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

 
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Upcoming Events. . . .


DECEMBER

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Wreaths across America
Saturday December 16th  

  8:00 am - Breakfast at Kennesaw #33
  9:00 am - Wreath laying at Marietta Cemetery 
11:00 am - Ceremony at Marietta Cemetery

TURKEY SHOOT

Cobb County Convention
Turkey Shoot
Sat, DEC 16th, 2017
Starts at 1:00pm
at
American Legion
3914 Ewing Road, Austell GA

Bring your own gun or use one there.
No restrictions on shot guns
Ammo furnished!
$5.00 per shot
Turkey or Ham
EVERYONE WELCOME



MON DEC 18th 6:30pm

  • Open Planning Meeting
  • Practice for the EA Degree
Pizza!


Mon Dec 25  Nelms Dark

Monday December 25th
CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday December 27th
St John the Evangelist Day 



GEORGIA MASONS DID IT !!
We got the required 1000 applications for the State to start production on Masonic Car Tags.
Congratulations Brothers. 
2017 Tags are available!

DEGREE TEAM

2016/17

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. 

 







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Since 12/29/2016

132nd Annual Communication

Monday, December 11th


2018 OFFICERS

Worshipful Master .......... Bill McGloin

Senior Warden .......... Jerry Henry

Junior Warden ........... Mike Pappafotis

Treasurer .......... Sal Esposito

Secretary .......... Jim Cook

Senior Deacon .......... Jason Weldon

Junior Deacon .......... Russ Cook

Senior Steward .......... Fernando Melo

Junior Steward .......... Jim Moore

Third Steward .......... Paul Purdue

Tyler .......... Bill Stephens

Director of Work .......... Jason Weldon

Associate DW .......... Jerry Henry


SAM WHITFIELD AWARD WINNER

Bill McGloin


Lodge Detail Calendar

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

Congratulations to our newest....
MASTER MASON
08/14/2017
Ryan Parrott

EXAMINATION
WED 10/11/17
JAMES E SLEDGE DAYLIGHT #742


2017 Teacher of the Year Award
DEBRA COOK
LEARNING SPECIALIST
At PACE ACADEMY

This teacher has been teaching elementary school since she graduated from Berry College in 1979. Her first school was Cloverleaf Elementary in Cartersville, GA. Shortly after earning her Master's Degree from Oglethorpe University in 1982 she joined the staff of Pace Academy as a Pre-First Teacher where she implemented transition from a double-session kindergarten to a more progressive pre-first program. She also designed curriculum and policy as a Lead Pre-First Teacher. She is a two-time recipient of the Kessler Excellence in Teaching Award. She currently oversees the Academic Resource Center in the Lower School of Pace Academy where she has helped 100's of students with learning differences to develop the skills and tools they need to thrive in the classroom. It is my honor and pleasure to introduce the 2017 Nelms Lodge Teacher of the Year, Deb Cook.
                    --Rick Hallwood, WM


If there’s anything we can do..... 

 The Masons of Nelms Lodge #323 of Smyrna provided a bit of hospitality and love to their families and widows on Monday August 28th. Lodge Worshipful Master, Rick Hallwood, said that the event was held to reinforce the Masons’ support of their members’ companions and widows.

Although a Brother Mason has passed away, we don’t forget their widows. And, if these widows need anything, we’re obligated to help them. And we always go help them – no matter what.





Nelms Lodge #323
2017
Mason of the Year
Wor Bro Jim Cook
Congratulations Brother!





Bro Bill McGloin 

2017 Mason of the Year
James E Sledge
Daylight Lodge #742

2017 Mason of the Year
District 7F

 
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



BIRTHDAYS & RAISINGS


DECEMBER  BIRTHDAYS:
Dec 3 Jack Brown
Dec 7 Travis Smith Sr
Dec 11 Gerald Eaton
Dec 11 Wayne Roberts
Dec 14 Raymond Davis Jr
Dec 20 Michael Stoots
Dec 20 Terry Williams Sr
Dec 22 Rufus Turner
Dec 25 Robert Moore Jr
Dec 28 Al Manze
Dec 28 Larry Ray
Dec 30 Thomas Payne

DECEMBER  RAISINGS:
Dec 2 1972 Wayne Roberts




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


Red Wagon 
TV segment on 03/05/15  Channel 11 News
TV segment on 04/30/16  NBC News


T-Shirts & Memorabilia

T-Shirts & Memoribillia

From the Masonic Messenger

Nelms Lodge No. 323 has Incredible Year

     Nelms Lodge No. 323 received the 2015 Lodge of the Year 
for District 7C. Thanks to the incredible brethren of Nelms 
Lodge, Wor. Bro. Jason Weldon was named Master Mason of the Year for 7C. In 2015, we adopted a mile surrounding our lodge and have conducted quarterly clean-up events to keep the road free of trash and debris, and have received an award from Keep Smyrna Beautiful for our work.

      Nelms Lodge has begun a recycling effort. We are also remembering
our Military personnel with a letter writing campaign.

     Grand Master: "Those are efforts the entire Masonic
family can be involved in".

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.


12/05/2017

    Bro James Smith's 9-week old baby girl, Josephine.“She was diagnosed with rhino virus, which is the common cold.  Since she’s only 9 weeks old, her immune system cannot fight it off.  They since found fluid in her lung.  She was brought in (to CHOA) with respiratory distress and is breathing 90x per minute instead of the 40x per minutes she’s supposed to.  “

    Brothers, please pray for God's healing powers to help Josephine and keep James and his family in your prayers.


12/01/2017

Wor Bro Jason Weldon's Father-In-Law, Dennis Osmer passed this morning. Please keep Jason and his family in your prayers.

Dennis C. Osmer,  age 70, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Friday, December 1, 2017. He is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Donna Osmer, Suwanee, GA; children, Eric and Yao Zheng Osmer, Naperville, IL, Karen and Jason Weldon, Smyrna, GA; grandchildren, Christian Weldon, and Leah Weldon; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Anne Osmer, Leland, NC; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Osmer was born June 25, 1947 in Paterson, NJ. He was a 1965 graduate of Paramus High School, Paramus, NJ, a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson College with a Bachelor’s Degree, and he also received his Master’s Degree. Mr. Osmer was retired from the Novartis Company with 40 years of service. He was a member of McKendree United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, GA. 

Memorial services are pending.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: McKendree United Methodist Church, 1570 Lawrenceville Suwanne Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 in memory of Dennis Osmer.


11/24/2017

Wor Bro Jason Weldon's Father-In-Law, Denis Osmer is still struggling. He and the family need our continued prayers.


William T Gillispie
age 90
Passed Sunday Nov 12, 2017
Raised: 11/6/1965
25-yr pin 07/11/1990
Emeritus 11/09/2002
a 50-year Mason

The Service was on Thursday November 16, 2017
with Masonic Last Rites
lead by WorBro Edwin Lamour
in the Chapel at
Parnick Jennings Funeral Home 
Cartersville, GA
Interment followed
at the Georgia National Cemetery
with full military honors
Nelms Lodge #323 opened a Lodge of Sorrow
at 10:30am


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STARS FOR OUR TROUPS

Stars For Our Troops
Welcomes you to find out more about how You can show support to those that have Served and those that are serving - our Military, our Veterans and our First Responders.














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!

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 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.  In 2015 Ms. Gaines hired a landscaper to mow, trim, and blow once or twice per month.  In itself, this was 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 in 2015 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.  A plaque was installed on the new wall in dedication to W. Bro. Gaines via his daughter, Ms. Anita Gaines.  Thank you Ms. Gaines!  




We Love GA CHIP


---------------- 2017 Events -----------------

Nelms Sponsored CHIP EVENT
at the Smyrna First United Church
**10 CHILDREN ID'd**
Hands On Christmas
Saturday Nov 11th
Please eMail Jim Cook to Volunteer!

Nelms Sponsored CHIP EVENT
**POSTPONED**
Summer KickOff
Friday May 26th
Please eMail Greg Brennan to Volunteer!


------------- 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


Proud of our Brothers

Congratulations to our newest....

2017

MASTER MASONS
Ryan Parrott

2016

MASTER MASONS
Fernando Melo
Russ Cook

Gill Lopez
Paul Purdue

Cory Crapes
David Keyes









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.

HELPING HANDS FROM NELMS #323


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KEEP SMYRNA BEAUTIFUL

Awards Banquet - 03/23/2017
James Smith and Sal Esposito with WB Rick Hallwood

Hope you can join us for some of these events!


Keep Smyrna Beautiful