Volume 66  Number  11 November 2020 

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This monthly newsletter is to keep the brothers, families and friends 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 up to date on the interesting and informative events of our extended Masonic family. Contact us at the  Santa Barbara Masonic Center office: (805) 966-4502, 16 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2707.
Our November theme is giving thanks - what you are thankful for. 

The cover shows fall foliage that certainly is a calming picture.

Congratulations to new Grand Master of California Masons Most Worshipful Art Weiss.  A "local" Brother from Newbury Park, CA. Read his biography in this issue.

See the article from good friend and prolific author Bro. Edgar Fentum.

We are excited to learn that the Santa Barbara Valley of Scottish Rite participated in the California-wide conferral of all twenty-nine Scottish Rite degrees. See the column "Scottish Rite VMAP Program" for the Valley story.

Please donate to this year's substitute New England Picnic, just as if you purchased a ticket and then you couldn't attend.

Stay Healthy! Stay Safe!

Bruce Rick, Editor and Publisher
Andy Pippin, Finance





THU  DEC 17  SANTA BARBARA LODGE NO. 192 INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS (Virtual) - Installing Officer Grand Master Weiss - Time TBD     




SAT-THU  MAY 15-20 2021   GRAND YORK RITE SESSIONS - 9:00 am Visalia  



SAT-THU  MAY 14-19 2022   GRAND YORK RITE SESSIONS - 9:00 am Visalia   

New Grand Master of Masons of California
                  MW Art Weis Biography

Worshipful Brother Arthur Harold Weiss was raised a Master Mason in Conejo Valley Lodge No. 807 in Thousand Oaks on January 28, 1986. He served as Master of the lodge in 1991 and 2003, and was presented the Hiram Award in 1997 for his distinguished service to the lodge. 

Brother Weiss served the Grand Lodge as an Inspector, as Grand Marshal, and as Grand Chaplain. He served on the Leadership Development Committee, was a founding member of his Public Schools Advisory Council and has served on all five Constitutional Boards, including twelve years on the California Masonic Foundation, eight of them as President and Chairman of the Board. 

In addition, Brother Weiss is active in the concordant and appendant bodies; including the Southern California Past Masters Association, the Los Angeles York Rite Bodies, Allied Masonic Degrees, Knight Masons, the Red Cross of Constantine and the Rosicrucians. He is a 32° Knight Commander of the Court of Honor in the Scottish Rite Valley of Los Angeles, a member of Al Malaikah Shriners, Hi Twelve and the National Sojourners. Brother Weiss is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, served as Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of California and is a General Grand Chapter Committee member. 

Brother Weiss received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering in 1973 from Purdue University. He enjoyed a 42-year career in aerospace and defense at Rocketdyne, where he was part of the Space Shuttle Main Engine development team, led development of the RS-68 booster engine flying on the Delta IV, and propulsion for missiles currently deployed by the U.S. He was Executive Director of Missile Defense and of Advanced Programs prior to his retirement in 2015. He continues to consult and started an executive consulting firm. 

Art and his wife, Barbara, live in Newbury Park and have one married daughter.

"Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience."

Welcome to Thanksgiving Time at the Masonic Center!
Turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, rolls, and best of all after dinner Turkey sandwiches to make sure you ate enough!

It is time for "get out of the house and throw the football around or there will not be any dinner."

A unique and wonderful American Holiday.  Special holiday table setting, with the best china and silver.  It is the promise of Christmas trees and decorations just weeks away.

Remember the faux fireplace in the Lodge dining room and Ian and Tom yelling. Hey you two, "stop yammering and get the food out!" 

Brothers, it isn't exactly the same this year, but there are Pumpkins and Indian Corn decorations in the lobby.

Better times are around the corner.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Scott Wenz
Temple Manager


        Masonic Properties of Santa Barbara Inc. Board for 2020

                                         Maurice Sourmany, President
                                         Jeff Matson, Vice-President 
                                         Tom Ellis, Secretary
                                         Mark Spurlock-Brown, Treasurer
                                         David Bates, Member-At-Large
Santa Barbara Masonic Lodge No. 192
Trestle Board

Tue Oct 27th – Officer’s Meeting.  7:00pm to 8:00pm.  Zoom id: 838 5179 5924 (passcode: SB192)
     Current officers are required to attend.  People wishing to become an officer are invited!

Tue Nov 3rd – Annual Meeting.  7:30pm.  Zoom id: 892 8362 3780 (passcode: SB192)

Tue Nov 10th  – MERT meeting.  6:30pm to 7:00pm.  Zoom id: 881 2848 6753 (passcode: SB192)

Tue Nov 10th – Elected Officer’s Meeting.  7:00pm to 7:30.  Zoom id: 856 4377 0538 (passcode: SB192)

Tue Nov 17th – SB192 Informal Meeting.  7:30pm to 8:30pm.  Zoom id: 856 4377 0538 (passcode: SB192)

Tue Nov 24th – Officer’s Meeting.  7:00pm to 8:00pm.  Zoom id: 874 1488 3771 (passcode: SB192)

Tue Dec 1st – Stated Meeting.  7:30pm.  Zoom id: 892 8362 3780 (passcode: SB192)

Tue Dec 15th – Officer’s Meeting.  7:00pm to 8:00pm.  Zoom id: 874 1488 3771 (passcode: SB192)
     Installation Practice.

Tue Dec 17th – Annual Installation of Officers.  7:00pm.  Zoom id: 874 1488 3771 (passcode: SB192)
     Most Worshipful Weiss presiding.
Lodge 192
Third Degree Anniversary
Basil   Brooks   11/10    Yrs. 15
Jovien   Joy   11/10   11
Richard   Meaney   11/11   12
Kenneth   Morgan   11/14   35
Tom   Ellis   11/15     4
Ernest   Barton   11/19   36
Thomas   Kirsimagi   11/19   24
Jeffrey   Matson   11/19     7
Frank   Risard   11/22     2
Michael   Lee   11/27   13
Sydney   Walker IV   11/27   19
Timothy   Cook   11/30     3
Paul   Cullen Jr.   11/30   69

Lodge 192
Gregory   Gaon   11/03
Ian   Jackson   11/03
Harold   Dunham   11/09
Ernest   Barton   11/09
Bryce   Weiner   11/10
Gene   Schock   11/13
Ernie   Sandoval     11/22
Donald   Smith   11/23
Randall   Sabau   11/25
Michael   Kokinos   11/27
Floyd   Shook, Jr.   11/29

Oldest Living Member of  Santa Barbara Lodge No. 192 
John Ben Brown - is 100 years old.
Santa Barbara Lodge No. 192 Officers

Wor. Master        Andy Pippin, PM
Sr. Warden          Chris Veres
Jr. Warden          Mark Spurlock-Brown 
Treasurer            Rod Castillo
Sec.                     Nevin Chamberlain, PM
Chaplain             Bob Burtness
Sr. Deacon         TBD
Jr. Deacon          Ernie Sandoval
Marshall              Alexander Black
Sr. Steward         David Bates
Jr. Steward         Kent Van Donge
Tiler                     Raul Anon, PM
From the East - Station of the Worshipful Master 

Andrew Pippin
Greetings and Salutations!

  The normal things are starting to happen again, albeit in an abnormal way. Some important decisions were made this year at the Annual Communication, the very first being to have a virtual event.  Both of the Grand Master's recommendations were approved – the first being that Constituent Lodges may also hold virtual meetings, and the second that §403.095 could be used to postpone all other Grand Lodge business until the following year (2021).

   Please take note that we will be holding our Annual Meeting on Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 at 7:30pm – its normal day and time as required by our By-laws.  Conforming to Most Worshipful Trauner’s approved recommendation and subject to Most Worshipful Weiss’ October 19, 2020 Decision, it shall take place via a Zoom (an approved “electronic video screen communication”), there will be no opening or closing Ritual, there will be no reports on Investigating Committees, balloting on, or examination of, candidates.  The full text of the decision is available, just let me or the Secretary know, and we will make sure you get a copy.

    At OUR Annual Meeting, we will open, read the minutes of our last Stated Meeting (March), receive applications (but not discuss), present Reports of any Special Committees, handle Bills and Communications, Vote on Lodge Officers and Trustees, any further business brought to the lodge’s attention by anyone else, read the Necrologies, and then close.

  If any motion cannot be decided by voice vote, then the “hand” reaction in Zoom will be used.  Obviously, this method cannot take an anonymous vote.  However, Zoom does allow taking an anonymous poll.  If needed, we will use this method.  If there is only one nominee, the officer can be elected by acclamation.  We did not install a Senior Deacon this year (during the power outage!), but we did install all the elected officers: 
                            Worshipful Master:    Andy Pippin, PM
                                    Senior Warden:    Chris Veres
                                    Junior Warden:    Mark Spurlock-Brown
                                               Treasurer:    Rod Castillo
                                                Secretary:    Nevin Chamberlain, PM

   I apologize in advance for the length of the business portion of our Stated Meeting, but it is not allowed to distribute a list of our bills for approval.  Most of the bills were handled by the Elected Officers during the lockdown, but anything that could be reasonably deferred (for example, February’s Game Night pizza) will be approved.  Prior to the meeting, I will distribute a list of all correspondence received by the lodge.  If any Brother wishes to receive a copy or have it read at the meeting, please let me or the Secretary know.

    Our Lodge has two types of trustees: Financial Trustee and a Hall Association Trustee.  A brother may be one, or both.  

  A Financial Trustee’s responsibility is to meet with our advisors (BeaconPointe) quarterly, listen to their advice, and make decisions on our investments.  While both the Master and Treasurer are ex-officio members, there should be at least three but no more than five others.

    The Hall Association Trustees meet once a year where they, along with the other tenants (Scottish Rite and York Rite), receive the Annual Report of Santa Barbara Masonic Properties, and elect the five Board Members of the Temple Board.  Once the Trustees choose the Board Members, the Annual Meeting will be closed and the Board members will select among themselves who will be the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Member-at-Large.  I am sure there is no truth to the rumor that the election was once decided by pistols at ten paces, or, at least there is no proof that it is true. According to the By-laws signed in 2010, and to insure that the wishes of the Lodge override the wishes of the other tenants, Santa Barbara Lodge has eight Trustees, Scottish Rite and York Rite each have two, for a total possible 12 Trustees.

    As you can see, there is a lot to accomplish.  While I will do my best to recognize every Brother who wishes to say something, in the interests of time I may not recognize you to speak.  If there is something important to you, please let me know ahead of time, and I will make sure it is on the agenda.

    For those of you who have gone to an Annual Communication (“Grand Lodge”) before, it felt pretty much the same.  From the flubbed lines of the dais officers, the rambling speech of an outraged, yet unprepared, Grand Lodge member, and the emphatic “Sharp!”.  However, it also had a touch of the new: “Can you hear me? <tap> <tap> <tap>  Hey!  Stupid thing!  Can you hear me?” and “You’re on MUTE!” of a modern teleconference.

     As a past Grand Lodge Officer, I really feel sad that this year’s officers could not experience the exhilaration of walking up the steps (while thinking Don’t trip! Don’t trip! Don’t trip!) to open Grand Lodge.  Hopefully, they were also able to establish the incredible friendships among the “Grand Family”, which made all the long trips worth it.  Almost every other month, Most Worshipful Galloway sets up a Zoom call with the officers he appointed to the various positions.

    In other good news, our Annual Installation of Officers will happen on the date originally planned – December 17th, 2020. Most Worshipful Weiss will have plenty of practice running virtual installations by then, so we’ll be taking our lead from him.

    Because of all the phishing attempts being sent in email (Nigerian Prince scams, Viagra ads, and Newd Gurlz!), most email tools will change the URLs and send you to a “spam checker” instead.  Unfortunately, this tends to break the URL that will take you directly to the meeting.

       Don’t worry!  You don’t need the link to get to the meeting!!!  Just go to the main Zoom site (at https://zoom.us/ ) and click on “Join a Meeting” in the upper right.  Type in the meeting number and, when prompted, the password (it is always “SB192”).  As Emiril would say “Boom!”, you are in the meeting.

Until we meet again, may peace be within thy walls. 

Andy Pippin, PM
Master, Santa Barbara Lodge, #192
  E: andy@ajpippin.us
  C: (805) 886-5926
From the West - Station of the Senior Warden

Chris Veres
Brethren, Greetings from the West!
I hope your respective Halloweens passed safely and that your coming Thanksgivings bring good cheer!  

With the holiday season approaching, it’s natural to reflect on themes of gratitude and thankfulness.  But this year I wanted to approach such reflections from a Masonic standpoint.  That is, how can I make a greater sense of gratitude a more permanent feature of my outlook and not just a seasonal affectation?  After all, what use is working a stone if the changes fade with the passing of holidays?  What tools do I need to make lasting marks on this old ashlar?  As is usual for me, I turned to my favorite website, The Art of Manliness, started by Brother Brett McKay in Oklahoma, and enjoyed the essay, “The Spiritual Disciplines: Gratitude”, one of a series on various schools of inner work.  (To read the article in its entirety, visit artofmanliness.com/articles/spiritual-disciplines-gratitude/)

The article illustrates how gratitude is a central virtue to practically every spiritual school of thought and is espoused by philosophers and theologians from ancient Greeks and Romans right up to the modern day.  This includes doctors and scientists who have connected it with many health benefits: a boosted immune system, lower levels of stress and depression, increased energy and strength, and better sleep patterns.  Going back to the ancients, Cicero called gratitude “not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others”.  As a Masonic exercise, I imagined how gratitude relates to Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence, Justice, Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.  I was surprised how easily the ideas came.  Take a few minutes and see what personal connections you can make.

Given its primacy, what then keeps up from adopting a more grateful outlook?  The author describes four main obstacles: 1) busyness/distraction encountered in daily life, 2) a human tendency to notice the negative over the positive, 3) another tendency to notice most that which is new and novel, and 4) envy.  How to overcome these foes?  In a very broad nutshell, by being more deliberate in reorienting our mindset.  To quote the article: “While basic gratitude is passively evoked by external events, the spiritual discipline of gratitude is intentionally chosen, deliberately trained, and exercised in all circumstances.  It is not waited for, but pursued.”

He lists a number of ways to actually pursue that mindset.  To help us remember the good things encountered in a day, keeping a gratitude journal or taking time to really savor good moments is helpful.  To help us not get bogged down with seemingly adverse situations, reframing them as opportunities for growth can mitigate the negative impact.  To help us appreciate everyday blessings we might be overly accustomed to, imaging scenarios in which they don’t exist can drive home their value.  “How might you and your wife have never met?  How would your life be different if you and your best friend had never crossed paths?”  Going on a fast can build appreciation for whatever you might be taking for granted.  It doesn’t have to be food-related, and you don’t need to be an ascetic about it.  Nothing builds appreciation for a good steak like giving up meat for a week.  You won’t fail to realize what a miraculous invention your phone is after you go without it for a day.  “Scarcity sharpens gratitude, and in a time in which we are glutted with every pleasure and convenience, sometimes we must create this scarcity ourselves.”  These are all suggestions; can you come up with any of your own?  Feel free to post them to our lodge app via iMember 2.0 for ongoing discussion.

But having trained ourselves towards a more gratitude-driven mindset, the most important thing we can do is to express gratitude - via words, acts of service, gestures of appreciation, or any other vehicle we can find.  Not being able to see you all in person, I have to be content with merely telling you (all of you) how grateful I am that we share this common Brotherhood, how privileged I am to know you, and how lucky I feel that I’ll soon get to see more of you (albeit through Zoom).  Thank you for being you (and for reading this far)!

As we mentioned last month, the Grand Lodge of California had its first ever online Annual Communication.  The biggest result that I took away from it is that we can commence having (virtual) stated meetings!  They will be held on their old dates: the first Tuesday evening of each calendar month.  So, as Wor. Pippin detailed in his October 14th email, the November stated meeting will take place on Tuesday the 3rd at 7:30pm.  Please, please make every effort to attend, as we’ll be addressing some crucial business: voting on next year’s elected officers, voting on Trustees, and discussing the coming Annual Installation on Dec. 17th (which will also be online).  

Bro. Chris
From the South - Station of the Junior Warden

Mark Spurlock-Brown

Greetings from the South,

It's not exactly clear that life is going to follow the same pattern. 

We may be going into another quiet month for the lodge, but it's important to remember that even if the lodge isn't meeting regularly, your Masonic family is there for you.  If you need anything, please reach out to your Brothers or MERT directly. as a reminder the MERT number is 805-272-0141.

From the Secretary

Nevin Chamberlain
     On October 11th, Arthur H. Weiss, a member of Conejo Valley Lodge #807 in Thousand Oaks, was installed as the Grand Master of Masons in California.

     This ends the Grand Master year for Most Worshipful John Trauner who as you might remember was the installing officer for Santa Barbara Lodge last December, when the lights went out and the installation was performed by candlelight, and the elevator stopped running for half an hour or so.  The last seven months of Grand Master Trauner’s year was completed under the restrictions of the COVID pandemic, and Grand Master Weiss will begin his year governed by the same restrictions.

    COVID 19 was not the only significant news to affect Masonry in California this year. On July 1st, Grand Lodge introduced “iMember 2.0” to manage the membership records. I have been able to learn a lot in how to operate this system, and have been able to make many phone calls to the members of the membership services office to get answers to questions. You might be thinking, “Where is my dues notice”? This would normally have been mailed to you by the first of November. Grand Lodge tells me that as of October 15th, “The process hasn’t been finalized but that GL will send the notices directly”.

    Santa Barbara Lodge will have a virtual election of officers on November 3rd, and the planned date of installation on December 17th will also be held by Zoom and not in person. So since nothing has happened since March 13th, let us look at the state of the candidates who are frozen in place.

    We have been participating in the process of courtesy coaching Jeff Scheraga. Bro. Scheraga has progressed to the point of being ready to do his proficiency of the second degree and receive his third degree. Bro. Russell Bishop is also ready to receive his third degree, but neither brother can be accommodated. Bro. Richard Gregston has also received his second degree, and probably is ready to demonstrate his proficiency in that degree.

    Five brothers have received their first degrees and could be coaching to advance to the second degree. They are: Jairo Mazariegos, Robert Neustadt, Josh Rademacher, J.R. Saucedo, and Chris Wichowski. In addition, Tim Cook from Channel Islands Lodge #214 has applied for membership by affiliation. No action can be taken on anybody since Masonic meetings have been forbidden since March 13, 2020.

    Until next month and the foreseeable future, call or write a brother and help the Lodge to maintain contact with each other. Oh, and I almost forgot, go and visit an elderly brother that you have meaning to but never got around to it.

                                                                 Nevin Chamberlain, Secretary

The Third Degree of Masonry 
Perambulation Soliloquy

by Edgar W. Fentum PM

Many Masons hear the Chaplain in the Third Degree recite during the perambulation but seem more concerned to ensure the Chaplain ends at the right time, rather than listen to the content. The soliloquy is of great significance to the rest of the degree. Solomon is drawing attention that life is not forever. We are the children of God and as youth gives way to maturity so eventually one must face the finality of declining years when age assumes its toll and diminishes the quality of life.

The recitation comes from Ecclesiastes 12 1-8. However, it is worth looking at what precedes it! The best clue to the meaning precedes in Ecclesiastes 11 9-10.

    9. Rejoice, O young man, in your youth,
And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth;
Walk in the ways of your heart,
And in the sight of your eyes;
But know that for all these
God will bring you into judgment.
Therefore remove sorrow from your heart,
And put away evil from your flesh,
For childhood and youth are vanity.
    10.Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart and put away evil from thy flesh for childhood and youth are vanity’.  

So as the candidate enters the Chaplain recites: 

Remember now thy Creator (for tomorrow may be too late) 
in the days of thy youth, (when eagerness, fervency, strength, vitality and zeal were the driving force in your life and the world was your oyster)
while the evil days come not, (failing health has not had an impact)

nor the years draw nigh,

when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; (as the span of years get longer so the remaining days of life get shorter and the pleasures of earlier years are diminished).

While the sun, or the light, (failing sight that comes with short-sightedness, cataracts and glaucoma)

or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, (you stay awake with sleeplessness)

nor the clouds return after the rain: (in the Middle East after the storm blows over it is usually clear but if there are clouds further storm returns - so in life we have ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ but the downs can become more frequent and presage more ‘downs’)

in the day when the keepers (hands) of the house (body) shall tremble, (trembling hands and unsteadiness of the body)

and the strong men shall bow themselves, (stoop and become weaker, become bow legged with the extra weight) 

and the grinders cease because they are few (teeth fall out and wear down), 

and those that look out of the windows darkened (eyesight fails),

and the doors (hearing diminishes)

shall be shut in the streets (cannot hear sounds from the outside)

when the sound of the grinding is low (women grinding the corn in the courtyard indicates the loss of hearing and trying to chew and swallow food without teeth becomes difficult),

and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird (awake early),

and all the daughters of music shall be brought low (the human voice become faint and soft);

also, when they shall be afraid of that which is high, (fear of climbing up steps)

and fears shall be in the way (of falling down to break brittle bones),

and the almond tree shall flourish (the best crop of almonds come every seven years, so it indicates the passage of time), 

and the grasshopper shall be a burden (nuisances and various irritations that are disturbing and annoying)

and desire shall fail (the sex drive diminishes)

because man goeth to his long home (death beckons and the Spirit is seeking eternal rest),

and the mourners go about the streets (paid undertakers and mourners in the street is a reminder that death awaits):

or ever the silver cord be loosed (the spirit that ties us to God),

or the golden bowl (head) be broken,(the brain fails - coma),

or the pitcher be broken at the fountain (the heart),

or the wheel broken at the cistern (blood vessels clog up and the blood stops flowing). 

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it (death).

That is the end, but the next verse states: 
8.‘Vanities of vanities saith the preacher; all is vanity’.

What a lesson this tells, and I hope that the next time you are in the degree of Master Mason you will listen, appreciate and understand.
Edgar W. Fentum P.M.

This Paper or any part thereof may not be reproduced, copied, published, forwarded by email or distributed in any way without the consent of
Edgar W. Fentum.

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Sun         1        Daylight Savings Time.
Don’t forget to “fallback when resetting your clocks. 

Tue          3        Election Day.
Have you voted?

Wed         4        Zoom meeting/chat 7:00 pm. Scottish Rite S. B. Valley 
Fri            6        Orient of California Reunion 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 4° - 14°. By Zoom. Details to come closer to the date of reunion.

Sat            7        Orient of California Reunion
10:00 am - 12:00 pm,  15° - 24
1:00pm - 3:00 pm, 25° - 32°
This will all be by Zoom. Details to follow as we get closer to the dates.

Wed         11        Veterans Day
For all those who have served and are serving to defend our nation we thank each and every one of you. God Bless our Great Nation.

Wed         11        Valley Scholarship Meeting
6:30 pm via Zoom.
                             Valley Stated meeting 7:00pm. Election of officers for the year 2021. Annual report on the status of the Corporation.

Wed          18        Zoom meeting/Chat
7:00 pm

Thu            19        RiteCare Board Meeting 6:00 pm by Zoom

Wed           25        Zoom Meeting/Chat
7:00 pm.

Thu             26        Happy Thanksgiving 

Zoom meetings are reoccurring so the dial  in number, ID and password are the  same each week.

If you have the Zoom App, then just open the app, push “Join Meeting “ give the ID 896 4454 7560 then it will ask for the  password 8aOY*k, that should get you in.

This will be used each week:
Join Zoom Meeting 


Meeting ID: 896 4454 7560 

A Zoom meeting reminder and link will be sent on the Friday before  the Wednesday video meeting. 
  Santa Barbara Valley Officers

           S.G.I.G. Appointments
Personal Rep.      Maurice Sourmany, 33°
Treasurer              Scott Wenz, KCCH
Gen'l Secretary    Floyd Griffin, 33°
     Personal Rep. Appointments
Asst. Pers. Rep.   J C. Knapp, 33°
Asst. Pers. Rep    Andy Pippin, KCCH
Asst. Pers. Rep    Ron Ritter, 33°
                Elected Officers
Venerable Mstr.   Peter Champion, KCCH
Wise Master         Kevin Twibel, 32°
Cmdr.                    Charles Kears,32° 
Mstr. of Kadosh   Robert Sachs,32°
From the Personal Representative to the Sovereign Grand Inspector General of California

Ill. Maurice Sourmany, 33°

Brethren and Friends,

I must say, this has been quite a year! We have for the most part all learn how to zoom so we can chat with our doctors, with family members, to have lodge meetings and chats, and teaching via zoom.

We have, for the most part, learned at stated meetings we can only pay bills, but at least we can see our brothers and chat.

Our clinic never stopped teaching when we were placed on lockdown. Our clinicians began doing Zoom and had to learn how to use it and teach parents so they could operate it from home.

We have had to do our Feasts virtually via Zoom. Our Supreme Council negotiated a deal with Zoom so all the Valleys could use it with the highest security measures and the clinics could conduct their teaching of the kids on Zoom all at very reasonable cost to each valley. Our clinic was able to get on board with this and kept all the safety protocols to satisfy HIPAA and other measures keeping everything secure.

Our Valley, too, has benefitted by using Zoom for our meetings and chats and also for our RiteCare Board meetings.

We will be having an Orient wide Reunion of all 29 degrees by Zoom on November 6 and November 7. All new candidates will be obligated and become 32° Masons or Master of the Royal Secret. All candidates must  attend an in-person Reunion at their earliest convenience so that they will see and hear the full five mandatory degrees when we are able to perform the degrees. We will be performing the 22° on November 7, with Brother Robert Sachs 32° doing the reading and the obligation. 

As you know our Grand Lodge had its annual communication and installation virtually by zoom.

Our November stated meeting will include our Semi-annual Scholarship Meeting at 6:30 pm, Stated Meeting starting at 7:00 pm, with annual election of officers for 2021, and annual report of our corporation. This of course will be done virtually by Zoom.

At this point in time our installation will also be virtually and by Zoom. I wonder how our future will be using Zoom for work, and checking in with family, and and not visiting doctors in person but rather from home, and many other things.

I want to mention that our own brother Tim Cook 32° has taken on the job of making an ax to be worn on the collar for the 22°. He has hand made these and added our Santa Barbara Scottish Rite pin to the ax. He is making several of them so that in the future when we do the Twenty Second degree, the degree team will be able to wear them for that degree.

Don’t forget to zoom with us every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.

The clinic has started its annual fundraisers of AXXESS books starting in November for $40.00, please contact the clinic at 805/962-8469 to place your order and also for the poinsettias and wreaths for the holidays. Make one call and order them early so you can support our clinic. The poinsettias are $20.00 each, 20” wreaths are $45.00, 30” wreaths are $60.00 or you can get a bundle of a 30” wreath and 2 poinsettias for a donation of $100.00. The clinic is a 501(c) (3) non profit. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are way behind in our regular donations so if you can, please donate to the clinic even if you don’t have a use for the Axxess books or the wreaths and poinsettias. 

Mary and I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and pray that we all remain safe and healthy.


The Orator's Corner

Robert Sachs, 32°

Decorum, Propriety and Dignity
by Orator Bob Sachs
      We are now in the eighth month of our nation’s response to Covid-19.  In the beginning, many did not want to accept the idea of a pandemic, let alone consider the many changes which have taken place in the reality of its relentless persistence in time.  And in all fairness, how many of us welcome inconvenience and constrictions on our daily lives and activities?  Like the stages of grief expounded in the work of Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, we have seen ourselves, our Brethren, and our neighbors go through a cascade of reactions as this little virus dictates changes to our lives, physically, emotionally, even spiritually.

     And yet, our degrees do remind us, “Man that is born of a woman is of a few days, and full of trouble.  He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down…”  Impermanence is inbuilt and change is constant.  And the more we are given wise council to comprehend this truth and build it into the fabric of how we conduct ourselves, the greater acceptance, peace, even possibility will inform the life that we lead in the face of such challenges.

     As we move into a season that is suppose to engender generosity, charity, and gratitude, what are some of the take-aways from the pandemic thus far?

     With masks and social distancing, we have become more circumspect in not being so casual with our energies and affections.  We are more deliberate when we walk out our doors.  We don’t mash up into crowds to be the first, etc…  We show more consideration for people and their personal spaces. Rather than a nuisance or political statement, more people are accepting that masks show a care for others.  Furthermore, whereas we may have looked at people’s mouths for social cues, we are getting use to looking into each other’s eyes – the “windows to our souls.”  Our speech is becoming more explicit in what we want.  And, I hear more courteous speech than in pre-pandemic times.

     The days of worrying about being with people 24-7, i.e. our families, is fading as we negotiate space, coordinate our lives, and begin a re-bonding of our most essential social unit.  We are learning how to bake bread, cook, and eat meals together.  Many have learned that the work they have been running out their door to do day in and day out actually gets better handled from home.  This is having an overall impact on commerce and how business is done in a more family-friendly way.

     Hearing that obesity and any number of physical illnesses can make us more susceptible to infection, the putting on of pounds that was joked about or feared as a sign of the stress of being more confined is being replaced with people being more temperate about their lifestyle and habits. Walking, bicycling, engaging Yoga, Pilates, and other home exercise regimens are on the rise. And there is more and more talk and media coverage highlighting good nutrition and sound eating habits.

     Although racial injustice has been with us as social, political, and economic blights for generations, the pandemic has highlighted to us in many dramatic ways how those deprived of equal opportunity are more vulnerable and need our attention with respect to systemic changes that ensure a vibrant society for all.

     Lastly, in a society where entertainment and social media have brought some together, but have also encouraged greater senses of distraction and disconnection, a consciousness around the skillful use of these mediums is letting us take care of business, become educated, and reach out and reconnect those who have for whatever reason been not able to join the hustle and bustle.  In that, with respect to Masonry, I am reminded of my Lodge’s amazing virtual Sesquicentennial Celebration and the stellar work of the Grand Lodge of California that scripted and executed on Zoom one of the largest gathering of Masons for this year’s Annual Communication.  A fantastic take-away in this respect is that every Lodge can offer at least one meeting a month where Brothers who have been unable to physically attend can, once again, feel a part of the Masonic community. 

     Of course, no one wants to see or would wish so much suffering as we are witnessing.  But wise words and philosophical reflections have rarely spurred on change as effectively as disaster. And to meet our current dilemmas head on, consider what our degrees remind us about the fragile nature of life.  Consider the mentoring that is imparted and the most profound and essential truths as espoused in our Third Degree about the value of “time, patience, and perseverance.”

    This pandemic is not over.  In a season of celebration during these uncertain times, reflect on these three soberly and sincerely.  And in the fortitude that it takes to remind us of these, be generous, be charitable, and grateful.  In our efforts to transform ourselves from the rough to the smooth, while we seek more light, let us use whatever light we have here and now to be beacons and guides for others.  And, know that the more light you offer, the more light you will be bestowed with as you will be living in accordance with what the Grand Architect of the Universe had planned for you from the start.

Valley Membership Achievement Project (VMAP)
For the  Santa Barbara Valley, Ill. JC. Knapp 33° 

We are but 22 days from our Orient of California, virtual degrees, which are to be held on November 6, 7 pm to 9 pm and on Saturday, November 7, 9 am to 11 am, a two hour break and then the last secession will be 1 pm to 3 pm.  

Many of the Valleys are presenting degrees. Normally the Santa Barbara Valley would present the 4th, but it has been decreed that Ill. Frank Loui, 33° SGIG is to present the five mandatory degrees (the 4° is the first of the five).  We, however, will present the 22° during this historic event.

Brother Robert Sachs will be our presenter and will narrate the 10-minute presentation while his son, a candidate a candidate, sits across from him to receive this degree.  It is not often that a father can obligate his son during a Scottish Rite degree.

This does not relieve us of the need to continue preparing for the eventuality of presenting the 4° and 22° in full form and in costume!  When we can return to the norm of the past, each degree team will restart and refine, practice, and prepare to support the Orient-wide degrees.

As of this writing, all of the mechanics of attending have not been worked out, but stay tuned, that information should be forth coming.  For now, if you have any questions, please contact Ill Maurice Sourmany, Personal Representative or me, JC Knapp at 805-736-1610.

Until we can meet in person again, stay safe, stay healthy and stay sane

JC. Knapp, 33°, Director of the Work

Your Valley contact Ill. JC. Knapp 33° at "JC. Knapp" jc@utech.net or call the Santa Barbara Valley office at (805) 965-6100.


Valley Membership Achievement Project (VMAP)
For the  Santa Barbara Valley, Ill. JC. Knapp 33° 
                                              Orient of California
                   2020 Virtual Zoom Reunion Registration Tutorial

                                November 6: 7 pm - 9 pm (4° - 14°)
                               November 7: 9 am - 11 am ; 1 pm - 3 pm (15° - 32°)

Please follow the registration methods below and register according to your role for the reunion. If you require technical assistance for registration, please contact Marty Cusing at martycusing@gmail.com or 650-218-6088.

Master Craftsman Program of the Scottish Rite
by Bruce Rick, 32° KCCH 
The Scottish Rite Master Craftsman (SRMC) program is a correspondence course designed and administered by staff at the House of the Temple in Washington, DC. 

There is a new offering of the Ritual and History Course On-line. I have just completed the course and found interesting and, yes, challenging. Quizzes are open book, but I had to read and study the books (2 associated with this course) in order to pass.

If you are already enrolled in the Master Craftsman program you certainly can continue with course by mail but are encouraged to join in the group study for your comments and experiences with the program.

For questions and to discuss steps for enrollment, contact Ill. J C. Knapp 33° at "J C. Knapp" jc@utech.net or call the Santa Barbara Valley office at (805) 965-6100.


Valley of Santa Barbara.

                                       CeAOR Fall Virtual Retreat
                 by Robert Sachs, AOR Meditation Instructor

As in the spring, the 2020 pandemic saw the cancelling of Guthrie’s annual fall reunion.  But, as all of us have grown more accustom to and comfortable with digital media, particularly Zoom, Superintendent of the Guthrie Academy of Reflection, Brother Chuck Dunning, consulted with his two fellow Academy officers, Brothers Doug Russell and Randy Sanders, and decided to offer a virtual AOR retreat over the same weekend of the defunct reunion.

From Friday evening through Sunday afternoon AOR members, affiliates, and invited guests sequestered themselves in their own space at home, conducive for meditation.  AOR approved meditation instructors then introduced and led virtual participants in a variety of visualization-type meditations and contemplations.  These processes were based on the imagery and messages of our Scottish Rite degrees.   Afterwards, there was a group discussion and sharing time, where participants reflected on their experience.

All in all, this was a very powerful and successful event.  It demonstrated that this kind of event, even with its limitations being virtual, contributed to an enrichment     and appreciation for our degrees and the benefits of meditation and contemplation done alone, in a group, AND virtually.   Although we may all hope that the spring reunion will be an actual physical one, knowing that we can continue our Scottish Rite meditation journey from afar, brings us all closer together regardless.

If you are interested in the Academy of Reflection and you are a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason, contact Superintendent Larry Cook of the Academy of Formation for the Valley of Santa Barbara Orient of California (larry.cook242@gmail.com) or Robert Sachs (robertsachs2020@gmail.com

Academy of Reflection Application
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Santa Barbara 
RiteCare Board  

                       Sean Simms, President
                       Ernie Sandoval, Vice-President 
                       Debbie Kleinpeter, Secretary
                       Rosalyn Collins, Treasurer
                       Katy Cuturan
                       June Longcob
                       Erika Ronchietto 
                        Maurice Sourmany
                        Floyd Griffin 
                        Summer Calvert
                        Julie DeAngelis
Our Santa Barbara RiteCare Staff
This Holiday Season Donation Opportunities

Notes From The Staff

We have two ways you can help support Santa Barbara RiteCare this season!

~Buy an Axxess Book. If you live in SB or Ventura and you don't know about the Axxess Book, you are missing out! It's a discount card that can be used at hundreds of local businesses, from restaurants to car washes! We receive $13 for every book purchase. You can order via the Axxess App by choosing non-profit Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center or send us an email and we will have a book that you can pick up in person! snbadmin@casrf.org 


~Buy holiday decor! Once again we will be selling wreaths and poinsettias to SB area supporters. Please place your order now by sending us an email snbadmin@casrf.org

If you live out of town you can still support us by purchasing a beautiful arrangement from Lynch Creek Farms! They will donate 15% of sales to us! 

Check out their beautiful products

You can also go to our website and find links for these fundraisers
at https://santabarbararitecarecenter.org/new-page. Thank you for your support!

Lobster and Steak Lovers

At Last Year's Lobsterfest 

Donors Giving For This Years Substitute
New England Picnic

Russ Charvonia
Raul Cifuentes
Taylor Gilbert
Javier Hernandez
Rebeka and Rodrigo Kammer
Laura Ochoa Kaylor
Bruce and Evelyn Rick
Ron Robinson
Maurice Sourmany

Total so far toward our goal of $10,000.00

You can donate - see below!

Donate to the New England Picnic Fund Here!
Visit our York Rite of California website
Santa Barbara York Rite Trestle Board

WED November   4    CORINTHIAN CHAPTER NO. 51                                           of   ROYAL ARCH MASONS
Communication Under Review 

MON  November 16    VENTURA COUNCIL NO. 15                                           of CRYPTIC MASONS
                                Communication Under Review

WED  December    4   ST. OMER COMMANDERY NO. 30                                        of KNIGHTS TEMPLAR MASONS                          Conclave Under Review
Corinthian Chapter No. 51 Officers

High Priest              Andy Pippin
King                         Jon Jorgensen                Scribe                      Maurice Sourmany
Treasurer                 Pat Lennon
Secretary                 Raul Anon

Jewel of the High Priest
We may not yet be able to meet in person, but many Lodges and even the Grand York Rite bodies are holding virtual meetings. I encourage you attend the meetings of the Lodge.



Corinthian Chapter No. 51 Royal Arch Masons

If you are a Royal Arch Mason, it is undoubtedly your intention to continue learning more of the teachings of the Craft. The York Rite includes the Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, the Council of Cryptic Masons and the Commandery of Knights Templar.

We Sir Knights of St. Omer No. 30 Knights Templar of California want to provide every Christian Freemason the opportunity to extend his Masonic journey through the chivalric experience.

The Knights Templar is a Christian-oriented fraternal organization that is based on the history and mythos surrounding the medieval crusading order of warrior monks, known as the Knights Templar, which existed from the 12th to the 14th century. Originally, the Knights Templar were laymen who protected and defended Christians traveling to Jerusalem. These men took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and were renowned for their fierceness and courage in battle.

This era ushered in the virtues of Charity, Hospitality and Universal Compassion. Currently, we Knights Templar support the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, committed to support research that can help launch the careers of clinical and basic researchers focused on the prevention and cure of potentially blinding diseases in infants and children and the Knights Templar Holy Land Pilgrimage program to send credentialed Christian Ministers on a Biblical study experience who would not have the opportunity otherwise.

If you are a Royal Arch Mason, an invitation is extended to you to seek out a member of St. Omer Commandery No. 30 and ask for a petition. We welcome into our Commandery any Royal Arch Mason who professes Christian ideals, a belief in the Holy and Undivided Trinity and who seeks the society of men pledged to deeds of Charity, the practice of Christian virtues and the promotion of Christ’s Kingdom on earth.

Bruce Rick, PHP, PC
           Ventura Council No. 15
      Cryptic Masons of California


Lynn R. Wallingford, IPM            Illustrious Master
Raymond A. Broomfield, IPM     Deputy Master
Rees W. Padfield, IPM                 Treasurer
Andrew B. Pippin, IPM                 Recorder

Cryptic Masonry in Santa Barbara

Contact Companion Andy Pippin with your questions.
St. Omer Commandery No. 30 Officers

Commander              Jon Jorgensen
Generalissimo          Raul Anon
Captain General       TBD
Treasurer                  TBD
Recorder                   Andy Pippin

Jewel of the Commander
Sir Knights,
Hope to find you and your love ones safe and healthy during the current challenging times.

As you noticed all the important meetings are now virtual, such as grand sessions.

I really hope to see you soon.


Companion Jon Jorgensen, PC 

Sir Knight Bruce Rick, PC 

Knights Templar 
Sword Cleaning 
Every Sir Knight needs a well-cared for sword for the upcoming inspections (when we are meeting in-person again)!
A few simple items to make up your cleaning kit:
  •    Easy to find a good yet inexpensive metal cleaner and polish.
   •    Get an old towel for your lap or work table.
   •    Get an old rag or two for the cleaning and shining part.
   •    Slice up a scour pad for easy to use sword cleaning.
   •    An old toothbrush is a good applicator of the metal cleaner. 


My Sword Cleaning Kit

Above is the picture taken when I started to hand
clean my 100+ year old sword. 

Below is the picture taken on this month’s
Fourteenth Maintenance Day.

Working diligently each month on the Fourteenth Maintenance Day to get ready for that next inspection!


S.K. Rick, PC
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                    Ventura Council No. 15, Cryptic Masons
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MON  February 15  ANNUAL MEETING - Ventura  Masonic Center

                                   6:00 pm - Election of Officers
SAT   June 12  GRAND YORK RITE OFFICERS RECEPTION - Ventura  Masonic Center - 6:00 pm Welcome
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Santa Barbara Shrine Club Trestle Board

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WED  OCTOBER 28, 2020

6:00 pm  VideoStated Meeting via Zoom
Santa Barbara Shrine Club Officers - 2020

President  Jay Lockwood
Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Rick

President Jay Lockwood

Nobles and Friends,  
    There are millions of reasons to give thanks and everyone one of them is different. Yet the reason to give thanks is the same.  To express your gratitude to someone that did something special for or to you. When someone goes out of their way and was there for you when you needed them. It is an inherited human instinct that most people automatically do. Most of the times it is a simple Thank You.
    Two powerful words that can put a smile on some one’s face or even change a life and yet when not said when deserved can destroy. And there are millions of ways to show that gratitude and say thanks.

     Humans have been giving thanks from the beginning of recorded time. This time of the year has always been a time of giving thanks. Especially if you had a good harvest and had plenty of food and shelter to last through the winter back in the day. Our lives have certainly changed since those times but not the need for giving thanks. We are just starting the Thanksgiving time of the year. Since this year has been a very trying time make sure you acknowledge your gratitude a little more often. It is better to give than receive.
      I have had gratitude and have been thankful and proud for being able to become part of the Masonic Brotherhood since the day I joined. It has allowed me to become a better person and that is something nobody can take away from you. I am thankful for meeting and getting to know all my Brothers at Lodge 192, Shriners and Scottish Rite and throughout the Masonic Family. So Thank You Masonic Family.

  On Sept 22, 2020 Mayor Cathy Murillo read our 100-year Anniversary Certificate of Commemoration at the SB City Council Meeting. We had sent a 100-year Anniversary Coin to the Mayor and each City Council member before the meeting.

If you are interested in purchasing a 100-year Anniversary coin give Jay a call @ 805-403-8039. Coins are $10 each.


See the Santa Barbara City Proclamation and the Front and Back of our commemoration coins. These are on display in the Santa Barbara Masonic Center.

Until next time Nobles                                                                        
Stay Safe

Jay Lockwood
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Turn Clocks Back 1 hour
November 1
Did you know... 
Blame Ben? Benjamin Franklin’s “An Economical Project,” written in 1784, is the earliest known proposal to “save” daylight. It was whimsical in tone, advocating laws to compel citizens to rise at the crack of dawn to save the expense of candlelight:

“Every morning, as soon as the Sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing: and if that is not sufficient, let cannon be fired in every street to wake the sluggards effectually… . Oblige a man to rise at four in the morning, and it is probable that he will go willingly to bed at eight in the evening.”
National Deviled Egg Day!
November 2
Did you know... 
Deviled eggs are simply hard boiled eggs, cut in half, and filled with — well, whatever you prefer!

Deviled eggs are believed to have originated in ancient Rome where they were typically served as a first course. First print reference is in 1786 which named this dish “deviled eggs” because “deviled” foods are highly seasoned, fried, or boiled.
Election Day!
November 3
Did you know... 
The popular vote - the number of votes received by each candidate - will have nothing to do with determining the winner of the November 3rd general election.

That comes down to the "electoral college" vote. A simple majority of 270 out of the 538 votes available wins the White House. This makes some states very important to candidates, as more populous states have a bigger number of electoral votes.
Veterans Day!
November 11
Did you know...
Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for our military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. In 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" to account for all veterans in all wars.

Thanksgiving Day!
November 26
Did you know... 
In November 1621, after the first successful corn harvest, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast. He invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”— although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time. 
Poem of the Month
                       Check your thoughts against your values
Masonic Acrostic 
by Bruce Rick
M is men working for perfection and happiness 

A is a love of God and Man

S is a search  for truth in every encounter based upon our values.

is for our only qualifications are an unblemished reputation and virtuous conduct

N is for new information that is taken in everyday, questioned against what                                    we know and then reflected in our daily life.
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