A Busy Night at Elvin E. Helms No. 926


This evening Elvin E. Helms No. 926 was pleased to have in attendance some visitors from Cox No. 464 and Mizpah No. 507 along with the Grand Master’s Traveling Gavel. As intended, we did not keep the Grand Master’s Gavel for very long. Brother Craig Lindon had claimed the gavel at James W. Alley No. 869 on May 11th and then presented the gavel to Elvin E. Helms No. 926 on May 12th on behalf of Pieratt No. 725. Brother Gary Rose claimed the gavel for Cox No. 464.  Pictured above, left to right: Buddy Wallace, Gary Rose, Ernie Stratton, Travis Bush, Jason Wallace, Ed Tanner, and Craig Lindon, Past Masters all.

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Father and son Buddy and Jason Wallace pose with the Grand Master’s Traveling Gavel.

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Brothers Gary Rose, Travis Bush, and Dan Kemble pose with the Grand Master’s Traveling Gavel.

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Worshipful Master Travis Bush hands off the Grand Master’s Traveling Gavel to Brother Craig Lindon of Cox No. 464.

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Brother Jason Wallace posing with the Grand Master’s Traveling Gavel. He did not want to let it go. Eventually we had to hold him down and take it away from him.

Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 Qualifies for District Attendance Award

Nine members of our Lodge attended the District Meeting at the Covington Scottish Rite Temple on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The nine members in attendance qualified the Lodge for this year’s attendance award. Members attending were Bro. Ernie Stratton, P. M., Senior Warden, Bro. Ed Tanner, P. M., Secretary, Bro. Adam Gross, Junior Deacon, Bro. Dennis Stephens, P. M., Senior Steward, Bro. Kenny Williamson, P. M., Junior Steward, Bro. Mel Kinser, P. M., Chaplain, Bro. Rick Campbell, P. M., Tyler, Bro. Garry Kelly, P. M. and Bro. Dan Kemble, P. M.

Chili Cook-off Results

The Fourth Annual David Wood Memorial Chili Cook-off was bigger and better than ever. Thank you to all of the Brothers from 12 different area Lodges, family, and friends for making the event such a great success. Good food and great fellowship were enjoyed by all. Net proceeds from the Chili Cook-off were $419.79. We also raised $320 for our Kelly Elementary School Christmas Fund.


Picture above, left to right: Buddy Wallce, P.M., 3rd place in the traditional category; Laura Rodgers, 1st place in the exotic category and 1st place overall; Adam Gross with Rosslyn Gross, 3rd place in the exotic category; Ed Tanner, P.M., 1st place in the traditional category and 3rd place overall.

Not pictured: Holly Kemble, 2nd place in the exotic category and 2nd overall; Travis Bush, Master, P.M., 2nd place in the traditional category.


The winner of our Split-the-Pot for the day was Ernie Stratton, P.M., and current Master of Boone-Union No. 304. Brother Ernie invested his winnings in Elvin E. Helms No. 926 Kelly Elementary School Christmas Fund.

Gracie Hurst Benefit

Help us spread the word about Gracie’s benefit! Click HERE for the official flyer. Print them out, pass them out around town, hang them on community boards, and e-mail them to your friends, family, and co-workers!

Newport Lodge No. 358 will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit Gracie Hurst and her family to assist with the extensive costs of her ovarian cancer treatment. Thank you to Cross and Crown Community Church and Pastors Danny and Linda Morgan for calling on us to help this family. Masonry Matters in Newport Kentucky. Let’s keep up the great work Brothers!

Other local churches will be pitching in to help out, as well as the German American Citizens’ League of Cincinnati, OH thanks to Chuck Dietz.

The fundraiser will be on Saturday May 9th at the Newport Temple. We will have a ham dinner for $10 per person, split the pot, silent auctions, and more. We’re continuing to work on flyers and building a communication web to get the information out. Bookmark this page and check back often for updates!

March 4th Update: Contributions from local Lodges are starting to come in. So far we have received donations from Alexandria No. 152, Florence No. 949 and Favorite No. 581.

March 6th Update: It is with a very heavy heart that I must report that little Gracie Hurst passed away this morning. Click here to view her obituary. Visitation will be Monday March 9th from 5-9 PM in the gymnasium of the Augusta Independent School. Funeral services will be Tuesday March 10th at 2 PM. Please continue to keep the Hurst family in your prayers.

March 7th Update: Generous contributions continue to come in. We have also received donations from Boone-Union No. 304, Augusta No. 80 and Saint Andrews No. 18.

February 25th Visitation to Felicity No. 102


We have been invited to visit Felicity No. 102 in Felicity, OH on Wednesday, February 25th for an Entered Apprentice degree. The work is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm with no refreshments planned at this time. The Lodge is located at the corner of Walnut and Market Streets. If you would like to carpool we will be meeting at the Hebron Kroger at 6:00pm.

Rising Sun No. 6 Visitation

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Rising Sun No. 6 put on an excellent degree for their new Entered Apprentice. An interesting historical note is that this Lodge was originally chartered under the Grand Jurisdiction of Kentucky and became holden to Indiana later after Indiana became a state and established its own Grand Jurisdiction. That said it was particularly interesting to see the differences in their ritual. Their work was excellent and enjoyed by all in attendance.

Pictured left to right: Brother Mike Moses of Boone-Union No. 304; Brothers Ernie Stratton, P.M., Rick Campbell, P.M., Travis Bush, P.M., and Dan Kemble, P.M., of Elvin E. Helms No. 926.

February 7th Visitation to Rising Sun No. 6


This Saturday, February 7th we have been invited to Rising Sun Lodge No. 6 for an Entered Apprentice degree. There will be a meal at 12:00pm, followed by the work. The Lodge is located at the corner of Main and Mulberry streets in Rising Sun, IN if you would like to drive separately. If you would like to carpool, we will be meeting at the Bullittsburg Baptist Church, just off of the Petersburg exit on I-275 at 11:00am.

4th Annual David Wood Chili Cook-off

On March 14th, 2015, Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 will host its Fourth Annual David Wood Memorial Chili Cook-off. Festivities will begin at 10am and the winners will be announced at 4pm. This event will be held at the Petersburg Community Center located at 6517 Market Street, Petersburg, KY 41080. For directions click here.

Lodge members, family, and friends can enter and everybody can vote. There will be three classes: classic, exotic, and hot. There will be prizes in each class. Bring any condiments you want to accent your chili. Our Lodge will provide iced tea and water (soda will be available). Judging is simple, just put a $1 donation in the ballot box of your favorite chili. Winners announced at 4pm.

Baby Emersyn Fundraiser

When: Friday, January 23rd from 4pm til 8pm

Where: Alexandria Masonic Lodge, Alexandria, KY
(At the corner of US 27 and Pete Neiser Drive)

Why: Proceeds from the dinner will help to defray the expense of medical costs.

Cost: $7

For directions, please visit:

To donate directly, please visit:


Emersyn James Potter was born October 6, 2014 due to complications during pregnancy. He was not due to arrive until January 7, 2015. He weighed 1 pound 9 ounces and was 12.5 inches long. Since birth he has been in the NICU at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. He has had pneumonia twice and has been diagnosed with chronic lung disease. As of December 6th, Emersyn weighs 5 pounds and is over 16 inches long. While he continues to grow and put on weight, his lungs remain underdeveloped, keeping him on a ventilator. It is not known when Emersyn will get to come home.

2015 Masonic Elk Tag Hunt

May 1, 2015 Announcement of the Winner:

David Sullivan of Mount Washington, Kentucky


Right Worshipful Grand Senior Warden P. Todd Jones informed us this evening of an incredible charity program. The 2015 Masonic Elk Tag Hunt is a chance for the hunt of a lifetime and will help to provide children in Kentucky with the opportunity of a lifetime. Please visit the 2015 Masonic Elk Tag Hunt web site to learn more. The winner of this drawing will receive the following:

  • Chance at a Record 400+ Class Bull.
  • Mossy Oak clothing and video package
  • Honda ATV package provided by Tri-County Cycle Sales
  • Rifle provided by Kentucky Outdoorsman
  • Guide Service and Place to Hunt provided by Hartshot Outfitters

100% of the money raised will go toward scholarships to Kentucky Youth Conservation Camps. 6000 underprivileged kids each year apply for these scholarships and the vast majority of them are denied because the funds just aren’t available. At $200 per child to go to camp, that makes our goal $1.2M. If we can reach this lofty goal every single child in Kentucky that wants to go to conservation camp this summer will get to go. That said, enter early and enter often! Even if you don’t win you still get to know you helped kids learn about and enjoy the great outdoors.

Last but not least, thanks to the GENEROUS support of Right Worshipful Grand Senior Warden P. Todd Jones, Brooks Collins, Kendrick Walker, Rickie Tharpe, Mossy Oak, Tri-County Cycle Sales, Kentucky Outdoorsman, and Hartshot Outfitters this is a REAL charitable cause. There is ZERO “administrative overhead” in this fundraiser. 100% of the money raised will go directly to sending underprivileged Kentucky youth to conservation camp this year.

To register online click here:

For a mail-in form and flyer click here:

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