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December 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


PLEASE INFORM THE SECRETARY OF ANY

EMAIL, PHONE OR ADDRESS CHANGES.

Lodge Secretary

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

 

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: Eric Figueroa - (917) 544-8879

Junior Deacon: Jesse Mercado - (954) 422-3999

Senior Steward: Patrick Quirk - (561) 507-3727

Junior Steward: Derik Brasher - (832) 835-4900

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.D. Eric Figueroa

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


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

Members; S.W. Rafael Nioac de Salles, Benjamin Cohen, 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. Eric Figueroa


Visitor Examination: Chairman: S.D. Eric Figueroa

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, S.D. Eric Figueroa, J.W. Nick Richards Mentor: W∴ Mark Angstrom


Funeral Committee: Chairman: R∴W∴ Rex Bradford

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


Parking/Portico/Library: Chairman: W:. Alexandre Ferrari

Members; Rafael Nioac de Salles, W:. Anthony Senton, R:.H:. Salvatore Musumeci


Endowment Fund: Appointed Members

1 Year: Sam Goldstein, Paul Goldstein

2 Years: W:.Mark Angstrom, W:. Anthony Denton

3 Years: R:. W:. Rex Bradford , R:.H:. Salvatore Musumeci Protector: W:. Alexandre Ferrari



 

From the East

Dear Esteemed Brethren,


It is with great honor that I reflect on another year of service to our esteemed fraternity. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to all officers and members whose dedication has contributed to yet another successful and accomplished year. With the election of new officers, I am confident that we will continue to thrive and achieve even greater heights in the coming year.


I am pleased to announce that the endowment fund will begin collaborating with the financial committee to judiciously invest and preserve the $1,000,000 from the partial sale of our land. While celebrating our achievements, let us remain focused on completing essential projects such as the parking lot, portico, and library.


In positive news, the permit to address the roof issue is in its final stages of approval, and work is expected to commence soon.


Wishing you all a joyous holiday season filled with warmth, laughter, and cherished moments.


Boca Raton 51st Annual Holiday Street Parade - December 6th at 7:30 PM

Location: Federal HWY and SE 5th Street

Come and be part of our festive parade as we celebrate our Masonic community.


Please be advise that our second meeting scheduled for December 21st is canceled. Instead, we will be celebrating our achievements with a special event – our 1st End-of-Year Dinner.


Join us for an evening of culinary delight and camaraderie at Maggiano's Little Italy on December 21st! The cost is $50 per person, which includes a delectable menu featuring salad, appetizer, pasta, protein, beverage, dessert, as well as tax and tip.


To ensure we secure the venue, kindly RSVP and make your payment by December 18. Your presence will contribute to making this celebration a memorable occasion for all.


Dec 21, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Maggiano's Little Italy, 21090 St Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33433, USA


Looking forward to sharing this festive evening with you.


I am looking forward to your active participation in these upcoming events. Your involvement is what makes our lodge strong and vibrant. If you have any questions or would like to contribute in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out. Together, we can make the final months of my term truly memorable.


For your convenience, I have compiled a link https://linktr.ee/bdlodge171 containing all the important information 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.


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.


Fraternally yours,


W∴ M∴ Alexandre Ferrari

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

 

From the West



Dear Beloved Brethren,


In these challenging times, let us unite in prayer, seeking the triumph of good over evil.


With a renewed sense of unity and camaraderie, I wholeheartedly encourage all our Brothers to actively cultivate connections beyond the Lodge's walls. Our monthly gathering at the Cinemark Bistro, held on the last Saturday of every month, provides an ideal opportunity for such fellowship. Stay updated on event details and dates by visiting our website at https://www.bocadelray171.org/event.


The Finance Committee briefly paused in November as we prepared for a crucial vote on the endowment fund. Should any Brother have questions or concerns about our Lodge's finances, please get in touch with me directly.


Let us also dedicate a moment to enrich our Masonic knowledge. I urge every Brother to revisit or explore our Masonic Etiquette, accessible by clicking here: [Masonic Etiquette - GL208](https://www.grandlodgefl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/GL-208-Masonic-Etiquette-Booklet-1.pdf).


In the spirit of continuous learning, I'd like to share insights on DISCUSSION IN LODGE:


"DISCUSSION IN LODGE:

All sectarian discussion, all argument or statement pro or con as to the merits of civil politics, or any given religion or theological creed, of racial questions, or private business, or of any other non-Masonic subject by which Masons might be divided into classes, feuds, schisms, or opposed schools, is at all times forbidden. It is strictly forbidden to discuss a petitioner or for a Mason to reveal how he has voted or in any way to seek to persuade members to vote one way or another on a petitioner.

All uses of personalities, all expressions of bitterness or ill will, acrimoniousness, and all or any slurs upon the Lodge or its Officers, Grand Lodge or its Officers, and the Fraternity itself, and all flippant, unseemly, or discourteous remarks addressed to the Lodge or to its Officers are condemned alike by the principles of common courtesy and etiquette and by the disciplinary laws of the Craft.

This is not to say that a Master Mason, particularly one who has acted as a Representative in Grand Lodge, should not inform the Craft fully and completely as to what has taken place in Grand Lodge. Such a report can be rendered truthfully and with dignity and without the use of personalities, and this rule, of course, should always he observed.

A Brother wishing to participate in a discussion in open Lodge should always rise and address the Worshipful Master. He should speak on the subject at issue in the fewest possible words, not using his privilege of the floor as an opportunity to deliver a speech merely for its own sake."


Let us strengthen our fraternity by fostering open communication and support among our Brothers. Remember, whether you wish to contribute or require assistance, reach out - we are here for each other!


As we step into December, may it be a month filled with happiness. I look forward to the pleasure of your company in our Lodge.


In our upcoming December meeting, we will conduct the election for officers for the year 2024. I am seeking your trust and support as I am running for the East in 2024. Your endorsement means a lot to me, and I am grateful for the support and confidence you have already shown. I am committed to maintaining the Lodge's positive direction, following the exemplary leadership of our previous Masters. Thank you sincerely for your ongoing support!


Fraternally,


S.W. Rafael Nioac de Salles

Boca-Delray No 171

F.&A.M.


 

From the South

Greetings from the South Brethren!!!


I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving! As the year ends soon, I wanted to thank all of you for your participation this year, in all that we have done as a lodge. Weather you helped with a degree, or cleaning and reorganizing after the construction, maybe you just filled up a Thanksgiving box, whatever it may have been, Thank you.


I also wanted to say thank you for allowing me to serve the lodge as Junior Warden this year. It's been a great learning experience for me, in the most fun way possible. We still have a couple meals left together and I hope to make them just as delicious as they have been all year long. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you at the lodge over this holiday season

All the best,


J.W. Nick Richard

Boca-Delray No 171

F.&A.M.


 

From the Secretary


Fraternal Greeting Brethren. We approach the end of a very successful year. Through the hard work and efforts of our Worshipful Master, officers and Brethren, the lodge room has been completely renovated. I would venture to say that we have one of the most attractive lodge rooms in the Jurisdiction (Florida). Still to be worked on is the new parking lot.


Aside from our renovations, I congratulate our Junior Warden, Brother Nick Richard and the Stewards for preparing wonderful meals. This is no easy task and one of a Brother’s challenges in going through the chairs and attaining the office of a Worshipful Master. Brother Eric Figueroa kept the lodge spotless and orderly as we never found anything in disarray. A hearty congratulations goes out to our Treasurer W:. Denton who developed more accurate and accountable methods as well as a means of receiving and remitting electronic payments.


We all know a coin has two sides and yes, we have a negative to report. To date we have nine Brothers who have not remitted their 2023 lodge dues and will be dropped as members in good standing on December 27 th 2023. Their names will be read at the first meeting in December and the craft will vote to drop them as NPD (Non-Payment of Dues). Several letters were mailed to them, phone calls and emails as well, all to no avail, no responses. Upon hearing these names and recognizing some, you may like to reach out and ask the Brother why he has not remitted his yearly dues and remind him of all he will lose in not being in good standing.


I have informed all the NPD’s that if they decide to be reinstated as a later date, they cannot imply pay their current dues. They must submit to a background check, hand the Secretary a reinstatement petition, be investigates and ballot on again. Also, these Brothers cannot join another lodge in Florida or anywhere in the Country as they retain the status of NPD. Those lodges will contact the Grand Lodge of Florida for a Letter of Good Standing first.


In closing, I wish all newly elected and appointed officers the very best of luck for the upcoming year. They have a strong foundation and many seasoned Brothers to consult as needed. Also, as we approach the Season’s Holidays and New Year I extend well wishes and good health to all.


God Bless our Country, our American Democracy and Constitution.


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:

Mrs.

Entered Apprentices Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers; Hugo Neil Mendez, Louis Amoroso, Sadrac Francois, Marcos Libberato

Awaiting Fellow Craft Degree:

Brothers;

Fellow Craft Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers;

Awaiting Master Mason Degree:

Brothers;

Master Mason Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers; James Billingsley, Leo Netto, Jeff Cirminiello, Samuel Henry, Geoffrey Thiessen, Joseph Pellicane, Peter Curcio , Jake Mulcahey, Arken Radeef, Garfield Heron

Bible/Apron/WK Tools: Brothers Mark DeLa Rosa, Laz Pena, Richard J. Ridky

Awaiting

Dual: Brothers;

Plural: Brothers;

Reinstatement: Brothers;

E.A. Transfer: Brothers;

F.C. Transfer: Brothers;

M.M. Transfers: Brothers;

Petitions: Candidate

 

Upcoming Events and News




 

 

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December Birthdays



David Snyder

Victor Searer Jr

Richard Simmons

William Tucker

Donald Londeree

Michael Sinatra

John Ager

Samuel Berger

Edward Mozzar

Gerard Thorn

Cortney Smith

Rodrigo Himiob

Ryan Bullock

Austin Laufer


 

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


 

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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


 

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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BOCA DELRAY LODGE DUES 2024


2023 Dues: $236

2023 Per Capita (to Grand Lodge): $45

LYPMGS (Masonic Home) donation: $7.30

Building Fund donation: $25

Relief Fund donation: $25


Donations are not mandatory but encouraged.


You can pay it by mail to the address P.O. BOX 811113, Boca Raton, FL 33481-1113,

  1. or if you prefer, you can remit electronically via CashApp to $BocaDelrayLodge171

  2. or via Zelle to our Lodge email bdlodge171@gmail.com.


 

PERPETUAL MEMBERS


  1. Alexandre Castro Ferrari

  2. Aniello Alfonso Criscuolo

  3. Bryant Orville Myers Sr

  4. Charles-Johan Gustave Lund

  5. David M Haycock

  6. David A Allen

  7. Demetrios Chris Kirkiles

  8. Donald Phillip Bolton

  9. Douglas Blair Sinclair

  10. Eoin Brackenridge Stafford

  11. Everett Alexander Stern

  12. George Ray Ruffing Jr

  13. Gerald Lee Barton

  14. Gerard Joseph Kleehammer

  15. Gerard Carras

  16. Harold William Ewing II

  17. Jack Harrison Breland

  18. John Raymond Farill

  19. John A Clarke Jr

  20. John W Langford

  21. Josiah Reeve Bright

  22. Leslie Scott Gardner

  23. Michael Strauss

  24. Michael Sinatra

  25. Patrick Peter Shepherd

  26. Paul Hunter Goldstein

  27. Peter James Snyder

  28. Pieter Van Gunst

  29. Raymond Hill Cralle

  30. Richard Scott Durgee

  31. Richard Wayne Jones

  32. Robert Wayne Estell Jr

  33. Robert Edward Coombs

  34. Rodrigo Jose Himiob

  35. Salvatore Musumeci

  36. Scott A Gardner

  37. Thomas Kevin Clements

  38. Victor Charles Weinberg

  39. Victor Lamont Searer Jr

  40. Walter Carleton McCrumb

  41. William Alfred Strucker

  42. William Arthur Tucker

  43. Zalmon John Starr


 

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