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

February 2015

Vol. VI No. 9


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Grand High Priest’s Message

THOUGHTS FOR CHAPTER LEADERS Dear Companions: Installations of new Chapter officers are largely behind us now, and our High Priests and other Chapter officers are shouldering the task of improving their Chapters in the year ahead. Now that is a daunting task! Just how does a new High Priest, King or Scribe, go about improving a Chapter? The answer I have been urging for consideration these last eight months is that it starts with something called “vision;” a mental picture of that improved Chapter you wish you were leading. The message to put vision first is a reminder that a leader must know where he is going, or he will never figure out what road to take – what things to do – to get there. And I believe this is true – vision is essential. But let me share a couple of other ideas for those who take on the task of Chapter leadership. It is important, when developing vision for the future, that the vision be a worthwhile and inspiring one. Because the task of every leader is both to develop vision and to communicate and share it in a way that convinces others to adopt that vision as their own. If the vision is not essentially worthwhile, convincing others to pursue it will be exceedingly difficult or impossible. Page 1 of 11

Another consideration in leading others toward a vision for the future is the matter of trust. Those who follow a leader must trust him, or the leader will be ineffective. Trust has many components. It happens when a leader is reliable – when he does what he says. It happens when a leader feels real and human – when he is genuinely friendly. It happens when a leader is willing to set his own interests aside and support the important interests of those who are lead. If Chapter members would not buy a used car from a man, they will never allow him to lead them. In summary, if you are a Chapter leader (or any kind of leader): 

Know where you are going,

Be sure it is a worthwhile place to go, and

Be someone others would like to follow.

Then you will lead effectively and productively. Not an easy task. But a worthwhile one. Trust me. “Be the Change You Want to See.” JON D. HUMPHREYS Grand High Priest _______________________________________________________________________________________




The Ritual Staff will be conducting three Officers’ Schools of Instruction in the next three months, as follows: Feb 28th: Bellflower Lodge Mar 21st: Woodland Lodge Apr 18th: Siminoff Lodge We will cover Opening and Closing Ritual, Balloting, various Administrative matters. We will also do some exemplification in the four degrees, as well as consider proposed enhancements. Please bring Companions who may be interested, especially if they work on Degree Teams, or are in your progressive line. The meetings will begin at 8:30 am, lunch at noon, and breakup when we are done – no later than 3:00 pm RSVP is a must,



Richard and Barb Baskin

to Right Excellent Companion Richard D. “Rick”Baskin was born in Corpus Christy and raised in various parts of Texas until settling in Austin. Page 2 of 11

Rick spent 28 years in the Navy, retiring with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. He has a B.S. in Liberal Studies and a M.S. in Human Resource Management, and is currently employed as the Director of Quality for the Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center Southwest. Rick’s Masonic career began in Chula Vista Lodge No. 626 in 2001, where he served as Master in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He is currently Inspector of the 909th Masonic District. Our Grand Scribe is a Past High Priest of San Diego Chapter No. 61, and served our Grand Chapter as Grand Marshal, Inspector, and Deputy Grand Lecturer before appointment as Grand Royal Arch Captain in 2011. He is a Knight of the York Cross of Honor. Rick is a member of Cryptic Masons, Knights Templar, Scottish Rite; Allied Masonic Degrees, York Rite College, Knight Masons, Red Cross of Constantine, Shrine, Royal Order of Scotland and National Sojourners. __________

Grand Master of the Second Veil

Excellent Companion Loyal Taylor was born and raised in Dunsmuir, California. He holds an A. A. Degree from American River College in Sacramento, and was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad for 25 years. He subsequently pursued a career in commercial insurance, specializing in logging and commercial trucking. Our Grand Master of the Second Veil lives in Redding with his wife Carolyn. He was raised in Redding Lodge No. 254 in 1975, served as Master in 1982 and 2008. He served as a Blue Lodge Inspector from 2001 through 2009, and as Grand Standard Bearer in 2000-2001. Loyal is a Past High Priest of Shasta Chapter No. 9 in Redding, having been Exalted in 1995. He is a member of Shasta Council No. 6, C.M., and Redding Commandery No. 50, K.T. He is also the Sovereign Master of the Edwin J. Gribble Council #241, A.M.D., a member of the Ben Ali Shrine, Past President of the NorCal Shrine Club (in which he works as a member of the Joker Clown Unit in Fortuna California.), an a member of Scottish Rite, the Eastern Star, and has served on the local DeMolay and Rainbow Girls Boards. Loyal and Carolyn have been married for 53 years, and the couple has a daughter and a son, three grandchildren and one great-grandson. Loyal’s interests include travel, hunting, fishing, skiing, wood working, archery and black powder.


Loyal and Carolyn Taylor

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GRAND CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS 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.

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Stay tuned for more things to consider when leading change.


An Article Submitted by Arthur H. Walton

Introducing a new direction, particularly an abstract idea like a new or revised mission, innovation, or a new direction is not easy. It is tough! Why? Change implies a willingness on the part of a leader to “stick their neck out” by suggesting change is important, if not essential for the future of your Chapter.


What are the things a leader of change needs to do to be successful? 

are essential. Historical information is needed on membership, membership giving to the Chapter’s chosen philanthropies and successful activities the Chapter has participated in. Second, a change is an abstraction until you provide your Chapter with specific and practical ideas of putting your proposed change into effect. Third, create a short talk that is a compelling articulation of your proposed change or changes. One only has to look back on Martin Luther’s “I have a dream” speech to realize what is means to articulate a change that challenges the status quo. Fourth, look into your personal experience. Consider business experiences, family activities or other fraternal experiences and share something that you were involved in that resulted in a positive change. Fifth, find some metrics or statistical information that aligns with success of your proposed change or changes. Six, expect a response that can be strong and maybe even considered a backlash. However, do not be turned off by the response. Why? An intense response, either positive or negative, is a very strong indicator that your Brothers are taking your proposed ideas seriously.

First, they need to accumulate evidence. You need material that supports the results of the change. Facts and numbers

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,

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whether individual or part of a Festival. For other events not included here, refer to the Grand High Priest Calendar summarized below, or with full details, at the Grand York Rite website.

____________________ THE CLOTHES LINE

COMPTCHE OUTDOOR DEGREES The 43rd Annual Comptche Outdoor Royal Arch Degrees are scheduled this year for June 26th at Tunzi Ranch. All four Degrees will be 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 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.

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 The January 2015 edition of the Encompasser has been mailed and is now 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!


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Feb. 12

Elk Grove Lodge No. 173 Stated Meeting 3-way Y-R Reception Grand Court, Order of Amaranth Grand Lecturer’s School of Instruction

Elk Grove

Siminoff Council, A.M.D. Grand Chapter Reception Grand Officers’ Conference Granddaughter’s Wedding !!!

Union City

Grand Lecturer’s School of Instruction Grand Assembly, Rainbow for Girls


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March 8 March 12 March 1314 March 2022 March 21

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

Modesto Ontario Bellflower

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

Vista Bakersfield

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



Details available on York Rite website at: calendar.html



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The Workman - February 2015  

A monthly publication of Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of California

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