Grand Lodge Leadership

Grand Lodge Leadership

 

GRAND MASTER M.W. Paul F. Gleason William Parkman Lodge
DEPUTY GRAND MASTER R.W. Scott T. Jareo Golden Rule Lodge
DISTRICT GRAND MASTER
(PANAMA)
R.W. George O’Masta Ancon Lodge
SENIOR GRAND WARDEN R.W. Fred A. Dobson, Jr. John Hancock Lodge
JUNIOR GRAND WARDEN R.W. Michael J. Jarzabek Brigham Lodge
GRAND TREASURER R.W. Mason W. Russell Budleigh Lodge
GRAND SECRETARY M.W. Albert T. Ames Meridian Lodge

M.W. Paul F. Gleason, Grand Master

M.W. Paul F. Gleason
M.W. Paul F. Gleason, Grand Master

On December 27th, 2016, Paul Fulton Gleason was installed as the 89th Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts. Gleason is following in the footsteps of Past Grand Masters like Paul Revere and General Joseph Warren. The office of Grand Master is a volunteer position; the Grand Master is elected and installed on an annual basis. Tradition dictates that first-year Grand Masters are re-elected for a second and third year before another new Grand Master is elected.

As Grand Master, Gleason presides over more than 26,000 Masons and 225 lodges throughout the Commonwealth. The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts was chartered in 1733, following the establishment of the Grand Lodges of England in 1717 and Ireland in 1725. This makes Massachusetts the third oldest Grand Lodge in the world and the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Gleason is considered to be the third “ranking” Mason in the world due to this precedent.

The Grand Master has two distinct responsibilities. In this capacity he has numerous ceremonial privileges. He ensures the activities taking place within the jurisdiction comply with the Constitutions and Regulations of the Grand Lodge. The second responsibility he has is leading the business of the Grand Lodge, including:

  • Chairman, Grand Lodge Board of Directors.
  • President, Masonic Education & Charity Trust (ME&CT). The ME&CT is a 501©3 overseeing the charitable activities of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
  • Chairman, Grand Lodge Library and Museum Board of Directors; a 501©3 responsible for the Samuel Crocker Lawrence Library and the Grand Lodge Museum collection, both of which are open to the public.
  • Member of the Masonic Health System (MHS) Board of Directors.  With corporate headquarters in Charlton, MA, MHS includes The Overlook Life Care Community, which features independent, enhanced, post-acute and skilled nursing; as well as the Overlook Visiting Nurses Association which serves greater than 1,800 people each day.

Gleason was raised in Winchester and educated at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg. He attended Williams College and graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in 1964. In 1966, he received a Master of the Arts from New York University’s Courant Institute. He then received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1968. He married his wife, Phyllis, in 1967, and has been a resident of Winchester since 1969.

In 1966, he was hired by The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government. He served as Technical Staff and Group Leader until his retirement in 2005.

In 1971, he began his Masonic career by joining William Parkman Lodge in Winchester. He served as the Worshipful Master, or presiding officer of the lodge, in 1975-76. Masons use the original definition of the word worshipful: honorable. English mayors and judges are addressed by the title of “Worshipful” even today. As Grand Master, members of the fraternity will call Brother Gleason “Most Worshipful.”

He is also a member of Corner Stone Lodge in Duxbury and Washington Lodge in Lexington. His service to the Grand Lodge began in 1997 when he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master for the Arlington 6th Masonic District. In 2003, he was elected to serve as Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge, the fourth highest position a Mason can hold in the state. In that same year, Gleason also received the Henry Price Medal, the most prestigious honor conferred by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. In 2006, he began his service to the Grand Lodge’s Master’s Path program, an educational seminar for men who wish to become Worshipful Masters of their local Masonic lodges. He directed that program through the end of 2016.

He has been active in several Masonic organizations in his lifetime. Gleason is a member of many bodies under the York Rite of Freemasonry. He is a member of Concord Royal Arch Chapter, Boston Council of Royal and Select Master Masons, and Saint Bernard Commandery #12.

A member of each of the bodies in Scottish Rite in the Valley of Boston, he has served on the production crew for the Valley since 2006. Scottish Rite ceremonies are performed as plays, so the production crew is integral to the success of the Scottish Rite program. Gleason also belongs to the Shriners, as a member of the Aleppo Temple in Wilmington, as well as the Massachusetts College of Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis.

R.W. Scott T. Jareo, Deputy Grand Master

R.W. Scott T. Jareo, Deputy Grand Master
R.W. Scott T. Jareo, Deputy Grand Master

Scott Thomas Jareo of Dracut is the Deputy Grand Master of Masons for 2018. The Deputy Grand Master is the second highest ranking officer of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, comprised of over 25,000 members in more than 225 lodges statewide.

The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts is the oldest Grand Lodge in the Western Hemisphere and the third oldest in the world. It was chartered in 1733, following the establishment of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 and Ireland in 1725.

The Grand Master handpicked Jareo to serve as Deputy Grand Master. He will assist the Grand Master and preside over the Grand Lodge during his absence for the next year. He is also the Grand Master ex officio should the Grand Master not be able to complete his term.

Jareo is originally from Lorraine, NY and graduated from South Jefferson Central School. He was a music performance major at Berklee College of Music from 1987 to 1989, and completed an Associate of Science in Business Administration at Massachusetts Bay Community College in 2000. He is a product manager and technical education consultant for Symantec Corporation, a company he has worked for since 2008. Scott and his wife, Shelley, live in Dracut with their daughter Emily.

Brother Jareo began his Masonic career in 2005 when he joined Golden Rule Lodge in Wakefield. He served as the Worshipful Master (or presiding officer) from June of 2009 to June of 2010. He is currently the Assistant Treasurer for his Lodge.

He began his service to the Grand Lodge as a member of the Grand Lodge Membership Committee in 2008. He was appointed Grand Standard Bearer in 2011. He was then appointed to serve as the District Deputy Grand Master for the 13th Masonic District in 2012 and 2013. Jareo received the Joseph Warren Distinguished Service Medal, the highest honor a lodge can award one of its members, in 2014. In addition to serving as Deputy Grand Master for 2018, he was also elected to a three year term as a member of the Grand Lodge Board of Directors.

Active in several Masonic organizations, Jareo is a 32° Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite – Valley of Boston. He is a member of Mount Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, Ahasuerus Council of Royal & Select Master Masons, Pilgrim Commandery No. 9 and St. Bernard’s Commandery No. 12. He is also a member of the Aleppo Shrine Temple in Wilmington.

R.W. Fred A. Dobson, Senior Grand Warden

R.W. Fred A. Dobson
R.W. Fred A. Dobson, Senior Grand Warden

Fred Arthur Dobson, Jr. of Waltham was installed Senior Grand Warden for 2018 in a ceremony at the fraternity’s Boston headquarters on Wednesday, December 27th. The Senior Grand Warden is the second highest ranking elected officer of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, comprised of over 25,000 members in more than 225 lodges statewide. He will serve for one year.

Dobson was elected at the Grand Lodge Annual Communication on Wednesday, December 13th. As Senior Grand Warden, he will assist Paul F. Gleason, Grand Master and the presiding officer in the state, for the coming year. He also serves as Grand Master Pro Tempore in the absence of the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master.

Dobson is a native of North Reading, MA. He was educated in their public school system, and graduated from North Reading High School. He is also a graduate of Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. He currently works as a marketing manager for IBM Watson Health in Cambridge, a position he has held since 2016.

Brother Dobson began his Masonic career in 2009 when he joined John Hancock Lodge in Methuen. He served as the Lodge’s Worshipful Master, or presiding officer, from September of 2012 until June of 2014. Dobson first served the Grand Lodge as a Grand Pursuivant in 2012. He also served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 11th Masonic District in 2015 and 2016. A District Deputy Grand Master serves as the Grand Master’s personal representative to the lodges in his district.

Active in several Masonic organizations, Dobson is a 32° Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite’s Valley of Boston and Valley of The Merrimack. He belongs to the York Rite’s Saint Andrew’s Royal Arch Chapter and Boston Council of Royal & Select Master Masons.

R.W. Michael J. Jarzabek, Junior Grand Warden

R.W. Michael J. Jarzabek, Junior Grand Warden
R.W. Michael J. Jarzabek, Junior Grand Warden

Michael Jeffrey Jarzabek of Ludlow was installed Junior Grand Warden for 2018 in a ceremony at the fraternity’s Boston headquarters on Wednesday, December 27th. The Junior Grand Warden is the third highest ranking elected officer of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, comprised of over 25,000 members in more than 225 lodges statewide. He will serve for one year.

Jarzabek was elected at the Grand Lodge Annual Communication on Wednesday, December 13th. As Junior Grand Warden, he will assist Paul F. Gleason, Grand Master and the presiding officer in the state, for the coming year. He also serves as Grand Master Pro Tempore in the absence of the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master and Senior Grand Warden.

Jarzabek is a native of Willimantic, CT. He is a graduate of Windham Technical High School, and served in the United States Air Force. A master electrician by trade, he is currently the Vice President of Operations for Utility Service New England in Westfield.

Brother Jarzabek began his Masonic career in 2002 when he joined Eastern Star Lodge #44 in North Windham, CT. He also joined Brigham Lodge in Ludlow later that year. He served Brigham Lodge as Worshipful Master, or presiding officer, in 2007-2008.

He is also a member of The Meadows Lodge in East Longmeadow and Wilbraham Masonic Lodge. He first served the Grand Lodge as Junior Grand Deacon in 2012. He also served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 28th District for 2014 and 2015. A District Deputy Grand Master serves as the Grand Master’s personal representative to the lodges in his district.

Active in several Masonic organizations, Jarzabek is a 32° Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite – Valley of Springfield. He is a member of the Melha Shrine Temple in Springfield. He also belongs to the York Rite’s Morning Star Royal Arch Chapter and Springfield Council of Royal & Select Master Masons.