What a wonderful night of Masonry last night! Here is what was accomplished.
Brother Gregg Pappas returned his FC catechism one week after receiving his degree. A first time visitor from Pittsburgh Lodge No. 45 was in attendance Brother Witstruck announced that we will deliver 10 Christmas food baskets to families in need in our area on Saturday. This Saturday we will be delivering gifts to our Masonic Home sponsored residents and joining them for lunch. Br:. Sawa-Szostak, Masonic Education Chairman, reported that we nearly doubled the points required to receive the Grand Lodge Masonic Education recognition The craft unanimously approved the proposed dues increase for 2020, dues will increase by $15 pending approval of the Grand Master The craft approved sponsorship of a Youth Basketball Team at the Madeira Beach Rec Dept. The craft approved sponsoring four needy youths to take part in the Mad Bch Basketball Season at the cost of $80 each. The W:. Master Elect stated that his Masters Project for 2019 is to recover the officer chairs and to purchase a corner stone plaque to be placed on the exterior NE corner of the Lodge. The craft approved the purchase of a new water heater for the Lodge R:.W:. Knapp gave Masonic Education on the difference between a Funeral Lodge and a Lodge of Sorrow.
The brothers present enjoyed true fellowship and brotherly love….
Just a reminder: Lodge is Dark next Thursday for the Holidays, please enjoy time with your family and loved ones.
Thirty-four Masons from as far away as Canada were present to see Brother Gregg Pappas Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft. The lecture was delivered by Brother Bobby Burkett and the Charge by RW Howard Knapp. Congratulations Brother Pappas!
It was election night! Here are the 2019 Elected and Appointed Officers
Worshipful Master Elect – David Neville Senior Warden Elect – Patrick Lynch Junior Warden Elect – Mark Sawa-Szostak Treasurer- David Webster Secretary – Howard Knapp Chaplain – Donald Harriott Marshal- Bob Meeks Senior Deacon Appointed – Steve Johnson Junior Deacon Appointed – Joe Sosa Senior Steward Appointed – Buck Owens Junior Steward Appointed – Craig Hunter Musician Appointed – Jim Frobe Tyler Appointed – Mark Niceley
Congratulations to all the newly elected and/or appointed officers for 2019. Open Installation will be on Saturday January 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Masonic Temple with refreshments to follow.
Here are the other things that were accomplished last night.
Brother Tracy Livingston returned his FC catechism and will be Raised on January 10th by the Past Masters A Petition for Affiliation was read Brother Jim Frobe was elected as a Dual Member R:.W:. Earl Ray was elected as a Plural Member Brother Wittstruck reported that our Thanksgiving Basket delivery went well, we supported eight families. $800 was provided for our Christmas Food Basket program $200 was provided for Christmas gifts for our five sponsored Masonic Home residents It was reported that our Annual Angel Tree event at Tyrone Mall was a success, twenty two members and family took part We passed our quarterly kitchen health inspection with flying colors Masonic Education was given on Lodge Bylaws and amending the same A written proposal to raise Lodge dues was accepted by the members present and after written notice to the craft will come up for ball ballot on December 20th The Senior Warden (Worshipful Master Elect) presented his balanced Budget for 2019 which was accepted by the members present and spread in the minutes.
Family Bowling – Saturday December 8th at 11:00 AM (Seminole Lanes) FC Degree – Thursday December 13th (Candidate – Gregg Pappas) Food Basket Delivery – Saturday December 22nd (Start time TBA)
Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge, located at 14020 Marguerite Dr. in Madeira Beach helped bring Holiday cheer to eight local families in need. Eighteen 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.
If you were not able to make Lodge last night, here is what was accomplished.
Brother Gregg Pappas returned his EA Catechism in fine fashion Brother Sánchez from Seattle was a first time visitor Cards went out to our sick and distressed brothers A Petition was read for Plural Membership Brother Paul Payne received his 25 year certificate and pin (photo below) Thanksgiving food baskets are ready to deliver this weekend The craft donated $100.00 to the Suncoast Master Mason Assn for the Christmas fund for the Masonic Home Employees The craft approved donating $100 each to our Emeritus members for Thanksgiving The craft created an Annual Award to be called the “Steven M. Fetherman JROTC Award of Excellence” after our departed Past Master. W:. Jim Charrette, D18 Chairman for Public Education and Citizenship, gave a short talk on his District Committee. R:.W:. Knapp gave Masonic Education on balloting procedures during elections coming up on the first meeting in December.
Lodge will be Dark next week for Thanksgiving. The Officers wish you a very happy holiday!