Kentucky colonel is an honorary title bestowed upon individuals by approval of the governor of Kentucky. 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 Kentucky Colonels. The title Kentucky Colonel originated in 1813. After a person receives a commission they are invited to join the "The Honorable Order of Kentucky 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 Kentucky. The organization's good works do not stop at the borders of the Commonwealth. 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.
Some famous Kentucky Colonels. Sir Winston Churchill, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dave Thomas, Jimmy Buffet, Walt Disney, Ronald Reagan and LEN SLADE
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