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.