Potential Kentucky Colonels can now be nominated online for the highest title of honor bestowed by Kentucky’s governor.
Gov. Matt Bevin and Lynn Ashton, executive director of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, announced Monday an online nomination form for requesting Kentucky Colonels to take effect immediately.
The new form includes a field where the recommender can list a nominee’s service in a charitable organization or acts of community service.
“Each year, Colonels in all 50 states and 36 countries combine their resources to support non-profits that improve the lives of Kentuckians,” Bevin said in a news release.
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“Kentucky Colonels are servant leaders that are dedicated to the well-being of their community in a way no one else can be. They touch the lives of those who need it most throughout the Commonwealth, including people and families in our communities. Kentucky Colonels enjoy a rich tradition and history, and we hope that this renewed focus on community service helps revitalize the spirit of giving within the Order.”
Ashton voiced appreciation for the governor’s recent decision to review the application process “for the first time in memory.”
The title is a recognition of someone’s noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to their community, state and nation, she said.
Only active members of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels may make recommendations. There are currently 85,000 Kentucky Colonels, and there is at least one in every state. Nominees must be at least 18 years old.
To nominate someone, go to Secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/Governor/KentuckyColonelCommission.
Call the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels at 502-266-6114 for inquiries regarding membership status.
The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is an organization appointed by the governor because of their service. Colonels help support various charities. For more information about the group, go to Kycolonels.org.