September 10, 2021: Gulf Beach Lodge Adopts a Classroom

(L-R) Mr. Dave Bostick (2nd Grade Teacher), Ms. Stacie Allen (Community Liaison), Mark Sawa-Szostak (Master of Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge)

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge, located at 14020 Marguerite Dr. in Madeira Beach, recently took part in the Pinellas County Adopt a Teacher/Class program by adopting Mr. Dave Bostick’s 2nd Grade Classroom at Madeira Beach Fundamental School. For a donation of $150.00 an individual or business can adopt a classroom or teacher which will assist them in procuring educational items for their students. Gulf Beach Lodge also donated $100.00 to the school’s ‘student incentive program’ which is designed to provide positive reinforcement for those students who demonstrate excellence. Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge encourages individuals, organizations and businesses to consider taking part in these worthy programs and help our public school teachers accomplish their goals. Madeira Beach Fundamental School works within the fundamental guidelines, to academically challenge, stimulate creativity and increase student achievement. They do this by working collaboratively with parents and community partners and by fostering a safe and nurturing environment where students are encouraged to reach their maximum potential.

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No. 291 was chartered in 1950 and has been an active force on the Gulf Beaches for over 71 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 three hundred years. Some notable Freemasons were George Washington (and 15 other US Presidents), Ben Franklin, Henry Ford, Red Skelton, and General Douglas MacArthur.