Thursday, October 11, 2018: Entered Apprentice Degree

Following a wonderful meal prepared by Junior Warden, Brother Pat Lynch, thirty-five Masons attended the Entered Apprentice Degree for Brother Gregory Robert Pappas and welcomed him into the fraternity. Brother Stephen Johnson, Junior Deacon, sat in the East to confer the Degree and did an outstanding job. The lecture was delivered by R:.W:. Derryl O’Neal; the charge by Br:. Mark Sawa-Szostak, and the lambskin poem by R:.W:. Howard Knapp.

Thursday, October 4, 2018: Stated Meeting

It was a great evening of fellowship at Gulf Beach Lodge last night and much was accomplished. Here is what we did.

  • Brother Charles Eisele returned his EA Catechism in very fine fashion, led by Brother Cozy DeRosa for his first time.
  • A Petition was received for the Three Symbolic Degrees of Freemasonry
  • A petitioner was elected to receive the Three Symbolic Degrees
  • Br:. Roy Puccini was elected a Dual Member of Gulf Beach Lodge
  • The Lodge donated $200.00 to the Masonic Service Association for Disaster Relief in the Carolinas
  • Money was advanced to the Junior Warden for the Oktoberfest on October 27th
  • Money was advanced to the Junior Warden for the DDGM Visit meal
  • R:.W:. Howard Knapp gave a short talk on the History of the Masonic Home and the people and circumstances that led to its location in St. Petersburg
  • $78 was collected in the Mite Box for our Holiday Food Baskets

Much was accomplished, and our Masonic batteries were recharged. Hope to see you next week at our EA Degree.

Thursday, September 27, 2018: Fellow Craft Degree

Forty-two Masons attended Gulf Beach Lodge last night to enjoy a Courtesy Fellow Craft Degree conferred on Brothers Ryan John Serra and Bryan Voliton of East Gate Lodge No. 355. There were also five brothers in attendance from  Universal Lodge No. 178 in Tampa. Logia Universal is a Florida Spanish-speaking lodge.

The Lecture was delivered by R:.W:. Howard Knapp, the Charge by Br:. Bobby Burkett II, and the Masonic Education booklets were presented by W:. Wayne Lile, Master of East Gate Lodge.

At the close of the meeting the ten members of East Gate Lodge took possession of the Traveling Gavel. The purpose of this gavel is to promote visitation between Lodges in the District.

Sunday, September 23, 2017: An Outing with Gulf Beach Lodge – Webb City the Musical

On Sunday September 23rd brothers and families from Gulf Beach Lodge will be going on a social outing! We will be gathering for lunch at the Tap Room Restaurant in the historic Hollander Hotel at 12:30 PM, then taking in the show ‘Webb’s City, The Musical’ at the Palladium Theater located at 253 5th Ave. No. in St. Petersburg at 3:00 PM.

The outing starts at the Hollander Hotel’s Tap Room Restaurant (421 4th Ave. No). The Hollander Hotel was built in 1933 and has continued as a St. Petersburg landmark hotel since that time, it mixes an eclectic style with Old Florida charm. There is a varied menu (everything is delicious) and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all day. Here is  the link to the restaurant which includes their menu .

Following lunch we will head a few blocks to the historic Palladium Theater (253 5th Ave No.) for the 3:00 PM showing of ‘Webb City – The Musical’ Tickets are $29 and $39 each and there is a seating availability chart below (current as of Sept 4th). The historic Palladium Theater was built in 1925, it was designed as a basilican structure in the Romanesque Revival style of architecture.

Webb’s City, the Musical is based on the life and times of J. E. “Doc” Webb, the colorful St. Petersburg entrepreneur called the “P.T. Barnum of Retail.” In 1925, Webb opened a tiny drug store on Ninth Street, and over the next five decades transformed it into a 77-store complex covering ten city blocks. In its heyday, Webb’s City attracted 60,000 visitors per day. The Musical premiered in 2000 at both Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Mahaffey Theater where it broke their box office records, selling more than 10,000 tickets.

Please send an email to if you would like to join us. This is open to brothers, family, and friends.

Tap Room Restaurant at Hollander Hotel

421 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA

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Thursday, September 20, 2018: Stated Meeting

Thirty attended tonight’s Lodge meeting and enjoyed some great Masonry!
  • The Junior Warden prepared a wonderful light buffet before the meeting
  • The members present donated $100 to the Masonic Service Association
  • Money was advanced to the Junior Warden for the October Breakfast
  • Brother Sawa-Szostak was congratulated for completing the Food Manager course for the Lodge kitchen crews
  • The Senior Warden will be replacing all the emergency lighting
  • Brother Ed Lurie was recognized for his donation of $500,000 for the Lurie Civic Center to be built on the SPC Seminole Campus.
Next Thursday we will be conferring a Fellow Craft degree. Join us for a great evening.

Thursday, September 13, 2018: Entered Apprentice Degree

Thirty-five Masons attended the Entered Apprentice Degree at Gulf Beach Lodge. We welcome Brother Stephen P. Meyer Jr. as our newest Entered Apprentice Mason and look forward to his future progress through the Degrees. Brother Meyer, a resident of Seminole, is a Firefighter Paramedic for Hillsborough County. The officers conferred a wonderful degree. The lecture was delivered by R:.W:. Howard Knapp, the Charge by Brother Bobby Burkett II, and the Lambskin Poem by Brother Mark Sawa-Szotak.

Thursday, September 6, 2018: Stated Meeting

Thirty-three Masons attend our first meeting after being dark. It was a great evening. Here is what went on…
  • Brother Joe Sosa, Senior Steward prepared a great Italian meal.
  • We welcomed a first time visitor from Hillsborough Lodge No. 25
  • Flowers and cards went out to our sick and distressed members and family
  • A petition for Dual Membership was read
  • A petition was read for the Three Degrees
  • A petitioner was elected to receive the Three Degrees
  • We remembered two of our Past Masters who died over the summer, W:. John Denehan and W:. Craig Cramer
  • The Three Principle officers received a certificate from Grand Lodge for attending the July Masonic Home Board Meeting (photo below)
  • The Senior Warden reported that more remodel work was completed on the kitchen over the summer
  • The craft donated $100 to the Pinellas Hospice
  • The craft is purchasing a plaque for Brother Raymer’s son who earned his Eagle Scout
  • R:.W:. Knapp gave Masonic Education on Lodge visitation and the new Amity App for smart phones
There was much fellowship and Freemasonry last night, come out next Thursday and recharge your Masonic batteries at our upcoming EA Degree.
L-R Oscar Salazar, Tom Willmot, David Neville