In Memory of Stanley G. Bonta

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It is with sorrow that we announce the death of our esteemed Brother and Retired Colonel Stanley G. Bonta. Brother Bonta entered the Celestial Lodge Above on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. He was a member of our Lodge for over 60 years. He was born on August 25, 1935; Initiated as an Entered Apprentice on August 31, 1956; Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on October 5, 1956; and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on November 10, 1956.

Visitation will be at Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home (next to Hebron Lodge) tomorrow morning Saturday, December 31 from 10am until 12pm. This is visitation only. The family did not request a Masonic Burial. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Please see Brother Bonta’s full obituary below.


Ret. Colonel Stanley G. Bonta, 81, of Florence passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood.

Stan had a distinguished career in the United States Army and proudly served his country in two tours of combat in Vietnam. Throughout his career, he earned numerous medals of valor including the Legion of Merit with one OLC, the Bronze Star Medal with three OLC, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with a Silver Star and numerous other awards and commendations.

He began his career as a graduate ROTC student from Eastern Kentucky University. Stan was also a graduate of the Naval War College and the Army War College. He commanded the 2/503rd in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, was the Commander, Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia and the  Brigade Commander, Old Guard, 3rd Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) Commander at Fort Myer, Virginia.

Following his distinguished military career, Stan worked for JTM Food Group, Harrison, Ohio for 15 years. He was instrumental in creating their Military Food Service Division which proudly serves our military troops today.

Stan was a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Elvin E. Helms Masonic Lodge # 926, Petersburg and he was a 60 year member of the Mason Lodge.

Survivors include his sons, Steve (Bridget) Bonta of Carmel, IN, Scott (Kathryn) Bonta of Florence and Stan (Colleen) Bonta of Woodbridge, Virginia; sister, Frances Justice of Florence; nephew, Stan Justice of Union; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Visitation is Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home, Hebron. Services, with full military honors, are being scheduled for Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia for the Spring of 2017.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

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2016 Kelly Elementary Winter Holiday Concert

The Kelly Elementary 3rd, 4th and 5th Chorus had their Winter Holiday Concert  this evening, welcoming a packed house in the beautiful Belleview Baptist Church. They performed 5 songs for the crowd under the direction of Holly Trenkamp, Conductor. Everyone did a marvelous job. Gabriella Stephens, who is a 3rd Grade member of the Kelly Elementary School Chorus, is the granddaughter of Bro. Dennis Stephens, P.M. and current Junior Deacon. We will be looking forward to hearing them perform again at their Spring Concert. Below is a copy of the program for the evening.

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Installation of Officers 2016-2017

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Officers for 2016-2017, left to right:

Sammy Meyerratken, Senior Deacon; Travis Bush, Treasurer; Adam Gross, Junior Warden; Jason Wallace, Senior Warden; Buddy Wallace, Master; Ed Tanner, Senior Steward; Grand Senior Warden Gary Rose, Installing Master; Bob Bradford, Junior Steward; Mel Kinser, Chaplain; Honorary Member Dave Cassesa, Installing Marshall; Dan Kemble, Secretary

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Our Volumes of Sacred Law upon the Altar.  May they ever light our path!

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Right Worshipful Bro. Gary C. Rose, Grand Senior Warden of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, F. & A. M. served as our Installing Master.

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Worshipful Bro. Dave Cassesa, Installing Marshall, presents Master-elect Bro. Buddy Wallace at the altar for installation.

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Our newly obligated Master, Bro Buddy Wallace, receives the line, the rule, Book of Constitutions and the By-Laws from Installing Marshall Dave Cassesa.

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Worshipful Master, Bro. Buddy Wallace, is seated in the chair of King Solomon.

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Right Worshipful Bro. Gary C. Rose, Grand Senior Warden of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, F. & A. M. charges our newly installed Master, Bro. Buddy Wallace.

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Worshipful Bro. Dave Cassesa, Installing Marshall, proclaims the installation of Worshipful Master Bro. Buddy Wallace.

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Bro. Sammy Meyerratken, Senior Deacon, and Worshipful Bro. Adam Gross, Junior Warden, observe the proceedings.

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Worshipful Bro. Jason Wallace (kneeling) and Worshipful Bro. Adam Gross take their obligations as Senior Warden and Junior Warden, respectively.

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Worshipful Bro. Jason Wallace, Senior Warden, assumes his station in the West.

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Worshipful Bro. Dave Cassesa, Installing Marshall, presents Worshipful Bro. Adam Gross at the altar for installation as Junior Warden.

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Worshipful Bro. Adam Gross, Junior Warden, receives his collar from his mother-in-law, Holly Kemble.

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Worshipful Bro. Dave Cassesa, Installing Marshall, presents Worshipful Bro. Dan Kemble and Worshipful Bro. Travis Bush for installation as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.

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Worshipful Bro. Dan Kemble and Worshipful Bro. Travis Bush (kneeling) take their obligations as Secretary and Treasurer while Holly Kemble and Debbie Bush look on.

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Worshipful Bro. Dave Cassesa, Installing Marshall, presents Worshipful Bro. Mel Kinser, Worshipful Bro. Bob Bradford, Worshipful Bro. Dennis Stephens and Bro. Sammy Meyerratken for installation as Chaplain, Junior Steward, Junior Deacon and Senior Deacon, respectively.

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Worshipful Bro. Dave Cassesa, Installing Marshall, presents Worshipful Bro. Mel Kinser, Chaplain, with the jewel of his office.

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Worshipful Bro. Bob Bradford and Worshipful Bro. Ed Tanner are installed as Junior Steward and Senior Steward, respectively.

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Worshipful Bro. Dan Kemble, Worshipful Bro. Mel Kinser and Worshipful Bro. Ed Tanner at their respective stations.

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Worshipful Bro. Ed Tanner, Worshipful Bro. Adam Gross and Worshipful Bro. Bob Bradford at their respective stations.

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Worshipful Bro. Dave Cassesa, Installing Marshall, proclaims the installation of officers of Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 for the year 2017.

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Worshipful Master Bro. Buddy Wallace stands between Right Worshipful Bro. Gary Rose, Grand Senior Warden, and Worshipful Bro. Dave Cassesa, Installing Marshall.

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Bro. Sammy Meyerratken, Senior Deacon, Gary C. Rose, Grand Senior Warden, Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Worshipful Master Buddy Wallace and Worshipful Bro. Ernest C. Jackson, Past Master of James W. Alley Lodge No. 869 in Wayland, Kentucky.

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Worshipful Bro. Garry Kelly, who otherwise would not have had his picture taken, poses with Worshipful Bro. Jason Wallace, Senior Warden.

Last but not least, 2016’s winners for our Kelly Elementary School Fund were Worshipful Bro. Bob Perry of Alexandria No. 152 and our newly installed Secretary, Worshipful Bro. Dan Kemble.

Invitation to Annual Installation of Officers 2016-2017

Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 will hold its annual election and installation of officers at its stated meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.  The installation is open to the public and all are invited.  Dinner will be served at 6:30 P. M. and the installation will begin at 7:30 P. M.

Right Worshipful Bro. Gary C. Rose, Grand Senior Warden of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, F. & A. M., will serve as installing Master.  Worshipful Bro. Dave Cassesa, Past Master of Robert Burns Lodge No. 163 and William O. Ware Lodge of Research No. 999 will act as installing Marshal.

Nominated at our Lodge’s November meeting were the following Brothers:

Master – Henry S. (“Buddy”) Wallace, Jr., P. M.
Senior Warden – Jason L. Wallace, P. M.
Junior Warden – Thomas Adam Gross, P. M.
Treasurer – Travis M. Bush, P. M.
Secretary – Dan M. Kemble, P. M.

Nominations for any of the above offices may still be made from the floor at our meeting in December.  Otherwise, we will vote to approve the nominations made in November.  The remaining officers will be appointed by the newly installed Master.

Dinner will be barbecued brisket and chicken, along with potato salad and baked beans.  If you have a favorite side dish and/or dessert, please feel free to bring it along.

Please make plans to attend our meeting and installation on December 13.  Bring your family and friends and help our Lodge get off to a great start for the 2017 year.

Dues cards are in.  Our annual dues are $ 101.00 and are payable by January 31.  Please see the Secretary to pay your dues and receive your 2017 dues card.