Royal Arch Masonry is a part of the York Rite of Freemasonry. Royal Arch Masonry offers further insight into Masonic degrees and builds on themes  introduced during the  first three degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason) of the traditional "blue" lodge. During several of the degrees, candidates are brought “back in time,” before the conferral of the Master Mason degree (before the destruction of King Solomon’s Temple). One of the degrees portrays a portion of Jewish history after the release from Babylon and their return to their home. These degrees are just as vital today because they are based on themes not only of understanding one’s self or role in the world, but that of working together for a common purpose.

Our degrees continue on one of Freemasonry’s underlying themes, that of men working together in harmony.

News and Upcoming Events

Our Installation of Officers will be held on January 22nd, 2018. It was originally scheduled to be held on January 8th, 2018, but was rescheduled owing to both illness and unforseen travel difficulties. We wish to apologize to anyone who was inconvenienced. It will be held at Marin Lodge on our new date. Our dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Our installation will be begin at 7:30 p.m. This year our installation will be for our members only. Families are welcome to attend the dinner.

Visiting Companions from other Chapters are always welcome to join us.

Master Masons from local Lodges are welcome to attend our dinners.

On February 9th, 2018, Santa Rosa Chapter of Royal Masons will be sponsoring the Annual Tri-Way Reception held for the Grand High Priest, Grand Illustrious Master and Grand Commander of the York Bodies in the state of California. Members of all three York Rite bodies in the area are invited to attend. See below for details.

2017 Year

We had a successful convocation on December 4th, 2017, our election of officers for the following year was held, the date for our installation of officers was chosen, as well as other sundry items of business. We would like to thank those Companions who were in attendance. We hope everyone had a pleasant and joyful holiday season with many blessings. We look forward to seeing everyone at our Installation in January.

On November 6th, 2017 we held a special convocation. We would like to thank the Companions who took the time and effort to make this additional meeting. We addressed several items and began the discussion of events for next year. We then retired to the recreation room for refreshments.

We had a good dinner on September 25th, 2017, thanks to the efforts of our Excellent Companion Richard Lyon PHP. Afterwards, we retired to the Chapter room and held our meeting. We accomplished several pressing points of business. We would like to thank all those who were in attendance.

On June 24th, 2017 officers from Marin Royal Arch conferred the Most Excellent Master degree upon Brother Tom Beniot and a number of Companions of Royal Arch Chapters from Sonoma, Mendicino and other counties up north. Thanks to the officers of the Grand Chapter, the Royal Arch Degree was conferred and these brethren are now Royal Arch Companions. We wish to offer Companion Tom and the other new Companions of other Chapters congratulations on their achievement.

2016 Wrap Up

We met four times in 2016 at our appointed date and hour. In June, we conferred the Most Excellent Master Degree at the Comptche Outdoor Degrees. Three local Chapters and members of the Grand Chapter conferred the four capitular degrees of the York Rite among the redwoods of the Tunzi Ranch in Comptche, California. We were proud to confer the Most Excellent Master Degree that day upon many Companions. We welcomed Companions Michael Painter and Warren Grabowski as our newest members.

2015 Year

The District Award's Night and Table Lodge took place at Petaluma-Hamiton Lodge on December 5th, 2015. Excellent Companion Robert Petersen Past High Priest was presented with the Meritorious Service Award.

Award Night Dinner and September Convocation

On September 21st, 2015, Marin Royal Arch sponsored a dinner followed by an Awards Ceremony honoring the members of Star of the Redwoods Chapter Order of Eastern Star and particularly Sister Mynetta Davis, Past Worthy Matron who was presented with the Keystone Award. Approximately 30 Brothers and Sisters were in attendance. The Awards Ceremony began at 7:05 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance by Richard Lyon PHP High Priest, Invocation by Companion Gary Towery PM. Frank O'Connell PHP, Captain of the Host escorted Marsha Price Worthy Matron to the East where she was given a small gift basket. The Worshipful Masters or their representatives Victor Hanson PM Mill Valley Lodge, Andrew Kraft Master Fairfax Lodge, Bob Lowry PM PHP Marin Lodge, and Richard Lyon PM PHP Marin Royal Arch each presented Worthy Matron Marsha Price Certificates of Appreciation on behalf of her Chapter. Excellent Companion Mark Rose KYCH, Royal Arch District Inspector gave a biographical sketch of masonic service of Sister Mynetta "Mimi" Davis and presented her with the Keystone Award from the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in California and read a congratulatory letter from Most Excellent Companion Jon Humphreys KYCH Past Grand High Priest. Closing remarks were given by Brother Michael Paynter PM, District Inspector. Attendees visited for some time afterward.

Our Convocation began at 7:40 p.m. We accomplished all of several important items of pending business and retired promptly at 8:45 PM.

Earlier in the year, we had the pleasure of conferring the Mark Master and Past Master degrees upon three brethren from local Lodges,
Brothers Alan Glas and Wor. Brother Michael Paynter PM of Fairfax Lodge
and Brother Anderson Silveira of Mill Valley Lodge.

In June 2015, the Comptche Outdoor Degree Association met to confer the four capitular degrees of the York Rite among the splendor of the redwoods at the Tunzi Ranch in Comptche, California.
We were proud to confer the Most Excellent Master Degree that day upon Brethren, now Companions Michael Gusek, Alan Glas and Anderson Silveira.

For those of you who are interested in the higher degrees of the York Rite, Redwood Empire Cryptic Council and Santa Rosa Commandery (Knights Templar) meet in Petaluma at Petaluma-Hamilton Lodge on Western Avenue on the third Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. respectively. Petaluma Royal Arch Chapter No. 22 meets on the first Monday of the month at the same location. They have a dinner before their meeting at 6:15 p.m. There is a Cryptic Council that meets on the peninsula. Cryptic Council No. 2 meets at San Mateo Lodge on Tilton Avenue in San Mateo. California Commandery No. 1 meets at the San Francisco Scottish Rite in San Francisco on 19th Avenue.

For reservations for our dinners or questions about our other activities, please contact our Chapter Secretary, Excellent Companion Robert Lowry PHP at (415)456-0410. If you are interested in joining our chapter, or if you have other questions about Royal Arch Masonry, please contact him.