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What is a Kentucky Colonel and how does one go about becoming one

Another honor similar to the colonels is the honor of becoming a "Duke or Duchess of Hazard". Citizens receive their honorary title for a number of reasons such as special achievement in government service or athletics. The criteria and the selection is at the discretion of the governor. Many citizens are nominated by their state legislators. Native born Texans are designated as "admirals"; non native Texans are "honorary admirals". See The Navies

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The Colonels were a team throughout the existence of the American Basketball Association. colonel is an honorary title bestowed upon individuals by approval of the governor of . It is not a military rank, requires no duties, and carries with it no pay or other compensation other than membership in the Honorable Order of Colonels.

The title Colonel originated in 1813. The Militia had just returned from a highly successful "War of 1812" campaign that resulted in control of the Northwest being returned to the United States. When the militia dispersed, Governor Isaac Shelby asked Charles S. Todd, one of his officers in the campaign, to remain in the capitol and serve as an aide de camp on the Governor's Staff. Todd was given the rank of Colonel.

Early Colonels, such as Colonel Todd, actually served military roles. But, as times changed throughout the 1800's, the title became more of an honorary one. In the closing years of the century, Colonels in uniform would stand as symbolic guards at state events and social functions were held for them at the Governor's mansion. In the late 1920's, a group of Colonels started talking about forming a formal "society". Governor Flem Sampson wrote the organizers of the project: "I am for it." Late one Saturday afternoon in May of 1931, the first meeting of what would eventually become the Honorable Order of Colonels was held in Frankfort, .

"Formulate a society to more closely band together this group into a great non political brotherhood http://www.raidersnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-gabe-jackson-jersey.html for the advancement of and Kentuckians," Governor Sampson challenged the organizers. Minutes of the early meetings confirm that charitable programs were to be a central part of the organization. Social events would also play an important role. "The Colonels" held a Derby Eve dinner in 1932 as Gabe Jackson Kids Jersey their first event.

Ruby Laffoon, who seemed to have had an innate sense of Public Relations and an affinity for Hollywood stars, replaced Sampson as Governor in 1932. Not long after taking office, Laffoon met with Colonel Anna Bell Ward Olsen who owned several movie theaters across . A representative of theater owners nationwide, who also held a Colonel commission, accompanied Colonel Olsen. The meeting theoretically concerned movie censorship. However, what came out of the meeting was a "new" organization to be called the Honorable Order of Colonels. Laffoon appointed Colonel Olsen as Secretary and Keeper of the Great Seal.

Colonel Olsen attacked her new position with fervor. Colonels around the world were contacted and invited to become members of the Honorable Order. Social events were scheduled to coincide with the Derby to attract as many individuals as possible. At the same time, Governor Laffoon started appointing Colonels with the same zeal. Fields not only became Colonels but also embraced the idea of the Honorable Order. On November 28, 1933, Governor Laffoon arranged and CBS Radio broadcast nationwide "Parade of Colonels." The 45 minute program featured many of the stars offering their support for President Roosevelt's efforts to fight the Depression.

The opportunity for the Honorable Order to assist the state in a charitable form rained down in 1937. The Great Flood of 1937 was disastrous for the entire Commonwealth. The Colonels appointed during the Sampson and Laffoon administrations, and organized by Colonel Olsen, went to work. New York based Colonels collected five dollars from each member. In California, Colonels such as Fred Astaire held benefits to raise money for .

Recovery from the flood was still ongoing as the war in Europe broke out. As WWII loomed at the change of the decade, the "great non political brotherhood" was again mobilized, this http://www.packersofficialauthentic.com/authentic-demetri-goodson-jersey.html time by another Colonel Anna.

Colonel Anna Friedman had taken over the duties of Keeper of the Great Seal from Colonel Olsen. It was a job that fit her perfectly. Not even Governor Laffoon enjoyed associating with the stars and the elite business community of New York as much as did Colonel Anna. As the country prepared for war, Colonel Anna again withdrew funds from these honorary "Kentuckians" and used the money to set up recreation rooms for soldiers in training at Fort Knox. The Colonels established and then posted signs in at least 35 facilities. The signs read, " Colonels hope you hang out and have fun here."

Colonel social events were cancelled during the war. However, a small group of Colonels gathered annually at The Forest, Colonel Anna's Anchorage home, to drink a toast to the men and women in the service. It was, incidentally, at The Forest that the grand tradition of the Colonels' Reunion BBQ began in the late 1930's. The event continues today and is one of the most sought after invitations during Derby Week.

The years following the war saw the charitable side of the Honorable Order grow rapidly. In 1946, Colonels purchased radios for Veterans' hospitals and pledged money to help start the "Country Doctors" fund. Today, the fund is known more politically correct as the "Rural Medical Scholarship Fund". It has helped hundreds of physicians attend medical school in return for a promise to practice in rural areas of the state. The region's first cancer treatment center and the renowned Lions Eye Research Center also continue to serve. Both were established in the 1960s, funded in large part by the Honorable Order of Colonels.

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Colonels continue to contribute dollars to the goal of benefiting and Kentuckians. As an IRS recognized 501 (c) 3 charity, the Honorable Order has distributed over 5000 grants to charitable and educational agencies in the past half century. For the last 14 years, the Honorable Order's Board of Trustees has distributed approximately 1.5 million dollars each year. The money is all voluntarily contributed by Colonels living in every state in the nation as well as Colonels living in nearly three dozen countries abroad.

Efforts made possible by the collective generosity of Colonels include: Delivery of relief funds to the Gulf Coast on the day after Katrina hit; Support of a Hazard, organization that provides baby food, diapers, etc. to families who are down on their luck; Funding for a playground at a homeless shelter and another at an orphanage; etc. etc. etc. Each year, a complete listing of grants made by the Good Works Program is placed on the Colonels web site. The site also has details of how the program is administered. We are delighted to report that practically every penny contributed to the Program goes to a worthwhile cause. Over the past ten years, the average percentage of expenditures allocated to "fund raising" has been 5.8%. The percentages are calculated by an independent audit.

Award of the title requires nomination packersofficialauthentic.com/authentic-demetri-goodson-jersey.html from an existing colonel. Nominators are expected to consider the nominee's service and contributions to the global community before making a nomination. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. The sitting governor of the Commonwealth of bestows the honor of a Colonel's Commission, by issuance of a certificate.

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After a person receives a commission they are invited to join the "The Honorable Order of Colonels". This organization is an independent, non profit corporation. The mission of this organization is to raise money to support needy charities, educational efforts, and other works that will help all citizens of . The organization's good works do not stop at the borders of the Commonwealth.

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