September Preview

The September calendar is complete, and the September Trestleboard is available here. These are September’s first three events:

Thursday, September 1st: Stated Meeting at 7:30 pm, with dinner at 6:30.

Saturday, September 3rd: Beach Cleanup. Meet at lodge at 10 am.

Sunday, September 4th: Breakfast at the Lodge from 8:30 – 10:30 am.

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Lodge is Dark in July and August

There will not be any tiled lodge meetings during the summer break. There may be other events, which will be announced in this space with details on the calendar.

Keep Pinellas Beautiful Clean-up

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Members of Gulf Beach Lodge were out on Duhme Road, our adopted roadway today; taking part in the Keep Pinellas Beautiful cleanup project. We collected over forty pounds of trash from the roadside.

Watch for our next cleanup in the Fall.

Lodge Brothers Fellowship Luncheon

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Today’s Fellowship Luncheon was a great success! Twenty-eight members and family attended today’s Luncheon held at Gulf Beach Lodge. R∴W∴ Howard Knapp put on a power point presentation about the 2009 Remodeling of the upstairs Lodge room. The next Fellowship Luncheon will be held in the Fall and there will be a presentation covering the 2010 remodel of the downstairs hall. Date and time TBA.

Gulf Beach Lodge Presents Unity Gavel
Northside Masonic Lodge July 11, 2022

Brother Marshal Wood from Gulf Beach Lodge presented the District 18 Unity Gavel to the District’s newest Master Mason, Argyle Neal, from Northside Lodge. Seven brothers from Gulf Beach Lodge were in attendance: Brothers Bobby Burkett; Buck Owens; Brian Marshall; Jim Tizzano; David Gregory; Marshal Wood; and Howard Knapp. Brother Burkett gave the lecture.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022: Master Mason Degree

Gulf Beach Lodge welcomes our newest master mason, Brother David J. Marrs, who was raised by the past masters of Gulf Beach Lodge. Prior to the degree, thirty-eight brothers enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by our junior warden, Brother Bobby Burkett.

There were twenty-three past masters in attendance, of which fifteen were masters of our lodge. Also present were four past district deputy grand masters.

The lecture was delivered by R∴W∴ Howard Knapp and the charge by W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak.

Gulf Beach Lodge will be dark for July and August. We wish you a safe summer and look forward to seeing you in September.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022: Master Mason Degree

Gulf Beach Lodge welcomes our newest Master Mason, Brother Marshal D. Wood. The brothers enjoyed a wonderful Italian meal prior to the degree prepared by our Junior Warden, Bobby Burkett. The degree was excellently conferred by the officers of the Lodge. A number of officers performed new parts for the first time in the second section, and did an outstanding job! The Lecture was delivered by R∴W∴ Howard Knapp and the Charge by W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak.

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June 16, 2022: DDGM’s Official Visit

District Deputy Grand Master, Sean Newton, with nine of his District Committeemen and the District Instructor, Joe Griffith, made their official visit to Gulf Beach Lodge tonight. Following a wonderful dinner prepared by Gulf Beach Chapter No. 241 O.E.S., the members and visitors retired upstairs for the tiled meeting.

The brothers donated $200.00 to the Grand Master’s Charity and over $200 for the Masonic Home Endowment Fund.
Two petitions were read for the Three Symbolic Degrees and another for Dual Membership.

The District 18 Chairman of Masonic Education, R∴W∴ Rick Wendling, presented our past master, W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak, a Grand Lodge Masonic Education Certificate for our Lodge having met the Grand Lodge masonic education requirements during 2021.

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Thursday, June 9, 2022: AED machine training

We’ll be having a pizza dinner at 6:30 pm.  At 7:30, Bro∴ Dominic Bueller of the Madeira Beach Fire Department will be presenting education on our AED machine, its use, care, etc.  This will not be a tiled meeting so masons of all degrees can attend since the more who know how to use the device, the better.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022: Empty Chair Ceremony

Tonight we will be performing the Empty Chair Ceremony to honor those who have served in the armed forces, and first responders.  As this will not be a tiled meeting, all may attend, including friends and family.  If you have a piece of uniform or gear that you would like to share to honor a service member, please bring it with you.

A meal will be offered at 6:30 PM, with the ceremony to start at 7:30 PM.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022: Stated Meeting

W∴ Paul King receiving his 60-year service award from W∴ M∴ Stephen Johnson

We had a wonderful evening of Fellowship last night at Gulf Beach Lodge and were able to present a 60-year service award to our most senior Past Master, W∴ Paul King, who was Master in 1966. Here is what we accomplished.

  • Gulf Beach Chapter No. 241 OES prepared a wonderful lasagna meal
  • The craft donated $150.00 to the American Cancer Society
  • It was announced that our Webmaster of 13 years, Br∴ Robert Graziani, will be retiring from this position.
  • It was announced that W∴ Steve Johnson will be handling the back end of the website and R∴W∴ Howard Knapp will handle the content.
  • W∴ Paul King was presented his 60-year certificate and pin
  • The craft approved the purchase of two. new signs for Gulf Blvd.
  • R∴W∴ Jim Charrette, DDGM, thanked the members for a wonderful year.

Please join us next week for an ‘Empty Chair’ ceremony. The meal will be at 6:30 PM and the ceremony at 7:30 PM

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Thursday, May 12, 2022: Ask a Mason Night

Gulf Beach Lodge hosted an Ask A Mason night last night which was organized by District 18 membership development chairman, Tim Delaney. 25 were in attendance (including our current DDGM, Jim Charrette) and enjoyed an evening which began with pizza provided by our Junior Warden, Bobby Burkett. The guest speaker for the evening was Howard Knapp PDDGM. It was a great evening, well received by all.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022: Fellow Craft Degree

Following a fantastic meal prepared by our Junior Warden, Br ∴ Bobby Burkett,  members and visitors enjoyed a wonderful Fellow Craft Degree for brother David Marrs. Our Senior Warden, Br∴ Joe Sosa,  sat in the east for the first time in a FC degree and did an outstanding job. The lecture was delivered by Br∴ Bobby Burkett and the charge by R∴W∴ Howard Knapp. 

Congratulations Br∴ David Marrs on being Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft!

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Thursday, April 21, 2022: Stated Meeting

A great night of Freemasonry was enjoyed at Gulf Beach Lodge — here is what went on.

  • It was pizza night at Lodge tonight! Thank you to our Junior Warden, Bobby Burkett for providing it.
  • We were honored with the attendance of M∴W∴ Dick Martinez, PGM; R∴W∴ Donald Cowart, Junior Grand Warden; and R∴W∴ James Charrette, DDGM
  • A first time visitor from Temple Terrace Lodge No. 330 was welcomed
  • Br∴ David Marrs returned an excellent EA catechism, led by R∴W∴ Howard Knapp
  • R∴W∴ Roy Worden presented R∴W∴ Don Cowart with a “cane of distinction” which he made
  • The craft donated $200 to the St. Pete Free Clinic
  • R∴W∴ Howard Knapp presented Masonic Education on Masonic Funerals.

We hope to see you next Thursday night for the Fellow Craft Degree of Br∴ David Marrs.

L-R Steve Johnson, Master; Donald Cowart, JGW; Roy Worden, PDDGM
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Thursday, April 14, 2022: Fellow Craft Degree

Following a fantastic meal prepared by our Junior Warden, Br ∴ Bobby Burkett, thirty-one members and visitors enjoyed a wonderful Fellow Craft Degree for brother Marshal Wood. In attendance tonight were members from Star Lodge and Clearwater Lodge. We were also honored to have our District Deputy Grand Master, R∴W∴ James Charrette, in attendance. The lecture was delivered by R∴W∴ Howard Knapp and the Charge by W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak.

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