Volume 67  Number   4  April 2021 

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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 April theme is "Duty". Read the many articles addressing this theme.

The flowers on this month's cover are daisies, representing innocence and transformation. Daises are known to bloom in April along with thundershowers; the start of "April showers..." and "she loves me, she loves me not..."

It was a treat to see the Ladies at the Scottish Rite Valley St. Patrick's Day virtual dinner. 

This issue continues the series of talks on the working tools of a Freemason and how they apply to non-Masons also.

Hope those of you in the Santa Barbara California area have signed up for the April 21st Blood Drive being hosted by the Santa Barbara Lodge No. 192. See the flyer.

Read the Grand Master's April Proclamation on "Public Schools Month".

Remember to open at least one of your Rituals on the Fourth Monday of the Month.

You don't have to be a Knights Templar to join in the virtual Grand Encampment of Knights Templar Easter Observance on April 4th. See the link to the website in the Knights Templar section of our newsletter.

Hope to see you in a Zoom meeting for a little longer.

Bruce Rick, Editor and Publisher
Andy Pippin, Finance


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Freemason's Working Tools
Our series on the "Working Tools of a Mason" shows the relationship of "operative" and "speculative" tools used to aid a Freemason to achieve a purposeful, principled, righteous life.                                       
These tools are separated for teaching as:
Entered Apprentice
Twenty-four-inch Gauge
Chipping Gavel

Fellow Craft
Master Mason

The Square, Level, and Plumb Working Tools 

by Bruce A. Rick

The Working Tools of a Mason that are, almost always, talked about together are the Square, the Level, and the Plumb. In operative masonry, these are the essential tools for erecting any structure. In speculative Freemasonry, these are seen as essential in many different ways and are prominently seen on the jewel of each of the three Masonic Lodge principal officers. The jewel is not a precious stone but rather the value of the item symbolized. The Master wears the Square as a symbol of Morality, the Senior Warden wears the Level as a symbol of Equality, and the Junior Warden wears the Plumb as a symbol of Upright Living.

If you ask a builder the importance of the square, level and plumb, you are sure to be told that without them there would be no building trade. For the Freemason these tools are required for building our moral selves.

The Square or builder’s square is two equal flat-edged metal or wooden arms fixed that form a perfect “right angle” – or 90-degree angle. In stonemasonry, the square allows the artisan to draw and carve perfect square corners. Perfectly square corners are critical to ensuring structures do not lean and are structurally sound. In Freemasonry, this symbol we see it used to teach lessons of morality. The idea that being “square” in your actions denotes being honest and fair.

In Freemasonry, the Level and the Plumb are usually spoken of together. They really belong together, as much in moral teaching as in practical building. The Level is used to check horizontals, the Plumb to check perpendiculars.

Freemasonry sees the Level as a symbol of equality indicating that all men have the same duties to God and the same responsibilities and rights before his fellow man. All are individuals, but should be a universal brotherhood before God where men can achieve mutual respect and understanding regardless of their differences. In addition. The Level suggests we seek to attain a peaceful and balanced state of mind, undisturbed by the passions that upset and sway us.

A Plumb is a string or cord with a free-swinging mass attached to the end so that when held it will come to rest perpendicular to the horizontal due the gravitational forces. As such, the Plumb is a symbol of right, and proper social and moral behavior. The Plumb must be connected by a line to something above it in order to adequately and properly do its job. The Plumb that is used in Freemasonry is connected to the Great Architect of the Universe. The other force that acts upon the Plumb is gravity. Gravity to the builder exists to keep things grounded. This same gravity is used in Freemasonry as the Holy Book of the Law. The Book of the Law is the earthly bound thing that connects us to the Great Architect of the Universe by the lifeline represented by the Plumb Line.
The world, and Freemasonry as a whole, would be better served, if we would each remember the simple uses of the Square, Level, and Plumb, and to act upon their deeper meanings and inferences.
by Rob Morris

This poem, written in August 1854, is the most popular of the series. Fifteen Musical compositions have been set to it, and either as song or rendering it has gone the rounds of the Masonic world.
We meet upon the level and we part upon the square
These words have precious meaning and are practiced everywhere
Come let us contemplate them, they are worthy of a thought
From the ancient times of Masonry these symbols have been taught
We meet upon the level, every country, sect and creed
The rich man from his mansion, the poor man from the field
For wealth is not considered within our outer door
And we all meet on the level upon the checkered floor.

We act upon the Plumb the Junior Warden states
We walk upright throughout our lives, we seek the pearly gates
The All-seeing Eye that reads our hearts doth bear us witness true
That we shall try to honor God and give each man his due
We part upon the square as all good Masons do
We mingle with the multitude a faithful band and true
So the brotherhood of Masonry from every corner come
To meet upon the level and act upon the plumb.

There's a world where all are equal we're coming to it fast
We shall meet upon the level there when the days on earth are past
We shall stand before the altar and our Master will be there
To try the blocks we offer with his own unerring square
We shall meet upon the level there but never thence depart
There's a Mansion---tis all ready for each trusting, faithful heart
There's a Mansion and a welcome and a multitude is there
Who have met upon the level and been tried upon the square.

Let us meet upon the level then while these earthly ties we share
And just hope we're there to answer when the roll is called up there
As we travel through our lifespan time aids us prepare
To gather up our working tools and part upon the square
So remember all our teachings, that bright fraternal chain
We part upon the square below to meet in heaven again
These words have precious meaning and are practiced everywhere
We meet upon the level and we part upon the square.

Santa Barbara Masonic Lodge No. 192
Trestle Board
Tue Mar 2nd – Stated Meeting - 7:30pm.                                              Zoom id:357 784 5578                                                      (passcode: SB192)    
Tue Mar 16th – Rough Ashlars Group - 7:00pm                                  to 8:00pm. Same Zoom info as                                    above. 
 Join our "Rough Ashlars" Group

Rough and perfect ashlar are stones that serve to symbolize a man’s spiritual and moral life. Stonecutting to make perfect sizes and shapes is not easy and requires the experience that only true craftsmen have. Freemasonry aids men in proving themselves as those that can make ashlars in the plan designed by the Great Architect of the Universe.

Our Santa Barbara Lodge No. 192 "Rough Ashlars" group is simply following the plan: having fellow Brothers check our work (progress in meeting our weekly goals of improvement), sharing our efforts to help others and work to make corrections in our daily lives. Currently, the monthly meetings are via Zoom and are open to all.

You don't have to be a Freemason to chat and learn!
Options to reserve a time to donate blood:

1. Use this direct link:  
Schedule Your Blood Donation With The Red Cross and Santa Barbara Lodge No. 192

2. Contact the American Red Cross directly at its 
Donate Blood. Give Life | Red Cross Blood see "Find a Blood Drive" and enter our sponsor code SBMASONICLODGE192     

3. Or email WM Chris Veres directly: 
with "BLOOD DRIVE" in the subject line and he will enter your requested time slot for you.

Brothers wanting to volunteer with the administration of the Blood Drive (building security, directions, etc.) please contact WM Chris Veres at divingdutchman1982@yahoo.com  
redcrossblood.org | 1-800-RED CROSS
Lodge 192
Third Degree Anniversary This Month

David  Bates            Yrs.  3
Nikolay  Seraphim          5 
Paul  Svacina                     7
Jay  Lockwood                  7
David  Bacon                   18
John  Bigelow                 25
Karl  Schapel                  30
Ronald  Stern                 53
Lodge 192

                                Robert        Williams                   04/04
                               Jacques       Benoit                        04/05
                               Pedro           De La Cruz               04/08
                               Richard       Cook                           04/08
                               Mark            Spurlock-Brown    04/11
                               Nathan        Roller                         04/11
                               Robert         Lehman, Jr.             04/12
                               Robert         Jones                          04/16
                               Bradford     Eastman                   04/16
                               Eddie            Saade                         04/16
                               Ernest          Ferrel                         04/18
                               Mark            Evans                          04/29
Oldest Living Member of  Santa Barbara Lodge No. 192 
John Ben Brown - is 102 years old.
               Santa Barbara Lodge No. 192 Officers
                              Worshipful Master  Chris Veres
                              Senior Warden         Mark Spurlock-Brown
                              Junior Warden           
                              Treasurer                     Rod Castillo
                              Secretary                      Nevin Chamberlain, PM
                              Chaplain                       Bob Burtness
                              Senior Deacon            Alexander Black
                              Junior Deacon            Ernie Sandoval
                              Marshal                         Calvin Petersen, PM
                              Senior Steward          David Bates
                              Junior Steward          Kent Van Donge
                              Tiler                                Raul Anon, PM
From the East - Station of the Worshipful Master 

Chris Veres
Brethren, Greetings from the East! 
   The theme for this month’s issue is: Duty- duty to improve ourselves and the world around us.  I like this theme in particular, because it echoes the larger purpose of our fraternity- that of making good men better.  The Blue Lodge builds toward this goal throughout its degree structure.  The First Degree teaches us how to divide our time and which activities we should be prioritizing.  The Second teaches us to be reflective and contemplative, and provides a curriculum for lifelong study.  But this type of inner work is building the foundation, as it were, for the larger purpose of taking our bettered selves out into the wider world.  The primary working tool of the Third Degree focuses not on inner work, but on interpersonal relations; we should be out there spreading brotherly love.  And in the Third Degree, the Master’s final statement to the candidate entreats him to “convince the world by your acts that on becoming a Master Mason you have become a better man” (emphasis added).  He is explicitly told to walk the walk - to do such good that it is objectively apparent to others that a positive change has occurred.  The fact that each degree offers “working” tools to the brethren further emphasizes the action-oriented nature of the job we’ve taken on.  If we’re not deliberately engaged in building, are we Masons?

    It was with such thoughts in mind that the "Rough Ashlar" group was formed, and we continue to meet to share our personal goals, progress, and difficulties.  The individual goals shared have been wide-ranging: from the scholastic to the physical to the mental to the spiritual and more.  Some are day-to-day in nature, while others are more far-ranging and abstract.  At the last meeting, Bro. Bob Burtness talked about a volunteer effort in which he’s been engaged for many years, and I’d like to take a moment to share it.

   In the ‘80s a group of volunteers formed the Santa Barbara Theatre Organ Society to raise funds to purchase and install a pipe organ for the Arlington Theatre.  The 20-ton, 7,000-piece organ (!) arrived in 1986 and was painstakingly assembled.  (See the attached photo of a very dapper Bro. Burtness with the organ.)  The following is a YouTube link for a presentation wherein he reviews the history of this amazing instrument: https://youtu.be/do2ST3d_CPw.  Thanks Bro. Burtness!  

 If anyone wants to participate in the "Rough Ashlar" conversations, feel free to join in via Zoom. Many thanks to Bro. Bruce Rick for diligently sending out notifications with all the Zoom info every month!

    If anyone is looking for an opportunity to perform a good act of service for the community, the Red Cross blood drive hosted at our lodge building is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21st.  For now, reservation spots to donate blood are still being held for the brethren and their friends and family, but when April comes around, any remaining time slots will be opened to the public. So reserve your appointment now by clicking https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=SBMasonicLodge192, or feel free to email me at divingdutchman1982@yahoo.com.  

And as always, email me if you don’t want to give blood but would still like to help by volunteering at the event.

Hope to see you soon,
Bob Burtness and the Arlington Theater Pipe Organ
From the Secretary

Nevin Chamberlain
    As we begin the second year of the COVID pandemic, there is light at the end of the tunnel as they used to say in the Vietnam war days.

     Just this week (March 18) Santa Barbara got the clearance for limited in house dining and the beginning of authority to use work out facilities. However, the Grand Lodge of California has not felt that it could authorize a return to normal Masonic activity yet, so we do what we can to stay prepared. 

     We can’t affiliate or raise any members, but unfortunately we can lose members. In the last month, we have said goodbye to three members. We were informed in all cases that the brother had passed away months and even years before 2021.

     Norman Wilden petitioned Magnolia Lodge #242 and became a member of Santa Barbara Lodge upon merging. He received his third degree on June 6, 1960 and passed away on April 22, 2018. He was employed as an electrician in his working days.

   The next posthumous notice that we received was for Jonathon Dean Elson. Brother Elson was a retired officer for the California Highway Patrol and was a Past Master of Santa Barbara Lodge in 1987. Dean left Santa Barbara and retired in Enterprise, Oregon. He passed away on November 6, 2019. The third passing of a member of the Lodge was Edward David Harwin, a son of Jerry Harwin who was a longtime jeweler in Santa Barbara. Eddie retired to the Lake Tahoe area, and was never active in Lodge affairs.

    The Masonic Service Association posed interesting questions in the Emessay notes for March, 2021. “List a few teachers who aided your journey through school”; “Name three friends who helped you through a difficult time”; “Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special”; “Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile”. 

    “The lesson. The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who care. In your Masonic life who are the teachers, advisors, and friends you remember the most? Who has helped you the most in your pursuits, or in time of need? On the other hand, is it possible that YOU are a person who may be remembered kindly by others? Might you be on someone else’s list of memories?”

    As of today, the list of members who have yet to pay dues for 2021 is down to 40. Many brothers have paid by credit card by paying through Grand Lodge. Paying this way means that you have to print your dues receipt yourself. If you sent a check to the Secretary, he will print your receipt and send it to you. If you have any questions, call me at 966-4511.

                                                                   Nevin Chamberlain, Secretary            

One of the most frequently corrected errors experienced in Lodge is the failure of a Warden to raise or lower his column appropriately.

Let an absent-minded Junior Warden forget to lower his column when the lodge is called from refreshment to labour, and many a frantic gesture from the side lines will remind him of his dereliction!

Almost every Brother sitting in the lodge room knows the proper position of the Wardens’ columns during labour or at refreshment, and will hasten to signal a Warden if the emblem of his office is awry. ”Up in the West during labor; down in the West at refreshment. Down in the South during labor; up in the South at refreshment.” Every Brother knows that simple rule for positioning the Wardens’ columns.

It is generally believed, as stated in Mackey’s Encyclopedia, that the Senior Warden’s column represents the pillar Jachin, while the Junior Warden’s column represents the pillar Boaz, those having been impressive adornments on the Porch of King Solomon’s Temple. Their names signify Establishment and Strength.

If asked for a symbolic explanation of these pieces of furniture, the average Craftsman will reply that the Junior Warden’s column represents the pillar of beauty and the Senior Warden’s, the pillar of strength. But what has become of the Worshipful Master’s column???

He represents the pillar of wisdom,“because it is necessary that there should be wisdom to contrive, strength to support, and beauty to adorn all great and important undertakings.”

Some Brethren will explain further that the Wardens’ columns are miniature  representations of the pillars usually stationed in the West, where at one time both Wardens sat, one in the shade of Boaz, the other in the shade of Jachin. Such an arrangement of the Wardens’ positions may still be found in some European lodges whose rituals have come from Continental sources.

There is no simple explanation of the origin of the Wardens’ columns nor of what they represent. Like much in Masonic ritual, they are the result of some interesting changes; yet all well-informed Brethren will agree that today they are emblematical of the offices of the two Wardens, and represent the authority, of the Senior during labour, and of the Junior while the lodge is at refreshment.

As a matter of fact, the raising and lowering of the Wardens’ columns made their first appearance in Masonic ritual as late as 1760, (well into the period known as Speculative Masonry). The “Three Distinct Knocks”, a well-known expose of Masonic ritual published in London that year, contains the first description of the Wardens’ use of their columns.

Unfortunately, there has been comparatively little written about the Wardens’ columns and their uses to show when they were allocated to those officers, or how and when the raising and lowering of these miniature pillars became a part of the proper procedure in Masonic lodges. It is only from such exposés as those noted above that one can assign an approximate date to the beginning of the practice.

To those who like Masonic traditions neat and historically logical, it may be disconcerting to learn that in some lodges the Wardens did not have columns on their pedestals. They had truncheons, whose modern function is to serve as billy clubs for policemen.

An Irish lodge in the 18th century had a by-law reading: ”there is to be silence at the first chap of the Master’s hammer, and likewise at the first stroke of each Trenchen struck by the Senr and Junr Wardens.”

The Rev. George Oliver (1782-1867), a prolific English writer about Freemasonry, quotes an inventory of a lodge at Chester, England, in 1761, which includes ”two truncheons for the Wardens.” There are still lodges today which denominate the Wardens’ emblems of authority as truncheons, not columns.

There can be no doubt that the Wardens’ columns are the result of Freemasonry’s interest in the art of building and of architecture and its allied skills and sciences. The operative masons devoted much time and thought to the design, construction, and ornamentation of columns and pillars. The orders of architecture were an important body of knowledge with which they were continuously concerned.

The mediaeval cathedral builders, however, attached greater significance to the ancient pillars erected by the children of Lamech than to those on the porch of King Solomon’s Temple. On these ancient pillars were engraved all the then known sciences to preserve them from destruction by fire or inundation. As such, they symbolized the esoteric importance of the knowledge of the builder’s art to be guarded and preserved by faithful craftsmen.

In many of the earliest documents of the Craft, the so-called “Old Charges” or ”manuscript constitutions”, some of which antedate the period of Speculative Freemasonry by at least 300 years, those primitive pillars of the sons of Lamech are a part of the “history” of the operative Craft. The Temple of Solomon is inconspicuously mentioned, but the two pillars on the porch of that temple do not appear at all.

It was not until approximately 1700 that King Solomon’s Pillars began to appear in Masonic writing and ritual documents and it also answers two test questions about pillars as follows: “How many pillars is in your Lodge? Three. What are these? Ye square, the Compas and ye bible.”

Because of the secrecy maintained by Masons about ritualistic matters, it is on the ritual texts of 18th century exposés that we depend for knowledge of the part played by pillars in the development of the Craft’s rituals and ceremonies.

The Grand Mystery of Freemasons Discovered, 1724, mentions the pillars of Solomon’s Temple, but gives them this significance: they represent the “Strength and Stability of the Church in all ages.”

Samuel Prichard’s ‘Masonry Dissected’, 1730, the first expose to reveal a third degree in English Masonic ritual, refers to “Three Pillars” that “support the Lodge as “Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty.”

This seems to be the earliest mention of those three virtues symbolized by pillars, which of course had no reference to those in the “Old Charges” or to those on the Porch of Solomon’s Temple. They were purely symbolic; they had not yet become a part of the lodge furniture.

In those early days of Speculative Masonry, the Wardens’ duties were probably different from those they have now. Some writers believe they had duties similar to those of the Deacons today. They had no pedestals or pillars, because the latter were usually drawn on the floor, or “floor cloth”, to be referred to during ritualistic instruction, but were certainly not then a part of the Wardens’ equipment.

The other interpretation of the Wardens’ columns as representations of Jachin and Boaz, the two pillars of Solomon’s Temple, was also introduced into Masonic ritual at an early period of Speculative Masonry. Again, it is in the exposes of the early rituals that this development can be traced.

In ‘A Mason’s Examination’, 1723, appears this test question: “Where was the first Lodge kept? In Solomon’s Porch; the two Pillars were called Jachin and Boaz.” Nothing, however, establishes a connection between the pillars and the Wardens.

The Grand Mystery, etc. mentioned above also names the two pillars Jachin and Boaz. A number of other such publications in the 1720’s and 1730’s also identify them by those names.

How miniature representations of Jachin and Boaz came to the pedestals of the Senior and Junior Wardens is still a matter for speculation; obviously it is a part of the variegated development of Masonic ritual in the 18th century.

As symbols of the pillars on the Porch of King Solomon’s Temple, or as representations of the three principal orders of architecture which the three principal officers of a lodge symbolize, they are to be found in the earliest catechisms and lectures of Speculative Freemasonry.

Undoubtedly, as suggested by contemporary references and illustrations, the pillars soon became artistically designed pieces of furniture to stand in the lodge room as objects for study. There was probably no uniformity of practice in this development. Some lodges had large columns, some small, some drew them on the floor cloth. Some had no pillars at all.

From the creation of such pillars, and from their association with the three principal officers of the lodge. undoubtedly came the columns of the Wardens. They are relics of those earlier larger pieces of lodge furniture. From the traditions of operative craft lodges had lingered the conception of the Senior Warden as the officer in charge of the workmen; his column naturally represented his authority and superintendence. To give the Junior Warden some similar authority, an imaginative speculative ritualist probably hit on the idea of putting him in charge of the Craft during refreshment. That idea had been foreshadowed in Bro. James Anderson’s 1723 English Constitutions, Regulation XXIII put the Grand Wardens in charge of the annual Feast.

By 1760, as suggested by the publication of ‘Three Distinct Knocks’, the Wardens of a lodge had acquired miniature columns representing the pillars, Jachin and Boaz, which they carried in processions and raised or lowered on their pedestals to indicate whether the lodge was at labour or refreshment. That procedure was apparently confirmed by the Lodge of Promulgation which paved the way for the union in 1813 of the “Modern” and ”Ancient” Grand Lodges in England.

Thus the raising and lowering of the Wardens’ columns became sanctioned by custom and Grand Lodge approval. It is not a complicated or mysterious symbolic act; it is a simple means to indicate silently to entering Brethren the status of the lodge.

Since the Junior Warden’s column is erect during refreshment, logic suggests that it be similarly arranged when the lodge is closed, i.e., not at labour. Generally, however, the Wardens’ columns are left just as they happen to be placed at the time of closing, except in those Jurisdictions whose official ritual has decreed a proper positioning of the Wardens’ columns at closing.

Nigel Gallimore


The Pillars in the Masonic Home at Union City, California 
by Bruce Rick

When one enters the foyer at the Masonic Homes at Union City, the eyes are drawn to the staircase with the globe-topped pillars, which have been retained through all of the building restorations since the original construction in 1898.

A closer look at the carved wood pillars reveals many Freemasonry symbols. 

The twin pillars are symbolic of the two columns that stood at the entrance to King Solomon’s Temple, and represent the equilibrium between two opposite forces. The globe on the right hand side of the staircase represents the Earth, and the globe on the left side represents the Heavens and that the Creator is present in the Heavens and on Earth. Twin pillars, like these, are seen in most Masonic lodges. The globes are atop Corinthian style capitals with Acanthus leaves, which is the most common style used. A unique design for these globe pedestals is the use of three steps, just under the globes, another significant Masonic symbol, most often related to Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

Corinthian Style


The Heavens Globe on Masonic Steps  The Earth Globe on Masonic Steps

A side note here is that one can see the three Masonic steps on the Rough Ashlar fountain in front of the Sedam Building Auditorium. 

Placed upon each face of the right side Earth column cap is a special Masonic symbol. The right pillar symbols are the Star, Scythe, Maul and Spade, and Compass.


Star--leads us to our Redeemer                        Scythe--time, cuts the brittle                                                                                     thread of life and launches us                                                                                    into eternity

Setting Maul and Spade--our                          Compass--live in moderation                                                                                     mortality

On the left side Heavens pillar the symbols are the Pythagorean Theorem, Square, Level, and Plumb. 




                Level--all men are equal                              Plumb--live uprightly

These may be Masonic symbols, but the ideas they represent apply to all men and women who walk through these portals. 

The Masons of California are to be congratulated on their building and continued support of the Masonic Homes of California, as well as Masonic Outreach Services, that help California Masons and their wives, widows, or children.
The Fellow Craft Degree features the Five Orders of Architecture: Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan and Composite. So the question becomes: Where do the Five Orders of Architecture come from? The answer is that they are laid out in a book published in 1562 called the Canon of the Five Orders of Architecture by a Roman architect named Giacomo Barozzi Da Vignola.

Our rituals, as a general rule are reasonably straight forward and self explanatory, but on occasion some matters are only touched upon briefly and in consequence, can leave one puzzled about their full meanings. One such matter is the phrase, FIVE HOLD A LODGE IN ALLUSION TO THE FIVE NOBLE ORDERS OF ARCHITECTURE, 

Joseph Gwilt in ‘The Encyclopaedia of Architecture’ explains the term ‘order’, thus:

“An Order in architecture is a certain assemblage of parts subject to uniform established proportions, regulated by the office that each part has to perform”

The origin of the five Orders are thus.

— The Doric order originated on the mainland and western Greece and is the simplest of the orders.
— The Ionic order came from eastern Greece and its origins are entwined with the little known, Aeolic order.
— The Corinthian order is the most ornate of the Greek orders and is characterized by the slender fluted column with ornate capitals decorated with two rows of acanthus leaves and four scrolls.
— It was the Romans that adapted all the Greek orders and  developed two other orders which were modifications of the Greek orders, but they were not named or formalised as  Tuscan and Composite,  until the Renaissance period. Therefore, the Tuscan order was a very plain design, with a plain shaft, and a simple capital, base, and frieze and the Composite order is a mixed order, combining the volutes of the Ionic with the leaves of the Corinthian order.

Prior to the discovery of the Arch, it was primitive man that discovered the fundamental building principle of the upright and lintel, that is, the use of two upright posts supporting a beam or lintel. This made it possible to add doorways and windows and is found in early buildings all over the world.

But what are the peculiarities of these different orders? First, let us look at the term, Noble. A diligent search through many encyclopedias, dictionaries, books of knowledge and books specifically relating to architecture, has failed to reveal the term and this suggests that it is only used in Masonic literature, but is not conclusive. However, Mitchell Beazleys ‘Pocket Guide to Architecture’ refers to these five orders as Classical Orders, so it can be assumed that both of these terms are synonymous. 

Some columns, but not all, are supported by a Pedestal, usually of square section. This can take the form of a square, shallow, plain block, but where a higher pedestal is used, say up to a third of the height of the complete unit, it consists of a Base, a Dado, which can be plain or ornamented and a Cornice. The column proper is also divided into two or three named parts. First the Base, which is a series of annulets or ring-like moldings, the Shaft and the Capital, which by its design, is the manner by which each order is recognized. It is interesting to note that the Greeks were the first to establish the orders and the Romans followed suit, making some alterations, modifications and additions.

The Doric Order,was the First to be established by the Greeks. It was the one which they employed predominantly in their buildings. The general consensus is that the column was developed from earlier wooden forms. This, from the resemblance of cornice details to the forms used in early carpentry. By the seventh century B.C., the type had arrived at a definite form and subsequent improvements led to the production of the perfected order of the fifth century B.C. Examples are to be found in the Parthenon and the Propylaea at Athens, and was in continual use by the Greeks until the second century B.C. An outstanding feature of the Greek Doric column is that it has no base and a more substantial shaft than the other orders. It is generally treated with twenty flutes and it terminates in a simple capital of a group of annulets, a convex curved molding which is referred to as the Echinus and a square slab called the Abacus on top. The Roman Doric was derived from the Greek, but the design was probably influenced by the appealing aspect of a more slender shaft developed by the Etruscans. This column was not frequently used, but examples may be viewed in the Coliseum and the Theatre of Marcellus. The Roman Doric also differs from the Greek in that it incorporates a base and has some changes to the profile of the capital.

Although departing from the principle of explaining the orders chronologically, it is fitting to introduce at this point, the Tuscan Order. Established by the Sixteenth century Italians, it is of comparatively recent origin. A much simplified example of the Doric, it is unfluted and has no adornments on the capital. It is also known as the Roman Doric order referred to earlier.

The next Noble order to emerge was the Ionic which attained full development by the sixth century B.C. Primarily a creation of the artisans of Asia Minor, which is the Asian portion of Turkey, where some partially developed examples of the order have been located, it appeared in Greece in the fifth century B.C. The one complete example of Greek Ionic can be seen in the Erectheum. This is a temple built from Pentelic marble on the Acropolis in Athens. Greek Ionic columns are slender proportioned, their height generally being about nine times their lower diameter and usually having twenty four flutes. The capital is characterized by spiral scrolls known as Volutes. These scrolls are viewed at front and rear of the capital. The Roman Ionic differs from the Greek in the manner that the volutes protrude from the capital forming four corners. In both the Greek and the Roman, echinus moldings are used in conjunction with the scrolls and are generally highly ornamented.

The Corinthian is the most elaborate and highly decorated of all the orders, attaining its period of full development around the middle of the fourth century B.C. Strangely enough, the Greeks made very little use of it by comparison with the other orders. However, an excellent example is the circular Choragic Monument of Lysicrates at Athens which was erected in the year 335 B.C., but the most notable of the Corinthian temples is that of Zeus, also at Athens, the construction of which was begun in the second century B.C. and was completed by the Emperor Hadrian in the second century A.D. The Greek Corinthian column, except for its distinctive capital, is similar to the Ionic, but is even more slender. Legend has it that the design of the beautiful capital, devised of Acanthus leaves, can be attributed to Callimachus, who was a Hellenistic Greek poet and critic. This is remarkable because his actual stock in trade was schoolteacher and library worker at Alexandria. The Romans made use of the Corinthian Order in many works of imperial architecture. They gave it a special base, made carved additions to the cornice and made various innovations in the capital with more flamboyant leafage than the Greek, and in some cases using human and animal figures. The Pantheon in Rome, built by Agrippa in the year 27 B.C., rebuilt by the Emperor Hadrian in the second century A.D. and now a Christian church, embodies the prevailing examples of this order.

The manner in which the volutes or scrolls of the Ionic order protrude from four corners are, this configuration lent itself to the addition of the acanthus leaves of the Corinthian Order and it was thus that the Romans devised the Composite Order as early as the first century A.D. However, it was not until the sixteenth century that the codifiers actually named it Composite. It has since been employed extensively in public buildings worldwide.

We, as freemasons, are accustomed to seeing the Ionic, Doric and Corinthian columns in a free standing situation representing Wisdom, Strength and Beauty alongside the pedestals of the principal officers, but it must be realized that columns in their normal situations as parts of buildings, as well as being aesthetically pleasing, perform the function of supporting the upper portions of the structure. These upper parts are called Entablatures and can take several forms. In a building such as the Temple of Apollo at Didyama, the long rectangular entablature is around all four sides, whereas in the Pantheon, a triangular portion is added at the front of the porch way or entrance. This triangular entablature is used where a raked roof is employed and is consistent with the roof line. Entablatures, like Columns, are divided into named parts, such as the Architrave, which is directly above the columns. The portion above the architrave is called the Frieze, usually ornately ornamented. Above the frieze is the Cornice. In the case of a triangular portion being used, it also has named parts. The Cornices completely surround the triangular facade, which is called the Pediment, the upper, angled cornices being referred to as Raking Cornices.

Our craft esteems the Ionic, Doric and Corinthian represented in the columns of the Masters and Wardens Pedestals. In our rituals we are taught only of the Five Noble Orders But in reality there are SIX and the greatest and Noblest of all is GOTHIC.

From whence did it come? Who invented it? or did it just grow?

The Italians called it Gothic after the Goths who were supposedly an uncivilised group of savages from the North. We all know who were the uncivilised people from the North. The Germans, Russians and Scandinavians. It is likely that in Britain uncivilised thugs, the Crusaders on their trips to the Middle East, brought back to Western Europe and Britain, the idea of the Gothic Arch.

It is certain that the Norman Conquest started an era of building the like of which had never before been seen. The Normans or French developed vaulting which combined with the Gothic Arch gave grace and beauty to the interiors. Freemasonry was established with the Gothic, which ran from the twelfth century on. However there is no mention of Gothic in our ritual, with which our Masonic forebears worked more than any other.

Why is it left completely untouched ?

Did the ritual predate it? NO

It was most probable that it was protected by secrecy. The need to know, carefully guarded, so that no written records were allowed. Masonic lodges were in existence in the tenth century and to builders, “master masons “ The secrets of the Masonic arts were confined. Surely our ritual should acknowledge Gothic as a form of which we should have some education and recognition, the style, the period in which it appeared, it’s characteristics will lead us to a better understanding of Freemasonry, why we are here to-day and why Freemasonry is what it is?

All over England and Western Europe the Gothic style and form was so similar that it would seem to support the theory that Masonic lodges spread from country to country taking their secrets of construction and geometry with them. Indeed “Masons Marks” can be found in all the great churches and cathedrals regardless of religion.

In England there developed a lighter version known as “English Gothic” which melded Italianate with Gothic and developed into the architectural style used by Sir Christopher Wren to build St. Paul’s Cathedral. Sir Christopher Wren was considered a Freemason . Indeed a Grand Master, and he considered that Gothic belonged to Freemasonry, and that perhaps it did not originate from the Goths but from the Saracens as a visit to the Moorish built Alhambra Palace in Spain would show.

Wren was also Surveyor General of British works of architecture and was the foremost authority on the subject. It is believed that the early gothic masons worked only from a ground plan and projected the elevation with a square and the arches with a pair of compasses, this was thought by some to be because of the secrecy, but others thought that they had not yet developed the finesse in their plans.

With but a single given dimension the master mason, the Gothic architect developed their plans, section, and elevations by strictly geometrical means, using as modules regular polygons, above all the square.  This method of determining architectural proportions was so essential that it was most secret to the medieval lodges and was communicated only between Master Masons.

Fortunately documents survived that substantiate the use and importance of geometry in Gothic architecture, these being found in the minutes of a conference held in Milan dated 1391 and years following. The Milan Cathedral was begun in 1386, problems arose and master masons from France and Germany were called in to help. These discussions gave paramount importance to the use of geometry, the question being whether to use a square or an equilateral triangle.

Two aspects of Gothic architecture were without precedent, the unique relationship between form and function. The outstanding aspect of gothic was the use of light. The removal of non-structural walls and the use of many large and beautiful windows, helped by wonderful advances in stained glass, opened up the cathedrals. This gothic Architectural form was created in the minds of those whose visions were of mighty and glorious houses of God, earthly representations of a vision of the Heavenly City. The Gothic Cathedral, the most complete embodiment of the Gothic Spirit, and of the cathedral age, originated in the religious experience, the political and physical realities of twelfth century France. It became the expression in stone of the philosophy of the age, the speculations relative to existence and knowledge of the time. 

It was not until the end of the 15th Century that geometric proportioning secrets were published by Mathew Roriczer the builder of Regensburg Cathedral. He taught how to take the elevation from the ground plan by means of a single square. He also taught how to halve a square using only a square and compasses, producing squares that have areas increasing or decreasing in geometric progression. We now have some strong reasons for freemasons concentration on geometry. For they worked with it every minute of their day.  Hence in our ritual Geometry or Masonry originally synonymous terms.

Cathedrals were the centre of society. Together with the attached Masons’ Lodge, they were the centre of education and Art.  They encompassed schools and later Universities and Libraries. The curriculum of the medieval cathedral school is preserved in our Masonic Ritual for in addition to Theology and Philosophy the subjects taught were the seven liberal arts and sciences i.e. grammar, rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy.

The distinguishing characteristics of our order are Virtue, Honor and Mercy and may they ever be found in the breast of a Free and Accepted Mason.

We must remember that “Gothic Architecture” was protected by secrecy, allowing no cowans to participate, but requiring an apprenticeship to a Master Mason before one could become a Fellow-craft and share in the Rites and Secrets as we still observe them today. Much of this information comes from well known British Masonic authors Robert Gould’s “History of Freemasonry” and Bernard Jones’ “Freemasons Guide & Compendium” and a little time and a lot of reading and exploring.

Nigel Gallimore

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           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° 
Almoner                Donald Goldberg, 32°
Orator                    Robert Sachs, 32°
Prelate                   Harlan Gurney, 33°
                Elected Officers
Venerable Mstr.     Peter Champion, KCCH
Wise Master          Rusty Kern, 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,
Can you believe that it is April already and we are on daylight savings time, days are getting longer and we may get to open our meetings on a face to face basis in a few months. We can't wait to have our stated meetings at the Masonic Center and we will continue to have our zoom/chat meetings on the other Wednesday when we don't have a stated meeting. Businesses and schools are re-opening so we will have to be vigilant when driving.  

I sent everyone an email about the San Bernardino Scottish Rite fire, and the losses they have sustained. The fire did do a tremendous amount of damage to the roof and the interior of the building. the kitchen and dining room did not receive very much damage. Their RiteCare Center was severely damaged and their clinicians are teaching from home. I called John Noland, their Personal Representative and offered to help in any way or capacity, and he appreciated our concern. He did make arrangements to meet in different Blue Lodges in the area when we can again have face to face meetings. 

Our RiteCare clinicians have cancelled Camp Chit Chat again for this summer but may have a plan for the older kids for Brain Lab and FastForward, if we are able to meet. Our RiteCare Center received a $10,000.00 grant from the Towbes Foundation today. They have been supporting us for the last several years. 

By the time you read this we will have had the Remembrance and Renewal ceremony on Wednesday March 17, also St. Patrick's Day and a dinner is all done on zoom. This of course is a shortened rendition of our usual ceremony with robes etc., but we are remembering our Brothers who have passed away. Let us continue to have dinner at our stated meetings. we will start at 6:30 pm and of course, our ladies are invited to join us. 

Continue to visit us on zoom every week on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. Its fun and we get to see and find out what's happening in our valley. Stay safe and hope to see you on Zoom. 

The Orator's Corner

Robert Sachs, 32°

by Orator Bob Sachs
   Of this weighty word, the online etymological dictionary says “late 14c., duete, "obligatory service, that which ought to be done," also "the force of that which is morally right," from Anglo-French duete, from Old French deu "due, owed," hence "proper, just" (on the notion of "that which one is bound by natural, moral, or legal obligation to do or perform"); from Vulgar Latin *debutus, from Latin debitus, past participle of debere "to owe,"….  (https://www.etymonline.com/word/duty)

     Because we see in the definition the word “obligation,” it is easy to construe that obligation and duty are near one and the same.  But, even in our Blue Lodge First Degree, a distinction is drawn.   We are told that the obligation – what I would describe more as a solemn commitment - we are about to take does not interfere with duties we owe to God, our Country, our neighbor, or ourselves. Distinct from an obligation or commitment, which one could say is voluntary, duty here implies an indebtedness to these four important dimensions in our personal, collective, and spiritual life. As such, duty to these four forms the backbone of a moral and grateful life, without which any obligation taken cannot be truly embraced or sustained.

     The duties owed to each are distinct, yet interdependent. Let us look at duty in the context of each, starting with God.

     As Freemasons, we are to profess a belief in a Supreme Being, however our experience and faith reveals such to us. And if we embrace our Masonic quest for more light, we come to see more and more of the ineffable and transcendent in the natural and everyday. This journey conjures naturally within us a gratitude for the preciousness of this life and the opportunities it affords us. Learning that circumscribing our own desires brings greater richness into our lives, we can more easily experience the awe of just being a part of a magnificent design.  Taking time to further reflect, contemplate, and pray are the duties that demonstrate a cherishing of that bond with Supreme Presence.  

 Such acts of thought and piety foster a grounded understanding, which not only benefits us, but, if displayed in humble sincerity, evokes greater thought and reflection in others.
     Our duty to country is multi-dimensional.  On the most basic level, if there was no terra forma to stand upon, the natural elements it affords us in clean water and air, the soil to plant in what we then harvest, and the ground itself and resources needed to create shelters and all we conceive to sustain our physical being, we would be cut adrift in a non-viable, certainly not human condition. On this level alone, the indebtedness we owe to country – with a small “c” – is to do all we can to protect and preserve that over which we are told we have been delegated as stewards. To protect this environment for ourselves and future generations is not a political issue over which we should squabble.  It is common sense and sanity.

     Then there is country with a capital “C.”  Here, in the United States, our military and leaders take an oath to the Constitution set forth by our Founders. Over the generations, the understanding and additions to make this a “more perfect nation” has focused on creating greater inclusion and opportunity to all who come to these shores. Whilst there remain disparities, the debt to this country in espousing such noble ideals, is to act as citizens to further realizing those ideals.  Patriotism should be an expression of our indebtedness to these ideals and the freedoms and benefits that all should enjoy.

     Although we can sometimes feel lonely, we are never really alone. And although we may suffer from illusions of “rugged individualism” and the “self-made man,” these pat phrases demonstrate a lack of awareness to the backs, hands, challenges and encouragement others have offered physically, emotionally, or spiritually to our successes.  Upon reflection, we see we are by nature social beings, for rarely does our personal satisfaction or happiness in getting our way match the happiness we feel when we see another whom we care for receive that which brings them happiness. Furthermore, it is in the eyes, words, and actions of other human beings in the circles and communities in which we associate that we find mirrors to provide us with the love and feedback we need to grow.

    In these pandemic days, we can see the consequences in holding to a true indebtedness to promote the health and safety for the common good, and those who feel unjustly restricted and their individual rights trampled by mandates rooted in science and caring.

      Lastly, there is our duty to ourselves.  This duty is built upon the other three dimensions to which we are bound.

     Knowing our place in the greater scheme of things, taking care of our environment, protecting what we have so it is there for future generations, seeing our relationship with our neighbors as the grassroots way we ensure that we and others are taken care of in our homes and communities – these create the fertile ground for each of us, as the Supreme Grand Architect’s children, to flourish.  If we do not see this, we are ungrateful. Without gratitude, without seeing the logic of our debt to these three, then it is unlikely that we will have the awareness to know or understand what duty is to ourselves. 

      Duty to ourselves has an outer and inner dimension, both of which are inter-dependent and sustain and support the other.
      The blessing and grace of feeling Divine Presence, feeling safe and nurtured by our country, and be in in the presence of supportive neighbors affords one the time and opportunity to go inward and address the many ways our habits subvert our needs on all levels.  If we are fortunate we encounter a tradition that supports the growth of wisdom and light – whether it be in a religious or secular guise. For some, like Freemasons, more often than not, it will be both.

     But regardless of whether our external condition afford us the luxury, Freemasonry reminds us that it was by Divine design that we were endowed with the capacity to do the most important work in this life; the inner work, the path from the rough to the smooth – for which we have, over the millennium developed and refined the tools and practices to skillfully address the vicissitudes of life.  These tools and practices form the basis of the work in which we as Freemasons are engaged. At its core, the duty to ourselves is to not squander our God given birthright.

     The duties we are bound to in the profound relationship to God, country, neighbor, and ourselves are not burdens, but gifts.  They form the moral bedrock upon which each Degree’s obligation are based.  With them, the commitments in word and deed carry a force which will contribute to brightening every venture that promotes healing, happiness, and celebration for the Supreme Grand Architect who made it all possible.

Valley Membership Achievement Project (VMAP)
The picture accompanying this article is of an old Irish toast.  I happened across it just before St. Patrick’s Day and it got me to thinking, scary I know.  We all have been down roads less traveled to some extent, some of us more than others, but life is so unpredictable that we often forget just how fortunate we are in this country.  This toast really brings home the importance of living life to it’s fullest with friends and Brethren with whom to share it.

I am a very lucky fellow, for I have several “Brothers” across this great land.  Many are members of this great Masonic Fraternity, including our beloved Scottish Rite.  Others are from my military days with the United States Air Force.  And luckily, more than a few stand in both worlds.  Thus, this toast really bares more importance that a mere passing fancy and smile.

I have cheated death many times, some have started out with “Here, hold my beer” and others have just been incidents not of my doing, but for the mere fact I was “there”.  But in all cases, the hand of God was at play and a silent whisper of “Not today”.  The best steal of my life was the heart of the woman that is the mother of my children, a rocky road to be sure, but one of family and love for which I am most thankful.  To fight brings visions of physical altercations, but this is not always the case.  There are many ways to fight for a “Brother”, we but need only to reach for the phone and call and talk to one another or stop by and just spend time talking with each other.  Our Zoom meetings are a great example of “fighting for a Brother”.  And lastly, if ya drink, drink with me!!  This too has many connotations, but mostly, give thought to each other as we go through our daily toils.  But I will always have ice handy!

April brings the promise of spring, a renewal and a freshness for the future.  I hope for in person meetings, and soon to start our degrees up again in preparation of binging Brethren into our Scottish Rite family.  Until that time, we look for ways to keep it fresh and relevant.  Being able to visit the Masonic Temple again will be like a new world, it will take some time to get back into the familiar again.  Like many of you, I look forward to it.

JC Knapp, VMAP Chair  
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Sean C. Simms, 32˚
Rosalyn Y. Collins
Debbie Kleinpeter
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Andy Pippin, 32◦, KCCH
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Scott M. Wenz, 32˚, KCCH
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Notes From The Staff

The Language Center has been working hard this past year finding new funding opportunities as well as seeking funding from previous local foundations. We have been working with a grant writer who has been very successful for us. In the past, Summer and Julie were actively pursuing and writing the grants as well as performing all the other duties at the center. Richard Dunn, grant writer, is able to take the lead role in writing and helps Julie in finding new funding sources.

The City of Santa Barbara released funding for non-profits under a COVID-19 relief program. We submitted the grant application and were thrilled to find out we were awarded $15,000 in July, 2020! It was a competitive field of applicants so we felt very fortunate to receive this funding! The City Council made the announcement at a public council meeting where we all viewed it live stream. It was really fun to hear our name announced!

Our next big news came from the Santa Barbara Foundation. We were awarded $10,000 in January, 2021. We had the help from not only Richard but also from Art Salazar, Executive Vice President/Secretary of the California Scottish Rite Foundation. Many times, funders have specific questions to find out more about our financials. Fortunately, we are a good team and Art fielded many of the financial questions that sealed the deal for the Santa Barbara Foundation to grant us $10,000!

Most recently, we were awarded another $10,000 from the Towbes Foundation. We have a good relationship with this funder but nothing is guaranteed in the non-profit world of grants, especially with funds being tight because of the past year's struggles. This funding put more huge smiles underneath all of our masks!

This year we feel like our efforts over the years are coming to fruition. We have worked extremely hard developing exciting and unique therapy programs for children in our community. We have done community outreach by hosting language screenings at the library and hosting parent education programs.  We have attended events for non-profits to meet funders and countless other 'behind the scenes' activities to strengthen our relationships with funders. We have striven to make Santa Barbara RiteCare well-known in Santa Barbara County and it's working! 

For all the grants we have received, there are an equal number of grants we weren't awarded. Knowing this, each award is celebrated and appreciated.

Our board is working on creating a fun and engaging event for our supporters in the fall.  We will host a sunset sail off our coastline. If you would like to be a sponsor for this event please get in touch with our President, Sean Simms.

Speaking of our board, we have room for active new members. If you have a special place in your heart for helping children, please consider being on our board! The board meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Currently, we meet online so you can be anywhere and help our Santa Barbara RiteCare. Please get in touch with Sean seancsimms6@gmail.com if you are interested and want more information.

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Communications on the First Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September and November (7:00pm)

         Officers for 2021

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

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Our next Corinthian Chapter No. 51 meeting will be via Zoom on May 5th at 7:00 pm.  Red coat and tie are appropriate.   

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Anno Inventionis (A.I.) in Royal Arch Chapters
Anno Inventionis (A.I.) is Latin for “Year of Discovery.” This calendar is in use by Royal Arch Masons to date time from the year that the Second Temple build was started by Zerubbabel. This adds 530 to the “common time” therefore the year 2021 becomes 2551. 

Although there is little detail written about Zerubbabel, it is believed that he, along with other Israelites were held in captivity in Persia for many years. Persian King Darius allowed Zerubbabel to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple after many years in captivity. When Zerubbabel arrived at the site of the first temple (King Solomon's Temple), they began excavating and are believed to have discovered various artifacts associated with the first Temple.

Originally, in Latin, vulgaris meant “the common people”, i.e., those not born to royalty. This was long before vulgar came to mean “coarse and rude”.

The term "Common Era or Common Time" goes back to early English when the “Vulgar Era” was used to distinguish dates on the Ecclesiastic calendar in popular use from the year of reign of a sovereign. 

Check the certificate to see if I am right.


Bruce Rick, PHP

 Ventura Council No. 15
           Cryptic Masons of California

Assemblies on the Third Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November (7:00 pm)

               Ventura Council No. 15
           Cryptic Masons of California

                       Officers for 2021

Lynn R. Wallingford, IPM            Illustrious Master
Raymond A. Broomfield, IPM     Deputy Master
Frederick "Tiny" Potter, MPIGM Treasurer
Andrew B. Pippin, IPM                 Recorder

Jewel of the Illustrious Master
The Trowel is a symbol to teach that proper cement is required in order to unite the building blocks of a temple, and the perfection of the construction depends upon the correct placement of the cement.

In construction, concrete is the final product made from rough material and cement. Cement is the binding agent. 

The Freemason, having examined the building blocks and found them to be of good work, secures them permanently in place by spreading, with the Trowel, the cement that forever binds them together.

The noble and glorious purpose of spreading the cement of brotherly love and affection, that cement which unites the members of the fraternity into one sacred band or society of Brothers among whom no contention should ever exist.

Ventura Council No. 15 of Cryptic Masons holds their assembly on the Third Monday of January, March, May, July, September, and November (7:00 P.M.) at the Ventura Masonic Center in Ventura CA.


Conclaves on the First Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October and December (7:00pm)

St. Omer Commandery No. 30
Knights Templar

Officers for 2021
Commander              Jon Jorgensen
Generalissimo          Raul Anon
Captain General       TBD
Treasurer                  TBD
Recorder                   Andy Pippin

Jewel of the Eminent Commander

Here we are a year into the Covid pandemic shutdown of all Masonic in person activities. Hopefully we will be able to return to some form of in person assembly very soon.

Our next Zoom meeting will be April 7th at 7 PM. Sir Knight Andrew Pippin has been performing his wizardry of the zoom format and I hope he can come through again. If it is left up to me we will be using smoke signals!

Now as the Commander I think I am supposed to come up with some unique insight or words of wisdom for this monthly article but as you know that has never been a strong point for me. It is just about one foot in front of the other until we get out of the swamp and back to meeting as brothers should.

We need a minimum five Knights from our Commandery to hold a meeting. All Knights please try to attend. It will be a business only meeting so it should be fairly short. Uniforms are the order for the day.


Sir Knight
Jon Jorgensen

Meeting ID: 852 5071 9901
Passcode: 51and30
Direct link:

Knight Templar Sword Unsheathed
Sir Knights, 

Your sword may be taken from the scabbard at any time.


Sir Knight Bruce Rick, PC 

Knights Templar Easter Observance
Sir Knights,
Each year Knights Templar Commanderies around the world have an Easter Observance with almost all having readers tell the Easter Story from different chairs forming the Jerusalem Cross.

This year, many will be in a virtual setting. 

The Grand Commandery of California held a virtual Easter Observance on Saturday, March 27, 2021 with 158 visitors joining in. Our own Eminent Commander Andy Pippin had one of the parts in the Jerusalem Cross.

The Grand Encampment Knight Templar of the USA Easter Service will be a virtual service starting at 11:00 am EST on April 4th, or 8:00 am Pacific time. All are invited.
Here is the Grand Encampment website www.knightstemplar.org


Sir Knight Bruce Rick, PC 
Santa Barbara Shrine Club Trestle Board 

WED  April 28, 2021

6:00 pm  Video Stated Meeting via Zoom

Click on the symbol to go to our Facebook page
Santa Barbara Shrine Club Officers

      President  Jay Lockwood
      Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Rick

President Jay Lockwood

Nobles and Friends,  
Spring is here.

Still feels a little like winter somedays.

Over one whole year since this crazy situation started.

Businesses are starting to get back to somewhat normal.

By summertime even more, if the down trend keeps going.

Maybe later this year we can all start getting back together at an actual in lodge meeting.

Our Quarterly Santa Barbara Shrine Club meeting is Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:00 pm and we're looking at different activities to be ready when events start back up.

Stay Safe.

Jay Lockwood
The first lady's project for 2021 will help the Pediatric Orthotic and Prosthetic Service POPS providing special prostheses for our patients enabling them to run, swim, and play sports. The joy of being a child, able to play with their friends is something we can provide. Activities and adventures with their family become a reality. Every single dollar counts.
If you would like to Help Grant Healing Wishes, please donate to.
First Lady Project 2021
C/O Judy Badoyan
521 W. Leeside St. Glendora, CA, 91741
Grand York Rite Bodies Newsletters
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Click on the Symbol to Select a Sword and Trowel Issue
  Channel Islands York Rite Association

Meets Quarterly to Share York Rite Information
at the Ventura CA Masonic Center 
                     Ventura Chapter No. 50, Royal Arch Masons
                    Corinthian Chapter No. 51, Royal Arch Masons
                    Oxnard Chapter No. 86, Royal Arch Masons
                    Ventura Council No. 15, Cryptic Masons
                    Ventura Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar
                    St. Omer Commandery No. 30, Knights Templar
April Fools' Day!
April 1
Did you know... 

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued the Gregorian calendar which moved New Year’s Day from April 1st to January 1st. It is believed that those who continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1st were referred to as "Fools", leading to the concept of April 1st representing All Fools’ Day. 

On April 1, 1998, Burger King announced it would now offer a version of the Whopper that had been carefully designed for left-handed folks. The joke was on Burger King, however, when stores across the country were flooded with orders for the left-handed Whopper that didn’t exist.
April 4th
Did you know... 
In the Middle Ages Englanders  brought Easter boiled egg gifts to their lords and churches every holiday as special offerings. By the 17th century, the egg gifts were dyed colors to signify special meanings.
National Grilled Cheese Day!
April 12
Did you know... 

The Ancient Romans are believed to be one of the first to combine heated bread and cheese as a sandwich.
Arbor Day!
April 30
Did you know...

Arbor Day was first proposed in the 19th Century by J. Sterling Morton, an American journalist and politician, who famously wrote, “Other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future.”
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