Sitting in the East

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Warrior1256, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. rpbrown

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    In our lodge, we have a Marshal that sits to the left of the WM and in front of the Secretary. It has been our custom for the outgoing Master to be installed as the Marshal so he is close to the new WM and can softly guide him if needed.
     
  2. Keith C

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    It is funny, it is tradition in our lodge to have the immediate PM be Tyler, in order to not unduly influence the new WM in case he deviates from the immediate PM's policies and actions. Our Treasurer and Secretary are both PMs and the Treasurer is a Senior Instructor of our district ritual school of instruction, so they step in with gentle assistance if needed.
     
  3. Andy Fracica

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    In our lodge there is no tradition for where the Past WM sits. for 2018 our PWM is Junior Steward and my son is Senior Steward and I guess they work for me as JW, which is kind of weird to have the PWM in the lowest office.
     
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  4. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Same in the lodges that I belong to.
    Our junior past master is now our Tyler.
     
  5. cemab4y

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    I was born in Louisville, and after the hospital, my parents and I lived in St. Matthews. (I was brought up in Lexington and Bowling Green, and my mother lodge is in Bowling Green). I wish you every possible success.
     
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  6. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    I am origionally from WV but moved here when I retired. I live in St. Matthews.
     
  7. Canadian Paul

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    In my lodge (holding of the GL of Scotland) the Master stands (as does everyone) during the Opening and Closing of then Lodge, as well as any time he is speaking, or is being addressed by an Office-bearer or any other brother. When addressed he returns all salutes. This rule is relaxed during the business portion of the meeting. The Master would also remain seated during degree work except when actually speaking himself.

    Besides the Master, the only other office-bearers with a right to sit in the East are the Immediate Past Master, the Depute Master, and the Substitute Master, High-ranking Office-bearers present from District Grand Lodge or Grand Lodge also sits in the East by right. The Master, of course, has the right to invite anyone else he wishesto sit in the East with him, so in practice other distinguished visitors would be sitting there.

    As an new mason I was told that ONLY Past Masters could sit in the East. That is NOT true in Scottish lodges. The Master can invite any Master Mason to join him in the East Indeed, neither the Depute Master or the SunstituteMaster has to be a Past Master.

    As a member of this forum I am constantly observing that when it comes to the 'nuts and bolts' of how lodges work in different jurisdictions it is definitely a matter of 'different strokes for different folks'!
     
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  8. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    In my lodge the only members of the lodge that can sit in the East is WM, SW, JW, Past Master in that order.
     
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  9. Keith C

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    FINALLY! Something that is the same in PA as somewhere else!!!
     
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  10. Andy Fracica

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    We are essentially the same in Indiana, but if I'm not mistaken, the Grand Master and some of the Grand Officers may also sit in the east. Beyond the GM I'm not sure which ones get that honor.
     
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  11. Matt L

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    Dang Warrior, congratulations. As I've mentioned before it can get hot up there. You'll do a great jib. sometime during the summer I need to take a ride up and visit.

    Matt
     
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  12. Bill Lins

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    Under GLoTX, any Brother who is invited to by the WM may sit with him in the East- usually a visiting Brother who might be presenting a program or a member of the Lodge who is receiving an award (service, Golden Trowel, or the like).
     
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  13. Bloke

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    Worshipful Master Warrior - has a nice ring to it.

    Congratulations Brother and many you and your Lodge has a successful and prosperous year !
     
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  14. Warrior1256

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    Lol!
    Same here, such as the DDGM is qualified to sit in the East in my lodge. I was simply listing the members of my lodge that are qualified to sit in the East.
    Thank you Brother, would love to have you visit.
    Lol...Thank you very much Brother.
     
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  15. Warrior1256

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    Not sure about that here as I have never seen it done. Will try to remember to check on this out of curiousity.
     
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  16. Matt L

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    I used to have some of the older PM's sit with me in the East, one was Master in 1948. Sadly he passed away 2 years ago at 98.
     
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  17. Warrior1256

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    Speak of the devil, last night I went to an officer installation at a local lodge and saw this happen. Many in the Grand Line were present and the Grand Master installed the in coming Master. The newly installed Master then had the Grand Master sit in the East with him while he (Master) installed the remainder of the officers. The Master also had the outgoing Master sit in the East with him as well. First time that I have seen this happen the same day I was discussing this on the forum, lol.
     
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