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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.

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.


New Master Masons – September 8, 2012

On September 8, 2012 we raised five new brothers in the fraternity.  I want to start out by saying this was a great group of candidates that worked together to learn their work and patiently waited for each other so they could go through this degree together.  We started out the morning with a breakfast prepared by some of our dedicated members.  After indulging ourselves on the fine meal, we made our way into the lodge hall for the start of the degree.  We had visitors from as far away as Indianapolis and some from Western Kentucky.
The first section was conferred by past master Bruce Trice.  The second section was conferred by Jerusalem 9 degree team with past master Roscoe Sneed playing the part of King Solomon. After their degree the new brothers were welcomed to the fraternity and each was given time to address the lodge.
L – R back row: Derek Talley, Robert Dehaven, and Douglas Laramie.
L – R Front Row: Roscoe Sneed P.M., Paul Harpole, Jason Ellis, and W.M. Steve Hall.

New EA’s – August 27, 2012

On August 27, 2012 we had two new members added to our fraternity.  Christopher Ratcliffe and John Tucker were are newly initiated entered apprentices.  The degree was conferred by our current Junior Warden, Jim DeArmond.  The officers had several practices before the degree and it showed in how well the degree was conferred.


Pictured L – R: S.D. Matt McConnell, Christopher Ratcliffe, A.M. Jim DeArmond, John Tucker, S.W. Joseph Hall.

New Fellow Craft July 23, 2012

Robert Dehaven was passed to the degree of a fellow craft on July 23, 2012.  Acting Master, Joseph Hall (current Senior Warden), conferred the first section.  The second section was conferred by brother Edward Anderson, PDDGM, PM, Grand Lodge Committeeman.


Pictured L – R: Buck Gish P.M., Edward Anderson P.M., Robert Dehaven, A.M. Joseph Hall, S.D. Matt McConnell, & Cory Stewart.

New Fellowcrafts


On July 9, 2012 we were able to confer the Fellow Craft degree on four candidates.  Brother Edward Anderson conferred the staircase lecture and our Senior Warden Joseph Hall stepped up to confer the first section.  We had a great meal prior to the degree and a very good turnout for the meeting / degree section.

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L-R: Doug Laramie, Paul Harpole, Derek Talley, & Jason Ellis.
Back Row L-R: Edward Anderson, PDDGM, & A.M. Joseph Hall.

Courtesy work for Grand Lodge of Indiana

Jerusalem No 9 was given the distinct honor of presenting a member of Howard Lodge No 93 of  the Grand Lodge of Indiana with his 50 year service certificate and pin.  Brother John Will Bridwell lives in Henderson, but belongs to Howard Lodge No 93 in Kokomo Indiana.  He was able to attend our meeting on June 25, 2012, where he was presented with his service awards during our business meeting.

It took a few months to get with brother Bridwell, but it was well worth the wait.  He was able to partake in a fine meal prepared by Bryce Hazelwood in honor of St. John.  After the meal we opened lodge, conducted some business, presented his service award, then went to refreshment to open on the entered apprentice for five brothers to show proficiency.  It was a great night in masonry.

A good time was had by all.  We have scheduled a fellowcraft degree for our each of our two meetings in July for those five proficient entered apprentices.

Below is a picture of W.M. Steve Hall presenting brother John W. Bridwell with his service awards.

50 year service award

Special Master Mason Degree at Monsarrat 379

On Saturday April 28 Monsarrat Lodge No 379 hosted a master mason degree.  Members of Jerusalem Lodge No 9 degree team traveled to Monsarrat Lodge No 379 to assist in the degree work.  A warm and friendly greeting was found by all who entered the hall of Monsarrat 379.  A great breakfast with fresh milk & homemade jellies, along with the usual breakfast items were prepared.  Brotherly fellowship was also found there.  This was a special day for three new members & those that attended. The unique thing about this degree was that we were able to raise a father, who later raised his son, as they both received their Master Mason degree the same day.

Monsarrat 379

 The new brothers are in the center of the photo with their aprons, as members from various lodges in the area pose with them.  New members left to right: Charles Miller, Nick Miller, and Matt Hamilton.