2018-2019 Round Rock Lodge #227 Officers
Worshipful Master - Alex Ortiz
His Jewel is the Square, which is a stonemason’s tool to ascertain true and correct angles of the cut and smoothed stone…thus his Jewel symbolizes virtue.
The Worshipful Master of a Masonic Lodge is the highest ranking of all Lodge Officers. This position is similar to a President of any other organization. The Master of a Masonic Lodge is an elected officer of the Lodge.
The Worshipful Master is responsible for all business and activities within his lodge during his year as Master. He is ultimately responsible for every other lodge officer and their duties, every lodge committee, ritual and degree work, Masonic education, social functions, fundraisers, District and Grand Lodge liaison, and Trestle Board communications, etc.
Freemasons call the Master, “Worshipful Master”, they do not, as some people may erroneously believe, actually worship him. “Worshipful” is an Old English honorary title which shows respect for his position.
Senior Warden - Michael Holmes
His Jewel is the Level…symbolizing that all Masons meet on the level, without regard to social, political or religious beliefs or status.
The Senior Warden of a Masonic Lodge is the second in charge within the Lodge Officers. In the absence of the Worshipful Master, the Senior Warden assumes the Worshipful Master’s duties.
The Senior Warden of a Masonic Lodge sits in the West (symbolic of the setting sun) and assists the Worshipful Master in opening and closing the Lodge. His position is similar to a Vice-President of any organization. It is his duty to support the Master and to prepare himself for that office during the following year.
The Senior Warden of a Masonic Lodge is an elected officer of the Lodge.
Junior Warden - Marco Sanchez
His Jewel of Office is the Plumb,… which is a stonemason’s instrument used for ascertaining the alignment of a vertical surface. It symbolizes upright behavior among Masons.
The Junior Warden of a Masonic Lodge is the third in charge of the Lodge. The Junior Warden sits in the South, symbolic of the position of the sun at midday. His position is similar to a Second Vice-President. The Junior Warden, too,may open the lodge if the Master is unable to attend the meeting.
It is the Junior Warden’s duty to arrange meals for the lodge, and, typically, the two Stewards act as his assistants in this responsibility. The Junior Warden of a Masonic Lodge is an elected officer of the Lodge.
Secretary - Tom McGuire
His Jewel is the Crossed Quill Pens. The Secretary is the Lodge’s Recorder. The Secretary’s Lodge Officer Duties require a high degree of lodge experience, Masonic knowledge, diplomacy and, above all, detailed paperwork skills. The Lodge Secretary is the backbone of any Masonic Lodge and he holds a position of great responsibility. He sits to the left of the Master.
His duties require him to handle all correspondence to the members, minutes of Lodge meetings, petitions of new candidates, continuous lodge member count, and many other administrative duties. He compiles an ongoing list of each new candidate and which degrees that candidate has undertaken. From his member list, he sends out the annual dues notices and receives dues payments. He communicates with other Lodges and the Grand Lodge, types letters, retrieves the mail as well as hand les many other details.
The Secretary’s Lodge Officer duties are many, not the least of which is that he must be well versed in Grand Lodge By-Laws for his jurisdiction and his Lodge By-Laws. He keeps the list of Lodge members and helps the Master organize his meetings. A very experienced member usually resides in this chair…many times he is a Past Master of the Lodge. While it is not a prerequisite, due to the number of hours that this position requires, most (not all) Lodge Secretaries are retired and therefore able to devote the many hours required which are necessary to this position.
The Secretary’s position is similar to a corporate C.O.O., (Chief Operation Officer). The Secretary of a Masonic Lodge is an elected officer of the Lodge.
Treasurer - Bob Blair
His Jewel is a Pair of Crossed Keys, signifying he is the Collector and Distributor of all Lodge Monies as he holds the keys to the cashbox.
The Treasurer of a Masonic Lodge is the Chief Financial Officer of the Lodge. He sits to the right of the Master and behind the Senior Deacon. The Treasurer is responsible for all financial transactions. He receives all money, pays all debts by order of the Worshipful Master with the consent of the lodge and renders a report when requested.
The Treasurer’s duties can be likened to a corporate C.F.O. (Chief Financial Officer). The Treasurer of a Masonic Lodge is an elected officer of the Lodge.
Senior Deacon - Tom Macaluso
His Jewel is the Square and Compass with the Sun in the middle. The sun signifies that his position is on the lower level, to the right of the Worshipful Master in the east.
His duty is as messenger of the Worshipful Master, hence he does a lot of walking.
The Senior Deacon of a Masonic Lodge is an assistant officer of the Lodge. The Senior Deacon’s principle roles are to welcome and escort both visitors and candidates into the lodge and introduce distinguished visitors.
It is his duty to assist the Worshipful Master and carry orders between the Worshipful Master and the Senior Warden. During degree rituals, he guides the new candidate and conducts him around the lodge room.
The Senior Deacon’s position is similar to a Manager. The Senior Deacon of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge.
Junior Deacon - John Marques
Like his senior counterpart, the Senior Deacon, the Jewel of his office is the Square and Compass, however the Junior Deacon’s Square and Compass has a moon in the center, which signifies that he is in the West.
The Junior Deacon of a Masonic Lodge is an assistant officer of the Lodge. He sits to the lower right of the Senior Warden. The Junior Deacon’s principle role is to prepare the candidates during ritual and escort them to the lodge room and assist the Senior Deacon.
The Junior Deacon’s position is similar to a Manager. The Junior Deacon of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge.
Marshal - Dana Bishop
His Jewel is the Crossed Batons. The Marshal is the Lodge’s Conductor.
The Marshal of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge. The Marshal is in some jurisdictions the “Director of Ceremonies”. The Marshal’s duties and principle role is the organization of processions and ensuring the correct precedence and etiquette in formal proceedings. The Marshal’s position is similar to that of a Supervisor.
Master of Ceremonies - Carlos Castillo
Their primary duty is to prepare candidates prior to each of the three degrees. They also help conduct the candidates during the degree conferrals. In some jurisdictions, the Masters of Ceremony are responsible for answering alarms at the preparing room, examination room or outer doors.
Senior Steward - Chris Schoemann
His Jewel is the Cornucopia, which is an exact duplicate of the Junior Steward’s Cornucopia. The Cornucopia signifies the “Horn of Plenty”. It is a goat horn filled with the fresh fruits and vegetables to denote the “fruits of your labors” and represents a job well done.
The Senior Steward is tasked to understudy the Junior Deacon’s position and fill in for the Junior Deacon when absent. In their entry Officer positions, both the Senior and Junior Stewards typically handle kitchen duties and wait staff for the members.
The Senior Steward’s position is similar to that of a Supervisor. The Senior Steward of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge.
Junior Steward - Travis Jordan
His Jewel is the Cornucopia, which is an exact duplicate to the Senior Steward’s Cornucopia. The Cornucopia signifies the “Horn of Plenty”.
It is a goat horn filled with the “fruits of your labors” and represents a job well done.
The Junior Steward is tasked to understudy the Senior Steward position and fill in for the Senior Steward in his absence. The Junior Steward’s principle role is to assist the Senior Steward and the Senior Deacon in the preparation of the Candidates.
The Junior Steward position is similar to that of a Supervisor. The Junior Steward of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge.
Chaplain - Tom Logue
His Jewel of office is an opened book, symbolizing the Volume of Sacred Law (the Christian Bible, Hebrew Torah or Tanach, the Muslim Qur’an, the Hindu Vedas or other Holy Books).
The Chaplain of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge. He sits to the right of the Master.The Chaplain is the spiritual leader of the Lodge. While he may or may not be a Minister, Priest, Rabbi or Imam,… in the lodge, the Chaplain is responsible for non-denominational prayers at both the opening and closing of meetings, during degree ritual ceremonies and before meals.
The Chaplain’s position is similar to that of a Supervisor. The Chaplain of a Masonic Lodge is an appointed officer of the Lodge.
Tiler (Tyler) - Michael & Simon Grubbs
His Jewel is the Sword, by which he symbolically refuses entrance to anyone who is uninitiated in the Craft. The sword has no scabbard, as it is his symbolic duty to always have his sword drawn, ready for the defense of his post.
The Tiler’s duties and principle role is to ensure that only those who are duly qualified are allowed to enter the Lodge Room. While the Tiler is sometimes called upon to assist in the preparation of candidates, his chief duty is to (symbolically) keep unskilled workmen from overhearing the conversation within the Lodge Room.
After the lodge members are inside the Lodge Room, the door closes and it is the Tiler’s duty to decide whether late arrivals may enter. It is also his duty to make sure that each visitor is “properly clothed”, which means they must be wearing their Masonic apron.
The Tiler’s position is similar to that of a Supervisor. The Tiler (or Tyler) of a Masonic Lodge is an elected officer of the Lodge.
Lodge Instructor - Kervin Warnken
His jewel is the Square and Compasses with an Oil lamp.
His duties as the Lodge Educational Officer are to perform his functions under the Grand Lodge Committee on Masonic Education. He is expected to make himself available to render all possible assistance to the Worshipful Masters and the Lodge members.
Past Masters of Round Rock Lodge #227
Ω = Has passed the veil
1859 & 1864 – John C. Black Ω
1860 – Thomas C. Oatts Ω
1861 – Levi Asher Ω
1862 – T. W. Graham Ω
1863 – W. A. Davis Ω
1865-1868, 1871,1874-1875, 1879 – G. W. Davis Ω
1869-1870, 1873 – Frank McMordie Ω
1872 – Allen Kuykendoll Ω
1876, 1901 – R. R. Hyland Ω
1877-1878, 1881, 1883 – J. W. Sillure Ω
1880 – J. W. Bean Ω
1884-1887 – J. T. Haynes Ω
1888 – A. Verse Ω
1889 – T. E. Oates Ω
1890 – J. B. Morgan Ω
1891-1893 – W. E. McClellan Ω
1894 – J. S. Mayfield Ω
1895 – C. C. Black Ω
1896-1898, 1900 – W. W. Smith Ω
1899 – J. A. Holloway Ω
1902, 1905 1906 – A. M. Linebarger Ω
1903 – W. V. Wright Ω
1904, 1920 – C. T. Cochran Ω
1907-1908, 1917 – S. B. Wright Ω
1909-1910, 1921, 1903 – W. E. Henna Ω
1911 – J. N. Wright Ω
1912 – F. D. Caswell Ω
1913, 1918 – R. M. Cnimm Ω
1914-1915 – Jack Jordan Ω
1916 – O. L. Brady Ω
1919 – R. L. McDonald Ω
1922 – L. W. Ross Ω
1923 – W. R. Woolsey Ω
1924 – E. C. Woods Ω
1925 – T. W. Mayfield Ω
1926 – A. P. Mohrmann Ω
1927 – H. N. Cnimm Ω
1928, 1935, 1945-1946 – Fred Olson Ω
1929 – J. T. Hutto Ω
1931 – M. O. Deison Ω
1932 – Floyd R. Carlson Ω
1933, 1937, 1947 – C. V. Lansbury Ω
1936 – John N. Johnson Ω
1938, 1943 – Cody R. Adolphson
1939 – M. L. Blacklock
1940 – Floyd R. Carlson
1941 – L. O. Ramsey
1942 – Tiliman A. Brooks
1944 – A. L. Ferrell
1948 – LeRoy Forest
1949 – Gilbert Everett
1950 – Bill Kavanaugh
1951 – Frank Fouse
1952 – Martin E. Anderson
1953 – Joe Parker
1954 – Moody Mayfield
1955 – Charlie A. Barton
1956 – Claude T. Berkman
1957 – Marvin H. Parker
1958 – Joe Canker
1959 – Vic A. Robertson, Jr.
1960 – Warren King
1961, 1965 – Marvin D. Olson
1962 – J. W. Bradley
1963 – G. M. Wilson
1964 – Homer H. Katrner
1966 – W. L. Hudgins
1967 – Melvin C. Warren
1968 – W. C. Kiesling Jr.
1969 – Clifford O. Marx
1970 – A. J. Coursey
1971 – M. R. Townsend
1972 – C. M. Bradley, Jr.
1973 – O. C. Garner
1974 – James E. White
1975 – Larry I. Boyd
1976 – Alfred E. Walter
1977 – Troy C. Martin Ω
1978 – C. Glenn Towery
1979 – Franklin E. Pierce
1980 – Kenneth W. Lunsford
1981 – Robert Leslie
1982 – Gary Walker
1983 – John Smith
1984 – Thomas R. Jones
1985 – Terry Bonds
1986 – Robert McDilda
1987 – A.E. Stabeno Jr.
1988 – Rick Renfro
1989 – Wesley L. Hord Jr.
1990 – John P. Thomas
1991 – Robert M. Blair
1992 – Richard B. Smith
1993 – Arthur Bartley
1994 – Douglas Edwards
1995 – Ronald W. Arnett
1996 – Doyle McGary
1997 – D.W. “Mike” Hall
1998 – Andy N. Whitwell, II
1999 – Robert Kuhn
2000 – Larry Fisher
2001 – Issam M. (Sam) Bakir
2002 – Charles Brune
2003 – Rafael A. Rivas
2004 – Loren Behrens
2005 – Don Eames
2006 – John H. Vernon
2007 – Michael Von Ohlen
2008 – Donny Gonzalez
2009 – Lazaro Luna
2010 – John L. W. Peters
2011 – Harmon C. Miller Ω
2012 – Aaron B. Hilton
2013 – Patrick C. Artes
2014 – Peter Artes
2015 – Brian Patton
2016 – Richard Robertson
2017 – Thomas D. McGuire
2018 – Jeremy LeCrone