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

 


ACT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15th
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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!



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



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


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Upcoming Events. . . .

FRI AUG 26th, 2016
   
BLOOD DRIVE
at Meyerhardt Lodge, 
1801 Big Shanty Drive NW Kennesaw
co-Sponsored by
Nelms, K33 and Daylight 
3:00pm til 7:00pm
Please Try to Donate!


MON AUG 29th, 2016 - COBB COUNTY LODGE OFFICERS MEETING at Battle Hill Lodge 6:30 snacks, 7:00 Meet

WED AUG 31st, 2016 - DEGREE TEAM PRACTICE
6:30pm  (EA Degree)

MON SEP 5th, 2016 - OFFICER PRACTICE - 6:30pm  

MON SEP 12th - REGULAR COMMUNICATION 


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BIRTHDAYS & RAISINGS


AUGUST BIRTHDAYS:
Aug 2 Mike Pappafotis
Aug 3 Ezra McEwen
Aug 5 Larry De Witt
Aug 7 Cecil Pickens
Aug 8 Mike Lingerfelt
Aug 8 Mac Orange
Aug 10 Paul Bolton
Aug 10 Dennis Cave
Aug 10 Jerry Garrett
Aug 11 John McDaniel
Aug 14 Larry Hopkins
Aug 14 Bill McGloin
Aug 16 Claro De Leon
Aug 17 Martin Lockhart
Aug 17 David Newton Jr
Aug 18 Lamar Williamson
Aug 19 J. A. Wheless
Aug 20 Harry Langston
Aug 21 Cliff Porter
Aug 23 Hugh Adams Jr
Aug 23 Wallace Pate
Aug 24 John Dover IV
Aug 26 Buddy Scoggins
Aug 28 Wesley Burton
Aug 28 William Waters
Aug 29 Greg Brennan

AUGUST RAISINGS:
Aug   1   1974   Dean   Wilkins
Aug   3   1967   T. Leon Roberts
Aug   3   1974   Otto Godfrey
Aug   3   1974   John Graves  
Aug   3   1974   Kenneth Reese
Aug   3   1974   John   Jackson
Aug   4   1956   William Stephens, Jr.  
Aug   5   1961   Clyde   Jones, Jr.
Aug   5   1968   George Byrd  
Aug   7   1956   Richard Brown  
Aug   8   1998   Johnny Johnson, IV 
Aug   8   1998   Cliff Porter
Aug   13   1988   Neal Willis, Jr.
 Aug    18    2014   Patrick DeLeon 
Aug   18    2014   Walter Hickman 
Aug   19   1972   John   Stephens, Jr.
Aug   19   1972   Alex Morris, Jr. 
Aug   20   1966   Dennis   Coleman
Aug   20   1966   Mac Orange
Aug   22   1991   Richard Wix
Aug   26   2006   Matt Smith
Aug   26   2006   Chris Westerman
Aug   28   1971   Roland Williams
Aug   28   2010   Jason Weldon

T-Shirts & Memorabilia

T-Shirts & Memoribillia

Proud of our Brothers

Congratulations to our newest....

NEWEST MASTER MASONS
Gill Lopez
&
Paul Purdue
Passed 06/13/2016
Raised 08/15/2016


MASTER MASON
Cory Crapes
Passed 11/09/2015
RAISED 02/13/2016
Proficiency 03//28/2016

MASTER MASON
David Keyes
Passed 1/11/2016
RAISED 02/13/2016
Proficiency 03//28/2016

MASTER MASON
Sal Esposito
Raised May 23, 2015
Proficiency July 13, 2015

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.

08/02/2016
Brother David Keyes father passed.away on Wednesday 07/27 in Raleigh, NC.
Please keep his family in your prayers. 

06/30/2016
RW Bro Sam Recovering at home!
He’s back in his home and with the help of physical  rehabilitation, he has improved and continues to do so.  He greatly appreciates all of the thoughts and prayers of the brethren.  He also greatly appreciates Bro. Jim Gaddy (and Donna) providing him with a wheelchair to use as long as the need is there!

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, 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!  





COBB COUNTY MASONIC MEMORIAL CLUB

Assisting local Lodges to perform Masonic rites
for our fallen brethren