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Responsibilities Of A Past Zerrubbabel

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The duties and responsibilities of a Past `Z’ are many, and it seems that there should be a division in these two terms. The duties, being the tasks, to which the P.Z. must address himself as part of the debt he owes to the Royal Craft and to his own Chapter in particular. The responsibilities are those tasks to which a P.Z., should address himself, as much as his private avocation will allow, to help the Craft in any way. To make available to the Chapter the knowledge and experience he has gained, while serving in the various offices of the Chapter and as Zerrubable.

Primarily of the duties is attendance. It is the duty of the P.Z. to attend his Chapter as often as his health, his profession, or his family responsibilities will allow. This duty extends to visiting other Chapters, and every P.Z. should make himself available to visit often. In this way he not only supports his Chapter and the Craft, but he also stimulates interest and enthusiasm in the Masonic Brotherhood. There is also the duty of attending the District meetings and the deliberations of Grand Chapter. His duty also extends to having a good knowledge of the issues evolved in the deliberations, to vote, and be a worthy representative of his Chapter.

The support of the `Z’ and his officers are a duty that falls upon every P.Z. In supporting his lodge he is also lending his support to the whole Fraternity. Support can be extended to meet any number of conditions. It may be to fill in for a missing officer. He should never consider it below his dignity to sit in any chair in the Chapter, when required.

He should serve on Committees, bringing to the deliberations the benefit of his experience and wisdom. The P.Z. must always remember that having served as `Z’, he owes his support to the fraternity as a whole.

The P.Z. also has the duty of imparting Masonic education to his companions. His work in the offices of the Chapter has given him unlimited opportunity to absorb Masonic Ritual, the Ancient Charges, and the teachings of the fraternity as a whole. It is now his duty to impart that knowledge, make advances in Masonic education, not only for himself but for every Companion of his Chapter.

Having taken care of some duties, what then, are his responsibilities? He is responsible to the `Z’; He should help in the reception and welcoming of visitors. He should make himself available for advice and counselling when called upon. He should not, however, seek to impose himself into any decisions made by the `Z’, unless requested for his counsel. He should always, be a working member of the Chapter. And become involved in the day to day workings of the Chapter. Above all, he should be the unobtrusive guide and counsellor to his Companions.

Too often, it is the feeling of the P.Z., who having served in the various offices, he may now take his place in the East in obscurity, taking no interest and no active part in the Craft generally. This is wrong, and it is equally wrong to impose his opinion or his will over the decisions of the `Z’.

There are many cardinal sins to which we are all prone. May I list some of them?
  1. Never seek to impose a contrary opinion upon the `Z’  when in open Chapter.
  2. Never raise your voice to prompt when another officer of the Chapter has that task.
  3. Never impose opinion concerning Ritual, the signs’ tokens and words, without first assuring that your opinions are correct. Let it be fact rather then opinion that you seek to impart.
  4. Never bring personal bias to the floor of the Chapter.
  5. Never withhold your assistance when properly called upon, if it is within your power to give it.
  6. Finally, never forget that you have reached the rank of P.Z., because many dedicated Companions believed in you, and were prepared to help you to achieve Officer status.
Strive always to be a good P.Z., and work toward the advancement of other promising Companions. In short, the P.Z. has a continuing obligation, responsibility and duty to dedicate himself to the advancement of his Chapter and the Royal Craft. Also, he has a duty to every Companion and Brother in the brotherhood of Freemasonry