Brothers from Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 Attend Education Conference

Brothers from Districts 18 and 19 attended the Grand Lodge Education Conference on Saturday, January 30, at the Scottish Rite Temple in Covington.  The Conference will be repeated on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 9:30 A. M.  The February 13 Education Conference will also be held at the Scottish Rite Temple in Covington.  Representing Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 at the Education Conference were Worshipful Master, Ernie Stratton, P.M., Secretary Ed Tanner, P. M., Senior Deacon Adam Gross, P. M., Worshipful Bro. Ryan Clendenin, who is also currently serving as Master of Boone-Union Lodge No. 304, and Worshipful Bro. Dan Kemble, P.M.


Pictured left to right are: Worshipful Brothers Ernie Stratton, Master; Ed Tanner, Secretary; Ryan Clendenin, Master of Boone-Union No. 304; Eric Creech, Master of Good Faith No. 95; Dan Kemble, District Deputy Grand Master, District 18; Adam Gross, Senior Deacon.

2016 Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 Essay Contest

Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 is again pleased to announce that it is sponsoring an essay contest open to certain students in the Boone County, Kentucky, public schools.

The sixth annual Bernard A. “Barney” Hogan Essay Contest is open to all high school juniors in the Boone County Schools.  The topic of this year’s essay is “Freemasonry in American History.”

Last year’s winners were:

1st Place – Christopher Sanders, Conner High School

2nd Place – Sarah Moore, Ryle High School

3rd Place – Kendra Fogt, Ryle High School

Honorable Mention – Sydney Taylor, Conner High School

Entries should be typewritten, double spaced and contain a minimum of 750 words up to a maximum of 1,500 words.

Essays must be submitted by U. S. mail and must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2016.  Contestants should include their contact information along with their submission.

All essays should be sent to:

Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926
c/o Dan Kemble
1540 St. Clair Street
Covington, Kentucky  41011

Winners will receive the following prizes:

1st Place – $ 250.00

2nd Place – $ 125.00

3rd Place – $ 75.00

Honorable Mention – $ 50.00

Winners will be announced May 10, 2016.

For additional information, please call Dan Kemble at 859.801.3095 or e-mail him at

Shrine Circus 2016


Mark your calendars for the 9th annual Shrine Circus! The Shrine Circus will be in town February 26 through 28, 2016 at the BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University (500 Louie B. Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099). Tickets start at just $10! Help support Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and enjoy enjoy all of the family friendly attractions at the circus. Mason’s Night is Friday the 26th.

In Memory of Robert A. Fobbe



Born:   December 26, 1926
Initiated:  February 11, 1960
Passed:  March 10, 1960
Raised:  April 23, 1960
Died:  December 10, 2015

It is with great sorrow that our Lodge reports the death of our distinguished Brother and Past Master, Robert A. Fobbe.

Bro. Bob was initiated, passed and raised at Florence Lodge No. 949.  He served as Master of Florence Lodge and later served for many years as chaplain of the Lodge.  In honor of Bob’s long and honorable service, Florence Lodge designated their building the Robert A. Fobbe Masonic Temple.

In 1977 Bro. Bob served as District Deputy Grand Master for then District 27 under Most Worshipful Grand Master John E. Moyers.

Bro. Bob became a dual member of Petersburg (now Elvin E. Helms) Lodge No. 926 on December 9, 1980.  He served as Master of our Lodge in 1990.  As with Florence Lodge, Bro. Bob also served our Lodge as chaplain for many years.

Bro. Bob was also a member of William O. Ware Lodge of Research No. 999, having affiliated on September 12, 1991.

Bro. Bob was a member of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Covington, where he held the 32° KCCH.  He was a member and Past Worthy Patron of Florence Star Chapter No. 559 of the Order of the Eastern Star.  He was also a member and Past Royal Patron of Queen Esther Court No. 21, Order of the Amaranth.  Bob subsequently served as Grand Royal Patron of the Order of the Amaranth in Kentucky.  Bro. Bob was also a member of Kishmee Grotto of the Mystic Order of the Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm.

Bob served his country as a member of the U. S. Air Force and retired after many years of service at General Motors.

Bro. Robert A. Fobbe was a Mason by nature as well as in name.  His influence and example will live long after him.  He will greatly missed by all who knew him.  Farewell, Brother, Farewell.