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Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of California Randy Downey, GHP ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________


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Grand High Priest’s Message Companions, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE! These words form the foundation of everything I have set out to accomplish this year. I urge each of you to let your personal light shine on others, that they may see the person and the Mason you are, so that they may choose to be like you. I charge you to let the light of Royal Arch Masonry shine on those of our brothers who are not Royal Arch Masons, so that they see what we are about, and can become inspired by the beauty that is the Royal Arch. I recommend to you that you visit our Grand York Rite website: From there you will find a number of resources by which you can shine the light of our craft on others. The Grand Chapter has an education link, and you will find any number of articles that explain the history and significance of Royal Arch and York Rite Masonry. These can be used to inform non-members about us, but can also be used at stated Convocations to educate and inform our Companions There is a link on the GYR home page, “What is York Rite”, which leads you to a power point presentation on York Rite Masonry, that may be given anywhere. Page 1 of 29

Please make use of the resources to get the word out. Shine our light on others. As of this writing, we are in the midst of many Grand York Rite functions. It is an honor to attend so many events, and to meet so many of our Companions. Micki and I have just returned from a weekend at Comptche, where the annual outdoor Chapter degree festival is held. It is a unique experience, and every California Royal Arch Mason should attend at least once. We witnessed six new Companions being exalted on Saturday, June 24. I want to thank Excellent Companion Guy Chalmers, along with Excellent Companion Martin McKeay, and their team of dedicated and hard-working Companions and ladies, for putting on an outstanding event. We have many more events to attend this year, including three ritual schools that will be led by our Grand Lecturer. Details on the dates and locations of these schools will be forthcoming. I hope as many Companions as possible will attend these schools, so that we can continue to improve our ritual skills. I remind you that in April of 2018, Micki and I will be traveling, with as many of our Companions and ladies as wish to participate, to Israel and Jordon. This will be a fantastic adventure, and I hope you will consider making this a part of your plans. All details can be found on our website, by following the Grand Chapter link. I continue to be excited, as this Capitular years unfolds before us. I’m learning each day just how SPECTACULAR it is to be a California Royal Arch Mason. I hope you believe it to be so as well. If you do, share that enthusiasm with others. I look forward to seeing the Companions throughout the state this year, and hope that when we meet, we are of such a mind as to make a true difference in each other’s lives. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE! Randy R. Downey, KYGCH 163rd Grand High Priest, Royal Arch Masons of California ___________________________________________________________________________________

FROM THE GRAND LECTURER Companions All, We just completed a superb Royal Arch Festival at Comptche outside Mendocino and it was a well done event by all! Many thanks to Santa Rosa Chapter for hosting this august event and to the many dedicated Royal Arch Masons that made the degrees and the day special for everyone! I highly recommend this event to anyone looking to

enhance their Masonic experiences! I also had the distinct pleasure to serve as SW for a festive and well executed Mark Master Degree hosted by Orange County Chapter this past Tuesday evening in Orange Grove Lodge! There were 12 candidates from three different Chapters in the area and the cast included members of all three Chapters! As you can tell, this is tall cotton for an humble GL to move in! I am very encouraged by the dedication and effort of the Companions to put on a good show by Both of these teams and by the ritual staff that coached them! It was a Great week to

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be a Royal Arch Mason in CA!! While we are on an upswing, I wanted to share with all of you the three Ritual Schools of Instruction (SOIs) we have planned for this Capitular year! First we are planning to be in NorCal and hopefully in East Bay on Saturday, 2 December. Second in SoCal hopefully in Downey on Saturday, 24 February. Finally in CentCal hopefully in San Luis Obispo on Holy Saturday, 31 March. Each of these SOIs, like last year, will start at 9:30 am and complete by 3 pm and include a light continental breakfast and lunch on site. The GHP will be in attendance and we will concentrate on what the Chapters need most to review along with the esoteric significance of some of our ritual! No two will be the same, but hopefully the information we put out will travel the state consistently!? I strongly urge all Companions that missed last year to attend one of our SOIs this year in your area and for those of you that did attend last year, we will share more of the same this year and add to what we have already discussed. These SOIs are designed to be low key, low stress and high fun! I hope to see many of you there especially if you desire more light in Masonry? Until then, stay safe and let your light shine forth!! Your most humble Grand Lecturer -s&f/Steve. In Memoriam Most Excellent Companion HERBERT E. NEELY

Born 11-18-23 in Putnam, Oklahoma to Charles and Ruth Neely, Herb was raised and schooled in Missouri and Colorado. He attended Goodman High School in Goodman, Missouri, was apprenticed as a Heat Treater and Auto Mechanic in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Hadley Vocational School. Herb was the fourth generation of his family to enter Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, the oldest infantry base west of the Mississippi River. He served 2 years and 2months in Europe, including Northern Ireland, England, France, Belgium and Germany. He met and married Edythe McKee in Northern Ireland. He and Edythe raised five children, four girls and one boy. The girls are all Past Worthy Advisors of Rainbow for Girls and two received Grand Appointments. The boy is an ex-Green Beret. Herb finished his apprenticeship in St. Louis and moved to Eureka, California where his parents lived, He worked four years for two car dealers, after which he owned and operated Herb Neely Motors for forty years. Most Excellent Companion Neely petitioned Humboldt Lodge No. 79, F. & A. M. in 1954, serving that Lodge as Master in 1973 and, again, in 1989. He was a Candidates' Coach for forty years and received the Hiram Award in 1991. He also served the Grand Lodge of California as a Masonic Homes Committeeman from 1975 to 1989. Herb petitioned Humboldt Chapter No. 52, R. A. M. in 1957, being exalted at Martin Legerinni's ranch near Santa Rosa. He was appointed to the officers' line as Captain of the Host in 1959 and served his Chapter as High Priest in 1964 and 1965. Herb received the Order of High Priesthood in 1964 in Pasadena. He worked on all of the degree teams and received the Grand Chapter Meritorious Service Award in 1991. He was a Grand Chapter Inspector from 1965 to

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1970 and Deputy Grand Lecture for District 2A from 1992 to 1995. He was appointed Grand Royal Arch Captain in 1995 and was installed on May 3, 2000 as the 146th Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of California. He petitioned and received the Cryptic degrees in Pacific Council No. 37, C. M. in 1962, receiving the Super Excellent Degree in 1963, He worked on two degree teams and served as Illustrious Master in 1975. He petitioned Eureka Commandery No. 35, K. T. in 1964, and worked on all degree teams and served as Commander in 1969. In 1976, he was inducted into San Francisco Priory No. 38, K. Y. C. H., where, for many years, he gave the Symbolic Lodge Lecture. He was appointed to the Priory line in 1986 and served as Prior in 1990. Herb has also worked with the Masonic Youth groups, primarily Rainbow for Girls. He served as Rainbow Dad for two terms and received the Grand Cross of Color from Rainbow Assembly No. 216. In addition, he is a member of Sacramento Valley York Rite College, Eureka Exchange Club, V. F. W. Post #1872, Redwood Gun Club and the U. S. A. Water Ski Associa tion.He is a member or the Royal Order of Scotland and St. Francis Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. KNIGHT OF THE YORK GRAND CROSS OF HONOUR Grand High Priest (2000-01), Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of California; Called from labor on April 29, 2017 In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Royal Arch Scholarship Fund, c/o Grand Secretary, 11428 Artesia Blvd., Suite 13, Artesia, CA 90701-3872

SECRETARY ESSENTIALS Secretaries new and old: near the end of this newsletter you will find a two-page document that serves as guidelines for Secretaries – especially new ones.

GRAND SESSIONS 2018 See below for Results at Grand Chapter 2017, as to awards, elections, resolutions. Dates for the 2018 California Grand York Rite Monday, May 21, 2018 – Grand Council Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – Grand Commmandery Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – Grand Chapter A copy of the flyer announcing the change to the Wyndham Hotel in Visalia, and showing future years as well, is included at the back of this newsletter.

ORDER OF HIGH PRIESTHOOD It is a requirement of the Constitution that all High Priests receive this Order. Altogether, 22 candidates received this Order in the afternoon of May 23rd. If you are a newly elected or installed High Priest, or a past High Priest who has not yet received the order, you should plan to do so at the Grand Chapter Convocation on May 23rd next year, at 2:00 pm in the afternoon. See the application below in the document labeled SECRETARY ESSENTIALS.

GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER The next Triennium will be held in Portland on August 23 through August 30th next year. General Grand Chapter will be held on Tuesday August 29th, with General Grand Council meeting on Monday the 28th. You

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should put these dates on your calendar now, and plan to register before July 26th, 2017 to get the best rates. Hotel RSVPs are due July 31st, 2017. This meeting is open to all Companions. This may be the closest the Triennial will be to California in at least 9 years, so give attendance next year your serious consideration. In addition to the meetings, there are numerous other activities planned, and services available, that you may want to avail yourself of. See the 2-page flyer at the end of this newsletter.


Companions, I hope you when you receive this message, you are in good spirits and in good health. One event, I always look forward to every year in June, is the outdoor Royal Arch degrees held in Mendocino County, near a town named Comptche, at a ranch of one our companions. I first started going to Comptche in 2009 accompanying an old friend who is no longer with us, Dave Shull. The place brings back so many memories

and every year it creates new ones that I know I will enjoy for years to come. Every time I join in delivering our degrees, it reminds me of how important it is that we continue to exercise our minds. Below is a brief article I’d like to share: Memory Matters The sometimes absentminded rocker-reality star Ozzy Osbourne offers a great reminder: Don’t forget your memory. According to, common causes of memory loss include medications, alcohol, illicit drug use, stress, depression, head injury, infection, thyroid dysfunction, sleep deprivation, nutrition deficiencies, normal aging, and mild cognitive impairment. Consult a medical professional if these issues are disrupting daily living. In the meantime, commit this advice to memory:  Watch what you eat: Fish, fruit, whole grains, and green vegetables contribute to a healthy weight. Studies show obesity, high-fat diets, and memory loss are linked.  Stay active: Performing enjoyable activities can improve thinking and delay memory loss. In one study, regular aerobic exercise improved blood flow to the brain’s memory area and improved memory test scores.  Take a deep breath: Meditation, yoga, and quiet solitude can give you peace of mind and strength of mind. Those with recall issues showed cognitive improvement in one meditation study.  Tease your brain: Crossword puzzles and games can sharpen your shortterm memory. According to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, computerized brain exercises boosted the recall and attention of older adults. Teasing or exercising our brains is something we as masons regularly do when

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we work on our ritual. There are a lot of York Rite events in July which I plan to attend so “Be safe and I hope I can see you in my travels”.

Artesia, CA 90701-3872 Telephone: (562) 924-6500 E-mail: Once chosen, the award of $1,000 is renewable for a total of 4 years, as long as the requirements are maintained.

Fraternally, Anthony “Tony” Yuson, KYCH High Priest, Golden State Research Chapter GRAND CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS

Do you know a Rainbow Girl, Job's Daughter or DeMolay that could benefit by knowing this information? What are you waiting for make that call!

For further info about Scholarships, go to the following website: rch/rara.html The Masonic Family has a large number of scholarships available to our youth, but how many of those in need of assistance really "KNOW" they are available? California Royal Arch $1,000 Scholarship requirements: A member of the Masonic Family (ie: Rainbow, Jobs Daughter or Demolay) A US Citizen A California Resident A 3.0 Grade Point Average Enrolled or Accepted at an Educational Institution Deadline to apply for the 2018 Scholarship Program will be published in January 2018. Scholarship requirements will remain the same. Early submissions can be forwarded to the Office of the Grand Chapter Secretary at Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons Attn: Grand Secretary 11428 East Artesia Blvd. – Suite 13

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 The July 2017 edition of the Encompasser is now available at the following website: passer_issues.html OR. Go to and

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click on The Encompasser on the left of the top toolbar.

And here they are after the Royal Arch Degree, along with the cast:

COMPTCHE OUTDOOR DEGREES - 2017 The Comptche Outdoor Festival this year was the occasion for some excellent ritual performances, especially by our Grand Lecturer as High Priest, our Grand High Priest as Principal Sojourner, and our Grand King as Captain of the Host, in the Royal Arch Degree. Six candidates were exalted.

Following is the Tunzi branch of the River Jordan, so prominent in the Royal Arch Degree.

Candidates are in the green vests: from left to right, Leon, Buster, Fred, Clyde, Tom, and Jim. They are receiving the Preview Lecture from EC Joseph Dongo to start the day’s conferrals. Here they are just after the Mark Master Degree:

The next picture is of the cook shack where the fish fry on Friday night and the Bar-be-Que on Saturday night are prepared:

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Next is the crew that makes this Festival happen:

GRAND CHAPTER TRIP TO ISRAEL AND JORDAN You should seriously consider the trip planned by M. E. C. Randy to the Holy Land in late April to early may next year. See the last 4 pages of this newsletter for details.

Fourth from left is the owner of the ranch, Larry Tunzi, whose hospitality is incomparable. He was present when this festival was started 45 years ago by his father, Frank, as a lad of 11! And about 50 feet away is the costume shack, also fitted with a shower, and separate commodes for men and women. Our goal for June 23, 2018 is at least 18 candidates for the 46th Annual Festival. So plan now to help make this happen. Bring candidates – and bring your families! Larry Tunzi allows the use of the ranch for two days before and two days after the Festival, so bring your RVs, trailers, and so forth and camp on the grounds – at no cost!!


Event 4-Way Reception

July 4 July 9 July 14 July 15 July 18

Parade Reception GHP 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception East Bay YR Awards Night Golden Redwood Priory, KYCH SCIOTS Cornerstone Awards SCIOTS OV YR Sovereign College 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception Grand Chapter Grand Master Golf Tourney SF Priory, KYCH

July 22 July 28

July 29 Aug 2-6 Aug 5 Aug 6 Aug 9-12 Aug 13 Aug 19 Page 8 of 29

Location San Fernando Valley Santa Clarita Kernville Sacramento San Jose Alameda Red Bluff San Jose

San Jose Dallas, TX Alameda San Carlos Mesa, AZ Mountain View San Jose

Aug 19 Aug 2530 Sept 7-9 Sept 1624 Sept 29Oct 1 Oct 1215 Oct 1518 Oct 2428 Nov 2-3

Nov 9-11 Nov 2425 Jan 30 Feb 9 Feb 17 Mar 9-10 Apr 1921 Apr 22May 5 May 1924

3-Way Reception General Grand Chapter Grand Chapter Scottish Rite Trip

Riverside Portland, OR

Grand Family Weekend Grand Lodge

Los Osos

Colorado River Fall Festival Grand Chapter OES Southwest Regional Conference SCIOTS Supreme NorCal DeMolay

Laughlin, NV

Scottish Rite Installation 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception Officers’ Conference Grand Chapter

San Jose

Grand Chapter Trip Grand York Rite

Israel and Jordan Visalia

Colorado New Orleans

San Francisco

GRAND CHAPTER CONTACT INFORMATION Grand High Priest: Randy R. Downey, KYGCH (408) 674-8341 (C)

Visalia Las Vegas, NV

Morgan Hill Sacramento

Santa Rosa San Diego Visalia

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 (916) 712-4814(C)

New Mexico


If you would like to attend any of these events and need to know particulars about where and when and cost, please call any of the contact numbers below, or go to the Grand York Rite website calendar at: rch/ghpcalendar.html


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SECRETARY ESSENTIALS Forms and Documents you will need are located at the Grand York Rite website, which is: Scroll down and click on "York Rite Forms and Documents" Then click on Grand Chapter logo. A window opens where you enter the userid, which is "cagyr" and the password, which is "brio" Scroll down to Officers Manual, which has info for the Secretary, and print that out. Priorities are as follows: 1. Membership control -- Especially important is the very last item, “Royal Arch Monthly Report.” If you fill this out each month, whenever you encounter changes to the membership, you will find it much easier at the end of the year to produce the year-end report, which is used to compute the amount of per capita the Chapter needs to pay. That payment is due by Jan 15th each year. Important changes to your membership include new members, demits, remits and deaths. Maintain e-mail addresses for members and you can easily then forward the monthly newsletter, The WORKMAN, to them. 2. Per Capita -- The Per Capita payment, due each Jan 15th, does not require action by the Chapter to be paid. You will need good, up-to-date membership data in order to compute the end-of-year number of active members that is crucial to computing your per capita payment. Without good data you will most likely overpay your per capita requirement. It is sensible to wait until the first of the new year to begin your process. It is also sensible, if you have access to the Grand Lodge database, to check each member to see if they are still alive 3. Insurance -- The Insurance payment, due each July 15th, does not require action by the Chapter to be paid. You will be billed for the payment by the Grand Secretary. 4. Lodge Book of Marks – Maintain this up-to-date, or perhaps arrange for a PHP to take on the responsibility of maintaining. 5. Minutes – Take good minutes, but don’t over-do it by trying to capture everything that is said. Focus on having a clear representation of motions made and the vote count by which they passed or failed. In addition to keeping petitions in a separate file, it is good practice to replicate the basic petitioner information in the minutes. It is also a good practice to keep the names of attendees at each meeting in the minutes. If conferring a degree, keep a copy of the cast members and the candidate(s).

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6. Grand Chapter – Before the May meeting, remind the Dais officers they are responsible to attend, and arrange a stipend if your Chapter can afford it. Remind members who expect to attend to be sure to take their dues cards. If Dais Officers cannot attend, they may issue a proxy, or the Chapter may elect a representative. The appropriate forms can be obtained on the Grand York Rite website: Scroll to "Elected Representative and Proxy Credentials." 7. Order of High Priesthood – Be sure the current HP and PHPs know they are eligible to receive this Order. In fact, it is a Constitutional requirement! Share the petition below with them and send to the Grand Secretary: ORDER OF HIGH PRIESTHOOD PETITION ______________________________ Chapter No. ___ High Priests and Past High Priests, who have not received the Order of High Priesthood, may complete the following petition for membership and submit it with the required fee of $35.00 to the Chapter Recorder prior to February 15. - The Order will be conferred during Grand Sessions Make check payable to: ORDER OF HIGH PRIESTHOOD To the Grand Convention of Anointed High Priest of California: Companion ______________________________________________________________________ First Middle Last ______________________________________________________________________ Address City State ZIP ______________________________________________________________________ Birth Date Office Tel # incl. area code Home Tel # incl. area code I am a member of _________________________________________ Chapter No. ___ I (am the Elected)(am)(was) High Priest of _______________________ Chapter No. __ Located at _____________________________________ having served during ___________. Companion _______________________________ Signature ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------For Grand Secretary’s use only: ___ Life Membership - fee $35.00. The below listed items were issued: ___ Bible ___ Honorary Membership - no fee. ___ Membership Card ___ By-laws __/__/__ Date petition received. ___ History ___ Lapel Pin __/__/__ Date initiated. ___ Certificate The completed petition with fee must be in the Grand Secretary’s Office, 801 Elm Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813 no later than April 1. If not, the certificate may not be prepared for presentation during the next conferral of the Order. Page 1 of 1 R.A. Form No. AP-7 (2004) Page 11 of 29

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The Workman - July 2017  

Monthly Newsletter by Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons California

The Workman - July 2017  

Monthly Newsletter by Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons California