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 or email the Secretary at

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.


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.

Thursday, October 17, 2019: Stated Meeting

Thirty Masons from as far away as Canada and Colorado enjoyed a great evening of fellowship. Here is what we did.

  • Welcomed our two first-time visitors from Lafayette Lodge No. 91, AF&AM in Colorado
  • Sent cards out to our sick & distressed brothers and family members
  • Elected a petitioner to receive the Three Symbolic Degrees of Freemasonry
  • Donated $100.00 to the Grand Master’s Charity
  • Donated $100 to the First Lady’s Project
  • Collected $213 in our Mite Box for our Holiday Food Basket Program
  • R∴W∴ Howard Knapp gave Masonic Education on the Secrets of Freemasonry

Join us next Thursday, October 24th, for an EA Degree.

Saturday, October 12, 2019: Train Ride and Lunch at the Florida Railroad Museum and Woody’s Roo Restaurant

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.

After the Train Ride we will be driving to Woody’s Roo Restaurant at 5717 18th St E, Ellenton, FL 34222 on the River (approx. 12 minute drive) for lunch.

Ticket Prices
Adults 12+ $14.00
Children 3-11 $10.00
Under 3 Free