Indy Honor Flight #33 – Operation Homecoming – April 16th, 2022

Brothers – freedom is never free. We are able to enjoy our way of life thanks to the dedication and hard work of individuals in our Armed Forces. Indy Honor Flight’s mission is to transport America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices.

There will be two individuals on this flight with ties to our Lodge…
Brother Robert M. Jones, PM
Garry L. Lyon (from our “Thank You” card campaign)

The 33rd trip will be occurring on Saturday, April 16th. At the conclusion of the trip, there will be a welcome home (Operation Homecoming) event at Decatur Central High School. This is an opportunity to show our respect and appreciation of these Veterans.

DATE:  Saturday, April 16, 2022

TIME:  Arrive between 7:30 and 8:30PM (the vets are supposed to arrive around 9:00 barring any delayed flights, etc.)

WHERE:  Decatur Central High School, 5251 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis – there will be signage and folks directing you where to go

Hope to see you there!!

Congratulations to our newest Master Mason

Oakland Lodge #140 is proud to announce the raising of their latest Master Mason – Mitchel R. Martin. The degree was held on March 22nd with 28 brothers from Oakland and surrounding lodges present. The event was made even more special as both his grandfather and his father-in-law were present to assist with the ceremony. A special thanks to all the Brothers that assisted with the conferring of the degree!

Recognizing Our Veterans – Indy Honor Flight #33

Freedom is never free. It is something that the majority of people take for granted, but there are unsung hero’s behind the scenes that have made this way of life possible. Indy Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely to honor Indiana’s veterans for their service and sacrifice. Their mission – To transport America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicate to honor their sacrifices.

A neighbors father has been selected to be part of the Indy Honor Flight #33. She has asked our assistance in making this trip memorable for her father by participating in “Operation Mail Call”. Each veteran will receive a packet of cards and letters to read on their way back home. This is our opportunity to say “Thank You for my Freedom”.

The person that we have been asked to write to is…
Master Sargent Garry Lyon – Vietnam – 24 years US Army

Details about Operation Mail Call is…

We have been asked to send letters to MSG Garry Lyon

The Honor Flight will be on Saturday, April 16th. Upon returning to Indianapolis, there will be a “welcome home” event at Decatur High School – 5251 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46221 at 9 pm. Everybody is welcome to attend this event…

Brothers – I ask all of you to please take a few minutes of your time to pen a note of thanks to the veterans who will be part of this Honor Flight. Feel free to pass this information along to others that may be interested in participating.

Also, I hope to see you at Decatur Central High School on April 16th @ 9 pm. If you have a Masonic shirt / hat / jacket – wear it to let these veterans see that we honor and respect them for all they have done!

2022 Lodge Officers

The officers of Oakland Lodge #140 were installed on December 17, 2021…

Front row (L-R) Ancle Jones, PM (Treasurer), Steve Friend (Chaplain), Skip Donnell (WM), Richard Hix (SS), Brian Hooten, PM (Secretary)
Back Row (L-R) Aaron Lauber (JS), Rob Hons, PM (JW), W. Russell Taylor III (JD), Joey Cline, PM (SW), Derek Cheek (SD)

Here are a few photos from the installation. Much thanks to the Ladies of Oakland OES 150 for the refreshments after the ceremony!

2021 Lodge of Instruction

The 2021 Lodge of Instruction will be on Wednesday, October 27th at 7 pm. Lodges participating in the event are Oakland 140 and Millersville 126. Oakland will be HOSTING this year. Instruction will be give on the EA degree. ONLY MASTER MASONS MAY ATTEND.

All Lodge Officers should be present for the entire LOI.

2021 – The First Annual Oakland Lodge Open House

This past weekend we had our first open house in the new Lodge building. Though attendance from the community was less than we had hoped, we still had several folks stop by to say “Hi” and check out the building. The thing that I am most proud about is the number of Brothers and Sisters from the lodge that either worked, or stopped by to support the event. It was incredible to see so many turn out for the event. We did learn a lot, and hope to make this an annual event with even more local vendors showing up and participating. A huge THANK YOU to everybody for your support and encouragement!!

We also want to thank the local vendors who came out and supported our efforts…

Entertainment was provided by Abracadabra! – who did some absolutely adorable and fascinating balloon twisting.

A huge round of thanks goes to Derek Cheek for all of his hard work in putting this event together. His hard work and commitment is so very much appreciated by the Lodge. But, I was a bit concerned at one point. I really thought the stress of the event was getting to him. Take a look at the photo below and make your own decision about that….

Brother Derek Cheek

Or maybe that was how he was able to see what all of us were doing at the same time. We may never know!!

At the end of our event, we drew the winner of our Ammo Raffle – CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Joe Davenport for winning!!

Anyway – Thanks again to all who participated or stopped by. We really appreciated it and loved talking with everybody. We are already in the planning stages for next year – so hopefully it will be even bigger and better!! Stay tuned for information – hope to see you there!!

Open House!!

Oakland Lodge #140 will be hosting an open house on Saturday, May 29th from 10 an to 4 pm. Local vendors will be set up in the dining hall. Burger or hot dog lunches available for $2.

From noon till 2 there will be a “balloon twister” on site – this is definitely NOT the old fashioned balloon dogs that you used to see – these are BIG pieces of ART!

If you have not had the opportunity to see our new building, or are interested in what the Masonic order is about – we would love to see you there!!

We will also be selling final chances to our ammo raffle – which we will be drawing the winner live at 3pm that day.

Hope to see you there!!

BBQ Photos

A few photos from the Lodges BBQ dinner on May 1, 2021. The menu this time was a half rack of ribs, a chicken quarter, mac & cheese, green beans, rolls, and choice of dessert. Our pitmasters were Derek Cheek and Frank Jackson. Thanks to all the brothers that help make this meal a success. Also, a big thank you for our OES chapter for providing the sweets!!

The only regret – I wish we had thought to take a picture of the MOUNTAINS of mac & cheese that we had.

We will be hosting an Open House on May 29th – details will be posted. Also, make sure you keep an eye out for our next BBQ event!