Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of California Steven R. Goad, GHP ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Vol. VII No. 1
GHP MESSAGE: SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION GRAND SESSIONS GRAND CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS LEADING CHANGE OPERATIONS & TRAINING MANUAL RECEPTIONS, FESTIVALS & DEGREES COMPTCHE OUTDOOR DEGREES THE CLOTHES LINE THE ENCOMPASSER
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GRAND HIGH PRIEST’S CALENDAR CONTACT INFORMATION COMPTCHE FLYER GRAND CHAPTER RESULTS INLAND EMPIRE RECEPTION CHANNEL ISLAND RECEPTION EAST BAY RECEPTION EAST BAY PILGRIMAGE LADIES’ CRAZY TEA (CRFF) STAR AND COMPASS TRAVEL
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Grand High Priest’s Message Dear Companions: It is truly August to be Exalted!" With these words I began my year as your Grand High Priest. I plan for it to be an exciting year for Royal Arch and York Rite Masonry. My emphasis this year will be to reconnect with our historical roots vis-à-vis the Antient Grand Lodge of England which fought to retain the Royal Arch Degree in Blue Lodge Masonry and was eventually influential in our Chapter beginnings here in the USA through the establishment of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International in 1798. We are the second oldest Masonic body outside of Blue Lodge itself and the second largest York Rite Body in terms of membership. We need to embrace our heritage and use it to connect with our Brethren in Blue Lodge and to strengthen the bonds we share with the other York Rite Bodies, e.g. Council and Commandery. "Join or Die" is a theme we will be investigating more thoroughly in the coming months.
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I want to thank and congratulate all of the new Grand Royal Arch Officers and the indefatigable Ritual Staff for agreeing to throw their lot in with us during this Capitular year as well as thanking the Officers and Ritual Staff that so ably served my esteemed predecessor MEC Jon Humphreys during last year. We have been left in a great position to grow the Craft by their good works! I have also issued a challenge coin to help subsidize the Royal Arch Scholarship fund for this year. It costs only $20.00 and all of the contributions go directly to the Scholarship fund (i.e. the DeBarrows/Wohlfarth Scholarship fund) to fund this year's scholarship recipients without touching the principal. So like all true challenge coins, don't get caught in a CA Royal Arch Masonic venue without one or the first libation in an appropriate setting is on your dime! After all, it's a worthy cause and it directly helps our Masonic family! Until next time - Go Big Red! (GBR!) STEVEN R. GOAD Grand High Priest _______________________________________________________________________________________
SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION Ritual Staff will be gathering with the Grand Chapter Executive Committee on August 15th in Bakersfield to consider a variety of matters: including the conferral of the Mark Master at Grand Lodge on Friday night; opening and closing ritual; Inspector relationships to the Ritual Committee and to the Department Officers; specific Inspector duties of importance this year; and much more. The Ritual Staff will have much to share with Dais Officers in the local Chapters after this meeting.
For info about Scholarships, go to the following website:
See below at the end of this newsletter for the published results of Grand Chapter. Included you will note the High Priest of the Year was awarded to Tony Stone of Washington Chapter #13. The Bronze Service Medal went to Lee Routt, of Stockton Chapter #28, former Deputy Grand Lecturer and now Grand Royal Arch Captain. The Ephraim Kirby Award went to Sam Pitassi of Signet Chapter #57, and John Cooper, King Solomonâ€™s Chapter #95.
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
Grand Chapter Convocation next year will be on Monday, May 23, 2016. Put it on your calendar now!!
GRAND CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS
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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OPERATIONS & TRAINING MANUAL For decades, we have all clamored for a single document that gives us what we need to effectively run our organizations. General Grand Chapter has now produced the Manual which meets this need for Chapters – and each Chapter should acquire at least one copy for use by its Dais Officers. Councils and Commanderies can benefit from this production as well. Although it is oriented to the Chapter needs, and contains some info specific to the capitular ritual, it does contain the following chapters, which will be found to be useful by all bodies: A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H.
The Art and Science of Leadership Officer Selection & Development Protocols and Governance Membership Management Presentation and Education Dues, Fees and Budgets Communications and Public Relations Strategic Planning and Development
This new Manual is well worth the cost of $25.00. It can be ordered from the General Grand Chapter as follows: By writing to General Grand Chapter RAM, PO Box 128, Greenfield, IN 46140; or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Council on August 15-16 2015, in Red Bluff; and the Colorado River Fall Festival (CRFF) in Laughlin, NV on Oct 19-20, 2015. Go to www.crff.org for information on the latter. A Ladies’ Tea at the CRFF is shown on one of the flyers at the end of this newsletter.
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
INFORMATION ON 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 summarized below, or with full details, at the Grand York Rite website. Of particular note are the Northern California York Rite Festival for Chapter and
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.
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GRAND HIGH PRIEST’S CALENDAR JUNE 2015 Date June 11 June 1213 June 19
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: www.mpenterprises.weebly.com; or directly to his email at email@example.com.
ENCOMPASSER The April 2015 edition of the Encompasser has been mailed and is now on the website. Go to http://www.yorkriteofcalifornia.org 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.
Event 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception
June 2627 July 3 July 4 July 4 July 5 July 1011 July 23 July 24
Comptche RA Festival 4-Way Reception 4th of July Parade Drill Team BBQ Ice Cream Social AVAILABLE FOR RECEPTION Official Visit AVAILABLE FOR RECEPTION Reception, Dist 17 Receptions
July 25 July 31 – Aug 2 Aug 6 – 9
Grand Encampment Triennial Aug 14 – Ritual Staff 15 Meeting Aug 20 – Grand Chapter 23 Sessions Aug 28 – Inspector’s 29 Retreat, South Sept 4 – 7 AVAILABLE FOR RECEPTION
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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Location Bellflower Red Bluff & Chico Riverside CIYRA Santa Barbara Mendocino Co. Van Nuys Newhall LA #9 San Luis Obispo
Kernville East Bay Buffalo, NY
Bakersfield Arizona Irvine
GRAND CHAPTER CONTACT INFORMATION Grand High Priest: Steven R. Goad, KYGCH 2300 Diamond Head Way Oxnard, CA 93036-7762 (760) 608-1585 (C) (760) 939-9704 (W) Weds-Fri (805) 989-4748 (W) Mon-Tues Steve.Goad9@gmail.com Grand Secretary: Ken Hope 11428 E. Artesia Blvd, #13 Artesia, CA 90701-3872 (562) 924-6500 (W) (562) 484-1611(C) firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor: Phil Hardiman, KYGCH 2713 Hoffman Woods Lane Carmichael, CA 95608 (916) 712-4814(C) email@example.com
Website: WWW.YORKRITEOFCALIFORNIA.ORG GOLDEN STATE CHAPTER OF RESEARCH Website: WWW.GOLDENSTATECHAPTER.ORG GRAND SESSIONS, FORMS & SCHEDULES Website: WWW.CA-GYRS.ORG
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