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THE WORKMAN Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of California Jon Humphreys, GHP ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

July 2014

Vol. VI No. 2


GHP MESSAGE The Declaration of Independence It’s summer, and as the song says, “the livin’ is easy.” Which gives us all a little extra time to relax with those summer barbeques, picnics, and fireworks displays in the park. While you enjoy the fireworks, take a moment to recall, Companions, what we are really celebrating. Our forefathers were doing some very serious business when they signed that declaration 238 years ago. They were declaring their belief in human rights – and they were putting their very lives on the line to do it.

Listen to their words, and reflect on their value for us, more than two centuries later. They said:     

All men are created equal. Among the rights of men are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Governments are created to secure these rights. Government power is derived from the consent of the governed. When government becomes despotic, it is the right of men to throw off such government and provide new guards for their future security.

Some pretty serious ideas – ideas for which men are still struggling and dying in many parts of our world. Then, having argued their case with numerous examples of the despotic actions of their government, and after declaring their political separation from Great Britain, they concluded with these words: “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” That’s brotherhood, my Companions. And worthy of a bit of reflection at this special time of year. Please take the time to find a copy of the full Declaration of Independence, and include in your celebration of Independence Day a reading of the entire text – either to yourself or aloud to your

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family. It will make for a great celebration. Ours is, indeed, a great heritage. Sincerely and Fraternally, Jon Humphreys Grand High Priest MEET YOUR GRAND OFFICERS Grand Captain of the Host

Administration, as expert witness in the Los Angeles County courts, and as a supervising director of several juvenile boys and girls camps. He is a Past High Priest of Kern River Chapter No. 162, a Past Master of Kernville Lodge No. 827, and served our Grand Lodge as Grand Standard Bearer in 2006-2007. Dennis is also a member of Siminoff Royal Arch Chapter; Ventura Council, Cryptic Masons; Ventura Commandery. Knights Templar; St. Alban York Rite College; Al Malaikah Shrine Temple; and Channel Islands Chapter, O.E.S. He is married to Dolores, and has five children and seven grandchildren. Grand Principal Sojourner

DENNIS and DOLORES DYER Excellent Companion Dennis T. Dyer was born in Southgate, California in 1939, and raised in Maywood, Huntington Park and Venice. He spent 8 years in the Marine Corps Reserve and has a B. A. Degree in Psychology from Cal State University in Northridge, with graduate classes in behavioral sciences.

RANDY and MICKI DOWNEY Excellent Companion Randy R. Downey was born in South Carolina and raised in South Gate, California.

Dennis is retired from the Los Angeles County Randy has a B.A. Degree in Criminal Justice, and Probation Department. His assignments over 32 worked in various positions involving corporate years with the department included work as a field investigations and security, prior to founding his own officer specializing in substance abuse, as guest travel agency in San Jose in 2005. instructor with the federal Drug Enforcement Page 2 of 19

TWENTY-ONE FOR FORTY-TWO! He was raised in Golden Bowl Lodge No. 755, and served as Master of Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 292 in 2004. Randy has served our Grand Lodge as a District Inspector and on various committees, including Leadership Development and Inspector Training. Our Grand Principal Sojourner joined Howard Chapter No. 14 (San Jose) in 2003, served as High Priest in 2007, and is now Chapter Secretary. He is also a member of San Joe Council, Cryptic Masons, and San Jose Commandery, Knights Templar, having served both as presiding officer and Recorder. He is currently Director of Ritual for the Grand Commandery, and is a Knight, York Cross of Honour. Randy began his association with Masonry as a DeMolay, is a Past Master Councilor and has been recognized with the Degree of Chevalier and the Legion of Honor. He is Past Pharaoh of the Supreme Pyramid of the Ancient Egyptian Order of Sciots, and has presided over or is a member of many Masonic appendant organizations, including Shrine, Eastern Star, Grotto, A.M.D., Red Cross of Constantine, York Rite College and High Twelve. Randy and Micki have two children (Parker and Briana) and one grandchild.

Well, we didn’t make the goal of 21 candidates at Comptche this year, but we had an excellent and engaged class of 9, drawn from 6 different Chapters: Sacramento #3, Petaluma #22, Napa #30, Santa Rosa #45, Marin #101, and Sebastopol #117. Four Past Grand High Priests participated in the conferral of the several Degrees, with MEC Edgar Fentum reprising his role as Principal Sojourner, and REC Steve Goad, Grand King, doing an excellent job as High Priest for the Royal Arch. Plans are a-foot to broadcast the Festival next year, on June 27 th, to a wider audience of Blue Lodges. So stay tuned for more information later this year! And talk now to your friends and family about making a vacation of this Festival. Larry Tunzi, owner of the Ranch in Comptche where we meet allows access as early next year as Tuesday, June 23rd, and you can stay as late as Sunday, June 28th. You are welcome to park your RV onsite, AT NO COST, for the duration. Although there are no hookups, there are separate restrooms for the ladies and the men, and there is a co-ed shower available also. For those who prefer Hotel/Motel accommodations, there are numerous options in Mendocino and Ft. Bragg. So put June 23 through June 28, 2015, on your calendar. You and family can make side trips during the week and, on Saturday, bring some candidates to participate in excellent ritual conferrals in the outdoor setting. Here are a few pictures of the site:

YORK RITE LEADERSHIP SEMINAR SPECIAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR NOTICE ! Due to a conflict with the Grand Master’s schedule, the York Rite Leadership Seminar scheduled for August 23rd in Red Bluff has been rescheduled to November 22nd. Attached to this newsletter is a sheet with the details. Hope to see all you folks north of Sacramento at Red Bluff on November 22nd! As indicated on the information sheet, please notify Bud Ramsey (408-838-3730) if you plan to attend this seminar, so he can plan for adequate materials and lunch.

Bleachers, Mark MasterLodge, Cook Shack on left, Restroom shack on right

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USA. Foreign shipping could cost more. Payment by check or credit card. Contact the General Grand Secretary to order books. RAM INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER

Tunzi Fork of the River Jordan RECEPTIONS, FESTIVALS & DEGREES At the very end of this Newsletter you will find copies of flyers for many of the activities throughout the year – some, but not all, Receptions as well as Degree conferrals, whether individual or part of a Festival. For other events not included here, refer to the Grand High Priest Calendar at the Grand York Rite website. Also consider the following:

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 32 for June 2014 has been forwarded to local Chapter officers, and can be accessed directly at: 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:


See flyers below

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) 502-3224; or at his website:; or directly to his email at



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

The July 2014 edition of the Encompasser is in the mail and should be on the website soon. 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!

Four Way Reception in Van Nuys 14750 Sherman Way Saturday July 5, 2014 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Annual Luncheon & Ice Cream Social Noon onward San Luis Obispo

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

Ex. Companion Bob Morrison, Scribe Ex. Comp Casey Latham, Secretary GRAND HIGH PRIEST’S CALENDAR

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.





July 4 July 5 July 6

Parade and BBQ Reception Ice Cream Social

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July 13

July 27

Jr. Grand Steward’s Reception York Rite Honors Night Elk Grove Lodge Sesquicentennial BBQ

Newhall Van Nuys San Luis Obispo Wofford Heights Redlands

August 1 August 2 August 3

Reception Reception Picnic

August 14-16 August 23

Arizona Grand Sessions Leadership Seminar Rescheduled to Nov 22nd Southern California DeMolay Convention

July 15 July 26

August 31

Oakland Elk Grove Salinas Fairfield Alameda South San Francisco Tucson Red Bluff


Details available on York Rite website at: calendar.html 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. For information about membership, contact: Ex. Comp Joseph Dongo, High Priest Paul Arthur Clark, King Page 5 of 19

CONTACT INFORMATION Grand High Priest: Jon D. Humphreys, KYGCH 580 Village Drive Galt, CA 95632-8156 (209) 745-9193 (H) (916) 205-8104 (C)

Editor: Phil Hardiman, KYGCH 2713 Hoffman Woods Lane Carmichael, CA 95608 (916) 712-4814(C)

Website: Grand Secretary: Ken Hope 11428 E. Artesia Blvd, #13 Artesia, CA 90701-3872 (562) 924-6500 (W) (562) 484-1611(C)


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Napa / Solano York Rite Bodies Napa Chapter #30 / Naval Chapter #35 / Solano Chapter #43 King Solomon Council #29 of Cryptic Masons, Vacaville Commandery #38 Knights Templar Invite you to attend a

Grand York Rite Reception Honoring Jon D. Humphreys Most Excellent Grand High Priest David L. Chesebro Most Illustrious Grand Master Sir Knight Carlos H. Gonzales Right Eminent Grand Commander

Friday, August 1, 2014 Fairfield Masonic Lodge 412 Travis Blvd. Fairfield, California Social Hour at 6:30 PM Dinner 7:30 PM Program to follow Seating is limited; please make your reservation with Randy Billingsley (707) 344-1685 David Anderson (707) 421-8054 RSVP NO LATER THAN JULY 25, 2014 NOTE: No Tickets Sold At the Door

Dinner Catered by

Cost for dinner is $15 with all proceeds supporting Vacaville Assembly #29 International Order of Rainbow Girls RSVP: The Checks Payable to Solano Chapter #43 RAM Dress is Suit or York Rite Coat and tie for men and dress or pant suit for ladies. Page 9 of 19

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Northern California York Rite Association 2014 York Rite Festival Red Bluff Masonic Temple 822 Main St Red Bluff CA


Friday August 15th 2014 6:00 PM Mark Master and Past Master Degrees Saturday August 16th 2014 8:00 AM Most Excellent Master and Royal Arch Degrees Lunch 12:00 PM Saturday: Cost $10.00 Menu; Sandwiches, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Beverage


Saturday August 16th 2014 1:00 PM Royal Master and Select Master Degrees Candidate Fee $15.00 (Includes both Chapter and Council Degrees)

Commandery Orders Saturday, November 8, 2014 8:00 AM Red Cross, Full Form Malta, Order of the Temple Candidate Fee $10.00 Lunch served between Malta and The Order of the Temple: Cost $10.00 Menu: Sandwiches, Potato Salad, Beans, Beverage Information Contact Person: David Sokol (530) 283-1492 Reservations: Robert Morrison (530) 345-5958 email Please make checks payable to: Red Bluff Chapter #40 RAM

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The Workman - July 2014  

Monthly newsletter of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of California

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