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

 
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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".

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Worshipful Master. . . . . Rick Hallwood

Senior Warden. . . . . . . . Greg Brennan

Junior Warden. . . . . . . . 

Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . .Jason Weldon

Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . .

Chaplain. . . . . . . . . . . . . David Kilgore

Senior Deacon. . . . . . . . Jerry Henry

Junior Deacon. . . . . . . . Bill McGloin

Senior Steward. . . . . . . .Sal Esposito

Junior Steward. . . . . . . .David Keyes

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




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


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

HELPING HANDS FROM NELMS #323





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Happy Birthday!
WBro Jim Cook (13th)
WBro Chuck Albert (16th)
WBro Turner Rentz (27th)


Upcoming Events. . . .


JANUARY 2017

SAT JAN 21st - ADOPT-A-MILE & WORK DAY
******** CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER *******
-   9:15 Arrive for Adopt-A-Mile
-   9:30 Begin Adopt-A-Mile 
- 10:30 Inside Work Day

MON JAN 23rd - Regular Meeting
- Lodge Objectives for 2017
- Elections (JW & Treasurer)

TUE JAN 24th - 6:30pm Officer/DegreeTeam Practice

School

WED JAN 25 - SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION
Masters Degree by NELMS DEGREE TEAM
ALL BROTHERS URGED TO ATTEND
MON JAN 30th
Cobb Lodge Officers Meeting
Meyerhardt Lodge #314
1801 Big Shanty Drive, Kennesaw, GA
6:00 Snacks
7:00 Meeting


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


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





BIRTHDAYS & RAISINGS


JANUARY BIRTHDAYS:



Jan1James Hobgood
Jan5Richard Wix 
Jan8Sherill Duckworth
Jan10Jim Allen
Jan10John Johnson IV 
Jan13Jim Cook
Jan16Chuck Albert 
Jan22Marvin Jordan
Jan24Westleigh House
Jan24Thomas Ingalsbe
Jan25Ray Stratton
Jan27Brian Justice
Jan27Turner Rentz III
Jan28R. Kent Harrison 
Jan28Cloys Turner
Jan29Brian Burchette
Jan30A. J. Kiker


JANUARY RAISINGS:

Jan31970Gale Kaufman
Jan31970David Burgess
Jan    12  2015Jerry Henry
Jan191972James Swisher, Jr.

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.


SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION

ANNUAL SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION 
STARTS JAN 4th, 2017
6 CONSECUTIVE WEDNESDAYS
at KENNESAW #33 
7:30 meeting, 6:30 snacks 

JAN  4 - Week #1 - "Opening a Lodge"
JAN 11 - Week #2 - EA Degree
JAN 18 - Week #3 - Fellowcraft Degree
JAN 25 - Week #4 - Masters Degree
                   by NELMS DEGREE TEAM
FEB  1 - Week #5 - "Closing a Lodge"
FEB  8 - Week #6 - Banquet & Awards

 ALL BROTHERS URGED TO ATTEND

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!

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 -----------------



------------- 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....
2016

MASTER MASONS
Fernando Melo
Russ Cook

Gill Lopez
Paul Purdue

Cory Crapes
David Keyes