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Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of California Richard D. Baskin, GHP ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________


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Grand High Priest’s Message Companions, July is an important month for our country. We celebrate it with fireworks, flags, parades, and outdoor barbecues with family and friends. on July 4th many of us will also enjoy a muchdeserved day off from our usual vocation. But the reason for this is often lost in the excitement of day. I ask you to think back to July 1776 in Philadelphia. According to the American Museum of Natural History, Thomas Jefferson, who served as the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and one of the most avid weather observers of his time, recorded in his weather journal for July 4, 1776, that he woke up to find that the temperature at 6 a.m. was 68 degrees. At 9 a.m., the temperature was up to 72 degrees, and at 1 p.m. it was 76 degrees. Of course, there wasn’t air conditioning in the State House in Philadelphia when the representatives from the 13 American colonies met to adopt the Declaration of Independence. The windows were also closed to ensure the confidentiality of their deliberations. Additionally, the delegates were wearing heavy suits and many of them had on wigs. Under less than optimum conditions these Patriots met to declare their independence from England in an event that eventually led to the formation of the United States. A month before, in a June session in Independence Hall, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with these famous words: ‘Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connections between them and the State of Great Britain Page 1 of 16

is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.” As you prepare to celebrate the 4th, take a moment to reflect on our great country and the sacrifices that men and women have made to defend the ideals of our great nation and the principles that it was founded on; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, and that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. I would like to thank the Companions and their Ladies that welcomed Barb and me into their Chapters in June. I can assure you we had great fellowship and food everywhere we went. Of special note is the 3-way reception at the Ventura Masonic Center where I had the privilege to open Grand Chapter for the purpose of installing the Grand Royal Arch Captain, Ray Broomfield and Grand Musician, Aaron Bullard. The Installing Marshal was Dick Bullard, our Grand Principle Sojourner and Aaron’s, Dad. Also in attendance was Aaron’s Mom, Sharon. Keeping it in the family. In May I spoke about ritual excellence, Masonic education and the need to give our Companions the tools necessary to accomplish this. Our Grand Lecturer, Steve Goad is working to make this a reality. In September the Grand Officers and Ritual Staff will meet for a day to focus on ritual. Each of the DGLs and their inspectors will exemplify a degree and Steve will lead a discussion at the conclusion of each degree. Our goal is to ensure we are all interpreting the ritual correctly and understand the significance of our work. I look forward to attending and watching these great ritualists work. The follow on to this will be 3 ritual workshops, one north, one central, and one south, where we will bring the results of our labors to you and solicit your feedback. More to follow as we confirm dates, times, and locations. If you are able, I encourage you to attend and participate in strengthening our ritual excellence. Lastly, I ask you to put our Companions in Kern River Chapter No. 162 in your thoughts and prayers. As you may have heard on the news their area was in the path of the Erskine fire and four of our Companions lost their homes and others suffered less devastating losses. These are the times when we are reminded of our Masonic obligations and the need to look out for one another. As we move into the summer months, please take the necessary precautions to stay safe. Richard D. Baskin, KYGCH 162nd Grand High Priest ___________________________________________________________________________________ Progressive Line will be meeting all day on NOTES FROM THE GRAND Saturday, 3 September, at the DoubleTree in LECTURER Bakersfield to start the ball rolling on how our beautiful ritual should be delivered in our Thank you Companions for electing me as meetings and degrees. Once we have trained your Grand Lecturer this year! It is truly nice our ritual staff on what to expect, we will take to know that not Everyone is completely tired that show on the road and hold a School of of me...yet!?! This year our theme is "Back to Instruction (SOI) in each of the three key Basics!". So in that spirit we will be regions of the state, North, Central and emphasizing that which makes us unique and South. Each of you reading this Workman, is special in the Masonic World, our Ritual! invited to participate and learn at the SOI in Thanks to our GHP, the ritual staff and Grand your region (or any Regional SOI that you can Page 2 of 16

make it to in the state). Our Deputy Grand Lecturers (DGLs) will be organizing the SOIs in your region and so expect to be called upon to help us when we are in your home region! I hold NO doubt that when we properly exercise our expertise in our ritual, our Blue Lodge Officers, the exact population we want to recruit into Royal Arch Masonry, will be impressed and want to join us! Many other Masonic organizations take liberties with the delivery of their ritual; but if Blue Lodge can maintain a high standard of excellence in their ritual delivery, SO CAN WE! Join me and our outstanding ritual staff in promoting the beauty and esoteric knowledge of our profound ritual by impressing the Masonic world with our dedication in keeping the flame of ritual incense burning day and night on our sacred altar!

performances , especially by our new Grand Lecturer as High Priest in the Royal Arch Degree. Six candidates from four Chapters were exalted.

With profound respect - s&f/Steve.

Candidates are in the green vests: from left to right, Chris, Matt, Irving, John, Michael, and Warren.

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

Following is the Tunzi branch of the River Jordan, so prominent in the Royal Arch Degree. 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. The next picture is of the cook shack where the fish fry on Friday night and the Bar-beQue on Saturday night are prepared:

COMPTCHE OUTDOOR DEGREES The Comptche Outdoor Festival this year was the occasion for some excellent ritual

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The goal for June 24, 2017 is at least 17 candidates for the 45th 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!!

And about 50 feet away is the costume shack, shown above, also fitted with a shower, and separate commodes for men and women. Now of special interest is the fact that, this year, not only was Brotherly Love present, but so was romantic love! Larry Tunzi’s son, Steven who has helped his dad for many years prepare the grounds for use by the local Chapters for this Festival, is getting married on Saturday, July 2nd! Here’s Dad in the foreground, and the lovebirds helping with the Bar-Be-Que on Saturday night:

COLORADO RIVER FALL FESTIVAL The 2016 dates for this major event are Oct 16 through the 18th. There is a Ladies’

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Program, arranged by our own Sandra Coe. See the flyer at the end of this newsletter. Go to to register. The deadline is Oct 1st. 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.

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 2016 edition of the Encompasser will not be published until the end of the first week of July. 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.

GRAND HIGH PRIEST’S CALENDAR MAY 2016 – DEC 2016 Date June 1 June 2 June 4

June 5 June 7 June 9 June 11 June 1214 June 18 June 22 – 24 July 2 July 3 July 4 July 6 July 7 July 8 – 10 July 15

July 23 July 24 July 27 – 31

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Event Scottish Rite Red Cross Scottish Rite -Philippines Independence Celebration AMD Ikopah Stated Mtg # 626 3-Way Reception KYCH Grand Sessions

Location San Diego San Diego San Diego

3-Way Reception Grand Bethel

Ventura Visalia

Ice Cream Social

San Luis Obispo Van Nuys Newhall San Diego San Diego Albuquerque, New Mexico San Diego

4-Way Reception Parade and BBQ Scottish Rite Red Cross Red Cross Regional Sessions Al Bahr Shrine honors the Scottish Rite GHP OV 3-Way Reception York Rite Sovereign College Grand Assembly Scottish Rite

San Diego Chula Vista Bellflower San Diego Nevada

Kernville Salinas Vancouver, Canada San Diego

Aug 4 Aug 5 Aug 6 Aug 7

Red Cross 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception

Aug 10 – 12 Aug 13 – 15 Aug 19 Aug 20 Aug 25

Grand Sessions

San Diego Fairfield Alameda South San Francisco Arizona

Personal Day

San Diego

3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception Chapter Meeting & Official Visit Red Cross Stated Mtg # 626 Scottish Rite Grand Master’s Reception, Scottish Rite AMD Ikopah RAM Festival Chapter Meeting Stated Mtg # 626 Scottish Rite Red Cross 3-Way Reception Colorado River Fall Festival Scottish Rite Fall Reunion CA Grand Lodge

Eureka Yuba City San Diego

San Francisco


Southwest Regional Conf Scottish Rite Red Cross 3-Way Reception SRICF California College 3-Way Reception THANKSGIVING Red Cross AMD Ikopah Stated Mtg # 626 Scottish Rite CHRISTMAS NEW YEAR’S EVE

Las Vegas, Nevada San Diego San Diego Petaluma San Diego


Sep 1 Sep 6 Sep 7 Sep 10

Sep 11 Sep 17 Sep 22 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 9 Oct 16 – 18 Oct 2122 Oct 27 – 30 Oct 28 – 30 Nov 2 Nov 3 Nov 7 Nov 12 Nov 19 Nov 24 Dec 1 Dec 4 Dec 6 Dec 7 Dec 25 Dec 31

GRAND CHAPTER CONTACT INFORMATION Grand High Priest: Richard D. Baskin, KYGCH (619) 990-6465 (C) Grand Secretary: Ken Hope 11428 E. Artesia Blvd, #13 Artesia, CA 90701-3872 (562) 924-6500 (W) (562) 484-1611(C)

San Diego Chula Vista San Diego San Diego

Editor: San Diego Escondido San Diego Chula Vista San Diego San Diego Santa Monica Laughlin, NV

Phil Hardiman, KYGCH 2713 Hoffman Woods Lane Carmichael, CA 95608 (916) 712-4814(C) Website: WWW.YORKRITEOFCALIFORNIA.ORG

San Diego

Victorville U. S. A. San Diego San Diego Chula Vista San Diego Everywhere U. S. A.

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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 - July 2016  

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