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August 2023

Updated: Aug 3, 2023



Meetings

(WE ARE DARK IN JULY AND AUGUST)

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∴ 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. 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

I would like to express my gratitude to the Brothers who attended the Get Together for Family and Friends last Saturday of the month. Your presence was greatly appreciated.


I would also like to bring your attention to our upcoming events. Kindly refer to our calendar for more details. It is with great pleasure that I announce that two of our Brothers will be receiving their Master Mason Degree at Cornerstone Lodge #416. The ceremony will take place at 555 NE 42nd Ct, OAKLAND PARK, FL 33334-3113 on Tuesday, August 29. We will gather for dinner at 6:00 pm followed by the Degree at 7:00 pm. Your support and presence would mean a lot to Brothers Laz Pena and Richard J. Ridky.


In other news, I am delighted to inform you that our construction project is moving along smoothly. We are anticipating to reopen in September. However, in the meantime, I would like to propose an online meeting to keep in touch and see how everyone is doing. This will be a great opportunity for Brothers who are currently away in different states or countries to participate. Let's stay connected until we can meet in person again.


I have provided the Google Meet link for our online meeting on August 3rd at 6:00 pm : https://meet.google.com/ger-shcv-kyb. Please mark your calendars and make sure to join us for this virtual gathering.


Furthermore, I kindly request that you review our updated By-laws. The Most Worshipful Glen Bishop has signed the changes, which include an increase in our dues from $136 to $236, along with the per-capita and additional contributions. It is important for all members to be aware of these updates.


Lastly, please take note of our stated meetings. We will be holding our Stated Communication on the 1st Thursday of each month and a Called Communication meeting on the 3rd Thursday.


Thank you for your attention to these matters. I appreciate your continued support and involvement in our Lodge. Let us strive to make our Brotherhood stronger


I would also like to bring to your attention that we are actively searching for a reliable supplier to meet our masonic needs. While I have found a temporary supplier at Macoy Publishing for Boca Delray Lodge No 171 shirts, I would greatly appreciate any recommendations or suggestions for a trustworthy supplier. Kindly let me know if you have any leads in this regard.


Moreover, I would like to appeal to each and every brother to contribute nonperishable food items, which will be donated to Boca Helping Hands. Your generosity will go a long way in supporting those in need within our community.


As part of our efforts to streamline payment processes, I am thrilled to announce that Boca Delray Lodge is now accepting payments through Cash App. Our unique identifier is $BocaDelrayLodge171, and you can even try it out using the code 8WGVHFS. By utilizing this platform, not only will you be able to conveniently pay your dues, but the lodge will also receive $15, and you'll receive $5 as a token of appreciation. Please note that there are no additional fees for using this app, benefiting both you and the lodge. We also accept payments through Zelle at bdlodge171@gmail.com


Additionally, I would like to emphasize the importance of promoting our collation room. For brethren who are unable to obtain liability insurance, we have partnered with Giggster https://giggster.com/listing/masonic-lodge-fl to facilitate the renting process. However, if renters can provide their own insurance, kindly contact me directly. The rental price is negotiable, and we are open to discussions based on individual circumstances.


Lastly, I kindly request each and every one of you to spare a minute of your time to review our Lodge https://g.page/r/CdaxednxPKNcEBM/review. Your positive reviews and ratings will greatly enhance our online visibility and ultimately contribute to the growth of our membership.


For your convenience, I have compiled a linktree https://linktr.ee/bdlodge171 containing all the important links pertaining to our lodge and Freemasonry. This serves as a comprehensive resource for accessing vital information about our fraternity. Should you have any suggestions or additions, please feel free to approach me directly.


Please check the charities we support and let me know if you want to get involved.


Thank you for your attention and continued support. Together, let us strive to make Boca-Delray No 171 F.&A.M. a beacon of excellence within our community.


Fraternally yours,


W∴ M∴ Alexandre Ferrari

Boca-Delray No 171 F.&A.M.

 

From the West


My beloved Brethren:


Our Lodge is under renovation, and we will be back to action soon in a beautiful new Lodge room. While we are dark, we can benefit from meeting our Brothers outside the Lodge, as per our monthly get-together at Cinemark Bistro every last Saturday of the month. Follow the events' dates and information on our website at https://www.bocadelray171.org/event.


The Finance Committee had no meetings in July as we are waiting to vote on the endowment fund when the Lodge returns. 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 BIBLE PRESENTATION:


"BIBLE PRESENTATION:

Our regulations prescribe that the Bible used in the Lodge Room should be the unadorned Holy Bible. It is not believed that this prohibits the presentation to a new Brother of a Bible bearing the Square and Compasses on the back, the remainder of the covering being plain and of a solid color, nor does it prohibit the use of a Bible having a page in the front for recording the presentation.

It goes without saying that no one new member is to be singled out for such a presentation; if the Lodge authorizes such a presentation, then a Bible should be presented to each new member thus received.

When so presented, the officiant presenting the same should deliver a short and dignified message as to the place the Holy Bible occupies in Masonry and its significance and binding effect upon every Mason."


Let's keep our fraternity strong and increase our communication among Brothers. If you want to help or need anything, reach out!

I wish you all a fabulous March 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!


WIth the lodge being dark, I don't have too much to update you brothers on. I hope that all of you are having a great summer. Much like you guys, I'm looking forward to our lodge being up and running again. Until then, I hope to catch you guys at the extra functions our lodge holds. The baseball game was a lot of fun and great to see all who attended. Stay cool in this heat brothers and enjoy the rest of the summer!



J.W. Nick Richard

Boca-Delray No 171

F.&A.M.


 

From the Secretary



Fraternal Greeting Brothers.


We are halfway through the Lodge being Dark and very happy to say so. It is certainly not the same without our monthly Communications and meet and greets. Also, petitions have slowed down greatly.


Out of the maybe 30 email late notices with a link to pay 2023 dues, I’m sorry to say that two Brothers have paid but thank them. Also, on the 14 letters I mailed with a stamped return address envelope asking Brothers to provide a phone and email address, 5 came back non- deliverable which most likely means they are deceased. Five provided the info and 4 no response. You may ask why I assume they are deceased? Looking up their Masonic profile, some were born 1927 and thereabouts, it’s a fair assumption but with help we are researching these Brother's whereabouts.


Second dues late notices will be mailed out shortly and I certainly hope that there will be a more robust reply.


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:


Entered Apprentices Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers; Hugo Neil Mendez, Garfield Heron, Louis Amoroso, Sadrac Francois

Awaiting Fellow Craft Degree:

Brothers;

Fellow Craft Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers; Peter Curcio , Jake Mulcahey, Arken Radeef

Awaiting Master Mason Degree:

Brothers; Laz Pena, Richard J. Ridky,

Master Mason Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

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

Bible/Apron/WK Tools: Brother Mark DeLa Rosa

Awaiting

Dual: Brothers;

Plural: Brothers;

Reinstatement: Brothers;

E.A. Transfer: Brothers;

F.C. Transfer: Brothers;

M.M. Transfers: Brothers;

Petitions:

 

Upcoming Events and News





ZONE 7

MASONIC LEADERSHIP TRAINING



Saturday September 9th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.* - II.

Hosted by Garden Lodge No. 366, F. & A. M.;

9463 Roan Lane, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403-1035


Saturday September 30th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.* - III.

Hosted by Boynton Lodge No. 236, F. & A. M.;

2701 Quantum Blvd.; Boynton Beach, FL 33426


Saturday October 21st, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - I.

Hosted by Harmonia Lodge No. 138, F. & A. M.;

1896 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., Suite 200 Upper (Back)


Saturday October 28th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.* II.

Hosted by Jupiter Light Lodge No. 340;

600 S. Loxahatchee Dr., Jupiter, FL 33458-5781


Saturday November 4th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.* III.

Hosted by Lantana Lodge No. 372, F. & A. M.;

244 N. Congress Ave.; Boynton Beach, FL 33426


* 8:30 a. m. - 9:00 a. m. Donuts, Bagels, and Coffee


Masonic Leadership Training EA, FC, and MM

Location: Dining Hall (Banquet or Collation Room)


Workshop Schedule:


I. REGISTRATION 8:30 - 9:00 AM

9:00 - 10:30 Lodge Officers Duties (1) WM Duties (2)

10:30 - 11:00 Planning Your Year (3)

11:00 - 11:30 Becoming the Worshipful Master (4)

11:30 - 12:00 Running Your Lodge (5)


II. REGISTRATION 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

9:00-10:30 Lodge Committees (6) & Petitions and

Investigations Committees (7)

10:30-11:00 Communications (8)

11:00 – 11:30 Finances and Budgets (9)

11:30 – 12:00 Membership (10)


III. REGISTRATION 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

9:00-10:30 Lodge Renewal (11) & Ritual (12)

10:30- 11:00 Service (13)

11:00 – 11:30 Event Organization (14)

11:30 – 12:00 State Chairman Approved Program (15)

Special Note: You can only receive credit for up to 5 classes of MLT per class


For More Information contact:

W:. Mark Angstrom, PM Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171, F. & A. M., 25th Masonic District MLT

whodoes1trust@gmail.com

(561) 822-7498


R :. W :. Roy D. Strohacker, PM, PDDGM 25th Masonic District, MLT Zone Chairman

Rdstrohacker@bellsouth.net

(561) 329-2261


 

Benefits for Boca Delray Lodge Members


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August Birthdays


Patrick Shepherd

William Greenberg

Andrew Bilardello

Javier Cimetta

Morton Sussman

Robert Estell Jr

Robert Pastor

Alban Hoti

Giuseppi Garufi

Bert Uebele III

Eric Seyfert

Douglas Parker

Jack Breland

Robert Coombs

Everett Stern

Leslie Gardner


 

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


Boca Delray Lodge By-Laws 2023
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Endowment Fund Draft


Boca-Delray Endowment Full Language DRAFT
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