top of page

February 2024

Updated: Feb 2


1st Thursday (Stated)

3rd Thursday (Stated)

***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 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 turn the page to a new month in our Masonic calendar, I am reminded of the solemn yet heartening events of January. It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to our esteemed Brother, W∴ Hal Peritz. His departure leaves a void in our ranks, but his memory endures in the legacy he leaves behind.

I am humbled by the turnout for his Masonic Funeral, a service conducted with the utmost dignity by R∴ W∴ Rex Bradford, W∴ Mark Angstrom, and myself. The presence of 18 Brothers at the ceremony speaks volumes about the bonds of fraternity that unite us. Each of you stood as a testament to the strength and compassion that characterizes our brotherhood, and for that, I am immensely proud.

These moments reinforce the sanctity of our society and the comfort we provide to one another in times of sorrow. The gratitude expressed by W∴ Peritz's widow and family was deeply moving, and it is a profound reminder of the positive impact our Masonic rites and support have on the bereaved.

This February, let us continue to embody the virtues that define us as Masons. Our commitment to brotherly love, moral behavior, respect for others, reverence for our Craft, and adherence to authority ensures that peace and harmony remain the cornerstones of not only our Lodge but the very essence of Freemasonry.

Once again, I thank you, my Brothers, for your heartfelt participation and the honor you bring to Boca Delray Lodge No.171. Let us move forward with the same unity and dedication in all our endeavors.

I share with you a reflective message in this February's Trestleboard. The Vigilance Committee has been conducting an investigation into matters concerning a few of our Brothers. A comprehensive report on their findings will be presented to the Lodge shortly.

I want to take this opportunity to emphasize the fundamental landmarks of Freemasonry, which bind us irrespective of rank or station. Every Mason is an equal part of our grand tapestry, woven together with threads of brotherly love, moral uprightness, mutual respect, and reverence for the Craft and its governing authorities.

Peace and harmony are the pillars of any society, and within the sacred confines of our Lodge, they are indispensable. As we uphold these timeless principles, let us also remember that our strength as a fraternity lies in our unity and collective commitment to these ideals.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Rafael Nioac de Salles

Worshipful Master

Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.


Important links:

  1. Lodge information:

  2. Charities: charities we support

  3. Review our Lodge: Your positive reviews and ratings will greatly enhance our online visibility and ultimately contribute to the growth of our membership.


From the West

Greetings From The West Bretheren!!!

As the year starts, I thought this would be a good time to have a refresh on some Masonic Education. I encourage the craft to read or re-read our Masonic Etiquette(GL208):

I would like to share an excerpt from the forward section:

"Freemasonry solicits no man to join it; it permits no man to make innovation in its body of principles and Landmarks; its Candidates come of their own free will and because they have heard good reports of its reputation and formed a favorable opinion of its work, and by all means throughout its entire system, and through all its bodies and Degrees whatever, by tradition, Landmarks, usage, custom, law, rule, Edict, Regulation, and Constitution, it is in every way secured that a Mason shall stand to it in an attitude of reverence and respect. Of that reverence and respect, etiquette is one of the forms.

In principle, Masonic Etiquette belongs to the empire of good manners, that code by which gentlemen the world over govern their conduct; but this principle with us is found to apply in two directions: on the one hand it becomes a manifested respect for the Craft as a whole; on the other hand it is a form of courtesy to the individual.

Long ago Lodges of Freemasons discovered the grave necessity of decorum; among the Old Charges to which every Candidate was required to acknowledge obedience, they gave the most prominent place to the sections under the general head of “Behaviour.” Among the oldest of our records, the “Regius MS., written in 1390 A.D., emphasizes the necessity for paying due respect to the Craft. In the Constitution of 1723, published by our Grand Lodge in its Book of Constitutions, it is specified, “A Mason is obliged by his Tenure, to obey the moral law . . . A Mason is a peaceable subject to the Civil Powers . . . The Persons admitted members of a Lodge must be good and true men . . . You are not to hold private Committees (in defiance of the Lodge), or separate conversation, without leave from the Master, nor to talk of anything impertinent or unseemly nor interrupt the Masters or Wardens, or any Brother speaking to the Master, nor behave yourself ludicrously or jestingly while the LODGE is engaged in what is serious or solemn; but to pay due respect to your Master, Wardens, Fellows and put them to worship” – that is, pay them the respect due them.

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

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


Nick Richard Senior Warden Elect

Boca-Delray Lodge 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 Lodge and made our dinners the success that they are. I'm looking forward to another month of food and fellowship. As always, we do our best to provide the craft with different meals to enjoy. At our last meeting, I counted 40 Brothers/Petitioners/Candidates sharing a meal and 30 Brothers in the Lodge Room. If any Brother has a dietary concern or a suggestion to make our meals better... Please bring it to my attention.

On a different note, we are approaching our end-of-quarter street clean up. It will take place towards the end of March. I know the usual day is Sunday, but if Saturday morning works better for most, we can always switch it.


Eric Figueroa

Junior Warden Elect

Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.


From the Secretary

Fraternal greetings, Brethren.

We are off to an exciting year with a new line of officers with fresh ideas and energy. Let’s all support them and lodge events.

I would like to thank R∴ H∴ Sal Musumeci for sitting in as secretary in my absence. His services are so valuable and appreciated. I am recovering from surgery and expect to return to the Lodge by the first meeting in February.

We lost five Brothers to NPD (non-payment of dues) in 2023. Every effort was made to encourage them to remain in good standing but to no avail. Several letters, emails, texts, and calls were made, which most never had the courtesy of replying to. These Brothers are what we refer to as frequent flyers and have to be encourage for a few years now to remain in good standing, it was just a matter of time before they went NPD.

Fortunately, with the lodge renovated, a vibrant and informative website, and friendly Craft, we are receiving many potential members and, after due process, innating several of them.

A special congratulations go out to W∴ Brother Michael Weinberg, a respected Brother of Boca Delray who is a Plural member of Lantana Lodge and now elected Worshipful Master of Lantana.

Brothers, please remember to inform the secretary of any home address, phone, or email changes. Not doing so adds so much unnecessary work for the secretary and delays communications. Also, kindly remit your yearly membership fees in a timely manner so that bills and expenses can be remitted. Payments can be either a check mailed to our PO Box, a check of cash handed in at the lodge, or online remittances. Please contact our Brother Treasurer for an email invoice.

I closing by taking a moment to express my sadness at the loss of W:. Hal Peritz. A 48-year Mason and Dual member of two Detroit Lodges. Brother Hal was a fixture in the lodge and volunteered to assist whenever asked. He will be sorely missed.

Sincerely and respectably,

R∴W∴ Mike Sinatra


Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.


Chaplain's Corner

Greetings Brethren!

Who is your favorite President? My favorite President was John F. Kennedy. I recall the question when growing up, dead or alive, who would I like to have dinner with? I immediately thought of JFK. I did not say my favorite was the best, or greatest, or should be anyone else’s favorite. Just my own life history, interests, and values lead me to answer the question that way. You can’t disagree with my favorite. You can have your own. I can ask you about yours (I just did), and you can ask me about mine. By discussing our favorites, we can learn about each other and from each other.

As we celebrate Presidents Day in February- now a combination of Lincoln’s birthday (12th) and Washington’s (22nd), I urge us to talk about what we have liked and disliked about leaders- in our nation and in our town and even in our lodge. Let us celebrate good leadership, leadership which we as freemasons share democratically and fraternally.

In Clint Eastwood’s movie Unforgiven, there is an unjust and violent scene in which an Englishman proclaims the virtues of having a king over the shortcomings of electing a president. Gene Hackman mercilessly beats Richard Harris to a pulp, not so much because he has the opinion but because he seems to impose it on others with a superior attitude. We know the beating is unjust and wrong. We know that free speech entitles our opinion. Freemasons are ever on the watch to celebrate human excellence and progress and charity and freedom and guard against injustice, selfishness, and repression.

Come on now- tell me- who’s your favorite president? If you chose our illustrious Masonic brother, Ben Franklin, we need to have a serious chat😉.

May the GAOTU continue to watch all those in need wherever so dispersed around the world.

W∴ Howard Zimmerman


Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.


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

Entered Apprentices Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

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

Awaiting Fellow Craft Degree:


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, Jake Mulcahey, Arken Radeef, Garfield Heron

Bible/Apron/WK Tools: Brother Richard J. Ridky


Dual: Brothers:

Plural: Brothers:

Reinstatement: Brothers:

E.A. Transfer: Brothers:

F.C. Transfer: Brothers:

M.M. Transfers: Brothers:

Petitions: Candidate


Upcoming Events and News


January Birthdays

Pieter Van Gunst

John Eric Mitchell

Gerard Joseph Kleehammer

Joseph Abraham Obeid

William Perez Jr

David M Haycock

Stephen Robert Gladstone

Martin Louis Rudnick

Alexander Kairney

Mark Bautista Dela Rosa

Samuel Luther Henry

Barry Dean Baker

Kerry Rhea LaGrone

Samuel Robert Goldstein

February Birthdays

Azzam Rustom

Peter James Snyder

Bill Talcott Smith Jr

Anthony Wayne Denton

Jesse Mercado

Matthew Herman Rogerson

Leonardo Sergio Netto

Gerald Lee Barton

Victor Charles Weinberg

Gerard Carras

Charles-Johan Gustave Lund

Nicholas Dominic Richard

Arkan Fouad Radeef

Charlemagne Louis-Charles

Joseph Anthony Pellicane


Benefits for Boca Delray Lodge Members

We’re excited to offer your Working Advantage Discount Program, your one-stop shop for exclusive and convenient savings on the products, services, and experiences you know and love. It’s cost-free and easy to enroll. Just visit and use the company code BOCADELRAYLODGEFUN to begin receiving discounts on:




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

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

Download PDF • 363KB


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
Download PDF • 8.21MB



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. 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


161 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page