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
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
Join us at 11:00 am at Seminole Lanes for a Family Bowling Day. The Master will present a turkey to the guy and gal with the highest scores. Come on out for some great fellowship. Seminole Lanes is located at 8668 Park Blvd N. Seminole, FL 33777. MAP
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.
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.
Bring the family and friends and join us from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Florida Railroad Museum located at 12210 83rd St E, Parrish, FL 34219, for a Family Friendly Train Ride, which lasts 80 minutes. The train Departs at 11:00 am and returns at 12:20 pm.