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2017 Widow’s and Awards Dinner

Our Lodge held its annual dinner honoring our Widows and those receiving service awards on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Our late Master, Bro. Buddy Wallace, arranged for Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore to issue a proclamation designating August 12 as “Ed Tanner Day” in Boone County, in honor of Bro. Ed’s service as our Lodge Secretary from 2009 through 2016. Amazingly, we were able to keep this a secret from Bro. Ed until the time of the presentation. Most Worshipful Past Grand Master and Right Worshipful Grand Treasurer Keith Dreier and State Senator John Schickel joined us on this special day to honor Bro. Ed, our widows and all others receiving awards. Our members, family and guests enjoyed a day of good food and good fellowship as we celebrated another year in the history of our Lodge.

State Senator John Schickel presents Worshipful Bro. Ed Tanner with a proclamation designating August 12 as “Edward M. Tanner Day” in Boone County, honoring Bro. Ed’s years of service as Secretary of our Lodge.
Bro. Ed is surrounded by family on “Ed Tanner Day.”
Acting Master Jason Wallace welcomes our members and guests.
Most Worshipful Past Grand Master and Right Worshipful Grand Treasurer Keith Dreier spoke about the services that Masons provide outside the Lodge, such as the Masonic Homes, the Masons Helping Masons program, and the Bicycle Program.
Worshipful Bro. Jason Wallace, Acting Master, presents a rose to Patricia Helms Hogan.
Marilyn Helms Peters, and her daughter, Kristi, received a rose from the Lodge.
Most Worshipful Past Grand Master and Right Worshipful Grand Treasurer Keith Dreier presented a plaque to Worshipful Bro. Ernie Stratton for his service as Master of our Lodge in 2016.
Most Worshipful Past Grand Master and Right Worshipful Grand Treasurer Keith Dreier presented a plaque to Worshipful Bro. Ed Tanner for his service as Secretary of our Lodge from 2009 through 2016.
Most Worshipful Past Grand Master and Right Worshipful Grand Treasurer Keith Dreier addresses the members and guests assembled.
Most Worshipful Past Grand Master and Right Worshipful Grand Treasurer Keith Dreier presented Bro. Jimmie North with his 40 Year Pin. Congratulations, Bro. Jimmie!
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2017 Masonic Society Conference 1/2

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

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

St. John the Baptist’s Day 2017 and UGLE’s 300th Anniversary

This past Saturday, June 24, 2017 was not only St. John the Baptist Day, but the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Grand Lodge of England. Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 celebrated by attending worship services at Petersburg Christian Church on Sunday, June 25. Pastor Doug Newhouse extended a warm welcome to our Lodge members and families. Our Brothers in attendance greatly enjoyed the service! We wish to thank Petersburg Christian Church for their warm reception and fellowship.

Five Past Masters, including our current Master, attended services on Petersburg Christian Church on Sunday, June 25 in observance of St. John the Baptist’s Day. Pictured above, left to right, are Worshipful Brothers Dan Kemble, Ed Tanner, Travis Bush, Rick Campbell, and Worshipful Master Buddy Wallace.

June 2017 Stated Communication

Among other activities, our June Stated Communication is when our Bernard Hogan Essay Contest winners present their essays. This year’s winner, Brevin Martin, was in attendance with his family to present his essay to the Lodge.


Freemasonry in the American Revolution
by Brevin Martin

Freemasons have been in the United States since its inception; some even say that Freemasons helped bring about the founding of the United States through the American Revolution. Masonic Temples were used for meetings. Members from both sides of the Revolution were welcome and actively participated in Masonic meetings without politics being involved. Others are convinced that the American Revolution itself started in Masonic meetings with discussion of unfair British policies and how to combat them. Not all of the major “players” in the Revolution were Freemasons, but many of them were. Ten signers of the Articles of Confederation, nine signers of the Declaration of Independence, thirteen signers of the Constitution, and four Presidents of the Continental Congress were — or later became — Freemasons. The brotherhood of the Masons and the trust established be being a Freemason helped people who didn’t otherwise know each other to become loyal confidants. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Joseph Warren, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin are well-known names from the American Revolution…they were also Freemasons!

John Hancock was a wealthy businessman who decided to get involved with politics by securing political office in Boston and then the colonial legislature in Massachusetts. Paul Revere — a silversmith and not of the elite social class of John Hancock — was a Senior Grand Deacon in the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts and was a good friend of Joseph Warren, Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. They became friends due, in large part, to their membership in the St. Andrews Lodge (Boston, Massachusetts). Samuel Adams was a graduate of Harvard and came from a very politically-active family in Boston. A lead of the Sons of Liberty — and kind of a troublemaker — Adams frequently challenged British policies. All four of these men were Freemasons and belonged to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. At the time Joseph Warren sent Paul Revere to warn John Hancock and Sam Adams that the British regulars were marching to Concord, Hancock and Adams had warrants issued for their arrest. Without being in the brotherhood of Freemasons, the American Revolution may have had a completely different outcome. All of these men were active members of the Freemasons until their deaths.

There were many notable Freemasons involved with the American Revolution, but George Washington and Benjamin Franklin are among the most well-known. George Washington would be the “celebrity” by today’s standard, but Benjamin Franklin did more for the Masonic organization.

George Washington’s influence on American history is inestimable. He was the Commander of the Continental Army, served as President of the Constitutional Convention, and later became the first President of the United States. He was a devout mason; he was first initiated in 1752 in the lodge of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He remained an active member until his death in 1799. He rose to the level of Master of the Alexandria Lodge No. 22 (which was subsequently renamed the “Alexandria-Washington” Lodge No. 22). Washington surrounded himself with Freemasons; he used a Masonic Bible from the St. John’s Masonic Lodge No. 1 (New York City), and his oath was given by Robert Livingston, a prominent Mason and the Chancellor of New York. Livingston later served as one of five members of the committee tasked with drafting the Declaration of Independence. George Washington even incorporated Masonic practices as he and other members of the Maryland and Virginia Masonic Lodges laid the cornerstone of the US Capitol building.

Benjamin Franklin joined the Masonic Lodge of St. John in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1732 and remained an active member until his death. He eventually became Grand Master of his lodge as well as Grand Master of the Nine Sisters Lodge in Paris, France. He joined the Parisian lodge while serving as a diplomat in France. Interestingly, Benjamin Franklin traveled to other European countries to attend different Masonic Lodges and meetings. He was well-known for serving on the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence and his work in the Continental Congress, but he was just as dedicated to his Masonic Lodge. He created its bylaws and he also published the Constitution of the Free-Masons.

In conclusion, Freemasons helped create the United States of America, helped form the foundation of our laws and beliefs, and much of the Founders’ creative thinking can be traced to the fundamentals of Freemasonry. The fact that these men belonged to the same fraternal organization gave them the opportunity to interact with other Masons and crate and important connection, vital to the formation of our nation. Found fathers and historical figures, Freemasons truly shaped the very concept of the United States of America.


Worshipful Brother Kemble presents Chase Martin with his first place prize and plaque. Pictured above, left to right: Dan Kemble, P.M., Secretary; Brevin “Chase” Martin; Buddy Wallace, Master.
Pictured above, left to right: Doug Logan, History teacher at Cooper High School; Don Martin; Brandon Martin; Rose Martin; Buddy Wallace, Master; Right Worshipful Brother Gary Rose, Grand Senior Warden, Grand Lodge of Kentucky.

Right Worshipful Brother Gary Rose, Grand Senior Warden of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky was our guest speaker for the evening. He spoke briefly on a series of interesting topics to get everyone thinking then opened the floor for questions and discussion.

Bicycles Presented at Kelly Elementary School

Wednesday, May 24th was the last day of school at Kelly Elementary School.  Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 sponsored eight bicycles that were presented to students as attendance awards.

Three Kelly students had perfect attendance for the school year.  Those students were allowed to select a bicycle of their choice as a reward for this accomplishment.

Kelly Elementary School students with perfect attendance during the 2016-2107 school year. Congratulations!

The remaining bicycles went into a drawing for students that had at least one month of perfect attendance.

Thanks to Family Resource Center Coordinator Shelly Hoxmeier, who facilitated our donation of the bicycles to Kelly Elementary School!

In attendance, representing Elvin E. Helms No. 926, were, left to right: Travis Bush, P.M., Treasurer; Dan Kemble, P.M., Secretary; Buddy Wallace, Worshipful Master; Ed Tanner, P.M.

Visit to Bro. J. R. Ross

Bro. Ed Tanner and Bro. Dan Kemble visit with Bro. J. R. Ross at the Sam Swope Care Center, Louisville, Kentucky.

On Saturday, May 20, members of our Lodge visited Bro. J. R. Ross at The Masonic Homes in Louisville.  Bro. Ross is a resident at the Sam Swope Care Center and is a member of St. George Lodge No. 239 in Louisville.  He is a 43-year member of our Fraternity.  Bro. Ross never married and has no children.  His Lodge Brothers are truly his family.  Through the assistance of Worshipful Bro. Bruce Lott, our Lodge “adopted” Bro. Ross in 2016.

We found Bro. Ross to be in good health and in good spirits.  He was happy to see his Brothers from Elvin E. Helms Lodge and especially thanked us for the afghan that we sent him last Christmas.  During the course of our visit, Bro. Ross said at least a half dozen times that he thanked God daily for having the good fortune to live in the Masonic Homes.

The Sam Swope Care Center is a beautiful facility.  As evidenced by Bro. Ross, the residents are well cared for and happy in their surroundings.  Seeing our Brother so happy and content is a vivid demonstration of the importance of the Masonic Care program.  We can all be proud of the job done by The Masonic Homes of Kentucky.

Kelly Chorus Performs Spring Concert

The Kelly Elementary School Chorus, under the direction of Ms. Holly Trenkamp, performed their Spring Concert on Thursday, March 30, 2017 to a full house at Belleview Baptist Church.  Following the concert, Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 served punch and cookies to the choir members, faculty, relatives and friends.  The Lodge wishes to congratulate the Choir and Ms. Trenkamp on a job well done.  Thanks to all who came out to support the Choir and a special thanks to Jillian Gross for baking most of the cookies that were enjoyed by all!

Eight members of our Lodge and one visiting Brother attended the Spring Concert.  They are, left to right, Bro. Jason Wallace, Sr. Warden, Bro. Kenny Williamson, P. M., Bro. Buddy Wallace, Worshipful Master, Bro. Dennis Stephens, Jr. Deacon, Bro. Rick Campbell, Tyler, Bro. Ed Tanner, Sr., Steward, Bro. Larry York, Secretary at DeMoss Lodge No. 220 and Sr. Warden at Wilmington Lodge No. 362, Bro. Dan Kemble, Secretary and Bro. Adam Gross, Jr. Warden.

Ms. Trenkamp gets the Choir organized prior to the performance.

Choir members chat with each other before the performance.

The Choir takes a quick run through prior to showtime.

The Kelly Elementary Choir performing during their Spring Concert.

Ms. Trenkamp introduces the next selection.

The Choir begins their final number.

Belleview Baptist Church is a beautiful venue for the concert.  Pictured above is one of the Church’s stained glass windows.

Worshipful Master Buddy Wallace and Choir Director Holly Trenkamp after the performance.

6th Annual David Wood Memorial Chili Cook-Off Results

This year the David Wood Memorial Chili Cook-Off had eight entries. Chili chefs included David Bird, Debbie Bush, Travis Bush, Rick Campbell, Dave Cassesa, Lora Rodgers, Ed Tanner, and Buddy Wallace. The overall winner, and new unofficial Mayor of Petersburg for the ensuing term, was Debbie Bush, followed by David Bird in second, and Dave Cassesa in third.

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The category winners were:

Traditional: Dave Cassesa, first place; Buddy Wallace, second place; Lora Rodgers, third place.

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Hot: Rick Campbell, first place; Travis Bush, second place; Ed Tanner, third place.

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Exotic: Debbie Bush, first place; David Bird, second place.

Overall the David Wood Memorial Chili Cook-Off was a great success with receipts of over $1400 for the various community programs of Elvin E. Helms No. 926.

Bro. Mike Moses of Boone-Union No. 304 won the split-the-pot.

Northern Kentucky DeMolay January 2017 Installation

Northern Kentucky Chapter, Order of DeMolay, held its installation of officers on January 29, 2017 at Bradford Lodge No. 123, Independence, Kentucky. Bro. Josh Ball, who also serves as State Junior Councilor, was installed as Master Councilor of the Chapter. This is Bro. Josh’s third term as Master Councilor!

The Installation was performed by State Master Councilor Draven Sims along with his corps of officers.

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Our Master, Bro. Buddy Wallace, along with Junior Warden Adam Gross and Secretary Dan Kemble attended the installation. Worshipful Bro. Buddy is pictured above with the members of Northern Kentucky Chapter, Order of DeMolay and the state officers of Kentucky DeMolay.

Northern Kentucky Chapter meets at Bradford Lodge No. 123 on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 2:00 P.M. Please support these young men and welcome them into the family of Freemasonry.