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Installation of Officers for 2015-2016

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The Brothers of Elvin E. Helms No. 926 gathered for the annual installation of officers for the 2015-2016 year. Holly Kemble prepared a fantastic meal, as always, and the officers brought an array of desserts. There was more food than we could have hoped to eat but that didn’t stop us from trying. After the meal we proceeded to elect our new officers for the 2015-2016 Masonic Year.

Pictured above, left to right: Jason Wallace, Junior Warden; Lew Adams, Treasurer; Buddy Wallace, Senior Warden; Ernie Stratton, Master; Dennis Stephens, Junior Deacon; John Dettor, Masonic Homes Ambassador, District 18; Rick Campbell, Tiler; Travis Bush, Senior Steward; Jim Herzog, Junior Steward; Ed Tanner, Secretary; Adam Gross, Senior Deacon.

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Last but not least, five Brothers from Latonia No. 746 attended our annual installation of officers and took home to their Lodge the District 18 Traveling Gavel. The next opportunity to claim the Traveling Gavel will be at their Stated Communication on January 7, 2016. A fellowship meal will be served at 6:30 PM followed by their Stated Communication at 7:30 PM.

Pictured above, left to right: Brad Drew, Senior Warden; Ernie Stratton, Master of Elvin E. Helms No. 926, P.M.; Chuck Yocom, Junior Warden, P.M.; Tom Roundtree, P.M.; Vern Gregory, P.M.; Ira Brockman, Junior Deacon, P.M.

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Worshipful Bro. Ernie Stratton, P. M., takes the oath and obligation as Master of Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926.

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Installing Master John Dettor, P. M., and Installing Marshall Travis Bush, P. M., present newly installed Master Ernie Stratton, P. M., to the Craft.

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Installing Marshall John Dettor, P.M., presents Bro. Jason Wallace, P. M., and Bro. Buddy Wallace, P. M., for installation as Junior Warden and Senior Warden.  Bro. Jason was Master of our Lodge in 2013 and Bro. Buddy currently serves as Master of Burlington Lodge No. 264, and previously served as Master of Burlington Lodge in 2012.

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Bro. Lew Adams, P.M. and Bro. Ed Tanner, P. M., will continue their outstanding service to our Lodge as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively, in 2016.

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Installing Marshall John Dettor, P.M., presents Bro. Dennis Stephens, P. M., and Bro. Adam Gross, P. M., for installation as Junior Deacon and Senior Deacon, respectively.  Bro. Dennis served as Master of our Lodge in 2005 and Bro. Adam served as Master of Newport Lodge No. 358 in 2015.

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Bro. Rick Campbell, P. M., Bro. Jim Herzog, P. M., Bro. Travis Bush, P. M. and Bro. Mel Kinser, P. M., stand ready to be installed as Tyler, Junior Steward, Senior Steward and Chaplain of our Lodge for 2016.

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Installing Marshall John Dettor present Bro. Mel Kinser, P. M., for installation as Chaplain of our Lodge.  Bro. Mel served as Master of our Lodge in 2004, 2009 and 2010.  Bro. Mel served as District Deputy in 2001-2002 and as Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky in 2006-2007.

Dedication at Pieratt No. 725

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Pieratt No. 725 had a dedication of their new Temple on Saturday, November 28, 2015. The dedication ceremonies were conducted by the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Kentucky Cloyd Bumgardner, Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master Todd Jones, Right Worshipful Grand Senior Warden Tim Sanders, and Right Worshipful Grand Junior Warden Gary Rose. Many other Grand Lodge representatives were present including appointed Grand Lodge Officers, District Deputy Grand Masters, and Grand Lodge Committeemen. We all enjoyed a great meal provided by the Brothers of Pieratt No. 725 prior to the dedication ceremony. We want to wish the Brothers of Pieratt No. 725 many years of success as they begin building new memories in their new Temple.

Installation of Officers for 2015

Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 met on December 9, 2014 for the purpose of its annual election and installation of officers. Brother David V. Cassesa — an honorary member of our Lodge, Past Master of Robert Burns Lodge No. 163, and Past District Deputy Grand Master, District 19, Grand Lodge of Kentucky — served as Installing Master. Brother Travis Bush, Past Master, was elected and installed for his second term as Master of the Lodge. Brother Travis then installed the remainder of the Lodge’s officers for 2015.

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Our Master for 2015, Brother Travis Mark Bush, who previously served as Master of our Lodge in 2012.

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Brother Travis takes the oath and obligation of Master.

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Brother Dave Cassesa, Installing Master, propounds the ancient charges to the Master-Elect.

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Brother Dave Cassesa, Installing Master, seats newly installed Master Travis Bush in the chair of King Solomon.

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Officers for 2015 are: Rick Campbell, P.M., Tyler; Mel Kinser, P.M., Chaplain; Kenny Williamson, P.M., Junior Steward; Dennis Stephens, P.M., Senior Steward; Adam Gross, Junior Deacon; Buddy Wallace, P.M., Senior Deacon; Ed Tanner, P.M., Secretary; Jason Wallace, P.M., Junior Warden; and Ernie Stratton, P.M., Senior Warden.

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Past Masters, Brothers Kenny Williamson and Dennis Stephens, are installed as Junior Steward and Senior Steward.

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Brother Rick Campbell, Past Master, is installed as Tyler.

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Jillian and Rosslyn Gross draw a winner from donors to the Lodge’s 2014 Christmas Fund for Kelly Elementary School.

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The winners of the 2014 gift cards given to donors to the Lodge’s Christmas Fund for Kelly Elementary School are Brother Garry Kelly (again) and Brother Dan Kemble.

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Rosslyn Gross attempts to detach the ear of her mother, Jillian.

Open Installation of Officers for 2015

December 9th, 2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Come one, come all to Elvin E. Helms No. 926 Open Installation of Officers for the ensuing year. Brother David V. Cassesa, Past District Deputy Grand Master, District 19, will install our new Master. All other Officers for 2015 will be installed by Brother Travis Bush, Past Master. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm and the Open Installation will begin at 7:30pm. This event will be open to all members of Elvin E. Helms Lodge as well as their family and friends. We all look forward to seeing you there as we elect, install, and introduce our Lodge Officers for 2015.

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Bobby Watt (Hays No. 517), Installing Master; James Stidham (Hays No. 517), Installing Marshall; Travis Bush, Senior Steward; Lew Adams, Treasurer; Jason Wallace, Senior Deacon; Rick Campbell, Tyler; Dan Kemble, Master; Dennis Stephens, Junior Steward; Ed Tanner, Secretary; Buddy Wallace, Junior Deacon; Ernie Stratton, Junior Warden; and Bob Fobbe, Chaplain.

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Bobby Watt (Hays No. 517), Installing Master; Dan Kemble, Master; and James Stidham (Hays No. 517), Installing Marshall.

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Sarah Watt, Bobby Watt (Hayes No. 517), James Stidham (Hays No. 517), and Wanda Stidham.

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Brother Bobby Watt (Hays No. 517) presents Master Dan Kemble with the print “Let There Be Light” by Brother Pete Hicks of Bowling Green Lodge No. 73. The print depicts the altar from the old Bowling Green Lodge. Brother Hicks was an art professor at Western Kentucky University.

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Brother Garry Kelly and Brother Jason Wallace won the 2013 gift cards for their donations to our Kelly Elementary School Fund. The school is not named for Brother Garry, although he is said to have attended first grade there for several years.

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Brother Buddy Wallace, P.M., Installing Marshall, places Master-Elect Jason L. Wallace at the altar as a Master Mason.

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Master Jason L. Wallace is seated in the Oriental Chair.

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Newly installed Master Jason L. Wallace with Brother Bobby Engle, P.M., of Burlington Lodge No. 264.

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Newly installed Master Jason L. Wallace with his parents, Brother Buddy Wallace, P.M., and Janice Wallace.

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Master Jason L. Wallace addresses the Lodge.

Installation of Officers 2010

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Master-Elect Hillard Newsome, Jr stands west of the altar.

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Master-Elect Hillard Newsome, Jr assumes the oath and obligation as Master of Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926.

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Craftsman greet newly installed Master Hillard Newsome, Jr with Public Grand Honors.

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Officers of Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 for 2011. First row, left to right: Al Cummins, P.M., Installing Master; Travis Bush, Senior Warden; Hillard Newsome, Jr, Master; Mel Kinser, P.M., Senior Steward; Jason Wallace, Junior Warden. Second row: Dan Kemble, Senior Deacon; Garry Kelly, P.M., Junior Steward; Ed Tanner, P.M., Secretary. Third row: Dennis Stephens, P.M., Junior Deacon; Rick Campbell, P.M., Tyler.

Petersburg No. 926 Rededicated as Elvin E. Helms No. 926

On September 8, 2007, Petersburg Lodge No. 926, F. & A. M. was re-named and re-chartered as Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926, F. & A. M. Photos are courtesy of Brother Nelson Charette.

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Worshipful Master Ron Schroeder welcomes the assembled guests to the re-naming and re-chartering of Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926, F. & A. M.

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Children of Elvin E. Helms, Sr., left to right, Ms. Patricia Hogan, Bro. Elvin E. Helms, Jr., Ms. Marilyn Peters and Ms. Nell Jo Tanner.

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Worshipful Master Ron Schroeder accepts the Lodge’s new charter from Most Worshipful Grand Master Greg Powell.

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Worshipful Master Ron Schroeder unfurls the Lodge’s new banner and Bro. Elvin E. Helms, Jr. looks on.

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Worshipful Deputy Grand Master Keith Dreier, Most Worshipful Grand Master Greg Powell and Right Worshipful Grand Chaplain Mel Kinser conduct the proceedings.

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Bro. Al Collier at his station as Treasurer of the Lodge.

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Bro. Ed Tanner observes the proceedings.

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Worshipful Grand Senior Deacon Garry Kelly.

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Bro. Kirby Smith visits with guests of the Lodge.

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Bro. Rick Campbell and Bro. George Bowman enjoy some of the good food provided by the Lodge.

Installation of Officers for 2007

Most Worshipful Grand Master Installs Officers at Home Lodge

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Most Worshipful Grand Master Brother Gregory C. Powell, P.M., Installing Master, installs the officers at his home Lodge, Petersburg No. 926. Grand Senior Deacon, Brother Garry C. Kelly was Installing Marshall. Right Reverend Grand Chaplain Robert Melvin Kinser, P.M., was Installing Chaplain.

First row: Randy Ward, Junior Warden; Garry C. Kelly, Junior Deacon; Most Worshipful Grand Master Gregory C. Powell, P.M. and Installing Master; Ronald S. Schroeder, Master; Michael H. Howard, Senior Warden; Kirby T. Smith, P.M., Senior Steward.

Second row: John R. Richardson, Senior Deacon; Albert L. Collier, P.M., Treasurer; Elvin E. Helms Jr, P.M., Secretary; George Bowman, Tyler; Edward M. Tanner, P.M., Junior Steward.

Back row: Robert Melvin Kinser, P.M., Chaplain