Order of Eastern Star Gulf Beach Chapter 241 will have its installation of officers for 2019-2020, on Saturday, March 23rd at 1:00 pm at the Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge building. Brother Steve Johnson will be installed as Associate Patron. Come and show your support on his very special day. This is an open installation: Family and friends are welcome.
It was a wonderful Family Night event last night at Gulf Beach Lodge! Our Junior Warden, Mark Sawa-Szostak, along with his kitchen crew, provided a very delicious BBQ rib dinner with all the traditional sides.
Following dinner the Lodge recognized Phillip Lynch for earning a Gold Medal in the recent Special Olympics, and also on his 25 years of employment at Taco Bell. Gulf Beach Lodge recently made a donation to the local Special Olympics organization in honor of Phillip.
Finally, everyone retired upstairs for a free-showing of the Pirates of the Caribbean Movie on the big screen.
Forty-eight Masons enjoyed a wonderful dinner followed by an excellent Master Mason degree at Gulf Beach Lodge. We congratulate Brother Gregg Pappas on being raised a Master Mason. Brother Robert Guthrie, the newest Master Mason from Northside Lodge, presented Brother Pappas the District 18 Unity gavel. The lecture was delivered by R:.W:. Howard Knapp and the Charge by Br:. Mark Sawa-Szostak. Also attending was M:.W:. Gerald Sharpe, Past Grand Master of New Jersey.
Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge, located at 14020 Marguerite Dr. in Madeira Beach held its annual Lodge of Sorrow on Thursday January 31st to honor and remember those members of the Lodge who passed away during 2018. Prior to the ceremony the brothers and guests enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by the Junior Warden, Mark Sawa-Szostak, after which they retired to the Lodge room for this special ceremony of remembrance. This ceremony, over 150 years old, was open to the public and attended by Masons and non-Masons alike. Unlike the solemn funeral services rendered by a Masonic Lodge at the death of a brother, this ceremony is designed to honor their memory and to pay respect to the many things they accomplished during their lives. The Worshipful Master and officers of the Lodge are dressed in black with white gloves and Masonic aprons. After introductory remarks by the principal officers a procession is formed and symbolic emblems are placed on the altar in remembrance of our departed brothers. Gulf Beach Lodge remembered five departed brothers from 2018, Steven Fetherman (Past Master), John Denehan (Past Master), Craig Cramer (Past Master), Ed Villiaume III (Past Master/Past District Instructor) and Steven Goodman (Master Mason).
(Photo: L-R Howard Knapp, Buck Owens, Steve Johnson,Patrick Lynch, David Neville, Mark Sawa-Szostak, Joe Sosa, Craig Hunter, Don Harriott, Howard Feldman)