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July 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


Dear Brethren,


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 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.


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:


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:


"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.

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 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.


Fraternally,



J.W. Nick Richard

Boca-Delray No 171

F.&A.M.


 

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.


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 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)


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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Enjoy!

 

July Birthdays


Shaun Demetrius

Fernando Sanchez

John Langford

Donald Faith

Joe Rice

Ronald Cohen

Robert Depner

Craig Laufer

Errol Lamberson

Dariel Padron

Charles Fischer

Vincent Resnick

 

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



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Endowment Fund Draft



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