meeting of what was to become the first Shrine Temple
was held in New York on June 16, 1871, and after this
meeting, the idea of organizing a "Shrine" was
enthusiastically endorsed. The next meeting was not held
until September 16, 1872, at which time Dr. Walter
Fleming and ten others, being eleven of the original
thirteen who met at the first meeting, met at Masonic
Hall on East 23rd Street in New York and formally
organized and formed a Temple which they named "Mecca
Temple", and which became the first or Mother Temple of
Temple was the first Temple of the Order, Damascus
Temple of Rochester, New York, the second Temple to
receive a charter (June 7. 1876), performed the first
later, on June 6, 1876, the Imperial Council was
organized. Dr. Walter M. Fleming not only became the
first Potentate of Mecca Temple, but was also elected
the first Imperial Potentate, then called the Grand
Potentate, and served from June 6, 1876, to June 14,
At the twelfth
annual Imperial Session in 1886, Noble Sam Briggs of
Cleveland, Ohio, was elected Imperial Potentate for the
ensuing three years (1886-1889), and at this Session the
former designation of "Grand" was stricken out, and in
lieu thereof, the word "Imperial" was substituted.
It is interesting to note that Kosair's first Potentate,
William Ryan, was elected Imperial First Ceremonial
Master. It is also worthy to mention that Kosair's
charter was issued during the last term of office of Dr.
Fleming. The first ritual was written by Dr. Fleming in
P870; the first charter issued to Mecca Temple on
September 26, 1872.
On November 3, 1884, Grand Potentate Fleming issued a
dispensation to Charles H. Fisk of Covington, Kentucky,
a member of Syrian Temple in Cincinnati, whose charter
is dated February 8, 1877, to organize Kosair Temple.
This was done on December 5, 1884, in Commandery Rooms
of Masonic Temple in Louisville at 8:00 p.m. William
Ryan was installed as the first Potentate of Kosair
On the following day, December 6, 1884, the first Kosair
Shrine initiation was held, and twenty-five candidates
were initiated. The officers of Syrian Temple were
invited to confer the Order, which was done.
From that date Kosair has grown and prospered. What
follows is a condensed history of interesting events in
November 3, 1886 - Kosair gave its first entertainment
and social function. Each member was assessed $4.00 to
January 24, 1887 - Kosair conferred its first Ceremonial
on its own, and initiated twenty novices.
1887 - Kosair held a Ceremonial at Danville, Kentucky,
the first in the state outside Louisville.
1888 - Kosair accepted Medinah's invitation to join them
in a pilgrimage to the Imperial Council Session in
Toronto. This is the first record of Kosair
Representatives attending such a session.
April 26, 1889 - The first visit of an Imperial
Potentate to Kosair.
June 2, 1890 - The idea of having an Arab Camp at the
Sts. John Day League Picnic was approved - the first
time Kosair assisted at the picnic.
March 13, 1893 - Kosair entertained Mecca Temple which
was enroute to the Imperial Session in Mexico City. This
is the first record of Kosair's entertaining another
temple in such fashion.
October 12, 1895 - A committee was formed to call upon
the Scottish Rite directors with regard to moving Kosair
Temple to their headquarters.
March 9, 1896 - The Potentate appointed Nobles S. L.
Martin, James P. Gregory and Hal T. Jefferson a
committee to organize an Arab Patrol. This is the first
reference made in Kosair Shrine records of the forming
of a Patrol.
March 14, 1898 - New by-laws were adopted. The committee
appointed on October 12, 1895, suggested the Temple rent
the room formerly occupied by the Grand Consistory in
the Masonic Temple Building for $200 per year. The
report was accepted effective July 1, 1898.
May 12, 1899 - Membership first reported in the Temple
minutes at 349 Nobles.
May 11, 1900 - The Temple voted to lease space in the
Scottish Rite Cathedral.
September 12, 1902 - $2000 invested in bonds of the
Fowler Utility Company. This is the first record of a
April 10, 1903 - The first mention of a Band in the
minutes. A committee was appointed to purchase musical
September 15, 1905 - A committee reported it was not
feasible or advisable to move or purchase larger
quarters. Initiation fee was increased from $25 to $35
effective January 1, 1906.
December 4, 1906 - Membership reported as 1,297 Nobles.
January 11, 1907 - Noble John M. Scott offered a motion
that the Representatives to the Imperial Council in Los
Angeles be instructed to invite the Imperial Council
Session to Louisville in 1909 as guests of Kosair
Temple. Motion carried.
August 14, 1908 - Representatives reported that the
Imperial Council 'Session would be held in Louisville
with Kosair Temple as host, and that the Imperial
Council had appropriated $10,000 to defray expenses.
October 9, 1908 - An assessment of $10 per member was
levied to help pay expenses of the 1909 Imperial Council
December 19, 1910 - A report was made of the Shrine
Circus held in the Armory (later Convention Center, now
Louisville Gardens). Net profit was $700.
July 11, 1913 - Initiation fee increased to $50.00; dues
April 13, 1917 - Resolution offered and unanimously
adopted whereby Kosair Temple with its membership
numbering 1,800 representative business and professional
men, pledged unswerving loyalty together with our entire
resources to our country.
July 13, 1917 - Potentate Womack appointed Noble F. W.
Hardwick as a committee of one to represent Kosair to
look after all Nobles located at the Cantonment in Camp
Zachary Taylor, Louisville.
November 12. 1920 - A building site committee made a
report covering the location and prices on all pieces of
property submitted to them. It was approved that the
property on the West side of Third Avenue, South of St.
Catherine Street be bought for $28,000.
December 30, 1921 - Membership: 4,543 Nobles.
August 11, 1922 - Noble Stephen S. Jones. High Priest
and Prophet, on behalf of the Divan, offered a
resolution empowering the Building Committee to proceed
with the erection of a Mosque, the cost not to exceed
$700,000. Resolution carried.
January 12, 1923 - Kosair's auditorium was rented for
evangelistic services under the direction of Billy
February 9, 1923 - Noble Paul Compton, Building
Committee Chairman, reported on the plans and
specifications for a Shrine Mosque; also reported
$370,000 in second mortgage bonds sold. Property West
side of Third Avenue, South of St. Catherine was sold to
the Retired Rev. Denis O'Donaghue, Roman Catholic Bishop
of Louisville, for $19,750 cash.
April 13, 1923 - Resolution adopted authorizing the
building committee to receive subscriptions for second
mortgage bonds not to exceed $750,000, and that the
total cost of the building and property not exceed the
sum of $1,750,000; the first mortgage not to exceed
Noble Lawrence B. Craig, High Priest and Prophet and
chairman of the Charities Committee, reported that
"Tommy", who had been brought to Louisville by his
father, was examined by Dr. W. Barnett Owen, then taken
back home. He returned on April 9, 1923, in the company
of his grandfather and was operated on by Dr. Owen in
the hope he would regain the use of his right limb which
had been affected by infantile paralysis at the age of
seven months. The operation was an apparent success as
Dr. Barnett was encouraged that Tommy might soon walk.
The report was enthusiastically received by the
This is the first record in Kosair's minutes regarding
the rehabilitation of the crippled child. It marked the
beginning of Kosair's work for crippled children which
ultimately resulted in the building of Kosair crippled
Children Hospital at 892 Eastern Parkway, Louisville,
May 11, 1923 - The last meeting of Kosair Temple held in
the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Future meetings were held
in DeMolay Commandery Hall.
July 13, 1923 - High Priest and Prophet Lawrence B.
Craig submitted a plan for raising funds for the Charity
Committee, the principal feature being a punch board.
This was the beginning of raising funds for acquiring
property and building Kosair Crippled Children Hospital.
June 13, 1924 - An Executive Committee consisting of the
officers and Past Potentates of Kosair was created. The
first meeting was held at Fontaine Ferry Park.
November 26, 1925 - The first Ceremonial was held in the
new Shrine Mosque at Floyd and Broadway.
October 3, 1928 - Special called meeting held whereby a
plan was submitted to the second mortgage bond holders
to purchase the first mortgage bond.
March 20, 1929 - A receiver appointed for Kosair Temple
Association, Inc. (Technical owners of the Mosque).
June 1, 1929 - Kosair Temple moved into quarters
furnished in the Henry Clay Hotel (now the YWCA at 3rd
December 19, 1933 - Kosair voted to move to property
owned by the Scottish Rite (actually, a house on what is
now the Scottish Rite parking lot at Brook and Gray
August 23, 1940 - Past Potentate Hoblitzell, chairman of
the Hospital Picnic Committee, reported net results of
September 11, 1942 - P.P. Hoblitzell reported a net
profit of $21,500 for the Picnic Committee.
April 21, 1943 - P. P. Charles Dungan reported a Circus
profit of $5.415.
August 10, 1945 - A special called meeting of Kosair
Temple was held on this date, the purpose of which was
to approve the purchase of the property of the Musicians
Club at 812 South Second Street. It was explained by the
Potentate that the property would be paid for with cash
from the Temple funds and no indebtedness of any nature
would be incurred by the Temple. A motion to purchase
the property was unanimously carried.
September 9, 1946 - The first meeting was held in new
quarters at 812 -:011th Second, Louisville.
January 10, 1947 - Membership stood at 2,322.
1948 - Under Potentate W. C. Fisher, Sr. the Temple
witnessed the visit of Imperial Potentate Galloway
Calhoun. In the fall of the year Kosair's then senior
Past Potentate John H. Cowles, was honored with a
dinner. Brother Cowles, it will be recalled, served as
the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite,
Southern Jurisdiction. III December at the Stated
Meeting, Pee Wee King entertained the Nobility.
1949 - Potentate H. M. Hessler, Sr., instituted a
musical festival entitled “Kosair on Parade” which was
held May 3rd at the Memorial Auditorium. Representatives
attend the Shrine Directors Convention in Denver and
invited that organization to hold its convention in
Louisville in 1950. Another highlight of the year was a
minstrel held November 3, 4 and 5.
March 22, 1950 - Kosair Temple acted as host to the
Shrine Directors Association whose convention was being
held in Louisville. P. P. and Recorder George F. Sengel
served as President of the S. D. A. Imperial Potentate
Harold Lloyd made his official visit to Kosair. David F.
Cocks was Potentate.
1951 - The Imperial Council Hospital Assessment was
increased from two to five dollars per year. The
Chanters and Oriental Bands men continued their annual
trek to Les Carrithers' farm for the Christmas tree
gathering ceremony which was followed by much
merrymaking. The trees from the farm of Noble Carrithers
were donated to Kosair Hospital and other charitable
institutions. Potentate William J. Netherton ended his
year with an increase of 284 Nobles, bringing Kosair's
membership to 3,465.
1956 - Under Potentate O. F. Barnette, the Temple made a
still remembered pilgrimage to the All State Ceremonial
at Ashland. Improvements in the dining room were
completed. Imperial Potentate Gerald Crary from Naja
Temple, Deadwood, South Dakota, visited Kosair; and
Quentin Scholtz was appointed director of the annual
fund raising picnic for Kosair Hospital.
1957 - Potentate E. C. Pearson was the host Potentate to
an All State Ceremonial which was held in Louisville on
1958 - Potentate Frank Richterkessing undertook a
monumental task of honoring the Past Potentates of
Kosair at the Fall Ceremonial on November 21st. He
assembled all of the pictures of the Past Potentates
which now hang in the reception area of the Temple. The
dinner and entertainment in the Flag Room of the
Kentucky Hotel were unexcelled.
1960 - Under Potentate C. T. Mathes, the Southeastern
Shrine Association once again visited Louisville. The
occasion was enhanced by the fact that Past Potentate
and Recorder George F. Sengel was elected President of
1961 - On June 2nd and 3rd, Kosair celebrated its 75th
Anniversary under direction of Potentate John Carpenter.
In addition to the four Kentucky Temples parading and
participating, Syrian Temple (Kosair's Mother Temple)
was also present in force. Many of the activities were
held at the Fairgrounds. In August, the Temple attended
the Southeastern Shrine Association Convention in
Atlanta. Grand Master C. J. Hyde was honored at the Fall
1962 - Forward-looking Potentate Clay Johnson saw the
tremendous potential of the Shrine outside Louisville.
He began his year by chartering the largest of Kosair's
Shrine Clubs - Riasok at Elizabethtown. The
Beautification League of Louisville made substantial
improvements in planting shrubbery and bulbs at Kosair
Hospital. Kosair was a large part of the pageantry of
the first Masonic Fraternal Day held at Freedom Hall
where all ancillary Masonic organizations paraded before
1963 - Imperial Potentate George M. Klepper was honored
at the Potentate's Ball of Kosair Potentate E. Skiles
(Pete) Jones. It was a dinner-dance, the first in
many-a-year for that activity. Kosair went big that year
with a "Riverboat Shuffle" aboard the Belle of
Louisville and oversold the event by almost 300 people.
Remember standing at the rail because of no seats? The
Temple dining room was redecorated, the Divan office
built and several other areas of the Temple including
the game room remodeled.
1964 - Under Potentate David R. Bass, Kosair had a very
successful train pilgrimage to the Southeastern
Convention in New Orleans. Kosair's long-time Recorder,
George Sengel, suffered a stroke and was replaced by an
interim recorder. Noble Luther Goheen was hired as
Kosair's first Executive Director to assist in Hospital
and Circus promotion.
1965 - The last of the great train pilgrimages was held
by Kosair when Potentate J. Miles Pound and the Temple
attended the Imperial Council Session in Washington, D.
C. The Motor Corps, Funsters and Horse Patrol were
begun. This was the beginning of the extensive expansion
of Kosair's Uniformed Bodies and Shrine Clubs and hobby
1966 - Under Potentate C. J. Hyde's direction, Kosair
began the tradition of holding annual tours and cruises,
the first going to Hawaii. Also, ladies of Nobles were
invited to the Ceremonial dinners and assisted in
"Fezzing" their husbands, a tradition that still exists
amongst the Novices. The third floor of the Temple was
remodeled by the Motor Corps. The parking lot size was
1967 - Potentate Hudson Rinehart breathed new life into
the Potentate's Ball with a lavish Uniformed Body
display amidst Oriental splendor at The Kentucky
Fairgrounds. A directory and Uniformed Body history was
published, and three new Units were established--the
Flying Fezzes, the Sunshriners and Photographers. The
Temple also participated in the inaugural parade for
Governor (and Kosair Noble) Louie B. Nunn.
1968 - The year 1968, under Potentate George S. Miller,
saw a visit at Derbytime by Kentucky native, Imperial
Potentate Tom Seay of Medinah Temple, Chicago. Also, a
most successful Southeastern Shrine Association
Convention was held in Louisville with Kosair as host
Temple on August 29, 30 and 31.
1969 - It was said that the Pied Piper was a Piker when
compared to Potentate Bill Strasser who was most adept
at activities such as "Little Shriners Night" when kids
lined the Temple wall-to-wall. He duplicated the effort
with a hot dog dinner and trip to the Louisville
Colonels baseball game for the small fry. Kosair
Karavanities, a variety show by and for Shriners and
their families was another interesting new idea tried by
1970 - Potentate Jim Booher continued the steady
improvement in Potentate's Balls by bringing back the
big band era with Tex Beneke. The Kosair Operating Fund
Campaign passed the $250,000 mark for the first time.
Kosair was quick to support new civic endeavors under
Potentate Booher, i.e., Shrine Night at the new Kentucky
Colonels Basketball games. Imperial Potentate Aubrey
Graham, Khedive Temple, visited Kosair in September.
1971 - "More fun in '71" was Potentate Jack Proctor's
slogan and he hasn't let up yet. One of the year's
highlights was the first Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament
to benefit Kosair Hospital. The Shrine's influence in
neighboring smaller cities such as Glasgow,
Elizabethtown and Leitchfield began to be felt as our
Uniformed Bodies traveled and paraded there. Contracts
were let for major remodeling of Kosair Hospital.
1972 - The Potentate's Ball was held a little late this
year -- in June, to be exact. Potentate W. C. Fisher,
Jr.'s wife presented him with a new son early in the
year, so the dancin' was delayed "Bud" set a modern
record, initiating 420 Novices in '72. Past Potentate
Proctor was appointed Executive Director of Kosair that
year. The dining room at the Temple was redecorated.
1973 - Under Potentate Frank E. Davis the Temple was
again host to the Southeastern Shrine Association
Convention, held in Louisville August 16-18, 1973. The
Temple also attended the Imperial Council Session in
Atlanta, Georgia, where numerous Kosair Units did well
in International competition. The Temple also attended
the Great Lakes Association Convention in Cincinnati.
The lighted, revolving fez, seen so often in parades,
was built in 13 by the Directors Staff under Potentate
1974 - A unique, Oriental-pageantry Potentate's Ball set
the theme for “More in '74" under Potentate Arthur B.
Wickham's guiding hand. The Derby Parade float, built by
the Directors Staff, won the Mayor's Trophy. The
Pro-Celebrity tournament was won by Charles Coody. Tours
were planned to Hong Kong, Copenhagen and Hawaii. The
goal was $325,000, which was
surpassed, especially through the efforts of dedicated
groups such as the Altrusa Club with their annual
auction, and the Glasgow Shrine Club with their-annual
tractor pull. A net gain for the year was 302 Nobles.
1975 - Potentate Jack Wilson instituted the Golden Camel
award for outstanding service to Kosair. The first award
was presented to dedicated Noble Brooks Reibert. The
Hawaiian Luau was a different and highly successful
entertainment event. A ladies Day was held at the
Temple, and the first lift-off of a hot air balloon
occurred from the lawn of Kosair Hospital. The Derby
Parade Float won the President's Cup, and the Directors
Staff built our "eight-humped camel". Kosair Kampers was
organized, and in October a reorganized All State
Ceremonial was held with Kosair as host and Wilson as
president and Past Potentate Wickham as Treasurer of the
1976 - The Bicentennial Year of our Country and Kosair
Temple's nineteenth birthday saw the leadership of
Potentate E. H. (Gene) Wells. Kosair's Uniformed Bodies
and Clubs were extremely active, participating in
perhaps a hundred community parades and Bicentennial
events. The Temple's pilgrimages were to the
Southeastern Shrine Association Convention in
Jacksonville, Florida, and the All State Ceremonial in
Owensboro, Kentucky. For the second year in a row, net
Circus income exceeded $80,000. A
committee was established to investigate purchasing a
new site for Kosair Temple.
The Future - It has been extremely interesting,
informative and educational writing this brief history
of Kosair Shrine Temple. No doubt there are many
mistakes, and, to say the least, a few oversights, and
perhaps even an insult or two. For these, apologies,
offered here, will hopefully be accepted.
Much credit should be given to Noble Brooks Reibert and
Past Potentate Allen M. Reager (deceased) who were
instrumental in gathering much of the older dates and
history. Through this entire session of putting a few
words on paper, though, the questions that recur most
frequently are: Just what has made Kosair Temple so
great? Why has it endured through good times and bad?
Why is it still the fastest growing Masonic body? What
has been the best thing the Temple has accomplished?
What does the future hold? There is no easy answer.
The end of Kosair's ninetieth year is here. Kosair
Temple is just a few years short of being half as old as
our Country, and certainly Kosair's spirit has caused
our great Republic to achieve some of its greatness just
as our Country's Freedom has allowed Kosair and the
Shrine to contribute to humanity.
As we sit
in Annual Session in January, beginning Kosair's
ninety-first year, listening to various reports all
confirmed by audits and committees regarding the gain in
membership; the number of unregenerate sons of the
desert that have been gathered under the protecting dome
of our Temple; the number of dollars we have accumulated
in our investment accounts; let us ask ourselves, "What
difference does it make?
Is Kosair Temple an organization which bases its
prosperity on the number of new Nobles created - or, on
the quality of new members? Does it really matter how
many were initiated? Is Kosair Temple a bank? Does any
Noble expect a financial dividend from his Temple? What
do the dollars really amount to?
Let us ask ourselves if our Temple has brought more
closely together the factions which may from time to
time arise within its membership rank. Let us ask if it
has persuaded to active work a greater number of its
Let us ask if the Nobility has enjoyed the Ceremonials
and laughingly, lovingly, joined to a greater extent
into the delicious foolishness characteristic of the
Order. Let us ask if through its charitable work, its
public appearances, the decorum of its meetings and its
parades the Temple's reputation has been raised or
Let us ask how many crippled and burned children our
Temple has Oven the chance to regain health and strength
that they may grow into useful citizens. Let us ask if
we have sent coal to the widow, food to the hungry and
help to the needy.
It is submitted that the answers to these latter
questions will automatically answer the former questions
about why we have endured and why we have been a great
Temple. The soul of the Temple is the collective soul of
Truly the Shrine need not count numbers or dollars added
to our coffers, but must count deeds which add to human
happiness. It is by these standards that we should
measure, and for these deeds that we should put the
stamp of approval upon all past administrations of
Kosair Temple, always remembering that success begets
success, and, if for no other reason than that, Kosair
Temple and its Nobility can look forward to many years
of redeeming "Happiness Dividends- - the greatest reward
Respectfully submitted by Jack Wilson, PP 1975
1976 - The Bicentennial Year of our Country and Kosair
Temple's ninetieth birthday saw the leadership of
Potentate E. H. (Gene) Wells. Kosair's Uniformed Bodies
and Clubs were extremely active, participating in many
community parades and Bicentennial events. The Temple's
pilgrimages were to the Southeastern Shrine Association
Convention in Jacksonville. Florida, and the All State
Ceremonial in Owensboro, Kentucky. For the second year
in a row, net circus income exceeded $80,000. A committee was established to
investigate purchasing a new site for Kosair Temple.
1977 - Potentate Verlon Gosser saw the Pro-Celebrity
Golf Tournament pass the $50.000 mark in raising funds
for Kosair Charities. Perhaps the presence of comedian
Bob Hope had something to do with it. This year dues
were increased to the level of $25.00. Kosair was
selected to host the 1980 meeting of the Southeastern
Shrine Association in Louisville. The Imperial Council
approved plans for building new hospitals to replace the
Chicago. Illinois and Portland, Oregon units. Options
regarding the future of Kosair Crippled Children
Hospital began to be studied.
1978 - Verlon Gosser served as Potentate for a second
term because of a departure from the Divan and an
unwillingness of Divan members to advance in office. The
Temple approved the purchase of a 52-acre tract of land
on River Road at Indian Hills Road for the possible
location of a new Temple. The Shrine Directors
Association of North America selected Louisville as the
site of its 1982 meeting. A joint Kosair-Rizpah
Ceremonial was held in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Potentate Jim Russell saw Kosair's Pegasus Parade float
capture the Grand Prize in the non-commercial division.
In February a new chief executive officer, Ed
Schottland, was employed by the Board of Kosair
Charities Committee to run Kosair Crippled Children
Hospital and to bring it into the mainstream of modern
hospital operation. A new relationship was begun with
owners of McDonald's with "McHappy Days" where certain
profits were contributed to the hospital. The new
Imperial Council Headquarters in Tampa, Florida opened
1980 - The Forty-Sixth Annual Session of the
Southeastern Shrine Association met in Louisville in
1980, the year of Potentate J. W. Compton. Thirty-eight
Temples were represented. Imperial Potentate Hogan H'
Doubler also visited Kosair. Kosair Crippled Children
Hospital took on an international flair when it provided
recuperative facilities for little Alicia Cruz, a
Nicaraguan child who had undergone a highly experimental
and pioneering orthopedic operation.
1981 - On four consecutive weekends, the Great Lakes
Crescent Bowlers competed in Louisville early in
Potentate Harlie Sadkr's year. The Kosair Hospital
Campaign later set a record of raising $428.000. A
certificate of need was granted which allowed Kosair
Crippled Children Hospital and a local hospital to
consolidate. Later, approval was received from Kentucky
Health Systems Agency-West to allow a consolidated
hospital to build a new facility.
1982 - Big Jay Thomson, Potentate for 1982, encouraged
Kosair's Nobility to participate in the All-State
Ceremonial and weekend in Lexington, Kentucky in
conjunction with National Shrine Hospital Day. May 16.
Kosair's Pegasus Parade float again won the Grand Prize.
1983 - Potentate Ray Werner hosted an All-State
Ceremonial in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Nobles of Kosair
participated in organizing and running a successful
health screening pro-gram city-wide called "Health
Focus". A family picnic was held on the River Road
property purchased in 1978. Attempts to raise funds to
build a new Mosque were somewhat successful. An offer to
purchase the River Road property from Kosair was
defeated at a Temple meeting. Louisville General
Hospital was demolished to make room for the new hospital. However, the hospital was built in
another location (.see 1984).
1984 - Louisville was again host to the Southeastern
Shrine Association's annual meeting during Potentate
Rich Raderer's term on August 23-25. A lease with NKC,
who had been operating Kosair Crippled Children Hospital
since the consolidation in 1981, expired and the
property reverted to control by Kosair Charities
Committee. This enabled the Charities Committee to begin
planning Kosair Charities Centre. Ground was broken for
the new hospital at Floyd and Chestnut
on November 4.
1985 - During Jim Duncan's tenure as Potentate, new,
revised bylaws for Kosair Temple were written and
approved. Kosair Charities Centre opened with its first
tenants. Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children opened
the newest hospital in the Shrine chain of hospitals at
Tampa, Florida in October. Kosair's Amateur Radio Club
set up and organized a radio station at the local hospital, thus enabling the young patients to
communicate with families and friends.
1986 - Potentate Bill Buckaway led the Temple into its
Centennial Year. One highlight was the Centennial
Celebration held on the grounds of Kosair Charities
Centre, 982 Eastern Park-way. In a return to the
atmosphere of the old "Kosair Picnics" of the 1940s and
1950s, the Charities Centre was dedicated and officially
opened on June 14 in "Charter Day" ceremonies. Also, the
Temple was launched into its second one hundred years of
service to the community and fun and fellowship amongst
the Nobility, On December 21, amidst much pageantry and
splendor, and with many distinguished guests, including
representatives from the Imperial Council and Shriners
Hospitals for Crippled Children. The local hospital was officially dedicated and opened. Thus
commenced a new commitment from the Shriners of Kosair
Temple to health care for children. Also, a new
relationship between Kosair and the Imperial Council was
begun as, during the year, Kosair's charitable endeavors
through Kosair Charities Committee. Inc., were
officially recognized by the Imperial Council of the
Shrine of North America.
1987 - A resolution was passed in 1987 which Changed the
time of stated and called meetings from 8:00 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. in hopes of encouraging more attendance from
elderly members and those who lived outside Jefferson
County, KY. Potentate Rudy Pohl's year was the
beneficiary of the Temple's leasing approximately
one-half of the River Road property to a golf training
facility. However, increasing expenses of the Temple
created a need to pass a resolution, which increased
dues to $37.50 and $50.00 annually for 1988 and 1989,
respectively. The outside of the Temple was painted, the
inside spruced-up, and new carpet laid in the dining
room. The uniformed bodies attended the S.E.S.A. in
Atlanta in August: a few attended the Kerbela FunFest in
Gatlinburg, Tennessee in May. Family theme nights,
notably Mexican. After-Tax, and Bavarian, were held on
Fridays. A picnic celebration was again held at Kosair
Chari-ties Centre. Imperial Potentate Voris King
attended an 'Ole Time Cookout' at the All-State
Ceremonial in Louisville in July. Fifty-four Novices
were created Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. The first
pediatric kidney transplant was successfully performed
at the local hospital.
1988 - The beginning of Potentate C. Brown Allen's year
was launched by the annual Kosair Shrine Circus's move
from downtown Louisville to Broadbent Arena at the
Kentucky State Fairgrounds. There was also a celebration
in Cincinnati in February for the 20th anniversary of
the Shrine Burns Institutes. For the second time during
his administration. Imperial Potentate Voris King
visited Kosair Temple. He reported that he and others
were instrumental in having an opportunity to spend time
with President Ronald Reagan where the President became
a Master Mason, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a
Noble of the Mystic Shrine all in the same day. The
Kentucky State Legislature, partially through the
efforts of Kosair's lobbying efforts, passed a
charitable and fraternal gaming law which later made it
possible for the Temple to derive the benefits of
certain games of chance. The "Luxury Car Party" was
re-instituted and raised a sizable sum for the new
temple building fund. Computers brought the Recorder's
Office into mainstream administrative business
procedures. A significant event in 1988 was a resolution
that was passed which changed the annual election of
Temple officers from the annual meeting night in January
to the stated meeting night in December of the year
preceding the one in which the officers were to serve.
Kosair Charities began an outreach program. One of its
first recipients was young Kelly Arnold. A $25.000 grant
was awarded for her specialized treatment at the
University of Virginia Hospital. About 150 Nobles
attended a day of celebration in her hometown of
Campbellsburg, KY. The Temple attended the S.E.S.A. in
Lexington. Ky. A new addition was added to the Lexington
Unit of Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children. It
virtually created an entirely new hospital. Cincinnati
Burns Institute implemented a fixed-wing air
transportation service for critically burned children.
Kosair distributed $200,000 in special grants at a
"Celebration for Youth'' which was held at Memorial
Auditorium in Louisville.
1989 - Potentate E. G. Christian, M.D. improved Shrine
Club business by opening the dining room for dinner and
entertainment on Friday nights in addition to theme
nights. Later in the year, a new club manager was
employed. The successful Luxury Car Auction was
continued, but a smaller car was given in addition to
the luxury model in order to enhance profits for the new
temple building fund. A fishing derby was held at Lake
Cumberland in April and the traveling Nobility were able
to take advantage of Temple-sponsored tours to such
exotic places as Mexico and Alaska. Kosair Charities
continued to expand their special grants program which
this year exceeded $400,000. The program also expanded
into areas that treated or involved the total family as
well as the total child. Major bylaws changes were
implemented. They brought Temple bylaws into compliance
with imperial Council bylaws and rules. A groundbreaking
ceremony was held in June for the building of an
entirely new Shrine Burns Institute. Kosair Kolums, the
Temple's monthly newsletter won the Imperial Potentate's
very first "Dromedary Award" for being the best temple
publication for temples in Kosair's six classification.
1990 - A lease with the golf academy on the Temple's
River Road property was renegotiated with a favorable
increase during Potentate A. J. Passafiume's year. This
was the year that Bingo began for Kosair Temple. Several
hundred thousands of dollars were to be added to
Kosair's coffers over the next several years, thanks to
the passage of the Kentucky charitable gaming law
enactment in 1989. A new sound system was installed in
the Temple ballroom. Kosair Kolums won its second
first-place Dromedary Award for being the best Shrine
publication in the Temple's size category. Over 1000
people attended the second "Celebration of Youth" which
was held at Hardscuffle Farm in Oldham County. KY, in
conjunction with the Louisville Orchestra and other
civic-minded organizations, notably the local banks. One
of the results of Kosair Charities' special needs
program was a medical breakthrough. It involved the
removal of a "port wine stain" birth defect or mark from
the face of a four-year-old little girl. Again, Kosair’s
bylaws were amended for technical reasons. The S.E.S.A.
was held in Chattanooga. TN., the Imperial Council
Session was in Chicago, Kosair Temple made a pilgrimage
to Elizabethtown for a summer ceremonial at Riasok
Improvements continued to be made to Kosair Temple and
the Shrine Club under Potentate Gill Hardwick's
leadership. A completely new look appeared in the lounge
and dining room with changed wallpaper and new paint.
Round tables were purchased for the ballroom; new bar
stools and television were added to the bar and grill
area; the upstairs ladies lounge received new carpeting,
drapes and paint; a new stainless steel
sandwich-salad-ice cream station, and a new freezer and
dishwasher were purchased for the kitchen. A chair lift
for the Temple was approved and purchased. It enables
Temple visitors needing assistance to go from street
level to the dining room and ballroom levels. $75,000
was transferred from the special fund-raising account to
the general fund and earmarked for the capital
improvements aforementioned. Five hundred dollars were
appropriated to begin a planning process for the
construction of a slimmer pavilion on the River Road
property. The first family picnic was held there on July
14, 1991. Construction on sewer hook-ups on the property
was authorized at a cost of approximately $40,000. The
Chief Rabban was authorized to change the promoter for
the 1992 Kosair Shrine Circus, and the George Carden
Circus International was employed. A resolution was
passed inviting the S. E.S.A. convention to Louisville
in 1995. The Potentate's Lady held a successful "Mystery
Trip" with unknown and surprise destinations. A
well-received luncheon was held for widows of Nobles of
Kosair Temple. Afternoon indoor Stag Outings were
initiated and Fri-day Family Nights were continued and
increased to one every month. Nobles were treated to a
Mexican-Yucatan/Western Caribbean Cruise and a special
Fall Foliage Cruise from Montreal, Canada to New York
City. The Temple attended the S.E.S.A. in Tampa, Florida
and returned home with many uniformed body trophies. The
Kentucky All-State Ceremonial was held in Louisville in
June. Deputy Imperial Potentate Jack Dean attended.
Imperial Outer Guard candidates Kenneth Smith and Tad
Claypool also attended. Kosair Kolums won its third
consecutive first-place Dromedary Award for being the
best Temple publication in Kosair's size class.
1992 - A very important milestone was reached in
Potentate Willie Williamson's year. A contract for
approximately $132,000 was signed for the building of a
summer pavilion on the River Road property. It was
completed in early fall and was hailed by the Nobility
as s reward for their successful fund raising efforts
for an eventual new temple on the property. On advice
from the Finance Committee, the investment accounts of
Kosair Temple were restructured in order to give the
temple a better total re-turn. Dr. A. B. Wickham, PP.,
was installed as President of the Southeastern Shrine
Association, an honor which comes to a Kosair Noble only
once every thirty-two years because of the rotation
system employed in the elections. The Temple attended
the S.E.S.A. in Pensacola. Florida. Imperial Potentate
Everett Evans visited Kosair Temple at the September
stated meeting. His unusual style of travel was in
"Shrine-One." a huge bus that toured the country touting
Shrinedom and its philanthropy. Pat Day won the 118th
Kentucky Derby aboard Lil E. Tee. He had visited the
children at the local hospital the day before,
and had promised them he would win for them. Pictures of
Pat in the winner's circle showed him wearing his Kosair
Children's "Just For Kids" cap. The chair-lift project
was completed; the "nine-foot-tall Shriner made its
first appearance during the Christmas season; a Hawaii
cruise was sponsored in October; and Kosair Kolums won
its fourth consecutive first-place Dromedary Award as
the Shrine's best temple publication in Kosair's size
classification. Larry D. Hamfeldt replaced Jack Proctor,
PP, who retired as Executive Director of Kosair
Chari-ties Committee. Inc.
1993 - Potentate Larry D. Hamfeldt got his year started
with a bang with a public installation immediately
following the annual meeting of Kosair Temple. Then came
the famous "Jimmy Buffet Style" party in the ballroom.
This set the tone for a year full of "Theme" nights,
picnics at the pavilion, mystery tours and ice cream
socials. Eight-thousand dollars was appropriated to
purchase tables, chairs and kitchen equipment for the
picnic pavilion, which was to see its first year of
heavy use. Also authorized was an architectural firm's
drawing of preliminary plans for a future new temple on
the River Road site. Vidalia Onions were in vogue in the
spring as a fund raising effort. The year saw Glasgow
Shrine Club's donations through their fund raising
efforts grow to a total of $212,000. Over $3.8 million
in special grants were awarded by Kosair Charities. A
celebration of 70 years of service was held at Kosair
Charities Center in February; a new film describing
Kosair Charities' community efforts was unveiled at
"Charities Night- at the Temple in October. An
allocation of $25,000 was made to renovate the Temple
restrooms and hallway, and to make the restrooms
handicap accessible. The Foster Brooks Pro-Celebrity
Golf and Tennis Tournament celebrated its 241h year of
giving to Kosair Charities and the Kosair Safari marked
its 25th year. Kosair Kolums won its fifth consecutive
time place Dromedary Award for being the best temple
publication for Kosair's size classification.
1994 - The new year began with great expectations.
Potentate Aubrey Combs expanded the public installation
of officers by inviting Gene Bracewell. Past Imperial
Potentate and Chairman of the Board of Shriners
Hospitals for Crippled Children, to be the installing
officer. A nice crowd attended in spite of record
snowfalls. The installation and reception were held at
the Louisville Scottish Rite Temple. Kosair Charities
announced the building of the 49.000 square foot Kosair
Charities Pediatric Center in downtown Louisville.
Located at Floyd and Chest-nut Streets, it will house
the University of Louisville School of Medicine's Child
Evaluation Center and faculty offices for the Department
of Pediatrics upon its completion in 1995. Kosair Circus
was again successful under the direction of George
Carden Circus International. Imperial Potentate Tony
Bukey visited a family night dinner on March 4 where he
was greeted by Shriners and their families in a packed
Temple ballroom. The Potentate's Ball was re-instituted,
and was held in April. Family nights continued to be
popular events. Not only were they held at the Temple,
but as spring rolled around, they moved to the River
Road Pavilion. Trips to London, England plus Italy,
Switzerland and the Alps on the Orient Express and a
Mexican Riviera Cruise were planned. The Kentucky
All-State Ceremonial was held in Lexington in
conjunction with National Shrine Hospital Day. The
Temple attended the Southeastern Shrine Association
Convention in Nashville and Divan members and
Representatives attended the Imperial Council Session in
Denver. The Foster Brooks Pro-Celebrity Golf & Tennis
Tournament was again a successful endeavor for Kosair
Charities, The Luxury Car Auction, for the benefit of
the New Temple Building Fund, was held in September.
Kosair Kolums won its sixth straight first-place
"Dromedary Award' in competition with Shrine
publications for Temples of Kosair's size.
1995 - Illustrious Potentate Gary Fields began his year
by announcing that the "Temple Will Come Alive in '95!"
The only bachelor Potentate in many years also
proclaimed that it would be a "FUN YEAR" at Kosair
Temple. Imperial Potentate Burton Ravellene visited
Kosair's Oasis while officially being in Louisville for
the Mid-Winter Southeastern Shrine Association Meeting
(SESA). Later, in August, Imperial Sir Robert Bailey
attended the SESA in Louisville from August 10-12 - one
of the known times that Kosair had ever entertained two
Imperial Potentates in the same year. Illustrious Sir
Fields implemented a number of changes at Kosair:
birthdays of Nobles were published in Kosair Kolums, the
official magazine of the Temple; a lunch for widows of
deceased Nobles was held: one Noble each month was
designated as "Noble of the Month" and received a
special parking spot. The Temple made official
pilgrimages to the FunFest in Gatlinburg, sponsored by
Kerbela Temple, and the Imperial Council Session in
Indianapolis. The Temple hosted an AU-State Ceremonial
in Louisville. November 10-11. A pilgrimage was made to
Lebanon, KY for a ceremonial in September. In addressing
the issue of declining membership, Potentate Fields also
began a series of "cold sands ceremonials" whereby
novices were inducted every suited meeting night,
fore-going the customary second section. A $145,000
remodeling program was begun where many improvements to
the Temple were accomplished: updated signage, paving of
the parking lots, gutter replacement, kitchen repairs
and remodeling of the second floor ladies' lounge. On
the international level, Noble George Barnes of Kosair
Temple was elected president of Hi-12 International.
1996 - Potentate Art Linde began his year by proclaiming
at an open installation, "Together, We Can Make a
Difference” a theme of uniting all Masons, Shriners and
their families into a cohesive family that would become
more involved in Kosair Temple activities. Kosair Circus
produced the largest income ever, partly due to awarding
the concession contract to a new vendor. The Imperial
Council advocated the start of Shrine sponsored youth
athletic programs. Thus, the Beechmont Soccer League was
formed and sponsored by Kosair Temple. Unfortunately, in
the early pan of the year, Kosair lost one of its
esteemed Past Potentates - E. C. Pearson. Later, Past
Potentate W. C. “Bud" Fisher, Jr. died suddenly, then
later in the year Past Potentate Frank Richterkessing
passed away. The Temple moved onward and upward in spite
of the loss of three of its most revered leaders. In
mid-Year Kosair Temple received an offer from David A.
Jones, a local philanthropist, to purchase the Temple's
fifty-five acre property located at River Road and
Indian Hills Trail. The Temple had built a picnic
pavilion on the site a few years earlier, but use was
minimal. Initially, the land was to be used for building
a new Temple but declining membership and increasing
costs and regulations made that a near-term
improbability. The Temple accented the offer of $1.5
million, almost a million dollars more than, land, what
was invested in the property, and sold the tract of to
Mr. Jones, who gave the property to the City of
Louisville for use as a park. Proceeds from the sale
were deposited in an investment fund. Kosair Shrine Club
and Lounge had experienced financial difficulties for
several years, so Potentate Linde closed the facility
temporarily that everyone could regroup and start anew.
The Club reopened on September 9th with new management,
staff and menus. During the year, new carpeting, chairs
and kitchen equipment were purchased for the Shrine
Club. Mobile. Alabama was the location of the 1996 SESA,
and the Imperial Council Session was held in New
1997 - The 75th anniversary of Shriners Hospitals
Hospital also ushered in Illustrious Sir Carroll Barrett
as Potentate. Not only did Kosair Temple participate in
International Shrine Hospital Day in Lexington, but
there were also notable involvements with Kosair
Charities by the Nobles of Kosair Temple. They included
participation in Kentucky Derby Festival activities such
as KyDzFest and the support of internationally renowned
Equitana USA. Illustrious Sir Barrett was the only
Potentate to ever receive a live piglet as a gift at his
Potentate's Ball. This set the tone for fun times for
all. Imperial Potentate John VerMaas visited Kosair
Temple in April and addressed the Nobility and their
families at a reception at the Temple. Theme nights were
abundant during 1997; some sponsored by Kosair
Charities, others by the Temple - a Roarin' 20s Party: a
Hawaiian Luau: and a Deep Caribbean Party. The Temple
made a pilgrimage to the Kerbela FunFest in Gatlinburg,
Tennessee. Members of the Divan participated with RIASOK
Shrine Club in accepting a check at a Brotherhood
Banquet jointly from them and the Elizabethtown Knights
of Columbus for $7500 for Kosair Charities. The Imperial
Council Session was held in St. Louis, Missouri, and an
SESA pilgrimage was made to Savannah, Georgia.
1998 - Illustrious Potentate H. F. "Butch” Govoni had
the honor of having Imperial Potentate Lew Brantley
install the Temple officers on January 17, 1998, in the
Louisville Scottish Rite auditorium. The Potentate had
an upbeat motto that reflected the heritage of Kentucky
- WIN, PLACE and SHOW - where "Kids are the Winners,"
"Kosair Temple is the Place," and "Shriners are the
Show!" The year may best be remembered for the renewed
vitality of “Theme Nights” They included such things as
an Italian Night, a Fat Friday Party, Kosair Corral
Night, By the River Night, a Watermelon Moon and
Newgrass Night, a Chili Cookoff and finally a
Thanksgiving Dinner Night. Additionally, there were
monthly 'Steakouts" that were served by the Potentate's
Staff. In all, it was a very social year that made good
use of the remodeled lounge and side dining room at the
Temple. Attendance at all events was outstanding. If not
best remembered for the foregoing, the year will be in
the hearts of many Nobles for the installation of an
elevator that goes from the basement to the ballroom
levels, thus making the entire Temple more accessible to
the handicapped. Shrine Clubs again came through for
Kosair Charities with significant gifts, especially
those from RIASOK ($8500) and Glasgow ($22.500).
Potentate Govoni, along with fellow Legion of Honor
members, represented Kosair Temple at a wreath-laying
ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of
the Unknowns. There were two ceremonials in 1998, one
was held at the Temple rather than using multiple
venues. Kosair Temple was recognized by the Imperial
Potentate as being one of only three of 198 Temples
doing what must be done if Shrinedom is to reverse a
down-ward trend in membership. Management of the Shrine
Club was restructured in an attempt to cut costs and
increase business in hopes of long-sought profitability.
The Recorder's office was completely remodeled, a new
computer system was purchased, a pension plan was
inaugurated for Temple employees, and major renovations
were made to the side dining room.
1999 - Illustrious Potentate Leonard Sewell assumed the
leadership of Kosair Temple in 1999. January 10th, just
two days after the installation of officers, the
Potentate hosted an open house that was more like a
musical revue with singing, dancing and skits of all
kinds. It was a lavish and enjoyable event. The final
Kosair Charities grant numbers were in for 1998 and
1999. $5.73 million was allocated for 31 healthcare
agencies, and a one-time grant of $6.2 million was
awarded the Home of the Innocents for construction of
its new childcare campus on East Market Street. Emphasis
was placed on membership and how many other Temples had
adopted solid membership programs. Kosair followed suit
by hosting a program where a Master Mason could become a
member of the Scottish Rite and the Shrine all in one
day. Masons could receive the required degrees in the
morning and afternoon, then attend a Shrine Ceremonial
in the early evening. A colorful brochure was mailed to
Masons throughout central Kentucky: many visits to Blue
Lodges were made, and the results of the unique program
were outstanding, as 313 Masons became Shriners in only
one day, thus stemming the tide of membership losses
that many Temples were experiencing. New membership
added up to 361 Nobles being elected Shriners in 1999.
Kosair's percentage of new members was the highest in
the country at over 6%. Several ranking Grand Lodge of
Kentucky officers became Shriners on that day, notably
the Deputy Grand Master, the Grand Senior Warden and the
Grand Junior Warden, thus better cementing relations
between the Shrine and its prerequisite organizations.
Deputy Imperial Potentate Ralph Semb visited Kosair
Temple prior to the annual Imperial Council Session.
There was no question that he liked Kosair's enthusiasm,
spirit and results. A statue of "Editorial Without
Words” was donated and placed on Chestnut Street at
Floyd Street in front of the local hospital. The
statue depicts a Shriner holding a child with crutches
in its hands. A Temple trip was taken to the Southern
Caribbean; Nobles went on a fishing trip to Panama City.
Florida: the Temple's Pegasus Parade float won the
Governor's Trophy: and many Shriners and families
enjoyed a trip on the Belle of Louisville. And the
Potentate's Ball was a fun Bourbon Street Mardi Gras
party enjoyed by all.
2000 - There was what one might call a "Blackout in
2000”, the Millennium Year (or Y2K when everyone thought
all computer systems worldwide would collapse), as
Illustrious Sir Eddie Black assumed the reins of
authority at Kosair Temple. There were a lot of "Black"
programs, such as a once-a-month "Chat with Black"
session where any Noble could find Potentate Eddie at
the Temple addressing one's concerns, both good and bad,
and discussing things openly over coffee and doughnuts;
a "Black" party where cowboys and cowgirls, et al, would
force attendees into a western shotgun wedding, or to
spend some time in the pokey. "Judge" Eddie Black was
willing to sentence them all to jail for only minor
infractions of the law. Of course, getting out was easy,
and benefited Kosair Charities as well. "Theme Nights"
on Fridays were a big hit, and well attended throughout
the year. It was also a milestone year for Kosair Circus
as it attained 75 yews of consecutive performances.
Following the success of the previous year's one-day
Scottish Rite initiation and Shrine Ceremonial.
Potentate Black held a joint initiation with the York
Rite bodies. There were 146 candidates for the York
Rite, and 120 Novices for Kosair Temple. Among the
notables in the class was Lt. Gov. of Kentucky Steve
Henry. He and his wife, former Miss America Heather
French, attended the Ceremonial Banquet Kosair purchased
the unoccupied lot directly across the street from the
Temple for un-specified future use. A new floor was
installed in the ballroom, lighting was upgraded, room
dividers and a new floor were in-stalled in the dining
room and lounge. Nobles and families enjoyed a Western
Caribbean cruise, and the Kerbela FunFest in the Smoky
Mountains. Kosair Charities was instrumental in get-ting
over 400 "Kosair Kids" into Valhalla Golf Club for the
PGA Championship. What a thrill for underprivileged
children! Un-fortunately, Past Potentate E. C. Christian
passed away during the year. And, finally, nobody had to
worry about computers collapsing: they did just fine
throughout the "Blackout."
2001 -The first year of the new millennium at least some
people called it that, while others think it all started
in 2000) ushered in Roger P. Smith as Kosair's
Potentate. Treasurer Frank Steller did not seek
reelection after serving for fourteen years. The Temple
voted him Treasurer Emeritus for his dedication and
service. Gary Goff succeeded him. It was pointed out at
the annual meeting that Kosair's revolving Fez parade
vehicle, built in 1973, had traveled 78.302 miles
spreading the word about Shrinedom, thanks to Vene
Weissert and his father before him. Movies came to the
"big screen" at Kosair - a great idea that didn't last
long because of the competition from stadium seating in
the suburbs. The first movie was "Jurassic Park."
Property behind Kosair Temple, fronting on Third Street,
was purchased for additional parking and expansion. On
it was a small building that can be used for storage.
One-hundred-and-one-year-old Clifton Demaree was treated
to an elephant ride at Kosair Circus in February -
something he had yearned to do all of his life. The
Louisville Motet Singers and the Murat Temple Chanters
performed at family nights. A one-day Scottish Rite
Reunion and Shrine Ceremonial were held on June 9th
where a Mason could become both a 32° Scottish Rite
Mason and a Shriner all in one day. Nine sons of
Shriners were in the class. Buzz Aldrin (the second man
on the moon), a 33' Mason and Shriner was in Louisville
for the Derby Festival Parade and schmoozed with some of
the Kosair participants. Shriners' ladies enjoyed a full
day trip to Brown County, Indiana in the fall. Oriental
Night and Caribbean Night were big hits at the family
dinners. Sumo wrestling and limbo dancing were well
received. The club kitchen was almost totally remodeled,
including all new steel appliances. Kosair Charities
committed $2.5 million toward the building of the Kosair
Charities Pediatric Pavilion at the Frazier Rehab
Institute. Glasgow and Riasok Shrine Clubs came through
again with outstanding fundraising contributions
respectively $25.000 and $10.000. A canopy over the
doorway and north parking lot was completed to allow
entrance to the Temple in inclement weather.
2002 - One of the first family activities in this year
was the Yoshi (Young Shriners) sponsorship of a Daytona
500 Party. Speeding in with the crowd was Potentate
Gordon Berry, who set a hectic pace that was difficult
to challenge with so many weekly activities at Kosair
Temple. Past Potentate C. Brown Allen was elected
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lexington Unit
of Shriners Hospitals for Children. This was the first
time in history that the office was held by a Kosair
Noble. Still hanging under the cloud of the 911 attack,
Temple travel was somewhat restricted to safer, less
expensive trips. So a bus trip to Biloxi and the Gulf
Coast was held, then followed by another trip to
Branson, MO. The theme for the year was "Recruitment -
Restoration - Retention." Part of this was accomplished
by a Shrine/York Rite Festival/Ceremonial. Master Masons
were also welcome for the first time to join just the
Shrine if they chose to do so. A Mother’s Day Brunch,
and later a Father’s Day Brunch, were held on a Sunday.
A family picnic was held, the first in a long time. The
float builders of the Temple were rewarded again with
the top prize in their category of self-built floats
that entered the Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade.
"Kosair Kolums" won first place in its category in the
Imperial Council Dromedary Award - for the eighth time.
Many of Kosair's uniformed bodies participated in the
Memorial Day Massing of the Colors on the Riverfront
Belvedere. Continuing the legacy of helping children in
need, Kosair Charities awarded more than $6 million in
grants to two dozen agencies that pro-vide vital care
for children in Kentucky and southern Indiana. Since the
1980s, Kosair Charities has contributed more than $80
million to help children in the area enjoy a brighter
future. In November, Kosair Charities was named
Philanthropist of the Year. The event was National
Philanthropy Day, a special day set aside to recognize
and pay tribute to the great contributions that
philanthropy, and those people active in the
philanthropic community, had made to the community, and
the effect it had on the fabric of society.
2003 - One of the nicest things that could happen to a
Potentate is to be installed into office while his
father and son both watch from the sidelines. That's
exactly what happened to Potentate Alton H. Roberts, Jr.
as three generations of family were there for the event
- all were Shriners. Wild and wacky, hut lots of fun,
were the family and theme nights. These included a
Country Wedding and a Fruit Scooting Derby, and other
activities to promote fun and fellowship amongst the
Nobility. The commitment of over $6,000.000 for the Home
of the Innocents by Kosair Charities came to life with
the opening of the new campus for children. Work
commenced on the over $2,500,000 commitment to Frazier
Rehab Institute for Children, which was also funded by
Kosair Charities. Needless to say, Kosair
Shriners could take pride in the expanded services that
help children in the Kentuckiana area. Kosair Temple's
leadership strived to improve communications with our
business partners, Jewish Frazier
Rehab Institute and Home of the Innocents. Kosair has
ahead of it a great future while continuing to help
children who are unable to help themselves. We must
never lose focus of why we are Shriners! All of us
together do make a difference. Good men with diversified
backgrounds can accomplish any task.
2004 - Eddie Chrisman, Potentate
2005 - Ken Reiss, Potentate
2006 - Joe Myers, Potentate
2007 - Bob Frye, Potentate
2008 - Jim Fisher Sr., Potentate
2009 - Walter Randolph “Randy” Coe, Potentate
Throughout the 2009 year your Officers, Units, Clubs and
Committees have attempted to give you suitable
activities and entertainment which could be enjoyed by
the majority of the Nobility. Our Temple has benefitted
Entertainment theme nights.
2. Friday night dinners with professional entertainment.
3. More than thirty-five community parades including the
Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade.
4. The 2009 Elective Divan is installed by Ill. Sirs
Roger Smith, PP and Lenny Sewell, PP with special
entertainment by our Funsters Unit and Oriental Band.
Noble Cecil Hardin is a particularly entertaining
attraction as part of the band.
5. Kosair Greeters – “Mason-Knight Dance” with the
Knights of Columbus.
6. Kosair Super Bowl party.
7. Kosair Shrine Circus lead by Nobles Ted Burgin and JR
Riggs is very successful.
8. Kosair Valentine dance.
9. Kosair Ceremonial Director’s Staff participates in
the Shrine Directors Association annual convention.
10. Riasok Shrine Club – Knights of Columbus
11. Kosair Oriental Band Mardi Gras dance.
12. Kosair Shrine Legion of Honor Unit hosts the
International Legions of Honor convention.
13. Kosair Cajun Night party.
14. ARCH Presentation Ceremony lead by Chief Rabban Kirk
15. Kosair Shriners exhibit at the Mid-America Truck
Show for the Shriners Hospitals for Children and Kosair
16. YoShi Beach Party.
17. SESA Past Masters Mid-Winter Meeting is hosted by
the Kosair Past Masters Unit.
18. Kosair Derby Party.
19. Ladies Oriental Club pajama party.
20. SESG & HA Mid-Winter Meeting hosted by the Kosair
21. “Kosair in the Smokies” trip and Dolly Parade.
22. Noble Patrick Miller and his Lady Janice raise
thousands of dollars for Kosair Charities and the
Louisville Scottish Rite Foundation with a fine magic
23. "Hospital Day" at the Shriners Hospital for
Children, Lexington Unit. Nobles H.I. Stroth and Chief
Rabban Kirk Carter serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman.
24. Kosair Top Hat Gun Club is chartered.
25. Imperial Convention in San Antonio, TX with Kosair
Shrine Temple in the parade.
26. Kosair Boat Club “Christmas in July” for children.
27. The Sam Swope Road Rally benefiting Kosair Charities
is very successful.
28. York Rite – Kosair Shrine Temple Unity Class lead by
Noble J. B. Hitt Jr. brings sixty-nine new Nobles as
29. Two “All Masons” Golf Outings.
30. Kosair “Marqaritaville" party.
31. Belle of Louisville cruise with members of the
Kosair Funsters entertaining hundreds of Kosair Kids.
32. Kosair Shrine Temple formal ball with dignitaries
including: Noble Herman Forrester, Jr., MWGM of the
Grand Lodge of Kentucky; Noble John Moyers, SGIG of the
Scottish Rite of Kentucky; Noble Hugh Harlan, Jr., MWGM
of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky (Prince Hall); Officers
and Nobles of Damascus Shrine Temple, P.H.A. and Tyre
Shrine Temple, P.H.A.. Illustrious Sir Aubrey Combs,
P.P., is marvelous as the Master of Ceremonies.
33. Ceremonial in Lebanon, Kentucky lead by Aubrey Combs
PP, Generalissimo Buddy Houghton, Mike Rice, Bill Ryan
and Bill Hart of the Mark Twain Shrine Club.
34. Kosair Oriental Band Halloween costume party is lots
of fun and features a Hillbilly Degree Ceremony by the
Hillbilly Clan #3 of Louisville.
35. Noble Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Viglione, USN
returns from his third deployment to Iraq in the war on
terrorism and presents a USA flag, a Masonic apron and
the gratitude of his fellow Americans serving in the
military. The flag flew in Iraq on September 11, 2009.
The apron was worn during Lodge meetings.
36. Our Kosair Shrine website is again honored by the
Imperial Shrine as the best of all of the 193 Shrine
Temples. Noble Darrell Waddell is our Webmaster.
37. Kosair Shrine Temple 1932 Roadster party benefiting
Kosair Charities and organ donations is lead by Noble
Bob Beatty. It is a tremendous success.
38. Our Fall Ceremonial brings our total of new members
to ninety-three for 2009.
39. Our Kosair Charities celebrates giving $16,000,000
and helping more than 140,000 children this year. The
Board of Directors and staff of our Kosair Charities
continue to serve honorably and well. Noble Jerry Ward
40. Kosair Funsters holiday party for children is held
at Kosair Temple for more than one hundred children of
41. Kosair Greeters and other Units and Club hold the
annual Kosair Charities holiday party for children. It
brings joy to more than six hundred special needs
children attending the party at the fabulous Crowne
42. Noble Walt Oster continues the tradition of Noble
Bill Lewellen by visiting hundreds of Master Masons and
Nobles who are in nursing homes, hospitals and ill.
43. Kosair New Year’s Eve party brings joy and good
44. Kosair Appreciation party celebrating the
achievements of 2009.
45. Four new staff members satisfactorily hired and in
place at Kosair Shrine Temple. Our Temple is in fine
financial condition. The Finance Committee is especially
thanked for their continued efforts.
46. One new Perpetual Life Member was created: Walter
Slater Coe, II. As his father, I am proud my son has
joined me and others as a Perpetual Life Member of
47. Installation of the New Elective Divan is held on
January 8, 2010. The retiring Potentate nominates Noble
H. I. Stroth to serve on the Board of Directors of our
Kosair Charities Committee, Inc. Noble Stroth is elected
by the Nobility.
My desire from the beginning has been to be a
constructive force and positive influence for the
benefit of Shrine values and principles. With that
thought in mind I have endeavored to fulfill that
mission. Lady Christe and I thank each of you and wish
for my successor and his Lady the most successful year
in the history of our Temple.
Randolph “Randy” Coe - 2009 Illustrious Potentate
2010 - Kirk E. Carter, Potentate
Greetings to the Elective Divan, Past Potentates, and
the Nobles of Kosair Shrine.
As we meet this night at our one hundred and
twenty-third Annual Session of Kosair Shrine I am filled
with humility and respect for those that have brought
Kosair to the great organization that it is. As I stated
in my last message I am very grateful for you allowing
me to serve as your Potentate for 2010. I hope I have
served as your representative in the manner in which you
expected. I have tried to live up to my responsibilities
and duties with the integrity and honor that is expected
of someone elected to such a distinguished leadership
Most notably I
wanted to instill a sense of the Masonic tenants. So, we
began the year with my lodge, Swigert-Middletown #218,
opening Lodge in the Temple to start the year with a
re-obligation of the three degrees. Those obligations
guide us with how to conduct ourselves; how to treat
others, especially brother Masons; to extend and further
define our honor and integrity. It also teaches us
courtesy and charity to those within and outside our
families. We handed out tokens and there are still quite
a few Nobles that carry them daily. All of this brought
about this year's motto; Freemasonry First, Remembering
and I are so thankful to the Nobles and Ladies of Kosair
for allowing us to serve you these past five years. The
help and support we have received from so many was very
encouraging. The year has been a very satisfying one for
both Patricia and me. We tried to offer a lot of
different activities to appeal to the broad spectrum of
Nobles and their Ladies. Those that participated
indicated they had a great time. We have much for which
to be thankful. The great friends we have made
throughout Kosair and Shrinedom, the places we have been
and the things we have done, those that we have helped
and those that have helped us.
Elective Divan worked hard to ensure Kosair prospered
and the Nobles of Kosair had their needs addressed, that
there were plenty of events for their pleasure and
entertainment. To make this possible there was a lot of
work and planning by the Entertainment Committee,
Membership Committee, Finance Committee, Executive
Committee and the Clubs and Units of Kosair. There was
peace and harmony within the Temple as all worked toward
a common goal.
Allow me to
review the major events of the year:
1. Installation of 2010 officers
2. Masonic Lodge opening and re-obligation of the three
degrees of Masonry.
3. Entertainment theme nights
4. Friday night dinners with professional entertainment.
5. Numerous Unit and Club dances, picnics, and outings
6. Kosair Greeters - "Mason-Knight Dance" with the
Knights of Columbus.
7. More than thirty-five community parades including the
Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade. As well as,
parades at the Imperial Session in Toronto, Canada; SESA
in Greenville, SC; and SASA in Myrtle Beach, S.C..;
Funfest Parade and Dolly Parton Parade in Pigeon Forge,
8. A very successful Circus
9. Director's Staff participation in the Shrine
Directors Association annual convention
10. Temple trip to Branson, MO.
11. Oriental Band Mardi Gras Dance
12. Riasok Shrine Club-Knights of Columbus "Brotherhood"
13. Masonic Fair and Arch Presentation
14. Kosair Derby Party
15. Funfest in Pigeon Forge
16. Potentates Ball
17. Shrine/Scottish Rite Unity Ceremonial
18. Imperial Session Toronto, Canada
19. Kosair Boat Club Christmas in July
20. Sam Swope Road Rally
21. Temple trip to Nashville, TN
22. SESA Greenville, SC
23. Kosair Charities "Dreams Take Flight" $20,000,000
24. SASA Myrtle Beach, SC
25. Spring and Fall All Mason Golf Outings
26. Lebanon Ceremonial
27. Temple Caribbean Cruise
28. Oriental Band Halloween Party
29. Hillbilly Night
30. Flu shot night
31. Kosair Shrine "Celebration of Life" Roadster Raffle
benefiting Kosair Charities and organ transplants
32. Fall Ceremonial
32. Director's Staff Shockers Ball
33. Children's Christmas Party
34. Election of 2011 officers
35. New Years Eve party
36. Installation of new officers January 14, 2011
We began the year with 2,597 members. We had a total
gain for 2010 of 88, but a decrease in membership of
150. This included 8 demits, 58 suspensions, and 84
deceased. The net loss for the year was 62.
like to conclude with some recommendations that I
believe will provide the Temple a better future. First I
would like to recommend a dues increase. There hasn't
been an increase since the mid-80's. Costs continue to
rise and our membership continues to decline reducing
the Temples income. To better enable Kosair to meets its
financial obligations we should increase dues and
promote increased participation in fundraising events.
recommend due diligence be done to investigate the way
we currently design our budget. Typically Kosair bases
its budget on projected income, along with projected
expenses. If the income that is projected does not come
to fruition it leaves a deficit by the end of the year.
Most Shrines do an actual income and projected expenses.
In other words the Chief Rabban is the primary
fundraiser for the following year as Potentate. In this
scenario the Potentate knows exactly how much there is
to spend during that year. To get to this mode, the
Shrine must fund the Potentate for one year. This way of
doing business appears to be most prudent but needs due
diligence and analysis of the financial impact before
wish the next Divan even greater successes. I challenge
all the Nobles of Kosair to strive each and every year
to make Kosair better than the year before. To continue
to bring in new Nobles that can share in this wonderful
recommendation for Kosair Charities Board - Jerry Ward
Kirk E. Carter - 2010 Illustrious Potentate
2011 - David L. Owen, Potentate
2012 - David L. Juergens, Potentate
2013 – Robert E. “Bob” Maxwell, Potentate
Illustrious Sir Jack Wilson, PP
Lady Betty Lay - Kosair Shrine Office Manager
Illustrious Sir, Walter Randolph “Randy” Coe, PP
Illustrious Sir Kirk E. Carter, PP
Noble Darrell Gordon Waddell - Webmaster