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

October 2014

Vol. VI No. 5


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REPORT FROM GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER I write this somewhere over Kansas, as I return from the 69th Triennial Convocation of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, held in Buffalo, New York, September 26-30. For those who may be unfamiliar, the General Grand Chapter, of which our Grand Chapter is a member, serves several purposes – all in support of the American York Rite system of four Capitular Degrees culminating in the Degree of Royal Arch Mason. The General Grand Chapter assists in organizing new chapters and issues charters around the world in areas where there is no Grand Chapter, issues charters for new Grand Chapters where there have been none previously, sponsors the Royal Arch Research Assistance (R.A.R.A.) program worldwide, and supports all Chapters and Grand Chapters with training and ritual development programs. At the triennial meeting, Companions from California were elected or appointed to several General Grand Chapter offices. Most Ex. Jerry Wohlfarth was elected General Grand Treasurer, Most Ex. Gary Spriggs was appointed General Grand Custodian of the Work, and Most Ex. Bob Wright was appointed General Grand Chapter Ambassador to California. Page 1 of 14

Unfortunately, the bid of our own Most Ex. Companion Bill Allen for election as General Grand Scribe was unsuccessful. Our new General Grand Scribe is Steven Tiner of Arkansas, who also appears devoted and enthusiastic. We all wish him the very best in his new office. On Saturday evening I had the opportunity to witness an excellent conferral of the Royal Arch Degree upon 19 candidates, by Ancient Chapter, No. 1 of New York. Really superior ritual – and very interesting to see the slight differences between the General Grand Chapter ritual and our California version. During this triennial, Grand Chapters in 45 countries on six continents – as well as all 52 States – were represented. Five new Grand Chapters were issued charters. They are in Gabon, Madagascar, Mauritius (all on or near the African coast), Central America (where one Grand Chapter serves the chapters of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica), and Peru. My Companions, Royal Arch Masonry is alive and well, world-wide! I had occasion to share meals with representatives of two of the new Grand Chapters, and their active interest and dedication to Capitular Masonry is truly inspiring. They are growing and expanding Freemasonry – and Capitular Masonry in particular – in their countries, despite what are sometimes very difficult situations. We may take inspiration from their extraordinary efforts to expand our York Rite in their countries. Another item of note from the triennial is the vote in favor of increasing per capita. Each Grand Chapter in the U.S. now pays $1.00 per capita to General Grand Chapter. It will increase to $2.00 per member in 2016, and then to $3.00 per member in 2018. General Grand Chapter faces increasing costs like every other organization, and their new emphasis on world-wide Capitular development and leadership development does cost money. Personally, I think it to be well worth this minor increase, to see our Rite expanding and growing stronger. After all, what is $2.00 per year – 17 cents per month for Capitular Masonry world-wide! As a final note, the newly elected General Grand High Priest is Most Excellent Companion Louis E. Bartrand of Oak Harbor, Washington. We have been most fortunate to enjoy the leadership of Most Excellent Companion Edmund D. “Ted” Harrison as General Grand High Priest for the last three years. I am sure we are no less fortunate in the selection of Most Excellent Companion Louis. Evidence shows him to be another of those wonderful leaders who can inspire others to greater achievements – just want is needed for a world-wide volunteer organization. Companions, it was a pleasure to represent you at the 69th General Grand Chapter Triennial Convocation. I came away with new inspiration for the work ahead. JON HUMPHREYS Grand High Priest __________________________________________________________________________________________ YORK RITE LEADERSHIP SEMINAR These seminars, jointly sponsored by the Grand COMING TO RED BLUFF Chapter, Grand Council and Grand Commandery, are ___________________ providing current and future leaders with tools and information designed to improve leadership skills and SIGN UP TODAY! strengthen our York Rite management. ___________________ The next York Rite “Leadership Seminar,” is just around the corner – on Saturday, November 22nd in

All Chapter members who have not attended this year’s northern seminars in Sacramento and San Jose are invited and strongly encouraged to attend the one in Red Bluff.

the Masonic Center in Red Bluff. This will be the last seminar in Northern California this year. Page 2 of 14

Admission is free and a free lunch is provided. 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 last line of the attached flyer. Remaining Seminars this year are: Date Location November 22 January 31

Vesper Masonic Center (Red Bluff) Vista Masonic Center


in Los Angeles, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific at Berkeley. His former employment was in Real Estate as a Corporate Trainer for Essex Property Trust. However, in January of this year he was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, and is now Associate Priest and Director of Hispanic Ministry at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Covina. Steve was raised a Master Mason in Santa Monica Palisades Lodge No. 307. He is Past High Priest of Santa Monica Bay Chapter No. 97, and previously served our Grand Chapter as Grand Musician in 2008-09. He is also a member of Alpha Council No. 39, Cryptic Masons, and Santa Monica Bay Commandery No. 61, Knights Templar. His hobbies include music, history, travel and jogging – and taking care of his three Chihuahuas, Emily, Temoc and Manzanita. Grand Royal Arch Captain

STEVEN DE MUTH Excellent Companion Steven De Muth was born in Milwaukee, and grew up in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, with deer walking through the family yard from time to time. Our Grand Chaplain (South) has a Bachelor of Music Degree from Mount Saint Mary’s College Page 3 of 14


Excellent Companion Tony Yuson was born in Manila, the Philippines, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduation from Mt. Diablo High School, Tony enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1988 and then attended Cal State Hayward, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts. Our Grand Royal Arch Captain served Pittsburg Lodge No. 429 as Master in 2009, and as Temple Association President in 2008 and 2012. He is a Past High Priest of Ancient Antioch (now Ancient) Chapter No. 31, having served as High Priest for three years beginning in 2009. He is also a Past Commander of Oakland Commandery No. 11, and a member of Oakland Council No. 12, Cryptic Masons, Bay Cities Council, A.M.D., and St. Philip’s Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. Tony is employed by San Mateo County in Information Technology. He has four daughters, Felicia, Melanie, Samantha and Cassandra. His interests include golf, tennis, running and hiking. ___________________________________________

RITUAL IMPACT The following thoughts on how Ritual should be conducted are offered by the Grand Chapter Grand Lecturer. The Key concept or focal point is IMPACT.

Degrees: 1) the importance of controlling our emotions by “curbing ambition, depressing envy and moderating anger…”. We can’t eliminate these negatives from our lives completely but we can discipline ourselves to hold them in check so that we always maintain right relations with one another and society as a whole – i. e., by encouraging good dispositions; 2) the importance of learning to govern our lives as we learn to govern the Lodge and the Chapter; 3) the importance of cherishing a right relationship with the Lord, by continually recognizing that He is Good and His mercy endures forever; and 4) the importance of “building the Temple of our Life,” and understanding the concept of regeneration as depicted in the summit of our Degrees. P: stands for Performance – those aspects of enunciation, articulation, emphasis, softness/loudness, and movements that help in the conveyance of and perception of the “meaning” of the Degree being conferred. Hence, conferral cannot be performed properly if the ritualist does not have some understanding of the content. This understanding then informs his pronunciation, his gestures, his emphasis. As a consequence, before committing a degree part to memory the ritualist must study the degree for understanding, so as to be able to decide how best to work. It might also stand for Practice, which is the foundation of all good performances. It might also stand for Projection – it is vial to speak to the person farthest back in the room.

A: stands for Acting, which is the way the ritualist should view himself. In this sense, he strives for I: stands for Impact itself – the effect the perfection, so as to minimize prompting (or what performance has on the candidate. This effect in the movie industry would be considered reshould be significant and substantial enough to takes). In fact, he should develop the acting skill draw him back for further conferrals and for Stated to the point where he is able to see himself Meetings and for participation in our programs. performing while doing so, and make adjustments With respect to the Royal Arch Degree, it should as necessary. It is better to ad lib changes while make him cognizant of the importance of Opening preserving meaning rather than to stop, stutter or and Closing Ritual, which recapitulates the entire repeat in order to get the performance precisely degree. This fact makes attendance at meetings exact in accordance with the written ritual book. worthwhile, even if nothing is done besides Too much faltering detracts from the “impact” on opening and closing and reading the minutes and the candidate whereas, conversely, smoothly paying the bills. flowing and meaningful ritual always has a superb “impact.” If, in listening to yourself act, you M: stands for Meaning – all aspects of the realize that you left out significant content, then conferral should pull together to help the candidate you must, as smoothly as possible, attempt to appreciate the profound significance of our 4 Page 4 of 14

recover so as to maintain impact and meaning. This acting skill comes from much practice. C: stands for Consistency, but not in the sense that all performances are exact and precisely the same. They cannot be, as then we could claim perfection. We do not need to be perfect – we need to be effective for the benefit of the candidate. If one time out of ten you make a major mistake, that should not deter you from reprising the role – perhaps, nine times out of ten should. But the essential point is that, from the candidate’s standpoint, he will get the correct meaning if he is there most of the ten times. T: stands for Timing. It can be said that the pause is the most important part of a conferral. You must give certain ideas time to sink into the candidate’s mind. You must give time for certain questions to occur to him so that he leaves the performance with an intent to learn more! So, in your ritual work, strive to make a good impact on your candidate, so that he leaves with an appreciation of the “meaning” of our work and an intent to return – both to meetings and future conferrals. This will leave him inspired to contribute to local Chapter programs and make our organization just that much more effective.

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.

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 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 LINE 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 ENCOMPASSER

ROYAL ARCH HISTORY The July 2014 edition of the Encompasser is in the Of particular interest to all Companions and Sir mail and should be on the website soon. Go to Knights is the new addition to the History of the and click on Royal Arch – Volume 4 is now available, which The Encompasser on the left hand toolbar. You can takes the history through 1996. This is the help us control cost by letting us know you are supplement to the original 3 Volume set prepared by th willing to take the Encompasser by email only. Everett R. Turnbull and Ray V. Denslow. The 4 Check out the new format available – you can now Volume can be purchased for $25. Volumes 1, 2, 3 read the Encompasser online! No need to even & 4 of the History of Royal Arch Masonry have been Page 5 of 14

print it out. Many thanks to our web-master, Excellent Companion Richard Thornton, for his efforts in applying this technology to our needs!

The next semi-annual meeting will be on Saturday, during the Annual Communication of Grand Lodge, on October 11th at 12:15 pm. We will meet at the same location as in past years, right outside the balcony above the auditorium.

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

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 Joseph Dongo, High Priest Dr. Paul Arthur Clark, King Ex. Companion Bob Morrison, Scribe Ex. Comp Casey Latham, Secretary ______________________________________ GROWTH’S PLACE IN LEADERSHIP An Article Submitted by Arthur H. Walton


At a recent Grand York Rite Leadership Seminar, Jon Humphreys, Most Excellent Grand High Priest, shared a few thoughts on Leadership. He is convinced that leadership is the “way to grow.” Brother Jon feels very strongly that growth is a “quality of leadership.” As he continued he encouraged all Chapter Leaders present to consider this question very seriously, “do you want to grow?” As leaders of your Chapter you should be considering setting a goal of growth. Once that is established as a goal, then the question is what is growth and how is you Chapter going to achieve this goal. Clearly, this is a goal that does not happen overnight, nor can it be achieved in one year. It is a goal that needs to be in the forefront of each Chapter’s annual planning for a number of years to come. This implies that all the officers in the line in your Chapter need to be dedicated to achieving the goal of growth. Brother Jon shared that he is also convinced that a The website located at key factor in growth is that each Chapter works now contains a copy of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 towards the objective of performing its own degrees. Grand Orations booklets. Also included is a copy of Reunions have become, over time, the primary means “The Royal Arch Path,” by MEC Phil Hardiman, for many Chapters of getting their new candidates KYGCH. through the Royal Arch Degrees. However, it has been my observation that in recent years few of my Chapter’s Degree Candidates ever or rarely attend Page 6 of 14

Chapter. Could it be that the Chapter that gives its own degrees is building a bond and relationship with its candidates that results in their participation in Chapter activities? I think so. As I mention in my last article on Leadership, setting a goal to grow is not an easy task. If you are not sure where to start please feel free to contact me at for assistance in getting started on this very important goal or call me at 510441-3919. GRAND HIGH PRIEST’S CALENDAR FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER Date



Oct. 1012 Oct. 13 Oct. 1721 Oct. 31Nov. 1

CA Grand Lodge

San Francisco

3-way YR Reception Colo. River Festival

San Rafael Laughlin, NV

Southwest YR Regional Meeting


Nov. 2 Nov. 5

3-way YR Reception Official Visit – Long Beach Chapter No. 84 Receive Golden Veterans Award 150th Anniversary, Triple Tau Chapter H.P.’s Reception – Orange County Chap. 3-way YR Reception YR Leadership Seminar Nor-Cal DeMolay Convention

Santa Monica Long Beach

Nov. 6 Nov 12 Nov. 17 Nov. 21 Nov. 22 Nov. 28

CONTACT INFORMATION Grand High Priest: Jon D. Humphreys, KYGCH 580 Village Drive Galt, CA 95632-8156 (209) 745-9193 (H) (916) 205-8104 (C) Grand Secretary: Ken Hope 11428 E. Artesia Blvd, #13 Artesia, CA 90701-3872 (562) 924-6500 (W) (562) 484-1611(C)


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





Nevada City Red Bluff




Details available on York Rite website at: calendar.html

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Monthly publication of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons California

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