Thursday, February 4, 2021: Stated Meeting

Left to Right: R:.W:. Don Cowart; W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak; R:.W:. Glen Bishop, who is the Junior Grand Warden; W:. Julian Mackenzie. 

15 members and visitors of Gulf Beach Lodge gathered for a wonderful evening of charity and fun!

Some highlights:

  • We were pleased to welcome first-time visitors R∴W∴ Don Cowart and W∴ Julian Mackenzie.
  • Cards were sent to sick and distressed Brothers.
  • The Senior Warden reported that installation has started on some new outdoor LED lighting to help brighten the entryway and path to the parking lot.
  • $100 was donated to Best Buddies, a wonderful organization providing support to those with developmental disabilities.
  • $100 was donated to the Masonic Home of Florida to help support them continue providing the best care for residents.
  • R∴W∴ Cowart presented an outstanding introduction of himself and outlined his plans to help keep Freemasonry strong.
  • The Junior Warden would like to remind everyone that this Sunday from 8:30 AM through 10:00 AM we will be holding our “Take Out” breakfast.

Upcoming Events

  • February 6th, Saturday, 10:00am: Beach/neighborhood cleanup.
  • February 7th, Sunday, 8:30am-10:00am: Breakfast (drive up & take out only)
  • February 11th, Thursday, 7:30pm: Fellow Craft Degree for Br∴ Brian Marshall.

We hope to see you at these events!

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Thursday, January, 2021: Stated Meeting

Gulf Beach Lodge held its latest Stated Meeting yesterday with sixteen members and visitors present.

Some highlights:

L – R: W∴ M∴ Sawa-Szostak with Br∴ Cahall; Br∴ Burkett II with Br∴ Cahall.
  • Br∴ Chip Cahall returned his Master Mason catechism led by Br∴ Bobby Burkett II.
  • Br∴ Bobby Burkett gave the Apron presentation.
  • Br∴ Chip was also installed as Junior Steward by Worshipful Master, Mark Sawa-Szostak.
  • The Craft voted to donate $100 to the Suncoast Master Mason Association’s (SMMA) Scholarship Fund.
  • Brother Jim Wittstruck delivered a summary of our highly successful Holiday Gift Baskets initiative. W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak and all in attendance thanked Br∴ Jim for his dedicated service every year to this important endeavor.
  • Our Junior Warden, Br∴ Joe Sosa, stated that our first Sunday Breakfast of the year is scheduled for Sunday, February 7th from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM. It will be a Take-out only breakfast with a preset menu. We are hoping for a good turnout! Also, any Brothers wishing to help out are asked to contact the Worshipful Master or Junior Warden.
  • W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak delivered a striking Masonic Education lecture on the Ancient Landmarks of Freemasonry.

All in all, it was a great evening and we hope to see you at our next meeting, a FC Degree, next Thursday night!

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Thursday, January 14, 2021: Master Mason Degree

Last night, Gulf Beach Lodge raised Brother Chip Cahall to the sublime Degree of Master Mason with a well-attended group of Masons present!

The Lecture was delivered by R∴W∴ Bill Sundquist and the Charge by W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak.

Congratulations on taking this important step in your Masonic journey, Brother Chip!

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