Press Releases

March 11, 2020: Gulf Beach Lodge Adopts a Classroom

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 Ms. Rush’s Elementary School 2nd Grade class at Orange Grove Elementary 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 Masonic Lodge encourages individuals, organizations and businesses to consider taking part in this worthy program and help our public school teachers accomplish their goals. The Mission of Orange Grove Elementary School is to establish a safe learning environment which supports a love of learning, respect, responsibility, honesty, and motivation in our students, so they can reach their personal and academic potential. Orange Grove Elementary is a neighborhood school tucked away from the noise of traffic and city life. Students are empowered to develop lifelong healthy habits. With an emphasis on personal wellness, our students are provided with innovative teaching in a nurturing atmosphere.

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No. 291 was chartered in 1950 and has been an active force on the Gulf Beaches for over 70 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. Those interested in more information about Freemasonry can visit the Lodge website at www.gulfbeachlodge.org

March 9, 2020: Gulf Beach Lodge Honors WWII Navy Veteran and Mason

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge, located at 14020 Marguerite Dr. in Madeira Beach, presented 94 year old brother John Dean Fink his 40 year Masonic Service Award. Brother Fink is a World War II Navy veteran who served in the Pacific Theater. Following WWII Dean, as he likes to be called, decided to make a career of the military service and stayed in the US Navy until his retirement. Dean served on many types of ships over his career including destroyers and submarines. Upon retiring from military service Dean and his wife Dorothy settled in Redington Shores, Florida. Dean joined Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge in 1980 and has been an active member these 40 years. Brother Fink now resides in the Masonic Home of Florida located on Coffee Pot Bayou in St. Petersburg. The Masonic Home, an assisted living and nursing center, just celebrated 100 years of serving our elderly members.

Worshipful Master Patrick Lynch assisted by brothers Mark Niceley, Steve Johnson, Howard Feldman and Howard Knapp paid a visit to Brother Dean on March 9th at the Masonic Home and presented him his 40 year plaque and pin. Brother Dean, always very sharp, thanked the brothers for the honor and took time to tell a few old navy jokes.

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No. 291 was chartered in 1950 and has been an active force on the Gulf Beaches for over 70 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. Those interested in more information about Freemasonry can visit the Lodge website at www.gulfbeachlodge.org

(L-R Mark Niceley, Howard Knapp, Steve Johnson, Howard Feldman, Patrick Lynch and Dean Fink)