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!

Congratulations Dan Gates – 75-years!

R-L – Scott Gates, Dan Gates, Pam Gates

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.          

Feast of Saints John

We had a wonderful evening and celebration at the annual Feast of Saints John dinner on December 27th. We are greatly appreciative of all the brothers that came to join in the celebration with us. Special thanks to Millersville Lodge #126 and the Brothers there who regularly share this event with us.

Our guest speaker was Brother George Ingles, PM, PGM, PGM Knights Templar. Brother Ingles provided us with an enlightening look into the history of our great fraternity, and highlighted some of the significant moments where the Masons had an impact in the development of our great country.

We are especially indebted to the Ladies of our Eastern Star chapter who went above and beyond in the preparation of an excellent meal! THANK YOU for all that you do to support us – we appreciate it more than words can express.

2019 OES #159 Christmas Party Pictures

Last weekend on December 14th OES Chapter #159 was able to host their annual Christmas Party in the new lodge building. It was a time of family, friends, good food, fellowship, and a visit from the Jolly Old Elf himself. Photos from the event can be found under the Photos menu. There are several more photos that I did not put up. If anybody has interest in any of these as prints, please let me know. Skip…

Merry Christmas to All!!!

The Pouring of the Wine…

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.

Thanks to everybody who was able to join us!!

Building Dedication – An Incredible Event

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….

Feast of the Holy Saints John

Oakland will be hosting the Feast of the Holy Saints John with Millersville Lodge this year.

Our guest speaker will be Past Grand Master George Ingles. Not only is he a PGM, but a Past Grand Master of the Knights Templar and PM of his lodge. He has been extremely involved in the OES and numerous youth groups.

His knowledge of Masonry is vast. This should be a truly enlightening event.

Please RSVP no later than December 21, 2019 to oaklandlodge140fam@gmail.com if you plan to attend.