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April 2023



Meetings

1st Thursday (Stated)

3rd Thursday (Called)

***Dinner at 6:30 pm***

***Meeting starts at 7:30 pm***

Jacket and Tie

4093 NW 4th Ave.

Boca Raton, FL 33431

(561) 501-0545

 

Mailing Address

Boca Delray Lodge 171

PO BOX 811113

Boca Raton FL 33481-1113

 

Lodge Officers


Worshipful Master: Alexandre Ferrari 954-934-7996

Senior Warden: Rafael Nioac de Salles 561-929-6499

Junior Warden: Nick Richard 561-699-5583

Secretary: R∴W∴ Michael P. Sinatra 561-613-8094

Musician: Scott Kaapke 561-504-8535

Treasurer: W∴ Anthony Denton 561-322-8492

Chaplain: W∴ Howard Zimmerman 561-512-5143

Marshal: Paul Goldstein 561-271-6138

Senior Deacon: Paul Jacob 561-609-9504

Junior Deacon: Jesse Mercado 954-422-3999

Senior Steward: Eric Figueroa 917-544-8879

Junior Steward: Patrick Quirk 561-507-3727

Tyler: Giuseppe Garufi 954-682-2584


Most Worshipful Grand Master

M∴W∴G∴M∴ Robert Lambert


District Deputy Grand Master

R∴W∴ Allan D. Mason - 561-715-7173


District Instructor

R∴H∴ Salvatore Musumeci - 954-871-6018


Lodge Secretary

R∴W∴ Michael P. Sinatra - 561-613-8094

 

Lodge Committees


Finance: Chairman: S.W. Rafael Nioac de Salles

Members; R∴W∴ Michael Sinatra, R∴W∴ Rex Bradford, R∴ H∴ Sal Musumeci,

W∴ Demetrios Kirkiles, W∴ Anthony Denton, Brother Shelly Pittleman


Property / Rental: Chairman: S.S. Eric Figueroa

Members; R∴W∴ Rex Bradford, W∴ Anthony Denton, J.W. Nick Richard, J.D. Paul Jacob


Public Relations / Social Media Communications: Chairman: W∴ M∴ Alexandre Ferrari

Members; S.W. Rafael Nioac de Salles, Benjamin Cohen, J.S. Patrick Quirk, W∴ Howard Zimmerman


Board of Relief: Chairman: W∴ M∴ Alexandre Ferrari

Members; J.W. Nick Richard, S.W. Rafael Nioac de Salles


Charity: Chairman: S.W. Rafael Salles

Members; Tyler, Giuseppe Garufi, S.D Paul Jacob


Visitor Examination: Chairman: S.D. Paul Jacob

Members: Chaplain W∴ Howard Zimmerman, J.D. Jesse Mercado,


Vigilance: Chairman: J.W. Nick Richards

Members; R∴W∴ Michael Sinatra, R∴W∴ Rex Bradford


Petitions / Investigations: Chairman: W∴ Mark Angstrom

Members; J.D. Jesse Mercado, J.W. Nick Richard, J.S. Patrick Quirk, R∴H∴ Sal Musumeci, Errol Lamberson


Degree Ritual and Education: Chairman: R∴H∴ Sal Musumeci (CZAR)

Members; Benjamin Cohen, J.D. Jesse Mercado, S.D. Paul Jacob, J.W. Nick Richards Mentors: W∴ Mark Angstrom, W∴ Jay Obeid


Funeral Committee: Chairman: R∴W∴ Rex Bradford

Members; S.D. Paul Jacob J.D. Jesse Mercado, S.W. Rafael Nioac de Salles



 

From the East


Brethren,



The next Master Mason Association meeting will be Monday April 03, at Boynton Lodge located at 2701 Quantum Blvd Boynton Beach FL 33426


They will welcome a special guest -- candidate for the office of Junior Grand Warden, R:.W:. Haskell Vest. I encourage you to join us at the MMA meeting in order to exchange ideas, to find out what is happening in our District, and to listen to RW Vest as he shares his thoughts on a variety of topics.


Saturday, April 15, 2023 -- it is Pilgrimage Day at the Masonic Home. Brothers from several Lodges in the District have expressed an interest in making the trip this year. The day represents an incredible way to enjoy fellowship, an easy road-trip, and to reconnect with Brothers from around the state who you may not have broken bread with in some time.


Below is the 2023 Proposed Legislation. We will be going over the resolutions at our next meeting.

2023 Proposed Legislation Booklet
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Presentation on April 20, by Brother Hamza


My Chamber of Reflection -

Take a stroll along with me into the darkness of a chamber. A chamber that reeks of mold and designed to frighten any passerby who dares approach. It is a chamber called the chamber of reflection, for it is naught but the dark recess of the soul that decides to stay. Words of fright provoke one to leave while curious objects invite the true seeker further in, and the musty atmosphere, barely lit, with the walls staring back, remind the seeker of why he is at the Temple Door and the untrue seeker of why he must immediately leave.


A stroke can often develop suddenly! 80% of strokes are preventable according to the

American Heart Association.

Life Line Screening will be on site on Friday, April 21st at Boca Delray Lodge N 171 to

conduct these valuable screenings.

 

Protect your health and get peace of mind with early detection with preventive

health screenings from Life Line Screening that will be at Boca Delray Lodge N 171 on

Friday, April 21st. Learn more and schedule your appointment by calling 1-866-964-

1386 or visit Life Line Screening’s website at https://llsa.social/HC


I would like to keep requesting every brother, if you can, bring nonperishable foods to be donated to Boca Helping Hands.


Boca Delray Lodge is using Cash App to receive payments.

Try it using the code 8WGVHFS. The lodge will get $15, and you’ll get $5.

You can use this app to pay your dues. There is no fee for you or the lodge.


Let's promote our collation room. We use Giggster for renters unable to get liability insurance. If renters can provide insurance, please contact me directly. Also, the price is negotiable.


Please take a minute to review our Lodge Google.

This helps our visibility online and will improve our membership.


Check our linktree with the important links about our lodge and Freemasonry.

This has a summary of the important link about our fraternity.


Please see me if you want to add or make any suggestions.


F&S

W∴ M∴ Alexandre Ferrari

Boca-Delray No 171

F.&A.M.

 

From the West



My beloved Brethren:


The Finance Committee attended a workshop at Raimond James on March 13, 2023, to learn about investment strategies. The intention is to seek financial education to help make future decisions. I will present the report at our meeting on April 6, 2023. If any brother has any questions about our finances, please do not hesitate to contact me.


A bit of Masonic education, I encourage my Brothers to read or re-read our Masonic Etiquette (click here GL208). Sharing the item about Altar:


"ALTAR: Our customs and traditions prohibit any Brother from passing between the Altar and the Worshipful Master while a Lodge is open. From ancient times the precinct between the Altar and the East has been deemed sacred ground, not to be trodden under foot; there should be no obstruction between the East and the Three Great Lights; and since the Great Lights and the Charter of the Lodge are the particular responsibility of the Worshipful Master, no Brother should ever obscure his view of them. The fact that during the exemplification of the Work Candidates aresometimes placed there, does not mitigate against the interpretation, but rather supports it; for if the ground between the Altar and East is otherwise held sacred, the fact will make all the more impressive those initiation ceremonies which require that a Candidate be placed there.

The ballot box should never rest upon the Bible but by its side or on a little stand at the Altar.

The Altar must not be covered or decorated by the national or any other flag. Any embroidery, sign, or any other indications of any individual or any organization other than the Lodge itself or Grand Lodge is strictly forbidden."


Let's keep our Fraternity strong and increase our communication among Brothers. If you want to help or need anything, reach out! The get-together at Cinemark Bistrot on February 25, 2023, Saturday, was an excellent opportunity to meet our Brothers outside of the Lodge. I encourage us always meet.


I wish you all a fabulous April and hope to see you all in Lodge.

Fraternally,


S.W. Rafael Nioac de Salles

Boca-Delray No 171

F.&A.M.


 

From the South



Greetings from the South Brethren!


I want to extend a big thank you to everyone who has come to the lodge and made these dinners that we do a success. We are going to continue this month with more seasonal favorites. With that being said, we are always open to suggestions. Last month, when we all enjoyed the corned beef and cabbage for Saint Patricks day, the idea came from Brother Howie Zimmerman. He also let me know what type of mustard to buy. In closing, if anyone has an idea, please feel free to run it by me. I love hearing what you guys want and serving meals that you want.


Fraternally,


J.W. Nick Richard

Boca-Delray No 171

F.&A.M.


 

From the Secretary



Secretaries Desk


Fraternal Greetings Brethren, I hope all has been well with you. We have witnessed some fine Degree work as well as opening and closings and all to the credit of our newer Master Masons. Officers of the Lodge often have meetings to discuss succession. Succession meaning, who is going to sit in Stations and Places a few years from now.. These discussions often are frustrating, but at Boca Delray we see several qualified Brothers who will take the reins of leadership for a number of years. Knowing this fact, it is comforting as we see the lodge in good hands.


Last call for any Brother who wishes to attend the Grand Communication at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando at the end of May. If you would like to attend, please let the Secretary know so that he can pre-register you for the meeting (not for room reservations).


Dues statements were mailed out mid-October 2022, please be mindful of your Obligations and remit dues on a timely manner.


A word on Masonic Etiquette:


“Presents to the Candidate at a Degree”


The custom of giving presents to Candidates at the end of a Degree should be discouraged, except when they are given to all Candidates by the Lodge itself. There seems to be a growing custom of presenting Candidates (often only one Candidate), and usually at the end of the Master Mason Degree, with gifts from those outside the Lodge and/or from members of the Candidate’s family. This is not a recommended custom. In deference to Candidate(s) who would not receive a gift, and the solemnity of our Degrees, that is not the best time, or necessarily the right place, for the presentation of gifts from those outside the Lodge, or from within the Lodge, unless the same or similar gift is presented to each Candidate. If there be only one Candidate, however, gifts could he presented without serious breech of etiquette. Special gifts to an individual Candidate can be presented at a later Communication. When a gift has personal and emotional ties or family connections for a Candidate, it might be more appropriate to present it with privacy, rather than in open Lodge.


Remember Brethren, Harmony, being the Strength of all Societies, Especially Ours. We do not wish to hurt a Brother’s feelings in any way.


Fraternally,


R:.W:.. Mike Sinatra

Secretary



 

District 25 Lodges


2nd & 4th Thursdays

2701 Quantum Blvd, Boynton Beach 6:30/7:30 pm


2nd & 4th Mondays

421 Jennings Ave., Greenacres 6:30/7:30 pm


1st & 3rd Tuesdays

9463 Roan LN., Palm Beach Gardens 6:30/7:30 pm


1st & 3rd Wednesdays

421 Jennings Ave., Greenacres 6:30/7:30 pm


2nd & 4th Mondays

1896 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach 6:30/7:30 pm


2nd & 4th Mondays

600 S. Loxahatchee Dr., Jupiter 6:30/7:30 pm


2nd & 4th Tuesdays

845 Bradley St., West Palm Beach 6:30/7:30 pm


1st & 3rd Thursdays

845 Bradley St., West Palm Beach 6:30/7:30 pm



 

Masonic Advancements


Awaiting Entered Apprentice Degree:

Garfield Heron

Entered Apprentices Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers; Peter Curcio , Hugo Neil Mendez, Jake Mulcahey

Awaiting Fellow Craft Degree:

Brothers;

Fellow Craft Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers; Laz Pena, Arken Radeef, Richard J. Ridky,

Awaiting Master Mason Degree:

Master Mason Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers; James Billingsley, Leo Netto, Jeff Cirminiello, Samuel Henry, Geoffrey Thiessen, Joseph Pellicane

Bible/Apron/WK Tools:

Awaiting

Dual:

Plural:

Reinstatement:

E.A. Transfer:

F.C. Transfer:

M.M. Transfers: Jeffrey Weber, Sam Berger

Petitions:


 




Upcoming District 25

Master Mason Degree teams

(part 1)


My Brothers,


The statewide Degree competition for this year will be held for Master Mason Degree (part 1). Our goal is to have multiple teams competing from the 25th Masonic District. These teams can be from each Lodge, or we can have multiple Lodges getting together to form one team. If you are not totally proficient in this Degree, please do not be worried. We will have multiple practices at different Lodges around the District to get everyone up to speed. At these practices, we will be having in-depth instruction on all the ritual and esoteric work in part 1 of Master Mason Degree as mandated by the Committee on Work. Any Master Mason in good standing is eligible to participate, and it will provide you an enhanced knowledge of the ritual and floorwork of Master Mason Degree as well as an increase in comradery with the Brothers of our District. Please reach out to me if you have any interest in joining the Degree teams and representing the 25th Masonic District.


Strength in Numbers

Power in Education



My Brothers,

In order to improve your Masonic knowledge, try taking Master Mason 1 2 3 exams On the Grand Lodge website. It’s an excellent method to learn to use the Masonic Digest and Mentors Manual. Just complete the three Master Mason Examinations, offered by the Grand Lodge. These examinations have proven very popular as they produce more

friendships, more knowledge of Florida masonry, better-informed Brothers, and an increase in Lodge attendance.

Also, they are MANDATORY for anyone sitting in the chair of Worshipful Master, Senior

Warden or Junior Warden.

Follow the instructions below:

2. Click on “Education”

3. Take Exams 1, 2 & 3



My Brothers,

I would like to invite you all to Open Books and Schools of Instruction this and every Saturday. Please join us for the education, brotherhood, and a gourmet breakfast!!!!


Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts are welcome with a RSVP from their Worshipful Master to me.


When: Every Saturday School of Instruction Open Books Every third Saturday


Time: 9:00 am – noon


Where: Harmonia Lodge: 1896 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.

Suite 200 West Palm Beach, FL 33409



Fraternally & Sincerely,

R:.H:. Sal Musumeci, DI

(954) 871-6018



 

Upcoming Events and News






 

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April Birthdays


Osmay Cortes

Christopher Downey

Alfred Kreuscher

Robert Masters

John Miladin

Richard Durgee

Eric Feld

Dragos Sprinceana

Herbert Siegal

William Welch III

Bryant Myers Sr

Fredrick Hamilton

Paul Goldstein

Carlos Llovet

Harold Ewing II



Podcast



There are twelve Masonic plays available from the Masonic Service Association


"A Rose Upon The Altar"

"The Greatest of These"

"He That Believeth"

"Greater Love Hath No Man"

"Judge Not!"

"The Hearts of the Fathers"

"To Entertain Strangers"

"A Gift in Secret"

"Treasures of Darkness"

"He Which is Accused"

"If A Man Die... "

"... And Not Forsake Them"

 

The Committee on Masonic Education of the Grand Lodge of lowa, which has the finest Masonic Library in America, founded in 1844, suggests as a reading course in Freemasonry the following books to be read in the sequence set forth:


1. The Builders. by Newton

2. Introduction to Freemasonry, by Haywood

3. Masonic Symbolism, by Hunt

4. The Newly Made Mason, by Haywood

5. More about Masonry, by Haywood

6. A History of Freemasonry, by Haywood and Craig

7. Symbolical Masonry, by Haywood

8. Introduction to Freemason, by Claudy

9. Short Talks on Masonry, by Newton

10. Freemasonry Before The Existence of Grand Lodges, by Vibert

11. The Old Guilds of England, by Armitage

12. The Story of the Craft, by Vibert

13. Short Readings of Masonic History, by Tatsch

14. Old Charges by British Freemasons, by Hughan

15. The Religion of Masonry, by Newton

16. Freemasonry and Roman Catholicism, by Haywood

17. Handbook for Lodge Officers, by Hunt

18. Famous Masons and Masonic Presidents, by Haywood

19. Famous Masons, by Bell

20. Benjamin Franklin As A Freemason, by Sachse

21. The Facts About George Washington as a Freemason, by Tatsch

22. Old Tiler Talks, by Claudy

23. The Great Teachings of Mason!, by Haywood

24. Freemasonry in the Thirteen Colonies, by Tatsch

25. An Introduction to Freemasonry, by Knoop and Jones

26. Symbolism of The Three Degrees, by Street

27. The Treasury of Masonic Thought, by Martin and Callaghan

28. These Men Were Masons, by Banner

29. The Lodge and the Craft, by Blackmer

30. The Scottish Mason and The Mason Word, by Knoop and Jones

31. The Genesis of Freemasonry, by Knoop and Jones

32. English-Speaking Freemasonry, by Robbins

33. The Beginnings of Freemasonry in America, by Johnson

34. The Religion of Freemasonry, by Whymper

35. Emblematic Freemasonry,-by Waite

36. Roman Catholicism and Freemasonry, by Wright

37. High-Ways and By-Ways of Freemasonry , by Lawrence

38. Sidelights on Freemasonry, by Lawrence

39. The Masonic Problem, by Gibson

40. The Evolution of Freemasonry?, by Darrah

41. Symbolism of Freemosonry, by Mackey

42. The Concise History of Freemasonry, by Gould

43. Speculative Masonry, by McBridge

44. Masonic Jurisprudence, by Lawrence

45. The Law and Custom of Freemasonry, by Edwards

46. Lectures on Masonic Jurisprudence, by Pound

47. Jurisprudence of Freemasonry , by Mackey

48. Lectures on the Philosophy of Freemasonry, by Pound

49. Masonry in the Formation of Our Government, by Roth

50. Negro Masonry in the U.S., by Voorhis

51. Freemasons' Guide and Compendium, by Jones

52. Masonic Quiz Book, by Peterson

53. Landmarks, by Hunt

54. Masonic Lodge Methods, by Blakemore

55. Well-Springs of American Freemasonry, by Haywood

56. Guide of Masonic Speech Making, by Edwards

57. George Washington, Freemason, by Brown

58. Annotated Reading List, by Haywood

59. Little Masonic Library, Twenty Titles in Five Volumes

60. Masonic Soldiers of Fortune, by Stuart


 

Masonic Regalia and Jewelry Wholesale Prices


Boca Delray Lodge is an Affiliate and the lodge will get 15% from all order place at the site, if you want to help the lodge, please use the link below.


 

Past Masters Boca Delray Lodge No 171


2022 - Anthony W. Denton

2021 - Anthony W. Denton

2020 - Harold W Ewing II

2019 - Salvatore Musumeci

2018 - Demetrios Kirkiles

2017 - Mark Angstrom

2016 - John Blalock

2015 - Scott Durgee

2014 - Rex Bradford

2013 - David G. Lund

2012 - Jay Obeid

2011 - John Ager

2010 - George Hervey *

2009 - Mike Sinatra

2008 - Robert Langford *

2007 - John Kemp

2006 - David M Haycock

2005 - David Lerner *

2004 - Christopher G. Gilbert

2003 - Brant C. Bayer

2002 - Mark Silberman

2001 - Steve A. Sagal *

2000 - Arthur Dubin

1999 - A. Ray Stewart *

1998 - David A. Allen

1997 - Israel Stavis *


* Deceased


 

25 LANDMARKS OF FREEMASONRY

  1. Modes of recognition

  2. Division of symbolic Masonry into three degrees

  3. Legend of the 3rd degree

  4. Government of the fraternity by a Grand Master

  5. Prerogative of the Grand Master to preside over every assembly of the Craft

  6. Prerogative of the Grand Master to grant dispensations for conferring the degrees at irregular times

  7. Prerogative of the Grand Master to give dispensations for opening and holding Lodges

  8. Prerogative of the Grand Master to make Masons at sight

  9. Necessity for Masons to congregate in Lodges

  10. Government of lodges by a Master and 2 Wardens

  11. Necessity of tiling lodges

  12. Right of every Mason to be represented in all general meetings of the Craft and instruct representatives

  13. Right of every Mason to appeal from his Lodge to the Grand Lodge or General Assembly of Masons

  14. Right of every Mason to visit and sit in every regular Lodge

  15. No unknown visitor can enter a Lodge without first passing an examination

  16. No Lodge can interfere in the business of another Lodge or give degrees to brethren of other Lodges

  17. Every Freemason is amenable to the laws and regulations of the Masonic jurisdiction in which he resides, even though he may not be a member of any Lodge

  18. Candidates for initiation must be men, unmutilated (not a cripple), free born, and of mature age

  19. Belief in the existence of God as the Great Architect of the universe

  20. Belief in a resurrection to a future life

  21. A "Book of the Law" is indispensable in every Lodge

  22. Equality of all Masons

  23. Secrecy of the institution

  24. Foundation of a speculative science upon an operative art, and symbolic use and explanations for the purpose of religious or moral teaching

  25. These landmarks can never be changed


EXPLANATION 25 LANDMARKS OF FREEMASONRY_
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The Grand Lodge of Florida developed this comprehensive course of study to instruct Brothers on the proper procedures and responsibilities of each Lodge Officer, and how to conduct the important business of their particular Lodge. Courses are presented by the District Chairman, and a certificate is issued upon successful completion of all 15

modules.


The Grand Lodge of Florida provides Master Mason Examinations to be open book type exams designed to give any Master Mason the opportunity to increase his knowledge of some of the Ancient Tenets, Rules, and Regulations of Masonry. They contain a mixture of multiple choice, True or False, or essay questions which should be answered on the answer sheet, as provided in the exam downloads.


The Grand Lodge of Florida encourages all members of the Craft to further their knowledge of Lodge operation, especially those concerning the Elected and Appointed

Officers of each particular Lodge. The Lodge Officers Training program was designed to educate and test your knowledge of Lodge procedures, business, penal code, and other areas. Let There Be Light



 

Appendant Bodies


 

BY-LAWS



By-Laws 10-14-15
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By-Law amendment 3-3-2017
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Endowment Fund Draft


The finance committee is working on it and will report to the lodge soon

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