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Two New Entered Apprentices

On June 23, 2014 Jerusalem Lodge #9 added two new members to this great organization.  Worshipful Master Jim DeArmond conferred the degree of Entered Apprentice upon Christian Thurby and Dion Waldner.  It was a special evening for two existing members of Jerusalem 9, as Christian Thurby is a third generation mason of this lodge.  The new members were excited to begin their journey in masonry and looked forward to their memory work.









Smoked Ham Sale

Brothers and all,

We are selling freshly smoked hams on Saturday, April 19th for $40 with pick up between 11am and 1pm at the lodge.  This is the day before Easter, so you need not worry anymore about from where you’re getting your Easter ham.  These are about 9 pound Kentucky legend hams that will be smoked that morning and, if needed, can be sliced upon your request.  If you or someone you know wants a ham, contact Bro Rob Toerne for a ticket, or respond here and I will take care of business.  Also, if you would like to help that morning, we will be starting early; so come to the lodge and help or enjoy the company.

New EA and Proficiency

On Monday March 10th, Jerusalem lodge added a new member to our great organization.  Douglas Englebright was initiated as Entered Apprentice.  The degree was conferred by Worshipful Master Jim DeArmond.  The newly initiated brother was happy and excited to begin his work and was looking forward to helping the lodge and the community.  We also had a long-time EA, John Hartsburg, give his proficiency, so he will be receiving his Fellowcraft degree at the upcoming March 24th meeting. 


Officer Installation

On Monday, December 30th Jerusalem lodge installed the new officers for the year of 2014.  Outgoing master Joe Hall gave many brothers certificates of appreciation and also presented brother Buck Gish with the Mason of the Year award for his ongoing dedication to the lodge and our fine institution.  Brother Ed “Doc” Anderson performed the installations impeccably to the astonishment of all who attended.  The officers for 2014 are as follows:

Master- Jim DeArmond

Senior Warden- Matt McConnell

Junior Warden- Bryan Wingfield

Senior Deacon- Jason Ellis

Junior Deacon- Paul Harpole

Senior Steward- Cory Stewart

Junior Steward- Robert Dehaven (not present)

Treasurer- Rob Toerne

Secretary- Doug Laramie

Chaplain- Bryce Hazelwood (not present)


Lodge Christmas Party

On Saturday, December 14th Jerusalem lodge held its Christmas party.  Many brothers, their wives, children, and the women from the WARM center were in attendance.  A wonderful meal was served and Christmas carols were sung.  Santa even made an appearance and took requests from the children for their Christmas wishes.


Past Master and Pin Night

On October 28, Jerusalem Lodge celebrated another past master night and awarded some members with their pins.   There were many brothers and wives in attendance, including some brothers from Michigan. Many brothers who received pins shared their views on the fraternity. Click here for more pictures.

l-r: Lee Ann & Chesley Key, Matt McConnell, and Donald E & Jo Ann Utley. 60 yr pin recipients.


l-r: Buddy Gish, Matt McConnell, Kenneth E Brewer and his nephew. 50 yr pin recipients.



Brothers from Michigan with Matt McConnell.



l-r: Roscoe Sneed and Matt McConnell. 25 yr pin recipient.


Various past masters from Jerusalem lodge & some visiting past masters.





New Entered Apprentice

On Monday, October 14th Jerusalem Lodge added a new member to our great organization.  Richard Church was initiated as an Entered Apprentice.  The degree was conferred by Acting Master Matt McConnell. The degree went very well and the new brother was enthusiastic to begin his memory work.  Also in attendance was brother Roy Seabolt, a 56 year member of Jerusalem Lodge.  He was very happy to watch the Entered Apprentice degree and offered some seasoned advice to the new brother and the rest of the attending brethren.

Pictured Left to Right:  Joe Hall, WM, Matt McConnell, AM, Richard Church, Roy Seabolt, George Combs, PDDGM, PM.





New Fellowcrafts

Brothers Caleb Trice of Jerusalem Lodge #9 and Ronnie Montgomery of Bailey-Onton Lodge #538 were passed on to the degree of Fellowcraft on Monday, September 23.  The first section was conferred by Acting Master Matt McConnell and the second section was conferred by brother Steve Keach, PM of Henderson Lodge #958.  Both brothers were impressed with the degree and look forward to moving on in their masonic education and becoming a Master Mason.

Pictured Left to Right:  Caleb Trice, Matt McConnell, AM, Ronnie Montgomery.




New Master Masons

On Saturday September 14th, Jerusalem lodge #9 traveled to Stanley lodge #878 and raised three brothers to the sublime degree of Master Mason.  David Fulkerson and Ken Hutchins of Stanley lodge #878 and Adam Dare of Jerusalem lodge #9 received this high distinction.  The first section was conferred by Joe Hall, master of Jerusalem lodge and the second section was conferred by the Jerusalem lodge degree team.  It was a very special night for the two brothers from Stanley lodge as their grandfathers were in attendance to see them raised.



Pictured above: Marvin Fulkerson, David Fulkerson, Ken Hutchins, and Michael Hollingsworth Sr.



Pictured above: Robert Knowles, WM Stanley lodge #878, David Fulkerson, Ken Hutchins, Michael Hollingsworth Sr, and Adam Dare.