My sources tell me that Lodges are working hard to catch up on new entered apprentice, fellowcraft, and masters. If you are not part of the degree team, it would be appropriate to attend wearing your York Rite coat to show support. It would also give the candidates opportunity to ask about the York Rite. I know that all who are anticipating to advance are studying hard and are ready to qualify. I know for those in A commandery that is still using zoom meets, it is somewhat difficult not being able to perform in a conclave, but I am sure that each of you will give it your best. Our inspectors are here to help. Having recently attended a meeting and a festival, it does seem a little strange. One forgets the feeling of being able to grip the hand of a fellow knight. I have been asked what the procedure is to elect companions who desire to become knights in between conclaves. The Commander can call a special conclave (in-person, not virtual) just for the purpose of electing them. It is the ritual staffs hope that by January, 2022 we will be back to a new normal. God Bless. Be safe. Sir Knight Jim Baum Grand Inspector General jamesgbaum@msn.com Sword & Trowel

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Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation

Donating to CMMRF is as Easy as Shopping My purchases are small on Amazon but currently I have generated $287.31 As of August 2020, the Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation (CMMRF) has received only $1,451.68 from AmazonSmile, out of the $216 Million the AmazonSmile Foundation has donated to other charities. Why so little? Because our companions haven’t designated CMMRF as their charity with AmazonSmile. With no additional out-of-pocket cost, you can increase your donation to (CMMRF). If you intend to make online purchases from Amazon for the coming holidays or if you have groceries delivered due to the pandemic, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to CMMRF, AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support our favorite charity every time you shop at Amazon. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for Android and iOS phones. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same prices and selection as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase price (minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, or taxes) to the charitable organization of your choice. You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. Here's how to sign up for AmazonSmile 1. Visit smile.amazon.com. 2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials. 3. Type in a Search box, Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation. 4. Select the charity. Your price is identical with or without the donation, so sign up for the automatic donations to CMMRF and sign up your lady as well. Once you have chosen the charity, it will show up at the top of the page whenever you sign into Smile.Amazon.com.

Dear Richard Thornton, This is the quarterly notification to inform you that the charity you've selected, Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation, recently received a donation of $287.31 from AmazonSmile -- at no cost to you or other customers. Thanks to customers shopping at smile.amazon.com, or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app, everyday purchases have generated over $321,230,298.08 million in donations to charities worldwide so far. AmazonSmile's impact: • $2,466.10 to Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation* • $285,795,312.80 to all charities in the US To track donations or change your charity, simply visit Your AmazonSmile Impact page. Go to smile.amazon.com Sword & Trowel

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CMMRF

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CMMRF Six Month Report The six-month report on CMMRF donations is in. California is in 7th place. The General Grand Council officers have donated over $27,000. Our traditional sparring partner Florida is in second place with nearly $15,000 and we have only donated about $7,200 this year. Our thanks is extended to the following members, Councils and organizations for their continued efforts to promote and sponsor the break through research of the CMMRF. • George Masson, • Raul Anon, • Andy Pippin, • John Gowan, • Eric Fuller, • Mark Flint, • Larry Geschwint, • Calvin Patton, • Charles Pierce, • Harwood Wright, • Brett Mac Donald, and • Bob Morrison. • Councils: • Sacramento, • Marysville, • Ventura, • Shekinah, • Visalia, and • Adoniram Whittier. • Other organizations: • Hattie Givens Trust, and • BMJ Productions. I have several awards which I will be mailing out shortly. Some are from last year and I had hoped we would be able to present them during our annual sessions but holding them until an uncertain 2022 date is not practical. Please accept them with our deepest thanks. I have included the new tri-fold CMMRF brochure and their hand out on their awards. Fraternally Brett Mac Donald CMMRF Chairman

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CMMRF discussion What is CMMRF? CMMRF, or Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation is the charity of the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons, although it is not limited to the Councils. Our donations go towards the research and development of treatments for various disease processes under the direction of the Indiana University and Dr Michael Murphy. What does Cryptic Masonry do with CMMRF? We provide donations that supply various lab equipment that is currently being used to treat Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Stroke, Peripheral Artery Disease, Burns, Heart Failure, Diabetes, and a wide range of other diseases by pioneering new treatments and utilizing research from other labs across the globe. How are the contributions used and distributed? Instead of simply dumping money into the program and hoping that it gets put to good use, we invest the donations and dispense them as needed. We want to ensure that funds are available when the equipment is needed. It doesn't take long to spend a lot of money in the medical field. We are like the grandparent that buys the gifts as they are needed. What is the main focus of the research? CMMRF and Indiana University's Vascular and Biologic Medicine lab are dealing primarily in the use of stem cells. Stem cells are the building blocks of life. Unlike the information from decades ago where the cord blood was needed from the baby, science has evolved and our very own stem cells can be taken from various parts of our own body and instructed on how to act. We are training our very body to heal itself. It is turning science fiction into science fact. This advancement in medicine is not sorcery. Science never stops improving. Alexander Fleming discovered the healing property of penicillin and Jonas Salk created a vaccine for polio. Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant. These were all made possible by the Great Creator. What seemed as sorcery then has now become the mainstream treatment. Stem cells therapy is just another path on our improvement of life. Penicillin saves countless lives. The Polio vaccine has prevented death and crippling deformities for decades. And heart transplants? That is like rebuilding your engine while the car is still running. Even though the stigma and controversy of stem cell therapy is still lingering in the minds of some skeptics, it is no different than telling a fungus to kill bacteria in the body, or introducing a virus to the human body so that it will be able to fight it off if it ever encounters it, or even replacing a diseased and damaged heart with one that is still strong and full of life. The Great Creator is the author of these treatments and has opened the door for us to use them and learn from them. What are some of the advances made by our contributions? We help to fund the lab of Dr Michael Murphy. If we were to focus on just one of the pieces of equipment purchased, we could talk about the encapulator. This machine takes the stem cells, after they have been activated and instructed on what to do, and places a small protective coating around them. Once inside the body, the cells that attack foreign cells cannot see them as foreign. The new encapsulated cells can then perform the tasks required, whether it is to repair tissue, balance the cells that are out of balance as in AAA, or even do the job of other cells such as the ones that produce insulin. What is AAA and how have our contributions aided in its research? AAA is the 13th leading cause of death and is suspected to be higher than 13th because it can be present and not diagnosed. This is a disease of the largest artery in the body. Once it begins to weaken, it does not repair itself. The surgery required to repair this damage is very risky with approximately 50% of the patients not surviving the operation. Late symptoms can include a tearing sensation and pulsation in the center of your abdomen. It is literally a ticking time bomb for those that have been diagnosed with one. We have funded research that has led Dr Murphy to discover an imbalance in two types of cells. When these cells are out of balance, AAA can occur. With outpatient stem cell therapy, using the patient's own stem cells, AAA has been stopped. This doesn't necessarily mean that the body will heal itself; what this means is that the body can prevent it from ever happening! We have a vaccine for AAA. This same imbalance has also been Sword & Trowel

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linked to such disease processes like Multiple Sclerosis. Imagine going to the doctor for your annual checkup and getting vaccines for a variety of disease processes that are treatable but not curable. CMMRF is changing that. Is this the biggest advancement by CMMRF so far? That is hard to answer. All of these advancements are making room for new treatments of all kinds of disease processes. Imaging taking stem cells from your own muscle and teaching them to become skin, then spraying them on like paint. Imagine waking up from a stroke and being unable to determine how long the symptoms were there. By the time you receive medical care, you may be outside the window of treatment for reversing the symptoms. CMMRF is funding research that is actively treating patients suffering from stroke, but at 8 times longer than the accepted timeframe! Imagine having a machine that can spray stem cells onto a beating heart and train them to rebuild damaged heart tissue. We have that too! How did we find the patients for the study? Indiana University is using patients from the VA hospital for the trials of the vaccine for AAA. The majority of patients with AAA are Caucasian, smokers, and over 60 years of age. Many of them have multiple health issues as well. You can also apply to be part of a study by going to CMMRF.ORG and clicking on the big purple tab at the top. So, can this breakthrough be used elsewhere? These breakthroughs are happening all over the world. Imagine curing AAA. Imagine reversing strokes. Imagine repairing damaged hearts. Imagine treating burn victims like never before. Imagine curing diabetes. Now accept the idea that it is happening right now. It may happen in your lifetime. It may even be used to save your life. What is next for CMMRF?

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Recorder Essentials

Forms & Documents: located at Grand York Rite website: Grand York Rite of California. Click on "Special Documents.” Click on Grand Council Documents (In white). You will be presented with a screen (links):

Grand Council COVID-19 Response

Council Budget

Council "pdf" Forms (fillable) Please use these pdf forms and if you find any errors, please notify web master as to error.

Council Proceedings

Council Questionnaires for Dias Officers

Council Resolutions

Close Full Form Cryptic Masons Illustrious Master of the Year - Report Card Thrice Illustrious Masters Petition Elected Representative Proxy Credentials Elected Representatives Credential 2019 Grand Sessions Results

2020 Ample Form Usage by ADR & Inspectors 2020 Election Procedures

1. Dues Collection: You should send out dues’ notices no later than October, with payments from members due by December 31st. MMS Database is used by Grand Recorder for per-capita billing to each Council of Cryptic Masons, with data updated by December 31. 2. Membership control: MMS Database is used to compute amount of per capita Council needs to pay. Billing is accomplished by Grand Recorder & payment is due by Jan 15th each year. Important changes to your membership include new members, demits, remits & deaths. Maintain e-mail addresses for members & you can easily then forward monthly newsletter, Workman (Royal Arch Masons) & Sword & Trowel (Cryptic Masons) 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 & not received your dues notice, are treated fairly. See following sections of relevant Constitution in order to learn about this process: Section 30-10. SUSPENSION FOR NON-PAYMENT OF DUES. 1. Any member whose dues & assessments are unpaid for a period of 12 months may be considered for suspension. 2. Prior to such suspension, Recorder, at first Stated Assembly following first day of August of each year, shall furnish to Illustrious Master a list of members who have not paid current dues & assessments. Such members, if possible, shall be personally contacted with reference thereto by Illustrious Master, Deputy Master, Principal Conductor of Work or member appointed for this purpose, who shall report thereupon at next Stated Assembly. 3. Members who have not paid current year's dues & assessments by last day of October, & for whom remission of dues has not been recommended by Illustrious Master, shall be notified by Recorder under seal of Council by first class mail to his last known address that either his dues for current year be paid or cause shown for such failure or he may be subjected to suspension by Council at last Sword & Trowel

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Stated Assembly of year. Council may, by vote, suspend such members effective 31st day of December, provided their dues have not been received & no action has been taken to remit dues for that cause. 4. Per Capita: Per-capita is billed to each Council by Grand Recorder. Per Capita payment, due each Jan 15th, does not require action by Council to be paid. 5. Insurance: You will be billed for Insurance payment by Grand Secretary-Recorder. Insurance payment, due each July 15th, does not require action by Chapter, Council or Commandery to be paid. 6. 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 & vote count by which they passed or failed. In addition to keeping petitions in a separate file, it is good practice to replicate basic petitioner information in minutes. It is also a good practice to keep names of attendees at each meeting in minutes. If conferring a degree, keep a copy of cast members & candidate(s). 7. Grand Sessions: Before April meeting, remind Dais officers they are responsible to attend, & 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 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 & Proxy Credentials." 8. Grand Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters of California: Be sure current Illustrious Master & Illustrious Past Masters’ know they are eligible to receive this Order. Share petition with them & send to Grand Recorder. Petitions for all three bodies are available at website.

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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.

Contacts Illustrious Grand Master Cryptic Masons: Most Illustrious Companion, Peter G. Champion, KYGCH & Lady Janice Grand Master Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California San Luis Obispo Council No. 38

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

Assistant Secretary/Recorder & Grand Treasurer Grand Council Cryptic Masons: Thomas Krummell, KYCH 1123 J Street Sacramento, CA 95814

Website: Richard E. Thornton, KYCH

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 We, Grand Officers of your Grand Cryptic Council, have pledged to serve you, our beloved Companions of the Cryptic Arch, to achieve the excellence and satisfaction of your wellearned labor. We aim for your best and most imaginative efforts as we emerge from this lifechanging pandemic to reconstruct our world in a better way

Most Illustrious Companion Peter G. Champion, KYGCH & Lady Janice Grand Master Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 Right Illustrious Companion Guy M. Chalmers, KYCH & Lady Jeanne Deputy Grand Master Grand Council Cryptic Masons Redwood Empire Council No. 46

Right Illustrious Companion Michael T. Sherman, KYCH Grand Principal Conductor of the Work Grand Council Cryptic Masons Helix Council No. 58

Right Illustrious Companion Thomas A. Krummell, KYCH & Lady Marcia Grand Treasurer Grand Council Cryptic Masons Sierra Nevada Council No. 13

Right Illustrious Companion Philip Hardiman, KYGCH, PGHP, & Lady Nancy Grand Recorder Grand Council Cryptic Masons Sacramento Council No. 1

Right Illustrious Companion K. Mark Harris, KYCH Grand Director of Ritual Grand Council Cryptic Masons Oakland Council No. 12 Right Illustrious Companion Michael J. Ramos Grand Chaplin (North) Grand Council Cryptic Masons Sword and Trowel Council No.65 Right Illustrious Companion Jeffrey A. White, KYCH & Lady Lisa Grand Captain of the Guard Grand Council Cryptic Masons Pacific Council No. 37 Right Illustrious Companion Christian G. Marano, KYCH & Lady Mara Cristina Grand Stewart Grand Council Cryptic Masons San Luis Obispo Council No. 38

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Right Illustrious Companion Thomas A. Krummell, KYCH & Lady Marcia Assistant Grand Recorder Grand Council Cryptic Masons Sierra Nevada Council No. 13 Right Illustrious Companion Christopher N. Radcliffe & Lady Deyanira Grand Chaplin (South) Grand Council Cryptic Masons Helix Council No. 58 Right Illustrious Companion Andrew B. Pippin, KYCH, & Lady Juli Grand Conductor of the Council Grand Council Cryptic Masons Ventura Council No. 15 Right Illustrious Companion Jonathan H. Prestage & Lady Hanna Grand Orator Grand Council Cryptic Masons Sword and Trowel Council No. 65

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Right Illustrious Companion Christopher Robert Trueblood Grand Marshal (North) Grand Council Cryptic Masons Sword and Trowel Council No. 65 Right Illustrious Companion Dean A. Clark and Lady Chris Grand Sentinel Grand Council Cryptic Masons San Luis Obispo Council No. 38 Right Illustrious Companion Peter Lynn Cunningham Grand Bible Bearer Grand Council Cryptic Masons Visalia Council No. 43

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Right Illustrious Companion Matthew J. McColm & Lady Chelsey Grand Marshal (South) Grand Council Cryptic Masons Helix Council No. 58 Right Illustrious Companion Floyd Griffin Grand Soloist Grand Council Cryptic Masons Ventura Council No. 15 Right Illustrious Companion Mark Alexander Nielsen & Lady Nicole Grand Standard Bearer Grand Council Cryptic Masons Helix Council No. 58

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Happenings in our State & in a Galaxy far, far, Away Adoniram-Whittier Council

newest Adoniram-Whittier Council member Rory Richardson who we greeted Monday night. It was a great night and it was extra special to be doing the work again after COVID. We’re looking forward to doing the Degrees again real soon

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East Bay York Rite

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Sacramento

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Stockton York Rite

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General Grand Council

The Decryption - News from Cryptic Masons International September 3, 2021 Vol 6, Issue 5 Northeast York Rite Conference: September 10-11, 2021 in Albany, New York More Info North Central York Rite Conference: October 22-24, 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota More Info

CMMRF Giving Update

General Grand Council Presents Moises Gomez: September 12, 2021 at 12pm MDT (GMT-6) Read More...

Passing of RIC Kent R. McCandless, 1939-2021 Read More...

Just a LATTE a Month

$5 per Month Works Miracles! Our Goal: 1000 Participants Give up a coffee a month or more to help medical research through the Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation.

Our Crypt Preserves Read More...

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AWARDS The following individuals have been recognized with Cryptic Awards recently. Articles regarding the presentation are linked to each name. No new recognition reports this week, send your reports through this form (This form requires a Google Login). If you don not have one, you can contact us here

• IC Dan Brown, Veteran's Award All Recognition News Articles

CALENDARS We have remodeled and are updating our calendaring system. Check it out!

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The Decryption - News from Cryptic Masons International September 9, 2021 Vol 6, Issue 6 General Grand Council Presents Moises Gomez: September 12, 2021 at 12pm MDT (GMT6) More Info North Central York Rite Conference: October 22-24, 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota More Info

CMMRF Giving Update

Fan the Flame Read More...

Adoniram: Hypothesis Read More...

Just a LATTE a Month

Relying on God Read More...

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AWARDS The following individuals have been recognized with Cryptic Awards recently. Articles regarding the presentation are linked to each name. No new recognition reports this week, send your reports through this form (This form requires a Google Login). If you don not have one, you can contact us here

• IC Dan Brown, Veteran's Award All Recognition News Articles

CALENDARS We have remodeled and are updating our calendaring system. Check it out!

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The Decryption - News from Cryptic Masons International September 17, 2021 Vol 6, Issue 7 North Central York Rite Conference: October 22-24, 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota More Info

CMMRF Giving Update

General Grand Master's Fire-Side Chat: Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 3pm MDT (GMT-6) Read More...

Labor Resumes in Oklahoma Read More...

Just a LATTE a Month

$5 per Month Works Miracles! Our Goal: 1000 Participants Give up a coffee a month or more to help medical research through the Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation.

Passing of Gerald B. Cobb, Grand Master of Pennsylvania Read More...

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The following individuals have been recognized with Cryptic Awards recently. Articles regarding the presentation are linked to each name. No new recognition reports this week, send your reports through this form (This form requires a Google Login). If you don not have one, you can contact us here

• No new submissions All Recognition News Articles

Albert G. Mackey on The Mystical Meaning of Numbers Read More...

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The Decryption - News from Cryptic Masons International September 24, 2021 Vol 6, Issue 8 General Grand Master's Fire-Side Chat: Sunday, September 26, 2021, at 3pm MDT (GMT-6) More Info North Central York Rite Conference: October 22-24, 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota More Info

CMMRF Giving Update

CMMRF: October is Reagent Month Read More...

Thoughts on Leadership 401 Read More...

Just a LATTE a Month

Masonic Burial Rites for MIC Kenneth D. Fuller, 1946-2021 Read More...

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AWARDS

Northwest York Rite Conference; October 15-16, 2021 in Boise, Idaho Read More...

The following individuals have been recognized with Cryptic Awards recently. Articles regarding the presentation are linked to each name. No new recognition reports this week, send your reports through this form (This form requires a Google Login). If you don not have one, you can contact us here

• No new submissions All Recognition News Articles

CALENDARS We have remodeled and are updating our calendaring system. Check it out!

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The Decryption - News from Cryptic Masons International September 30, 2021 Vol 6, Issue 9 Northwest York Rite Conference: October 15-16, 2021 in Boise, Idaho More Info North Central York Rite Conference: October 22-24, 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota More Info

CMMRF Giving Update

MId Atlantic York Rite Conference: October 22, 2021 in Ocean City, Maryland Read More...

Fall York Rite Leadership Opportunities Read More...

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$5 per Month Works Miracles! Our Goal: 1000 Participants Give up a coffee a month or more to help medical research through the Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation.

October is CMMRF Reagent Month! Let’s Drive for 75! Read More...

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The following individuals have been recognized with Cryptic Awards recently. Articles regarding the presentation are linked to each name. No new recognition reports this week, send your reports through this form (This form requires a Google Login). If you don not have one, you can contact us here

Regional Deputy Conference Call September 27, 2021 Read More...

• No new submissions All Recognition News Articles

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Freemasonry During the Civil War: Acts of Treason? Part One Read More...

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