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

January 2015

Vol. VI No. 8


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GRAND HIGH PRIEST’S MESSAGE HAPPY NEW YEAR! Dear Companions: January – the month for installing new officers! So, this is a time of renewal, when new chapter leadership takes on the task of guiding and directing affairs for the coming year. My hope is that our new officers – High Priests, Kings and Scribes alike – will accept the challenges of leadership with enthusiasm and inspiration, and will work to make their chapters stronger and more effective than ever. “Be the Change You Want to See.” December has seen a couple of significant events. With reluctance, I have approved the mutual request of Chico Chapter No. 42 and Plumas (Quincy) Chapter No. 107 to consolidate as Chico Chapter No. 42, meeting in Chico. My hope is that the consolidation will strengthen Chico Chapter even further, and will provide a satisfactory chapter connection for those Companions in the Quincy area.

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On a brighter note, several months ago we received a request for recognition from the “Prince Hall Grand Chapter Holy Royal Arch Masons, Washington State and Jurisdiction.” After appropriate investigation, I have extended such recognition for the purposes of fraternal relations to this Grand Chapter – subject, of course, to our Grand Chapter’s validation at Grand Convocation in May. You will find a copy of the details in the Proclamation included elsewhere in this copy of the “Workman.” I look forward to a busy January, as I install seven sets of officers in various chapters, plus attend a leadership seminar in Vista. This is our last leadership seminar this Capitular Year, and I hope all those of you south and east of Los Angeles will read the details in a separate article in this publication, and plan on attending this seminar. Improvement and re-inspiration of our leadership is truly vitally important to the growth of our Rite. With sadness, we note the passing of the Most Excellent Murray E. Cooke, our Grand High Priest in 1982 and General Grand High Priest in 1996. In my chats with Murray over the years, he never failed to be supportive in his comments and inspiring in his guidance. We will all miss this dear and most excellent Companion. Finally, I wish all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!” In the coming year, continue to work to “Be the Change You Want to See.” JON HUMPHREYS Grand High Priest ________________________________________________________________________________________


MURRAY E. COOKE Murray E. Cooke was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on November 3, 1924. His family moved to Nova Scotia in 1928. He received his education through high school in the Dartmouth, Nova Scotia school system. He graduated in 1947 from what is now the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, (University of Alberta) , Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, 1943-45 and attained the commissioned rank of Flying Officer and was awarded the wings of Wireless Air Gunner, specializing in radio, radar and gunnery. He saw service in Canada, The Bahamas, England and Ireland. On August 24, 1945 he married Margarie D. Rose in Calgary. They were blessed with twin children, Judith A. Almquist and John M. Cooke. They have two grandchildren. Murray was raised a Master Mason in March, 1952 in Triangle Lodge No. 548 F&AM of Venice, California and served as Worshipful Master in 1964. He joined Triangle Chapter No 456 Order of the Eastern Star in 1954 and served as Worthy Patron in 1956. He was Page 2 of 13

exalted in Santa Monica Bay Chapter No. 97 Royal Arch Masons in 1958 and served as High Priest in 1968. He was greeted in Alpha Council No. 39 Cryptic Masons in 1968 and served as Illustrious Master in 1968. He was knighted in Santa Monica Bay Commandery No. 61 Knights Templar in 1968 and served as Eminent Commander in 1973.

Commandery, are providing current and future leaders with tools and information designed to improve leadership skills and strengthen our York Rite management.

He was a member of the following Masonic Societies: Valley of Long Beach, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in 1976; Al Malaikah Temple, Ancient Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine in 1977; Kincora Council No. 8, Knight Masons 1972; Southern California Preceptory, DeMolay Legion of Honor 1973; San Fernando Y San Juan Council No. 105; Allied Masonic Degrees 1974 – Sovereign Master 1976; Los Angeles Priory No. 27, Knights of the York Cross of Honour, 1975; Philalethes Society 1975; Royal Order of Scotland, 1978; St. Croix Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine; Chevaliers Bienfaisants de la Cite Sainte; Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis.

Admission is free and a free lunch is provided. See details on the announcement later in this newsletter.

Murray was appointed Grand Royal Arch Captain in 1977 by Most Excellent Companion Fred E. Nollenberger. He served as Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of California in 1982. He was elected to the General Grand Captain of the Host of the General Chapter Royal Arch Masons International line in 1987 and served as General Grand High Priest from 1996-99.

Grand Master of the Third Veil

All Chapter members who have not already attended one of this year’s seminars are encouraged to attend this one in Vista.

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 announcement.

_________________________ MEET YOUR GRAND OFFICERS

_________________________ YORK RITE LEADERSHIP SEMINAR COMING TO SAN DIEGO COUNTY ___________________ SIGN UP TODAY! ___________________ The LAST York Rite “Leadership Seminar” for this Capitular Year will be on Saturday, January 31st at the Masonic Center in Vista. These seminars, jointly sponsored by the Grand Chapter, Grand Council and Grand

JOSEPH K. DONGO Excellent Companion Joseph K. Dongo was born in 1960, and raised in Corte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) on the west coast of Africa. After earning a Ph.D. Degree in Civil Engineering from Ecole Centrale, in Paris, he returned to Cote D’Ivoire as a college professor, where he taught for four years before immigrating to the

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United States in 1993. Joseph has worked for the California Department of Transportation since 1998, and currently is their Special Projects Program Manager. Our Grand Master of the Third Veil was Raised a Master Mason in Washington Lodge No. 20 (Sacramento) in 1998, and served as Master in 2010 and 2012. He is a Past High Priest of Sacramento Chapter No. 3, R.A.M., an Illustrious Past Master of Sacramento Council No. 1, is just completing his term as Commander of Sacramento Commandery No. 2, K.T. and is currently High Priest of Golden State Research Chapter and Chief of the Golden Claymore Clan, Royal Order of Scotland. Joseph is a member of Scottish Rite, the Masonic Rosicrucian Society (SRICF), Allied Masonic Degrees (AMD), Knight Masons, and several other Masonic organizations. He has a daughter, Cynthia Amah, and two sons, Steve and Emery. ______________ Grand Orator

He worked for IBM and Texaco in Buffalo, N.Y., and as a corporate lawyer in New York City, before establishing his private law practice in Huntington Beach, California in 1976. Jim was Raised a Master Mason in Huntington Beach Lodge in 1997, served as Master in 2004 and 2005, and is currently Officers’ Coach. He was Exalted in Long Beach Chapter No. 84. He is a Past High Priest of both Orange County Chapter No. 73 in Anaheim and Triple Tau Chapter No. 33 in Bellflower. He has presided over Orange County Council No 14, Cryptic Masons, and both Orange County and Golden West Commanderys. He is also a member of the drill teams for Los Angeles Commandery and Orange County Commandery (for the latter of which he serves as Drill Team Captain). Our Grand Orator’s other Masonic affiliations include Long Beach Scottish Rite (33rd Degree); Seaside Chapter Order of Eastern Star (Past Worthy Patron); Excalibur Council A.M.D. (Past Sovereign Master); Los Angeles Priory, K.Y.C.H. (Past Prelate); Knight Masons; Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests; and York Rite College. Between Masonic activities, Jim pursues his interests in music (including playing drums), gardening, community charity work (dinners, food and clothing for the needy), and the study of history, religion and philosophy.

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MARK MASTER PROGRAM JAMES SUNSERI Excellent Companion Jim Sunseri was born in Brockport, N.Y., and grew up in nearby Holley, N.Y. He attended State University of New York at Buffalo and earned his J.D. Degree from Syracuse University College of Law.

There have been questions about the legislation that was adopted in 2009, concerning the no-fee Mark Master Degree. Yes, it is still in effect, as a permanent part of our Constitution. This means that all Chapters can continue to accept petitions in two ways: for either the Mark Master Degree only (with no fee paid), or for all the Chapter

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Degrees (with the full fee paid). The new petition available on the Grand Chapter web-site, provides these two options for a petitioner. In addition, under that legislation, a petitioner for the Mark Master Degree only (paying no fee), is balloted upon for all the degrees of the Chapter. If he subsequently wishes the remaining degrees, he need only pay the fee for degrees to qualify for them. He has already been elected to receive all four Chapter degrees. Local Chapters, perhaps working in concert with other Chapters in their District, should begin now to schedule Keystone Classes – those classes for which only the Mark Master will be conferred. Set a date for the conferral and everything else will fall in place. Set it far enough into the future that you have enough time to visit Blue Lodges in your area at least once. Take a couple dozen petitions to each Stated Meeting you can attend and, with the Master’s permission, announce the Mark Master opportunity they now have! Assume their consent, and wait for them to complete the petitions on site! You know the preparedness of your local Team, but schedule enough practices to guarantee a quality conferral – one you will be proud of. Be prepared, also, to announce at the end of the conferral when they can return for the remaining degrees. This is crucial follow-thru! Don’t let cast problems deter you – we have numerous excellent ritualists around the State who are willing to travel. _________________________

subtitle of “What Works & What Doesn’t”. The Review begins by pointing out that change is no longer a onetime event. It is “…now an almost constant state of being.” You have to be able to deal with it for your organization to survive. There are a variety of reasons we may find initiating change a challenge. Fear of failing and the potential loss of prestige likely account for an aversion to leading change. Another concern is dealing with the resistance that leading change often incurs. This suggests three things to consider as a leader of change. First, when initiating change it is critical to explain in very clear terms what you as a leader are trying to accomplish. Why is the change important to entertain and implement? What are the potential rewards or upside for implementing the suggested change? Also, what are the potential downsides that may result from the change? Secondly, listen carefully to those who are resisting the change. The reason is simple. The person or persons who are resisting the change may just be the one(s) who care the most about doing this in a first class manner. Work with them and attempt to create a joint ownership of the change. The result is moving an obstacle to your proposed ideas to an ally and supporter of your proposed change. Thirdly, consider the “power of one.” When you, as a leader, are considering making changes, focus on make one change at a time.

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. LEADING CHANGE COMPTCHE OUTDOOR DEGREES An Article Submitted by Arthur H. Walton The 43rd Annual Comptche Outdoor Royal Arch Degrees are scheduled this year for June 26th The cover title for a recent Harvard Business at Tunzi Ranch. All four Degrees will be Review was simply “Leading Change” with a Page 5 of 13

conferred on Saturday, with the Prologue beginning at 8:30 a.m. The reservation deadline is June 18th. You could make a vacation around this event. Self-contained RVs and tent campers are welcome to setup from June 23rd through the 28th. There are no 120V hookups but there are chemical toilets in the meadow. There is a hot water shower in the restroom shack, as well as men’s and women’s bathrooms. Fish Fry Friday night -- $15.50 Breakfast Saturday morning -- $10 Dues Registration -- $12 Companions Lunch -- $12.50 Tri-tip Barbeque Saturday Night -- $20 Breakfast Sunday morning -- $10

has been forwarded to local Chapter officers, and can be accessed directly at: . The November edition, number 37, is available 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 Children half-price; only companions pay the registration. Make checks payable to COMPTCHE OUTDOOR DEGREES, and complete and send the registration document below to Guy Chalmers, 50 Lohrrman Lane, Petaluma, CA 94952-3609.

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.

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


The Janaury 2015 edition of the Encompasser will be 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 RAM INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER Encompasser by email only. Check out the new format available – you As you know, our Grand Chapter is associated can now read the Encompasser online! No with the General Grand Chapter RAM need to even print it out. Many thanks to our International. The General Grand Chapter is web-master, Excellent Companion Richard now publishing a newsletter with international Thornton, for his efforts in applying this scope. Issue number 38 for December 2014 technology to our needs! Page 6 of 13



For info about Scholarships, go to the following website: rara.html 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. The website located at now contains a copy of the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Grand Orations booklets. Also included is a copy of “The Royal Arch Path,” by MEC Phil Hardiman, KYGCH. The next Semi-annual meeting will be held in Bakersfield in May at the next Grand Chapter Convocation. For information about membership, contact: Ex. Comp Joseph Dongo, High Priest Dr. Paul Arthur Clark, King Ex. Companion Bob Morrison, Scribe Ex. Comp Casey Latham, Secretary ______________________________________

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Jan. 1 Jan. 5 Jan. 8

HAPPY NEW YEAR ! Install Shasta Chapter No. 9 Install Ancient Chapter No. 31 Install San Luis Chapter No. 62 Install Oakland Chapter No. 36 Install California Chapter No. 1 Install King Solomon’s Chapter No. 95 Install Howard Chapter No. 11

Jan. 10 Jan. 13 Jan. 16 Jan. 17 Jan. 21 Jan. 24

St. Francis Conclave – Red Cross of Constantine.

Jan. 31

Leadership Seminar

Feb. 22 Feb. 26

3-way Y-R Reception Grand Court, Order of Amaranth


Location Redding Pittsburg San Luis Obispo Oakland San Francisco San Mateo San Jose San Francisco Vista Modesto Ontario

Details available on York Rite website at:

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)

Website: calendar.html


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Recognition of Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter Holy Royal Arch Masons, Washington State and Jurisdiction WHEREAS the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter Holy Royal Arch Masons, Washington State and Jurisdiction (hereinafter, for brevity, “Washington Prince Hall Grand Chapter�), has, by letter of August 16, 2014, extended to this Grand Chapter a request for fraternal recognition, and WHEREAS such request has been made with the authorization of the Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Washington Prince Hall Grand Chapter, and WHEREAS the Washington Prince Hall Grand Chapter was organized and has been in continual operation since 1995, and WHEREAS the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Washington, with which this Grand Chapter is currently in amity, enjoys fraternal relations with the Washington Prince Hall Grand Chapter, and WHEREAS it is the policy of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons that if a Grand Lodge recognizes the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the same jurisdiction, then a Grand Chapter of that jurisdiction is free to recognize and communicate with Prince Hall Grand Chapters, and WHEREAS the Grand Lodge of California, F.& A.M. does, in fact, recognize the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons States of California and Hawaii, Incorporated, NOW, THEREFORE, the Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of California hereby recognizes the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter Holy Royal Arch Masons, Washington State and Jurisdiction, for the purpose of fraternal relations. This recognition includes the following: A. A Companion may have Capitular communication with any person who is a member of a Royal Arch Chapter which has been chartered by, or holds allegiance to, the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter Holy Royal Arch Masons, Washington State and Jurisdiction, with one exception. While in any state or territory outside the State of California, a Companion shall not have Capitular communication with any person who is a member of a Royal Arch Chapter which has been chartered by, or holds allegiance to, the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter Holy Royal Arch Masons, Washington State and Jurisdiction, unless the Page 9 of 13

Grand Chapter which we recognize with jurisdiction over that state or territory recognizes the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter Holy Royal Arch Masons, Washington State and Jurisdiction. B. A Companion may have Capitular communication with any person legally present at a tiled meeting of the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter Holy Royal Arch Masons, Washington State and Jurisdiction, or at a tiled meeting of a Royal Arch Chapter which has been chartered by, or holds allegiance to, the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter Holy Royal Arch Masons, Washington State and Jurisdiction, even though such a person is not a member of a Royal Arch Chapter chartered by or holding allegiance to a Grand Chapter recognized by the Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of California. This exception applies only during such a tiled meeting and at no other time. Signed this 22nd day of December, 2014 A.D.

Jon D. Humphreys JON D. HUMPHREYS Grand High Priest

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