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

September 2014

Vol. VI %o. 4

GHP MESSAGE: Celebrations of Democracy 1 3-WAY RECEPTION AT QUINCY 2 3-WAY RECEPTION IN THE EAST BAY 2 LEADERSHIP SEMINARS SA% JOSE 2 FOR KINGS AND SCRIBES 3 MEET YOUR GRAND OFFICERS 3 EDITORIAL -- I HAVE IT! 4 RECEPTIONS, FESTIVALS & DEGREES 5 ROYAL ARCH HISTORY, VOL IV 5 RAM INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER 5 THE CLOTHES LINE 5 ENCOMPASSER 6 GRAND CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS 6 GOLDEN STATE RESEARCH CHAPTER 6 GRAND HIGH PRIEST’S CALENDAR 7 CONTACT INFORMATION 7 RECEPTIONS, FESTIVALS, DEGREES 8 - 13 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FLYER 14 GRA%D HIGH PRIEST MESSAGE CELEBRATIO%S OF DEMOCRACY I occasionally hear a complaint concerning our Stated Convocations. It goes something like this: “It is boring to go to meetings to listen to the minutes, vote the usual bills and ballot on candidates who are almost certain of election.” As Grand High Priest, I probably sit through more Stated Convocations than the average Companion. And sometimes I feel that way, too.

But when we feel that way, my Companions, we take for granted something very important. Our Chapter business meetings – yes, and those of our Lodges, too – can properly be seen as celebrations of democracy. There are men and women fighting and dying this very day in many places in our troubled world over the right to do the very things that we do every month in our Stated Convocations. Things like meeting in private and keeping the nature of our discussions to ourselves – like correcting the official record of our proceedings when it is in error – like deciding how our money will be spent – and like casting a secret ballot upon important measures, such as who will be admitted to our deliberations and who will lead us. Indeed, our business meetings are truly celebrations of democracy – embodying, as they do, the rights of self-government, secret ballot, etc. And they are celebrations that millions around the world would like to be able to enjoy so often and so regularly that they became common-place and a little boring for them. In our Nation we have, by the Grace of God, pretty well resolved these issues. But not so everywhere, and nothing is guaranteed for the future. As we approach the 227th anniversary of the final signing of our Constitution – on September 17th – let us remember to be grateful, and perhaps see our sometimes boring Stated Convocations in a little different light.

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My Companions, “Be the Change You Want to See.”


Sincerely and Fraternally, Jon Humphreys, Grand High Priest GRA%D RECEPTIO% AT QUI%CY!

YORK RITE LEADERSHIP SEMI%AR COMI%G TO SA% JOSE ___________________ SIG% UP TODAY! ___________________

A very nice Bar-be-que Reception was held for the three presiding officers in Quincy – that’s way up north! Here are M. E. Jon and wife Sylvia. More pictures in the October edition of the Encompasser, but here’s a taste of the environment, which is hard to beat, especially for us city-dwellers!

The next York Rite “Leadership Seminar,” is just around the corner – on Saturday, September 13th in San Jose. These seminars, jointly sponsored by the Grand Chapter, Grand Council and Grand Commandery, are providing current and future leaders with tools and information designed to improve leadership skills and strengthen our York Rite management. All Chapter members are invited and strongly encouraged to attend one of the remaining three seminars. All are free and a free lunch is provided. Following is the schedule for remaining seminars. Plan on attending the one nearest you. See details on the announcement later in this newsletter. Note that reservation is requested, to Bud Ramsey, so he can plan for adequate materials and lunches. His phone and e-mail are on the attached flyer. Remaining Seminars this year are:

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Date September 13 November 22 January 31



San Jose Masonic Center Vesper Masonic Center (Red Bluff) Vista Masonic Center

Grand Marshal (South)

CHARACTERISTICS OF LEADERS A WORD FOR KINGS AND SCRIBES By now many of you have had a chance to hear Most Excellent Grand High Priest, Jon Humphreys speak at a York Rite Event. You are familiar with his provocative quote, ‘Be the Change You want to See.” Clearly this short quote is the essence of Leadership authors today. For leadership Writers today, leadership is all about vision, looking into the future and setting a course that will have a profound impact on your Chapter. In this article I am speaking to Kings and Scribes and anyone else who is moving up the ladder in Royal Arch Masonry. Why? It is simple. By the time you get to High Priest is too late to foster that change Jon is speaking about. It takes time to contemplate the kinds of ideas that lead to a new vision which will lead your Chapter in a positive direction. Consequently, evaluating ideas and picking a vision is something you should be working on now before you get to the office of High Priest. Better yet, it is something that both the King and Scribe as well as others in line might work on together so that, once implemented, that “Vision” will have a life that goes beyond the future High Priest’s term. This Vision will then continue into the future, moving your Chapter into a new and positive era. Please understand that this is not an easy task. It will likely vary significantly from Chapter to Chapter around California. If you are not sure where to start please feel free to contact me at for assistance in getting started or call me at 510-441-3919. Submitted by Arthur H. Walton

CRAIG and TAMMY FLAGTWET Excellent Companion Craig Flagtwet was born in Riverside, California in August 1960, and attended Riverside City College and Loma Linda University. Craig and Tammy have been married for 24 years, and the couple has two adult daughters, Amanda and Audry. He is currently a territory manager for National Oak Distributors, a nationwide company distributing auto body repair products. Our Grand Marshal (South) was raised in Highland Lodge No. 748 in 1992 and served his lodge as Master in 1995 and 2000, before it consolidated with Redlands Lodge No. 300, where he now serves as Treasurer.

Craig is currently the Illustrious Master of Valley Council No. 27, Cryptic Masons, in San Bernardino, and also Wise Master, Chapter of Rose Croix, San Bernardino Valley, Scottish Rite. He is a Past High Page 3 of 14

Priest of Redlands Chapter No. 77 and a member of Keystone Chapter No 56, a Past Commander of St. Bernard Commandery No. 23, and currently serves as an Assistant Director of Ritual for Grand Commandery. He is a member of the Order of High Priesthood and has been honored with the Master of Ish Sodi Award.

asking about it. That ring is now one of his cherished possessions.

His other Masonic affiliations include Shrine, A.M.D., Knight Masons, York Rite College, and Red Cross of Constantine. Our Grand Marshal’s hobbies include travel, hunting, fly fishing, beer brewing, sausage making, soap making and cooking.

Chuck served Kern River Chapter No. 162 as High Priest in 2012, and is currently the Scribe of that Chapter. He also serves as Captain of the Host in Bakersfield Chapter. He is an officer of Bakersfield Council, C.M., and Bakersfield Comandery, K.T., as well as the Royal Ark Mariners Lodge, A.M.D. in Bakersfield. He is a director of Isabella Shrine Club and a member of Kern River Valley Chapter No. 643, O.E.S.

Grand Sentinel

Our Grand Sentinel lives in Onyx, California. He was raised a Master Mason in 2009 in Kern River Valley Lodge No. 827. He subsequently served his lodge as Master in 2013.

He is retired from a career as an insurance inspector. When time permits in his busy Masonic schedule, Chuck is active in his church, enjoys travel, and plays drums in several different bands.


CHARLES T. MALEAR, JR. Excellent Companion Charles Malear was born in Albany, Georgia,. With a father in the U.S. Navy, his family moved often. His primary recollections of his youth are in Ridgecrest, California, where he often visited his grandparents. His grandfather was a Master Mason, and Charles remembers as a boy looking at his Masonic ring and

A month ago, a fascinating book came out by a writer on food and nutrition science, Nina Teicholz, which has changed my life – in terms of physical health. While reading it, I made a connection between nutrition and the membership/attendance problems experienced by our organizations over the last 50 years. I share it with you as a theory. It is too important not to share – even if the connection I have made turns out to be incorrect, or only moderately close to correct. The nutritional realities will still hold True! What I have is the answer to the question that has plagued us all for decades: What is the problem with our membership and our attendance? The answer lies in NUTRITION! Now, this may seem half-baked, but the dietary practices recommended to us by errant public health authorities over the last 60 years has caused epidemics of significant diseases. The accompanying sicknesses have kept our brethren and sisters away from meetings – because they just don’t feel like coming out! They still believe in our principles, and retain and value membership, but even if our meetings were

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the most interesting things this side of Mozart, they still wouldn’t come out! They don’t feel good! The High-Carb diets have done this to them, so the best thing we can do for membership retention and growth (because they are both closely related) is to get the word out to our brethren and sisters to switch from a High-Carb diet to a High-Fat diet. The carbs cause the release of Insulin which traps the fat in our adipose tissue. It’s eating Carbs that makes us Fat, not the other way around. This leads to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and so forth. This simple dietary change can make all the difference in the world to our loved ones, brethren and sisters, Lodges and Chapters. Don’t take my theory as the final word for the dietary effects on our bodies and our organizations. But Nancy and I have lost 7 and 4 pounds respectively over the last month, transitioning to a High-Fat diet! I recommend to you a number of well-researched books, any one of which will give you a fascinating understanding of the development of Public Health Policy in this country over the last 60 years, since Eisenhower’s heart attack in 1954. The revelations as to how Bad Science has trumped Good Science to give us dietary recommendations that are bad for our health is truly amazing. The following are all available on Amazon:

RECEPTIO%S, 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. 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 4th 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 I%TER%ATIO%AL %EWSLETTER

1. THE BIG FAT SURPRISE: BUTTER, MEAT AND CHEESE BELONG IN A HEALTHY DIET, Nina Teichnolz, 2014 2. GOOD CALORIES, BAD CALORIES, Gary Taubes, 2007 3. FAT CHANCE: BEATING THE ODDS AGAINST SUGAR, Robert Lustig, 2013 4. GRAIN BRAIN: the surprising truth about wheat, carbs and sugar – your brain’s silent killer, Dr. David Perlmutter, 2011 HAPPY READI G! EVE HAPPIER EATI G!! Ps – as always, if you plan to make a radical change in diet, it would be a good idea to talk with your doctor first.

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 33 for July 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 state-specific entries for California. Prior editions from March 2012 can also be found under the Library tab at the Research Chapter website: THE CLOTHES LI%E

Phil Hardiman, Editor

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, Page 5 of 14

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


E%COMPASSER 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! %o 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!

GRA%D CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS For info about Scholarships, go to the following website: ml

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 Ex. Companion Bob Morrison, Scribe Ex. Comp Casey Latham, Secretary

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.

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Third Degree, Elk Grove Lodge Official Visit to Naval Chapter No. 35 Stated Meeting, Elk Grove Lodge Leadership Seminar Siminoff Council, AMD OES Luau Gen. Grand Chapter

Elk Grove

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


Elk Grove

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

San Jose Union City Redding Buffalo, NY

CA Grand Lodge

San Francisco

3-way YR Reception Colo. River Festival

San Rafael

Southwest YR Regional Meeting


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

Laughlin, NV


Details available on York Rite website at:



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The Workman - September 2014  

Monthly publication of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of California

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