Welcome to the California Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons serving all companions in the States of California, Alaska and Oregon. We are sanctioned under the auspices of the Most Worshipful Sons of Light Grand Lodge, Inc. where the Honorable Floyd C. McMillan, 33° presides. We are chartered by the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, United States of America and Canada, Inc., where the Honorable Floyd C. McMillan serves as the Most Excellent General Grand High Priest. If a master mason you would be, observe you well the rule of three; and what you want in masonry thy Mark and Maughbin make thee free.
Thank you for visiting,
Companion Vinson A. Boyce
Most Excellent High Priest
York Rite masonry is oldest and commonly known of all masonic rites. It takes its name from York, England, where the earliest known record of masonry exists, dating from about A.D. 923. Masonry's first written record is centered on York, the seat of the Ancient York Grand Lodge. In 1813, this Grand Lodge merged with another group called the Modern Grand Lodge, to form the United Grand Lodge of England. This is the basis upon which our present system of symbolic Lodge Masonry is built.
This California Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons was established with the approval of Hon. Frank J. Bobo, 33°, who was the Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Sons of Light Grand Lodge, Inc. On March 8, 1969 the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons Relief Department, State of California was established. Companion Sealious Clayborn was duly elected as our first Most Excellent Grand High Priest serving from 1970 through 1986. Under his leadership the department was tasked with the first charge – membership. The department grew rapidly with membership and took great pride in educating its companions.
In 1986 Companion Richard Ramirez was elected as our second Most Excellent Grand High Priest. Companion Ramirez brought a sense of pride and style to the Grand Chapter. He led by example and was very well respected as a well versed and knowledgeable companion. Under his leadership the department gained new regalia and furnishings. If there is one thing that can be stated about Companion Ramirez, it is that he loves the Royal Arch. He successfully completed his tenure in 1990.
In only its third time in twenty years, the Grand Chapter elected its third successor, Companion James C. Gardley. Under Companion Gardley, the workshop was started. During the workshops, companions had an opportunity to learn and watch ritualistic works as the state conducted them. The department further grew by adding new robes for the companions. In 1992 a new Ark of the Covenant was dedicated to the Grand Chapter. In 1993 the bylaws were amended and accepted before the craft. In 1999 Companions James Gardley and Rufus Jenkins pioneered an appreciation luncheon for the elderly of our jurisdiction in the southern California area. It later became known as the Sophisticated Elderly Luncheon. In 2003 the luncheon was expanded to the northern California region. Companion Gardley served his distinguished career from 1990 through 2004. Upon stepping down as the Most Excellent Grand High Priest, he was bestowed the status of Emeritus.
In 2004, Companion Vinson A. Boyce became just the fourth Most Excellent Grand High Priest to serve in that capacity. He is charged to carry on the legacy of the Royal Arch and bring it boldly into the 21st century. So far Companion Boyce has visually brought to life the tabernacle in museum form to dazzle the companions. He has inspired and edited the National secret ritual so that all companions can once again btain the most up to date ritualistic information. Companion Boyce focuses on tackling the most difficult subjects and making them easy to digest. The future is yet to be written but you can rest assure that the royal arch will do everything it can to be innovative, creative and inspirational.
|Grand High Priest||Most Excellent Vinson A. Boyce|
|Deputy Grand High Priest||Right Excellent Stacy Meadows|
|Grand King||Right Excellent Lavert Maxie|
|Grand Scribe||Right Excellent Henry Washington|
|Grand Captain of the Host||Right Excellent Gregory Mitchell|
|Grand Principal Sojourner||Right Excellent Ellis Lilly|
|Grand Royal Arch Captain||Right Excellent Clarence Malone|
|Grand Treasurer||Right Excellent Wayne Swindell|
|Grand Secretary||Right Excellent Thomas Stewart|
|Grand Recorder||Right Excellent Edmund P. Johnson|
|Grand Master of the 1st Veil||Right Excellent Berry Sanders|
|Grand Master of the 2nd Veil||Right Excellent Joe Cunningham|
|Grand Master of the 3rd Veil||Right Excellent Jeff Fletcher|
|Grand Sentinel||Right Excellent Jefferson M. Stricklen, Sr.|
|Past / Emeritus Grand High Priest|
|Past Grand High Priest Emeritus||Most Excellent James C. Gardley|
|Past Grand High Priest||Most Excellent Wayne Swindell (Healed)|
|Past Grand High Priest||Most Excellent Richard Ramirez|
|Past Grand High Priest||Most Excellent Sealious Clayborn|
The late Grace Pough, Supreme Deputy of the State Relief Board, instituted this Grand Body in Los Angeles, California in 1950.
The first Grand Officers: Lady Cena Donegan, Grand Most Ancient Matron, Companion T.E. Earl, Grand Most Worthy Joshua, Lady Bertha Hell, Grand Senior Matron, Companion Reverend Calvin Stater, Grand Assistant Most Worthy Joshua
The annual session was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1966, and the name was officially changed to Rehab Grand Court Heriones of Jericho. The first Grand Officers unde the new name were: Lady Ercel Sims, Grand Most Ancient Matron, Companion Clifton Bates, Grand Most Worthy Joshua, Lady Alice Walker, Grand Senior Matron, Lady Lenora McCullough, Grand Secretary, and Lady Gertrude Burns, Grand Treasurer.
The Grand Body has produced eight Grand Most Ancient Matrons, Past Grand Most Ancient Matrons: Lady Cena Donegan, Lady Bertha Hill, Lady Zelm Crinkshaw, Lady Ercel Sims, Lady Maud E. Tyson, Lady Ruthie Jones, Lady Brenda Patrick, and our current Grand Most Ancient Matron, Lady Dorothy Jean Bowens.
Ten Grand Senior Matrons, Past Grand Senior Matrons: Lady Alice Walker, Lady Maud E. Tyson, Lady Brenda Patrick, Lady Dorothy Jean Bowens, Lady Diana Wheeler, Lady Mary Baker, Lady Ruthie Jones, Lady Shirley Greenwood, Lady Ronnie Sanford-Johnson, and our current Grand Senior Matron, Lady Paricia Young.
Eight Grand Secretaries, Past Grand Secretaries: Lady Birdie M. Cameron, Lady Lenora McCullough, Lady Josephine Lewis, Lady Shirley Greenwood, Lady Dorothy Jean Bowens, Lady Carolyn Girardi, Lady Patricia Young, and our current Grand Secretary, Lady Barbara Blevins.
Eleven Grand Treasurers, Past Grand Treasurers: Lady Lenora McCullough, Lady Ercel Sims, Lady Gertrude Burns, Lady Willie Mae Sims, Lady Brenda Patrick, Lady Rosa Closs, Lady Essie Wright, Lady Marjorie Tandy, Lady Carolyn Girardi, Lady Rosa Closs, and our current Grand Treasurer, Lady Sharon Harness.
The Scarlet Line is the official ritual for Rahab Grand Court.
The Grand Officers have two new uniforms, a Purple Coat Dress adopted under the rein of Lady Brenda Patrick, G.M.A.M.E.
The Red Coat Dress, Red and Purple Hats, Red and white Gloves, Red Hankershief, and Red Shoes, adopted under the reign of Lady Dorothy Jean Bowens, G.M.A.M. To be worn only by Present and Past Grand Officers. THe Scarlet Line Study Guide and Syllabus Guide.
In 2002 the first Treauser and Secretary of the Year Award was given in memory of Lady Essie Wright, Grand Treasurer, and is presented each year at our Annual Grand Session.
In 2011 the first Matron of the Year Award was given in the memory of Lady Ruthie Jones and Lady Brenda Patrick to tbe presented each year at our Annual Grand Session.
The degree of the Heroines of Jericho are the oldest and most perfect of all female degrees.
These degrees enlighten us by teaching the never-ending lessons of morality, loyalty, and friendship, as well as to encourage and incite the interest of all Heroines towards the purpose of the Masonic Order.
The study of these beautiful degrees is to enlighten, unify and bring its members to a higher plane of understanding, which will enable us to execute and perfect the lessons we have learned as we continue to achieve excellence in all our works and deeds.
These lessons, as well as everything that is pure and elevating, are taught in the degrees of the Heroines of Jericho, amking their beauty the most clear and expressive of all degrees.
Lady Heroines: “Ever seek enlightment!”
Revised May 30, 2013
By Lady Dorothy Jeans Bowens
Grand Most Ancient Matron