One question that is often asked is “what is the difference between Masonic Lodge and Grand Lodge”? Please allow us to explain.
Grand Lodge of Tasmania is a collective of all Tasmanian Lodge members who are Master Masons.
Grand Lodge of Tasmania is the overarching body of Freemasonry in Tasmania. Led by an elected Grand Master. The Grand Lodge meets in February and August, called Communications where reports are received, amendments to the Constitution if required are discussed, presentations are made, a collection for the Board of Benevolence from the Brethren present and the Grand Master’s address, outlining his tasks in the previous six months and the future directions.
The Grand Lodge of Tasmania is responsible for the Grand Lodge Ceremonial teams, the Constitution, the Board of General Purposes which considers issues raised by subordinate Lodges/members, whilst the Board of Benevolence handles charitable matters within the State.
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Masonic Lodges are found in most major cities and towns in Tasmania and meet on a regular day- whether monthly or bi-monthly. A Masonic Lodge is made up of members who come from all walks of life and the Lodge plays an important part in the social fabric of the community. This may include assistance raising funds for a specific cause e.g. Purchase a defribulator for the local fire brigade.
A Lodge is chaired by a Worshipful Master who holds the position for 12 months. There are also other members who hold other positions for a similar 12 month period. This occurs on a set date known as “Installation” which is usually carried out by the Grand Lodge ceremonial team.
The Worshipful Master and the senior officers of the Lodge are expected to attend Grand Lodge Communications and report back to their Lodge on outcomes and how this may impact on the Lodge.