Happy Easter Brothers!!

Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the promise of eternal life ever after. Typically part of this celebration is large religious services and family dinners. It is a time to bring everybody together to rejoice in the gifts that we have been given, and remember those who have gone before.

Unfortunately, this year is drastically different for people all around the world. Instead of congregating to raise voices in praise and adulation, we are watching our phones and celebrating virtually. Instead of large family dinners, we are having digital get togethers. The thing to remember throughout all the hardships in the world today – make the effort!

Regardless of the circumstances, it is critical that we remember our individual histories and family traditions. Many people look forward to Easter as one of the few opportunities each year to assembly with family. To laugh and love, to eat and argue, to ask why we put ourselves through this stress – and in the next breath commit to doing it all again the following year. These are the things that unite us. The things that bring meaning and purpose to our lives. As you celebrate today – remember those that you cannot be with physically. Take the time to reach out and assure them that you remember and miss them.

Our Masonic “family” is very similar to our personal family. We only get together a few times a year, and when we do, there is typically food involved. Unfortunately, there is another similarity between our Masonic and personal families – for both, it is often too easy to let the trials and tribulations of “everyday life” get in the way of being there. I wish I could say that this statement was not directed at anybody in particular – however, I do not have that luxury. Instead, I must face and live with the fact that it is directed at the reflection that I see in the mirror.

The question now becomes – how do I come back “home”? Fortunately, that answer is simple – you just do it. Not next year – not when things slow down at work – not when the season is over – do it now. Make it a priority. Get back in touch with your family.

The hardest part of any journey is the first step – be the man – be the Mason – take the first step.

Happy Easter Brothers – and Welcome Home!!

A Message from Grand Master Kenneth Roy Jr….

 
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An update on the warfare of our Masonic Home Residents and the professionals serving them
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Revised Plans for Annual Conference 5/19

Will begin noon 5/19/20 and conclude that day with an abbreviated agenda.

Only members / associate members of GL will be invited to attend (WM (or proxies,) GL Officers, PGMs, those members necessary give reports, committees necessary and those individuals necessary to ensure the operation of the meeting.)

No meals to be offered or served at meeting.

All awards will be announced on 5/19 but delivered on Founders Day 2021

All support checks will be announced and delivered as necessary (youth groups, scholarship board, library, museum, etc…)

If 5/19 is deemed not available due to the #COVID19 pandemic, an alternate date of 6/16/2020 has been selected.

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Please be safe and healthy until the next time we shall meet in person.-Grand Lodge PR & Marketing Committee

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But We Survived, and Became Stronger…

Brothers, you cannot turn on the television or radio any more and not hear about pandemic that is going on all around us. First and foremost, I ask that you take a moment to say a prayer for all of those who are directly impacted by this terrible virus – also remembering their friends and family – this will be an event that will live forever in their memories.

Please, also say a prayer for those who are continuing to work to provide for the rest of us – the doctors, nurses, first responders, truck drivers, factory workers, restaurant operators, store employees – the list is too long to include everybody – but we all know who these people are. The folks without whose dedication this world would quickly grind to a stop. This includes all of the doctors and researchers who are spending tireless hours attempting to find an approach to combat this invisible enemy.

For so many years we have been so involved in our day to day activities, we rarely if ever have stopped to ask the question – what if… What if we were forced to stay in our homes for weeks in due to an unseen threat? What if there were shortages of food? What if I could not find toilet paper? Two months ago these were foreign concepts to the majority of people. But you do not have to go back in history very far to realize that these were all too common concepts to our ancestors.

World War I – “The war to end all wars” was 1914-1918. Thought the fighting never reached our lands, the impacts were felt by all persons around the world. Immediately following in 1918 there was the Spanish Flu pandemic. These events directly impacted my grandparents and great-grandparents. But we as a country survived and became stronger.

The great depression – spanning 1929 through the late 1930’s – impacted both my parents and grandparents. Every day necessities were virtually impossible to find. Food of any kind was a precious commodity. There were bread lines and many people suffered suffered hunger and malnutrition. But we as a country survived and became stronger.

World War II again saw shortages in both every day commodities and employees to produce products. Factories were converted to produce materials to support the war effort. “Rosie the Riveter” became the heroine in the recruiting effort for female workers in the workplace. There were Civil Defense organizations and drills, paper drives, scrap drives, food rationing, etc. But as a country survived, and became stronger.

But enough about history – suffice it to say that we need to make sure we study the past – we need to learn from those lessons that our forefathers experienced. Armed with that knowledge, we can make better, well informed decisions on what we do to day.

Now – back to the present day. I find it so ironic that when you listen to a radio station we hear about how “hectic” life has become. Before the pandemic – to me, hectic was the new normal. It meant attempting to balance work, meals, groceries, laundry, and getting the kids to 20 different school / sport events in a single week.

Today – that has all changed. Work from home is the norm for a vast majority of the population. Adding to the stress of that – we are now in a position of homeschooling our children. Social distancing is becoming a way of life. Play dates are on hold and we are being asked to stay at home with the exception of essential travel.

Today was one of those “essential travel” days for me – I went out to get groceries. I was pleasantly surprised by the selection, the but thing that stood out to me the most was the people. More specifically, the expression on peoples faces. In many you saw fear, others loneliness, and some sheer exhaustion.

With everything going on in the world around us – there is one thing that I ask you all to remember – a smile is free! It is the original social distancing tool. You can be six feet or fifty feet apart, and the message sent by the simple act of smiling is received.

You may be asking yourself – what difference does a smile make? To the person that is in fear – it means hope. To a person who is alone – it means friendship. To a person who is exhausted – it means inspiration. To the country – it means that we are not giving up! It means that we will rally around each other no matter how dark things may be, and that humanity and compassion will prevail.

It means that as a country, we will survive and become stronger!

Stay SAFE Brothers!!

Dedication Ceremony

The brothers of Oakland Lodge #140 F&AM are excited to announce the formal dedication of our new lodge building. The dedication ceremony will be officiated by the Grand Master of the State of Indiana – Kenneth E. Roy. The event will be Saturday, November 16, 2019. Everybody is welcome to attend this event. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11 am, with a luncheon to follow. We look forward to seeing you as we celebrate this momentous event.

Welcome to our New Lodge and Website

There have been many changes for us this year.  Some happy and momentous, and others sad.

To start with the sad – we mourn the loss of our brothers who have gone before.  We feel comforted in the fact that they will be lighting the way for the rest of us.  One brother that instantly comes to mind is Brother Elmer “Blackie” Blackburn, P.M..  Blackie was an individual that we all should aspire to emulate.  Not only was he Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1957, he was a 75 year member of Oakland Lodge #140.  He is the only person who could state that he attended meeting in all three of our lodge buildings.  Brother Blackie – you are missed.

For the new news, we now celebrate the completion of our new lodge building.  It has taken two years and countless man hours to complete, but we are now “up for business”.  Special thanks to all the brothers who have dedicated their time and effort to make this dream a reality.  Our dedication ceremony is November 16, 2019 at 11 am.  The Grand Master of the State of Indiana – Kenneth E. Roy will be officiating the dedication ceremony.  We hope to see you all there!

This is also a new website for us.  As with all things digital, these things take time to flush out and square away.  Please check back often for updates and highlights of our lodges activities.