R∴W∴ Rick Wendling, District Deputy Grand Master of Florida District 18 held his first official visit at Gulf Beach Lodge last night in presence of 44 Masons. R∴W∴ Wendling received an honorary membership to Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291. A great time was had by all in attendance.
Join R∴W∴ Rick Wendling at Gulf Beach Lodge No. 291 (14020 Marguerite Dr. Madeira Beach) for his first official visit Thursday June 6th. There is a meal (Shepherd’s Pie) at 6:30 PM and the meeting to follow at 7:30 PM.
There will be a Memorial Service for M∴W∴ John E. Karroum, who passed to the celestial Lodge above early last Friday evening, to be held on Saturday June 15th at 10:00 AM at Boynton Lodge No. 236 (2701 Quantum Blvd, Boynton Beach, Florida). Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers, and please, respect their privacy.
Tampa Bay No. 252 initiated two new Entered Apprentice Brothers. We welcome these new Brothers into the Fraternity!
Members of Gulf Beach Lodge visited the Tampa Bay Lodge to pass the Hot Gavel.
The officers and members of the Suncoast Master Mason Association are saddened by the loss of Past Grand Master M∴W∴ John E. Karroum Friday May 31st. Condolences and prayers for his family.
The 12th Annual “Bikes for Books” presentation was held on Friday May 24 in the
Dunedin Elementary Courtyard.Six Officers of Dunedin Lodge No. 192 were present including Worshipful Master Dave Boddy, Junior Warden Mike St. Laurent , Secretary Mike Palenik, Chaplain Ken Giesow, Tyler Dick Casper, and Senior Deacon Greg Brown who is also Chairman of Bikes for Books Committee, and made the presentation..
Dunedin Lodge started the “Bikes for Books” program as a way to encourage the students of Dunedin Elementary School to increase their reading skills. The teachers assign extra reading assignments and, as the students complete the assignments, their name is placed in a hat and at the end of the School year two names are drawn from each class, one boy and one girl. This year gift certificates for a helmet and a bike lock were included with each bike.
To date the Lodge has donated 144 bikes at a cost of over $12,000. All the money was raised by donations from members and friends of Dunedin Lodge No. 192.
Brothers from District 18 will join with Masons from around the state this weekend at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando for the annual Grand Lodge Communication. We wish all the delegates and brothers the very best over the next few days.
A great evening of fellowship was enjoyed by 43 Masons from 11 Lodges in District 18 on May 15th at Clearwater Lodge No. 127. Much was accomplished and a good time was had by all. The next meeting will be the third Wednesday in July at St. Petersburg Lodge No. 139 (meeting at Northside Lodge).