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!!
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….
Brothers – Worshipful Master Cline has called for a cleanup and touch up of the lodge building to have it in pristine condition for the dedication. This will be held on Saturday November 2 at 10:00 a.m. He hopes it will not take more than a couple of hours. If you can help at all, please show up on the 2nd at 10:00 a.m.