The Wardens

Richard H. Ryder, 2017

The Junior Warden and Senior Warden hold very important positions within the lodge, for in the absence of the Master there are next in line, respectively, to assume the East.  As such they need to prepare themselves for this potential responsibility. Also, there will come a day when they too will become Master.  This article highlights some of the steps new Wardens can take to prepare themselves for assuming the East of their lodge.

The New Junior Warden

The newly elected Junior Warden demonstrates, by filling this office, a desire and commitment toward sitting in the East as Master of his lodge.  This commitment and accompanying responsibility should not be taken lightly.  The Junior Warden owes it to himself and the lodge members to be well prepared for assuming his current and future responsibilities.  It is important for him to not only begin the process of planning his term, but also to coordinate his role, responsibilities, and activities with those of the Senior Warden and Master.

The following checklist will assist the Junior Warden in preparing for his term:

  1. Become more acquainted with lodge members
  2. Become more acquainted with Wardens and Masters within the district
  3. Increase visibility within the lodge and at lodge activities
  4. Increase visibility within the district and at district activities
  5. Attend Grand Lodge meetings, when appropriate
  6. Regularly attend and support district Lodge of Instruction
  7. Attend Master’s Path to begin thinking about and pre-planning your term as Master
  8. Attend all rehearsals and monthly meetings
  9. Familiarize yourself with and apply, where necessary, the Lodge By-laws
  10. Familiarize yourself with and apply, where necessary, the Grand Constitution
  11. Familiarize yourself with the lodge government process, including budgeting and finances
  12. Properly prepare for and effectively execute floor work and ritual
  13. Fulfill the Junior Warden roles and responsibilities as outlined in the book, Duties and Responsibilities of Lodge Officers and Committee Chairmen
  14. Coordinate goals and objectives with those of the Senior Warden and Master
  15. Support the Senior Warden and Master in their respective activities
  16. Become familiar with effective public speaking skills

The New Senior Warden

Like the Junior Warden the newly elected Senior Warden demonstrates, by filling this office, a continued commitment to travelling toward the East.  This commitment and accompanying responsibility is second only to the Master.  The Senior Warden also owes it to himself and the lodge members to be well prepared for assuming his current and future responsibilities.   It is important for him to not only begin the process of planning his term, but also to coordinate his role, responsibilities and activities with those of the Master.

The following checklist will assist the Senior Warden in preparing for his term:

  1. Become well acquainted with lodge members
  2. Become well acquainted with Wardens and Masters within the district
  3. High visibility within the lodge and at lodge activities
  4. High visibility within the district and at district activities
  5. Attend Grand Lodge meetings, when appropriate
  6. Regularly attend and support district Lodge of Instruction
  7. Attend Master’s Path, if not previously attended, to prepare for your term as Master
  8. Attend all rehearsals and monthly meetings
  9. Fully understand and apply, where necessary, the Lodge By-laws
  10. Fully understand and apply, where necessary, the Grand Constitution
  11. Fully understand the lodge government process, including budgeting and finances
  12. Properly prepare for and effectively execute floor work and ritual
  13. Fulfill the Senior Warden roles and responsibilities as outlined in the book, Duties and Responsibilities of Lodge Officers and Committee Chairmen
  14. Coordinate goals and objectives with those of the Master
  15. Support the Junior Warden and Senior Warden in their respective activities
  16. Develop and hone public speaking skills
  17. Develop and hone meeting management skills
  18. Develop and hone delegation skills
  19. Develop and hone organization skills

 

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