Thursday, November 4, 2021: Stated Meeting

A great night of Masonry was had by all in attendance. Here is what was accomplished.

  • Junior Warden Joe Sosa prepared a wonderful Chicken Pot Pie dinner which was enjoyed by all.
  • Brother Jason Connor was elected in as an affiliated member.
  • The craft donated $1,000 for the purchase of Thanksgiving Food Baskets.
  • The craft donated $100 to Toys For Tots.
  • A thank you letter for Honorary Membership from the Grand Master was read.
  • It was announced that our monthly lodge breakfasts will resume, starting this Sunday at 8:30 am – 10:30.
  • The Community Clean was announced for this Saturday at 10:00 am at the Lodge.
  • The Master announced that he is ready to complete his Masters Project which is putting in a Ring door bell, smart thermostat, and a smart door lock.
  • The Master presented Masonic Education on Master Mason Degree symbolism.
L-R: W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak;
Bro∴ Jason Connor
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Thursday, October 28, 2021: Fund Raising Dinner

Join us for a sit-down dinner at the lodge at 7:30 pm to raise funds for our holiday gift baskets. Menu: chicken with sides, roll and dessert. Suggested donation of $10.

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Saturday, October 23rd: Family Pumpkin Festival

Thanks to all who joined us last night for some fun at the 2021 Pumpkin Festival at Raprager Family Farms up in Odessa, FL!

From the haunted barn and spooky hay ride, to the hot food and music, there was something for everyone!

Stay tuned throughout the holidays as we will be planning a day to return to the farms to check out their light display when it opens in December. 

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Thursday, October 21, 2021: Stated Meeting

Twenty members and visitors of Gulf Beach Lodge got together for a wonderful meeting!

Some highlights of the evening included…

  • Meeting music provided by Brother Tom Sulek on the guitar.
  • Gulf Beach Lodge welcomed a first-time visitor from Star Lodge.
  • The building committee reported on the very successful Lodge Cleanup in October, with many major projects completed thanks to the aid of the Brothers who volunteered their time.
  • The meal committee reported on a successful kitchen cleanup, and plans are under way for breakfast to return on November 7th!
  • Brother Buck provided an update on the time capsule project which is looking great. 
  • The craft voted to donate $125 to God’s Goodness Ministries to support their annual Thanksgiving event of providing a hot meal to hundreds of homeless people.
  • The craft voted to donate $200 to a worthy Brother in need.
  • Brother Tim Delaney provided Masonic Education on Masonic Retention.

A very successful night!  Join us next week as we hold a dinner at the lodge at 7:30 pm to raise funds for our holiday gift baskets.

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Friday, October 15, 2021: Grand Master’s Official Visit

L-R Bobby Burkett, Mark Sawa-Szostak, 1st Lady Hollyn Foster, Grand Master Jeffrey S. Foster, Tim Delaney, Chip Cahall

Most Worshipful Grand Master, Jeffrey S. Foster, was presented his Honorary Membership to Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291, at his official visit to District 18. Worshipful Mark Sawa-Szostak and other Lodge officers are pictured presenting the Grand Master his certificate and card. A wonderful evening was had by all in attendance.

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Thursday, October 14th: Masonic Education

Our Operative Masonry educational night was a huge success!  21 members of Gulf Beach Lodge got together to enjoy fellowship and a presentation by Worshipful Master Mark Sawa-Szostak on Operative and Speculative Masonry, as well as an overview of cornerstone laying ceremonies.  Following the presentation, all members present were given a brick that they could write on and then lay on the structure.

This archive is special and will serve as not only a teaching tool, but a time capsule for members of Gulf Beach Lodge to add their mark to the building.  If you’re interested in depositing a small item in the archive but were unable to attend the meeting, there’s still time!  Simply bring the item to our upcoming Stated Meeting on October 21st.

Thank you to all who attended, and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!

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Saturday, October 9, 2021: Lodge Cleanup

On this beautiful Saturday morning, October 9th, the rain clouds parted in time for us to band together for our Lodge cleanup!  With the help of all who attended, we completed many of the major projects lined up.  

  • Worshipful Mark Niceley did a cleanup of all the wood surfaces upstairs, making the lodge look great!
  • Brothers Bobby Burkett and Chip Cahall, did a deep clean of the kitchen, wiping down every surface and item. The kitchen is shining bright!
  • Brothers Buck Owens and Brian Marshall completed the stucco repair on the South wall and it looks outstanding. First-rate work, guys! We’ll paint it at the next cleanup after everything is dry. 
  • Worshipful David Neville repainted the white columns in the entryway, cleaned the gutters, and assisted with outside painting. 
  • Brother Steve Johnson did extensive painting on the outside, including spots on all sides of the building, gutters, and the mailbox post that was rusting.  The downstairs and upstairs closets were both reorganized to help improve storage capacity.
  • Brother Jason Conner pressure washed the old paint off the parking lot barriers to prep them for repainting. 

Thank you to all who came out to help, and I look forward to seeing everyone at Lodge!

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Thursday, October 7, 2021: Stated Meeting

Much was accomplished at our meeting last night, here is what we did.

  • Two brothers from Missouri were warmly welcomed 
  • Cards were sent to our sick and distressed brothers
  • A Petition for Affiliation was read
  • The craft donated $100.00 to the Grand Master’s Charity
  • The craft donated $100.00 to the 1st Lady’s Project
  • The craft donated $250.00 to sponsor a whole at the Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament (proceeds going to the Madeira Beach and TI Rec. Dept. youth programs)
  • The Craft donated $100.00 to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic
  • The Senior Warden, Brother Steve Johnson, announced a Lodge Clean Up Day for this coming Saturday at 10AM – he requested assistance from the members
  • R∴W∴ Jim Charrette gave Masonic Education on Masonic Etiquette
  • R∴W∴ Howard Knapp presented education on the link between Star Lodge No. 78 and Gulf Beach Lodge, Star Lodge having been our sponsoring Lodge on our trek to receiving a charter in 1950. 

It was a wonderful evening of fellowship and brotherly love. Make plans to join us next Thursday evening a get those Masonic batteries recharged.

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