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On January 27, 2003, frequent ColumbiaMagazine.com contributor Carlis Wilson was inducted into The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for "service and accomplishments on behalf of others." We offer congratulations to Carlis.
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The highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky is that of Kentucky Colonel. Our Colonels are Kentucky's ambassadors of good will and fellowship around the world.

Commissions as Kentucky Colonels are presented for contributions to the community, state or nation, and for special achievements of all kinds.

A List of Kentucky Colonels is a Who's Who of outstanding men and woman around the world. The certificate, signed by the Governor and Secretary of State, and bearing the Great Seal of Kentucky, has hung on walls of such distinguished leaders as President Lyndon B. Johnson and English Prime Minister Winston Churchill. John Glenn, America's first man in space, was commissioned while orbiting the Earth on his historic Mission.

Other well-known Colonels include: Carol Channing, Ann Margaret, Tiger Woods, Dwight Yoakam, Muhammad Ali, Jeff Foxworthy and Whoopie Goldberg.

History
It all began when Kentucky's first governor, Isaac Shelby, gave his son-in-law, Charles S. Todd, the title of colonel of his staff. Shelby later issued commissions to all who enlisted in his regiment in the War of 1812. Later Kentucky governors commissioned colonels to act as their protective guard; they wore uniforms and were present at most official functions.

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels was founded in 1932 by Governor Ruby Laffoon and has since been officially incorporated as a charitable organization. Over the years the Colonels have contributed thousands of dollars to worthy causes. The Governor and the Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky serve as the Commander-in-Chief and deputy Commander-in-Chief, respectively. All officers serve with no remuneration.

Once a year Kentucky Colonels from all over the world gather for a celebration of fellowship in the true spirit of Kentucky hospitality.



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