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The Mark Twain Shrine Club



The Mark Twain Shrine Club meets on the 1st Tuesday at 6:00 pm Central Time. For further information, please contact Joe Flowers at 270-250-3384.

The Mark Twain Shrine Club was founded in January 2000. The Columbia, Kentucky-based club collects money at roadblocks to help Kosair Charities help children, as well as through other varieties of fundraisers and events.

Since the club's inception, the Mark Twain Shrine Club has donated thousands of dollars to Kosair Charities.


Kosair and Mark Twain Shrine Club make 11th birthday special for Dalen Robertson

Jimmy Harper, left, is proud to have initiated the gift of this 1995 Ford Van from Kosair Charities and the Mark Twain Shrine Club to a deserving young man, Dalen Robertson, on his 11th birthday. Behind Jimmy is Jim Fisher, Assistant Rabban of Kosair Charities. To the right of Dalen are Robert Flowers, Roger Hines, Jim Cornock and Joseph Flowers. In back are Terry Moore, James Absher, and Stanley Bain.


A few months ago Jimmy Harper, teacher at the alternative school in Russell Springs, became aware of a family's special need for custom transportation.

Jimmy, being the good samaritan he is known to be around these parts, asked Amanda what he could do to help. She told him that with her son Dalenís illness, transportation was the problem she'd been praying about for a long time.

Mark Twain Shriners learned that Kosair had a van available

Jimmy brought that need back to his brothers in the Mark Twain Shrine Club and it was discovered that Kosair Charities had a van they were going to give to the Masonic Homes of Kentucky. We know all of those folks really well and made our case about the family in south central Kentucky who had a great need for it. "The Kosair Charities Board of Directors gladly answered our request," Mr. Flowers said.

Robert Flowers, fellow Charter Member of the Mark Twain Shrine Club, and communications helper between Mark Twain and Kosair notes the van is from Kosair Charities to the Mark Twain Shrine Club to the Robertson family. And it is even more special because it is being done on Dalen's birthday. Because of the unique situation here in Kentucky.

In addition to that, because they are completely independent, Kosair has the ability to do things across the state just like the addition we did on the Hutchison house. All the funding for the van came from Kosair Charities down through Mark Twain Shrine Club.

Kosair Charities largest charitable organization in state

Jim Fisher, a Past Potentate of Kosair Shrine, said, "Kosair Shrine, which controls Kosair Charities, was organized back about the turn of the century and they are the largest charitable organization in the state of Kentucky with a two-hundred-fifty-two million dollar endowment, allowing us a large working allowance from the interest alone."

Everyone is asked to give generously on Friday afternoon, June 30, when the local Mark Twain Shrine Club will be having its semi-annual Road Block. All monies collected go to Kosair Charities and come back in ways just like this to help neighbors in need.

Officers are Jim Flowers President; Jason Corbin, Vice President: Joseph Flowers, Secretary; and Freddie Rowe, Treasurer.

95% of Mark Twain membership is from Adair County

The Mark Twain Shrine Club has a 95% Adair County membership. Other members are from surrounding counties or come from as far away as Glasgow and Louisville.

The club is a designated branch of the Kosair Temple, Louisville, KY. The group meets monthly on each first Tuesday at Edgewood. Chef Robert Flowers always cooks dinner with assistance from Bobby Dean Loy and Jason Cox.


Photo and Article - ColumbiaMagazine.com 06-20- 2006- Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener


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