Thursday, December 2, 2021: Stated Meeting & Election of Officers

We’ve had a very busy week.  At our recent Stated Meeting on December 2nd, we…

  • Enjoyed a hot, tasty meal of chicken alfredo.
  • Donated $150 to Keep Pinellas Beautiful.
  • Held elections for the 2022 Officer Line.  Your officers for 2022 are:
    • Worshipful Master – Steve Johnson
    • Senior Warden – Joe Sosa
    • Junior Warden – Bobby Burkett II
    • Secretary – W∴ David Neville
    • Treasurer – David Johnson
    • Senior Deacon – Buck Owens
    • Junior Deacon – Tim Delaney
    • Senior Steward – Chip Cahall
    • Junior Steward – Lukas Vanagaitis
    • Chaplain – R∴W∴ Howard Knapp
    • Marshall – Richard Hightower
    • Tyler – W∴ Mark Niceley
    • Musician – Cozy DeRosa

Installation will take place at Gulf Beach Lodge on January 8th at 11:00 am, with refreshments to follow provided by OES, Gulf Beach Chapter, No. 241.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021: Salvation Army Angel Tree

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge took part in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program for the thirteenth consecutive year at Tyrone Mall. The Angel Tree program is designed to provide holiday gifts for needy children in the community. Over twenty-five members of Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge took turns manning the Angel Tree booth at the Mall on today. It was a very moving experience for the Masons to see how the community comes together to bring joy to the hearts of children this time of year, even during a pandemic. Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge is appreciative of the Salvation Army for allowing them to take part in this worthy program, and encourages other organizations and individuals to take part in this event in the future.


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Holiday Gift Basket Delivery

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge, located at 14020 Marguerite Dr. in Madeira Beach, helped bring Holiday cheer to twelve local families in need. Gulf Beach Lodge Masons, friends and family members prepared and delivered the Thanksgiving food baskets to less fortunate families in the area. The baskets included a large turkey, pies, and all the sides necessary for the most sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner. Gulf Beach Lodge is pleased to be able to assist in making this a great holiday season for those most in need. Gulf Beach Lodge has provided Holiday baskets for over 40 years and looks forward to continuing the tradition well into the future.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021: Stated Meeting

L-R Brothers Chip Cahall, Bobby Burkett and Brian Marshall

It was a wonderful meeting last night at Gulf Beach Lodge and everyone came away feeling Masonically charged up. Here is what was accomplished:

  • The brothers enjoyed an outstanding Shrimp and Grits dinner prepared by Brother Tim Delaney.
  • Brother Tom Sulek provided wonderful guitar support music during the meeting.
  • Brothers Chip Cahall and Brian Marshall received their Master Mason Exams I, II, and III certificates from Brother Bobby Burkett, District 18 Chairman of Masonic Education.
  • The craft donated $100.00 to the Anclote Chapter of the Order of DeMolay.
  • W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak reported that his Master’s Project – A Ring door bell, smart AC thermostat and outside security camera – has been completed with the help of the Senior Warden, Brother Steve Johnson.
  • Brother Jim Wittstruck reported that the Thanksgiving Food Basket delivery, to which the craft donated $1,000.00, will be this Saturday at 9:00 am.
  • Brother Steve Johnson reported that the Annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Event at Tyrone Mall will be on Saturday November 27th starting at 11:00 am. There is still room for volunteers.
  • The craft will be helping a brother in need with some property clean-up on Dec. 4th. W∴ Oscar Salazar is spearheading this activity.
  • W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak was congratulated on his election to President of the Suncoast Master Mason Association for 2022.
  • W∴ Sawa-Szostak gave Masonic Education on what was the “Ah Ha” moment that made you want to become an active Mason.
  • W∴ David Gregory announced that he is making his annual return to the north this week and will see us again in May. He was wished a fond farewell and safe travels.

Lodge will be dark next Thursday for Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful Holiday!

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Veterans Day, 2021, at Gulf Beach Lodge

Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291, held a special Veteran’s Day program on Thursday November 11th. Twenty-six members and visitors from as far away as Scotland and Canada enjoyed the baked spaghetti dinner and pineapple parfait prepared by our Junior Warden, Joe Sosa, and Junior Deacon, Buck Owens. The Master presented a lecture on Freemasonry in our American military, including the American Revolution and Civil War. He spoke on notable Freemasons in our military, the National Sojourners, and the Masonic Service Association. All Veterans present were recognized and thanked for their service. The $200.00 collected for the dinner will be donated to the ‘Heaven on Earth for Veterans’ charity.

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Sunday, November 7, 2021: Breakfast at the Lodge

Bro∴ Joe Sosa, Junior Warden

Sunday morning greeted us with beautiful weather to host our monthly breakfast, and it was a blast!  Over 45 members and visitors joined us for hot pancakes, waffles, and more.  Many of you we haven’t seen in some time, and it was an absolutely pleasure to catch up with everyone.

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