Thursday, September 26, 2019: Called Meeting

Thirty-seven Masons were in attendance at Gulf Beach Lodge to enjoy the ‘Fervency & Zeal’ presentation put on by the St. Petersburg Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. The presentation explained the connection between the Blue Lodge and Royal Arch  Masonry. Those putting on the presentation and picture above (L-R) were Donald Harriott, Harry Klaus, Chuck Bailey, Richard Brooks, Tony Griffon and Ralph Vaughan. Prior to the program our Junior Warden, Mark Sawa-Szostak, prepared a delicious roasted chicken dinner. It was a wonderful and informative evening.

Thursday, September 19, 2019: Stated Meeting

It was a wonderful evening of Masonry last night at Gulf Beach Lodge, here is what we accomplished.

  • Two prospects came out to visit with the membership prior to the meeting
  • A petition was read for the Three Degrees
  • W∴ Robert Calhoun was elected into Honorary Membership
  • The craft donated $100.00 to the Shriner’s Childrens Hospital
  • The craft donated $100.00 to the Masonic Home Treat Fund
  • Br∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak, D18 Chairman of LYPMGC, spoke on his committee and we collected $77.00 by passing the hat for the program
  • R∴W∴ Howard Knapp gave Masonic Education on the break-down of Lodge Dues, Per Capita and LYPMGC

It was a great night! Come out next week and hear a presentation by our York Rite members on ‘Fervency & Zeal’.

Thursday: September 12, 2019: Master Mason Degree

Fifty-one Masons enjoyed a wonderful Master Mason Degree last night at Gulf Beach Lodge. Steve Johnson and Gregg Pappas prepared a delicious traditional Greek dinner after which everyone retired upstairs to see Brother Tasos Oureilidis Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

Brother Eric Jaramillo of Star Lodge No 78, along with his Worshipful Master, Jim Clouser, presented the District 18 Unity Gavel to Brother Oureilidis. Also, Star Lodge retrieved the Traveling Gavel, which was created to promote visitation between the lodges within the district.

It was a wonderful night of fellowship and brotherly love.

As a side note, our most senior member, Brother Dean Fink age 93, was in attendance along with his other Masonic Home brothers, Guy and Guy D. Wilson.

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