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The Masonic Society Conference
Lexington, Kentucky – Embassy Suites – September 7-10, 2017
PROGRAM
Thursday, September 7
* Noon – 5 p.m. Early Check-In and Registration
* 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception (Room TBA at check in)
(Sponsored by The Masonic Society, Lexington Lodge No. 1, The Rubicon Masonic Society, The Ancient and
Accepted Scottish Rite Orient of Kentucky, Paintsville Lodge N0. 381, Ted Adams and William O. Ware Lodges
of Research)
Friday, September 8 Session
* 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration
Late reservations for Festive Board for Friday evening
Drawing Tickets for antique Kentucky long rifle (to be drawn at Festive Board)
Sign up for Kentucky Horse Park Tour (time TBA)
Sign up for Tour of the Ashland Estate – Home of Henry Clay (time TBA)
MORNING SESSION
* 9:00 a.m. Opening Session (Room TBA)
* Welcome and Introductions – The Masonic Society & Co-Sponsors
Opening Presentation: Thomas W. Jackson – The History of the Future of Freemasonry
* 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 Presentation (Room TBA) Mark Allen Tabbert – American
Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities
* Lunch 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
AFTERNOON SESSION
1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Room TBA) Jordan Yelinek – Developing Lodges in the 21st
Century
* 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 pm. (Room TBA) Facilitated Panel Discussion: Christopher Hodapp,
Richard A. Graeter, Cameron Poe, John Bizzack
– The Next 100 Hundred Years of Freemasonry
EVENING EVENT – Festive Board
Formal Festive Board sponsored by Lexington Lodge No. 1 and The Rubicon Masonic
Society at Spindletop Hall. Reservations must be made in advance – seating is limited.
Transportation provided if needed.
NOTE: Festive Board is not Tyled. Required Dress: black tie or business attire.
Evening Itinerary
* Reception 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (cash bar)
* Call to Dining 7:30 p.m.
* Introductions, Orientation – Director of Ceremonies
* Dinner, Toasts, Songs
* Keynote Speaker: Andrew Hammer – The Heart, Mind, and Soul of Freemasonry
* Closing Toasts, Drawing for Kentucky Long Rifle, Remarks
* Retire to Veranda. Open cash bar till 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 9 Session
MORNING SESSION
* 9:00 am -10:15: Presentation (Room TBA) Allan Casalou – A Tender Branch: The
Masonic Lodge in 21st Century America
* 10:30 – 11:50 Presentation (Room TBA) Oscar Alleyne – The Prevalence of Clandestine
Freemasonry in the United States
* LUNCH 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
* 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (Room TBA) Jon Ruark – The Revelation: A Critical Analysis of
Masonic Demographics
* 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (Room TBA) Patrick Craddock – Admit Him if Properly Clothed:
Three Centuries of American Masonic Regalia
The evening of September 9th is free
Sunday, September 10 Session
* 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Room TBA) Panel Discussion
Conference Ends

2017 Masonic Society Conference 2/2

The Masonic Society Conference
Lexington, Kentucky – Embassy Suites – September 7-10, 2017
PROGRAM
Thursday, September 7
* Noon – 5 p.m. Early Check-In and Registration
* 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception (Room TBA at check in)
(Sponsored by The Masonic Society, Lexington Lodge No. 1, The Rubicon Masonic Society, The Ancient and
Accepted Scottish Rite Orient of Kentucky, Paintsville Lodge N0. 381, Ted Adams and William O. Ware Lodges
of Research)
Friday, September 8 Session
* 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration
Late reservations for Festive Board for Friday evening
Drawing Tickets for antique Kentucky long rifle (to be drawn at Festive Board)
Sign up for Kentucky Horse Park Tour (time TBA)
Sign up for Tour of the Ashland Estate – Home of Henry Clay (time TBA)
MORNING SESSION
* 9:00 a.m. Opening Session (Room TBA)
* Welcome and Introductions – The Masonic Society & Co-Sponsors
Opening Presentation: Thomas W. Jackson – The History of the Future of Freemasonry
* 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 Presentation (Room TBA) Mark Allen Tabbert – American
Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities
* Lunch 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
AFTERNOON SESSION
1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Room TBA) Jordan Yelinek – Developing Lodges in the 21st
Century
* 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 pm. (Room TBA) Facilitated Panel Discussion: Christopher Hodapp,
Richard A. Graeter, Cameron Poe, John Bizzack
– The Next 100 Hundred Years of Freemasonry
EVENING EVENT – Festive Board
Formal Festive Board sponsored by Lexington Lodge No. 1 and The Rubicon Masonic
Society at Spindletop Hall. Reservations must be made in advance – seating is limited.
Transportation provided if needed.
NOTE: Festive Board is not Tyled. Required Dress: black tie or business attire.
Evening Itinerary
* Reception 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (cash bar)
* Call to Dining 7:30 p.m.
* Introductions, Orientation – Director of Ceremonies
* Dinner, Toasts, Songs
* Keynote Speaker: Andrew Hammer – The Heart, Mind, and Soul of Freemasonry
* Closing Toasts, Drawing for Kentucky Long Rifle, Remarks
* Retire to Veranda. Open cash bar till 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 9 Session
MORNING SESSION
* 9:00 am -10:15: Presentation (Room TBA) Allan Casalou – A Tender Branch: The
Masonic Lodge in 21st Century America
* 10:30 – 11:50 Presentation (Room TBA) Oscar Alleyne – The Prevalence of Clandestine
Freemasonry in the United States
* LUNCH 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
* 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (Room TBA) Jon Ruark – The Revelation: A Critical Analysis of
Masonic Demographics
* 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (Room TBA) Patrick Craddock – Admit Him if Properly Clothed:
Three Centuries of American Masonic Regalia
The evening of September 9th is free
Sunday, September 10 Session
* 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Room TBA) Panel Discussion
Conference Ends

July 2017 Stated Communication

The July stated meeting of Elvin E. Helms Lodge saw a full house present to remember two of our departed Brothers and to enjoy some of the finest Masonic Education available anywhere in the world.

Our Lodge’s charter was draped in memory of Bro. Al McWethy, a 67-year member of our Lodge who died on June 28, and Bro. Garry Kelly, a 52-year member of our fraternity who died on July 5.  Well done, good and faithful servants!

After a fine meal of beef stew prepared by Bro. Ed Tanner, the Lodge enjoyed an excellent presentation by Bro. John Bizzack, Senior Warden of Lexington Lodge No. 1.  We were honored to have eight Brothers from Lexington No. 1 at our meeting!  Bro. Bizzack, one of the premier voices in Masonic Education worldwide, gave a presentation was titled “Why We Do What We Do and Why We Don’t Do What We Did.”  Bro. John spoke about how periods of rapid expansion in American Freemasonry resulted in diluted versions of ritual and practices.  Subsequent cultural changes have further caused the Craft to lose many of its traditions and practices.  Bro. Bizzack reminded the Craft that as Masons, we are part of an institution of higher learning and he called for the Fraternity to seek and restore its lost traditions.

Bro. Bizzack has just released his most recent book, Island Freemasonry, which is available through all major booksellers.

Our District Deputy Grand Master, Worshipful Bro. Kevin Schneider, was in attendance and announced plans for the District 18 Picnic.  The Picnic will be at Richardson Road Park, 3415 Richardson Road, Independence, Kentucky, on Saturday, July 29 starting at 12:00 P. M.  This is an event for families and friends, as well as Masons.  The park is “kid friendly,” so it is a good venue for families.

Our Lodge’s next meeting is on August 8.  Worshipful Bro. Rodney Epperson of N. C. Harmony Lodge No. 2 is Miamitown, Ohio, will be our featured speaker for the evening.  See you at Lodge!

In Memory of Garry C. Kelly

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of our esteemed Worshipful Brother Garry C. Kelly. Brother Kelly entered the Celestial Lodge Above on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. He was born on August 7, 1943; Initiated as an Entered Apprentice on January 2, 1965; Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft on February 6, 1965; and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on March 6, 1965.

Visitation will be at Stith Funeral Home, 7500 US 42, Florence, KY 41042 from 2pm until 5pm on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Masonic Services will take place at 4:30pm. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 10, 2017 at 11am at Hopeful Lutheran Church, 6430 Hopeful Church Road, Florence, KY 41042 with interment immediately following.


Garry C. Kelly, age 73, of Taylor Mill, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Garry was the loving husband of Susan Kelly (nee Cogar) for over 52 years. Loving father of Garry S. Kelly (Heather) and Jennifer Taylor (Derrick). Beloved grandfather of Katie, Allie, Connor, Merrin, Aiden, Briley, Ava, and Mandy. He also leaves behind his brother, Harold Kelly (Patricia). He is preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Ruth Kelly and brother, Virgil Lee Kelly. Garry retired from AT&T after 34 years working as a Communication’s Technician. He was a lifelong member of Hopeful Lutheran Church, a 50 plus year member of the Scottish Rite, a 32nd degree Mason, and a 50 year member of the Eastern Star. Garry served as a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, a Past Master of the Boone Union Masonic Lodge #304 and a member of the Elvin E. Helms Masonic Lodge #926. Visitation will take place on Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Stith Funeral Home 7500 US HWY 42 Florence, KY 41042. A Masonic service will begin Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Hopeful Lutheran Church. Burial will immediately follow at Hopeful Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to: Hopeful Lutheran Church 6430 Hopeful Church Road, Florence, KY 41042.