Continued Support For Mango Elementary

Brandon Lodge continues to support Mango Elementary through our Adopt-A-Teacher, Adopt-A-Administrative/Support Person, and Adopt-A-School programs. On Thursday, September 22, 2022, thirty faculty members and family joined us for dinner and lodge presentations by Worshipful Steve Davenport.
Teacher Christina Salerno was presented with a check for $1,000.00. Salerno is a dedicated first-grade teacher who works with the most challenging students and believes they can all find success. Salerno works diligently to reshape behaviors and turn her student into thriving citizens each year.

Administrative/Support Person Kerri Blosser was subsequently presented with a check for $500.00. Blosser is a dedicated secretary who knows all of Mango’s 700 students by name. Principal Sabrina Ruiz was also presented with a check for the Mango School clothing fund. This fund allows staff to purchase clothing items for those students who are in need. The money was raised through donations made by the brothers of the lodge and monies from our spaghetti dinner. Mango Elementary has a long history of educating and serving students of Mango, Florida. We hope these funds will help the staff of Mango Elementary with their efforts.

Masonry recognizes Teachers as some of our most important professionals. Salerno, Blosser, and Ruiz were also presented Certificates of Appreciation signed by Most Worshipful Robert J. Lambert, Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Florida.
A special thank you went out to Brothers Bob Colon, George Hannon, and David Jones for their support for Mango Elementary and the work they put into the Adopt-A-School and Teacher programs. Worshipful Davenport presented the Brothers with Certificates of Appreciation and Education Coins.
We look forward to supporting this worthy cause in the future.

Raising Funds for Mango Elementary School

Freemasons believe that the spirit of Freemasonry is embodied in three great principles: Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. The practice of Relief (charity) is not only for its members but for the community. This summer, the brothers of Brandon Lodge No. 114 adopted Mango Elementary School, located in Seffner, Fl, to provide much-needed school supplies and funding for the teachers and students.

Our Junior Warden, Brother Cory Jones, and his wife Cathy organized a spaghetti dinner that was well attended by brothers of the lodge along with their families as well as members of the community. In total, over $2000 was raised for Mango Elementary. The lodge also collected school supplies to be donated along with the monies.

We raised money, collected supplies, and donated 6 pints of blood as the Big Red Bus was onsite during the spaghetti dinner for anyone who wanted to contribute.

We look forward to supporting other worthy causes in the future.

Loss of a Brother

On August 5th 2022, the members of Brandon Lodge held a memorial service for Brother Max Vance. Brother Vance was Initiated an Entered Apprentice on December 12, 1963; Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on February 13, 1964, and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on February 27, 1964. Brother Vance affiliated with Brandon Lodge on April 24, 1980, which became his home Lodge on November 13, 2006. He was a Master Mason for over 55 years. Brother Vance entered into rest on July 24, 2022, at the age of 83 years, seven months, and 19 days.

Brother Vance is survived by his wife, Laura, who was in attendance. Our Worshipful Master, Brother Stephen Davenport presented her with a Certificate of Respect. Brother Vance will forever be in our prayers.

Pink Lodge

From R∴W∴ Ed Kellner, PDDGM


On February 12th, Brandon Lodge will host the “Pink Lodge”, presented by the Eastern Star and in conjunction with Olin S. Wright Lodge. Seating is limited, and a ticket to the event is required. Tickets are currently available from R:.W:. Kellner.

As Brandon Lodge is the host lodge, we need to make a very positive impact on those attending. Many of the guests have not been to Brandon Lodge before; this is a great opportunity of us. Help is needed, and your support is essential. Please see the Worshipful Master if you are willing to help.

The flyer for the “Pink Lodge” is attached.

Hubert-Iris Allen Scholarship – Spaghetti Dinner

Dear Brethren,
Charity is a hallmark of Masonry. We have had different fund raisers to raise funds for our
charitable donations to our adopted school, Hubert-Iris Allen Scholarship, etc. Unfortunately, all
these fund raisers are made possible by a few brothers working to put these together as well as
some brothers coming to participate. So our charitable contributions are really the result of only
a few brothers.

I am asking each brother to remember that charity is part of our activity. We need to raise
money for the Hubert-Iris Allen scholarship. I am asking each brother to send a donation to the
Lodge for this activity. Please mark it Scholarship Fund.

The Lodge mailing address is: P.O.Box 816, Brandon, FL 33509

We will have a link on our web site to allow donation through Square. You can indicate the
amount you wish to donate. The link is:\

On November 13th, we will have a spaghetti dinner at the Lodge, serving from 11:30-1:30.
Every brother that donates $10 or more, please come and have fun and fellowship. This is a
thank you for supporting the scholarship fund. If you want an additional dinner, tickets will be
available at the door.

If you don’t send a donation, we will have tickets available for the dinner. Cost will be $12 at
the door.

Ed Kellner

Adopt-A-Teach – Maria Caraballo of Mango Elementary School

Principal Sabrina Ruiz (left), WM Ed Kellner (center), Maria Caraballo (right)

The WM was pleased to announce at last nights Stated Communication the Brandon Lodge 114 has selected Maria Caraballo as our adopt-a-teacher recipient. Ms. Caraballo was recommended by Ms. Ruiz, the Principal of Mango Elementary School. Stay tuned for plans on how we can support our adopted teacher in the coming months.

If you would like to donate online using the Square payment method please click the button below.

Adopt-A-Teacher Ms. Caraballo