2016 Scottish Rite Service Awards

Among those receiving service awards in 2016 at the Valley of Covington, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, are Brothers Garry Kelly and Ed Tanner from Elvin E. Helms No. 926. Both of these esteemed Brothers have served 50 years in the Scottish Rite.

Pictured above, Brother Ed Tanner, KCCH (Knight Commander, Court of Honor) receives his 50-year certificate from Brother Roger Barnett, SGIG, Orient of Kentucky.
Pictured above, Brothers Garry Kelly and Ed Tanner, KCCH, pose with Brother Roger Barnett, SGIG, Orient of Kentucky, and the other Brothers in attendance receiving their 50-year service award.

217th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky

The Grand Lodge of Kentucky, F&AM held its 217th Annual Communication October 17th and 18th at The Galt House in Louisville, KY. Most Worshipful Brother Todd Jones, member and Past Master of Fleming No. 112 and Favorite No. 581, was elected Grand Master. Most Worshipful Brother Todd is shown here displaying his famous camouflage tuxedo jacket.


Worshipful Brother Kevin Schneider, member and Past Master of Bradford No. 123 was named District Deputy Grand Master for District 18. Congratulations Brother Kevin! We look forward to your year as DDGM.


Right Worshipful Brother Geary Laird, member and Past Master of Shawnee No. 830 (and a frequent visitor to District 18) was elected Grand Junior Warden.

Kentucky Masons placed over 1,100 bicycles in elementary schools across our State as incentive awards for perfect attendance. As he promised, outgoing Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Cloyd J. Bumgardner, rode a bicycle at Grand Lodge to celebrate this significant achievement. Stephen L. Pruitt, Commissioner of Education for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, thanked the Grand Craft for implementing the bicycle program and for its positive impact in Kentucky schools.



Worshipful Master Ernie Stratton represented our Lodge at this historic communication. Our Lodge received the Grand Master’s Excellency Award in recognition of the Lodge’s accomplishments in the 2015-2016 year. Legislation presented by our Lodge giving Kentucky Lodges the option of opening and transacting business on any of the Three Degrees in Masonry received a majority vote and was laid over for a final vote at the 218th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky in October of 2017.

Delegates to the Grand Lodge also approved a recommendation of the Fraternal Relations Committee permitting intervisitation (but not dual membership) with the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Kentucky and its subordinate Lodges. Delegates also approved recognition of the Grand Lodge of Estonia. Visiting Masons from Prince Hall Lodges or the Grand Lodge of Estonia should be vouched for or tried in the same manner as all visitors. Approval of both recommendations is effective immediately.

Worshipful Brother Dan Kemble was appointed to the Grand Lodge Committee on By-Laws.

Worshipful Brother Dave Cassesa, current Master of William O. Ware Lodge of Research No. 999 and an honorary member of our Lodge, was appointed to the Grand Lodge Committee on Masonic Education.

October 2016 Stated Communication

Brothers and guests of Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 met on October 11 for the Lodge’s stated meeting. Brothers Adam Gross and Sammy Meyerratken provided a fine chicken dinner for the evening meal.

Our featured speaker for the evening was Ms. Shelly Hoxmeier, Director of the Family Resource Center for Kelly Elementary School. Ms. Hoxmeier thanked the Lodge for the bicycles donated to Kelly Elementary as attendance incentives and for the annual fund raising that we do to provide Christmas for certain students at the school. Ms. Hoxmeier informed the Lodge about the purpose of the Family Resource Center and about her duties as Director. Ms. Hoxmeier’s presentation provided some very timely and penetrating insights as to the challenges faced by students and school staff. Worshipful Master Ernie Stratton presented Ms. Hoxmeier with a Certificate of Appreciation for her services to the students of Kelly Elementary School.

Join us on the evening of November 8, 2016 for our next stated meeting. Dinner will be provided by Brother Mike Boffemeyer. Business will include nomination of officers for 2017. Our featured speaker for the evening will be Worshipful Brother Marc Rosen, Past Master of Poage No. 325 and former member (and chairman) of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky Committee on Appeals.

October 2016 Article by Brother Todd E. Creason

We invite you to click the link below to visit The Midnight Freemasons blog and read part 1 of this series by Illustrious Brother Todd E. Creason. The series focuses on what you can do as one Brother to bring Masonic Education back into our Lodges.

That Ashlar Ain’t Going to Chip Itself: Part 1

Todd E. Creason, 33°, FMLR is the Founder of the Midnight Freemasons blog and is a regular contributor.  He is the award winning author of several books and novels, including the Famous American Freemasons series. He is the author of the From Labor to Refreshment blog.  He is the Worshipful Master of Homer Lodge No. 199 and a Past Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754, where is currently serves as Secretary.  He is the Sovereign Master of the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees.  He is a Fellow at the Missouri Lodge of Research. (FMLR) and a charter member of a new Illinois Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter U.D.  You can contact him at: webmaster@toddcreason.org