Volume 64  Number 11 November 2018 

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This monthly newsletter is published to keep the brothers and families of Santa Barbara Lodge No. 192, Scottish Rite Valley of Santa Barbara,York Rite Knights Templar Commandery No. 30 and Royal Arch Chapter Corinthian No. 51, and Santa Barbara Shrine Club of the Al Malaikah Shriners, up to date on the interesting and informative events of our extended Masonic family. Contact us  at the  Santa Barbara Masonic Center office at (805) 966-4502,    16 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2707.
November is Masonic Lodge and Chapter elections of officers. These Brothers have stepped up and stated their desire to lead their respective group for the coming year. Each and every one was nominated in October and now it is up to you to select your leadership. Go to Stated Meeting and vote.

Read the interesting articles on the events that are planned and see the pictures from recent events.

Consider buying a real holiday wreath and/or a poinsettia from the RiteCare fundraiser. Also, see their sale of Axxess discount cards.

Thanks to Brothers David Amaral, Raul Anon, Jay Lockwood and Calvin Petersen for their efforts in continuing to update the Masonic Family messages on our website pages, Facebook Pages, and Instagram Pages. See the links on each of their respective group's newsletter section.

Congratulations to our good friend and frequent visitor Most Worshipful Stuart Wright, new Grand Master of California.

Bruce Rick, Editor and Publisher

Grand  Master Stuart Wright Biography

A third-generation Freemason, Worshipful Brother Stuart Alexander Wright was raised a Master Mason in Henry Know-Westlake Lodge No. 392 (now Wisdom Lodge No. 202) on October 22, 1986.  He served as master of the lodge in 1990 and in 1998 was presented with the Hiram Award.

Brother Wright has served the Grand Lodge of California in several capacities over the last 25 years.  He served on the Insurance Committee from 1990-2014 and was the chairman for a total of 10 years.  In 2011, he was appointed to Masonic Homes of California Board of Trustees and elected vice president in 2014. Brother Wright served as grand sword bearer from 2004 to 2005 for Most Worshipful Brother David R. Doan. He has served on each of the constitutional boards. 

In addition to his service to his lodge and our Grand Lodge, Brother Wright has been very active in the concordant and appendant bodies.  In 1988, he joined Al Malaikah Shriners in Los Angeles, where he served as potentate in 2000. His service extended to the Imperial Shrine. He served on the Imperial Athletic Committee; as director general of the Imperial Shrine Convention, held in Anaheim, California in 2007; and as the chairman of the Board of Governors of the Shrine Hospital in Los Angeles for three years.

Brother Wright is a 33° inspector general honorary in the Pasadena Scottish Rite Bodies. He is a member of Signet Chapter No. 57, Royal Arch Masons; Omega Council No. 11, Cryptic Masons; and Los Angeles Commandery No. 9 Knights Templar.  He also belongs to Dr. Rob Morris Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; St. Gabriel Conclave, Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine; the National Sojourners; and the Heroes of ’76.

After a long career with the Insurance Company of North America, Brother Wright is the owner and president of Stuart A. Wright Associates Insurance Service. Brother Wright is an avid golfer and has enjoyed playing hockey for a number of years, including five years with the L.A. Senior Kings.  He and his wife, Julie, live in Woodland Hills.  They have five adult children and seven grandchildren.



DEC  12   VALLEY OF SANTA BARBARA INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS  - 7:30 pm SB Masonic Center-Venerable Master Bruce Rick

SAT    DEC  15   LOMPOC-SANTA YNEZ LODGE NO. 262 INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS - 7:30 pm Lompoc -  Worshipful Master Kevin Twibell

TUE    DEC  18   SANTA BARBARA LODGE NO. 192 INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS - 7:30 pm SB Masonic Ctr - Worshipful Master Calvin Petersen



                           IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH    
Santa Barbara Masonic Lodge No. 192
Trestle Board

6:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Stated Meeting with Flag Ceremony and Election of Officers 

7:00 pm Meet

7:00 pm Qualifications

7:00 pm Meet

TUE  27   1st Ladies/Thanksgiving Family Dinner
6:30 pm Dinner

Lodge 192 Third Degree Anniversary with Home Lodge    
Santa Barbara Lodge No. 192 Officers - 2018

Wor. Master       Larry Bogatz 
Sr. Warden         Calvin Petersen
Jr. Warden          Andy Pippin, PM 
Sr. Deacon          Chris Veres
Jr. Deacon   
Sr. Steward         Nikolay Sarfimov
Jr. Steward         Sean Simms
Treasurer            Rod Castillo
Sec.                     Nevin Chamberlain, PM
Chaplain             Bob Burtness
Marshall              Ernie Sandoval
Tiler                     Raul Anon, PM
Organist              Don Goldberg  
From the East
Worshipful Master Larry Bogatz

Welcome brothers and friends to the month of November!

This is my favorite time of year! I guess I like it because it's the time when the focus of the year shifts more towards family and friends. To me November starts the winding down of the current year and is a period of restfulness and reflection which carries through to the end of year. I try not to think about preparations of productivity for the upcoming year until after Christmas. Life seems to have many twists and turns and it is important for us all to have a time in the year where we can unwind and get refreshed.

November originated from the Roman calendar, and derives its name from the Latin word "Novem" which means nine. Later January and February were added making it the eleventh month, but it retained its original name.

Thanksgiving is the most important U.S. holiday in November. I'm sure everyone knows the story about the first Thanksgiving between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians which was organized by Governor William Bradford in 1621, but you may not know that it wasn't until 1623 that it was called Thanksgiving for the first time. It was a reference to the Pilgrims’ thankfulness for the end of a long drought.

Thanksgiving was made a Federal Holiday in 1789 by President George Washington. It became a popular holiday after Abraham Lincon designated the last Thursday in November as its official celebration day. It was later moved to the Fourth Thursday in 1941 by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Here are a few historical facts that are important to our Countryand to Masons.

November 4th 1752- Brother George Washington received his Entered Apprentice degree in Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4, Fredericksburg Virginia.

November 9, 1775- Brother James Monroe (5th President of the U.S.) became a member of Williamsburg Lodge No. 6.

November 10, 1781- Brother Paul Revere while serving as Senior Grand Warden of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge signed the charter for the first lodge in Vermont.

November 30, 1835- Brother Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) was born. He was a member of Polar Star Lodge No. 79 in Saint Louis Missouri.

November 22, 1864- Brother James Garfield (20th President of the U.S.) became a member of Columbus Lodge No. 30.

November 28, 1911- Brother Franklin Delano Roosevelt (32nd President of the U.S.) became a member of Holland Lodge No. 8, New York.

November 14, 1957- Brother Audie Murphy completed his Scottish Rite degrees in Dallas, Texas. Brother Murphy was a member of North Hollywood Lodge No. 542.


Have a Great November Everyone!!!


May the Blessings of Heaven 

Be upon you All.


2018 Worshipful Master

Larry Joseph Bogatz


From the Secretary
Secretary Nevin Chamberlain, PM


​By the time that you read this, it will be only a week or so until officers are elected and appointed to lead the lodge for 2019. I came across a bit of advice from the German poet and philosopher Johann Goethe that may be helpful to the new officers.

​​Lose this day loitering---‘twill be the same story

​​Tomorrow---and the next more dilatory:

​​When indecision brings its own delays

​​And days are lost lamenting o’er lost days.

​​Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute---

​​What you can do---or dream you can---begin it.

​​Courage has genius, power and magic in it.

​​Only engage and then the mind grows heated---

​​Begin it and the work will be completed.

​Last year, I was able to give the outgoing Master Jeff Matson a photo album of all the degree teams with the candidate. This year, however, my source is not available, so I do not have a picture of all the degrees this year. I need pictures for the following degrees: Frank Risard, second degree on 2-27-18; David Bates, third degree on 4-25-18; Mark Spurlock-Brown, third degree on 6-12-18; and Kody Kuckuck, first degree on 7-31-18. If you took a picture of any of these degrees and can email it to me, I would appreciate it very much.

​The Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge will be held in San Francisco in October from the 19th to the 21st. I would like to give a brief description of the business that come before the delegates. Grand Master Bruce Galloway has made that the presentation of the Hiram Award, Golden Veteran  Award or Diamond Jubilee Award are not to be considered as business items and can be conducted at a Special Meeting of the Lodge open in any degree. He has made two recommendations to be voted on. First, a Lodge should be allowed to invest in a building association where the Grand Lodge holds a majority of shares, and Second, the Lodge Support Committee is eliminated as a Standing Committee.

​Carry-over Legislation from the 2017 Grand Lodge will include three resolutions, and I will mention the most important ones. Resolution 17-2 requires the Senior Deacon of a New Lodge to qualify in the ritual of that office, and Resolution 17-6 will allow business to be conducted in any Degree not only the first degree. There are only eight Resolutions and a brief description follows.

​Resolution #18-01 would require the introduction of Past Masters, Golden Veteran Award recipients, and Hiram Award recipients at all tiled meetings. Resolution #18-02 would allow military veterans to give the military salute during flag presentations. Resolution #18-03 would allow California Masons to belong to the Worshipful Society of Free Masons, Rough Masons, Wallers, Slaters, Paviors, Plaisterers, and Bricklayers. Resolution #18-04 would remove the restriction on holding a Tiled meeting on a Sunday. Resolution #18-05 would modify the installation ceremony to allow the Installing Officer to invite all Lodge members to rise when the Installing Officer addresses the Master-elect and the Wardens-elect. Resolution #18-06 seeks to expand the category of hazardous conditions which allows for the postponement of a stated meeting. Resolution #18-07 would allow California Masons to belong to the Masonic Order of Athelstan, and Resolution #18-08 would provide a procedure to determine who shall cast the Past Masters collective vote at Grand Lodge.


​​​​​​​​Nevin Chamberlain, Reporter 


The first Saturday of each month is our regular monthly Lodge highway cleanup party.  Meet at the Turnpike IHOP at 8 am for a breakfast of your choice provided by the Lodge and great fellowship with the  other participants. While you do not have to be a Mason to participate in this activity, it is for adults only due to liability issues.                                                   Contact Bob Burtness with questions at labcats@verizon.net .
Visit our Santa Barbara Valley website
Santa Barbara ValleyTrestle Board
                  5:30 pm  Scholarship Meeting for                                                        Committeemen                                                      6:00 pm Social
                  6:30 pm Dinner
                  7:30 pm Stated Meeting                                                           Election of Officers
           MENU: Cheese and Crackers, Chef's                                  Surprise, Dessert and coffee.                                               Still $15.00 per person $25.00 per                                      couple.  
            DON’T HAVE A RESERVATION YOU WILL                  NOT BE SERVED.
            CALL COLLEEN AT 965-6100 today                                please.

THU   15  RITECARE LANGUAGE CENTER                            BOARD MEETING
                 6:00 pm Board Room-3rd floor
Santa Barbara Valley Officers - 2018

Venerablle Mstr.  Jeff Matson,32°
Wise Master         Larry Bogatz,32°
Cmdr.                   Don Goldberg,KCCH
Master                  Peter Champion,32°
Treasurer             Scott Wenz, KCCH
Secretary             Bruce Rick, KCCH
From the Personal Representative to the Sovereign Grand Inspector General of California
Ill. Maurice Sourmany, 33°

Brethren and Friends,

A big thank you to all the members and their wives who came to September Stated Meeting, it was really nice. The Feast of Tishri was a great ceremony and our thanks to Honorable Andy Pippin, KCCH who led the toasts and then in our Lodge room he explained what the Feast was about. 

A few of us traveled to the Ventura Scottish Rite October Stated Meeting and witnessed their Feast of Tishri which was a little different from the way we do it but done very well. While we were there, we were presented a very nice check from Illustrious Jerry Gonzalez, Personal Representative for the Ventura Scottish Rite, for our RiteCare Center, which was from the proceeds of their annual New England Picnic. We owe a very big thank you to Honorable Harold Bogner and his crew who put in a lot of time and work to make this a very successful event.

We were honored to have Most Worshipful Frank Loui 33° S. G. I. G.  and his wife Jeanie visit our Valley at our October Stated Meeting. Illustrious Frank talked to us about Risk Management and wanted to make sure that our Valley was doing all the procedures to make sure that we are protecting the Valley, especially in accounting. We are doing everything to his satisfaction and he reported this to all the members at the stated Meeting. Some Valleys in the Southern Jurisdiction have not followed correct procedures or were lax in their administration and several Valleys are now in jeopardy.

On the 18th of October, several of us traveled to Arroyo Grande to attend the San Luis Obispo Scottish Rite Club meeting, where there was a very fine group of masons and a few wives. It's always nice to be with the brothers of the club and we want to thank Honorable David Chesebro KCCH, who chaired the meeting. Thanks also go to Honorable Ron Ritter KCCH, who helps to keep the club going. Several of the Scottish Rite brothers of King David's Lodge suggested to the lodge that a grant be given to our RiteCare Center. They did this last year where we received a very generous grant. At this meeting  the RiteCare Center receive $2,000.00 presented by W.M Robert Sachs of King David’s Lodge. The next SLO Scottish Rite Club is January 17, 2019.

And, our RiteCare Center just received $50,000.00 from the John Logan estate.

Just was informed that Supreme Council has confirmed that Paul Main KCCH, has completed the first part of the Master Craftsman program. Congratulations, Paul!

Before our November Stated Meeting there will be a Scholarship Committee meeting at 5:30 pm. Honorable Scott Wenz, KCCH, the Scholarship Chairman, will host the meeting in the third-floor library. After having a scrumptious meal of turkey and all the fixings we will then proceed to the lodge room for our election of officers for 2019.

Just an advance notice of December 12, we will have our annual installation of officers after our dinner, and on January 26, we will have Robert Burns night. We are hoping to make this into a huge fundraiser for the Santa Barbara RiteCare center. We really would like a lot of Masons and to attend and meet the many non-Masons attending.

Mary and I would like to thank all the Veterans who have served our country and to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.



Each year, for at least the past 15 years, the Scottish Rite Valley of Santa Barbara has hosted an Annual Welcome Back to the Surfrider Battalion of the University of California at Santa Barbara Army ROTC unit.
This event is held in October after the students are “settled in”. Valley event coordinator and member Larry Cook said, “This year our theme was ‘Hawaiian Plate’: BBQ Hawaiian meats, salads, and brownies. Not surprising was to see that every serving platter, bowl, and plate was empty at the end of the feed. Both the cadets and the cadre were appreciative of our efforts.”
Valley member and helper Scott Wenz talked about the funding of the event. Wenz said, “Our friends from our local VFW Post 1649 donated $300.00 to purchase the meats and other donors, including the Scottish Rite Valley donated cash, and Valley members helped set up and serve.
Help support the Santa Barbara Valley RiteCare Center!
Your gift can be specified for one of the individual programs: Camp Chit Chat, Brain Gym, or Super Brains, or for the general needs of the Center.

Call today to give a donation!
(805) 962-8469! or
Donate on line at our website
                                            Notes From the Staff

We are back in therapy sessions this month! All the children have been excited to come in for speech again", said Speech Pathologist Summer Calvert and echoed by Speech Pathologist Julie DeAngelis. The staff will be providing therapy for 37 children every week. These include individual therapy sessions, Brain Lab, and Super Brains.

"Congratulations to Super Brains graduate Eddie Perko who was recently elected to the Student Council at Adams Elementary School in Santa Barbara," announced Ms. DeAngelis at the opening day of sessions.” Mrs. Calvert added, “Eddie, who is now in the Fourth Grade, attended private therapy here for one and one half years then Super Brains in Kindergarten-First grade.” Eddie’s mother Marge Perko called the RiteCare Center office with the exciting news that Eddie had given an election speech at a school assembly and had been elected to the school student council. Mrs. Perko said, “Matt and I remembered all the work you did with him to get him to speak in sentences.”

Super Brains is a small group that meets each week to work on social skills. This program is geared towards students in 1st and 2nd grade who need a little help navigating social situations.  

Santa Barbara 
RiteCare Board  

Ernie Sandoval, President 
Alexander Black 
Debbie Kleinpeter
Erika Ronchietto 
Sean Simms  
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York Rite Trestle Board

Royal Arch Corinthian Chapter No. 51
Stated Convocation
First Wednesday
Odd Number Months

St. Omer Commnadery No.  30
Stated Conclave
First Wednesday
              Even Number Months             
5:30 pm   Dinner at State Street IHOP

7:00 pm   Stated Communication

5:30 pm Dinner at State Street IHOP
7:00 pm Stated Convocation
Corinthian Chapter No. 51  Officers - 2018

High Priest   Jon Jorgensen
King              Nevin Chamberlain
Scribe           Maurice Sourmany
Acting Secretary  Andy Pippin
Treasurer      Andy Pippin
From the Royal Arch High Priest
High Priest Jon Jorgensen

 Hope this finds everyone well.

Companion Jon Jorgensen
St. Omer Commandery No. 30 Officers - 2018

Commander  Nevin Chamberlain
Generalissimo     Bruce Rick
Captain General  Raul Anon
Recorder              Andy Pippin
Acting Treasurer Andy Pippin
From the Knights Templar Commander
Eminent Commander Nevin Chamberlain


​The Knights Templar magazine has included a series of articles on the lesser-known Medieval Orders of Knighthood that were found in the Holy Land. This article is the fifth of six articles to be written. The subject of this article is the Order of Saint Lazarus.

​The Order of Saint Lazarus originated In the Holy Land after the First Crusade of 1099. Its original purpose was to support and aid lepers within the Kingdom of Jerusalem in its leprosarium or leper hospital, located just outside the walls of Jerusalem. Their hospital claimed to be a continuation of previous leper facilities, and operated under the rule of St. Augustine. The order expanded its range of influence in the Holy Land acquiring a church, a convent, and property near the Mount of Olives. It also built a chapel at Tiberias and two hospitals for pilgrims in Armenia. It built another house in Acre where the order established its new base after they were forced to abandon its leprosarium in Jerusalem when Saladin besieged and captured the city in 1191.

​The Order of St. Lazarus was an order of Hospitallers from the beginning, but did not infringe on the order of St. John who serviced transients who constantly changed, whereas the lepers of St. Lazarus were condemned to lasting isolation. The Order of St. Lazarus assumed a military role from 1120 until the beginning of the 16th century. Its military activities were centered in the Holy Land, and afterwards in Spain, where they provided protection for pilgrims on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

​The order participated in the defense of Acre in 1291, but all the military brethren of the Order of St. Lazarus were killed in this action. Following the expulsion of the Christian forces from the Holy Land, the Order of St. Lazarus established its headquarters at Boigny near Orleans in France. After the dissolution of the Templars, the fortunes of St. Lazarus suffered and depended on which Pope was in power. By the 15th century, the curse of leprosy in Europe had lessened and the Order of St. Lazarus slowly lost its original purpose.

​The military role was revived in the early 17th Century when the order maintained a squadron of ten frigates based at St. Malo until 1668 when its naval activities ceased. However their naval academy was continued as was the ownership of a military school in Paris until the French Revolution in 1791. The order was allowed to lapse during the reign of Louis XVIII but did survive in England and other European countries.

​The original symbol of the order was a green cross, which was changed to a green eight-pointed Maltese Cross. The choice of the color green is associated with several legends, and a green cross later was associated with pharmacies as their symbol. The noted Scottish Freemason, Chevalier Ramsey was created a Knight of St. Lazarus in Paris in 1724, and there still exists in the Mark Mason’s Lodge in London, a society of gentlemen styled the Chevalier Ramsey Society, which requires that an applicant be both a Freemason and a Knight of St. Lazarus.


​​​​​​​​Nevin Chamberlain, Commander

​​​​​​​​St. Omer Commandery #30


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5:30 pm   Lite Dinner
6:00 pm  Meeting
Santa Barbara Shrine Club Officers - 2018

President  Jay Lockwood
Secretary/Treasurer   Bruce Rick
President Jay Lockwood

Things are moving fast. The holidays are starting, everyone will be in a rush. Hang on!

Few things happening in the Shrine World:

Shriners Open Golf Tournament
When: Oct 29 – Nov 4, 2018
Where: TPC Summerlin, 1700 Village Center Cir, Las Vegas, NV 89134, USA 
Description: Tournament Staff/Contact Information:
1680 Village Center Circle, Las Vegas, NV 89134
Tel: 702-873-1010
Fax: 702-796-0100
Register Here
Be sure to register as a Shriner Group Volunteer--Code: ShrineGV18
When the specific group is requested, type "Al Malaikah" in the box provided!!!

Encino Shrine Club Gala
When: Saturday, Nov 3, 2018
Where: 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, 16320 Raymer St, Van Nuys, CA 91406, USA
Description: 6:00 PM to Midnight $60.00 per Person Join us for Dinner, Entertainment, and                Silent Auction Make checks payable to Encino Shrine Club Contact Noble Jeff Merrick for tickets at 818-933-1266

Our next stated meeting in Santa Barbara is on January 23, 2019. 5:30 pm refreshment and light Dinner and meeting @ 6pm.                                                      

        Jay Lockwood
        Santa Barbara Shrine Club                President
                                     November the month of Thanksgiving
                                       By Temple Manager Scott Wenz

Fall leaves, Pumpkins, Anticipation, and we are:
Thankful for a fine Masonic building
Thankful for good Masonic Brotherhood
Thankful for Blue Lodge and Concordant Bodies

Come enjoy Stated Meetings, our Thanksgiving Family Dinner, and most important be thankful for family.
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