Saturday, November 28, 2020: Lodge Clean Up & Salvation Army Angel Tree Toy Donation

Gulf Beach Lodge took part in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program for the 12th consecutive year at Tyrone Mall. 

Thank you to all the Brothers, friends, and family that helped or stopped by! We had nineteen Brothers and family assisting this year.

The Angel Tree program provides holiday gifts for needy children in the community. It was a very moving experience to see how the community comes together to bring joy to children’s hearts this time of year, even during a pandemic.

Gulf Beach Lodge appreciates the Salvation Army for allowing them to take part in this worthy program and encourages other organizations and individuals to take part in this event in the future.

Saturday, November 21, 2020: Holiday Basket Delivery

After departing the Lodge at 9:00 AM on November 21st, Gulf Beach Lodge members and family carried on our tradition of delivering Thanksgiving meals to twelve less fortunate families and military veterans within Pinellas County.

Thank you to all who have helped support this great cause over the years, and we hope to see you at our next basket delivery in December!

Thursday, November 19, 2020: Stated Meeting

At our Stated Communication on Thursday, November 19th, we had a busy meeting with much good work accomplished! Throughout the evening, the Craft:

Welcomed Worshipful Cory Underwood, a first-time visitor from Tarpon Lodge No. 112.

Presented Br∴ Nils Pete Bengston his certificate and pin for 25 years in the fraternity.

Donated a $100 gift card to Mrs. Lisa Tsotsos, retiring Administrator of the Masonic Home of Florida, in honor of her service and dedication to the home and its residents.

Donated $100 to Grand Master’s Charity (Masonic Home of Florida).

Donated $100 to First Lady’s Project.

Worshipful Kirk Hinote gave an outstanding talk on Public Education and Citizenship.

As a reminder, the Lodge will be dark next Thursday, November 26th, for Thanksgiving. Our next meeting will be our Stated Communication and Officer elections on December 3rd.

Thursday, November 5, 2020: Stated Meeting

This past Thursday, November 5th, 23 members and visitors enjoyed an excellent Stated Communication led by Br∴  Mark Sawa-Szostak sitting in for the Worshipful Master.

  • 1) Br∴ Chip Cahall returned his Fellow Craft Catechism, led by Br∴  Bobby Burkett, in a wonderful display of their hard work and dedication.
  • Our newly appointed District Deputy Grand Master, Michael Rhoades, was recognized and presented his first-time visitor card, coin, and given Grand Honors.
  • Our District Instructor, R∴W∴ Rick Wendling, was in attendance and recognized.
  • The nominees for the elected offices were read.  They are Mark Sawa-Szostak (Worshipful Master), Steve Johnson (Senior Warden), Joe Sosa (Junior Warden), David Neville (Secretary), and Jim Charrette (Treasurer).
  • Br∴ Mark Sawa-Szostak presented some Masonic Education on the Grand Master’s Directive 13.
  • Br∴ Jim Wittstruck reported that preparations are underway for the Holiday Gift Baskets for November.
  • The Craft donated $100 to the Shriner’s Hospital.
  • Br∴ Steve Johnson reported that the Angel Tree date has been confirmed and that Gulf Beach Lodge will be tending to the Angel Tree at the Tyrone Mall on November 28th from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM.  W∴ David Neville, Secretary, has the sign-up sheet.
  • Br∴ Richard Hightower was presented his membership card.
  • Our District Instructor provided further Masonic Education on the proper method of giving the due guard and sign.

The final months of 2020 are shaping up to be very busy, so stay tuned for further information about upcoming events and we hope to see you soon!

Thursday, October 29, 2020: Entered Apprentice Degree

Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291 held a stirring Entered Apprentice Degree Thursday night for Brother Marshall D. Wood which was enjoyed by all in attendance!

The lecture was delivered by Right Worshipful Derryl O’Neal, the charge by Brother Bobby Burkett and Brother Mark Sawa-Szostak the lambskin poem. Brother Marshall Wood was very appreciative and his dad, Brother Russ Wood who stood in as Chaplain for the Degree shared an emotional tribute to his son for taking this step.

Gulf Beach Lodge looks forward to seeing as many of you as possible for our Stated Communication next Thursday, November 5th.