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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, Let me start my article be telling you something I have found interesting as Barb and I have attended various receptions. The Grand High Priest, Grand Illustrious Master and Right Eminent Grand Commander all have similar messages. Three individuals from different parts of the state, from different backgrounds and vocations, have come together with a message to our York Rite that touches on family, tradition, values, communication and unity. It is a message about Masonry and getting back to basics, a message that exemplifies what is truly great in our York Rite. As we have an opportunity to meet and visit with Companions and their families we will continue to talk about, not only York Rite, but also Scottish Rite and Blue Lodge. All have great ritual and the teaching contained in that ritual is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. As I watch the news and see the events unfolding, I am more and more convinced that our country needs the teachings of our fraternity if we are to return to a civil society, where men and women treat each other with respect and dignity. As a young kid growing up in Texas I was taught what is now called the Cowboy Code. It goes by many names and has been penned by various authors. A google search will reveal several lists. However, the one I like best goes as follows: 1. Live each day with courage 2. Take pride in your work 3. Always finish what you start Page 1 of 12

4. Do what has to be done 5. Be tough, but fair 6. When you make a promise, keep it 7. Ride for the brand 8. Talk less and say more 9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale 10. Know where to draw the line. Although many may think this to be a bit out-dated, I find it to hold me in good stead in a world increasingly more and more divided by political and religious differences, and what appears to be a lack of direction. It helps me to remember that my Mark is my character. It is the outward projection to the world that demonstrates that I have been shaped by the tools of the fraternity. It is a daily struggle to live up to our teachings and I know there are times when I fall short. Our goal is not to be perfect, but to do the best we can each and every day. Last month I told you that our Grand Lecturer was working on a plan to bring the Progressive Line Officers and Ritual Staff together to spend a day focused on ritual, a back to basics day. I am pleased to tell you that it is now a reality. We will meet in Bakersfield on Saturday, 3 September, to exemplify how our beautiful ritual should be delivered at meetings and in degrees. Our Deputy Grand Lecturers will engage our Inspectors to form degree teams that will each exemplify a portion of our ritual. My goal, and that of our Grand Lecturer, is to spend a day working and discussing ritual, so that we can take that information back to our Chapters. This will be done by the Deputy Grand Lecturers holding Schools of Instruction (SOI) in each of the three regions in the state, North, Central and South. Each of you is invited, no encouraged, to attend and participate in your regional SOI. The Grand Lecturer and I will be in attendance at each SOI and look forward to working with each of you. Remember, you don’t have to be a Chapter officer or a degree team member to attend; these regional SOIs are open to ALL Companions. So whether you have been doing this for years or you are new to your Chapter, come out and join us for a day that I promise will be at the very least informative. The dates and locations for each regional SOI will be forth coming as soon as they can be setup. Richard D. Baskin, KYGCH 162nd Grand High Priest ___________________________________________________________________________________

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?

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

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

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A 3.0 Grade Point Average Deadline to apply: To be determined 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! COLORADO RIVER FALL FESTIVAL The 2016 dates for this major event are Oct 16 through the 18th. There is a Ladies’ 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.


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 has now been published. It can be found at passer_issues.html OR. Go to and click on The Encompasser on the left of the top toolbar.


Event Mark Master Degree

Aug 3 Aug 4 Aug 5 Aug 6 Aug 7

Scottish Rite Red Cross 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception

Aug 10

York Rite Honors Scottish Rite dinner Grand Sessions

Aug 11 – 12 Aug 13 – 15 Page 3 of 12

Personal Day

Location Santa Maria Lodge, Ramona, CA San Diego San Diego Fairfield Alameda South San Francisco San Diego

Arizona San Diego

Aug 19 Aug 20 Aug 21 Aug 25 Sep 1 Sep 3

Sep 6 Sep 7 Sep 10

Sep 1116 Sep 17 Sep 22 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 9 Oct 12 Oct 16 – 18 Oct 2122 Oct 27 – 30 Oct 29 – 30 Nov 2 Nov 3 Nov 7 Nov 12

3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception 3-Way Reception Chapter Meeting & Official Visit Red Cross Grand Chapter Officer/Ritual Staff Conference Stated Mtg # 626 Scottish Rite Grand Master’s Reception, Scottish Rite Personal Days

Eureka Yuba City Sacramento San Diego

RAM Festival Chapter Meeting Stated Mtg # 626 Scottish Rite Red Cross 3-Way Reception Scottish Rite Info Night Colorado River Fall Festival Scottish Rite Fall Reunion CA Grand Lodge

Escondido San Diego Chula Vista San Diego San Diego Santa Monica San Diego

San Diego Bakersfield

and cost, please call any of the contact numbers below

GRAND CHAPTER CONTACT INFORMATION Grand High Priest: Richard D. Baskin, KYGCH (619) 990-6465 (C)

Chula Vista San Diego San Diego

San Diego

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)

Laughlin, NV San Diego


Southwest Las Vegas, Regional Conf Nevada Scottish Rite San Diego Red Cross San Diego 3-Way Reception Petaluma SRICF California San Diego College Nov 19 3-Way Reception Victorville Nov 24 THANKSGIVING U. S. A. Dec 1 Red Cross San Diego Dec 4 AMD Ikopah San Diego Dec 6 Stated Mtg # 626 Chula Vista Dec 7 Scottish Rite San Diego Dec 25 CHRISTMAS Everywhere Dec 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE U. S. A. Feb 11 3-Way Reception San Diego If you would like to attend any of these events and need to know particulars about where and when


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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 - August 2016  

A Monthly Publication by Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of California