Artist Barbara Salazar, who painted our East wall mural depicting the construction of King Solomon’s Temple, will be at Lodge to give a talk on the planning, data collecting, and painting process for the creation of this beautiful piece of art. There will be a meal at 6:30 pm; followed by the talk at 7:30. This is a FREE event and open to everyone.
R∴W∴ Rick Wendling, District Deputy Grand Master of District 18, held his first official visit at Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291 last night in presence of 44 members and visitors. Traveling with R∴W∴ Rick were the District Instructor, R∴H∴ Tom Quay along with 12 of the District Committeemen.
The evening began with a wonderful meal prepared by the Junior Warden, Mark Sawa-Szostak. Here is the business that was conducted.
Introduction and Grand Honors for the DDGM
Introduction of dignitaries in attendance
First time visitors from Rhode Island and Punta Gorda were welcomed
A prayer and moment of silence was offered in memory of W∴W∴ John E. Karroum
The craft donated $100 to the Rainbow Girls and $100 to the DeMolay in memory of M∴W∴ Karroum
The craft voted to donate $200 to a fundraiser in Madeira Beach raising money to offset the expense of a kidney transplant for the husband of the Fire Chief’s Administrative Assistant.
A moment of silence was offered in honor of D-Day and Br ∴ Dean Fink was recognized as our last WWII veteran at Gulf Beach Lodge.
R∴W∴ Rick Wendling was presented an Honorary Membership to Gulf Beach Lodge
Brs∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak and Roy Puccini received certificates from the Suncoast Master Mason Assn. for their participation in the recent Valspar Fundraiser
The District Committeemen each gave a short talk on their committee
R∴W∴ Wendling gave Masonic Education on the duties of the Lodge Investigating Committee
R∴W∴ Wendling gave the Grand Master’s Address which was well received.
Twenty-nine Masons from as far away as Wisconsin and Rhode Island joined other members and visitors at Gulf Beach Lodge last night for an evening of fellowship and education. R:.W:. Howard Knapp gave a talk on the symbolism within the Entered Apprentice Degree. A great time was had by all.
Join us in welcoming our newest Entered Apprentice at Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291. Brother Alexander Rolinitis was initiated last night at a flawless degree conferred by the Lodge officers. The lecture was delivered by R:.W:. Howard Knapp, the Charge by W:. David Neville and the Lambskin Poem by Br:. Mark Sawa-Szostak.
Welcome Brother Alexander to the greatest fraternity in the world!
It was an outstanding night of friendship and brotherly love last night at Gulf Beach Lodge. Prior to the Lodge meeting the officers rendered solemn Masonic Funeral Services for W:. CD Kennedy at the Bay Pines National Cemetery. The officers then made a quick change from funeral attire to Hawaiian shirts for the Hawaiian Shirt Night at the Lodge. The Junior Warden, Mark Sawa-Szostak prepared a great dinner with the assistance of his kitchen crew.
After dinner the brothers retired upstairs for a night of Masonic Education. The meeting started with the brothers present considering five of the legislation proposals for the upcoming Grand Lodge Communication in May.
Next, R:.W:. Howard Knapp gave a short talk on Prince Hall Freemasonry, its roots and heritage. There were many good questions and comments.
Finally, Brother Mark Sawa-Szostak won the Hawaiian shirt contest and presented a Masonic stein by the Master. It was a great evening enjoyed by all in attendance.
Join us with your family for a night of celebration on Friday April 19th for our 69th Anniversary as a chartered Masonic Lodge. Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM followed by a short talk by R:.W:. Howard Knapp on our Lodge’s fifteen founding fathers (charter members), who they were as men and masons, and how they created our Lodge.
The meal will be prepared by our very own chef, Brother Mark Sawa-Szostak, and will be Fresh baked tuna with a tomato relish, Rice pilaf with golden raisins and cashews, sautéed spinach, dessert will be a lemon blueberry cake.