Oakland Lodge #140 Ammo Raffle

Oakland Lodge is holding an ammo raffle!

The prize will include 260 rounds of .223, 100 rounds of 22LR, 250 rounds of 9mm, 25 rounds 12 ga, and a small ammo can. All brass rounds. 12ga shells are steel shot – not lead.

Tickets are $5 / ticket, or 5 for $20.

To purchase tickets see a member or purchase from this website in the sidebar to the right. Online sales are limited to 5 tickets for $20 only. There is no limit to the number of tickets that you can purchase.

For online purchases, we will be sending you an email with your tickets filled out, and the numbers clearly legible.

Drawing will be on May 29, 2021 and the winner has until June 2, 2021 @ 6pm to claim the prize. If no winner claims the prize by then, we will redraw. Must be 21 or older to claim prize. Winning number will be posted to the Lodge Facebook page and this site.

The Silent Summons

A friend sent me this – I thought it appropriate to share…

A member of a certain Lodge, who previously attended meetings regularly, stopped going. After a few months, the Worshipful Master decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening, and the Worshipful Master found his brother at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.

Guessing the reason for the Worshipful Master’s visit, the brother welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The Worshipful Master made himself comfortable, but said nothing.

In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After several minutes, the Worshipful Master took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth, all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent.

His host watched all of this in quiet contemplation. As the one, lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow, and its fire was no more. Soon, it was cold and dead. Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting.

The Worshipful Master glanced at his watch and chose this time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember, and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately, it began to glow once more, with all the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.

As the Worshipful Master reached the door to leave, his host said, with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your fiery summons, my brother. I’ll be back in our Lodge next meeting.”

— Author Unknown

Though you may not be at the meeting – know that you are my Brother – and you are missed.

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.          

2021 Lodge Officers

The installation of the 2021 officers for Oakland Lodge #140 occured yesterday, January 2nd. Though the ceremony was abbreviated due to COVID precautions, it was still a very special moment shared with Brothers and family.

Front Row (L-R)
Junior Deacon – Derek Cheek, Senior Warden – Joey Cline, Worshipful Master – Skip Donnell, Junior Warden – Ken Whitcomb, Senior Deacon – Douglas Bondy, Tyler – Wayne Moody
Back Row (L-R)
Treasurer – Ancle Jones, Secretary – Brian Hooten, Chaplain – Wilber Russell Taylor III

2021 Election of Officers

Election of offices for the 2021 year were held on Wednesday, December 2nd. The officers elect are:

Worshipful Master – Skip Donnell
Senior Warden – Joey Cline PM
Junior Warden – Ken Whitcomb
Senior Deacon – Doug Bondy
Junior Deacon – Derek Cheek
Senior Steward – Wayne McCullough PM
Junior Steward –
Chaplain – W Russell Taylor III
Treasurer – Ancle Jones PM
Secretary – Brian Hooten PM
Tyler – Wayne Moody PM

Installation of officers will be held on Saturday, January 2nd at noon. Light refreshments will be provided.

Newsletters are back!!

Brothers – during this time of uncertainty it is more important that ever before for us to all stay in contact with each other. To help foster that spirit and keep you informed about upcoming events at our lodge, we have re-introduced our monthly newsletter.

The April mailing just went out – hopefully you have gotten it by now. If not, do not despair – we will be presenting the newsletter on all of our media platforms – paper, the website, and on our facebook page.

We would love to hear from you and sincerely hope that once that things are back to normal we get to see you again at lodge.

To see the April newsletter, click the link below.

Stay SAFE Brothers!!

April 2020 Newsletter

A Message from Grand Master Kenneth Roy Jr….

Greetings Brother;

Please view the latest message from Grand Master Kennith Roy Jr.

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This video touches details the following highlights:

Make calling our brothers a part of your normal #Masonic life

An update on the warfare of our Masonic Home Residents and the professionals serving them
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.

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!!

“Virtual” Lodge Get Together…

Brothers – staying connected with each other now is more important than ever. Just because we cannot assemble in our Lodge does not mean that our work need to come to a grinding halt. To this end, we are going to begin hosting bi-weekly “virtual” meetings.

Please know – this is NOT a tyled meeting! This is simply utilizing the current available technology to allow for brothers to “meet” and socialize with each other. At this time we are planning on the second Thursday and the fourth Tuesday of each month for these meetings. The start time will be at 6:30. The next “virtual” meetings will be on April 9th and April 21st.

We did our first of these last week with a small group. The purpose was to hash out some details on some of our committee work – and quite honestly – it was a great success.

To reach as many brothers as possible, the virtual meeting can be accessed through a computer connection (webcam optional – but it may slow your system down), or you can dial directly into the meeting and participate over the phone.

Think of this as the dinner before a stated meeting – but some committee work will get completed – LOL.

Speaking of committees – we realize that everybody has a busy schedule, and oftentimes finding finding time to carve out to attend a meeting is difficult. Hopefully, if we can generate sufficient interest, we can form and administer some of our committees through cyber meetings.

Brother Benjamin Franklin once stated “Out of adversity comes opportunity”. Perhaps this is our opportunity to leverage new technologies to reconnect and expand our good work.

If you are interested in attending one of these meetings, please send an email to oaklandlodge140fam@gmail.com, and I will send you a link and number for the meeting(s)