Thursday, January 6, 2022: Stated Meeting

It was a great night of Freemasonry last night, and the last meeting for our 2021 Officers — here is what was accomplished:

-The craft enjoyed a southwestern casserole prepared by Br∴ Bobby Burkett.
-Br∴ Jim Wittstruck reported on the success of the Bengston Holiday Food Basket Program.
-Br∴ Joe Sosa reported on the success of the recent Master’s Roast and that $400 was raised for our Charity Fund.
-W∴ Oscar Salazar reported that the property clean-up at one of our elderly brother’s house was completed and that we will be going back to do some exterior painting in February.
-Two members were added to our Emeritus Member list.
-The craft donated $100 from our Charity Fund to Oakhurst Elementary School in honor of W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak.
-W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak gave his year end report which was met with a standing ovation.
-It was announced that the Lodge will be hosting the Suncoast Master Mason Association meeting on Jan 19th with a dinner at 6:30 pm.
-It was announced that this Saturday is our 2022 Lodge officer Open Installation at 11:00 am.

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Thursday, December 30, 2021: Roast the Master Dinner

The lodge will hold a “Roast the Master” dinner at 6:30 pm. The Master thinks it will be a prime rib dinner and the suggested donation is $10.00 per person. This event is open to families. So, put together your best material and plan to come out and roast the Master!

W∴ Master Mark Sawa-Szostak
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Wednesday, December 22, 2021: Bengston Holiday Food Baskets Delivery

What a banner day for Freemasonry at Gulf Beach Lodge. We started the morning with the delivery of Christmas food baskets to twelve families in need in our community. The Lodge provided groceries for a full ham dinner with all the trimmings, a true feast.

After the baskets were delivered, brothers from the Lodge met with Brother Pete Bengston and presented him a framed copy of the resolution passed by the craft on December 16th naming our annual holiday basket program the “Bengston Holiday Food Baskets” in honor of brother Pete’s many years of selfless service with this project. Brother Pete served as chairman of this program for over ten years.

Finally, this evening the Lodge presented Christmas gifts to W∴ Guy Wilson at the Masonic Home. W∴ Guy is an honorary member of Gulf Beach Lodge and was a frequent attendee at our meetings prior to Covid.

It was a busy day, but one filled with the very best of Freemasonry.

L-R David Neville, Bill Ritterbusch, Jim Wittstruck, Mark Sawa-Szostak, Oscar Salazar and Bob Meeks (Howard Knapp behind the camera)
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Thursday, December 16, 2021: Stated Meeting

Our meeting on December 16th was filled with much fellowship, charity and brotherly love….here is what we accomplished.

  • The brothers enjoyed a pizza dinner prior to the meeting.
  • The craft approved providing a Christmas basket for one of our members in the Masonic Home.
  • The craft donated $100 to one of our Masonic widows.
  • The craft approved spending $800 on our Christmas Food Baskets for 12 families.
  • The craft approved a resolution to name our annual holiday food basket program the “Bengston Holiday Food Baskets” in honor of Brother Pete Bengston who spent many years running the program.
  • The craft approved funds to purchase an appropriate plaque for Brother Bengston.
  • The craft approved a donation of $200 to support Lakewood High School’s wrestling team.

Announcements:

  • The Bengston Food Basket Delivery for this Christmas has been moved to Wednesday December 22nd at 9:00 am
  • Lodge is Dark next Thursday, Dec 23rd,  due to the close proximity to Christmas.
  • There will be a dinner on Thursday Dec 30th at 6:30 pm, followed by a ‘Roasting of the Master’ – suggested donation $10.00
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Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge, No. 291, F & A M