Saturday, December 7, 2019: Angel Tree Volunteers at Tyrone Mall

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge took part in the Salvation Army Angel Tree for the tenth year! We had over ten Brothers and Family participate this year and all had a great time supporting a worthy cause. The Angel Tree was located at Tyrone Mall in St. Petersburg. The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides new clothing and toys for children (ages infant to twelve) of families in need through the support of donors. Found in local malls, companies and churches, Angel Trees are decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age and gender of a child in need of gifts. Gulf Beach Lodge is pleased to have been a part of this program for so many years, and hopefully more to come with your support.

Thursday, December 5, 2019: Stated Meeting with Election of Officers for 2020

Congratulations to the newly elected and appointed officers of Gulf Beach Lodge for 2020. We look forward to another wonderful year of Freemasonry on the Gulf Beaches.

Worshipful Master Elect – Patrick Lynch
Senior Warden Elect – Mark Sawa-Szostak
Junior Warden Elect – Steve Johnson
Treasurer Elect – David Webster
Secretary Elect – Mark Niceley
Marshal – Howard Feldman
Chaplain – Don Harriott
Senior Deacon – Joe Sosa
Junior Deacon – Bobby Burkett II
Senior Steward – Craig Hunter
Junior Steward – Zach Zukowski
Tyler – Tim Delaney
Musician – Jim Frobe

Saturday, November 23, 2019: Holiday Food Basket Delivery

Gulf  Beach Masonic Lodge, located at 14020 Marguerite Dr. in Madeira Beach helped bring Holiday cheer to eleven local families in need. Sixteen Masons, friends and family members prepared and delivered the Thanksgiving food baskets to less fortunate families in the area. The baskets included a large turkey, pies, and all the sides necessary for the most sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner. Gulf Beach Lodge is pleased to be able to assist in making this a great holiday season for those most in need. Gulf Beach Lodge has provided Holiday baskets for over 45 years and looks forward to continuing the tradition well into the future.

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No. 291 was chartered in 1950 and has been an active force on the Gulf Beaches for 69 years. Its members have included bankers, contractors, teachers, Congressmen, soldiers, pharmacists, police, firefighters, and a myriad of men from all walks of life. Freemasonry is open to men ages 18 and above and offers an opportunity to be proactive in the community as well as to be a part of a fraternity that dates back hundreds of years. Some notable Freemasons were George Washington (and 15 other US Presidents), Ben Franklin, Henry Ford, Red Skelton, and General Douglas MacArthur. Those interested in more information about Freemasonry can visit the Lodge website at www.gulfbeachlodge.org or email the Secretary at secretary@gulfbeachlodge.org

Thursday, November 21, 2019: Stated Meeting

Why did many of us join Freemasonry? It was to be a part of building a better community through charitable and fraternal actions. Last night’s meeting was a great example of what Gulf Beach Lodge Masons do in the community, and the Lodge, to build a better world, one small action at a time. Here is what we did.

  • Remembered our brothers and their families in our prayers, thoughts and cards
  • Made final plans to deliver Thanksgiving Food Baskets to 11 local families in need
  • Approved spending $40 each on Christmas Gift Baskets for our sponsored residents at the Masonic Home
  • Approved donating $100 each for a Christmas Gift Card for our Emeritus Brothers
  • Made final preparations to volunteer at the Salvation Army Angel Tree on December 7th
  • A brother made an anonymous donation of $500 for a new Lodge computer

This is what Masonry is about…doing the best good in the community and for our members. 

Come out to Lodge tomorrow (Saturday November 23rd) at 8:45 am to help deliver Thanksgiving Holiday Baskets and you will definitely recharge those Masonic batteries.

Thursday, November 14, 2019: Entered Apprentice Degree

Tonight thirty-three Masons from as far away as Missouri and Newfoundland welcomed our newest Entered Apprentice Mason, Brother John Richard Patterson II. Congratulations Brother John on your first step in Masonry.

The Lecture was delivered by R∴W∴ Howard Knapp, the Charge by W∴ David Neville, the Lambskin Poem by Br∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak.

Thursday, November 7, 2019: Stated Meeting

It was a great evening of fellowship and Freemasonry last night at Gulf Beach Lodge, where thirty Masons from as far away as Newfoundland were in attendance. Here is what was accomplished.

  • The brothers enjoyed a fantastic beef stew prior to the meeting
  • R∴H∴ Tom Quay was introduced and welcomed
  • Cards were sent to our sick and distressed members
  • R∴W∴ Howard Knapp gave Masonic Education on the sanctity and high importance of the Secret Ballot
  • Br∴ Billy Sewell was elected into membership
  • A petitioner was elected to receive the Three Symbolic Degrees
  • Br∴ Bobby Burkett was presented his renewed Silver Card by the District Instructor
  • W∴ Dick Sansom earned his renewed silver card which will be presented at a later date
  • Br∴ Tasos Oureilidis received his Master Mason Certificate
  • A member was placed on Emeritus Status
  • $1,100 was approved for Eleven families who will receive Thanksgiving Food Baskets from our Lodge
  • It was reported that our Oktoberfest raised $1, 177.29 for the Bikes for Books Program
  • The Lodge donated $100 to the Tampa Bay Crisis Center

Please join us next Thursday for an EA Degree.

Saturday, Oktober 26, 2019: Oktoberfest Fundraiser at Gulf Beach Lodge

Oktoberfest at Gulf Beach Lodge was a smashing success with nearly fifty Masons, family and friends in attendance! Our Junior Warden, Br. Mark Sawa-Szostak, prepared an entirely homemade meal right down to the German chocolate cake.

Most importantly, we were able to raise a lot of money for our Bikes for Books program run by W. Bob Meeks. Everyone’s donations, either financially or with your time, was much appreciated.

Fraternally,

Joseph Sosa, Junior Deacon

Thursday, October 24, 2019: Entered Apprentice Degree

Thirty-three Masons from as far away as Canada attended a wonderful EA Degree at Gulf Beach Lodge last night. In attendance also were District 18 DDGM, Rick Wendling, and sitting Masters Jim Clouser of Star Lodge and John Gicking of Northside Lodge. We welcome Brother Charles “Chip” Cahall as our newest Entered Apprentice Mason. 

The members of Northside Lodge also retrieved the Traveling Gavel at the end of the evening. A great time was had by all.