A Brief History of the 1200 Club
The 1200 Club was originally initiated to raise money to pay off the debt incurred on building and furnishing the Covington Masonic Temple. A Brother would donate $100.00 to become a Life Member. On many occasions, one would pay $10.00 or so, in installments of his choosing until he reached the $100.00 figure and others would purchase additional Life Members. At each Reunion, a brother would be selected to be honored, and every member would receive a ribbon to wear, with the honoree’s name. The Club sold items such as engraved masonic pocket knives and other items and also operated a jewelry case. The 1200 Club was so successful that, along with other money, the building debt was paid off well ahead of the due date, leaving many of the brethren to wonder if the 1200 Club was still relevant.
Attendance at their meetings waned to the point that officers were difficult to find. Personal Representative Fred Bryant brought the matter to the Fraternal Relations Committee who rewrote the bylaws and appointed Brothers Don Webster and Everett Harrison, both Past Presidents, to revitalize the 1200 Club.
Today the 1200 Club is strong and continues to raise important dollars for the Scottish Rite building fund. The Club also conducts the largest Car Show in Northern Kentucky to raise money for the Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinics and Shriners Burns Institute.