On February 24th, Oakland Lodge #140 had the honor of presenting Brother Dan Gates, PM with his 75-year Masonic pin. Though we could not be together to make the presentation, several brothers gathered at the Lodge and through the coordination of Dan’s children, we were able to make the presentation virtually.
Brother Gates was born in 1925, initiated as an Entered Apprentice on 11/8/1946, passed to the degree of a Fellowcraft 12/9/1946, and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason 12/20,1946. Of the brothers who were present at the presentation, none of them had been born when Dan was raised as a Master Mason. His life exemplifies what it means to be a Mason. Throughout his life, Dan gave back to his community. He served for many years as the official photographer for the City of Lawrence Fire Department. He served in the same capacity for the City of Indianapolis Fire Department. Both of his sons – Greg and Scott are also Master Masons.
To say this is a tremendous milestone in an individual’s Masonic history is an understatement. The number of lives that Dan has touched over the course of his Masonic career is countless. But, from talking and hearing from those that know him – he has made a profound impression and remained true to his Masonic teachings.
The highlight of the evening was the presence of Kenneth Roy, Jr. – Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Indiana. Though unable to be there in person, our Grand Master joined in the celebration virtually, and congratulated and praised Dan on his momentous achievement.
Presentation of Dan’s 75-year pin and certificate was completed by his son Scott and his daughter Pam. Also present was Marcia Greene, past matron of the OES, who assisted in the coordination of the virtual call.
Thank you, Dan, for your dedication and commitment to your family, your community, and our fraternity. You serve as an inspiration to us all. CONGRATULATIONS for achieving 75-years as a Mason.
The official building dedication for our Lodge was completed on November 16, 2019. During that ceremony, the oil, wine, and corn poured was symbolic. At our stated meeting on December 4th we were able to officially complete this task with real wine and oil. Brother Brad Jones poured the corn, Brother Jack Shepard the wine, and Worshipful Master Joey Cline poured the oil. So the building dedication is “officially” completed. After allowing suitable time for this to soak in and dry, we will be framing this momentous piece of our history.
Saturday, November 16, 2019 Oakland Lodge #140 F&AM officially dedicated their new building! It was an incredible event with approximately 75 persons in attendance. We were blessed to have the Indiana Grand Lodge Officers presiding over the event. Thank you Brothers for taking your time to make this day such a special event for us. It is one that all those attendance will not soon forget.
We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to the Greenfield York Rite Knights Templar. To open our ceremony they did the Presentation of the Flag – this was both an impressive and moving ceremony. Looking around the room during this heartfelt lecture, you could see the awe and respect of all in attendance. They then followed that up with their Arch of Steel ceremony as a show of utmost honor and respect for our most distinguished Grand Lodge Officers. The precision and impact of this is one that personally, I know I will never forget!
Special thanks go to our Oakland OES ladies who work so hard to help us. These special ladies provided the desserts that all enjoyed during this event. But there is so much more that they contributed. Their time, their love, their patience – without their assistance, we would not have been able to have such a smoothly running event. Between helping serve all of our guests, and then working tirelessly to assist with the clean up efforts – you are all such special ladies, and we are so fortunately to have you there supporting us!! From the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU for everything that you do!!
After the conclusion of the ceremony, everybody was asked to join us in a meal in our newly dedicated “Blackburn Hall”. There they were treated to a delicious home cooked meal of chicken and noodles, green beans, and bread – all provided by South 113 (https://www.south113.com/) located in Rushville, IN. Not only was the food great, but the folks that prepared the meal were top notch. I highly recommend you check them out for all of your special event needs.
We will be adding numerous pictures from this event to our photos page, but for now, I will leave you with this image….