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Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of California Steven R. Goad, GHP ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

January 2016

Vol. VII No. 8


Grand High Priest’s Message Companions All: Happy AI 2546! May this year fill us all with Peace, Love and Unity as we contemplate his Holy Name! This month I want to complete the discussion of the symbolism behind the GHP pin and move on to subjects of more exalted importance:

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This symbol of Royal Arch Masonry regarding our ancient craft contains many deeper symbols that warrant further explanation than can not be dismissed with a few words of reference here. For example, the symbol of the OHP in the North contains references to the 12 tribes of Israel and the tradition of 3 x 3 in the three triangles each containing the Tetragrammaton flanking the breastplate symbolic of the unity of the 12 tribes. The tradition of the triple Tau which in ancient times was sometimes termed “T over H” and what each “T” refers to in our craft? Why is the symbolic color of the Holy Royal Arch “Red” and not some other color, so that when the spaces outside of our own “light” in Masonry, i.e. outside the circle of our own perfection in ancient craft Masonry, are colored “Red” we know that the explanation of this unknown in our understanding is to be found only within the “Holy of Holies” under the auspices of our Most Ancient Grand High Priest! Finally, the symbology outside of our own circle of perfection suggests to each of us that if we chart the course of our galley of life towards the North Star of the OHP with the wisdom of our forefathers as a guide. Our Masonic ship of faith will most certainly arrive safely in foreign countries where we may work and receive Master Mason’s wages until it shall please Almighty God to receive us in His Ark of Safety above! Sine Dei est nihil!! This month, as we pass into the next Capitular year, I want to thank all of the Royal Arch Masons who attended gatherings with us in December at the Kern River Valley Lodge Installation, the Whittier Royal Arch Chapter Installation, the Downey Chapter Official Visit, the Bakersfield Commandery No. 39 and Los Angeles Commandery No. 9 Christmas Observances! Many thanks to all the Companions present who made these events truly special! January is always a special month for the Royal Arch Masons of California! We will be fully into the season of renewal with the installation of new Officers in our Chapters! I am happy to welcome our new High Priests and dais officers to leadership positions in the most important appendant Masonic Fraternity in the World (yes, I AM still biased)! I want to add my humble and sincere thanks as we start this new Capitular Year for all the cards and wishes of Good Will, kindness and the civility that I have received and experience wherever my travels take me within our venerable fraternity of friends and companions! We are truly the Way to the Light and the world sorely needs us these days! Our Grand Marshal of the North, EC Jerry Miller, still needs our thoughts and prayers now more than ever! His email address is: “”. Keep up the good fight Jerry! My sincere thanks to all of you that joined me this year in the truly worthy cause of our Masonic Scholarship Fundraiser Challenge Coin! Remember, like all true challenge coins; continue to Not get caught in a CA Royal Arch Masonic venue without one or the next round is still on you! A pre- or postemptive $20 contribution to the scholarship fund on your part will prevent any further embarrassment! Until next time - Go Ever Brighter Red! STEVEN R. GOAD 161st Grand High Priest ___________________________________________________________________________________

RITUAL RESOLUTIONS At least four resolutions will be presented this year for consideration by members of Grand Chapter, effecting and attempting to improve our four degrees. At the back of

this newsletter you will find copies of the first two, dealing with the Mark master and the Past Master. Next month, we will present the two remaining Degrees. Please consider them carefully and ballot according to the best interests of Royal Arch Masonry.

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LEADERSHIP SEMINARS Two more seminars are currently available for this York Rite Year – one in Van Nuys on Jan 230th, and another in San Jose on February 20th. See flyer at the end of this newsletter for more details. RSVP to Bud Ramsey at 408-838-3730 or to, is a must!

GRAND CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS For info about Scholarships, go to the following website: rch/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.


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:

INFORMATION ON RECEPTIONS, FESTIVALS & DEGREES At the very end of this Newsletter you will find copies of flyers for some of the remaining 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.

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 Page 3 of 19


THE CLOTHES LINE A line of Jackets for our York Rite bodies continues to be available at MP. ENTERPRISES. PLEASE NOTE THAT RED JACKETS SHOULD NOW BE AVAILABLE. 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 October 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. The January 2016 edition will be out soon. You can help us control cost by letting us know you are willing to take the Encompasser by email only.

Jan 9 Jan 11 Jan 14 Jan 16

Event Installation, Norris C. Viles No. 153 Installations Installation Installation, Triple Tau No. 33 Installations

Jan 18 Jan 19 Jan 21 Jan 22

Installation Installation Official Visit Installation & Royal Ark Mariner Degree, Western Council AMD No. 41 Jan 23 GGYRC Reception Jan 26 Installation Jan 29 PM Degree Jan 30 York Rite Leadership Conference Feb 6 Potentate’s Ball Al Malikah Feb 6 O’Brien KM UD Meeting Feb 7 SoCal MSB Breakfast Feb 12-16 Travel Feb 20 District Offices’ Meeting Feb 20 – 3-Way Reception 22 Feb 27 Feb 28 Mar 5 Mar 9

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PM Association Dinner SRICF Meeting S-P KYCH Meeting Investment Committee Meeting Bakersfield Commandery

Location Rodgecrest Ventura & SLO Orange County Bellflower Signet & Kern River Santa Monica Hanford Tyre Chapter Bakersfield

Rosemead Visalia Council Bakersfield Van Nuys

LAX Hilton Santa Barbara LAX New Mexico Ridgecrest Long Beach Pasadena SR Los Altos Bakersfield Long Beach

Bakersfield Scottish Rite

Mar 12 – 13 Mar 19 Mar 20 Mar 26 Mar 27 Mar 28 Mar 29 Apr 2 Apr 3 Apr 14-17 Apr 24 May 1 May 7 May20-25

Installation Officers’ Conference RAM Festival Brian Boru KM 3-Way Reception Easter Sunday Council Degrees MEM Degree Commandery Orders Pacifica RCC Grand Sessions St Albans YRC Glenwood YRC S-P KYCH Meeting Grand Sessions

Bakersfield Van Nuys Long Beach Stockton Tempe AZ Van Nuys Kernville Van Nuys Solvang New Mexico Ventura Van Nuys Bakersfield Bakersfield

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 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: 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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Attention Royal Arch Masons in California!


To introduce Master Masons to the Degrees of the Chapter, our Grand Chapter has authorized the conferral of the Mark Master Degree to interested Brethren without fee. A petition to the Chapter of Royal Arch Masons is still required, to take advantage of this opportunity. “Keystone Classes” are being planned for this program now, for group conferrals of the Mark Master Degree throughout the state in the Fall of 2015. This is where YOU come in. Please talk with that Brother you would like to recommend to your Chapter, and tell him of this opportunity to “sample” the further degrees of the York Rite. To help you explain this opportunity to your Lodge Brethren, the following new materials are available to you:  

A new Petition for this introductory Mark Master Degree. A brochure inviting a Brother to explore the Chapter Degrees.

You can print these new materials from the Grand Chapter website, at Or you can ask any Chapter Secretary, District Inspector, or Grand Chapter Officer for copies of these new materials. Be sure to explain the advantages of this opportunity to your Lodge Brothers:    

The Mark Master Degree expands and extends the Craft Degrees, shedding further Light on what it means to be a Mason. Further Degrees in the Chapter are entirely optional. This is an opportunity to share Masonic fellowship with members of other Lodges in the local community. No proof of proficiency is required to advance in Degrees.

-- Companions, please talk with your Blue Lodge Brethren today ! ! --

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The Workman - January 2016  

A monthly publication by the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of California