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December 2022

Updated: Dec 14, 2022



Meetings

1st & 3rd Thursday

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Meeting starts at 7:30 pm

Jacket and Tie

4093 NW 4th Ave.

Boca Raton, FL 33431

(561) 501-0545


 

Lodge Officers


Worshipful Master: Anthony W. Denton 561-322-8492

Senior Warden: Alex Ferrari 954-934-7996

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

Secretary: R∴W∴ Michael P. Sinatra 561-613-8094 Mastermason33@gmail.com

Musician: Scott Kaapke

Treasurer: W∴ Howard S. Zimmerman

Chaplain: W∴ Mark Angstrom

Marshal: Michael Strauss

Senior Deacon: Nick Richard

Junior Deacon: Paul Jacob

Senior Steward: Jesse Mercado

Junior Steward: Eric Figueroa

Tyler: Carlos Pulgar


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 Committees


Finance: Chairman; S.W. Alex Ferrari

Members; W∴ Anthony Denton, W∴ Howie Zimmerman


Property / Rental: Chairman; S.W. Alex Ferrari

Members; S.S. Nick Richard, J.S. Eric Figueroa, J.D. Paul Jacob


Public Relations / Social Media Communications: Chairman; W∴ Anthony Denton

Members; J.W. Rafael Salles, S.W. Alex Ferrari, J.D. Paul Jacob, S.S. Jesse Mercado


Board of Relief: Chairman; S.W. Alex Ferrari

Members; R∴W∴ Michael Sinatra, W∴ Anthony Denton


Charity: Chairman; J.W. Rafael Salles

Members; Tyler, Carlos Pulgar, J.D Paul Jacob


Visitor Examination: Chairman; S.D. Nick Richard

Members: Treasurer W∴ Howard Zimmerman, S.S. Jesse Mercado


Vigilance: Chairman; J.W. Rafael Salles

Members; R∴W∴ Michael Sinatra, W∴ Anthony Denton


Petitions / Investigations: Chairman; S.W. Alex Ferrari

Members; S.S. Jesse Mercado, W∴ Mark Angstrom, S.D. Nick Richard, Tyler, Carlos Pulgar


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

Members; R∴H∴ Bob Pastor, S.S. Jesse Mercado


Funeral Committee: Chairman; R∴W∴ Rex Bradford

Members; S.W. Alex Ferrari, S.S. Jesse Mercado, J.W. Rafael Salles



 

From the East


My Brothers, As we approach the end of 2022, and get ready to install the next Worshipful Master and Officers of Boca-Delray No. 171, I would like to take a moment and try to express in words how honored I am that you Brothers have entrusted me, believed in me, and supported me as your Worshipful Master for the past two years. Nothing I have done or completed would have been possible if not for the assistance and support of you all. For this I’m grateful. You have heard the term, it takes a village, well it really does my Brothers. There were a few Brothers that went above and beyond, Brothers I knew I could go to for advice in order to make some of the hard decisions that came up in my two years, these Brothers who I had the highest respect for and whom without none of my success would have been possible.


R∴W∴ Mike Sinatra ( Lodge Secretary), who kept me on track and put up with me for two years. Without his guidance the Lodge would not run as smoothly as it appears. His duty is truly the most difficult and at times the most thankless job, yet his love for our Lodge and the Fraternity knows no bounds. He continues his efforts year after year, and has seen many Brothers through their year in the East. Thank you so much R∴W∴ Sinatra for your guidance and respect. R∴H∴ Salvatore Musumeci. My Brothers, R∴H∴ Musumeci, on top of his district duties as the District Instructor, has stepped in and filled the role as mentor to so many, and has been a great Brother and friend to me throughout my Masonic career. His love for our Lodge and the fraternity has no end. I often question him on how he has time to do all that he gets accomplished day to day not only for our Lodge but the fraternity. Without his guidance in driving our degree team, we would not have been able to accomplish initiating 19 candidates and raising 12 Brothers as Master Masons over the last two years. R∴W∴ Rex Bradford, for all his guidance and wisdom. R∴W∴ Bradford has always been there when I called him, and never told me no when I needed him. His love for our Lodge is unmatched. My love for you all will never waver and words can not begin to describe how I feel for you all. May happiness and love fill you all and peace be with you. You are truly my Brother's keeper.


Coming up as a young Master Mason, I was fortunate enough to have these great mentors and even some that are no longer here. These mentors / advisors guided, and taught me what it meant to be a Mason and to respect those Brothers who have earned it, especially our Officers and Past Masters, because it was those Brothers who came into the Lodge 3-4 times a week, and kept the wheels turning, handled the day to day operations, 90% of which happens outside of our meetings. It is a daily operation that is done out of love, passion and respect. I’d like to thank our incoming Worshipful Master Bro. Alex Ferrari, and our incoming Senior Warden Rafael Salles, for their hard and dedicated work over the past two year. I know from working with them directly that the Lodge is in good hands. They have some great innovative ideas that will keep in place our traditions, while keeping the Lodge and fraternity moving forward into the future, which will help us bring in new younger candidates and retain them as well. When I sit in the East and look down the line, I see nothing but progress. If we could get more Lodges to follow in our footsteps, I have no doubt that our great fraternity would grow in numbers not seen for generations and I believe in my heart that it will. History and in particular Masonic history has shown that it does find a way to evolve to meet the times, it just moves a little slower than we might like. Masonry has seen the invention of newspapers, TV, the automobile, the list can go on and on. Yet at each turning point in our society’s history, where men have more access to other avenues to fill the void of belonging to something greater than themselves, Masonry has found a way to evolve to meet the times, while still holding on to the practices and principles of our great fraternity. Our numbers have gone up and down over the centuries, yet we may find ourselves at our lowest point ever. I still believe in my heart, that we will find a way as a fraternity to grow. I believe this because of what we have been able to accomplish at Boca-Delray No. 171.


My parting advice to all incoming Officers, and to you all, is to respect the traditions, the officers and the ritual. Remember that we are part of an elite group of men who were selected to be initiated into the world's oldest fraternity. Remember a good Mason listens more than he speaks. Stand tall and upright as you were ordered. Set your efforts in support of the Worshipful Master and your Lodge. Participating in Lodge functions, however small of a part you play in supporting your Lodge, goes a long way. Remember that you are a Master Mason, at all times, not just at meetings.


My Brothers, this is my last set of “Words From the East” that I will get to write on the Trestleboard. Again, I’m humbled by the love from you all, and grateful for your support. I'm not going to lie, I will miss not being in the East and opening and closing our Lodge. It was a fun ride.


See you all soon


Fraternally

W∴ Anthony W. Denton

Boca-Delray No 171

F.&A.M.

 

From the West


Brethren,


This is my last trestleboard in the west, is been a honor servicing Boca Delray Lodge as S:.W:. this year, looking forward to continue serving the fraternity next year, will need the help and support from our brothers to increasing our membership and social activities.


We have a few meeting left this year, and I would like to request every brother to bring nonperishable foods every meeting to be donate to Boca Helping Hands.

Cereal and Cereal Bars, Juice (powder drinks), tomato sauces, canned fruits & Vegetables, canned meat, pasta, beans, rice soup, milk, crackers e cookies to name a few items.


Boca Delray Lodge is using Cash App to receive payments.

$BocaDelrayLodge171

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

If you have not paid your dues yet, you can use this app, and the lodge will get $15



Let's promote our collation room. We use Giggster for renters unable to get liability insurance. Please book using the site below that will cover the liability insurance. If renters can provide insurance, please contact me directly. Also, the price is negotiable.


Please take a minute to review our Lodge on Google.


Below is our linktree with the important links about our lodge and Freemasonry.


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


Fraternally,

S.W. Alex Ferrari

Boca-Delray No 171

F.&A.M.


 

From the South


Greetings from the South, Brethren!


The year is wrapping up and coming to an end. It was a great honor to serve our Brethren as a Junior Warden, including planning and serving our meals. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve and strengthen our relationships. I am incredibly grateful to our Senior and Junior Stewards, Brothers Figueroa and Mercado, and Senior Decon, Brother Richard, who helped me beyond words. I am thankful to Brothers Sam Goldstein, Paul Goldstein, and W\\\ Peritz, who were always ready to offer a big hand and provide delicious meals. And a special thank you to our W Denton for the incredible dedication, resilience, and perseverance to accomplish an outstanding deal for our Lodge. His legacy will last forever. Thank you all, Brothers, for this fantastic journey.


If any Brother has any suggestions for our dinners, please contact me.


Below is the headcount we had this year for dinners:


  • 12/16/2021: 25

  • 2/3/2022: 25

  • 2/17/2022: 32

  • 3/3/2022: 28

  • 3/17/2022: 50 DDGM

  • 4/8/2022: 35

  • 4/21/2022: 45

  • 5/5/2022: 30

  • 5/14/2022: 25

  • 5/19/2022: 19

  • 6/2/2022: 25

  • 6/16/2022: 30

  • 7/2/2022: 52 (MM Degree on Saturday )

  • 7/7/2022: 50 (DDGM visit)

  • 7/21/2022: 28

  • 8/4/2022: 19

  • 8/18/2022: 32

  • 9/1/2022: 28

  • 9/15/2022: 42

  • 10/13/2022: 22

  • 10/20/2022: 35

  • 11/03/22: 32

  • 11/17/22: 50 (Memorial Lodge)


I am looking forward to seeing every one of you in Lodge.


With great Love,


J.W. Rafael Salles

Boca-Delray No 171

F.&A.M.


 


From the Secretary




Greetings Brothers as we welcome winter in Sunny Florida. As we wind down our

Masonic year at Boca Delray, we have accomplished much and to the credit of our

Worshipful Master Anthony Denton.

He tirelessly worked to draft and finalize the property sale. The funds from this

sale will ensure that our lodge is financially secure for years to come as well as the

many improvements the buyers will be performing on the lodge and grounds.

I would also like to show my appreciation to R:.H:. Sal Musumeci. He took being

District Instructor to a higher level. He tirelessly visited other lodges assisting

with their Degree work, Catechism and Ritual. Also Assisting with open books and

refining our floorwork and lectures. Brother Sal was born to be a District

Instructor.


If you missed our last Communication, you lost an opportunity of seeing Masonry

at it’s finest. Our Memorial Service in memory of R:.W:. Robert T. Langford was

offered with Honor, Dignity and Fraternal love. Brother John Langford was kind

enough to offer the lodge a small urn that will be placed in our “to be built

library” which will be dedicated to our distinguished Past District Deputy Grand

Master as he always envisioned a Lodge Library. Following the Memorial Service,

we ended on a cheerful note as recently Raised Masons received their Bibles,

Aprons and Working tools.


The first Communication in December will be our election of Officers for 2023. I

have no doubt that our newly installed officers with continue the fine work that

has been accomplished in 2022. Needless to say, there will be much to do as the

lodge undergoes renovations. We must continue to welcome visitors and

conduct Degrees but these are obstacles our officers will handle amongst other

challenges, good, positive challenges at that.

Of course I cannot submit a message without reminding all to kindly inform the

Secretary of any email, phone of home address changes and to please remit

yearly dues on a timely manner.


Fraternally,


R:.W:. Sinatra



 

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:

Mark Rosio

Entered Apprentices Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers; Laz Pena, Arken Radeef, Anthony Barone, Thomas Coate, Chris Hamdar, Nicolai Luther, Steven Palsen, Richard J. Ridky

Awaiting Fellow Craft Degree:

Brothers; Paul Imbrone.

Fellow Craft Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brother Paul Gold, Joseph Pellicane, Ricky Mark, Benjamin Cohen.

Awaiting Master Mason Degree:

Master Mason Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

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

Awaiting

Dual:

Plural:

Reinstatement:

E.A. Transfer:

F.C. Transfer:

M.M. Transfers:

Petitions:



 


My Brothers,

With the importance of education in the Ritual work of our fraternity, we are blessed to have such a strong District instructing team available to help. We are excited to provide a School of Instruction every Saturday morning at Harmonia Lodge including at Open Books every third Saturday (WITH A GOURMET BREAKFAST FOR $8.00) prepared by chef

Lou. We will also be providing a School of Instruction on the first Monday of the month at every MMA meeting. We are delighted and eager now to welcome ALL Masons, that includes Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts to Open Books with an RSVP to me from their Worshipful Master or Secretary of his Lodge. Please contact me if you have any questions, or comments, or would like information on receiving a proficiency card for

the hard work you have put in. We are also now in the process of putting together a District competition team in the Fellow Craft Degree, please contact me to join.



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


From the District Instructor


My Brothers,

In order to improve your Masonic knowledge try taking the 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


Fraternally & Sincerely,

R:.H:. Sal Musumeci, DI

(954) 871-6018



The first Brother to contact me at 954 871-6018 or smusumeci9@yahoo.com with a picture of the completed puzzle will win a Masonic car medallion.



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Upcoming Events and News




 

Thursday, December 1st - 4th, 2022


Preliminary Itinerary​

Subject to Change

Thursday, December 1:

Arrive in Washington DC - Free Evening

Friday, December 2:

  • Breakfast at Hotel

  • Motor Coach to Arlington National Cemetery

  • Trolley Tour of Cemetery

  • Public Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

  • & Much More

Saturday, December 3:

  • Tour of G.W. National Masonic Memorial

  • Tour of Mt. Vernon with Wreath Laying Ceremony​

  • Installation of Lodge Officers of Potomac Lodge No. 5 & Holiday Party

TRAVEL & HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS MUST BE BOOKED ASAP

Group Name: Florida Freemasons

Reservations Phone Number: 703-243-9800

Flight Groups Leaving From:

Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach


Contact Bill Catsulis 352-804-3981

 

Masonic Education - Joining









 

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


 


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



 

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