The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

We’re often asked, “How can I become more involved with the Kentucky Colonels?”

Great question! Your Kentucky Colonel commission is a lifetime appointment. Your membership in the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is voluntary and simply requires an annual donation to our Good Works Program


If you’re a social media consumer, please select from your preferred platform and engage with us on everything Facebook and X to Instagram and YouTube. We use those channels to inform members, share Colonels’ history and facts, and stage an occasional contest.

Women talking at Colonels reception


You can help grow the ranks of our organization by nominating someone you believe is deserving of becoming a Kentucky Colonel. Just visit the nomination page.


Don’t forget to show your Colonel Pride! Kentucky Colonel apparel lets our membership proclaim — beyond the certificate on their wall — “I am proud to be a Kentucky Colonel!” Browse our Kentucky Colonels Store of assorted Kentucky Colonels merchandise (pssst… check back often; we’re constantly introducing new and personalized items for our Colonels).


Then there are the social activities in which our history is indeed rich! From the Derby Eve galas of the 1930s to our trackside participation, post-Derby barbeques, and fall race days at historic Churchill Downs, the member colonels have historically found many ways to celebrate the Kentucky Colonels.

The most recent evolution of the Kentucky Colonels’ social activities was inaugurated in 2015 with a weekend celebration that included a day of racing at historic Churchill Downs. In 2019, over 600 Colonels from 25 states, Canada, and Italy will flock to Louisville on the first weekend in November for what is now known as Colonels Homecoming.


Whether through our annual Day of Service or helping with administrative tasks at the Headquarters office, you can make a difference by volunteering your time alongside other Colonels.

Need to Replace Your Commission Certificate?

Provide us with your mailing address, year of Commission, and email. We will contact the Governor’s Office and request a replacement certificate. Please know that the replacement certificate will have the current Governor’s signature.

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So, c’mon, Colonel. Get involved!

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