BBQ Chicken N Ribs Dinner

If you did not make it to our last BBQ dinner – you are in luck – we are holding another event!

Our Pitmasters – Derek and Frank – are working diligently to come up with new and exciting meals.

Please order / pre-pay at the numbers below. Look forward to seeing you there!!

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

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….

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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