(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
Boca Delray Lodge 171
PO BOX 811113
Boca Raton FL 33481-1113
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
R∴H∴ Roy D. Strohacker (561) 329-2261
R∴W∴ Michael P. Sinatra - 561-613-8094
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 hope this email finds you in good health and high spirits. I am writing to share some exciting updates and important announcements regarding our lodge, Boca-Delray No 171 F.&A.M. Your support and active participation have played a crucial role in our recent success, and I am deeply grateful for your dedication to our fraternity.
Firstly, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the brethren who attended our called communication on June 20th. Your presence and active participation made the event a resounding success. During the communication, we had the opportunity to vote on the proficiency of Brothers Curcio and Mulcahey in their E.A. catechism. I am thrilled to announce that both of them performed exceptionally well. In addition, I am pleased to inform you that we have successfully cleared out everything from the lodge room. This marks a positive step towards progress and growth within our beloved lodge.
Furthermore, I am excited to share that the renovation of our lodge room is set to commence on July 6th. The GC from Torah Academy, who will be responsible for transforming our lodge room into a space that reflects the pride and dignity of our fraternity. In light of this renovation, I have made the decision to go dark during the months of July and August. This means that we will not have a Stated Communication during this period. However, rest assured that we can still have Called Communications to conduct degrees or educational activities. Please stay updated by checking our calendar, Trestleboard, and emails for any further updates regarding the renovation and future communications.
On July 6th, we have an exciting opportunity to obtain the traveling gavel at Palmwood Lodge No 303, at 6:30PM located at 845 Bradley St, West Palm Beach, FL 33405. I strongly encourage all interested brethren to join us in this endeavor and showcase the unity and camaraderie of our lodge.
In addition, we have two Brothers who are ready for their Master Mason Degree. I am currently exploring several options for July and will inform you as soon as I have a definitive date, location, and time.
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 email@example.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.
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.
W∴ M∴ Alexandre Ferrari
Boca-Delray No 171 F.&A.M.
From the West
My beloved Brethren:
We are strengthening our Brotherhood by creating more events outside our Lodge. It is delightful to see our Brothers getting together and maintaining relationships. I encourage our Brothers to attend and bring relatives and friends. It is an excellent opportunity to show up to our great fraternity. Follow the events' dates and information on our website at https://www.bocadelray171.org/event.
The Finance Committee had no meetings in June as we are waiting to vote on the endowment fund. 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 Ballot:
The ballot is both secret and inviolable. When it is taken the act is fateful for the Candidate and momentous for the Lodge. It is Etiquette for the Lodge Room to be in complete silence, the Officers should remain at their stations and places in silence and dignity. The Grand Lodge Constitutions make discussion of the ballot, on conviction thereof, a Masonic offense. Except the Holy Bible, the ballot is the most sacred thing in the Lodge. Every Mason owes to his Lodge the duty of protecting it against poor material and every Mason owes to every petitioner a fair ballot – the only protection a petitioner has against unfair discrimination and unreasonable prejudice. The upright man and Mason, true to the tradition of the Craft, will never allow personal spite or prejudice to influence his behavior at the ballot box."
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.
S.W. Rafael Nioac de Salles
Boca-Delray No 171
From the South
Greetings from the South Brethren! With the lodge going dark, I don't have much news to bring before you. I know I will miss the fellowship shared with you all, but I hope everyone has a great "summer break" as this construction seems to be giving us. Speaking of fellowship, we had a great time at our quarterly street clean up. We got out early in the morning and beat both the rain and the heat to do what we needed to for the community. Thank you to all who showed up. I will be attending the baseball game on the 3rd and I hope to see many of you there.
I look forward to breaking bread with all of you as soon as we return. Until then, as always, if you have any meal suggestions, please let me know. I'm all ears and try to do the best we can to provide whatever the Craft wants.
J.W. Nick Richard
Boca-Delray No 171
From the Secretary
Fraternal Greeting Brethren and a Happy 4 th . The lodge may be Dark for two months but Boca Delray’s Freemasonry is still a beacon of shining Light. We enjoyed a Fellowcraft Degree at Boynton Lodge this past Monday evening as two of our Entered Apprentices were Passed. Brother Peter Curcio and Brother Jake Mulcahey are a step closer to becoming Master Masons. Congratulations.
We are also continuing to accept petitions and backgrounds are being processed. And of
course the Secretary is still hoping for many delinquent Brother’s to pay their 2023 dues. Email notices and statements were emailed out several days ago and sadly there was a very poor response. Please Brother, don’t cause more work and expenses for the lodge and remit dues promptly. More importantly, please keep your membership in good standing.
An important fact to know: If a Brother does not pay his yearly dues to his lodge and is
dropped from membership as a Mason that is not in good standing, he cannot decide to seek membership in another lodge in Florida or anywhere else. He must first submit a
reinstatement petition to Boca Delray, pay for a background to be conducted, have an
investigation and be balloted on again. Then pay his dues. Once his dues are paid he can transfer or demit (suspend his membership in good standing). Remember that the Masonic year ends December 27th .
If you intend on demitting or transferring it always best to contact the secretary for pointers first and not to waste time in doing so.
R:.W:.. Mike 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
Awaiting Entered Apprentice Degree:
Entered Apprentices Awaiting Proficiency Examination:
Brothers; Hugo Neil Mendez, Garfield Heron, Louis Amoroso, Sadrac Francois
Awaiting Fellow Craft Degree:
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
E.A. Transfer: Brothers;
F.C. Transfer: Brothers;
M.M. Transfers: Brothers;
Upcoming Events and News
MASONIC LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Saturday July 1, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.* - III.
Hosted by BYKOTA Lodge No. 333 and Gulf Stream Lodge No. 245, F. & A. M.;
421 Jennings Ave.; Greenacres, FL 33463
Saturday July 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.* - I.
Hosted by Palmwood Lodge No. 303.;
845 Bradley Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
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)
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
R :. W :. Roy D. Strohacker, PM, PDDGM 25th Masonic District, MLT Zone Chairman
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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"
"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
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 *
25 LANDMARKS OF FREEMASONRY
Modes of recognition
Division of symbolic Masonry into three degrees
Legend of the 3rd degree
Government of the fraternity by a Grand Master
Prerogative of the Grand Master to preside over every assembly of the Craft
Prerogative of the Grand Master to grant dispensations for conferring the degrees at irregular times
Prerogative of the Grand Master to give dispensations for opening and holding Lodges
Prerogative of the Grand Master to make Masons at sight
Necessity for Masons to congregate in Lodges
Government of lodges by a Master and 2 Wardens
Necessity of tiling lodges
Right of every Mason to be represented in all general meetings of the Craft and instruct representatives
Right of every Mason to appeal from his Lodge to the Grand Lodge or General Assembly of Masons
Right of every Mason to visit and sit in every regular Lodge
No unknown visitor can enter a Lodge without first passing an examination
No Lodge can interfere in the business of another Lodge or give degrees to brethren of other Lodges
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
Candidates for initiation must be men, unmutilated (not a cripple), free born, and of mature age
Belief in the existence of God as the Great Architect of the universe
Belief in a resurrection to a future life
A "Book of the Law" is indispensable in every Lodge
Equality of all Masons
Secrecy of the institution
Foundation of a speculative science upon an operative art, and symbolic use and explanations for the purpose of religious or moral teaching
These landmarks can never be changed
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
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