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THE WORKMAN Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of California Gary W. Spriggs, GHP __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

February 2014

Vol. V No. 9


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present, the usual business items can be addressed-voting on membership petitions, paying bills, and so on. This was specifically to address situations where a chapter needed to conduct essential business, but could not assemble 9 of its own members. Here is another way to look at this issue: Visitors from other chapters in California can count toward making a quorum [of 9 Royal Arch Masons], PROVIDED there are also at least 6 members present from the chapter being opened. These are absolute limits which must be observed. If a special situation arises or if there are any questions in this area, please contact your Inspector or Department Grand Officer. A phone call could easily avoid unpleasant legal situations for all of us.

GHP MESSAGE Sincerely and Fraternally, Gary Spriggs Grand High Priest

A QUESTION OF QUORUM There seems to be some new questions about the proper number of Royal Arch Masons required to conduct business at chapter meeting. No doubt some of these concerns may trace from the resolution approved by the Grand Chapter of California in May 2013. But, I think we need to review and try to put things in perspective. Nine Royal Arch Masons must always be present to open a chapter—and all business must be conducted in an open chapter meeting. As far as this requirement is concerned, nothing has changed. At his installation, every High Priest still repeats this promise. Now, in May 2013, a change to Section 105-3 of the Grand Chapter constitution was approved, establishing a quorum for business of “at least 6 chapter members in good standing.” This change allows a chapter having quorum issues, to invite Royal Arch Masons from other chapters to assist in the opening. Then with at least 6 chapter members

CALIFORNIA GRAND YORK RITE SESSIONS 2014 Your Executive Committee for the 2014 Grand York Rite Sessions is diligently at work on the plans for the Grand York Rite Sessions. Although the Sessions are not until May 17th through May 21st, 2014; planning occurs year round. The schedule and the registration form are now available on the website. A word about the Souvenir Program Ad request form. One of the challenges that we faced last year was receiving many of our ads after the deadline. There is a great deal of planning and associated revenue and expense projections involved. Mason volunteers, your Brothers and Companions, do all this work in their spare time. Please try to help them. Installations in December and January are a great time to get your

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pictures for the program. Without the Ads it would be impossible to fund the sessions so please place your ads and do so early. We are reviewing the successes from the past and considering some fresh ideas. Grand Sessions is open to all York Rite Masons and their Ladies, not just the presiding officers who obligated their attendance at their installation. Please encourage everyone in your Chapter, Council, and Commandery to attend this year. We want this to be the most successful year ever. This year we will have two fun degrees. The first is the Order of Zanzibar and it is open to all masons. It is a light hearted fun degree that raises funds for the Cryptic Medical Research Foundation. The second is for our ladies, we will be conferring the Royal Arch Widow’s degree, this is an opportunity to show the ladies how much we appreciate them and their attendance at our sessions, any proceeds will go to the Royal Arch Research Assistance Fund. And one final thought on booking the hotel rooms on time, through the regular registration process, and at the GYRS rate by identifying yourself as a ‘Grand York Rite Sessions’ attendee, if you speak to the hotel directly, this is much more important than you may realize. We are contractually obligated to meet a certain number of room nights in exchange for thousands of dollars in “concessions” from the hotel. This includes the use of the many rooms, and ballrooms that house our registration, many side meetings, degree conferrals, the drill team competitions, hospitality suites, the Grand Recorder’s office, and so much more. You are doing your part in making California’s Grand Sessions the premier program that it is. No other state can boast the quality and depth of program that we put together every year. Booking after the deadline or outside of our block could put us in a situation that, quite frankly, we can’t afford. Looking forward to seeing you there! See Registration Form and info at back. Fraternally, Gregg Hall, Grand Standard Bearer 2014 Sessions General Chairman

TWENTY-ONE FOR FORTY-TWO! The 2014 Capitular Festival in Comptche will be held on Saturday, June 28th. It’s an all day affair, so come early (Friday night if at all possible) and stay late, at least for the BBQ afterwards. Twenty-one candidates is the goal this year, as we have learned in prior years that that is pretty near the maximum we can handle! Signet Chapter will bring a team this year to confer the Royal Arch Degree, so this will be a great year to bring candidates from far and wide! See the flyer at the end of this newsletter.

ROYAL ARCH HISTORY Of particular interest to all Companions and Sir Knights is the new addition to the History of the Royal Arch – Volume 4 is now available, which takes the history through 1996. This is the supplement to the original 3 Volume set prepared by Everett R. Turnbull and Ray V. Denslow. The 4 th Volume can be purchased for $25. Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4 of the History of Royal Arch Masonry have been reprinted. These books are hardbound and approximately 500 pages each. The cost is $ 100.00 for all 4 books plus $ 15.00 shipping and handling in USA. Foreign shipping could cost more. Payment by check or credit card. Contact the General Grand Secretary to order books. RAM INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER

As you know, our Grand Chapter is associated with the General Grand Chapter RAM International. The General Grand Chapter is now publishing a newsletter with international scope. Issue number 26 for December 2013 has been forwarded to local Chapter officers, and can be found at the following link: Please share as appropriate with your companions. In the new format, scroll down in the message to find the statespecific entries for California. Prior editions from March 2012 can also be found under the Library tab at the Research Chapter website:

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A line of Jackets for our York Rite bodies continues to be available at MP. ENTERPRISES. The price for red and blue is great -- $75.00 plus tax and shipping, for sizes 34 to 49 in short, regular and tall; and $87.00 plus tax and shipping for sizes 50 to 60, also in short, regular, and tall. Purple Jackets are little more expensive at $95.00 for the smaller and $107.00 for the larger. Also available are Men’s and ladies’ vests, tuxedos and shirts, pins, patches, and flags, and OES T-Shirts. Contact Max Luy at (510) 527-5728, or cell: (510) 502-3224; or email at ENCOMPASSER The January 2014 edition of the Encompasser is now available on the website. Go to and click on The Encompasser on the left hand toolbar. You can help us control cost by letting us know you are willing to take the Encompasser by email only. Check out the new format available – you can now read the Encompasser online! No need to even print it out. Many thanks to our web-master, Excellent Companion Richard Thornton, for his efforts in applying this technology to our needs!

GRAND CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS For info about 2014 Scholarships, go to the following website:

The website located at now contains a copy of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Grand Orations booklets. Also included is a copy of “The Royal Arch Path,” by MEC Phil Hardiman, KYGCH. The meeting at Grand Lodge on Saturday, Oct 5th, was well-attended. Copies of the Grand Orations 2013 were distributed to attendees. Gregg Hall presented a paper on “Why We Balance 3x3,” which will appear in next year’s publication. Companion Gregg is also General Chairman for Grand Sessions next year and he proposed, and the Chapter accepted, that we meet on Monday, in the afternoon, May 19 th, rather than on Grand Chapter day, which is Tuesday, the 20th. See you there!

For information about membership, contact: If you have the resources, please consider making a significant donation on behalf of our Masonic Youth. Send any excess cash (!) to the Grand Chapter Scholarship Program at 11428 E. Artesia Blvd, #13, Artesia, CA 90701-3872 Remember that all donations to the Scholarship Program are Tax Deductible, so keep this in mind as you plan your annual giving and when you pay your dues.

Ex. Comp Casey Latham, High Priest Ex. Comp Joseph Dongo, King Dr. Paul Arthur Clark, Scribe M∴E∴ Comp∴ Philip A. Hardiman, Secretary

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(530) 274-8937 (H) (530) 913-1694 (C)

GRAND HIGH PRIEST ITENERARY For the latest schedule details, check: calendar.html JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH

14 - 16 APRIL 10-12 MAY 16-21

Grand Officers’ Conference


Grand Sessions

North Bend, Oregon

Grand Sessions


CONTACT INFORMATION Grand High Priest: Gary W. Spriggs, KYGCH 207 Catherine Lane Grass Valley, CA 95945-5801

Grand Secretary: Ken Hope 11428 E. Artesia Blvd, #13 Artesia, CA 90701-3872 (562) 924-6500 (W) (562) 484-1611(C) Editor: Phil Hardiman, Past Grand High Priest 2713 Hoffman Woods Lane Carmichael, CA 95608 (916) 712-4814(C) Website: WWW.YORKRITEOFCALIFORNIA.ORG GOLDEN STATE CHAPTER OF RESEARCH Website WWW.GOLDENSTATECHAPTER.ORG

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2014 Grand York Rite Sessions May 17th to May 21st, 2014 – Bakersfield, CA Please send page 1 of this form and payment to: CA-GYRS 6431 Valley Hi Dr. Sacramento, CA 95823-4838 Reservation forms postmarked after 04/18/14 are subject to a 25% late fee – Forms submitted onsite will be charged a $10 onsite processing fee Contact the Bakersfield Doubletree Hotel 3100 Camino Del Rio Ct Bakersfield, 93308 @ (800) 222-TREE(8733) tell the agent that you are in the Grand York Rite Group for your hotel reservation before 04/15/14 Room rate: $93.00 for balcony rooms ($10 more per night if you requested a courtyard/pool facing room) +taxes There is also a link on to make your hotel reservation online Questions, General Chairman : Gregg Hall (408) 656-2459 please contact: Executive Officer: James Baum, (760) 843-9258 Meal/Event reservations: Dave Glass (916) 454-5335 No refunds after May 05th, 2014 unless approved by the Grand York Rite Sessions Executive Committee.

More forms (including the Order of High Priesthood, Thrice Illustrious Master & Past Commanders Association), menus and schedule are available from

A few words about Reservation Only events: Although there is no charge for these events, please enter in a numerical value for the events you want to attend. This provides a headcount for the preparation of the event. Also, if the event is cancelled or changed you can be notified. Saturday shuttle to the Casino: A local casino is providing free shuttle service for our Ladies and others who are not attending the AMD In-Gathering. The times are subject to change based on reservations and you will need to co-ordinate with the shuttle driver for your return time. Sunday Vesper services. Vespers is our gathering to honor our departed Companions and Sir Knights. All are encouraged to attend. The Ladies Masonic Information Sessions are designed as an informal gathering in the Lake Rooms for our Ladies during the Business Meetings. The subjects of the Sessions will be available on the web site. Members of the Royal Arch Research Chapter (and those that want to join) will be gathering on Monday afternoon in the Lake Rooms. Learn about what the York Rite College does at the Meet and Greet on Tuesday afternoon in the Lake Rooms. “Fun Degrees” Order of Zanzibar Degree is for the Companions, enter in a 1 in the field to register as a candidate. You will receive a certificate after receiving the degree. Those that have received the degree and sit on the sidelines, do not need to make the reservation. Royal Arch Widows Degree is for our Ladies enter in a 1 in the field to register as a candidate. You will receive a certificate and a pin after receiving the degree. Those that have received the degree and the Companions who wish to sit on the sidelines, do not need to make the reservation.

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The Workman - February  

Monthly Newsletter by the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons