District Deputy Grand Masters (DDGMs)
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U.S. Grand Lodges
|#||Grand Lodge||Details about DDGMs in this Jurisdiction||None|
|1||Alabama||Does not have DDGMsThe Committee on Work (Ritual) have assumed some of the duties that would be handled by the DDGMs.|
|3||Arizona||does not have DDGMs|
|4||Arkansas||has about 40 DDGMs|
|5||California||has Inspectors, who appear to be similar to DDGMs|
|6||Colorado||does not have DDGMs|
|7||Connecticut||While the GLCT has only 9 districts with each having a Grand Line officer, we have 20 District Deputies with 2 deputies in each district except the 4th district which has 3. This totals 19 and during the past few years the GM has appointed a DD at large to cover Masonic activities at the Masonic facility in Wallingford. We also have one brother who was appointed “Assistant to the Grand Master” but that is not a constitutional office.
We do have an appointed Grand Lecturer and 9 District Grand Lecturers whose appointment carries the lifetime title of Very Worshipful.
|9||District of Columbia||does not have DDGMs|
|10||Florida||The Grand Lodge of Florida has DDGM’s in all 36 Masonic Districts plus a District Instructor for each district.|
|12||Hawaii||§1120. INSPECTORS. The Grand Master shall divide the jurisdiction into districts, and shall appoint for each district an Inspector, who shall be a past master of this jurisdiction, and who shall, before entering upon his duties, produce a certificate from the Grand Lecturer or an Assistant Grand Lecturer that he is proficient in the work and lectures adopted by the Grand Lodge and is qualified to act as Inspector. Each Inspector shall serve for a term of one year commencing in January, following the Grand Masters installation and terminating when his successor is installed.
§1122. DUTIES OF INSPECTORS. It shall be the duty of
1st. To hold Schools of Instruction and instruct the officers of the Lodges in the ritual.
2nd. To require any master of a Lodge in his district to convene his Lodge for inspection, and report to the Grand Master the failure of any Master to do so.
3rd. May cause to be organized within his district an Officers’ Association and to supervise meetings of such association for the purpose of instruction in those portions of the Constitution and Regulations of the Grand Lodge which relate to the government of the Lodge, for instruction in the proper administration of the affairs of the Lodges and such other matters as may be for the welfare of the Craft. [Res. 96-2]
|15||Indiana||does not have DDGM’s|
|16||Iowa||does not have DDGMs|
|18||Kentucky||Kentucky has 40 District Deputy Grand Masters. They are appointed by the Grand Master each year.|
|19||Louisiana||In Louisiana each Masonic District in the state has a DDGM. The DDGM is determined several ways. In most cases the District Lodge elects their DDGM and sends his name to the Grand Master. In other districts the outgoing Master of the District Lodge has his name submitted to the Grand Master. But it comes down to the fact the Grand Master appoints his DDGM for each district. In most cases he follows the District’s choice.
Duties: 1) Always act as the representative of the Grand Master.
|21||Maryland||Maryland uses “Grand Inspectors”. The Grand Inspector is a Past Master appointed by the Grand Master for a one year term. He may be re-appointed for an additional one year term five times, for a total of six years. At the end of the sixth year, he must come off the Board of Grand Inspectors for one year. After this one year, he is eligible for re-appointment for one year and five re-appointments.
He is the Grand Master’s representative in his assigned Lodge(s). Usually one large lodge, or two smaller ones. He is always clothed in a Tux, and wears a large purple collar, a jewel resembling the sun, gold, about three inches in diameter, and a special apron. The apron is white, has a one and a half inch purple border, two tabs on either side, but no decorations.
The GI attends meetings of the Lodge, all Special Communications and social events, and memorial services.
|22||Massachusetts||He is appointed by the Grand Master on the recommendation of the current DD and is appointed for a period of 2 years at the will and pleasure of the GM. He is the direct representative of the GM in his district and is responsible for any and all happenings in that district. After in installation at the Feast of St. John on Dec 27th, he may not visit officially as the DD until he is received in his home Lodge Then he will schedule a Fraternal in all the Lodges in his district in the spring of the year and an Official Visitation in the fall of the year to examine the books, Charter and by-laws of each Lodge in the district. Usually he and his Marshal and Secretary will meet with the Secretary before the date and examine the records, so the visit is more ceremonial than functional. On any scheduled visitations we are supposed to show him an exemplification of some portion of our workings.|
|24||Minnesota||Minnesota does not use the title DDGM, but we do have a structure of officers between the Lodges and the Grand Lodge.
The state is divided into (up to) 44 Districts with 4 to 10 Lodges in a District. Each District has a District Representative (DR) who is appointed by the Grand Master.
The Districts are grouped into 6 Areas. For each area the Grand Master appoints an Area Deputy (AD) who is responsible for leading the Custodian of the Ritual, The Area Education Officer, and the DRs in implementing GL programs. The ADs have a good bit of autonomy and the responsibility that goes with it – not quite a provincial Grand Lodge, but in that direction.
|30||New Hampshire||Has 8 districts. Each district has a DDGM, a District Deputy Grand Lecturer, and 1 or 2 District Education Officers. Each is appointed by the Grand Master and usually serves a 2 year term. There is a progressive line: DEO to DDGL to DDGM. The first districts were formed and the first DDGMs were appointed in 1803.|
|34||North Carolina||North Carolina has a DDGM & DDGL for each of its 41 Districts. These represent 383 Lodges all across the state.CHAPTER 26 District Deputy Grand Master, Qualifications, Powers and Duties
REG. 26-1 DISTRICTS.
REG. 26-2 QUALIFICATIONS.
REG. 26-3 DUTIES.
REG. 26-4 ANNUAL REPORT.
REG. 26-5 EXPENSE.
REG. 26-6 TERM LIMIT.
|36||Ohio||Ohio has DDGM’s. They are appointed by the GM to a one year term and can be reappointed an additional two times. Most men appointed DDGM are reappointed. Past DDGM’s are members of Grand Lodge for life.|
|39||Pennsylvania||PA has 60 (district) DDGMs and one at large. They usually serve 5 years, but many serve much longer. One of our PGMs, Richard A. Kern wrote a neat book The Office of DDGM in the GL of PA (pub. 1947), which listed them all up to that time, and our Cathy Giaimo has brought the list up to date.|
|40||Rhode Island||In Rhode Island at the present time there are 5 Districts which each have a District Deputy, Grand Master of Ceremonies, an Associate Grand Chaplain, and An Assistant Grand Lecturer. They also have an Itinerant District Deputy and Grand Master of Ceremonies.|
|41||South Carolina||South Carolina has 30 Districts with DDGM’s.|
|44||Texas||The Grand Lodge of Texas is much like Virginia. There is one big difference. We have 146 districts in Texas.|
|47||Virginia||DDGMs for about 50 Districts. Each is appointed by the DGM and all meet at a conference about 2 months before Grand Lodge meeting. DDGM is the personal representative of the GM when attending a lodge in his district in his official capacity, and is the most senior GL official in the lodge room, unless the GM is personally present. Most DDGMs are nominated by their own lodge, with lodges in each district rotating each year as to which lodge will nominate a DDGM for the coming year.|
|50||Wisconsin||There are 11 Districts, each headed by a DDGM. The DDGMs are the direct representative of the GM in the district. The districts range from 4 lodges in District #1 in the far NW of the state to over 30 in District #11 (the Milwaukee , Racine, and Kenosha area). The DDGMs are appointed by the Grand Master for the Masonic year, and are styled “Worshipful Brother”.|