The Worshipful Master of a Masonic Lodge is the highest ranking of all Lodge Officers which a Lodge may elect. His position is similar to a President of any other organization. As Master, his word is final over any and all actions pertaining to his Lodge. His Jewel is the Square, which is a stonemason’s tool to ascertain true and correct angles of the cut and smoothed stone…thus his Jewel symbolizes virtue.
Alex G. Powers
The Senior Warden of a Masonic Lodge is the second in command within the Lodge Officers. The Senior Warden is in charge of the Lodge when it is at labor. His position is similar to a Vice-President of any organization. His Jewel is the Level...symbolizing that all Masons meet on the level, without regard to social, political or religious beliefs or status.
The Junior Warden of a Masonic Lodge is the third in command of the Lodge. The Junior Warden sits in the South and is responsible for the Brethren while the Lodge is at ease or refreshment. His position is similar to a Second Vice-President. His Jewel of Office is the Plumb,… which is a stonemason’s instrument used for ascertaining the alignment of a vertical surface. It symbolizes upright behavior among Masons.
The Treasurer of a Masonic Lodge is the Chief Financial Officer of the Lodge. He sits to the right of the Master and behind the Senior Deacon. The Treasurer is responsible for all financial transactions. He receives all money, pays all debts by order of the Worshipful Master with the consent of the lodge and renders a report when requested. His Jewel is a Pair of Crossed Keys, signifying he is the Collector and Distributor of all Lodge Monies as he symbolically holds the “keys to the cash box”.
W:. Dave Hayden
The Secretary’s Lodge Officer Duties are many, not the least of which is that he must be well versed in Grand Lodge By-Laws for his jurisdiction and his Lodge By-Laws. He keeps the list of Lodge members and helps the Master organize his meetings. He communicates with other Lodges and the Grand Lodge. The Secretary writes letters and retrieves the mail, as well as handles many other details. His Jewel is the Crossed Quill Pens. The Secretary is the Lodge’s Recorder.
The Senior Deacon of a Masonic Lodge is an assistant officer of the Lodge. The Senior Deacon’s principle roles are to welcome and escort both visitors and candidates into the lodge and introduce distinguished visitors. His Jewel is the Square and Compass with the Sun in the middle. His duty is as a messenger of the Worshipful Master, hence he does a lot of walking.
The Junior Deacon of a Masonic Lodge is an assistant officer of the Lodge. It is his duty to ascertain at all times whether the Tyler is guarding the door and only allowing visitors to enter after they have been properly vouched for. Like his senior counterpart, the Senior Deacon, the Jewel of his office is the Square and Compass, however, the Junior Deacon’s Square and Compass has the moon in the center, which signifies that he is in the West.
The Senior Steward of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge, similar to that of a Supervisor. He is tasked to understudy the Junior Deacon’s position and fill in for the Junior Deacon when absent. His Jewel is the Cornucopia, which is an exact duplicate of the Junior Steward’s Cornucopia. The Cornucopia signifies the “Horn of Plenty”. It is a goat horn filled with the fresh fruits and vegetables to denote the “fruits of your labors” and represents a job well done.
The Junior Steward of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge similar to that of a Supervisor. The Junior Stewards task is to understudy the Senior Steward position and fill in for the Senior Steward in his absence. The Junior Steward’s principle role is to assist the Senior Steward and the Senior Deacon in the preparation of the Candidates. His Jewel is the Cornucopia, which is an exact duplicate to the Senior Steward’s Cornucopia. The Cornucopia signifies the “Horn of Plenty”.
W:. Robert (Doc) Knocke
The Chaplain of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge. The Chaplain’s position is similar to that of a Supervisor. He sits to the left of the Master. He is the spiritual leader of the Lodge. The Chaplain is responsible for prayers at both the opening and closing of meetings, during degree ritual ceremonies and before meals. His Jewel of office is an opened book, symbolizing the Volume of Sacred Law.
W:. Jim Houston
The Tyler of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge and is sometimes known as the “Outer Guard”. The Tyler’s position is similar to that of a Supervisor. He sits outside the closed door of the lodge room, armed with a sword. His Jewel is the Sword, by which he symbolically refuses entrance to anyone who is uninitiated in the Craft.