Grand Lodge Leadership

Grand Lodge Leadership

 

GRAND MASTER M.W. Paul F. Gleason William Parkman Lodge
DEPUTY GRAND MASTER R.W. Lawrence E. Bethune Dalhousie Lodge
DISTRICT GRAND MASTER
(PANAMA)
R.W. George O’Masta Ancon Lodge
SENIOR GRAND WARDEN R.W. Geoffrey Kromer Caleb Butler Lodge
JUNIOR GRAND WARDEN R.W. Timothy S. McGavin Golden Rule 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 25,000 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. Lawrence E. Bethune, Deputy Grand Master

Lawrence Eugene Bethune of West Newton is the Deputy Grand Master of Masons for 2019. 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 Bethune to serve as Deputy Grand Master. He will assist the Grand Master and preside over the Grand Lodge during any absence of the Grand Master 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 third year of his three one-year terms as Grand Master during the same ceremony.

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia to a career U.S. Navy officer, Bethune lived in Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, and New Jersey before coming to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree. He also pursued a Masters and a Doctoral degree in music research at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Bethune is a retired vice-president of Berklee College of Music where he was a professor since 1971, became vice president in 1979, retiring in 2015. He is married to Cynthia (Past Worthy Advisor of the Watertown Chapter of the Rainbow Girls), and has three daughters, Shana, Brittany, and Michaela, and a granddaughter Bronwyn.

He is a member of the Second Congregational Church in West Newton where he has chaired the Stewardship Committee and the Nominating Committee.

Bethune was a member of Harmony Chapter of DeMolay in Toms River, New Jersey. and began his Masonic career in 1999 by joining Dalhousie Lodge in Newtonville. He served as the Worshipful Master, or presiding officer, of Dalhousie Lodge in 2007 and 2008. 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 Bethune “Right Worshipful.”

Active in several Masonic organizations, Bethune belongs to Garden City Lodge in Newton, The Masters Lodge in Needham, the Kilwinning Scottish Degree Club, A Knight in the Royal Order of Scotland, the Knights of St. Andrew, and is an Ambassador for the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

Bethune is a 32° Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite – Valley of Boston, and is a member of Boston Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, Giles F. Yates Princes of Jerusalem, Mt. Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix, and the Massachusetts Consistory.

He first served the Grand Lodge when he was appointed Senior Grand Deacon in 2012, then was appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Fifth Masonic District for 2013 and 2014. He was chair of the Grand Lodge Development Committee for 2015 and 2016 and a member of the Receivership Committee for 2016 and 2017.

He is currently member of the Board of Directors for the Masonic Health System and on the Board of Governors for the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Greater Boston where he serves as Board Secretary.

In November 2011, Bethune was presented the Joseph Warren Medal for Distinguished Service. Named for the Patriot killed during the Battle of Bunker Hill, Warren was the presiding Grand Master at the time of his death. The medal recognizes exceptional service at the Lodge level and is conferred by the Grand Master on the recommendation of the Lodge Master.

R.W. Geoffrey Kromer, Senior Grand Warden

Geoff was raised in Putnam Lodge #46 in Connecticut in September of 1994. His career as a Massachusetts Mason officially began in 2002, when he affiliated with Caleb Butler Lodge in Ayer. Geoff has since affiliated with 5 additional Massachusetts lodges – Frank W. Thompson Lodge (Bedford), The Scouters Lodge (Holden), Washington Lodge (Lexington), Tahattawan Lodge (Littleton), and Winslow Lewis Lodge (Boston).

He served as Worshipful Master of Caleb Butler Lodge from September of 2006 until September of 2007. In December of that same year, he began serving as the District Awareness Officer for the 14th Masonic District; in June of 2008, he also took over as the Worshipful Master of the 14th District Lodge of Instruction – a position he held for one year.

Geoff was then appointed by M.W. Roger W. Pageau to serve as Junior Grand Deacon for the 2009 Masonic year. After that, he became District Grand Marshal for the 14th Masonic District in 2010, and rose to the rank of District Deputy Grand Master for 2011 and 2012 thanks to an appointment by M.W. Richard J. Stewart. Geoff was elected to the Grand Lodge Board of Directors for a term that expires in 2020 in December of 2017.

In all this time, he has not forgotten about his blue lodges – Geoff has been very involved with each of his affiliated Lodges, and has held several positions during all the time mentioned above he was working on behalf of his District and the Grand Lodge.

Geoff is a member of the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Boston, where he has served as Captain of the Consistory Guard since 2015. He also belongs to Saint Paul’s Chapter, Boston Council, and Boston Commandery #2 under the York Rite. He is also a member of the Aleppo Shrine Temple in Wilmington.

Geoff and his wife Nicole live in Groton, and have two young children. Outside of the fraternity, Geoff works as a Guidance Counselor for Dracut High School in Dracut, MA.

R.W. Timothy S. McGavin, Junior Grand Warden

Tim was raised in Mount Hermon Lodge of Woburn in May of 1984. Since then, he has affiliated with several Massachusetts lodges. He belongs to Euclid Lodge (Braintree), Lynnfield-Zetland Lodge (Wakefield), Star of Bethlehem Lodge (Wakefield), Tahattawan Lodge (Littleton), Delta Lodge (Braintree), and Milton Lodge (Braintree).

Tim served as the Worshipful Master of Mount Hermon Lodge from October of 1992 until October of 1994, and again from June of 2008 until June of 2009. Tim served as Master of Euclid Lodge from October of 2011 until October of 2012, and he served as Master of Golden Rule Lodge from June of 2016 until June of 2017.

He was appointed by M.W. Harvey J. Waugh to serve as the District Deputy Grand Master for the Lodges in the 8th Masonic District in in 2014 and 2015. He is the Chairman of Grand Lodge’s Service Committee, which he has been a member of since 2012. He also serves on Grand Lodge’s Budget Committee and Rejuvenation Committee.

Tim is a member of the Scottish Rite’s Valley of Boston. He belongs to Concord Chapter, Orient Council, and Coeur de Lion Commandery #34 under the York Rite. He is also a member of the Aleppo Shrine Temple in Wilmington.

Tim lives in Littleton with his wife, Deborah. They have three adult children. He is the Funeral Director for Acton Funeral Home.