Lodge Officer Duties - Junior Deacon

Discussion in 'Officers of the Lodge' started by Blake Bowden, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    Kids...
     
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  2. jermy Bell

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    I never understood the Jr.deacon carries messages from the Sr warden to the Jr. Warden and else where around the lodge. What messages ? Same with the Sr. Deacon. Maybe 100 years ago. But why keep it in the duties ?
     
  3. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    Tradition !!! (and I am sure someone will talk about this arising from the Secret Societies Act and reporting on who was at the meeting.. but I am not fully convinced.. )
     
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  4. Bloke

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    We take our "rod" (wand) holding and moving pretty seriously...

    Gl forming up

     
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  5. Keith C

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    Well, firstly that the WM wants to open or close the Lodge. Secondarily it could be to remind a Warden of something they have forgotten if subtle hints don't work and you do not want to embarrass them.
     
  6. JamestheJust

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    In the early 18th century in London many lodges met in public houses and sat around long tables drinking and eating. With the SW at the opposite end unable to hear because of noise it is quite possible that a deacon had to carry a message or command
     
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  7. Brother JC

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    I have seen written messages passed from the WM to the SW when the Master does not want to shout it across the room. It was the SD’s duty to carry them.
    Still valid.
     
  8. jermy Bell

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    I'm here in southern Illinois and have traveled a bit, and have never seen it done. And my lodge is one of the larger ones built in the 1940's and you could park a semi perfectly between the east and west with room on both ends.
     
  9. Matt Ross

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    Interesting! The main role of SD here in the US is to conduct candidates. What is the main duty of the SD where you are then?
     
  10. Scoops

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    In Emulation, the JD conducts the candidate in the 1st degree and the very first section of the 2nd, whilst the SD conducts during most of the 2nd and all of the 3rd.

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  11. Keith C

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    Perhaps in MOST of the US.

    Here in PA the only active part the Deacons play in Degrees are manipulating their Wands in a single part of the EA Degree and the SD giving and taking the Working Tools to/from the WM during a portion of the final lecture. Other than that they just stand there holding their Wands!
     
  12. Bloke

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    In terms of Degree Work
    1st - JD leads candidate
    2st - SD leads candidate
    3rd - JD & SD leads candidate

    Generally;
    JD serves SW
    SD serves WM
     
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  13. Warrior1256

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    Same here.
     
  14. Matt Ross

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    Interesting. JD here seems to serve as an Inner Guard role while the SD (even in the opening of the lodge) is stated as being the sole conductor of candidates.
     
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  15. Warrior1256

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    Same here.
     
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  16. Thomas Stright

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    Same here in Texas
     
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  17. WV719

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    This will be my second term this year (2020) I have enjoyed my time in this chair. I would love it even more if I were closer to my lodge. You see I travel over 230 miles one way to get to my lodge. I have attended lodges in the area I live, I even joined one for a while. It just wasn't home and I was treated like an outsider. I even had an officer of the lodge I joined tell me I wasn't to talk about my home lodge, that it didn't matter when I was in his lodge.

    I think as a Jr. Deacon it is our job as the second officer a visiting brother will encounter to set the tone and welcome every one warmly and make them feel as welcome as they would in there own lodge.
     
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  18. Glen Cook

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    Explain why in your jurisdiction the JD is the second officer a visitor will meet?
     
  19. jermy Bell

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    Senior decon, to introduce and accommodate visting brothren, receive and conduct candidates.

    Jr.decon, to take charge of the door and with the assistance of the stewards, prepare and present candidates.

    So I'm sure he got it right.
     
  20. Glen Cook

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    Oh, I wasn’t disputing whether it was correct, but to explain the difference to me. In my US jurisdiction, he would first meet the WM, perhaps the secretary, and the investigation committee, often headed by the SW. He will likely meet the tyler. He wouldn’t so much meet the JD, as have him hold the door open. SD or SW introduces, depending on visitor rank.

    In Emulation work, the JD wouldn’t figure in any of this.
     
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