Fifty-four Masons from around the U.S. and Canada attended the Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge Annual Past Masters Master Mason Degree on January 10th for Brother Tracy S. Livingston. Prior to the degree the brothers enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared by Junior Warden, Mark Sawa-Szostak. Of the fifty-four in attendance, twenty-four were Past Masters, thirteen of those were from Gulf Beach Lodge. W:. John R. Cone III was recognized and presented a certificate for this being the 50th Anniversary of his Installation as Master of Gulf Beach Lodge.
The lecture was delivered by R:.W:. Howard Knapp; the Charge by R:.W:. John Hickey. Brother James Bahn of Tampa Bay Lodge presented Br:. Livingston the District 18 ‘Unity’ gavel, which is passed from one newest Master Mason in the District to the next newest Master Mason.
Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No. 291, located at 14020 Marguerite Dr. Madeira Beach, held its 69th Annual Installation of Lodge Officers on Saturday January 5th at the Masonic Temple. The Installation of the 2019 Lodge Officers was open to members and public alike. The new Lodge Officers for 2019 are David Neville, Worshipful Master; Patrick Lynch, Senior Warden; Mark Sawa-Szostak, Junior Warden; Howard Knapp, Secretary; David Webster, Treasurer; Steve Johnson, Senior Deacon; Joe Sosa, Junior Deacon; Buck Owens, Senior Steward; Craig Hunter, Junior Steward; Donald Harriott, Chaplain; Bob Meeks, Marshal; and Mark Niceley, Tyler.
The Installation was led by Right Worshipful Howard W. Knapp, Past District Deputy Grand Master of Gulf Beach Lodge assisted by Right Worshipful Derryl B. O’Neal, Past District Deputy Grand, Installing Marshal; Worshipful Donald T. Harriott, Past Master, Installing Chaplain; and Worshipful Joseph R. Finocchiaro, Past Master, Installing Musician. Also in attendance at the Installation was the District Deputy Grand Master of the 18th Masonic District, Matthew B. Winters and the Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge of Florida, Right Worshipful Robert Lambert. Refreshments followed the program and were prepared by the ladies of the Gulf Beach Chapter No. 241 Order of the Eastern Star.
It was a wonderful night of Masonry last night at Gulf Beach Lodge! The 2018 Lodge Officers put on their last meeting prior to Installation coming up this Saturday at 1.00pm. Here are the great things that were accomplished.
Brother Craig Hunter returned his Master Mason Catechism and was presented his Lambskin Apron and Proficiency Card.
Brother Tom Sulek was elected into membership
W:. Jim Charrette was elected a Plural Member
Br:. David Chestnut received his Perpetual Membership Certificate, card and pin
Br:. Ted Nelson received his 50 year certificate, card and pin
W:. Chuck Carter received his 50 year certificate, card and pin as a courtesy for Kathleen Lodge.
Money was advanced to the OES for Installation Refeshments
The Master, Treasurer and Secretary gave their 2018 annual reports and received a standing ovation from the craft.
Two members were elected to be placed on Emeritus Status
The craft donated $100.00 to the MSA Green Envelope Campaign
A recognition plaque was approved for a deserving brother.
A gift card was approved for a deserving brother.
Masonic Education was given by R:.W:. Howard Knapp on the “Book of Constitutions”
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!