Colonels of Distinction

Every year the Kentucky Colonels recognize Colonels for their dedicated giving toward the Good Works Program:

Governor’s Council – Donations of $5,000 or more
Gold Service Circle Members – Donations of $2,500-$4,999
Silver Service Circle Members – Donations of $1,000-$2,499
Five Star Council Members – Donations of $500-$999
General’s Honor Guard – Donations of $200-$499
General’s Staff – Donations of $100-$199

These colonels can be found in the annual Colonels of Distinction Contributors Report, published by the Kentucky Colonels. Colonels listed in the this publication receive the Medal of Distinction for that year.

Golden and Silver Eagle Societies

The Kentucky Colonels recognizes and honors our distinguished Colonels for their substantial contributions to the Good Works Program year after year.

Golden Eagle Society – Donations of $10,000 or more over three consecutive years Silver Eagle Society – Donations of $5,000 or more over three consecutive years

Legion of Merit

Established in 1931, the Kentucky Colonels Legion of Merit is awarded for years of extraordinary deeds and distinguished service in support of the Kentucky Colonels and a generosity and spirit that provides a positive inspiration to all.

Colonel Anna Goldman
Colonel Bob Hope
Colonel Charles S. Hunter
Colonel Douglas K. Ostwalt
Colonel Raymond Frankel
General Walter Gibbs
Colonel John Klopp
General Lynn Ledford
General Jim Lindsey
Colonel Michael Littleford
Colonel James Passin
General George Sullivan
Colonel Jerold W. Wulf
Colonel Glen Bastin
General Lynn Ashton
General T. William “Bill” Samuels Jr.
General Barbara Dutschke

Legacy of Honor

Throughout the history of this Honorable Order, Kentucky Colonels have distinguished themselves by providing the financial means to assure the charitable works of the Good Works Program continue without end for the betterment of the Commonwealth and her citizens. Those Colonels who bequeathed $100,000 or more to provide planned giving or other substantial contribution to the Good Works Program are appointed to the level of Legacy of Honor.

Colonel Henry Arnfeld
Colonel Harry F. Bollenbach
Colonel Robert C. Cook
Colonel Marianna Dennis
Colonel Hiltrud J. Gordon
Colonel Patrick J. Kennedy
Colonel Norman Gardner Mathieson
Colonel Douglas K. Ostwalt
Colonels Wilbur and Edwina Rees
Colonel Cynthia A. Shaw
Colonel Fenton Cunningham