Jareo Appointed Deputy Grand Master for 2018

By Christopher Rooney |

Jareo, pictured here as District Deputy Grand Master in 2012.
Jareo, pictured here as District Deputy Grand Master in 2012.

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.

Paul F. Gleason, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts and the presiding officer in the state, 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. Gleason, of Winchester, was installed for the second of his three one-year terms as Grand Master during the same ceremony.

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. Masons use the original definition of the word worshipful: honorable. English mayors and judges are addressed by the title of “Worshipful” even today. As Deputy Grand Master, members of the fraternity will call Brother Jareo “Right Worshipful.” 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.