Organization of Freemasonry and its Officers
Message from our Most Worshipful Grand Master:
Achieving a goal can be a long monumental journey but achieving the office of Grand Master is a goal and journey like no other. I am truly honored, proud, and humbled to have been elected to serve as the 138th Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Arizona.
Throughout this next Masonic year, I will strive to maintain open communications between the Grand Lodge, its officers, the lodges and appendant bodies. We are all of a like mind, that of providing Charity for those in need, Brotherly Love to those in our Masonic family and Truth in our dealings with our brethren, our sisters, our youth and those who are not a part of our family but who look to us for guidance and acceptance into our family.
Second, I will work to attend as many the important functions, like installations, communications, conclaves, etc., as possible, or send an official representative, for our Masonic youth groups as well as the adult concordant and appendant bodies. As Masons it is important that we support those in need but specially to support our brothers and sisters and our youth.
Third, I want to continue our tradition of celebrating Christmas with a party held in the Phoenix area and expand this family activity to include a spring picnic again in the Phoenix area for the purpose of promoting the Masonic Family.
Finally, I want to say “thank you” again for the privilege and honor of electing me to serve as Grand Master for the ensuing Masonic year. I pledge to serve to the best of my abilities.
Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization for men in the world, and its organizational structure shows its age. The basic organizational unit of the fraternity is the lodge. We believe the term comes from the lodges (shelters) constructed at the building sites of cathedrals and castles during the Middle Ages. Masons worked and lived in these shelters.
Each lodge is headed by an officer called the “Worshipful Master.” “Worshipful” means “highly respected” or “honored.” The term comes from the judicial system of England and carries no religious implication. “Master” means “leader,” or “best qualified,” as in “Concert Master” or “Master Architect.”
Each officer of a lodge has a title that originated during the Middle Ages. These titles may vary somewhat from state to state, but in general the officers and their contemporary equivalents are:
|Middle Ages Title||Current Title||Elected/Appointed|
|Worshipful Master||President||Worshipful Brother Duncan MacLeod|
|Senior Warden||1st Vice President||Ken Sherman|
|Junior Warden||2nd Vice President||WB Larry Sweigard|
|Treasurer||Financial Officer||WB Cosmo Magliozzi|
|Secretary||Secretary||WB Geoff Cummings|
|Senior Deacon||Messenger (Carries Orders)||Jeff Holmes|
|Junior Deacon||Messenger (Carries Messages)||Sean Goertz|
|Senior Steward||Page||Marc Ciccarone|
|Junior Steward||Page||Kevin Quinn|
|Tiler||Door Keeper||Donald Pease|
|Marshal||Master of Ceremonies||Eric Hirsch|
Until 1717, each lodge of Masons was autonomous. On June 24, 1717, four of the lodges operating in London met together to form the first Grand Lodge of England. It became the first administrative or policy-making body of Freemasonry.
Masonic lodges still retain autonomy over their finances, activities, officer election, fundraising, and joining ceremonies. But administratively, each State or Province has a Grand Lodge which co-ordinates activities, serves as a central source of record keeping, and performs other administrative and policy functions for the fraternity. The state president is called the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge. He has broad powers in overseeing the progress of the fraternity and while there is no national spokesperson for the fraternity, within his own state (Jurisdiction) he is the chief spokesman.