Organization of Freemasonry and its Officers

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:

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2021 Lodge Officers

JUNIOR PAST MASTER

WB Duncan MacLeod

SENIOR WARDEN

Jeffrey Holmes

JUNIOR WARDEN

Sean Goertz

TREASURER

Joe Spanola

SECRETARY

Ernie Miranda

SENIOR DEACON

Taylor Larsen

JUNIOR DEACON

Brian Willis

SENIOR STEWARD

Marc Ciccarone

JUNIOR STEWARD

Eric Hirsch

MARSHALL

Brian Sears

CHAPLAIN

WB Hank Vlcek

TYLER

WB Brian Coussens

Middle Ages TitleCurrent TitleElected/Appointed
Worshipful MasterPresidentWorshipful Brother Ken Sherman
Senior Warden1st Vice PresidentJeff Holmes
Junior Warden2nd Vice PresidentSean Goertz
TreasurerFinancial Officer Joe Spagnola
SecretarySecretaryErnest Miranda
Senior DeaconMessenger (Carries Orders)Taylor Larson
Junior DeaconMessenger (Carries Messages)Brian Willis
Senior StewardPageMarc Ciccarone
Junior StewardPageEric Hirsch
TilerDoor KeeperBryan Coussens
MarshalMaster of CeremoniesBrian Sears
ChaplainChaplainWB Hank Vlcek

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.