Monday, August 26, 2013

Gate City Lodge - Culture Series - September 10, 2013

Cost will be $10.00 for dinner.  Tickets available for purchase in advanced and at the event.  Please RSVP at to let us know how many will be in your party.   This event will be open to the public and is a rare opportunity to see one of the greats play.

Called Communication for the EA Degree Conferral 8/27/2013

Gate City Lodge No. 2 will have a called communication for the purpose of conferring the Entered Apprentice degree. Six candidates will be initiated.

Gate City Lodge No. 2 and Sandy Springs Lodge No. 124 - Lodge Exchange Night

The Brethren of Gate City Lodge No. 2 and Sandy Springs Lodge No. 124 met for a lodge exchange under dispensation from the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Georgia.  Members of Gate City visited Sandy Springs Lodge for the first visit.

WB. Christian Castro and WB. Victor Marshall meet at Sandy Springs Lodge. No. 124

The Brethren of Sandy Springs Lodge opened and there was a program by WB. Michael S. Downs on The Mystical Pentagram.  The lodge was then closed in due form by the officer's of Gate City.  Recognition was given to Bro. Greg Singleton (JD) as he has been a long time friend of WB. Castro and the officers of Sandy Springs presented coins to their counterparts from Gate City.  It was a memorable event.

Bro. Greg Singleton (JD) was recognized by WB. Castro

The Officers of Gate City Lodge were given coins by their counterparts from Sandy Springs Lodge.
Over 70 people attended and it was a great event that the lodge Brethren have been working on for quite some time.  WB. Castro and the Brethren of Sandy Springs Lodge were gracious hosts.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Celebration of St. John The Baptist Day

Gate City Lodge No. 2 celebrated the Feast of St. John's Day at the restaurant Machu Picchu in Atlanta.  It was an open celebration and families were allowed to join.  The dinner was marvelously hosted by the Brethren and everything was in proper order.

Several toasts were carried out as per tradition and the guests got to sample an array of Peruvian cuisine.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Gate City II - 2nd Annual Cemetary Grave Yard Conferral

Gate City Lodge No. 2 Raised three candidates:  Adrian Mair, Il Poong Chi, and Jonathan Kennedy at Forest Memorial Gardens, College Park, GA on Saturday, May 18th, 2013.  Our guests got to see and participate in a wonderful Master's degree conferred by Bro. Zeithlin Waters.  The experience was all-inclusive as guest were immersed in the Master's Degree. Gate City 2 would like to thank all those who participated in making this even a memorable step for the candidates.  

Newly Raised Master Masons From Left to Right:  IL Poong Chi, Jonathan Kennedy, & Adrian Mair

View of the East
Light Meal before the evening's event

View of the West
Victor Marshall - Worshipful Master
Zeithlin Waters - Senior Warden and Director of Work
PM Thomas Lawrence - Junior Warden

Gate City Lodge No 2. Free and Accepted Lodge of Masons working under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Georgia. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Pictures from the Grand Master's Visit to Gate City

Brother E. Ray Knittel, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Free & Accepted Masons in Georgia visited Gate City Lodge No. 2; along with several members of the Grand Lodge Officer and District Deputies. Gate City Lodge was honored to have the Grand Master and his illustrious committee visit us.

His visit started with being serenaded by violinist Keith Dunn and later in lodge by WB. Beaux Petty's during the floor work. 



The Stewards served a wonderful meal for the Grand Masters visit. 

The wonderful meal was topped off by a cake to honor the Grand Master's visit.

WGM Knittel pose with WM Marshall, WB Long, and PGM Jennings.

WGM Knittel cutting the cake.

WGM Knittel and WM Victor Marshall pose for a picture.

View from the East while the GM was giving his speech.
WGM Knittel along with PGM Jennings, several members of the Grand Lodge officers and distinguished District Deputies.  

GM Knittel along with WM Victor Marshall, WB Long, and the 2013 Gate City Officers. 

The Grand Master posing with Veterans
GM Posing with WW2 Veterans
GM Posing with sitting Worshipful Masters
(Left to Right:  WM Victor Marshall, WGM E. Ray Knittel, WB David Herman, WB John Holt, WB Beaux Pettys, PGM  Edward Jennings, Zeithlin Waters (SW),  Doug Hrabe (PM)). 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Join us for a presentation on Supernovae by Tim Puckett

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Grand Master's to visit Gate City II

Brother E. Ray Knittel, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Georgia, will visit Gate City II on February 26, 2013.  Our previously scheduled program on the History of the Templars has been rescheduled to another night.

Dinner will begin at 6:30 PM and dinner will be accompanied by a violinist.  Meeting will start at 7:30 PM.

Gate City II is a Free and Accepted Lodge working under the jurisdiction of The Grand Lodge of Georgia.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Brethren partake in the celebration of the 288th Anniversary of Peruvian Freemason Pablo de Olavide. The event was held in 3 locations: Lima, Peru; Fort Lauderdale, FL; and Atlanta, GA


(left to right ) WBro. Victor Marshall, Bro. Carlos Leon, and WBro. Dan Genson)

(starting on the right) Patricia Montenegro, WBro. Christian Castro, WBro. David Lewellyn, Liza Lewellyn, Maggi Evans, Bro. Norman Evans, Deb Johnson, WBro. Victor Marshall and Bro. Carlos Leon take time out of the Olavide's Night Celebrations at Atlanta to pose for this picture.

Pablo de Olavide was considered the father of the Peruvian emancipation.(January 25, 1725 - February 25, 1803)

            Pablo Antonio de Olavide was born on January 25, 1725.  He studied under the direction of the Jesuits and at 15 had a doctorate in theology, both civil and Canon.  He was given access to the Chair of Theology Eve and then to the Master of the Sentences at the age of 17. Pablo de Olavide, was considered the father of the Peruvian emancipation in South America.  In 1742, he made contact with Jauregui Joseph a Native American figure/political figure who wanted to restore the Incan state of Tahuantinsuyo.  The English and Freemasons allegedly supported Joseph for this restoration. This is when Olivade had his first experience with Freemasonry.
            At the age of 20, Olivade was a lawyer in the Royal Court of Justice of Lima, Peru.  He was advisor to the Court of the Consulate, and also to the city council.  Shortly thereafter, his father made a 32 thousand pesos donation to the Crown and in appreciation of that donation and recognition of their efficient and effective judicial development, he was appointed Judge of the Audience.  
            On October 28, 1746, Lima suffered a strong earthquake that nearly destroyed the city and caused the death of his father and his sister.  He devoted himself to helping victims, removing rubble, and burying corpses and was given a Papal decree to do so.   For this very work, he was also designated by viceroy José Antonio Manso de Velaso to form a commission to fulfill this role.  He was also tasked with rescuing jewels and money from the destroyed mansions of which would be returned to their rightful owners.  He was also bound by Viceregal authority and was made Count of Superunda by King Fernando VI. 
            After having help rebuild the city of Kings and recovering it’s original appearance, de Olavide initiated and developed the building of three major works: 1). the lifting of the large votive Temple to the Virgin Nuestra Señora de Buen Soccorro, in charge of the minimum Franciscans; in the suburb of San Lázaro which was populated by black slaves and Freed men.  2). The creation of the votive Temple dedicated to the poor and segregated and 3). the total renovation of the Teatro Principal.
             Critics of Olivade suspected that he was working with the British and that he was part of a secret Masonic lodge of which they were searching.   He was, but because of the secrecy that was kept.  No documentation on members was allowed because the Inquisition was hunting them.  He was also prosecuted because of his reformist policies.  He used public funds for the benefit and service of the poor and refused to give the Church any public donations.  This did not bide well. 
            Pablo de Olivade was also dedicated in combatting the rebel Santos Atahualpa, but had to take the issue to Spain. Jurists who charged him with embezzlement used this time to attack him.  While on his trip, his enemies went before the Council of the Indies and also to the King himself to prosecute Olivade while he could not defend himself.  He was put in jail in 1754 in Madrid, Spain later pardoned in 1757 by King Fernando VI.  He was exiled from Lima. 
            For several years Olivade traveled to France and Italy where he met François-Marie Arouet; otherwise known as Voltaire. He spent a week at Voltaire’s farm in Geneva, he also had friendships with John Adams; then Ambassador of the rebellious colonies of North America in France and later the second President of the United States.
            Olavide’s reformist policies soon brought more attention from the Church.  One policy that he was known for what that he refused to allow a German monk to build a monastery in one of the Andalusian settlements to “help the wealthy Germans get into Heaven.”  The monk, Father Romault accused Olivade of speaking against the Catholic religion and transgressions against the Spanish clergy.  The inquisition charged him with blasphemy and heresy on November 14, 1776.  He had 78 witnesses against him saying he committed crimes against faith. 
            After a two-year process, he was sentenced to failing to disclose the alleged secrets of Masons and the names of its member.  He was considered a “formal heretic,” which expelled him from the Court, his property confiscated, all honors forbade, and was sentenced to eight years in a monastery, subject to penance.  After being tortured by the Inquisition and suffering the penance at the Monastory of Sahagún, León, Olivade was able to escape where he went to France in 1780. 
            After escaping to France, he changed his name to Count of Pylos to circumvent any extradition attempts.  He remained in Paris until the start of the revolution in 1789.  He was again imprisoned and tortured in 1794 by the Jacobin regime.  He was forced to repent and return to Catholicism. He was no longer the renegade Mason. With a pardon and authorization granted to him by King Carlos IV, he was able to return to Spain on November 14, 1798.  He was given a pension of 90 thousand reals, and all rights were restored. With his formal repentance, he was allowed to return to Lima the same year.  He was listed as a hero of the emancipation and died with his family on February 25th 1803. 
Gate City Lodge No. 2 is a Free and Accepted Lodge working under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Georgia. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Gate City Lodge No. 2 - Fellowship / Pancake Breakfast

Tours of the Atlanta Masonic Center will also be given. This is a great opportunity to come out and learn about Freemasonry. Bring your family and friends. All Guests are welcome. $5.00 all you can eat!