Thank You Card from Kelly Elementary

Following another successful Christmas Drive for Kelly Elementary we received a thank you card from the school’s Family Resource Officer Shelly. Through the generosity of the members of Elvin E. Helms No. 926 and our visitors throughout the year we were able to provide a happy Christmas morning for 10 local children. Big thanks to Brother Jason Wallace in coordinating this program.

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Brothers Holding Dual Memberships are Presented with Service Awards and Honored with Leadership Positions at Boone-Union Lodge No. 304

On Saturday, December 27, 2014, Brother Ernie Stratton, our Senior Warden, was installed as Master of Boone-Union Lodge No. 304 for 2015. This is Brother Ernie’s third term in the East at Boone-Union Lodge. Other members of Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 installed as officers of Boone-Union for 2015 are Brother Ryan Clendenin, Senior Warden and Brother Mike Howard, Past Master of Elvin E. Helms Lodge, as Treasurer.

Brother Ed Tanner, our Secretary and a Past Master of both Lodges, along with Brother Garry Kelly, were presented with their Fifty Year Pins and Gold Cards.

Congratulations to our Brothers for their achievements!

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Left to right: Brothers Ryan Clendenin, Garry Kelly, Ernie Stratton, Ed Tanner, and Mike Howard.

2014 Kelly Elementary Christmas Drive

The annual Kelly Elementary Christmas Drive, sponsored by Elvin E. Helms No. 926, was a great success again this year. To all of the Brothers of Elvin E. Helms and Brothers from other area Lodges that helped us bring Christmas to needy children, we can’t thank you enough. Through that generosity we were able to provide 10 local children with a Christmas morning they would not otherwise get to enjoy. In addition to providing them with care packages to address basic needs, each child will also have several presents to open on Christmas morning. This has been a wonderful program that continues to be more and more successful with each passing year. Thanks to Brother Jason Wallace for coordinating our efforts on behalf of Kelly Elementary.

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The care packages and Christmas presents are all laid out ready to be wrapped.

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.

2014 Past Masters’ and Widows’ Night

Dinner was held Saturday August 30th at the Petersburg Community Center in Petersburg, KY to honor the Past Masters and Widows of Elvin E. Helms Lodge. The approximately 50 in attendance enjoyed a buffet dinner prepared by the Brothers of the Lodge. After dinner several presentations and recognitions were made.

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Master Dan Kemble (left) presented Brother Donald E. Davidson (right) with his 50 Year Service Pin and Gold Card.

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Master Dan Kemble (right) presented Brother Alfred E. McWethy (left) with his 65 Year Service Pin.

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Master Dan Kemble (left) presented Brother William R. Bailey (right) with his 60 Year Service Pin.

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Master Dan Kemble presented Brothers Donnie Barger, Albert Collier, Robert Kinser, Ronald Schroeder, and Donald Davidson each with a Past Masters Apron and carrying case.

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Brother Ernie Stratton smiles for the camera.

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Brother Buddy Wallace and Brother Ernie Stratton share a brotherly moment. Notice that Brother Ernie is no longer smiling.

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Brothers Al Collier and Mel Kinser share a laugh.

Saint John the Baptist Day

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Brothers of Elvin E. Helms Lodge No. 926 observed St. John the Baptist Day and were welcomed at Petersburg Christian Church. Following the service a dinner was served for those attending. Pictured, left to right: Edward Tanner, Ernest Stratton, Travis Bush, Rick Campbell, Buddy Wallace, and Garry Kelly. Pastor Doug Newhouse chose as his text Amos 7:7-8, a passage that should be familiar to all Masons.

Obituary of Most Worshipful Past Grand Master George W. Tither

It is with very heavy hearts that all Kentucky Masons celebrate the life, and mourn the passing, of our Most Worshipful Past Grand Master George W. Tither. He was well known throughout the Commonwealth as a wonderful man, Mason, and dearly beloved friend. From those of us that must continue our labors in this life, we will see you again dear Brother in the Celestial Lodge Above.


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George W. Tither, Past Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Free and Accepted Masons

George W. Tither, 94, of Fort Thomas, KY, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014. Retired Owner of Tither Heating & Cooling. He was a WWII Navy veteran. George became a Mason in 1960 and served as Master of Aspen Grove No. 397 and Fort Thomas No. 808 Lodges, F&AM; he was installed as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky in October 1992. George went into the Scottish Rite on November 19, 1987. He was invested with the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor on November 27, 1993 and was coroneted an Inspector General, Honorary of the 33rd degree on November 16, 2013. He was a member of the Alexandria No. 337 Order of the Eastern Star. He also belonged to the Syrian Shrine Temple, Cincinnati, OH. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Billye Herald Tither and a son Rusty Tither. He is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Webber and Kimberly (William) Margroum; two granddaughters, MacKenzie Margroum and Juleann Williams; one great grandson, Morgan Williams. Visitation 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Friday, February 14, 2014 at the Alexandria Funeral Home, 325 Washington St, Alexandria, KY. Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the First Baptist Church of Fort Thomas, 600 N. Ft. Thomas Avenue, Fort Thomas, KY. Interment in the Persimmon Grove Cemetery, Alexandria, KY. Memorials may be made to Masonic Widows and Orphans Home, 3701 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40207. Online condolences can be expressed at: alexanriafh.com

Installation of Officers

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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.

Widows’ and Awards Dinner

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Brother E. Ralph Elliott receives his Fifty Year Pin and Gold Card from Most Worshipful Past Grand Master L. C. Harper.

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Most Worshipful Past Grand Master L. C. Harper is presented with a commission as a Kentucky Colonel by Master Jason Wallace.

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Past Master Travis Bush presents Most Worshipful Past Grand Master L. C. Harper with a proclamation signed by Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore designating August 24, 2013 as “L. C. Harper Day” in Boone County, Kentucky.

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State Senator John Schickel presents Most Worshipful Past Grand Master L. C. Harper with a resolution passed by the Kentucky Senate honoring his service to Freemasonry.

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