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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 Brother’s and their friends.


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What’s Inside Sword and Trowel VISION STATEMENT .......................................................................................................................................................... 5 GENERAL ORDER 2021-01 .................................................................................................................................................. 6 GENERAL ORDER NO 2021-02........................................................................................................................................... 8 THANKSGIVING .................................................................................................................................................................. 9 ANNUAL COMMUNICATIONS GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA CRYPTIC MASONS ATTENDEES .............. 12 FROM THE DEEP SOUTH ................................................................................................................................................. 13 GRAND LECTURER’S ........................................................................................................................................................ 17 ROYAL ARCH & KNIGHTS TEMPLAR ........................................................................................................................... 17 CRYPTIC MASONS MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION ........................................................................................ 18 CMMRF ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 18 CMMRF SIX MONTH REPORT .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 21 CMMRF DISCUSSION ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 22 RECORDER ESSENTIALS.................................................................................................................................................. 23 SCHOLARSHIPS ................................................................................................................................................................. 24 EDITORS GRUMBLINGS ................................................................................................................................................... 24 CONTACTS ........................................................................................................................................................................ 25 ILLUSTRIOUS GRAND MASTER CRYPTIC MASONS: ......................................................................................................................................................... 25 GRAND SECRETARY/RECORDER: ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 25 ASSISTANT SECRETARY/RECORDER & GRAND TREASURER GRAND COUNCIL CRYPTIC MASONS: ....................................................................... 25 WEBSITE: .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 25 OFFICERS: GRAND COUNCIL CRYPTIC MASONS CALIFORNIA ............................................................................ 26 HAPPENINGS IN OUR STATE & IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR, AWAY .......................................................................... 27 STOCKTON YORK RITE ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 28 GENERAL GRAND COUNCIL ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 29

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Vision Statement

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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: 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: Sword & Trowel

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i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. vii. viii. ix. x. xi. xii. xiii. f.

Opening in Ample Form Pledge of Allegiance Recognition and Moment of Silence for Departed brother(s) Reading of Minutes of prior Assembly or Assemblies Reading and acceptance of Petitions Communications Bills Reports of Committees Unfinished Business New Business Elections Recorder’s Announcements of coming events Closing in Ample Form

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 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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Thanksgiving Cryptic Companions, As we find ourselves among family and friends over festive meal this Thanksgiving season, it is customary for many of us to reflect on blessings, people, opportunities, and other reasons for which we should be thankful. Thus, for this issue of the Sword and Trowel, I offer some of the key figures who were instrumental in the propagation and establishment of the Cryptic Rite in America. But as we pay tribute to these companions, I also acknowledge my appreciation to current and active companions in our state, particularly our Deputy Grand Master, Right Illustrious Guy Chalmers, and his Lady, Jeanne, for continuing to represent me and Jan while our health conditions prevent us from travelling. Thank you and may you all have a blessed Thanksgiving with all your loved ones. Key figures in America’s Cryptic Degrees The Select Master Degree Etienne (Stephen) Morin Morin was raised a Mason in in1741 at Bordeaux, France. He was named as Inspector General of the Scottish Rite for the New World in 1761, and arrived in the West Indies in about 1762. He communicated his powers to Francken in Kingston, Jamaica at about the same time. Henry Andrew Francken While Francken was responsible for the establishment of a Lodge of Perfection in Albany, New York in 1767, no mention of the degrees of either Royal or Select Master can be found among Albany’s records. Historical Cryptic credit attributed to Franckenas to the Select master is unsubstantiated. Moses Michael Hays He received his degrees at the hand of Francken and in 1788 appointed a fellow Jew, Joseph Myers, as the Inspector General of the Scottish Rite for the State of Maryland., Joseph Moses Myers Myers practiced and promoted the degrees of Royal Arch, Holy Royal Arch, Select Master, and Royal Master while in Virginia in a haphazard manner depending on local interest. He is reported to have conferred the Select Degree in Rhode Island. It is on account of the deposit by him of Rituals of the Cryptic Degrees, at Charleston, South Carolina, in 1788 that he has acquired his prominence in Cryptic Masonry. After which time he is not heard of again, and it is supposed that he returned to Europe. It is here that any direct linkage of the Scottish Rite Degrees and/or the Cryptic Degrees ends. However, from these four men we could conceivably account for the possible existence of the Cryptic Degrees in the states of New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, and Rhode Island. Abram Jacobs Jacobs received from Moses Cohen in Jamaica the Scottish Rite degrees as well as “the Select Mason of 27 Degree” on November 09, 1790. Jacobs immediately began to exercise the perceived authority given unto him by Cohen. Jacobs came to New York in 1804, where he continued to confer the Select Degree. Thomas Lowndes being one of the candidates on which Jacobs completed conferring the degree. Henrick Wilmans Wilmans was a native of Bremen, Prussia. where he received his lodge degrees in Silver Key Lodge located in the city of Bremen; but the destruction of the records of this Lodge by fire, prior to 1800, prevents any further verification. He first settled in Charleston, South Carolina about 1788. We do not know how long he lived in Charleston, but he moved to Baltimore in 1792. He established a Lodge of Perfection in the city of Baltimore in 1792 as well as a Grand Council of Select Masters. The Royal Master and Select Master Degrees seem, originally, to have had no connection with each other and first became known through entirely different instrumentalities in widely separated parts of this country. A union being effected through the efforts of Jeremy Ladd Cross, From Schulz’ History of Freemasonry in Maryland, Vol I, page 343 we find the following: Wilmans in the year 1792 erected at the city of Baltimore a Grand Council of Select Masons. By lawful succession the powers so exercised by Wilmans became vested in Philip Eckle and Hezekiah Niles. Where Wilmans Sword & Trowel

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obtained his degree or from what source he derived his powers is not known. He seems to have been a man of considerable Masonic standing, and in 1794 was Grand Master of Masons of Maryland. Philip P Eckel Eckel, was a born 1768 in Manheim, Germany. He received the Select Master Degree from Wilmans previous to 1795. Eckle did not receive the degree of Royal Master until 1819 while in New York after having served as Grand High Priest. Hezekiah Niles He received the Select Master Degree from Wilmans. To Henry Wilmans is generally attributed the recognition of inventing the Select Degree, and its subsequent elaboration to Philip P Eckle. Royal Master Degree Thomas Lowndes During the Cerneau controversy, Lowndes took the surreptitious Cerneau side, and affiliated with Cerneau’s Supreme Council. In 1810 Lowndes, along with John E Ruckles, and a number of other Brethren met and organized Columbian Council. Thomas Lowndes in 1810 organized in the city of New York a Council of Royal Masters under the name of Columbian Grand Council. Where Lowndes obtained his Royal Master degree is as little known or even less so than where Wilmans received his. In 1806 an Abraham Jacobs conferred several Scottish Rite Degrees upon Lowndes, but there is no record to show whether or not either of the Cryptic Degrees was numbered among them. The first record of Columbian Council, which was organized in September of 1810, uses Scottish Rite Titles and Scottish Rite dates, with the York Rite dates not appearing until August of 1818. While the records of Columbian Council indicate a Scottish Rite connection in the beginning, there seems to have been a growing tendency to establish a close affiliation with Royal Arch Masonry of the York Rite. In all probability the Royal Master Degree may have been fabricated by Lowndes and his associates, and while there have been some prominent changes the spirit of the degree remains intact. To this body of Royal Masters also is ascribed the invention of the Super-Excellent Degree, as it seems to have been first conferred by them about 1825. To Lowndes and Wilman we may directly trace the Cryptic Masonry now in use in either hemisphere. The evidence for the foregoing statement is derived from an old document without any date over the signature of Eckle and Niles. It is generally conceded that Eckle believed himself to be the sole and rightful custodian of the degree of Select Master after the death of Wilmans in 1795. It was in the fall of 1816 that Eckle conferred the degree upon Jeremy L Cross, who had just been appointed as Grand Lecturer of the General Grand Chapter. Cross was so struck with the beauty of the degree, as well as its utility as a complement to the Royal Arch, that he asked for and received permission to disseminate it among Royal Arch Masons. This permission was given by a warrant under the hand of Eckle by the title of ‘Thrice Illustrious and Grand Puissant in the Grand Council of Select at Baltimore’. This warrant was attested to by ‘H Niles as Ill. In the G. Council’. These Councils established by Cross at that time were all assemblies of Select Masters only. In 1818 Cross, in some manner, became possessed of the Royal degree, and he thereupon enlarged ‘the high powers’ in him vested by Eckle to grant charters for Councils of Royal as well as Select Masters. The popular fallacy that the Cryptic Rite arose out of or formed a part of the Scottish Rite system, either in course or detached, was undoubtedly created by the fact that all of the earlier custodians were ‘Inspectors General’. The Rite of Perfection was introduced into this country by a Stephen Morin, through Henry Andrew Francken. Soon after Morin’s moved to St. Domingo, where he appointed a number of deputies under the same name, and those in turn appointed others. The subsequent political troubles on that island caused a large exodus to the United States and many of these ‘deputies’ were numbered among them. Upon their arrival here a few settled and permanently Charleston, S.C., while others went on to New York and other cities. They carried with them in some very vague form the elements of the Rite of Perfection and in a limited and rather imperfect manner diffused them to an eager audience. There was neither system nor government of the York nor Scottish Rite at that time, and thus every individual Inspector was practically a law unto himself. No effort at organization ever seems to have been made at any place save Charleston, where tradition says a Lodge of Perfection was established, and this city may justly be regarded as the Mecca of the Scottish Rite. It was not until after the Council degrees had become established in their present forms that the Scottish Rite jumped up and claimed authority of the Royal and Select Master Degrees. But the Charleston body could show but a doubtful title to the Select Degree and was positively without any in respect to the Royal Masdter. Finally, the Scottish Rite during its session held in Baltimore in1870 formally relinquished all control over the Select Master Degree. Jeremy L Cross Sword & Trowel

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He knew nothing at all of the history of Masonry, and cared nothing for it. To all questions outside of simply performing the ‘work’ and ‘lectures’, his honest answer was – ‘When you memorize what I am teaching you, then you will know as much about Masonry as I do!’ In 1819 Cross published both his “True Masonic Chart or Hieroglyphic Monitor”, borrowing largely from that of Webb along with a pamphlet monitor of the Council Degrees. John Barker Received the Degree of Royal Master on December 15, 1818, in the Council at New Haven, Connecticut, of which Cross was a member. A few years after Cross had started upon his work a rival appeared upon the field in the person of John Barker, who claimed to be the accredited ‘agent’ of the Southern Supreme Council, A.A.S.R., an authority that has never been substantiated. Philip P Eckel He received the degree of Royal Master in 1819 by Ebenezer Wadsworth of New York. High sounding Masonic titles were easily acquired in those days, and just as easily maintained, as there were none to say nay. To them The Inspectors assumed the power of creating others at their pleasure, and this power was freely exercised, while still others assumed dignity upon themselves and an assertion of superior knowledge concerning the ‘high grades’. As a rule, the degrees so held, or controlled by each man were imparted in the most informal manner by oral and individual communication. These early vendors of Freemasonry conferred the degrees sometimes for gold and sometimes for glory; actuated by the highest and best of motives on occasion and in the most selfish and sordid in others, yet at all times rendering a most important service for the generations which were to come in the preservation and perpetuation of the old traditions, rites and ceremonies. Barker, like Cross, was actuated mainly by motives of personal gain. Both sowed degrees for hire and both made merchandise for the conferral of those degrees. Joseph Meyers, who was the founder of the Charleston Council Princes of Jerusalem, was an itinerant vender of miscellaneous Masonic wares-for a monetary consideration. He traveled extensively, in some kind of mercantile pursuit, carrying his Masonic degrees as a sideline. He by no means confined himself to the Rite of Perfection, as his overflowing store would furnish almost anything that was called for. And so it was with all the high degrees practiced in the Americas prior to the 1800s. At that time organization commenced and has since been steadily perfected thereby taking from the itinerant vendor the ability to promote his ‘higher degrees’ and transferring that practice to constitutional authority. By thus considering our origins and tracing our descent, we may safely assert that our extraction is honorable and compares favorably with any of the bodies that came into existence contemporaneously with us. Our growth and development have been upon the lines of freedom that characterizes the York Rite and distinguishes it from all others. Our government is based on the cherished principles of democratic equality first practiced by the Masonic guild, while our symbolism, allegories and moral teachings complete and fully perfect the Masonic system of the American Rite. I have been asked to render an opinion that I do not believe is solely the right of the Grand Master to make. So I offer it to you as a discussion question, how do you think of the nine arches? Does it make a difference to Cryptic ritual if the arches are to steps that descend (as stairs to the Secret Vault)? Or if they are level and form a tunnel like a railroad tunnel? Or do they slope upward like the Moslem rebuilt of the Temple Mount? Most of the research of these companions was accomplished by Bob S. Jones of Ohio and placed online in 2009.

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Annual Communications Grand Lodge of California Cryptic Masons Attendees

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From the Deep South Hello and welcome from the southern part of the state. In Spanish: Hola y bienvenido desde la parte sur del estado. In Filipino: Kumusta at maligayang pagdating mula sa katimugang bahagi ng estado I hope everyone is doing great. If the verbiage above is wrong, I blame it on the auto Translator. We have been busy in the southern part of the state with Blue Lodges along with the York Rite bodies opening up and everyone starting to meet in person. Below is the new directive from our new Grand Master Jeffery M. Wilkins. Stated Meetings: October 14, 2021 Dear Brethren, During his tenure, Past Grand Master Weiss issued emergency directives allowing lodges to hold virtual stated meetings. His directives were issued pursuant to emergency provisions in the California Masonic Code and in light of the prohibitions against in-person meetings by many California government authorities. These emergency directives, allowing virtual participation at stated meetings, expired at the close of the Annual Communication on Sunday and now have no force or effect. This summer, the California Department of Public Health lifted its prohibitions on meeting and events. Counties and cities throughout California have also lifted their meeting prohibitions. I am not aware of any state, county, or city regulation that would prohibit lodges from holding in-person stated meetings (provided, of course, that the meetings are conducted safely and follow guidance with respect to the use of masks, ventilation, proper social distancing, etc.). Therefore: •

There is not cause or justification to renew the directives related to virtual stated meetings issued by Past Grand Master Weiss when he was grand master; and

Effective immediately, all lodges shall resume in-person stated meetings.

In-person stated meetings shall be conducted in accordance with state and local guidance regarding the safe conduct of meetings and gatherings.

All lodges shall cease holding virtual stated meetings and cease allowing lodge members to participate virtually in a stated meeting.

It was wonderful to see many of you at Annual Communication last week and celebrate the vibrant return to the in-person practice of Freemasonry.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Jeffery M. Wilkins Grand Master

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With that said I look forward to more Chapters, Councils & Commanderies meeting in person if you haven’t already been doing so. How good and pleasant it is to dwell together in unity. In the south we held a Royal Arch festival in the Inland Empire (San Bernardo area) on September 25th with I believe 11 new members. On October 13th we held our Cryptic Council degrees in the same area bringing in 14 new members total from Orange County, Inland Empire, San Diego and were honored to include 2 members from the state of Nevada. Please see photo below. I hope our editor was able to open the pdf file. On December 6th we have the Commandery Orders. We are doing well in the south. How about your areas?!

On October 14th & 15th (15th & 16th Filipino time – 15-hour difference) I was invited to join the Grand York Rite Sessions in the Philippines (representing York Rite of California and the MIGM Peter Champion) via Zoom. During the Grand Council Sessions, I was asked to be the keynote speaker at the end of the evening (early morning). It was truly a great honor and also to meet the new Brothers & Companions of the Philippines. With a little history of my father being in the service (Army Corp of Engineers) many years ago; he was Entered, Passed and Raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Bagong Buhay Lodge #17, Cavite, Philippines. My sister just informed me that he was also a Scottish Rite Mason as well. My oldest sister was also born in Cavite, PI. Please see photo below of myself and the MIGM Jomel Maranana. As I said it was truly an honor and pleasure to attend and represent California York Rite Masonry. Though so far and yet so close. Zoom on one hand was able to bring us together. All three GYR bodies have elected to stay in place one more year in office partly due to the pandemic. They are starting to open up slowly but surely. In 2023 it will be one of my biggest goals to attend their GYR Sessions in October of 2023 if elected MIGM. In case you’re an enquiry mind. The heads of bodies are as follows: Sword & Trowel

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ME Manuel Liam C. Garcia MEHP MI Jomel Dennis L. Maranan MIGM, OSVSK Rodel Riezl S. Reyes REGC, KCT, KTCH

Though their numbers for each body are around 300 (plus/minus), its still great to see York Rite is thriving in different parts of the world. As the end of the year is coming to a close I have two Council Installations coming up in the month of October and in December. With the other three Council Installations right after the 1st of the year. Then we start all over with our spring festivals starting in March 2022. I can’t tell you how great it is to finely be able to meet in person and bring in new members. With the end of the year coming up rapidly we also face the holidays which mean cooler weather (can’t wait), Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years. This equates to children playing in the front yards (street), more traffic and impatient drivers, holiday cheers (alcoholic pleasures). So I ask you to think of those three words we are taught early on in Masonry: Time, Patience & Perserverance. If we practice those three words we shall complish our goals. Take the extra time to leave a little earlier to get where you’re going, be patient (especially those around you) and you will persevere in acomplishing what you have set out to do. I would like to thank our R.I. Grand DM for stepping up this year when needed. R.I. Grand Steward Christain Marano for stepping in and helping our MIGM Peter Champion when needed. Great job to you both for the double duty you have taken on this year. Thanks also to all the Grand Officers for your help and support as we’re finally coming out of this pandemic. And to all the Council Companions for your support through this trying year. We will succeed in the coming year and beyond. On a side note: If any Companion (be it Grand Officers, Dias officer or any Companion wishes to write an article (pictures of your events) for the Sword & Trowel, please feel free to enlighten us with your knowledge. We would love too here from you. And lastly, don’t forget to donate to CMMRF (Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation) every little bit helps this foundation. Through you we can accomplish great things. I challenge all Illustrious Masters of our Councils to put his hat on the alter at the end of each meeting for donations to CMMRF and at the end of year you can forward those funds. One last tidbit of information for all. As I’ve talked in the past about “Rebuilding of the Bridge”. Here is one example. Last night (October 21st, 2021) the local York Rite bodies came to support one of the local Blue Lodges in raising a brother to the sublime degree of Master Mason and hopefully a York Rite Mason in the spring. Also, a great night for fellowship. What are you doing to promote York Rite Masonry in your areas? Fun night in Temecula - Murrieta Lodge # 869 in raising a brother to the sublime degree of Master Mason. With the presence of the three York Rite bodies (Royal Arch, Cryptic Masons & Commandery) in support of the Blue Lodge. Thank you, WM/R.I. Mark Nielsen (Grand Standard Bearer of Cryptic Masons of California), for the invite. Great night had by all. Rebuilding the bridge as I call it. In the first photo below (from L to R) are as follows: EC Steve Lerner – Grand Marshall South – GRAM, R.I. Michael T. Sherman – Grand PCW – Cryptic Masons, S.K. Anthony McLean – Grand Treasurer – Commandery, EC Thomas R. Handell – PHP, Candidate/Brother Adam Rezk, WM/R.I. Mark Nielson – Grand Standard Bearer – Cryptic Masons, R.I. Christopher N. Radcliffe – Grand Chaplain South – Cryptic Masons & EC Thomas E. Colgan – Grand Soloist – GRAM.

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Take care, be safe & God Bless to you and your families Michael T. Sherman Department Grand Officer # 8 Grand Principal Conductor of the Work Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of California

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Grand Lecturer’s Royal Arch & Knights Templar Companions All I trust that every Chapter has had a chance to get together face to face by now and renew the ritual of opening and closing. Although the Pandemic is still with us, I hope that every Chapter has figured out how to meet safely to practice our ritual as Royal Arch Masons? The ritual staff has reviewed the ritual of the Mark Master and Past Master degrees together and stand ready to assist every Chapter in the conferral of these degrees on our many new members next year. These next few months of holidays and renewal of our Officers for next year will pose a challenge to every Chapter to evaluate its position regarding turnover and installations. The questions for new Officers will be ready for distribution by mid-November and even if your Officers are remaining in place, it behooves those Officers to go over these questions together or with their Inspector to reacquaint themselves with the upcoming deadlines at the end of the calendar year. The other major event for the beginning of 2022 is to decide where and how every Chapter will prepare its candidates for reception into our Holy Order in the winter and spring of next year? Festivals need to be planned and publicized and local degrees need to be performed in time to meet the festival schedules throughout the state. We had few degrees conferred in 2021 and need to get back in the groove for next year's conferrals. Every degree master needs to review their cast lists Now to determine who will fill each role and who will need to be replaced or requalified to keep our ritual at the highest level possible! There will be little tolerance for "local conditions" at our next conferrals if it points towards reading the work when our very existence depends upon the outstanding delivery of our ritual to those who have been waiting for years to receive it! The time is Now to prepare for this important task next year. May everyone stay safe and enjoy Thanksgiving in a manner that keeps us meeting together in the future. All the Best Best Regards -- Your Humble Grand Lecturer, Steve GRAND INSPECTOR GENERAL Sir Knights one and all -- From the world of Ritual Halloween is over and the goblins have returned to their homes. By now you should have in mind who will lead your commandery next year. I am sure that those who are moving up know their ritual parts and should by now have gotten their questions. You can go to the Grand York Rite web page under Special Documents, Grand Commandery Documents, Dais Officers Questions. (There are no answers there, it is up to you.) Festivals are working hard to catch up on knighting new Sir Knights. I see that there are also many Lodges conferring degrees. This is a good time to offer your services. If you are just visiting, a blue coat would be good to wear. We are in the status of bringing in new members who have waited a long time. I look forward to reading great reports on each Commandery from the Inspector staff. With the in-person meetings, we will be working on the Cross and Crown reports. Each Commander with his Officers should go over this report at the first meeting. You would be surprised on how many areas you can fill in. Till next time, Happy Thanksgiving. God Bless and remember that the Ritual Staff is always there to help.. Be safe! God Bless. Be safe. Sir Knight Jim Baum Grand Inspector General jamesgbaum@msn.com

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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

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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 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):

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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 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. Sword & Trowel

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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.

Editors Grumblings As editor, I do wish a Happy Birthday to all Companions & their loved ones whose birthday is in November and I was born Tuesday, November 24, 1942. After I was born my mother kept uttering “Thank God” over and over and by Thursday, November 26, 1942 Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed. I love York Rite, the History, even the Ritual, may God help me. I have been the editor & publisher of the Sword and Trowel for approximately Nine Years and have enjoyed every minute and as far as I can see into the future will have more enjoyable years of publications. I will reprint Grand High Priest Message here, not because I thought it was excellent reading and message had a very viable and excellent point. Membership Let us talk about blue lodge membership as it relates to the Royal Arch. It is obvious that our candidates come from our blue lodges. Historically, Royal Arch Masons were 79% of the Master Masons of California. The health of our Chapters is inextricably intertwined with the health of our local blue lodges. Without them we will cease to exist, with them we can grow. It is not only the number of blue lodges but also their location that is critical to our existing Chapters. Go to https://freemason.org/discover-masonry/lodge-locator/ and select the “View Lodges Map” button. It will bring up a Google map of all the lodges in California. If you belong to Redding Chapter No. 9 you have Western Star Lodge No. 2 in your local community. California Chapter No. 1 in San Francisco has 9 lodges (down to South San Francisco) from which to draw members. Looking at the map you will also notice that lodges tend to be located in communities along major transportation corridors such as the 880, the 5 (outside the Central Valley), the 99, the 405, the 101, the 210 and the 134. What you will also notice is there are few lodges in the Sierras and few Chapters. Simply stated, if there is no blue lodge, there is no viable Chapter. When lodges consolidate, they take with them potential Chapter members and remove a Masonic presence from the local community. Neither are good for Royal Arch Masonry. The part we can play as Royal Arch Masons is to support the blue lodge in our community, encourage reputable men to join the lodge. The more we do to help our blue lodge will pay dividends to Royal Arch membership. We are all Master Masons at heart. Fraternally, Raymond A. Broomfield, KYGCH 167th Grand High Priest, Royal Arch Masons of California Grand High Priest Decision 2021-004 GRAND SESSIONS 2021 & 2022 The 2021 Souvenir Program is now available as a color PDF on the website as follows: https://www.yorkriteofcalifornia.org/Newsletters/2021_Grand_Session_Book.pdf Grand Sessions in 2022 has two sets of dates: March 5th for the Officers’ Conference; • • • • • •

May 14-19 as follows: May 15, Sunday – May 16, Monday – May 17, Tuesday – May18, Wednesday -May 19, Thursday --

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Grand Banquet Grand Chapter Grand Council Grand Commandery Corporation November 2021

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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 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 Christian G. Marano, KYCH & Lady Mara Cristina Grand Stewart Grand Council Cryptic Masons San Luis Obispo Council No. 38

Right Illustrious Companion Jonathan H. Prestage & Lady Hanna Grand Orator Grand Council Cryptic Masons Sword and Trowel Council No. 65

Right Illustrious Companion Christopher Robert Trueblood Grand Marshal (North) Grand Council Cryptic Masons Sword and Trowel Council No. 65

Right Illustrious Companion Matthew J. McColm & Lady Chelsey Grand Marshal (South) Grand Council Cryptic Masons Helix Council No. 58

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 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

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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Stockton York Rite

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General Grand Council

The Decryption - News from Cryptic Masons International October 7, 2021 Vol 6, Issue 10 Northwest York Rite Conference: October 15-16, 2021 in Boise, Idaho More Info Mid Atlantic York Rite Conference: October 22, 2021 in Ocean City, Maryland More Info North Central York Rite Conference: October 22-24, 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota More Info

CMMRF Giving Update

General Grand Council At Your Service Read More...

Let's Take a Closer Look at the CODEX Read More...

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Karen Ketola - First Responder Award Read More...

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General Grand Council Presents Robert G. Davis October 10, 2021, at 12pm MDT (GMT-6) The General Grand Council will be presenting an educational presentation on Octobrer 10, 2021, at 12pm MDT (GMT-6). Robert G. Davis will present an educational program entitled The Journey of a Man Living in the Image of God. The journey a man takes in Capitular and Cryptic Masonry is both an ascent and a descent--an ascent in consciousness and experience; and a descent into insight and enlightenment. Registration can be made by clicking on the link below. REGISTER HERE Robert G. Davis is a native of northwest Oklahoma. He is a Past Master of three Masonic lodges in Oklahoma, a 33° Mason and recipient of the Grand Cross. He is a Past Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons, Past Grand Commander of the Knights Templar in Oklahoma, and Past Sovereign Grand Master of the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States. He is currently the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma. He is the author of four books, including The Mason’s Words, outlining the history and evolution of the American Masonic ritual; Understanding Manhood in America, focusing on the fraternal quest for the ideals of masculinity; The Journey of the Elu to Enlightenment, providing a contemporary interpretation of the degrees of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite; and In Search of Light, a course of hieroglyphic and symbolic moral instruction for the Symbolic Lodge.

Robert G. Davis

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The Decryption - News from Cryptic Masons International October 14, 2021 Vol 6, Issue 11 Northwest York Rite Conference: October 15-16, 2021 in Boise, Idaho More Info Mid Atlantic York Rite Conference: October 22, 2021 in Ocean City, Maryland More Info North Central York Rite Conference: October 22-24, 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota More Info

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The Decryption - News from Cryptic Masons International October 21, 2021 Vol 6, Issue 12 Mid Atlantic York Rite Conference: October 22, 2021 in Ocean City, MarylandMore Info North Central York Rite Conference: October 22-24, 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota More Info Southwest York Rite Conference: October 28-30, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada More Info

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The Glass Is Half Full! Read More..

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The Decryption - News from Cryptic Masons International October 21, 2021 (Re-issue) Vol 6, Issue 12

Mid Atlantic York Rite Conference: October 22, 2021 in Ocean City, Maryland More Info North Central York Rite Conference: October 22-24, 2021 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota More Info Southwest York Rite Conference: October 28-30, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada More Info

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The Decryption - News from Cryptic Masons International October 28, 2021 Vol 6, Issue 13 Southwest York Rite Conference: October 28-30, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada More Info

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The Decryption - News from Cryptic Masons International November 4, 2021 Vol 6, Issue 14

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