There are seven progressive and eleven non-progressive officers. Each year a Brother will progress through these offices on a path from Steward via
Inner Guard, the Deacons and Wardens to the highest honour - the Worshipful Master. However each office is subject to the choice of the Master for the year.
The Master is elected by the Lodge members
every year and is then installed into his office. He is in charge of the Lodge during his tenure of office and acts as its chairman. He also normally conducts the ceremonies in the Lodge. Being elected and installed as Master is the highest honour a Lodge can bestow on any of its members.
Immediate Past Master
Although not actually an office (as the position is his by right) the IPM is normally the previous Master and acts as a guide and support to the Master when needed. He sits on the immediate left of the Worshipful Master.
Senior Warden / Junior Warden
The Senior Warden sits opposites
the Master at the West end of the Lodge and is usually the next Master. The Junior Warden sits in the South of the Lodge and will normally progress
to Senior Warden. It is the role of the Junior warden to ensure that no unqualified person enters the Lodge. Although their roles are different, they work together by assisting the Master in running the Lodge.
All meetings begin and end with prayer and it is the role of the Lodge Chaplain to lead the members in this part of the meeting.
The treasurer is responsible for Lodge finances. He produces annual accounts which are 'examined' (not audited) before being approved by the Lodge.
Subscriptions are decided in Lodge on the Treasurer's recommendation. He is elected by the members not appointed by the WM.
The Secretary has responsibility for the smooth
administration of the Lodge. He is the main conduit for communication
from Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge.
Director of Ceremonies
The role of the DC is to organise and
oversee the ceremonies held in the Lodge and to ensure all other officers
concerned in any ritual are aware of their roles. This is usually
achieved by meticulous rehersals. It is also part of his
responsibilities to see that the ceremonies are conducted with dignity and
The almoner is the Lodge welfare officer. He maintains contact with the widows of members and those who are ill or indisposed. He is also trained to assist those who are in financial need.
He therefore has a knowledge of the variety of resources that exist in time of need.
The role of Charity Steward is to organise the
charity collections in the Lodge and to suggest to Lodge to which charities
(Masonic or non-Masonic) the members may wish to subscribe.
Senior Deacon / Junior Deacon
The Deacons accompany the
candidate during the ceremonies of the Three Degrees in the Lodge. The
collar jewel for both Deacons is identical. They carry a wand as a badge of their office.
Asst. Director of Ceremonies
The role of the ADC is to assist
and to understudy the Director of Ceremonies in his office.
The Organists role is to provide the music for the
meetings and ceremonies.
The role of the assistant secretary is to help
and understudy the secretary. In some lodges he has responsibility for the dining arrangements.
The Inner Guard sits just inside the door of the
Lodge. He is responsible for checking that all those who enter the Lodge are qualified to do so.
This is the first role held in the Lodge, not actually an office. The stewards' main functions are to look after guests,
tidy up the Lodge room after a meeting and assist at the dinner following the Lodge meeting.
The Tyler guards the outside door to the entrance of the
Lodge. It is usually undertaken by an experienced member of the Lodge and is the 3rd elected office.
He has responsibility for preparing the candidates prior to their entering the Lodge.