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June 2024

Updated: Jun 2



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:

Rafael Nioac de Salles

(561) 929-6499

Senior Warden:

Nick Richard

(561) 699-5583

Junior Warden:

Eric Figueroa

(917) 544-8879

Secretary:

R∴W∴ Michael P. Sinatra

(561) 613-8094

Treasurer:

W∴ Anthony Denton

(561) 322-8492

Chaplain:

W∴ Howard Zimmerman

(561) 512-5143

Marshal:

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

Tyler:

Mark Roscio

(860) 918-2331‬



Most Worshipful Grand Master

M∴W∴G∴M∴ Donald W. Cowart


District Deputy Grand Master

R∴W∴ Ramon M. Voils - (561) 797-5133


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

 

From the East


My Esteemed Brethren of Boca Delray Lodge No. 171,


As we transition into the month of June, I am delighted to share the accomplishments and updates that continue to shape our Lodge's journey. This period of reflection and achievement highlights the dedication and unity that binds us together as Masons.


This past month, eleven Brothers from our Lodge attended the Grand Lodge of Florida's 195th Annual Communication in Orlando. This significant event was a testament to our commitment to the craft and provided an excellent opportunity for fellowship and learning. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the newly elected Grand Line and wish the new Most Worshipful Grand Master Donald W. Cowart, Deputy Grand Master R∴ W∴ Tali Atala, and their team great success in their endeavors.


Looking ahead, we are honored to announce that our new District Deputy Grand Master, R∴ W∴ Ramon M. Voils, will be visiting our Lodge on August 15th. This visit will be an excellent opportunity for us to engage with our new DDGM and discuss the future of our Lodge and our collective Masonic journey.


Additionally, we are proud to acknowledge that our distinguished Brother, W∴ Ferrari, has been nominated as the Chairman of the Membership Development Committee. His dedication and leadership continue to inspire us, and we are confident that he will excel in this new role, contributing significantly to the growth and development of our membership.


As we move forward, let us reaffirm our commitment to the principles that define us as Masons: Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. These guiding lights not only shape our personal growth but also strengthen the bonds we share as brothers. Let us continue to embody these values in all our actions, fostering a spirit of brotherhood and charity within our Lodge and beyond.


May this month bring us continued success, meaningful interactions, and the joyous embrace of brotherhood that defines our Masonic journey. Let us stride into the future with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment, cherishing each moment of connection and support we offer one another.


Fraternally and sincerely,


Rafael Nioac de Salles

Worshipful Master

Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.


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From the West



Dear Brethren,


I hope you are all enjoying the warm weather as we move into the official start of summer. Whatever plans you have for the season, I wish you a safe and enjoyable time.


For this month’s Masonic education, I encourage everyone to read or re-read our Masonic Etiquette. Here’s an important section 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 be 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 keep our fraternity strong and increase our communication among Brothers. If you want to help or need anything, please reach out!



Fraternally and with warm regards,


Nick Richard Senior Warden

Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.


 

From the South

Greetings from the South Brethren!


What makes a man great and free of soul?


It is the loyalty to the laws of right, of truth, of purity, of love, and the lofty will of God. How to live your life is one matter. The oldest man in his ripe age has yet to seek a wiser way than to build, year by year, upon a foundation of faith in God, using the Square of justice, the Plumb-Line of rectitude, the Compass to restrain the passions, and the Rule by which to divide our time into labor, rest, and service to our fellows.


As always my Brothers, it is my pleasure to serve you in the South. If there is anything you need from me, regarding the meals or anything else do not hesitate to ask.


Fraternally,


Fraternally,


Eric Figueroa

Junior Warden

Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.


 

From the Secretary



Fraternal Greetings Brothers.  


We wish our newly install Grand Master and Grand Line officers’ congratulations and a healthy productive year. We also congratulate our newly appointed District Deputy Grand Master R:. W:. Ramon Voils of Lantana Lodge No. 372 and happily anticipate his visits. Please attend his official visitation on August 15th. More info to follow on this.

As we enter the month of June, dues late notices will be emailed out soon. It has been eight months since statements were mailed out (mid October 2023). Please remit your dues and avoid being send notices.


A note on Masonic Education and Courtesies:  If you wish to bring up a matter for discussion during a lodge meeting, you are advised to brief the WM about it before the meeting.   It is very likely that the WM has his plans for the meeting, and he has a set time-frame for issues.   Bringing up some things will eat into the time he has set apart.

Also, briefing him beforehand will enable him to recognize you faster and have a prior knowledge of what you are about to bring forth before the brethren. He will be less inclined to refuse you, and he will be more agreeable with you. In short, do not blind side the WM or any Officer. 


Fraternally,


R∴W∴ Mike Sinatra

Secretary

Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.



 

Chaplain's Corner



Greetings Brethren!


How Do Masons Meet?


How do Mason’s meet? Upstairs? In secret? Duly tyled? Monthly? In jackets and ties? With a ceremony to open and close? With the Worshipful Master in charge? And an open book?


How do Masons meet? As brothers and friends? To do good work? In good fellowship? Within due bounds? With passions subdued? In harmony? With unity of purpose?


How do Masons meet? Like we have for centuries? Like our fathers and grandfathers? With a charter from a Grand Lodge? Like Masons around the world?


How do Masons meet? In Thy Name?

How do Masons meet? On the Level as equal brothers in the sight of God and Man? On THIS level of time, in this life-time, beyond whose boundaries we do not know? On a level that includes our material and spiritual temples?


How do Masons meet? Acting in upright fashion, and parting on the square, cemented by moral virtues? 


We try. So Mote It Be.


Greetings my brethren.


W∴ Howard Zimmerman

Chaplain

Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171

F. & A.M.

 

Poem


The Journey of the Fellow Craft


With every step we take, we rise and see

The moral truths that set us free.


In deep symbols, their meaning is clear,

We learn to build with sincere love here.

From stone to spirit, heart to hand,

In wisdom's grace, we firmly stand.


The plumb, the square, the level's guide,

In virtue's path, we now abide.

A vast journey, yet close at heart,

In Fellow Craft, we play our part.


With learned men's words as a beacon bright,

We honor truth and embrace the right.

For in this craft, we grow and learn,

In every lesson, our souls discern.

 

With every step, we rise and see,  

The moral truths that set us free.



Brother G. E. Heron, 

Boca-Delray Lodge No. 171 F. & A.M. 

Palm Beach Commandery # 18, Knight Templar,  Knights Templar,  York Rite, Boynton Beach, FL 

32° Scottish Rite Of Freemasonry, Valley of Miami, Orient of Florida

 

District 25 Lodges


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2nd & 4th Mondays

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1st & 3rd Tuesdays

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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


Petitions Received:

Danilo Cordero, Homer Chiang

Entered Apprentices Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers: Daniel Duarte Quintal Garces, Lawrence Dorce, Domingo Alexander Duran, Franckerson Myrtil, , Louis Amoroso, Sadrac Francois.

Awaiting Fellow Craft Degree:

Brothers:

Fellow Craft Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers: Hugo Neil Mendez, Marcos Liberato.

Awaiting Master Mason Degree:

Brothers:

Master Mason Awaiting Proficiency Examination:

Brothers: James Billingsley, Leo Netto, Jeff Cirminiello, Samuel Henry, Geoffrey Thiessen, Joseph Pellicane, Peter Cursio.

Bible/Apron/WK Tools: Brother  Jake Mulcahey, Arken Radeef, Garfield Heron.

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




 

June Birthdays


Eric

Victor

Figueroa

Benjamin

Maxwell

Cohen

Geoffrey

Bishop

Thiessen

Alberto


Larrain

Harold

Deane

Ellis

John

Timothy

Blalock

Garfield

Earl

Heron

Richard

Joseph

Ridky

Terry

Wayne

Mueller

Scott

A

Gardner

Domenico

Salvatore

Mule

Paul

Solomon

Jacob

Daniel

I

Dixon

Walter

Carleton

McCrumb

Mark

Raymond

Angstrom

 

Masonic Home







 

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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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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


 

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 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


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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Download PDF • 8.21MB

 

BOCA DELRAY LODGE DUES 2024


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 $BocaDelrayLodge171 or using the link https://cash.app/$BocaDelrayLodge171

3. By Zelle to our Lodge email bdlodge171@gmail.com


Dues 2024: $281.00

LYPMGS Donation (2024): $7.30

Building Fund Donation (2024): $25.00

Relief Fund Donation (2024): $25.00

Total: $338.30


 

PERPETUAL MEMBERS


  1. Derik Brasher

  2. Alexandre Castro Ferrari

  3. Aniello Alfonso Criscuolo

  4. Bryant Orville Myers Sr

  5. Charles-Johan Gustave Lund

  6. David M Haycock

  7. David A Allen

  8. Demetrios Chris Kirkiles

  9. Donald Phillip Bolton

  10. Douglas Blair Sinclair

  11. Eoin Brackenridge Stafford

  12. Everett Alexander Stern

  13. George Ray Ruffing Jr

  14. Gerald Lee Barton

  15. Gerard Joseph Kleehammer

  16. Gerard Carras

  17. Harold William Ewing II

  18. Jack Harrison Breland

  19. John Raymond Farill

  20. John A Clarke Jr

  21. John W Langford

  22. Josiah Reeve Bright

  23. Leslie Scott Gardner

  24. Michael Strauss

  25. Michael Sinatra

  26. Patrick Peter Shepherd

  27. Paul Hunter Goldstein

  28. Peter James Snyder

  29. Pieter Van Gunst

  30. Raymond Hill Cralle

  31. Richard Scott Durgee

  32. Richard Wayne Jones

  33. Robert Wayne Estell Jr

  34. Robert Edward Coombs

  35. Rodrigo Jose Himiob

  36. Salvatore Musumeci

  37. Scott A Gardner

  38. Thomas Kevin Clements

  39. Victor Charles Weinberg

  40. Victor Lamont Searer Jr

  41. Walter Carleton McCrumb

  42. William Alfred Strucker

  43. William Arthur Tucker

  44. Zalmon John Starr


 

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