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Unity Gavel gets the ‘double’ pass from Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291 to East Gate Lodge No. 355 to Star Lodge No. 78

The District 18 Unity Gavel was presented by Br:. Tracy Livingston of Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291 last night to Br:. Bryan Volitan of East Gate Lodge No. 355 who was being Raised as Courtesy at Star Lodge No. 78.  Br:. Volitan (who was Raised first) then presented it to Br:. Greg Hill of Star Lodge No. 78 (who was Raised second). It was a wonderful night of fellowship and brotherly love.

(L-R) W:. Richard Crance, Bryan Volitan, Greg Hill, Tracy Livingston, W:. David Neville, R:.W:. Jim Clouser)UnityGavelLivingston


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Star Lodge No. 78 retrieves the Traveling Gavel from Tarpon Lodge No. 112

Members of Star Lodge No. 78 took their newest EA (Br:. Wallace) to Tarpon Lodge No. 112 to see a Degree and also to retrieve the Traveling Gavel. The Traveling Gavel is designed to encourage and promote visitation with District 18.

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District 18 Masonic Leadership Training a Success!

District 18 MLT Chairman, W:. Steven P. Nelson, held a Masonic Leadership Training Session on Saturday February 2nd at Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291 covering modules 1-5. The instructors, R:.W:. Derryl O’Neal, R:. Matt Winters, W:. Steve Nelson, W:. John Gunter and R:.W:. Howard Knapp, did a wonderful job. Join us for modules 6-10 on Saturday March 2nd (9:30 – 12:30) at Tarpon Lodge No. 112.MLTFeb2.jpeg

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SMMA Raising Funds at the Valspar Golf Tournament – Volunteers Needed


The Suncoast Master Mason Association is raising funds by volunteering at the Valspar Golf Tournament. Deadline to sign up to volunteer is February 22nd by contacting W:. Rick Wendling ( with the dates and times (include your contact phone number) you can help. Volunteering is open to Masons, their families and friends. Funds will go toward the Association Scholarship, Masonic Home and the Grand Master’s Official Visit.




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D18 Gavel Update

Gavel Update!

1. The Traveling Gavel is at Star Lodge No. 78
2. The HOT Gavel is at Dunedin Lodge No. 192
3. The Unity Gavel is Star Lodge No. 78

Let’s keep the gavels moving…..Remember that the intent is to encourage visitation between the Lodges in the District.

Let’s get out there and spread the brotherly love.

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45 Masons Attend SMMA Meeting

45 Masons from District 18 representing 11 lodges enjoyed a wonderful evening of fellowship at the SMMA meeting last night held at Tampa Bay Lodge. A wonderful chicken dinner (prepared by Junior Warden R:.W:. Ronald McMillan) was enjoyed by everyone in attendance,

W:. Rick Wendling was installed by M:.W:. Rick Hoover as President of the association for 2019. W:. Brian Moffat was installed as 1st Vice President, and R:.W:. Howard Knapp was installed as 2nd Vice President. R:. W:. Frank Gaughen was installed as Secretary, and W:. Gregg Hanke as Executive Board Member. Absentee officers will be installed at a later date.

Some of the future activities discussed were the pistol shoot, Valspar golf tournament, and pilgrimage day at the Masonic Home. Please check the association calendar on our website for activity dates and times.

The association members present approved a new “media committee” with R:.W:. Howard Knapp as chairman and brothers Joe Sosa and Jeff Snyder as committeeman. The purpose of the committee is to keep communications and information current on our association website, Facebook page, and Twitter.

A wonderful time was had by all in attendance. W:. Aaron Cardenas of Tampa Bay Lodge passed the association gavel onto W:. David Neville of Gulf Beach Lodge where the March meeting will be held.

Traveling gavel is at Tarpon Lodge No. 112

Hot Gavel is at Dunedin Lodge No. 192

Unity Gavel is at Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291


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SMMA Meeting at Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291 to be held Wednesday March 20th

Join us on Wednesday March 20th at Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291 (14020 Marguerite Dr.) for our Bi-monthly Suncoast Master Mason Association Meeting. We welcome all newly installed officers to become active in YOUR district association. Meal is at 6:30 PM and meeting at 7:30 PM.

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District 18 School of Instruction January 26th at 9:00 AM

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W:. Kenny Carolan Earns Brown and Purple Proficiency Cards

R:.H:. Tom Quay assisted by R:.W:. Matt Winters and W:. Mike Hills (Tarpon Lodge No. 112) presented W:. Kenny Carolan his Brown Proficiency Card for the memorization of all the Chaplain ritual parts and his Purple Card for competition of Master Mason Exams I, II, II and LOTC I, II and III. Congratulations W:. Carolan


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D18 Open Ritual Books Wednesday January 23rd at Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291


Join us from 7:00-9:00 PM on Wednesday January 23rd for our Open Ritual Books at Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291 (14020 Marguerite Dr. Madeira Beach). A current dues card is necessary to gain admission. EA’s & FC’s are welcome with prior approval and being accompanied by a Master Mason.


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