Order of Eastern Star Prepares Refreshments

A wonderful celebration of our 74th Annual Installation of Lodge Officers was topped off yesterday with the most delightful reception afterwards. We want to thank Gulf Beach Chapter No. 241, Order of Eastern Star (OES) for preparing the delicious refreshments, something they have done for our Lodge for many years. Especially Allison Blanchet for spear heading their team.

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Newly Installed Officers for 2024

Congratulations to our newly installed 2024 officers. The day started stormy but the clouds parted and the sun came out and we enjoyed a wonderful installation.

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January 4th Meeting

The brothers enjoyed a wonderful evening of fellowship last night at our regular stated communication. Here is what we did:

  • Brother Jim Tizzano made homemade Firehouse style Sloppy Joe’s for dinner
  • Brother Al Yoder returned his MM Catechism
  • R∴W∴ Howard Knapp delivered the Apron presentation to Brother Yoder
  • W∴ Joe Sosa presented Brother Yoder his Catechism proficiency card
  • A Petition was read and accepted for Reinstatement of a member.
  • The Lodge donated $150.00 to the St. Pete Free Clinic.
  • R∴W∴ Knapp and W∴ Sosa gave their year end reports
  • W∴ Sosa was honored with a standing ovation for his year in the East
  • R∴W∴ Knapp presented Masonic Education on the various Grand Lodge Proficiency Cards available.
  • It was announced that the Lodge now accepts Zelle donations for meals, Mite Box, etc. – usegro.e1716693040gdolh1716693040caebf1716693040lug@y1716693040rater1716693040ces1716693040 and include a memo as to where you want the donation to go (Masters Project, Mite Box, Bikes For Books, Holiday Food Baskets, Building Fund, Scholarship Fund)
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Open Installation of 2024 Lodge Officers

Everyone is invited to attend our 74th Annual Open Installation of Gulf Beach Lodge Officers on Saturday, January 6th, 2024 at 11:00 am. Refreshments will be served following the installation.

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Holiday Cheer for our Fire Rescue Heroes

Gulf Beach Lodge brings holiday cheer to our heroes at Madeira Beach and Treasure Island Fire Departments. The firefighters received a holiday food basket with a ham and all the fixings to show our appreciation for their service.

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Holiday Food Basket delivery

Gulf  Beach Masonic Lodge, located at 14020 Marguerite Dr. in Madeira Beach helped bring Holiday cheer to 15 local families in need. Members of the Lodge prepared and delivered the Holiday food baskets to less fortunate families in the area. The baskets included a large ham and all the sides necessary for the most sumptuous 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 45 years and looks forward to continuing the tradition well into the future.

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December 21st Meeting

It was a wonderful meeting last night, here is what went on.
• The brothers enjoyed a wonderful ham dinner (thanks W∴ Sawa-Szostak for the ham)
• A petition for the Three Degrees was read
• We are ready to deliver 15 Christmas Food Baskets on Saturday
• Br∴ Wood presented our Junior Warden Elect, Br∴ Tim Delaney, with special ‘Eggo’ socks.
• The craft donated $150.00 to the American Cancer Society

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Now Accepting Zelle

Members of Gulf Beach Lodge, we are happy to announce that for your convenience Gulf Beach Lodge is now accepting Zelle for donations. This can be used for meal donations, mite box donations, scholarship donations, bikes for books donations, or any other donation you might like to make. We are not using Zelle for dues payments – we will be initiating the Amity dues platform in the near future for your electronic Lodge dues payment.

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December 7th Meeting Highlights

It was a great night of Freemasonry last night at Gulf Beach Lodge ! Here is what we accomplished.

  • The brothers enjoyed a delicious Chicken Parmesan meal 
  • RH Joe Griffith, District Instructor, was welcomed
  • Cards were sent out to our sick and distressed brothers and their families.
  • A Petition for Dual Membership was read
  • Brother Russ Wood announced the winning Lodge Logo from the recent contest
  • The brothers approved $1,600 for our Bengston Holiday Christmas Food Baskets
  • The brothers approved spending $75.00 for supplies to Corky’s Cupboard at the Masonic Home
  • The brothers donated $150.00 to the Shriner’s Burn Hospital
  • The following brothers were elected to office for 2024
    • Worshipful Master – Bobby Burkett
    • Senior Warden – Buck Owens
    • Junior Warden – Tim Delaney
    • Treasurer – Howard Knapp
    • Secretary – Steve Johnson
  • Worshipful Master Elect, Bobby Burkett presented his 2024 Lodge Budget
  • Worshipful Master Elect Bobby Burkett announced the appointed officers for 2024:
    • Senior Deacon – Zach Zukowski
    • Junior Deacon – David Marrs
    • Senior Steward – Jim Tizzano
    • Junior Steward – Brian Marshall
    • Chaplain – Russ Wood
    • Marshal – Al Yoder
    • Musician – Cozy DeRosa
    • Tyler – Richard Hightower
    • Conductor – Chip Cahall
  • Masonic Education on the Tyler’s Sword Guarding the Book of Constitutions was delivered by Brother David Marrs
New Lodge Logo
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Angel Tree Success

On December 2, 2023, Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge demonstrated its commitment to community service and philanthropy by participating in the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree program at Tyrone Mall. Members of the lodge eagerly volunteered their time and resources to bring joy to needy children in the local area. With a holiday spirit the Lodge members manned the Angel Tree booth and helped ensure that each child in need will receive a special present during the holiday season. Their involvement in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program not only exemplifies the principles of charity and goodwill but also highlights the importance of community collaboration in making a positive impact on the lives of those less fortunate.

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Brother Passes, Alas

It is our sad duty to report the recent passing of Illustrious Brother Robert E. “Bob” Hewell. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We will report details about funeral services as they become known to us.

Alas, my brother,

Born – March 11, 1931
Initiated – May 25, 1989 (Gulf Beach Lodge)
Passed – October 12, 1989
Raised – November 9, 1989

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Thanksgiving Baskets Delivered

Gulf  Beach Masonic Lodge, located at 14020 Marguerite Dr. in Madeira Beach helped bring Holiday cheer to eight local families in need. Members of the Lodge 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 45 years and looks forward to continuing the tradition well into the future.

In 2021 the program was named the “Bengston Holiday Basket Program” in honor of Brother Nils Peter Bengston, long time member of the Lodge who ran the program for many years.

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Roadway Cleanup

Doing our part in keeping our community clean. Members of Gulf Beach Lodge took to our designated Roadway this past weekend and picked up trash along the roadside. Thank you Keep Pinellas Beautiful for the opportunity to be a positive force in our community.

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Masonic Funeral Service Held

Gulf Beach Lodge performed a Masonic funeral service last night for departed Brother Edson Walter Murray, age 99 and a 71 year Mason. Brother Edson was a WWII Navy veteran who served on destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Our funeral team did a magnificent job!

Brother Murray was Raised in Prairie Lodge No. 125 (Grand Lodge of Indiana) on May 5, 1952.

Alas, my brother!

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Family Game Night Fun

Our Family Game Night was a great success. Everyone enjoyed sub sandwiches and then some fun games (and maybe a little competitive). The brothers donated $200 for Rainbow Assemble No. 86.

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Upcoming Event – Angel Tree

It’s time again for our Annual Angel Tree! We are slated to man the booth on Saturday December 2nd, 2023 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at Tyrone Mall. This is always a wonderful Holiday Program which will warm your heart. Please contact the Secretary at gro.e1716693040gdolh1716693040caebf1716693040lug@y1716693040rater1716693040ces1716693040 and let him know what time slots you can volunteer for. 

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An Awesome November Breakfast

An amazing breakfast yesterday at Gulf Beach Lodge! The kitchen crew out did themselves with a very savory breakfast for all to enjoy. We were even honored to have served Madeira Beach Fire Department. Mark your calendar brothers for the next breakfast on December 3rd (8:30 am – 10:30 am) and bring your family and friends as your guest.

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Family Game Night November 9th

Join us Thursday November 9th for a Family Game Night at Lodge – a light meal will be served at 6:30 pm and fun and games to follow. Bring the whole family for an evening of fellowship and fun!

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