California Grand York Rite Sessions

Welcome to the California Grand York Rite Sessions web site.

The Official website of the California Grand York Rite is:

Quick Link to Reservation Forms in: PDF Fill-In Word Fill-In    Ad Order Form

Other Pages: Home Page  All Forms  Reservations  Souvenir Program 

                      Schedule Page  GYRS Committees  'Comp' Policy


Please note that the dates are May 17th to May 21st, 2014

    5-19-14 Monday Grand Commandery KT

    5-20-14 Tuesday Grand Chapter RA
    5-21-14 Wednesday Grand Council CM

Bakersfield Doubletree Hotel  3100 Camino Del Rio Ct. Bakersfield


Each person attending must fill out a reservation form



Because you asked....

The Grand York Rite Dinner Banquet is intended to be a formal event with the Grand Presiding officers of all California Masonic Bodies, and many out of State dignitaries, invited to attend.  A Tuxedo or Dark Suit/Coat and Tie is requested of all men. Ladies may dress as they prefer bearing in the above in consideration.



Your Executive Committee for the 2014 Grand York Rite Sessions is diligently at work on the plans for the Grand York Rite Sessions. Although the Sessions are not until May 17th through May 21st, 2014; planning occurs year round. The schedule and the registration form are now available on the website.

A word about the Souvenir Program Ad request form. One of the challenges that we faced last year was receiving many of our ads after the deadline. There is a great deal of planning and associated revenue and expense projections involved. Mason volunteers, your Brothers and Companions, do all this work in their spare time. Please try to help them. Installations in December and January are a great time to get your pictures for the program.  Without the Ads it would be impossible to fund the sessions so please place your ads and do so early.

We are reviewing the successes from the past and considering some fresh ideas. Grand Sessions is open to all York Rite Masons and their Ladies, not just the presiding officers who obligated their attendance at their installation. Please encourage everyone in your Chapter, Council, and Commandery to attend this year. We want this to be the most successful year ever.


This year we will have two fun degrees.  The first is the Order of Zanzibar and it is open to all masons.  It is a light hearted fun degree that raises funds for the Cryptic Medical Research Foundation.  The second is for our ladies, we will be conferring the Royal Arch Widow’s degree, this is an opportunity to show the ladies how much we appreciate them and their attendance at our sessions, any proceeds will go to the Royal Arch Research Assistance Fund.

And one final thought on booking the hotel rooms on time, through the regular registration process, and at the GYRS rate by identifying yourself as a ‘Grand York Rite Sessions’ attendee, if you speak to the hotel directly, this is much more important than you may realize. We are contractually obligated to meet a certain number of room nights in exchange for thousands of dollars in “concessions” from the hotel. This includes the use of the many rooms, and ballrooms that house our registration, many side meetings, degree conferrals, the drill team competitions, hospitality suites, the Grand Recorder’s office, and so much more. You are doing your part in making California’s Grand Sessions the premier program that it is. No other state can boast the quality and depth of program that we put together every year. Booking after the deadline or outside of our block could put us in a situation that, quite frankly, we can’t afford. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Gregg Hall, Grand Standard Bearer

2014 Sessions General Chairman

Thrice Illustrious Master, Past Commander’s Association, and Order of High Priesthood forms are available now

Our vendors are back for your Masonic regalia and other items of interest:
          Cookie Lee Jewelry

          George Washington Memorial
          Lapel Pins and More
          Mark’s KT Swords
          Masonic Threads

          Specialty Boutique (Dress Shop)

          Star & Compass Travel

Please remember: Reservation forms postmarked after 04/18/14 are subject to a 25% late fee. Forms submitted onsite will be charged a $10 onsite processing fee. EVERY attendee must register!



Future dates for your reference:
2015: starting Saturday, May 16th
5-18-15 Monday Grand Council CM
5-19-15 Tuesday Grand Commandery KT
5-20-15 Wednesday Grand Chapter RA
2016: starting Saturday, May 21st
5-23-16 Monday Grand Chapter RA
5-24-16 Tuesday Grand Council CM
5-25-16 Wednesday Grand Commandery KT
2017: starting Saturday, May 20th
5-22-17 Monday Grand Commandery KT
5-23-17 Tuesday Grand Chapter RA
5-24-17 Wednesday Grand Council CM


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