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Nelms Lodge #323 F&AM
Smyrna, Georgia
Chartered 1886
DISTRICT 7-C LODGE OF THE YEAR 2015

 

more on Red Wagon 
via a TV segment on 04/30/16 from NBC News

KEEP SMYRNA BEAUTIFUL

Hope you can join us for some of these events!

Upcoming Volunteer Events

Keep Smyrna Beautiful


<Upcoming Events in 2017>


2016 Award


 RWB Sam R Whitfield
Masonic Stewardship Award

was presented on October 24th to

Worshipful Brother
Jason Weldon

for outstanding Masonic Stewardship in the Craft and Community
 
2016


FLAG RETIREMENT COLLECTION

Nelms Flag Retirement Box!

The Lodge is providing a convenient collections place for our Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony and for Community Letters to our Troups!

 The collection bin is located inside the building, but a plastic red container will remain outside. Anyone who would like to retire their flag can place it in the red container, and it will be retired during our next Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony. Any Questions? Please call Jason Weldon at 678-449-7528.



GEORGIA MASONS DID IT !!
We got the required 1000 applications for the State to start production on Masonic Car Tags.
Congratulations Brothers!

DEGREE TEAM

New for 2016

The goal of the Nelms Degree Team is to present the ancient Masonic degrees to new Masons via allegory, symbols, and historical lessons.  The brethren on the Nelms Degree Team are devoted to helping each new Mason, as well as each other, improve themselves in Freemasonry by putting our best apron forward. 

 

2016 MASON OF THE YEAR FOR DISTRICT 7C 
Jason Weldon
AND 7th District Runner-Up

Jason says this about the award.......
"This may appear to be an individual award, but I do not consider it as such. 2015 was an excellent year for Nelms #323 only because of the eagerness and willingness of officers and brethren to help reestablish ourselves in the community and focus on making good men better. We completed an incredible amount in 12 months, and I'm grateful for the trust you placed in my leadership" 
Fraternally Yours,
-- Jason D Weldon, Past Master 2015

2015 District 7C Lodge of the Year

JASON WELDON, WORSHIPFUL MASTER

DISTRICT 7-C 
2015 LODGE OF THE YEAR



 

We Love GA CHIP


---------------- 2016 Events -----------------
Nelms Sponsored CHIP EVENT
Friday May 27th
Jim Cook and Rick Hallwood signed up 12 Kids!

HANDS-ON CHRISTMAS.
Saturday Nov 12th, 2016 - 
9am-1pm 
Jim Cook & a small team signed up 9 Children!

--------------------- 2015 Events ---------------------
Nelms Sponsored CHIP EVENTS
Saturday May 30th
Saturday July 25th

Varners Restaurant, 725 Concord Road
Saturday October 31st

Saturday November 14th
Christmas Festival


HELPING HANDS FROM NELMS #323


Proud of our Brothers

Congratulations to our newest....
2016

FELLOWCRAFT MASONS
Fernando Melo
Russ Cook

MASTER MASONS
Gill Lopez
Paul Purdue
Cory Crapes
David Keyes

Upcoming Events. . . .


DECEMBER

Brethren,

 

Monday, December 12th will mark the 130th Annual Communication of Nelms Masonic Lodge. Several annual reports will be made, we will be examining two Fellowcraft Masons, holding our annual election, and installing our 2017 officers. 


The installation of the 2017 officers will be open to non-Masons.

 

As usual, our Junior Warden will prepare an excellent meal. To ensure there is food for everyone, we need a head count.  Please let me know if you will be attending the meeting and the number guests you will be bringing.  

 

I look forward to seeing everyone on the 12th.

 

Jim Cook, WM


Trestle Board       Full Calendar 



Congratulations to our newest....
FELLOWCRAFT MASONS
Fernando Melo
Russ Cook

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BIRTHDAYS & RAISINGS


DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS:



Dec3Jack Brown
Dec7Travis Smith Sr
Dec11Gerald Eaton
Dec11Wayne Roberts
Dec14Raymond Davis Jr
Dec20Michael Stoots
Dec20Terry Williams Sr
Dec22Rufus Turner
Dec25Robert Moore Jr
Dec28Al Manze
Dec28Larry Ray
Dec30Thomas Payne

DECEMBER RAISINGS:

Dec 2 1972 Wayne Roberts
Dec 3 1973 Robert Rakestraw, Sr.  
Dec 5 1964 James Dorning  
Dec 12 1959 Lewis Sumner 

T-Shirts & Memorabilia

T-Shirts & Memoribillia

COBB COUNTY MASONIC MEMORIAL CLUB

Assisting local Lodges to perform Masonic rites
for our fallen brethren

COBB COUNTY MASONIC LOW TWELVE CLUB

A benefit organization for Master Masons. It's purpose is to render financial aid and assistance to a member Brother's beneficiary(s) upon his death.


11/17/2016
Bro Jack Brown returns home today. He has Pneumonia (contagious) and needs plenty of rest. Prayers for him and wife Mary.

11/10/2016
Prayers for the McGloin Family. Katy was taken by ambulance to Kennestone after falling and being knocked unconscious. She had all the appropriate head exams and is home recovering. 
Bill is keeping a close eye on her.

10/17/2016
  

A. Ray Earwood

Age 83, of Acworth
Nelms Lodge #323 F&M

Passed Sunday October 16, 2016
Funeral Service Thursday October 20, 2016


Grand Master in 1988. 
Worshipful Master in 1977.



Lodge Detail Calendar

Planned activities for the whole year......

DUES & DONATIONS

   You 
can now Pay your dues or make a donation to the Lodge right here on our website. There is only a small processing fee for the convenience of dues-payment; and no fee at all for any donations. Thanks!!
https://sites.google.com/site/nelmslodge323/payments

A note about the donation selection for the Grand Lodge Per Capita tax - this amount is included in your annual dues. However, if you are an Emeritus or Life member, you deservedly do not pay dues any more. This is just a way that you can help the lodge by volunteering to cover the Grand Lodge fixed costs.

WARMING Shelter in need of Supplies

MUST Ministries says its Marietta shelter has doubled its capacity in the past few days as a cold snap has moved in. They are providing a place where people can stay warm during the day, and also have opened a warming shelter at night.

They said they’re in immediate need of: military style cots, blankets, under garments, socks, feminine hygiene products. They also need portable breakfast items because there’s no real place to cook or store things (granola bars, instant oatmeal or cereal bowls, milk and juice in individual servings).

Donations can be made to their facility located at 1555 Elizabeth Church Road.

GENEROUS DONATION IN MEMORY OF WORSHIPFUL BROTHER GAINES

LANDSCAPING
is now being provided by
Anita Gaines
In memory of her Father and our beloved Brother
1976 PWM George Gaines
We can't thank you enough Anita!

Thank You Wor Bro Weldon

At the Annual Communication on Monday Dec 14th, 2015 the Worshipful Master proudly and humbly gave the following farewell speech........

"Brethren, Friends, Families, Honored Guests, 

First off, thank you for allowing me to sit in this seat and represent Nelms lodge for the 2015 year" ... <more>


Wrapping up 2015

From the Worshipful Master
12/10/2015

 

If you are traveling this holiday season, please be safe.  As a reminder, Nelms Lodge will only have 1 meeting in December, which will be on 12/14/2015.  That night is the 130th Annual Communication, when we will elect officers, install officers, present achievement-type awards, and read annual reports from the Audit Committee, Treasurer, and Secretary.  This year we will have an outstanding new award to be presented; the Sam R. Whitfield award! We created this award this year, so this year’s recipient will be the first.  RW Bro Sam will be in attendance.  We will also present RW Bro Sam with an award for his tireless dedication to our fraternity, lodge, and community over the past 60+ years.  I am happy to present a couple of brethren with special recognition for assisting me throughout the year with various events and tasks.  Our secretary has a special Past Masters apron presentation after the new WM is installed for 2016. 

 

Our lodge will open at 7:30 pm, conduct business, and then elect officers.  We will then open the lodge to family and friends, and present awards.  I have a short “thank you” speech to present before I hand the gavel over to W. Bro. Dick Cunningham for the Installation of 2016 Officers.  W. Bro. David Kilgore will perform the Grand Chaplain duties, and W. Bro. Rusty Cordle will conduct the Grand Marshall duties.  After the ceremony, we will bid our family and friends a “good night” while the brethren close the lodge. 

 

This is going to be one special night for our lodge and for our fraternity.  I hope your schedule will allow you to attend.  Again, if you travel, travel safe.  God Bless!

 

P.S.  Please take notice of the Nelms Lodge grounds!  Through an exceedingly gracious gift, Anita Gaines (daughter of the late W. Bro. George Gaines) has funded the 2015 landscaping of Nelms Lodge as a way to thank the lodge and fraternity that meant so much to her father for 60+ years of his life.  Ms. Gaines hired a landscaper to mow, trim, and blow once or twice per month.  In itself, this is a tremendous help to our lodge, but Ms. Gaines did not stop there.  She also had a retaining wall built between our parking lot and CVS, and new flower beds installed in several areas.  We were able to install a gate to help protect our property, and jonquil flower beds on either side of the front door (along the front side of the building).  Thanks to her generosity, our lodge now looks better than ever.  When the work is completed for 2015, we are planning to install a plaque outside (possibly on the new retaining wall) in dedication to W. Bro. Gaines via his daughter, Ms. Anita Gaines.  Thank you Ms. Gaines!