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MASONIC EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM. Wardens Leadership Training The Future of Freemasonry Maintained By: Committee on Masonic Education Sponsored By: Grand Lodge of Kentucky F & A.M. MASONIC EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM. Welcome to the 2005 Wardens Leadership Training.

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masonic educational program


Wardens Leadership Training

The Future of Freemasonry

Maintained By: Committee on Masonic Education

Sponsored By: Grand Lodge of Kentucky F & A.M.

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Welcome to the 2005 Wardens Leadership Training.

This program has been revised again this year with the goal being to get back to the basis of Freemasonry in our Blue Lodges in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

I can see the expressions on your faces. What is the first step & how are we going to accomplish this?

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  • Suggestions and Recommendations
  • Open and Close your lodges proficiently.
    • Proper Protocol For Masonic Dignitaries.
    • Proper Examination of Visitors.
    • The importance of Investigating Committee’s.
    • Knowing the Proper way to Ballot.
    • Proficient Degree Work in the 1st section of all degrees.
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Open Introduction / G. Master’s Comments

Open Lodge


Examination of Visitors

Break Out Sessions

Masters, Sr. Wardens,

Jr. Wardens & Secretary’s


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6. Investigating Committee

7. Balloting

8. 1st Section EA Degree

Masonic Renewal

Close Lodge

11. Evaluation Report

open lodge

Open Lodge

By Monitor Full Form

For an official visit from the Grand Master or his proxy, the Lodge must be opened on the third degree. The Master will instruct the Senior Deacon to recognize the guests.
  • The Senior Deacon will arrange the guests in the Tyler's room in reverse hierarchal order. The order in which the distinguished guests will be received is:
Heads of affiliated bodies. (Development Office, Scottish Rite, York Rite, and other bodies.)
  • Masonic Homes Administrator.
  • Past District Deputy Grand Masters of your district- one Representative for all- usually the most senior.
  • Current Committee Members of the Grand Lodge.
  • Current District Deputy Grand Masters from other Districts. (Worshipful) (Public Grand Honors)
Past Grand Masters. (Most Worshipful)(Public Grand Honors)
  • Elected Grand Lodge Officers. (Right Worshipful)(Public Grand Honors) (Grand Chaplain is Right Reverend). Appointed officers as (Worshipful). The line up places the Elected Grand Lodge Officers at the door, and they enter with the Senior Deacon, in a path to the left of the altar. Even though they enter first, they are introduced last. Of course, the Grand Master enters, and is always introduced separately, and last.

h. The Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Kentucky. (Most Worshipful)(Private Grand Honors)

3. The Senior Deacon will make an alarm at the door. After being requested to enter by the Master, the Senior Deacon will lead the guests into the lodge room. They will arrange themselves in a semicircle around the altar facing the east.

4. The Master will call all brothers to their feet with 3 raps of the gavel as the Senior Deacon enters the room.

5. The Senior Deacon will recognize each distinguished guest in the reverse order they entered the room. This recognition will be by name and title. The guest will take one step forward and make the sign of a Master Mason when recognized in this manner.
6. After all guests are recognized the Master will ask the marshal to have the guests turn and face the brethren. The Master will then lead the brethren as they give the guests the Public Grand Honors of 3x3. (all appointed and elected officers should be recognized at all meetings)
At this time (at the Master's direction) the Senior Deacon will escort the ranking guest to the east where the Master will offer him the hat, gavel and oriental chair. The guest may chose to preside over the meeting or seat the craft at his discretion.
  • If present the Grand Master will be presented after all other distinguished guests. The Senior Deacon will bring him in separately and escort him west of the altar. He will be presented as the Most Worshipful Grand Master.
9. At this time the Master will request the Senior Deacon escort the Grand Master to the east. On the cue of the Master the brethren will give the Grand Master the Private Grand Honors (the three signs of Masonry). The Master will then offer him the hat, gavel and oriental chair. The Grand Master may chose to preside over the meeting or seat the craft at his discretion.
10. At the end of the meeting start at the lowest ranking guest and go up the line asking if they have anything to be addressed. The last one will be the one to speak at the end of the meeting. After the Grand Master speaks, the meeting is immediately closed.
Reference: 2004-2005 Hand Book of Instructions and Suggestions for District Deputy Grand Masters, The Grand Lodge of Kentucky Free and Accepted Masons pages 11-13.
  •  Kentucky Monitor by Henry Pirtle, pages 316-318.
how to perform examination

How to Perform Examination

On Visiting Brethren

Brethren who attempt to attend a tyled Masonic meeting and do not have another known brother to vouch for them should be examined to determine if they are a Mason in good standing. This strict trial and due examination is required by Masonic Law.
A printed form of visitor's cards should be kept in the Tyler's room to be usedthe first time each visitor attends lodge. This form is on page 319 of theKentucky Monitor.
The Master should appoint a committee of at least three brothers to examine the visitor. They should first ask to see a valid dues card and compare the signature on the dues card to that on the visitor’s card noted in #2 above.
The committee and visitor(s) should then retire to a convenient room where the visitor(s) should give Tyler's Oath. (page #320, Kentucky Monitor). The committee members should also give the Tyler's Oath in the appropriate fashion. After this point each visitor shall be examined separately.
If the Tyler's Oath is satisfactorily given the committee may proceed to ask the visitor(s) any questions on the catechism it deems necessary to determine if they are Masons in good standing
If the meeting has already begun and the committee finds the visitor(s) has proven himself to be a Mason in good standing then they shall report so to the Tyler. The Tyler will inform the visitor(s) of the degree the lodge is open on and announce that the committee and visiting brother wish to enter. The Senior Deacon will introduce the visiting brother west of the altar at the direction of the Master. (see page 321 Kentucky Monitor).
    If the committee determines the visitor has not proven himself as a regularly made Mason in good standing then they should inform him in a courteous manner without giving any reasons for their conclusion.

Reference: Kentucky Monitor 

See pages 322-323 in the Kentucky Monitor for definitions of Strict Trial, Due Examination and Lawful Information. 

breakout sessions

Breakout Sessions

- Masters and Sr. Wardens

- Jr. Wardens

- Secretaries & Treasurers

duties of the master ky constitution section 89

DUTIES OF THE MASTER(Ky Constitution Section 89)

The following is a list of the powers and duties of the Master of the Lodge as outlined by the:

Book of Constitutions

Powers of Lodge (Sect 75)

By-Laws of Lodge

master shall have power to
Mastershall have power to:
  • Issue, or cause to be issued, all summonses or notices which may be required;
  • Discharge all the executive functions of his Lodge; and
  • Perform all acts, by ancient usage proper to his office, which are not prohibited by the Constitution or Ordinances of Grand Lodge.
  • Preside and have general supervision over his lodge and decide questions of law and order, but any member of the lodge may appeal from the decision of the Master to the Grand Master, and from his decision to the Grand Lodge. Sect 89 (1)
To see that the by-laws and resolutions of his lodge are observed, and that the constitution, rules, and edict of this Grand Lodge are duly obeyed. Sect 89 (2)
  • To see that the reports are promptly made to the Grand Lodge.
  • To attain such proficiency in the work as will enable him to conduct the ceremonies of his lodge in a creditable manner.
  • To call communications of his lodge as provided in KMC Section 107.
  • To attend: Grand Lodge, District Meeting and Educational Programs.
be prepared
  • Annual plan
  • Budget
  • Goals (Educational – Building Plans)
  • Newsletter
  • Agenda (stated and called meetings)
  • Standing Committees
  • Special Committees
  • Coaches
  • Mentors
Superintend the official acts of all officers of his lodge and to see that respective duties are properly discharged.
  • To have knowledge of the work and lectures of the First, Second, and Third Degrees
  • To be knowledgeable of the ritual for conducting stated meetings
        • Balloting
        • Receiving dignitaries
        • Draping the charter
last rites
  • Conduct Masonic Funerals
    • Have someone ready
    • Be ready yourself
    • Have a system for notifying members
    • Contact the funeral home (s)
practice everything
  • Opening / Closing
  • Degrees
  • Funerals
  • Balloting
  • Introductions
enjoy yourself
  • Know your responsibilities
  • Work on your weaknesses
  • Exploit your strengths
  • Don’t let the negatives get to you
    • Situations
    • People


duties of the senior warden

By their conduct, their dress, their attendance, their enthusiasm, the proficiency of their work and their attitude, the officers of the lodge set the tone for the entire lodge operation. Each officer can do much to convey to the new candidates and members of the lodge, the seriousness, beauty and honor of Masonry as well as fun and fellowship.

To serve as Master in the absence of the Master;
  • To prepare the calendar for your year as Master;
  • To see that the Worshipful Master’s Orders are carried out in full.
  • To prepare the Senior Warden's Trestle board articles, when required;
To prepare an estimated budget for your year as Master
  • Prepare a calendar for your year
  • To consider brethren to be appointed to the line during your year as Master and to ask them if they will serve. (Discuss possible choices with the present Master and Junior Warden.)
To be knowledgeable of the work and lectures of the Third Degree and the ritual to qualify as Worshipful Master;
  • To be qualified to give the work of the Senior Warden in the three degrees;
  • To attend all degree practices designated by the Master.
All men who aspire to the Oriental Chair hope that their year as Master will not only be pleasurable to them but will bring growth and improved fellowship to their Lodge.
  • Often the only difference between the successful year and the one that falls short is planning!
how is annual planning done
  • Get a Calendar for your upcoming year.
  • Write in those dates that you know are fixed:
    • Stated Meetings
    • Installation
    • District Meetings
    • Annual Communication
  • Does your Lodge have one now?
  • What are you sources of income?
  • What will you have to spend money on?
Use the Masonic Education Book provided for you. There are alot of helpful things for you in there. We are just scratching the surface today.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese!

  • Who should serve on the Committee
  • What the Committee should ask
  • Educating the Candidate about Masonry
  • Out of Jurisdiction Candidates
  • The importance of the Investigating Committee
  • Conclusion
who should serve
Who should serve
  • Committee is typically composed of three members
  • Appointed by the Master of the Lodge
  • Members should be a good cross-section and representation of the Lodge
  • Members should have the time to serve
  • Investigations should be prompt
questions to be asked
Questions to be asked
  • General Information
  • Religious Opinion
  • Moral Standards
  • Clubs or Groups
  • Financial Stability
  • Home and Family Environment
educating the candidate
Educating the Candidate
  • What Masonry is
  • What Masonry is not
  • What the Candidate may expect
  • What is expected of the Candidate
  • The structure of Masonry
jurisdictional concerns
Jurisdictional Concerns
  • In Out-of-Jurisdiction cases, both Lodges must investigate the candidate
  • Home Jurisdiction Lodge investigates first
  • Waiver
  • Petitioned Lodge then investigates
importance of the committee
Importance of the Committee
  • “Even so, many duly and truly unprepared make their way into our Lodges”
  • Candidates who do not make it through proficiency
  • Effects of a Candidate passing the ballot box who should not have

Inspect the Cornerstone before you erect the superstructure!

There is, sometimes, too much carelessness and indifference in Balloting. The ballot for candidates should be a very solemn matter. It is no light thing to receive an unworthy person into a lodge as a member or to reject on who is worthy. It is therefore suggested that all such balloting be done under the sign, as follows:
The Master first examines the box and sees that the ballot chamber is empty and that a proper supply of white balls and black cubes is in the outer chamber. The box is then carried by the Senior Deacon to the Senior Warden and Junior Warden for examination. The Senior Deacon then returns the box to the Master who first announces the names of the candidates upon whose petitions the for the E.A. degree, whether the committee’s report was favorable.
He then casts his ballot and remains standing while the box is presented in succession to the Senior Warden and Junior Warden. Such officers rise, give the D.G. and S., deposit their ballots and remain standing at their stations.

The Senior Deacon then deposits the ballot box on the altar so that the person who approaches it to cast his ballot shall face the East. The Master then calls up the craft, who form in single file, approach the altar, give the D.G. and S., cast their ballots, return to their respective places and remain standing until all have voted.

The Senior Deacon should take a position about six feet to the west of the altar, where the line should halt as each brother approaches the altar to vote. There is nothing in the Book of Constitutions which prohibits a ballot from being taken collectively upon two or more petitions, but if any member objects the ballot should be spread separately. Should one or more black cubes appear on a joint ballot the ballot must then be spread upon each petition separately. After all have voted the Master declares the Ballot closed and orders the Senior Deacon
to present the ballot to the Junior Warden and the Senior Warden for examination. If, on inspection by the Wardens and the Master, two or more black cubes shall appear, the balloting upon that petition shall cease; but, if only one black cube shall appear on the first ballot, a second ballot shall immediately be spread before anyone leaves the room. If at least one black cube still appears the Master must declare the petition rejected.”

Kentucky Monitor p. 343-344


SECTION 124. Petitions

When received and balloted on. Such petition must be received at a stated communication and one lunar month must intervene between its reception and the balloting thereon.

SECTION 126. For Degrees and Affiliation.

The balloting for the degrees or affiliation shall be taken only in a Master Mason’s lodge and then only at a stated communication and a favorable ballot on the petition shall elect the candidate to receive all three degrees.

SECTION 128. Ballot Secret.

In all cases every ballot shall be strictly secret, whether a favorable or unfavorable ballot was cast: and every brother shall be secured in his right to cast his ballot privately for or against a candidate, as between himself and his own conscience. If anyone shall make known or reveal his own or another’s vote in secret ballot he shall be guilty of unmasonic conduct and subject to trial. (more)

SECTION 130. Unanimous.

The Ballot must be unanimous to elect a candidate to receive the degrees or for affiliation.

SECTION 131. Two Unfavorable Ballots. If two or more unfavorable ballots appear against a candidate he shall be declared rejected.

SECTION 132. One Unfavorable Ballot.

In balloting on a petition , if only one negative appears, a second ballot shall immediately take place; if on the second ballot one negative again appears, the petitioner shall be declared rejected.

SECTION 134. Objection.

(a) An objection to initiation…may be made by a member of the lodge, and the objection to the initiation…shall have precisely the same effect, in every respect, as if the objector had cast an unfavorable ballot on the petition.

friend to friend program

Friend-to-Friend Program

Kentucky Lodges have been using the Friend-to-Friend program for several years now and many of them have been successful in their membership development efforts as a result.

The program encourages Lodge members to share information about Masonry with their non-Masonic friends.

When a friend or interested person asks about Masonry.

mission of the program

Mission of the program

To inform the public what Freemasonry is, what it has done, what it can do for an individual, a family, and a community.

To build a well rounded mature membership base.

To provide selected men with facts and

information about Masonic membership.


THE PROGRAMThere are three essential components to the Friend-to-Friend program: The Lodge committee The Friend-to-Friend video tape The Friend-to-Friend brochure (tape and brochure available soon)

To implement the Friend-to-Friend Program in your lodge, the lodge should be fully informed on all aspects of the Friend-to-Friend Program.

All officers and members should be aggressive in promoting the implementation of this program in each lodge.

The Lodge should put together an educational program for Friend – to – Friend,for all Lodge members who have a particular interest in this program. By doing so, the Master should appoint an educational chairman.

The chairman should hold educational exercises for implementing the Friend –to – Friend program. The chairman should report at a stated communication of the Lodge or as directed by the Master.



There are, in each community, many men who will make great Masons and who would benefit from membership in our fraternity.

We will NEVER solicit anyone for membership, but we should make information about the fraternity available to the Public.“Friend-to-Friend”
The Friend-to-Friend program is very helpful in this regard and should be made available in your Lodge.
Those who attempt to have a Masonic Information Program without proper preparation may fail to give a correct impression of our Fraternity. This result could affect your Lodge for years to come.For some Lodges, this may be the most important event of the year.


Remember, the primary factor in your success is the attendance of both Masons and non-Masons.

Put Your Best Effort Forward

The Mentor Program

The Kentucky Masonic Mentor Program has been developed from a variety of successful instructional programs now in use in several Masonic jurisdictions.


The purpose of the Mentor Program is to ensure that every initiate is properly informed about all stated communications and lodge functions, and generally to see that the new brother is happy and informed. He should also answer any questions the new brother may have.


Upon election of a petitioner for the Degrees of Freemasonry, the Master should appoint a Masonic Mentor.

The Masonic Mentor will contact the candidate and advise him of the tentative Degree schedule and invite the candidate and his wife to any open Lodge functions.

The Mentor will meet with the candidate at least several times:

· Prior to the First Degree

·  Prior to the Second Degree

·  Prior to the Third Degree

·  Following the Third Degree

·  Final Follow-up Session

Brother To Brother Program

We would like to increase attendance in our lodges this year. We are asking each member to be a friend to a member that is not attending lodge.

Show that you are concerned and that you would like to see them back in lodge.
  • Make a special effort to visit a brother.
  • Make a special effort to call before lodge meetings.
  • Work with a brother until you get him back to lodge.
  • Don’t give up on your brothers.
remember our patriotism

Remember Our Patriotism

United We Stand And Divided We Fall

Thanks for your Attention

Support Our Troops

close lodge

Close Lodge

By Monitor Full Form

Masters of each lodge was presented a manual at Grand Lodge.
  • This manual should be in your lodge.
  • Revisions will be made to the manual and those revisions will be mailed to each lodge secretary.
  • Refer to this manual often and use it as a guideline.
Remember to Read your Constitutions
  • Remember to Communicate.
  • Thanks to the DDGM’S for promoting this program in their Districts.
  • Thank you to the Brethren that opened, closed lodge and performed the degree work.
  • Thank you for your facility to host this program this year.

Thanks for your attention today and we hope that you leave today with more Masonic Lightthan you had when you arrived.

Remember United We Stand and Divided We Fall.

Maintained By: Committee on Masonic Education

Sponsored By: Grand Lodge of Kentucky F & A.M.