March 7th Meeting Highlights

It was an amazing night of fellowship and fraternity at Gulf Beach Lodge last night – here is what we accomplished.

  • The brothers enjoyed a fantastic Shepherd’s Pie meal prior to the meeting, kudo’s to our Junior Warden and Stewards
  • Brother David Marrs, received a certificate of appreciation for completing the Pinellas County Kitchen Manager program for our Lodge.
  • The Master received a “Cane of Distinction” from R∴W∴ Porky Wordell
  • Brother Tom Richards was elected as a Dual Member and congratulated
  • A donation of $150 was made to Gulf Coast Chapter of DeMolay for Masonic Youth Month
  • The brothers approved the sponsoring of a Table at the Masonic Home Pilgrimage Day where we will hand out free water.
  • R∴W∴ Howard Knapp gave Masonic Education on Lodge Committees

The Master Announced the following upcoming activities for March:
Saturday March 9th 10am – 11am Lodge Cleanup Day
Thursday March 14th 7:30pm (meal 6:30pm) – Ask a Mason Night
Saturday March 16th – 10am – 2pm – Pilgrimage Day at Masonic Home
Thursday March 21st – 7:30pm (meal 6:30pm) – DDGM Official Visit
Saturday March 23rd – 10am – 2pm – Chili Cook-off at Star Lodge
Thursday March 28th – 7:30pm (meal 6:30 pm) – EA Degree
Saturday March 30th – 10am-Noon – Family Bowling Day Seminole Lanes

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61 Attend Monthly Breakfast

There were 61 in attendance for our Lodge breakfast today, a beautiful day for a great meal and fantastic fellowship. A wonderful job was done by our kitchen crew, led by Junior Warden, Tim Delaney and Stewards, Jim Tizzano and Brian Marshall (along with a great support group of cooks and servers).

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Steve Johnson Assists in Installing Officers

Congratulations on a wonderful Installation for Bethlehem Chapter OES (Nitram Lodge) assisted by our own Lodge Secretary and Past Master Steve Johnson (he’s the tall one in the picture -LOL)

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Mural Program a Success

Barbara Salazar, the talented artist and proprietor of “Art By Salazar,” recently captivated an audience of 56 individuals at Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge (14020 Marguerite Dr. Madeira Beach) with an enlightening presentation on her masterpiece: “The Construction of King Solomon’s Temple” mural commissioned for the lodge back in 2013. The mural, a labor of love, took Salazar an impressive three years to complete, encompassing over 1100 hours of meticulous craftsmanship.

Delving deep into her creative process, Salazar shared how she intricately incorporated hundreds of Masonic symbols into the painting, demonstrating her profound understanding of the lodge’s rich heritage and symbolism.

Salazar’s dedication to authenticity was evident as she recounted her numerous journeys to Scotland and England, where she painstakingly researched and replicated the pillars at Rosslyn Chapel, ensuring utmost accuracy in her portrayal. As a self-trained artist, Salazar’s achievement is all the more remarkable, showcasing her innate talent and unwavering commitment to her craft.

The evening commenced with a sumptuous chicken cordon bleu dinner, prepared by Lodge Junior Warden, Brother Tim Delaney, with the assistance of Lodge Stewards, Brothers Jim Tizzano and Brian Marshall. Notably, the event also welcomed esteemed residents from the Masonic Home, fostering a sense of community and love.

Barbara Salazar’s husband, Fernando Salazar, served as the Worshipful Master of Gulf Beach Lodge in 2013, further highlighting the profound connection between the artist and the lodge.

Freemasonry is a beacon of inclusivity, welcoming men from all backgrounds, professions, and walks of life into its organization. Throughout history, its membership has boasted presidents, astronauts, teachers, firefighters, generals, captains of industry, and individuals from every imaginable vocation.

Gulf Beach Lodge exemplifies Freemasonry’s commitment to community service and philanthropy, actively participating in initiatives such as the “Keep Pinellas Beautiful” Adopt a Mile program, sponsoring annual scholarships for high school seniors, organizing elementary school “Bikes for Books” programs, and providing holiday food baskets to families in need. Such endeavors not only demonstrate the fraternity’s dedication to building a stronger community but also underscore its fundamental principle of charity. Freemasonry’s doors are open to men aged 18 and above, who desire to be a part of an organization that builds character and gives back to the community through positive out-reach programs. For further information regarding Freemasonry please contact the Secretary, Steve Johnson, at gro.e1716469081gdolh1716469081caebf1716469081lug@y1716469081rater1716469081ces1716469081

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New OES Officers Installed

Congratulations to the newly installed officers of Gulf Beach Chapter No. 241 OES. We are proud to work alongside such a great group.

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Roadway Cleanup

Gulf Beach Lodge members doing what Masons do — supporting our community. Perfect weather for our Keep Pinellas Beautiful Roadway Cleanup today.

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Gulf Beach Lodge Kitchen Crew 2024

(L-R Jim Tizzano (Senior Steward); Tim Delaney (Junior Warden); Brian Marshall (Junior Steward)

Brother Tim Delaney says “Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge’s kitchen crew for 2024…extremely lucky to have these two brothers helping me every week!!” “Come for the meal, stay for the meeting!!”

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30 Attend FC Lecture Night

30 Masons from as far away as Canada enjoyed a deep look into the Fellow Craft lecture last night, which was delivered by Right Worshipful Howard Knapp.

Prior to the program the brothers enjoyed a delicious beef stroganoff meal prepared by Junior Warden, Tim Delaney and Stewards Jim Tizzano and Brian Marshall. There was a cake following the meal in celebration of Brother George Washington’s Birthday.

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Traveling Gavel Retrieved

These 10 members of Gulf Beach Lodge paid a brotherly visit to Sutherland Lodge Tuesday night in order to share in fraternal friendship and to retrieve the Traveling Gavel. A great time was had by all.

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February 15th Meeting Highlights

It was a wonderful evening of Fellowship and Charity last night at Gulf Beach Lodge. Here are some highlights.

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Family CPR Night

What a fun and informative night we had tonight at Lodge. Frabottas Beach Kitchen provided the pizzas and Brother Al Yoder presented a wonderful program on hands-only CPR and AED. A great time was had by all.

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February 1st Meeting

It was a wonderful evening of Charity last night at Gulf Beach Lodge, if you weren’t able to attend, here is what we accomplished.

  • The brothers enjoyed a delicious chicken pot pie dinner prepared by the Junior Warden and Stewards
  • A brother was elected to be reinstated to active membership
  • The brothers donated $150 to Rainbow Assembly No. 86
  • The brothers donated $150 to Daystar Life Center
  • The brothers donated $100 for a floral arrangement for the Milnes funeral
  • The brothers donated $500 to One Family Florida
  • The Master gave Masonic Education on the importance of the Investigating Committee

A total of $900 was donated to deserving organizations and activities, demonstrating the statement ‘Faith, Hope and Charity, and the greatest of these is Charity’!

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Visitation to Tarpon Lodge for an EA Degree

Gulf Beach brothers visit Tarpon Lodge No. 112 for an EA Degree. Worshipful Master, Bobby Burkett, Junior Warden Tim Delaney and EA Brother Jon Reed visited Tarpon Lodge tonight to witness Christopher Todd being Initiated. A great time was had by all.

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43 Attend EA Degree

43 Masons from as far away as Newfoundland attended tonight’s EA Degree at Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291. Prior to the Degree the members and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by our Junior Warden, Tim Delaney. Following the meal, Mr. Jon Reed was Initiated an Entered Apprentice. Attending the Degree were local Masons from East Gate, Dunedin, Northside, Tampa Bay, Star, Clearwater and Hillsborough Lodges. There were 11 first time visitors.

The lecture was delivered by R∴W∴ Derryl O’Neal, the Charge by W∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak and the Lambskin Poem by R∴W∴ Howard Knapp.

Welcome Brother Jon Reed as our newest Entered Apprentice.

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January 18th Meeting Highlights

The 2024 Lodge officers held their first tiled meeting this past Thursday and a great time was had by all in attendance. Here is what was accomplished.

  • The Junior Warden, Brother Tim Delaney, prepared a delicious lasagna meal.
  • Brother Brian Marshall was installed as Junior Steward.
  • Cards were sent to our sick and distressed brothers and family members.
  • $300.00 was donated for a brother seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.
  • A Petition for Reinstatement was read.
  • Mr. Jonathan Reed was elected to receive the 3 Degrees of Freemasonry.
  • The annual audit of Lodge books was completed and were found to be in order.
  • Approval was given to purchase supplies to paint the newly refurbished fire escape.
  • W∴ Bobby Burkett spoke on what constitutes Masonic education.
  • The brothers donated $222.00 to the Mite Box for all Masonic Charities
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Courtesy Funeral Performed

Our officers performed a very beautiful courtesy funeral service today at Mohn Funeral Home for a Past Master of Fraternal Lodge No. 155 in New York. Thank you to all who participated

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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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