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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, This month I want to focus on two very practical things, which may sound a bit trivial at first glance, but which are of great concern at times to a number of people. The first topic is that of defining the type of attire one wears to a given event. We often see flyers or emails that make note of preferred attire as being “Casual” or “Business Casual” or “Semi-Formal”. Different people have different understandings of exactly what these terms mean. As an example, at a recent event, the advertised mode of attire was “Casual”, however, information went out that it was “Business Casual” and also as “Coat and Tie”. This resulted in a number of phone calls, emails, and text messages going back and forth, and in the end, there were indeed several different manners of dress represented at the event. There obviously was no harm done, and no lasting effects. However, it did cause some level of consternation, and perhaps a little bit of embarrassment, which could easily have been avoided if there had been a better understanding, or at least a consensus as to the definition of labels given to dress codes.

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Below is a link to dress codes that I have found very helpful. I keep a copy pinned on my bulletin board, and refer to it quite often. I recommend that you take a look. In general, casual attire means that there is no dress code – anything (within certain parameters) is permissible. Also generally, if a coat and tie is requested, then the word “casual” does not apply, no matter what modifier you put with it. Business casual would be what one might wear to work in an office, such as a polo shirt or button down shirt with no tie. Business attire or business wear, typically calls for a suit or coat and tie. Each grand presiding officer sets the expectations for his officers and ritual staff as to what the typical attire would be for a given type of event, but we are also guided by the request or suggestion of a hosting local body. When publishing requested attire for a given event, you should be cognizant of what your statement might mean to others, and define it if necessary. Communication is key. A rule of thumb, by the way, is that in York Rite Masonry, we do not tell ladies what to wear. We appreciate any support they are willing to give us, and welcome their attendance. For them, any stated attire is merely a suggestion or guideline. The other topic I want to address is the subject of event planning. If your Chapter is hosting an event, there are several very important details that need to be considered. One of them is the recommended attire, as mentioned previously. Another detail, which I have seen overlooked a number of times, is assigning someone to serve as host or master of ceremonies – and making sure that person KNOWS ahead of time that he will be serving in the position. No one enjoys taking over and hosting an event with no notice. Another detail that seems to be forgotten, is to let the honorees know ahead of time what will be expected of them. For example, if your Chapter wishes to have an award presented and you would like the honoree to be present during the event, you must make sure he knows long before he arrives at the location. By the way, it is my strong recommendation that York Rite bodies should not combine receptions honoring the grand presiding officers and awards to Companions and/or Sir Knights. My belief is that it diminishes the meaning of the event for both parties. These types of events should be separate. Companions, I want to make sure you are all aware that one of the best ways our craft can prosper is through communication. If any Companion has concerns or questions on any topic related to Royal Arch Masonry in California, I invite you to contact me. The best way to reach me is by email, but you may also call me on my cell phone. I will always do my best to get back to you and answer your queries.

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As of this writing, I am beginning a month of traveling out of state, to Texas, Arizona, and Oregon. But there will also be a number of in-state receptions. I am looking forward to seeing many of you during this coming month. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE! Randy R. Downey, KYGCH 163rd Grand High Priest, Royal Arch Masons of California ___________________________________________________________________________________

FROM THE GRAND LECTURER Companions All, Summer is a good time for planning and your Grand Chapter is no exception! The current dates and planned locations are holding firm so far for the three Schools of Instruction (SOIs) during MEC Randy Downey's Capitular year. They currently are 24 February in Downey for SoCal, 24 March in San Jose for NorCal and 31 March in San Luis Obispo for CentCal. All three SOIs will commence at 9:30 am and conclude at 3:00 pm including a break for lunch at the Lodge (provided by the Grand Chapter). Please note these dates on your calendar and plan to join us at any of these SOIs that fit. Any Royal Arch Mason in good standing is invited to attend regardless of the office you may or may not hold in your respective Chapter. Ya'll come and enjoy the companionship!

medical procedures and have all fared well, as you can see in the accompanying photo. This picture was taken in Red Bluff at a recent KYCH meeting and 3-Way Reception. Congratulate them when you see them on their great success!

Your most humble Grand Lecturer -s&f/Steve.

POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE Three of our York Rite ladies have struggled over the last year with some difficult medical situations. But they have overcome, with a sound faith and a positive attitude, and are back in the mix, serving our various bodies with their pleasant attendance. They have all struggled valiantly through demanding Page 3 of 22


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 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.

MEC John was born in Chelsea, OK, on February 11, 1921. He graduated from Chelsea High School, Wilburton JC, and finally Cal State University in 1972. He married Lynna O. McMillen in 1940 and had four children: John, Walter, Cathy Mae, and Rue Lynn. MEC John served in numerous community organization while building a varied career in Trucking, Plumbing, Teaching, and Real Estate. He served in the US Army Infantry for 13 months. He was raised in Rosemead Lodge then UD in 1949, exalted in San Gabriel Valley Chapter #100, greeted in Alhambra Council #25 in 1953 and Knighted in San Gabriel Valley Commandery #31. He was appointed Grand Royal Arch Captain in 1992 and rose to Grand High Priest in 1996. Rest in Peace, Most Excellent Companion John.

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consider and leverage our diversity when making your long range strategic plans for our chapters. Last month, I shared a short article on things we can do to help our memory and this month I was able to find more. The Harvard Medical School recently published the effects of dancing on the brain in their Newsletter “On the Brain.” Dancing helps improve your cognitive skills, your memory, and your overall mental health. This is what happens in your brain when you dance: The “Music stimulates the brain’s reward centers, while dance activates its sensory and motor circuits.” Dancing will also provide a good cardiovascular workout.

Companions, I hope when you receive this message, you are in good spirits and in good health. I recently had the privilege to take part in ceremony in Northern California’s East Bay where the local Chapters, Council and Commandery honored four Companions and Sir Knight with their York Rite Awards. The part of the ceremony I always enjoy is the reading of honoree’s biography and this year was no different. Learning and hearing their Masonic and their professional accomplishments is always a treat. What really stood out was how diverse our members are. Our honorees this year included an orchestra conductor, a caterer, a singer and a surgeon all with the common thread of being a York Rite Mason. Our diversity is a strength with the primary advantage that it gives flexibility. A diverse group is better at handling a variety of complex challenges rather than a group of members that are similar to each other; quite simply because the latter group are similar to each other, what is a weakness for one is likely to be a weakness for all. Let’s

So, go ahead and ramp up your favorite music and dance with the family, friends, or your favorite person and celebrate National Dance Day on July 29 and get smarter! If you are interested in reading the entire article here is the link: In July, I was at several receptions in northern and southern California and looking at the calendar, August will be just as busy so “Be safe and I hope I can see you in my travels”. Fraternally, Anthony “Tony” Yuson, KYCH High Priest, Golden State Research Chapter GRAND CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIPS For further info about Scholarships, go to the following website:

Page 5 of 22 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

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

Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons Attn: Grand Secretary 11428 East Artesia Blvd. – Suite 13 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.


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!

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.

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

July 22 July 28

July 29 Aug 2-6 Aug 5 Aug 6 Aug 9-12 Aug 13 Aug 19 Aug 19 Aug 2530 Sept 7-9 Sept 1624 Sept 29Oct 1 Oct 1215 Oct 1518 Oct 2428 Oct 29 Nov 2-3

Nov 9-11 Nov 2425 Jan 30

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

Feb 9 Feb 17 Mar 9-10 Apr 1921 Apr 22May 5 May 1924

3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception Officers’ Conference Grand Chapter

Santa Rosa San Diego Visalia

Grand Chapter Trip Grand York Rite

Israel and Jordan Visalia

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

San Jose Dallas, TX Alameda San Carlos Mesa, AZ Mountain View San Jose Riverside Portland, OR Colorado New Orleans

Grand Family Weekend Grand Lodge

Los Osos

Colorado River Fall Festival Grand Chapter OES 3-Way Reception Southwest Regional Conference SCIOTS Supreme NorCal DeMolay

Laughlin, NV

Scottish Rite Installation

San Jose

San Francisco

Visalia Santa Monica Las Vegas, NV

Morgan Hill Sacramento

GRAND CHAPTER CONTACT INFORMATION Grand High Priest: Randy R. Downey, KYGCH (408) 674-8341 (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 (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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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 9 of 22

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The Workman - August 2017  

A monthly newsletter published by the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of California

The Workman - August 2017  

A monthly newsletter published by the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of California