Thursday, June 6, 2019: Stated Meeting with Official Visit of our new District Deputy Grand Master

R∴W∴ Rick Wendling, District Deputy Grand Master of District 18, held his first official visit at Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291 last night in presence of 44 members and visitors. Traveling with R∴W∴ Rick were the District Instructor, R∴H∴ Tom Quay along with 12 of the District Committeemen.

The evening began with a wonderful meal prepared by the Junior Warden, Mark Sawa-Szostak.  Here is the business that was conducted.

  • Introduction and Grand Honors for the DDGM
  • Introduction of dignitaries in attendance
  • First time visitors from Rhode Island and Punta Gorda were welcomed
  • A prayer and moment of silence was offered in memory of W∴W∴ John E. Karroum
  • The craft donated $100 to the Rainbow Girls and $100 to the DeMolay in memory of M∴W∴ Karroum
  • The craft voted to donate $200 to a fundraiser in Madeira Beach raising money to offset the expense of a kidney transplant for the husband of the Fire Chief’s Administrative Assistant.
  • A moment of silence was offered in honor of D-Day and Br ∴ Dean Fink was recognized as our last WWII veteran at Gulf Beach Lodge.
  • R∴W∴ Rick Wendling was presented an Honorary Membership to Gulf Beach Lodge
  • Brs∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak and Roy Puccini received certificates from the Suncoast Master Mason Assn. for their participation in the recent Valspar Fundraiser
  • The District Committeemen each gave a short talk on their committee
  • R∴W∴ Wendling gave Masonic Education on the duties of the Lodge Investigating Committee
  • R∴W∴ Wendling gave the Grand Master’s Address which was well received.

Thursday, May 23, 2019: Called Communication

Twenty-nine Masons from as far away as Wisconsin and Rhode Island joined other members and visitors at Gulf Beach Lodge last night for an evening of fellowship and education. R:.W:. Howard Knapp gave a talk on the symbolism within the Entered Apprentice Degree. A great time was had by all.

Thursday, May 16, 2019: Stated Meeting

It was a great evening of fellowship and Masonry last night at Gulf Beach Lodge. Here is what we did.

  • Brother Steve Gordy received his 25 year certificate and pin from the Master (image below at left)
  • Brother Mark Sawa-Szostak reported that our Cinco de Mayo breakfast was a success
  • W:. Bob Meeks reported that we are all set to present the 12 bicycles for the Bikes for Books tomorrow at Madeira Beach Fundamental School.
  • W:. David Neville congratulated our PR committee for the 8 articles that were in the recent Florida Mason Magazine.
  • The craft donated $100.00 to the Keep Pinellas Beautiful Program
  • The craft gave their direction for our Grand Lodge delegates on the last five Proposed Legislative Resolutions.
  • W:. David Neville received a Grand Lodge of Wisconsin pin from W:. John Marra (image below at right)

We hope to see you next Thursday at our called communication.

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge, No. 291, F & A M