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April 2024

Updated: May 2


1st Thursday, April 4, 2024 (Stated)

2nd Thursday, April 11, 2024 (Called - FC Degree)

3rd Thursday, April 18, 2024 (Stated)

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

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

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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 Secretary

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


Lodge Officers

Worshipful Master:

Rafael Nioac de Salles

(561) 929-6499

Senior Warden:

Nick Richard

(561) 699-5583

Junior Warden:

Eric Figueroa

(917) 544-8879


R∴W∴ Michael P. Sinatra

(561) 613-8094


W∴ Anthony Denton

(561) 322-8492


W∴ Howard Zimmerman

(561) 512-5143


Paul Goldstein

(561) 271-6138‬

Senior Deacon:

Derik Brasher

(832) 835-4900‬

Junior Deacon:

Jesse Mercado

(954) 422-3999‬

Senior Steward:

Patrick Quirk

‭(561) 507-3727‬

Junior Steward:

Giuseppe Garufi

(954) 682-2584‬


Mark Roscio

(860) 918-2331‬

Most Worshipful Grand Master

M∴W∴G∴M∴ Glen Bishop

District Deputy Grand Master

R∴W∴ Gerald Strohacker - (561) 329-2399

District Instructor

R∴H∴ Roy D. Strohacker - (561) 329-2261

Lodge Secretary

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


Lodge Committees

Finance: Chairman: S.W. Nick Richard

Members: R∴W∴ Rex Bradford, R∴ H∴ Sal Musumeci, W∴ Anthony Denton, Brother Shelly Pittleman

Property / Rental: Chairman: J.W. Eric Figueroa

Members: R∴W∴ Rex Bradford, W∴ Anthony Denton

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

Members: W∴M∴ Rafael Nioac de Salles, Brother Benjamin Cohen, W∴ Howard Zimmerman

Board of Relief: Chairman: W∴ M∴ Rafael Nioac de Salles

Members: S.W. Nick Richard, J.W. Eric Figueroa

Charity: Chairman: S.W. Nick Richard

Members; Brother Giuseppe Garufi, W∴M∴ Rafael Nioac de Salles, Brother Shelly Pittleman

Visitor Examination: Chairman: S.D. Derik Brasher

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

Vigilance: Chairman: J.W. Eric Figueroa

Members: R∴W∴ Rex Bradford, R∴H∴ Salvatore Musumeci, W ∴Alexandre Ferrari

Petitions / Investigations: Chairman: W∴ Mark Angstrom

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

Degree Ritual and Education: Chairman: R∴H∴ Sal Musumeci

Members: Brother Benjamin Cohen, J.W. Eric Figueroa, S.W. Nick Richards Mentor: W∴ Mark Angstrom

Funeral Committee: Chairman: R∴W∴ Rex Bradford

Members: S.D. Eric Figueroa, W∴ Mark Angstrom, W∴M∴ Rafael Nioac de Salles

Parking/Portico/Library: Chairman: W∴M∴ Rafael Nioac de Salles

Members: W∴ Anthony Denton, R∴H∴ Salvatore Musumeci, W∴ Alexandre Ferrari

Endowment Fund: Appointed Members

1 Year (2024): Sam Goldstein, Paul Goldstein

2 Years (2024 - 2025): W:.Mark Angstrom, W:. Anthony Denton

3 Years (2024 - 2026): R∴ W∴ Rex Bradford, R∴H∴ Salvatore Musumeci Protector: W:. Alexandre Ferrari


From the East

My Esteemed Brethren of Boca Delray Lodge No. 171,

As we step into April, a month filled with reflection and renewal, I am drawn to the collective wisdom and dedication of our officers, evidenced in their contributions to our April Trestleboard. Their words not only inform but also inspire us to delve deeper into our Masonic journey and embrace the camaraderie and fellowship that define us as Masons.

This month, as your Worshipful Master, I want to highlight the importance of our Masonic values and the role each of us plays in upholding these ideals. The Vigilance Committee has been diligently working to ensure our Lodge remains a beacon of brotherly love, respect, and moral integrity. Their upcoming report will shed light on matters crucial to our collective journey, reinforcing the significance of each Mason's contribution to the harmony and strength of our fraternity.

In January, we bid farewell to Brother W∴ Hal Peritz. The Masonic Funeral, led by R∴ W∴ Rex Bradford, W∴ Mark Angstrom, and myself, was a profound testament to the bonds that unite us. The attendance of 18 Brothers at the service spoke volumes of the respect and love we hold for one another. I extend my heartfelt thanks to each of you for your presence and for epitomizing the spirit of brotherhood during such a solemn occasion. The appreciation expressed by Brother Peritz's family was deeply moving and a reminder of the significant impact our Masonic rites and support have on the bereaved.

April also promises to be a month of enriching experiences and opportunities for growth. The Honorable Grand Master of Romania's visit is a noteworthy event that underscores our Lodge's role in the broader Masonic community. It's an occasion to demonstrate our commitment to the universality of Freemasonry and to learn from the experiences of our visiting Brethren.

We will have a Fellow Craft Degree in a Called Communication on April 11, 2024. I hope to see you all.

As we reflect on the allegorical and symbolic dimensions of our Craft, as our officers eloquently describe them, let us remember that Freemasonry is indeed "a Way of Life." It challenges us to be living stones in the eternal edifice of moral and spiritual integrity, guiding us in our quest for self-improvement and service to humanity.

Let us move forward with a renewed sense of purpose, embracing the diverse expressions of faith and tradition among us while standing united in our quest for light and truth. May this month be a time of profound reflection and joyful fellowship for all.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Rafael Nioac de Salles

Worshipful Master

Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.


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From the West

Greetings From The West, Esteemed Brethren,

As we journey together on our Masonic path, I am pleased to share resources that not only reflect our commitment to the Craft but also enhance our collective wisdom and fellowship.

Masonic Etiquette: A Refresher Course

Firstly, I encourage each one of us to revisit the principles that guide our interactions both within the hallowed walls of our Lodge and in the broader world. The Grand Lodge of Florida has graciously provided a comprehensive booklet on Masonic Etiquette, a cornerstone document that embodies the respect, courtesy, and brotherly love we hold dear. This refresher is invaluable for both new and seasoned brethren, ensuring our conduct continues to reflect the highest standards of Freemasonry.

Explore Our Digital Footprint

Furthermore, I am excited to share our Lodge's Linktree, a centralized hub of vital links pertinent to our Lodge and the grand tapestry of Freemasonry. Here, you'll find resources ranging from upcoming events, educational materials, to avenues for community engagement. This platform serves as a beacon, guiding our way through the rich heritage and contemporary endeavors of our brotherhood.

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A Call for Unity and Support

Our fraternity thrives on open lines of communication and mutual support. If there is any manner in which I can assist any brother or contribute further to the enrichment of our Lodge, do not hesitate to reach out. Together, we strengthen the bonds that unite us, fostering a resilient and vibrant Masonic community.

In closing, let us continue to embody the principles that define us, ever advancing in light, knowledge, and fraternal solidarity. Your engagement and active participation are what make Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171 a beacon of Freemasonry.

Fraternally and with warm regards,

Nick Richard Senior Warden

Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.


From the South

Greetings from the South Brethren!

We in the kitchen are doing our best to provide the craft with different meals to enjoy. My goal is to have no repeat meals in the first half of the year. From our vantage point behind the counter, we see a room of diverse brothers enjoying the fellowship we, as Masons, love to see. The Senior Steward Patrick Quirk and Junior Steward Giuseppe Garufi work hard at every meeting, and I appreciate everything they do. If any Brother has a dietary concern or a suggestion to make our meals better... Please bring it to my attention.

Our system of morality is as old as civilization. One must penetrate the allegorical veils, with the aid of symbolic emblems, and practice the moral precepts which have been revealed to us. In order to prepare ourselves spiritually, we must “be living stones for that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

Freemasonry is “a Way of Life.”


Eric Figueroa

Junior Warden

Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.


From the Secretary

Fraternal Greetings Brothers.  

Our Annual Grand Communication is approaching. If you intend to attend Grand Lodge, kindly email me and let me know so that I can have you pre-registered. This will save you time when you show up at the Rosen Plaza. Please make certain that you have your current 2024 membership card and photo ID available. The dress code is the same as attending the lodge.  

The 2024 dues invoices were mailed out the second week of October 2023. We are approaching six months later. If you have not remitted payment, please do so. The lodge needs these funds to operate, and you will need a current membership card to visit other lodges.  

Our first meeting in April will be an interesting one. We will have the honor and pleasure of having the Honorary Grand Master of Romania visit us.  There will be a contingency of 12 Romanian Brothers visiting Washington DC, and the Honorary Grand Master will visit Boca Delray.   At the time of this writing, I am not aware of what our Worshipful Master’s agenda for the evening is, but I am certain it will be interesting.  

Congratulations to our five newly Initiated Brothers; our Degree team did an outstanding job, as usual.  We still have several Petitions pending, and another EA Degree is in the planning stages.   I asked those brothers who were raised within the last three years to inform me of any Masonic Appendant Bodies that they may have joined. Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shriners, etc.   I was hoping to update the Brothers Masonic profile with the Grand Lodge’s records. Unfortunately, I only heard from one brother, and I know that several of them are affiliated with other bodies. 


R∴W∴ Mike Sinatra


Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.


Chaplain's Corner

Greetings Brethren!

First, I want to thank each and every one of my Brothers who called, texted, and visited me during my recent hospitalization. At the age of 60, I consider myself very fortunate as this was my first and hopefully last time in the hospital. I am well on the road to recovery and getting back to my normal self. Look out!

This month we celebrate Passover, Lent and Easter and here’s sending each of you and your families a most joyous one!

For many of us, the holidays this year may remind us of what we have lost. Our gatherings around our Seder, communion, and family tables may be fewer or slimmer than we wish and certainly not the same as “before.”

Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit and changed so much. Before the job loss. Before the social isolation. Before the chaos of work and life collided in our homes. Before George Floyd and Breonna Taylor’s lives were cut short. Before, we got sick, and our own family and friends died too soon. Before the terrorist attacks of October 7.

There was a before. And now there is a now that is not quite an after, and our hearts ache, even as shoots of hope dare to grow.

I write this note from the tender places of my heart in prayer that across space and time it might meet you in the tender spaces of your heart. For it is in our meeting there, the great Jewish philosopher and mystic, Martin Buber, held that we come face to face, not only with one another in sacred connection, but also with God.

In the Christian tradition, in the sacred story that is shared at church on Easter morning, it is a woman of ill-repute but lavish love, Mary Magdalene who dares to go to the site of death, persecution, and fear in her now that was ‘not quite an after’ and stand there, resolute, albeit as tears fall. And it is there, in the now that is not quite an after, in that space of both-and, both lamentation and celebration, where the One we proclaim has risen and meets Mary face to face and calls her tenderly by name.

Lament, a daring and heartfelt cry, is a sacred act that brings us face to face with the steadfast love of G-D that meets us there in the tender, sometimes broken places of our hearts and offers life and help. With the psalmist we ask, “Where does my help come?” and with the psalmist, we are reminded, “My help comes from the Lord, my maker.”

At our empty tombs, to our cries of lamentation, G-D answers us intimately and tenderly. Indeed, G-d’s saving way that we celebrate this Passover, Lent, and Easter offers us a path through the wilderness of our now that is not quite an after, and it offers us Life, Liberation and Love that transcends all time and never ends, both in lamentation and celebration.

So this holiday season, at whatever table you sit, may you find sacred connection, liberation, and love there. And may I offer to one and all, in the days and months ahead, a toast, L’Chaim!, Salud!, To Life!

Greetings my brethren.

W∴ Howard Zimmerman


Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.


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Masonic Advancements

Petitions Received:

Danilo Cordero

Entered Apprentices Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers: Daniel Duarte Quintal Garces, Lawrence Dorce, Domingo Alexander Duran, Franckerson Myrtil, , Louis Amoroso, Sadrac Francois.

Awaiting Fellow Craft Degree:

Brothers: Hugo Neil Mendez, Marcos Libberato.

Fellow Craft Awaiting Proficiency Examination:


Awaiting Master Mason Degree:


Master Mason Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers: James Billingsley, Leo Netto, Jeff Cirminiello, Samuel Henry, Geoffrey Thiessen, Joseph Pellicane, Peter Cursio.

Bible/Apron/WK Tools: Brother Richard J. Ridky,  Jake Mulcahey, Arken Radeef, Garfield Heron.


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Plural: Brothers:

Reinstatement: Brothers:

E.A. Transfer: Brothers:

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Petitions: Candidate


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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


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Past Masters Boca Delray Lodge No 171

2023 - Alexandre C. Ferrari

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



  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 tyling 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

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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


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



Boca Delray Lodge By-Laws 2023
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Payment methods to Boca Delray Lodge No. 171:

1. By mailing a check to the address P.O. BOX 811113, Boca Raton, FL 33481-1113,

2. By CashApp to $BocaDelrayLodge171 or using the link$BocaDelrayLodge171

3. By Zelle to our Lodge email

Dues 2024: $281.00

LYPMGS Donation (2024): $7.30

Building Fund Donation (2024): $25.00

Relief Fund Donation (2024): $25.00

Total: $338.30



  1. Derik Brasher

  2. Alexandre Castro Ferrari

  3. Aniello Alfonso Criscuolo

  4. Bryant Orville Myers Sr

  5. Charles-Johan Gustave Lund

  6. David M Haycock

  7. David A Allen

  8. Demetrios Chris Kirkiles

  9. Donald Phillip Bolton

  10. Douglas Blair Sinclair

  11. Eoin Brackenridge Stafford

  12. Everett Alexander Stern

  13. George Ray Ruffing Jr

  14. Gerald Lee Barton

  15. Gerard Joseph Kleehammer

  16. Gerard Carras

  17. Harold William Ewing II

  18. Jack Harrison Breland

  19. John Raymond Farill

  20. John A Clarke Jr

  21. John W Langford

  22. Josiah Reeve Bright

  23. Leslie Scott Gardner

  24. Michael Strauss

  25. Michael Sinatra

  26. Patrick Peter Shepherd

  27. Paul Hunter Goldstein

  28. Peter James Snyder

  29. Pieter Van Gunst

  30. Raymond Hill Cralle

  31. Richard Scott Durgee

  32. Richard Wayne Jones

  33. Robert Wayne Estell Jr

  34. Robert Edward Coombs

  35. Rodrigo Jose Himiob

  36. Salvatore Musumeci

  37. Scott A Gardner

  38. Thomas Kevin Clements

  39. Victor Charles Weinberg

  40. Victor Lamont Searer Jr

  41. Walter Carleton McCrumb

  42. William Alfred Strucker

  43. William Arthur Tucker

  44. Zalmon John Starr


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