St. Hilary Lodge No. 3591

Jewels of Lodge Officers

In most Lodges there are eleven non-progressive officers and seven progressive officers. Lodge officers are recognisable by the jewels suspended from their Lodge collars and from the position they occupy in the Lodge.

The Progressive Officers

Usually each year a Brother would progress through these offices on a path from Steward, via Deacons and Wardens, to the highest honour within a Lodge - the Worshipful Master. However, each office is subject to the choice of the Master of the year.

This is the first office held in a Lodge. The Stewards´ main function is to assist at the dinner following the Lodge meeting (the Festive Board).

Lodge Stewards Jewel
The Inner Guard
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.
Lodge Inner Guards Jewel
Junior and Senior Deacons
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.
Lodge Deacons Jewel
Junior and Senior Wardens
The Senior Warden sits opposite 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.

Lodge Wardens Jewel
The Master (Worshipful Master)
The Master is elected by the Lodge members every year and is then installed in to his office. He is usually Master for one year. 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.
Lodge Masters Jewel

The Non-Progressive Officers

These offices are usually occupied by members who are Past Masters of the Lodge and tend to be occupied by the same person for a number of years, to provide continuity and experience. They are also appointed by the Master annually, except the Treasurer and Tyler, who are elected. The Immediate Past Master is normally the preceding year's WM. Some Lodges formally appoint a Mentor to look after new members.

Immediate Past Master (IPM)
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.
Lodge IPMs Jewel
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.
Lodge Chaplains Jewel
The Treasurer is responsible for Lodge finances. He produces annual accounts which are audited before being approved by the Lodge. Subscriptions are decided in Lodge on the Treasurers recommendation.
Lodge Treasurers Jewel

The Secretary has responsibilty for the smooth administration of the Lodge. He is the main conduit for communication from Grand Lodge and his Provincial Grand Lodge (if the Lodge is out of London) or from the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London. He is also responsible for organising and distributing the summons notifying the members of the agenda for the next meeting.

Lodge Secretarys Jewel
Director of Ceremonies - DC
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 rehearsals. It is also part of his responsibilities to see that the ceremonies are conducted with dignity and decorum.

Lodge Director of Ceremonies Jewel

The Almoner is the Lodge welfare officer. He maintains contact with widows of members and with 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.

Lodge Almoners Jewel
Charity Steward
The role of the Charity Steward is to organise the charity collections in the Lodge and to suggest to the Lodge to which charities (Masonic and non-Masonic) the members may wish to subscribe.
Lodge Charity Stewards Jewel
Assistant Director of Ceremonies - ADC
The role of the ADC is to assist and to understudy the Director of Ceremonies in his office.
Lodge ADC's Jewel
Assistant Secretary
The role of the Assistant Secretary is to help and understudy the Secretary. In some Lodges he has responsibility for the dining arrangements.
Lodge Asst Secretarys Jewel
The Tyler guards the outside of the door to the entrance to the Lodge. It is usually undertaken by an experienced member of the Lodge and is an elected office. He has responsibility for preparing the candidates prior to their entering the Lodge.
Lodge Tylers Jewel