Master Mason Q

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  1. George Thorne

    George Thorne Registered User

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    Just a simple question, can a Master Mason be a Steward? What office is a Master mason usually in? Thanks in advance
     
  2. coachn

    coachn Coach John S. Nagy Premium Member

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    Yes, if appointed by the WM
    All things being equal, to hold an office for a Freemasonic Blue/Symbolic Lodge within the USA, one must be a MM; no matter what level the Lodge opens at.
     
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  3. MBC

    MBC Twice Registered User Premium Member

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    Normally once you get raised as MM, your lodge will probably offer to appoint you as Steward, unless there is a space in the progression line and appoint you as either a Deacon or Inner Guard.

    P.S. I've seen someone first craft office is Warden.
     
  4. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

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    In all of my jurisdictions to sit in a chair pro tem for that meeting you only need to be the degree of that meeting. An EA can sit as a steward for an EA degree. To be installed into any chair, elected or appointed, you need to be a MM.
     
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  5. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Same here. Once an MM you are eligible for any office in the lodge.
     
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  6. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    Same. However you have to be a mm for 12 months before you can be installed in any office other than Steward ( which have non-ceremonial roles here, although are supposed to be understudies to the deacons)
     
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  7. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Here this is not the case. I was voted in as Senior Deacon four months after being raised.
     
  8. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    Were you installed as SD when a Fellowcraft ?
     
  9. MBC

    MBC Twice Registered User Premium Member

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    In our jurisdiction, I thought FC degree is the minimal degrees for all offices except the Master and his two Warden. Not sure they have changed that yet.


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  10. Bloke

    Bloke Premium Member

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    In Victoria Australia, only a MM can be installed in office.
     
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  11. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    EXCEPT WM (under GLoTX- MUST be a Master Mason at all times).
     
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  12. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    It's been awhile so I'm rusty, but can't the tyler be an EA or FC?
     
  13. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

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    I've learned the ritual for and about the tiler in 3 jurisdictions and witnessed others. Some explicitly say Master Mason. Yet another limitation to my earlier statement that an EA/FC can sit in chairs pro tem during degrees. Only some of the chairs.
     
  14. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    No. Four months after I was raised to Master Mason.
     
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  15. Ripcord22A

    Ripcord22A Site Benefactor

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    Even if its allowed why would u do that to the new brother. Even if u need him to fill a chair have him take the jd or sd place and put that brother out side. Yes those have speaking roles but so what someone can prompt him. After my 4th meeting i nee enough that if asked i coulda fumbled through any of the chairs parts

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  16. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    No- The installed Tiler must be a MM, but he is the only officer who does not have to be a member of that particular Lodge.

    An EA or FC could serve pro tem in a Lodge of that degree, but I think it's a bad idea. How would he know who to let in or deny entrance to, or how to examine someone? I can see letting a particularly sharp EA or FC work in a degree, but, otherwise, I think they should concentrate on learning their work.
     
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  17. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Here in Kentucky all officers of the lodge have to be Master Masons.
     
  18. Brother JC

    Brother JC Vigilant Staff Member

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    In both NM and CA the Installed Tyler must be an MM, but the descriptions of the Tyler in the rituals are very different from each other.
     
  19. Ripcord22A

    Ripcord22A Site Benefactor

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    In OR is proper implement in NM its Sword
     
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  20. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Proper implement here in Kentucky.
     
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