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Overland Park Lodge #436 | Overland Park, KS | contact@opmasons.org | 913-815-0003

LODGE OFFICERS

The officers of a Masonic Lodge are the Leadership Team which presides over the Brethren and leads them for their term in office.

The Officers of Overland Park Lodge serve one-year terms, but may serve any number of terms in the same position. Typically, the Officers progress through a "Line" with the intent of eventually serving as the Worshipful Master.

Worshipful Master

The Worshipful Master is the "President" of a Masonic Lodge. He is elected by the membership to serve a one-year term of office. "Worshipful" is an Old English word signifying "worthy of respect". Masonically, it is a title of respect for the office of the presiding officer, the Master, who the Brethren believe possessed of sufficient knowledge, wisdom, and integrity to preside over them in a proper manner. We use the word in its ancient sense, not in its modern sense of denoting awe and humility before a Supreme Being.

Senior Warden

The Senior Warden is the "Vice-President" of a Masonic Lodge. He is elected by the membership to serve a one-year term in office. His duties are to preside over meetings in the absence of the Worshipful Master and is in charge of organizing the work of the lodge.

Junior Warden

The Junior Warden is the "2nd Vice-President" of a Masonic Lodge. He is elected by the membership to serve a one-year term. He is third in line of succession with the primary duties of learning how to run a Masonic Lodge and also organizing all social activities for the Lodge.

Treasurer

The Treasurer is in charge of all of the Masonic Lodge funds and accounts. He is elected by the membership to serve a one-year term.

Secretary

The Secretary observes the proceedings of the lodge, keeps a fair account of the same and records all monies received by the lodge before handing them over to the Treasurer for deposit.

Senior Deacon

The Senior Deacon is appointed by the Worshipful Master to serve a one-year term. His duties are to carry out the orders of the Worshipful Master within the Lodge. He is also responsible for introduction and escort of all visitors to the lodge.

Junior Deacon

The Junior Deacon is the "Inner Guard" of a Masonic Lodge and is appointed by the Worshipful Master to serve a one-year term. He stands guard over the inside of the door to the Lodge while meetings are in session. He also serves as an assistant to the Senior Warden.

Senior Steward

The Senior Steward is appointed by the Worshipful Master to serve a one-year term as an assistant to the Junior Warden. His duties also include the preparation of candidates for entry into the Masonic Lodge.

Junior Steward

The Junior Steward is appointed by the Worshipful Master to serve a one-year term as an assistant to the Junior Warden. His duties also include the preparation of candidates for entry into the Masonic Lodge. This is typically the first position a member will occupy upon wishing to serve in the Lodge Leadership.

Chaplain

The Chaplain is the spiritual and moral guide for a Masonic Lodge. He is appointed by the Worshipful Master to serve a one-year term. His duties include performing benedictions, invocations and informing the Brethren of brothers and their families who are in ill health or in need.

Tyler

The Tyler is the "Outer Guard" of a Masonic Lodge. The Tyler stands guard at the outside of the Lodge door when meetings are in session to see that none pass but such as are duly qualified and have permission of the Worshipful Master to enter.

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