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Lodge Officers and their Responsibilities
The officers of a Lodge have been elected or appointed to serve the Lodge because of their particular talents. Some are more gifted in certain areas than others but all of them must possess one very important characteristic, that of DEVOTION TO DUTY.
 
When a man accepts an office in a Masonic Lodge he is saying to the Brethren of his Lodge that he has committed himself to Masonry and to the complete fulfillment of his office. He should, prior to acceptance of an office, study the charges which will be made to him at his installation. He should also recognize that he will have to make certain sacrifices as the job of an officer is not a "one or two'' night a month obligation. There is a great deal of planning, studying, and attending involved in each of these offices. If he is not prepared to make these sacrifices then he is not being fair to his Lodge Brothers or to himself by accepting the office. Every officer must work with enthusiasm, not only at his own particular job in the Lodge, but must assist all other officers in the performance of their duties. The officer, by doing his job well, is trying to earn his way to the next office in line or to some other position of responsibility in his Lodge.
 
The Senior Warden must always be on the alert for potential line officer material. Upon becoming Master of his Lodge it will be his responsibility to appoint at least one member to the officer line. In the supervision of degree work, committee work, and to other Lodge functions the Senior Warden will have the chance to see the membership at work. He will also have the opportunity to delegate responsibility to members which may bring to light officer material. Remember that there is a wealth of talent in the membership of every Lodge just waiting for the opportunity to be recognized.



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